She knew what Jonathan meant. It was time for her mission. Time for her to spend time with Matthew. “It is time.” She nodded her head and looked at him. He smiled “And vampire” he called as she was leaving “See you when you die.” In other words, see you at home but he couldn’t say that. He didn’t want Matthew to know how she was.
The Shadow King allowed Maeve to help Matthew with some of these tasks. She was grateful to spend time with him and she decided that she didn’t care what Jonathan’s plan was as long as she could spend time with Matthew.
Maeve was in her farm house planning. She smiled thinking Alexander’s on her side now. She looked around at her burn house. Alexander should see all of this. He would see what they did to our family, what Hunter let them do.
There was a knock on the door. She came and opened it. She smiled as best she could. “Welcome home Alexander.”
“So this is what they did. They destroyed your life.” He said.
“Yes and now I will destroy theirs but first Celeste.” The bedroom what Celeste was staying in had magically transformed when she arrived. It went from looking and smelling burnt to being a beautiful room. Celeste was resting on the bed. She looked peaceful.
Maeve motioned to her son to follow her. She led him to the side room and opened the door.
As the door opened, Alexander could see Celeste resting on the bed. He thought it was rather odd that this room seemed untouched by the fire. He ran to Celeste first. She was cold to the touch and pale. “What did you do to her?” he asked his mother. “Why is she so cold?” Then he say two small holes on her neck. He put his hand to her neck and caressed it. “You turned her?” He asked as his voice cracked.
“She will be fine. It was the only way to get her here.” Maeve said with little warmth in her voice.
“But she is so cold and pale.” Alexander questioned his mother.
“I can release her. She is safe here.”
Alexander pulled the blanket over her and covered Celeste. He then looked around the room and then looked at his mother. “How did you do all of this? How was this room not touched by the fire? Vampires don’t have magic?”
Maeve smirked “Well, I’m not your average vampire.” She wondered if anyone ever told him that she was a fairy. “Alexander I have always had magic. I was born a fairy. Didn’t your father tell you that?” She thought about this as she paced. “He must have forgotten or put it out of his memories”
“A fairy!” He was amazed. “Is that why I have magic?”
“Yes, you have fairy blood running through your veins.”
Maeve wanted to tell her son everything, but she remembered what The Shadow King had said. “Now you see she is safe, we need to talk about Matthew.”
Maeve looked at him. She knew he would not like that plan and she also knew she couldn’t tell him everything. “The Shadow King offered Mathew’s freedom if he accomplished certain tasks for him”
“Tasks! What kind of tasks?” His voice was becoming raised.
She could hear the agitation his voice. “I don’t know all of them or why this deal was made. All I know is that I could to help. My master….” She paused thinking about what she was saying. “Marius allowed me to help. I’m not sure why or what he gained from allowing it.” She was lying and hoping her son didn’t catch on. She couldn’t tell him the entire plan. He would hate it. Marius had no idea Maeve was helping Matthew.
“The Shadow King and Marius have worked together for years. I have accompanied my Master on many of these trips to The Shadow Realm. And that is when I saw Matthew. I recognized him. He looks so much like you did at that age.” She looked at her son as she said this.
“How you do you know what I looked like. You were never around.” He was angry.
“I used to watched you all the time. I wasn’t allowed to intervene, but I wanted to. And I will be forever sorry for that.”
Alexander looked at his mother a little annoyed. He knew she was hiding things from him but he wanted to get her to talk to him about his son. “Maeve, I know and I am sorry that these things happened to you. I don’t blame you for them but I was without you, without my mother for all these years. Please just tell me about my son.”
Maeve was sad that he didn’t call her mom but she knew it would take time. She agreed to tell Alexander what she could.
“Let me explain this to you. I helped him. There are things you must know.” She looked at her on worried.
Alexander worried about what Maeve was not telling him. “Tell me whatever it is! Whatever it is!”
Maeve paused for a moment. “These tasks they are designed by The Shadow King to make Matthew stronger. The Shadow King wants him to become a powerful slave. My job was to help him complete these tasks. My intention was to help him get back to his family. If he could succeed The Shadow King would let him leave.”
Maeve knew The Shadow King didn’t want Matthew to leave. “I knew the tasks would be difficult. Marius allowed me to help. I don’t know why he did. I wanted to spend time with my grandson. It was the first time I could spend time with anyone in my family. I did my best to help Matthew in any way I could. Even if it was just to give him a little hope. I know it sounds strange hope coming from a vampire but that’s what he needed.”
“And did you do that? Did you give my son hope?” He asked his mother
Maeve smiled “I did the best I could, but someone else already gave him hope.”
“Who and how?” Alexander was confused.
“Maurelle.” She said with a smile which was not normal for her.
Maeve attacks new arrivals to the Shadow Realm
Jonathan walked the corridors of The Shadow Realm watching and waiting for new arrivals to come. Maeve was waiting at the docks waiting as well. She knew The Shadow King would be there for he loves to watch her work. “What would you like me to do with them my dear?”
Jonathan smirks “Whatever you’d like my dear.”
She smiles “That’s a very dangerous response.”
He smiles and winks “I know!”
Maeve walked up to the new arrivals and walked around them. She looked at The Shadow King and smiled “My name is Maeve.” She smiles and looks back at Jonathan. “I know many of you have heard of me. I was once a young woman who was attacked by a monster and then I became that monster. Now I am here with The Shadow King.”
She sees one of them sweating. She laughs, “Oh you’ve heard of me? See down here The Shadow King is in charge and we’ll if you don’t listen to him.” Whispers in one of their ears. “You will answer to me.”
Maeve takes the man she was whispering to and turns him around to face her. “Blood of the living is the purest kind. You’re the closest I can get down here dear. I will show all of you what happened since I turned. She grabs the man with great speed and sinks her teeth into his neck. The man turned pale and grey as she sucked his blood. He drops to the ground as Maeve takes out a handkerchief and wipes her mouth. “Now rise and go stand beside The Shadow King.” Maeve turns to The Shadow King “Looks like you have another guard. Anyone else like to join him?”
Maeve comes over to Jonathan and kisses him. “That was fun.” He smiles and puts his hands at her waist. “Come walk with me. I have something to show you.”
So people can be cruel. We all know that. People also use all sorts of apps to make their selies look amazing. Lets face it, we are not all the same but yet we should embrace that. Recently in the world of rp, a friend was critized because of how much they weigh in real life. People hid behind character profiles because they are scared of what others will think of the real person behind the profile. So i am starting this campaign. God didnt make any mistakes in making you. So i am tagging people, not set amount of people neeeded, just tag your friends. Show that you are proud of who you are filters off.
Posting all my work on wattpad.
I think you’d like this story: “The Shadow Realm Chronicles: Maeve (Book 1)” by NancieAnn on Wattpad https://my.w.tt/UiNb/p3nhlBLN6H
Carillon goes to Alex
Alexander sat at his desk waiting for Carillon. He tapped at his desk wishing he could call Celeste and tell her. He wondered if his mother wanted them all to know. He looked out his window. It would be dark soon and then he could talk to her.
There was a knock on the door. He took a deep breath as his heart was racing and opened the door. “Good afternoon Mrs. Smith.” He motions for her to come in. “How can I help you?”
“Hello, Mr. Marks, and thank you for seeing me.”
“Oh Alexander please.” He had thought of that Luke would have come with her. “And your sheriff, he’s not joining us today?”
She smiles, “Well, he worked the late shift last night. So I assume he is still asleep.” Carillon had left early for work that morning and she didn’t see Luke come home. She assumed that she missed him. She sent him a message earlier that day, but she thought he was asleep and he would be the messages later.
“Ah right well, you had questions.” Alexander himself looked tired. He couldn’t sleep as he was worried about Celeste, his mother and countless others were in danger. He questioned his mother’s plans.
“Yes, you see Justin is at the point where is his questioning things. Questions like how could anyone give me up? Where am I from? Who were my parents? Things like that.”
“Well rest assure. I have the answers you seek but are you sure you want them?”
“Why wouldn’t I?”
Alexander sighs, “A lot goes on that you are not aware of Mrs. Smith.”
Carillon at the time had no inkling of any issues. She only wondered from time to time why Mr. Marks seemed so interest in Justin.
Alexander sits down on his desk and pulls a photo from his desk.
“Now before I give this to you, you know I did this for his safety and having this knowledge might put you and your family in danger.”
“Danger?” She said confused.
“Yes danger and I don’t know if I can protect you and him from it any longer.” Alexander hands her the photo. Carillon holds the photo in her hand and examines it and then looks up at Alexander once again confused. “Who is this? It looks like Justin.”
“That is my son Matthew. Justin’s father.”
So many questions raced through Carillon’s mind. “You’re Justin’s grandfather?”
“I am. I know you have noticed me watching him. I tried to keep my distance so no one knew I was connected to him.”
Carillon didn’t know what to say. She took a moment to gather her thoughts and think about what she would do with this information she received.
“I don’t understand.” She had so many questions. “Why don’t you want to be connected to him? Where is his father? His mother?”
“Ok settle down and I will explain the best I can.”
He talked about the car accident and how Matthew died. He spoke of Justin and how perfect he was. “It was amazing. Matthew was perfect. Matthew and Maurelle must have been protecting him. They must have been.”
“Maurelle? Is that his mom? Justin’s mom?” She asked.
“Yes but his name is Shawn? It means gift from God and that is how they viewed him. As a gift from God.”
Carillon understood. She and Luke had names Justin after Luke’s father.
“Ah right, Shawn.” She replied
“And yes Maurelle was her name.” He said feeling the ping of sadness having lost both of them and then to lose being part of Justin’s life.
“And then what about her? Justin would want to know.”
“Listen, the accident was horrific.” Tears came to his eyes as he remembered it. Carillon had never seen him show any signs of emotion before.
“Maurelle’s body was never found but,” he turned away and looked at the window as she spoke to avoid Carillon seeing how upset he was. “There was so much blood. I can’t see how she would have survived.”
She let out a sigh and sat down in the chair across from him. Cari had hoped for good news to share with Justin. She didn’t know how to explain this to him.
“Carillon I know this is a lot to take in, but it was needed to be said.” He handed her a tissue as he could see her tears coming.
“How am I supposed to tell him? I mean he would be happy to know they loved him but to lose them all over again.”
Alexander sat at his desk again. “That I am not sure but I’m also not sure he should be told. Carillon I said it was an accident, but it wasn’t. They were attacked.”
She looked up in horror. “What!”
“Carillon I don’t think I need to explain this to you. I know you have seen things even here that you can’t explain.”
Carillon looks up wanting not to believe him but knowing he was right.
“Most people go through their entire lives and take no notice to the world around them. They miss those things. They chose not to see them or not to believe. The world is magnificent, breathtaking place. There are magnificent and dangerous things in our world Carillon.”
Carillon look at him, “I know, I’ve seen things but.” In reality Carillon chose not to see most things.
“When you open your mind to it, you will see more.”
Alexander looked over and saw a pot of tea on the side. “Would you care for some tea Carillon?” He smiled “Allow me to open your eyes.”
Carillon wasn’t sure what he meant but tea sounded good. Just as she nodded her head, a cup and saucer came floating over and landed on the desk in front of her and one in front of Alexander. She let out a gasp and jumped up as a tea pot came and poured two cups of tea.
“Carillon how do you take your tea.” He smiled, “Welcome to my world Carillon.”
Carillon gathered her thoughts and then sat back down. She seemed to shake as she picked up her cup. Cari tried to act calm but she was not. She placed the cup back on the saucer but her hands were shaking so much that some of the tea spilled.
Alexander smirked. “Carillon it’s okay. I am still the same person I was before. Well all of us have.” He stopped and thought for a moment. “Special gifts if you will.” As he stirred his tea. “Carillon, listen it will take you awhile to get used to but now that your eyes are open, you will see many great things.”
Carillon nodded, “But Justin, I don’t understand what this has to do with him. Why can’t I tell him who is his? About his parents? None of it?”
“Carillon what you need to realize, if people find out, Justin could be in danger. Carillon his parents were murdered. So I cut ties with Justin. If he didn’t know who he was, then he would be safe from him. He would leave him alone.”
“Who?” Carillon inquired.
“Maurelle, her father. He tried to kill them all.” He said as his face seemed to change from that of sadness to anger. He couldn’t remember Tommy and Gwen, not since the accident. He still didn’t have his memories of them.
Carillon jumped up, “Why are you telling me all of this? Is he still out there? Is Justin in danger now?”
“Well yes, his is. But things are changing now.”
“Changed? What has changed? Is it because I’m asking? I’ll lie to keep him safe.”
“Well, my mother for one and many others, I don’t think you are ready to hear.” He clears his throat. “Carillon we need to protect him. Things are changing.”
“Your mother? What would she have to do with any of this? She asked.
Alexander didn’t want to speak their about this so he simply ignored the question.
“So you gonna tell him. Accept him as your grandson.”
“I going to have to.” He sighs, “I’ve missed him.”
Carillon reaches across the table and takes his hand. “He will be happy to have his real family back.”
“Carillon you are his family. His parents would be happy to know he was well taken care of. Go home and talk to Luke, and take this.” He hands her a box. “These were some of his parents things.” The box contained a small crochet fairy and frog. “These were his parents when they are kids.” He added.
Carillon took the box, she paused as both of them held the box. “Thank you.”
“You’re welcome Carillon.”
He opened the door for Celeste. She walked in and hung her coat on the hook. She smiled at Alexander as he looked at his phone. “They are coming right? I can’t wait to see them.” She walked into the kitchen talking about baking cookies for her grand kids. She continued to talk as she empties the dishwasher.
Alexander comes up behind her and wraps his arms around her waist. “It will be lovely to see them again.” He smiled as he nuzzles into her neck.
She smiles and places her hands on his arms as they wrap around her. “It would be nice the house is so quiet now.”
She turns to face him, her smile is warm and full of love. “I can’t wait to hold Justin in my arms. I wonder how big Tommy and Gwen are now.”
He hugs her. “He will be the most spoiled little fairy in all the realms. I wonder if Tommy would like to go see the trains when he’s here.”
The phone rang, “Who could call at this hour?” Alexander said
Celeste turned to load the dishwasher As she did she continued to talk to herself about what she would do when they all got here.
“We need to get a tree. Justin would love to pick one out when he’s older. We can take Gwen and Tommy with us this year. Maybe we can wait and get it when they get here. Do you remember picking a tree out with them when they were little? Oh I remember when Maurelle came with us that one time. They were so cute when they were little. I always knew they would end up together.”
Alexander held the phone in his hand and as if all the life left his body, the phone dropped on the floor. Celeste heard it drop and turned to see Alexander standing there. He looked as if he was in shock. His face was pale and his entire body was shaking.
He didn’t know what to do. Alex felt like his entire body was shutting down. He leaned on the table as he felt his legs giving out on him.
Celeste grabbed him as he was about to fall and she helps him into the chair. “Alex what is it?” He couldn’t speak. He tried to open his mouth, but the words didn’t come out.
Celeste looked over at the phone and picked it up off the floor. She felt her her pounding faster and faster.
She comes back over to him. Kneeling by his side she takes his hand. “Alex please tell me what’s wrong. I can help please.”
He looked up as tears ran down his face.
“Did something happen? Please tell me.”
He squeezes her hand. “Dear there was an accident.” He wiped his eyes as he cried. “I need to go.”
“Wait! Who’s hurt?” She was confused as Alexander could not speak.
He stood in the kitchen as if he was getting ready to go to work. He felt his pocket for his keys and wallet.
Alex turned to Celeste who stood next to him, not understanding what was happening but her thoughts were racing.
Alexander took her hands, “Please, there was an accident. Honey try to relax.”
Then Celeste knew, “Oh no not Matt, please.” She was losing the feeling in her legs as he did earlier.
Alex grabs her “Now we know nothing yet.”
“But it was Matty.” Her voice was trembling.
“Honey all I know is that they airlifted him to the hospital.”
“Maurelle and Justin were they with him?” She looks up wiping her tears.
All of a sudden their memories of Tommy and gwen were gone. It was as if they never existed.
“Justin is fine.” He laughed a little. “Not a scratch on him.”
She noticed that he said nothing about Maurelle.
“Don’t panic, we know nothing yet. Now let’s get to the hospital.”
Celeste couldn’t think now. All she could think about was getting to her son.
As they arrive at the hospital, they were meet by a doctor who explained what happened.
“Hello, my name is Dr. Peters. Mr. Marks, I’m sorry that we are meeting under these circumstances You are your son’s emergency contact.” He paused thinking of how to tell him all of this. “Doctors are working with him now trying to stabilize him.”
Alexander paced. “I’m sorry sir. I can’t imagine how difficult this must be for you and your family. Have spoken with the detectives yet?”
Celeste interrupts, “No! What’s wrong. Why can’t I see my son? Where’s Maurelle and Justin? Why aren’t they here?”
The doctor looked over to the nurse at the desk for help. “Your grandson I presume is Justin right?”
“Come with me and I can take you to him. He’s in the nursery now.”
The nurse was helping Celeste and comforting her the doctor could now talk with Alexander. “I only know what the detectives relayed to us. Your grandson is being monitored in the nursery. We see no issues but a child of his age involved in such a traumatic accident, well we want to be sure. So we will keep him overnight to monitor him.”
This seemed to calm Alexander down, “Good and his mother?”
“Mr. Marks we only have your grandson and son here. Speak with the detectives about that.”
“Ok, but now can I see my son. Dr. Peters?”
“I will check on their progress with him but for right now see your grandson, he needs you.”
Alexander went down to the nursery and looked in as Celeste was sitting on the rocking chair rocking Justin. He didn’t stay. He needed to know what happened. So he headed to the scene of the crime.
Alexander knew something was wrong. He feared the worst, so he left the hospital and headed to the accident scene. Celeste didn’t know where he was going because he feared she would want to come and he didn’t want her to see it. He didn’t know what he would find there.
As he drove to the accident he saw police officers and crime scene investigators still working the scene. He pulled his car over to the side and went to look at the accident.
“Excuse me sir.” one officer said. “I’m sorry but you can’t be here. We need to investigate.”
Al looked over, “I apologize but my son was involved in this accident and I am seeking information on his wife. Her name is Maurelle. Do you have any information on her?”
The officer looked uncomfortable, and he turned to his supervisor and motioned him to come over. “Detective Banks this is” He turned “I’m sorry I didn’t get your name” As he turned looking for Alexander he was gone.
Alexander in that moment froze the area in time and looked over everything. He wasn’t going to let anyone tell him he couldn’t not even the police.
With the knowledge he now had he returned to Celeste.
Alexander comes into the nursery and goes over to Celeste and puts his hand on her shoulder. Celeste was sitting in the rocking chair wearing one of those disposable yellow gowns as she held Justin.
“Not a scratch on him.” She said as she looked up and saw Alexander.
He came in and sat down on a stool next to them. “You know who did this don’t you.”
Celeste looked up at him with a horrified look on her face, “No, it can’t be. They were safe.” She shook her head in protest as she held Justin.
Alexander fought back tears as he spoke to her. “Honey, I went to the crash site.”
“No, no please stop.” Tears ran down her face.
“Celeste please, we have to accept this. I know it’s hard but you have to listen.”
She nodded her head as she held Justin and cried. She picked up his bottle and feed him. Rocking him seemed to therapeutic for her.
“I know this will be hard to hear but the crash, oh honey it was awful. The car well it’s a miracle, Justin is a miracle. Not a scratch on him. They had to be protecting him.”
“They” She said as she looked at him.
“I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry.” He kept repeating himself not knowing what else to do or say. Alex got up and took Justin from Celeste and he laid him down in the bassinet as he did he kissed his forehead. He then turned to Celeste. “Maruelle and Matthew they must have been protecting him.”
Before he could say anything more, Celeste questioned him. She knew what he meant. They used magic, but they both knew they couldn’t say anything about that here. “Maurelle, where is she? Why isn’t she here?” Her thoughts were racing.
“Honey, I’m sorry. They found a lot of blood in the car on the passenger side They found Matthew on the driver’s side. Honey the passenger side door was open. It looks like she was dragged away.”
At that point Celeste has had enough. She cried so hard that she was having a hard time breathing. Celeste was pale as she gasped for air. She knew he had taken her. Justin was not safe with them. As she tried to calm herself she looked at Alexander, “What do we do now?” She said through her tears.
Alexander took a tissue and wiped her eyes. “First, we need to check on Matthew.”
“Let me go check on him. He should be out of surgery soon.” Alexander kissed Celeste on the forehead and then went to check on Matthew. “I’ll get you some coffee and then head over there.”
Celeste Smiles as she squeezed his hand “Thank you.”
“It will be okay. We will make it through this.
Alexander went back to the main floor and sat with his coffee as he waited for news on his son. The night was turned to morning. Celeste was resting in the rocking chair but got up each time Justin needed her. Alexander dozed as he sat in the waiting area waiting to hear how Matthew was doing. The hours ticked by as they both waited. Alexander would get up and paced the halls as he waited.
Dr. Peters came out of the operating room. He looked exhausted, and he removed his mask.
Alexander jumped up as the doctor came into the room. He walked over to Alexander and sat on the bench. Alexander sat next to him waiting for the news. “I’m so sorry. His injuries were just too severe. We did everything we could. For now he is resting. He doesn’t have much time left. We could just make him conformable.
Alexander tried to hold his tears back.
“I suggest you and your wife see him now.”
Alexander places his hands on his eyes and his head on his knees as he wept. He had to say goodbye to his little boy.
Celeste came into the room and pulled a chair up to the bed. She takes Matthew’s hand as she fights back her own tears. “Oh Matty, what did you get yourself into. My sweet boy.”
Matthew opened his eyes as he hears his mother’s voice. “Mom?” He was groggy and confused.
“It’s ok honey I’m here. It will be all right.” She knew this was a lie, but she wanted him to be calm.
“Justin! Where is he?”
Celeste squeezed his hand, “Justin he’s fine. He’s sleeping in the nursery now.”
Matthew looked panicked. “He killed Maurelle, mom please keep him safe.” Matthew looked up, “She was screaming and I couldn’t save her. I should have done something. The car had me pinned down. I couldn’t move. I’m was supposed to protect her.” He cried.
Celeste wiped his tears, “Honey she knew you loved her. She knew you would have done anything for her.”
“I love her but I couldn’t save her.” he wiped his tears trying to calm himself.
“She is in a much better place now and she isn’t in anymore pain. And you,” She stopped fighting the tears. “You will be with her soon.”
“You have to hid Justin please?” He begged her but he gasped for air as his lungs filled with blood.
Alexander called for the doctor, knowing it was futile but hoping there was a way to ease his son’s pain.
In that moment it seemed like time stood still. There was a single tear on Celeste cheek as one more had just formed in the corner of her eyes. Alexander looking like he was running to the door, but he was frozen in place.
In the corner of the room two people appear. The woman was standing next to a man who appears to be an older Matthew. He grabs her hand as she is about to head to the bed. “You can’t stop this.”
The woman looked at the man lying on the bed. Her hands were trembling, her face was pale she said determined “But I can heal him now.” In almost a plea to the man next to her.
The man grabbed her and pulled her close to him as she tried to run to the man on the bed. He held her close as she cried. “Please.”
“Look at me.” He begged of her.
She continued to cry with her face buried into his chest.
“Look at me.” He repeated now almost as a command.
She looked up.
“I love you and he loves you. You know what happens.” She shakes her head and cries into his chest again. After a few moments she looks
After a few moments she looks up, “Please just give me a few minutes to talk to him.”
He nods, “But you can’t change anything. This has to happen.”
She smirks, “Oh please you know what happens.” He smiles and kisses her as he wipes more of her tears. “I know.”
She turns to the man lying on the bed. She walks over to him trying to compose herself. “I can’t see him like this.” She wipes her eyes, and she sits next to him telling herself that she can do this. A rush of air comes over the room as she touches his hand. As she does this he wakes.
He was confused. He woke as if nothing was wrong. There was no pain. He didn’t understand. He looked up at the woman standing next to him. “How are you here?”
“It’s okay I know you’re confused.”
“I was just dying and” He looks at his parents. “What’s wrong with them.” He still couldn’t comprehend who she was.
“I stopped them. Time is just froze for them. Which is why you’re not in pain? When I start the time again, you’ll…” She trailed off. It was hard to tell him this. “You’ll die.”
In that moment, he knew who she was. “No, please. I don’t want to go. I love you.”
She lies on the bed next to him and holds his hand. “It won’t be the last time you see me.”
But he wasn’t listening, he was watching her. “You are so beautiful.”
She blushes and turns to him and kisses him.
“I don’t want this to be the last time I kiss you.”
“It won’t be. I know it’s hard to understand but you will see me again.”
“Maurelle, death is final.” he holds her close not wanting to let go.
“Look over there. What do you see?” She pointed to the man standing in the corner.
Matthew looked at him. “How is the possible? How is any of this possible?”
In the corner stood Matthew, an older Matthew. Time turned some of his dark hair grey. The older Matthew said nothing as he watched them.
“Have hope. Things will work out. You’ll see.” She holds him close. “I don’t want to let go. I know you’ll be okay but I don’t want to leave you.” She kisses him one last time. “Don’t forget. I love you and you will see me again.”
Carillon talks to Alexander about Justin’s family
Carillon sat in her classroom grading papers. She paused as she reached Justin’s. “I wish I found more about your family.” She stares at the essay. “I promise I will figure something out.”
Carillon picked up the phone and sent a message to Alexander. He was her lawyer and the one who arranged their adoption. He must have knowledge of Justin’s family.
The text read “Mr. Marks this is Carillon Smith. I am helping Justin with a project for school and I would like to ask you some questions about his biological family. Can I stop by your office today?”
Alexander was sitting at his desk writing his opening arguments for a case he was working on when he heard this phone buss. He sighed as he looked at the message. “What does she want?” He said to himself and then he read the message. He knew the truth would soon come out, with his mother lurking about. Then he thought about what Maeve had told him that Matthew was returning.
Alexander had been pacing in his office holding the newspaper articles in his hand. “How do I tell her?” Alex goes to his desk and opens the drawer and takes out a box. He reaches into his lapel and pulls out a small key. He sighs and opened the box. A small photo of a baby wrapped in a blue blanket lay in the box. Next to him were his little bunny and his crochet fairy
He sits at his desk thinking back to that night. It was a cold night about 14 years ago. Alexander remember it like it was yesterday. I was on my way home from a date with Celeste. Matthew and Maurelle just called the day before. He hoped that they could come home for thanksgiving.
Maeve pulled her cloak over her head as she walked into town. She had more magic unknown to Marius. No one knew she was The Shadow King’s wife. As she walked she saw someone walking alone. She saw him coming as the moonlight cast his shadow on the street before him.
As he turned the corner, she hid in the shadows and moved toward him almost gliding towards him.
“Excuse me sir, I seem to have lost my way.” She smiled and blinked her eyes at the man.
He turned around to see her. His mouth dropped open as he saw what she was wearing. A long black and red dress which resembled those worn during the Victorian period in England and a with a long black cloak over her head. She took the hood of exposing her deep red hair.
“Where are you headed mis?” He finally spoke.
“Oh how polite.” She smiled and put her hand out to shake his. “My name is Maeve.” She pretends to cry for if she cried he would have seen her tears of blood and that would have given away her true intentions. “You see sir,” She takes out a kerchief and wipes her eyes. “I can’t find my son.”
As she shook his hand, he looked into her eyes and could not move. “Yes I will help you.”
She smiled and kept looking into his eyes. Her courtesy and demeanor changed. Her voice was cold and direct. “Where is Alexander Marks?” You will lead me to him. You will take me to his house.”
He could not break from her gaze. “I will take you to his house mistress.” He spoke in a monotone voice absent of any emotion of feeling.
Maeve followed the man as he led her to her son’s house. The shadows provided her with cover. No one could see her. She wanted to see her son, but she wasn’t ready to speak to him.
Luke stopped in front of her son’s house. She hid behind a tree with her cloak on. “Oh my Alexander!”
She told the man to return to her but said nothing. He heard her voice in his mind. She looked into his eyes and with swift movements she snuck her fangs into him. Maeve licked the remaining blood from his neck and then wiped away the blood from her own lips. “Oh my you taste delightful What is your name?”
He looked at her with blank eyes. “My name is Luke”
“Luke!” She repeated “I see. You are the sheriff I assume?” She looked over his uniform. “You will come in handy my dear. Now wait in the barn for your orders.”
“Yes mistress.” He replied. His eyes that were once a brilliant blue turned black.
She knew who the man was. It was her son. Every part of her body froze. Had she been alive, her heart would have been racing. She could feel the cold blood of her tears running down her face. Her little boy was all grown up and knew nothing of her. She looked at her arms and then up at the man walking now closer to where she hid. She longed to hold her baby boy. Fear set in. Would he blame her? Would he hate her? Or worst of all, would he believe her to be a monster? She needed to know, but she was afraid. She was afraid of what he would say.
Alexander walks closer in Maeve’s direction “Come on out. I know you are there.”
Maeve would have held her breath or took a deep breathe if she had any breath. She stepped out into the light “Hello Alexander” She watched and waited. She wasn’t sure what he would do.
He smirks “I supposed lurking about in the shadows is what you do now?”
She comes a little closer and then stops. “I suppose you think I’m a monster too.” Her eyes filled with blood again
He looks at “Nah I don’t think your monster. I think Hunter turned you into this by not helping you.”
“Hunter is a fool. He never loved me. If he had….” She didn’t know what Alex knew. “If he had, he would have stayed and fought. He wouldn’t have let the people in this town turn on me.” She smiles “This town will soon learn a lesson.”
He smirks “What you are talking about? What are your plans?”
“My dear, Celeste is safe. She might be the only one. I want to burn the town to the ground but where’s the fun in that.”
Sighs in relief. “I am so glad she is safe.” He thinks “Who cares about the rest of the town.”
“Well you see dear, what would you rule if I burned everything. There would be nothing left for you. You could enslaved them all.”
“Oh yes and slaves sounds better.”
“Well I have my world to rule. You shall rule this one.” She smiles.
“Sounds great mom as long as Celeste and Justin are safe.”
“They will be. I will make sure of it.” She was determined to keep her family safe.
Maeve smiles “And Alexander, Mathew will return.”
Alexander looks up in amazement “Matthew, but he died.”
Maeve smiled “I have seen him and he is making his way back to you and Maurelle.”
Alexander didn’t understand “Maurelle? Where is she? What happened to her?” He cared for his daughter-in-law as if she was his own daughter.
“I have not found her yet, but I know she is alive.”
“I need to find her then, if Matthew is coming back.” He said.
It was so easy to talk to him. “I am so sorry I wasn’t there for you. I longed to be, but it was so dangerous. When I was first turned, I couldn’t control it. Hunter said he would help me, but he turned on me.”
“I am sorry. I wish I could have helped. He should have helped. This wasn’t your fault.”
“It was Marius ‘s fault but, you were just a baby. You were perfect and I couldn’t hold you. All I wanted to do was hold you and feed you but I couldn’t.”
A tear runs down his face. “Oh momma.” He wanted to give her a hug.
She wiped the blood from her face. “You’re all grown up now. I don’t know how you turned out so well, considering you had Hunter and I as parents. I’m so proud of you.”
Alexander was pacing as he waited for Celeste. He wondered what was keeping Celeste. He looked at his calendar hanging on the wall. “You would have been home by now.” He looked at his phone to check the time, then he put his coat on and went to look for her.
As he walked to the diner the air was crisp and come flurries begin come down as he walked. He pulled the collar of his coat up and put his hands in his pocket as the cold settled in.
The dinner was busy that night as he entered. He walked in and went walk right up to the counter.
“What can I get you Mr. Marks?” She looks at the time ” It’s late for you isn’t it. Celeste left hours ago.”
“She did?” He said concerned.
The waitress looked confused “Yes she left a while ago.”
He was worried. His face turned pale. He ran out of the diner.
Alexander ran to his father’s house. He banged on the door. “Where are you? Open the damn door!”
Hunter was in the basement making stakes when he heard his son. He came upstairs wearing a leather apron and a pair of protective goggles over his eyes. He pulled the goggles off his eyes and had them resting on his forehead. The marks from the goggles left red marks around his eyes.
“Oh what now you believe me. I know you saw it. The fog! It was her I know it!”
He never yelled and never lost his cool but this was different. “Celeste is missing! Why would she take her!” He hadn’t realized how much he was yelling. He was always in a fine pressed suit and his hair was never out of place.
“Alexander this is not your mother! She’s a monster!”
“You did this to her! You didn’t fight for her. Now look at what you’ve done.”
Hunter glared at him. “We were happy once. He stole all of that away from us. Your mother is dead. He killed her. That that thing is not your mother. That is not my Maeve.”
“You know she remembers. Otherwise, she wouldn’t be here. She’s not dead! And she would not have taken my wife!”
“There are two reasons. Either she did it to protect her for whatever hell she has in store for us or she’s cold blooded monster out to hurt her own family and anyone else that gets in her way.”
“I refuse to believe it! She has something awful planned for this town and I want to know why. What happened between you two? And this time I want the full story.” He stopped yelling when he realized his throat was hurting. He took a deep breath and tried to calm himself down. His face was red from being so angry.
Alexander poured a glass of whiskey. He looked at Hunter and laughed. Then he poured a glass of wine for his son. “You… you are so much like her you know.”
“So that’s why you hate me so much.” Alexander replied
Hunter pulled out a book and handed it to Alexander. “Every time I looked at you, I saw her. I tried to believe me. I promised her I would protect you and I failed.” He paused and drank more.
Alexander looked at the book and opened it. It was a photo album. He looked through the photos seeing pictures of his parents when they were happy. He teared up, “You were happy. Why didn’t you fight for her?”
Hunter sat in the corner watching as his son looked through the book. He continued to drink. “I did everything I could, but it was too late. The town turned on her. It was awful. They came with fire and pitchforks. Anything they could find. I should have stayed and fought them but I’m a coward. They destroyed our house.”
He drank more as he told Alexander their story. “She had a tough time. All a mother wants to do is hold her child and feed him but the smell of your blood was too much for her. What if she would hurt you? She wasn’t always like this. My Maeve was amazing.”
Maeve was in the kitchen preparing a bottle for Alex. Her hands they shook as she made it. She longed to hold her son to cradle him in her arms. She looked at him crying in his bassinet. “You can do this he’s your son. You won’t hurt him.” She handed the bottle to Hunter to make sure it wasn’t too hot.
He took it from her and dipped the formula on his arm. “It’s fine.” He couldn’t bring himself to look at her. He handed the bottle, but he never looked in her eyes. The person standing in front of him was a stranger. Maeve’s once warm green eyes replaced by cold black eyes. Her complexion was so pale compared to her bright red hair. He took the bottle and walked over to Alexander to feed him. Maeve took his hand to take the bottle from him but he pulled his hand away. Her skin was cold to the touch. A sick feeling overwhelmed him as he touched her hands.
Hunter’s reaction hurt her. She knew he couldn’t love her. He hated her. He said he would fight for her but he can’t even look at her.
“I want to feed him.” She said.
He looked at her in horror. “You think I would let you anywhere near my son.”
“Your son! He’s my son too!”
Alexander snarled at her “No, he was Maeve’s son and I don’t know what you are but you are not my wife. You are not my Maeve.”
Her eyes turned red with tears. She clenched her fist. “I am Maeve” She yelled. “He is my Son!”
“Your son! You can’t even feed him without thinking about drinking his blood!” He yelled at her and stood in between Maeve and the infant.
“But he’s my son!” Tears of blood ran down her face as she cried.
She could hear indistinguishable sounds coming from outside. She went to look out the window and she could see flames. The people in the town were coming for her. She could see them coming in the shadows they were making from the torches they were carrying.
Hunter picked up Alexander. “They are coming for you! They are coming for the monster!” He carried Alexander out of the back of the house as the mob of townspeople surrounded the house.
Maeve screamed “No! Please don’t take him away from me.” She knew she couldn’t run after them. Hunter was right. A monster is all she was now. She fell to the floor crying. “He’s my son.” She screamed as all the windows in the house blew out as tears of blood covered her face.
Maeve saw them surrounding the house. She growled as smoke came in from the fireplace. Maeve assumed it was the smoke from the torches and that they had already burned the house.
The smoke filled the living room and then a figure formed. Soon Marius was standing before her.
“Now little vampire, you are mine.”
She looks at him. She hated what he turned her into. “You did this… you destroyed my family.”
Marius raised his hand “Silence…”
And with that Maeve couldn’t speak. She put her hand to her throat and looked up at him.
“You are my slaves now!” Marius grabbed her and pulled her to the window so she could see the townspeople coming to kill her. “Look at them! Look at them. The town has turned on you.” He yelled, which startled her. Then he whispered into her ear as he held her close. “You are mine now.”
She felt him hold her. She couldn’t move.
“My dear you only have me now.”
She looked at him, but she could not speak. He laughed and said “Go ahead you can speak now vampire.”
“My son. He’s gone?”
Marius took her by the waist and pulled her close to him. “Look at me Maeve.” She was reluctant to do this, but she looked into his eyes for she could not disobey him. “You are mine now. You will work for me, you will pleasure me and you will do anything I say.”
As much as she wanted to look away she couldn’t. She found herself drawn to him. Marius held her close “You will be happy Maeve. We are all like family and I chose you my dear.”
“Me? Why me?” She says as she stares into his eyes as if she was in some trance.
He smiles “You have been requested.”
“Requested by who?” She asked.
“Oh do not fret little vampire, you will not be alone.” He put his hand up to her face and caressed it. “You have been being watched for a long time dear.”
Still not being able to take her eyes off of him, “Who? Who has been watching me?”
“All in good time vampire, all in good time.”
He still holds her and laughs, “He won’t like me holding you so close but I need the leverage over him.”
Maeve still didn’t know what was going on and what or who Marius was talking about.
“Now you need to know who is in charge.” He moves her neck to one side and sinks his fangs into her neck. Maeve doesn’t fight. As he drains the remaining blood from her. Maeve stands before him a shell of her former self. Paler than before with a few drops of blood on her neck.
One day you will give me a larger army. Maeve understood none of this or why she had such a strong allegiance to him. “And one day you will be free of me as long as your benefactor keeps his end of our deal.
She looks at him with blank dark black eyes “Yes master.”
The house burned around them. Smoke filled the house now. The crowd was screaming for the monster to die.
Maeve was angry “One day I will return and kill them all. I will take everything away from the, just as they have done.”
Marius smiles “No wonder why Lord Death loves you so much.”
Maeve looked at him confused but said nothing out of respect for her new master.
“Don’t worry all is not lost.”
Maeve shook her head, “Yes master.” Her eyes were now filled with such loss and hatred.
“You will not be with me that long vampire.”
“Master?” Maeve replied
“All in good time vampire. Now come we need to feed.” He and Maeve turned into the same smoke from before and flew up the chimney and out of the burning house.