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“Dimitri!” Sophia pounded his front door. “Dimi, please!”

There was a crash from the other side, and the door finally opened. She ran in, pushing past Dimitri and curling up in the chair.

“Sophia?” Dimitri went and knelt next to the chair. She turned her face away, so he couldn’t see the tears on her cheeks. He gently stroked her hair back. “Sophia, what’s wrong?”

She rolled towards him, her eyes glistening wet. “I couldn’t do it.” She whispered.

His hand stilled on her hair, his expression freezing briefly before gaining control again. “Oh, Sophia. Do you want to talk about it?”

“You wont hate me?”

He smiles slightly. “Never, Sophia. You’re my best friend, of course I wont hate you.”

She sat up, blinking away the tears. “I went there, Dimi. I was all set to do it. But…’ She looked away from him. “Dimi, I think I love him.”

He blinked, careful to keep his voice even. “Why, Sophia?”

“I don’t know, Dimi. I think he knew I was going to try, and he tried to scare me, to keep me away. But it didn’t work. I kissed him, Dimi.” She blushed. “And he kissed me back.”

“Don’t kid yourself, Sophia!” he snapped. She looked at him, shocked. “Sorry. I just don’t want you to get hurt.”

“I won't get hurt!”

“Really? Then why are you crying about it?”

She touched her cheeks, feeling the tears sliding down. “Because he sent me away. It scared him.”

Dimitri snorted. “Or he’s messing with you. He is a vampire, he doesn’t care about you!”

Sophia jumped up, staring at him. “I thought you would understand. But you don’t care, do you?” she pushed past him, walking towards the door.

“Sophia, I’m sorry.” He stared sadly after her, watching as she flung open the door. And froze.

“Lovers tiff?” Sapphire sand, pushing Sophia back. “That’s not very good, is it? Why don’t you kiss and make up?” she laughed, turning her purple eyes on Dimitri. “Hello. Name?”

He blinks, shocked at the vampire appearing. “Um…Dimitri. You?”

“Sapphire.” She laughs again, looking at Sophia with pure hate. “Your friend here has lovely manners. Pity you don’t. I mean, stealing Lukas from me.”

“I don’t know what you are talking about, Sapphire.” Sophia stuttered.

“Don’t lie, Sophia. Firstly, I saw you leave the graveyard, and secondly, I heard everything you just said. Sorry to burst your bubble, but as Lukas proved to me, he can not love.” She smiled. “Oh, and Sophia? You may want to sit down.”

“Why?”

“Because of this.” She walked over to Dimitri, smiling at him. “Sorry about this. Nothing personal.” She grabbed his head, slamming it into the wall. His eyes rolled back into his head as he collapsed on the floor.

“Dimi!” Sophia screamed, running over to him.

“Relax, Sophia. He’s just unconscious. Its your own life you have to fear for.”

“Why? Your not allowed to drink from me, remember?”

Sapphire snorted. “I don’t care for those rules anymore. So if I were you, I would do exactly what I tell you to do now.”

Sophia laughed, facing Sapphire, no fear showing in her eyes. “I really don’t think so.”

Sapphire shrugged. “I tried being nice.” She flew at the other girl, knocking her out and picking up her body. She flung her over her shoulder, and started to walk out. “Bye Dimitri.” She chuckled, as she ran out in to the night.

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The second she left, Lukas wanted to call her back. He wanted to wipe away the tears he knew she would have. He wanted to kiss her, to hold her and not let her go. But he couldn’t. He would end up hurting her, no matter what he did to try and save her. Sending her away was best, for both of them. Even if it didn’t feel like it.

But, for some reason, it hurt him to see her retreating figure. He turned his back on the open doorway, sitting on the floor. He closed his eyes, trying to empty his mine- but he couldn’t. He couldn’t stop thinking about her, about her hands on his skin.

There was a crash outside. “Where is she?” a male voice. Lukas frowned, not recognising it. The guy came running in, launching himself at Lukas. “What have you done to her?”

Lukas pushed him off, standing up. “Who are you and what are you on about?”

“Sophia.” The boy snarled. “Your vampire friend has taken her.”

Lukas blinked, his mind going blank with shock. “What do you mean?”

“Your friend. Sapphire. Has taken Sophia. God help me, Lukas, if anything happens to you, I will kill you.”

“You won't need to. If anything happens to her, I’ll kill myself.” He says quietly.

Dimitri blinked, stepping back and watching Lukas. “You actually care? Seriously care about her?”

Lukas looked away from him. “Yes.” He muttered. “For some unknown and probably crazy reason. I really do.”

Dimitri scowled. “Why, out of everyone on DarkOrb, did she choose you? What about me?”

Lukas’s eyes darkened. “I’m sorry, who are you again?”

“Dimitri. Sophia’s best friend.”

“Oh. I see.” Lukas chuckled. “You love her. Your jealous.” Dimitri didn’t answer, making Lukas laugh more. “And she doesn’t know?”

“No. And she never will, Lukas.”

Lukas smiled. “I’m not going to tell her, am I?” his smile fades. “Dimitri. Go home. I’m going to get her.”

“Then I’m going with you.” Dimitri said stubbornly.

“No your not. You stupid human. Your want to just walk into a vampire’s nest? They would kill you.” He pushed the boy out. “Go home, Dimitri.”

Dimitri nodded, and ran off, as Lukas whistled, signalling to the remainder of the nest. The six vampires walked into the crypt, to find Lukas on the floor, his head in his hands.

“Sire. What’s wrong?”

He slowly raised his grey eyes to meet theirs. “You six have proved your loyalty to me already. But I have one more thing I need you to do. And you will not like it.”

Daniel crouched in front of him. “Sire, you know we would do what ever you ask of us.”

“Sapphire has taken a human I claimed. I want her back.”

One of the other ‘Pires frowned. “Sir, is this human important. Really?”

Lukas snarled, standing up and slamming him against the wall. “She is important to me!” he sighed, turning away. “Are you going to help me?”

There was silence in the small room as the young vampires looked at each other, not knowing what to do. The man they were following had changed. He had never cared for a human, which meant this one had to be more than just a human.

“We will help you, sir.” Daniel said, looking at the others, daring them to disagree. None did, and Daniel smiled. “Whatever you need us to do, Lukas, we will help you.”

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Sophia woke in a dark room, her head pounding painfully. She raised her hand to touch it, and felt stickiness on her fingers. Blood. She grimaced. Blood, in a vampires nest. Brilliant.

She felt her surrounding for anything useful, and found a small rope near her. She pulled on it, feeling a pain around her ankle. She laughed despite her fear- they had tied her up. She could feel a knot in the rope, and frowned in concentration and annoyance as she tried to undo it.

“I’d give up on that if I were you.”

Sophia froze, her hand still on the rope. “Whose there?”

“Someone.”

She turned her head to where the voice was coming from. Her eyes were rapidly getting used to the dim light, and at the other end of the room, she could see the outline of a person, with eyes the strangest cross between blue and gold. “Oh, I forgot, Vampires like to be cryptic. Are you going to tell me what Sapphires problem with me is?”

The vampire chuckled. “I will let her tell you herself.” She stood and walked to a door, opening it. “And don’t try anything, Sophia. Or she will kill you.” She walked out, closing the door with a click, leaving Sophia to wonder whether it was a threat or a warning.

Sophia tried to keep her breath steady, but couldn’t control herself shaking. She already had a lack of blood, and the cut on her head wasn’t helping/ even if she would escape this place- which was unlikely- she knew she wouldn’t be able to run.

The door opened and Sapphire walked in, a golden red orb above her hands. Sophia watched as she sat down on a chair opposite her, the orb floating above them.

“I thought you would want some light, since humans cant see with out it.” Sapphire said sweetly.

“Oh, thanks, Sapphire. So considerate of you. What do you want with me?” Sophia snapped.

Sapphire ignored the question. “You know the good thing about being a witch and a vampire, Sophia?’ She said, almost conversationally. “You get to keep the magic. I may not want it, but it comes in handy.

Sophia laughed, the sound echoing around the room. Her attitude was her last defence against this girl. “Yeah? If you didn’t want it, why not just die, instead of being immortal with it?”

“You think you’re so smart, don’t you? I’m sorry to say your not. Not smart, beautiful, anything. You are human.”

Sophia frowned. “Oh, yes. Human, but still got kissed by the boy you have been chasing for three hundred years.”

Sapphire snorted. “You mean nothing to that boy, Sophia. He is just using you.”

“Whatever, Sapphire. I really don’t care what you think.”

The bright orb above them exploded, throwing the room into darkness. “Ill be nice, Sophia. This isn’t all your fault, you are weak, like all humans.” She put her hands together, and they glowed the same purple as her eyes. “Sleep.”

Sophia’s head rolled back, hitting the wall, her eyes shut, the spell too powerful to over power. Sapphire smiled, leaning forwards and biting down, hard. The girl, already limp and cold as ice, was on the brink of death.

But there was a scream from downstairs. Sapphire pulled back, annoyed. “What the hell?” she muttered, standing up and throwing the door open, running down the stairs. She stopped as she saw what was happening, who was there.

Lukas.

The End

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