I could hear their snarls behind me. A whole crowd of them, following me through the woods. My red dress was ripped apart as I tried to run through the trees and bushes, desperate to get away from them, and my makeup was ruined from crying in fear.
They were chasing me and no matter where I hid, I was sure they would find me. The smell of my rose scented perfume and the blood in my hands and feet from cuts and scratches were sure to catch their attention. Everyone I knew at my birthday ball was gone. Our mansion was attacked by what I think were vampires.
Their beastly faces, and big fangs protruded from their mouths, as well as eyes who looked like they were fireflies glowing in the night. I never thought they existed. To me, they were always fairytales to make you go to bed early when you were misbehaving.
I was one of the only ones who escaped, or at least that’s what I thought, but I still hoped everyone had made it out alive and well. I reached a river that had risen with the downpour from earlier. Not sure whether to cross or stay, either way, I was in danger on both ends. They were getting closer and my mind just took me back to the angry waters.
I would rather drown than be fed to those beasts, so I jumped to the river and tried to swim to the other side. Looking back to see them on the shore trying to get in, none of them dared. I was relieved, but it was short lived when the water dragged me further down by the waterfalls.
My heart beat rapidly and no matter how fast I was trying to swim, my exhaustion got the best of me. I let the waters take me and let fate decide how I die.
Illyria's POV The waterfalls dragged me to the bottom of the river, where it was calmer. I surfaced and took a big gulp of air. I was alive, my tears mixed with the water on my face as I sobbed uncontrollably. My family, my friends and even all those other innocent guests might be dead. I reached the shore and held on to it, trying to keep myself afloat while catching my breath. As I tried to keep it together, I could see my whole dress had been ruined. My hair was wet and tangled, my face must be a m
Kieran's POV I couldn’t believe my father had ordered me to take care of this human. I left her in the chambers before heading to the kitchen to make sure dinner was ready. The dining area seemed more al
Illyria's POV I lost my appetite after Lorena told me the news, so I excused myself and apologized for all the delicious food that would go to waste, but I wanted to be alone. I found my chambers and lo
Kieran's POV "She what?!” I snarled at one of the guards when he told me Illyria had escaped. This woman was causing a lot of trouble already. I don’t know why dad insisted on keeping her here. She should have just stayed in the woods and let nature take care of her. But I had to save her. I couldn’t leave her.My blood boiled as I left the castle, walking towards the village to find her. As I looked around the crowded street, I noticed a red rose on the floor, squished by passersby. I picked it up and smelled it, it had her scent mixed up with the flower’s own natural one.“Excuse me, Kieran?” I heard Molly, the town baker call. She seemed a little concerned, “if you are looking for the lady you brought, she went that way,” she said, pointing at the North side of the woods.“Did you talk to her at all?” I asked, but she shook her head.“No, but Lilith told her about the meaning of the roses for us. She told her that it will be painted with blood, and that must have scared her,
Illyria's POVWe arrived once again to the village. While we walked through the crowd, they kept looking at us and murmuring amongst each other. I hugged myself and looked at Kieran, a lot of questions running through my mind.“Why are they looking at us like that?" I asked, curiously. I felt uncomfortable and sudden goosebumps raised on my skin.“They know,” he replied with a smirk, making me look at him confused. “Know what?” “I will explain to you in the castle. For now, we have to get there and clean ourselves," he replied, picking up his pace, not giving me any choice but to follow him. We walked inside the castle and he took me by the hand to pull me towards his room. “What the hell are you doing?” I asked, thinking he will definitely do something to me this time. My heart was beating fast, but I wasn't sure if it was fear or maybe attraction for him. ‘'Shut up your stupid brain,' I said to myself.We walked into his room, it was beautiful and modern. The bed was big and tal
Illyria's POV Those words were like electricity running down my spine, and the tone of his voice as he was claiming me at that moment sent shivers through my body. I was his. It was a strange feeling, but my body and my heart were responding to him in such an erotic way, despite my mind telling me to hold back. “This is not possible. How could this happen?” I asked, still skeptical of the situation. He sat up and looked at me with his golden eyes. He was breathtaking, and every minute I spent next to him would be a minute I would have to hold myself back from giving in. “It is indeed, possible. When someone gives you a red rose, it means your soulma