Liz and her family of vampires are vacationing in England for the summer. What will happen when some of Liz's old friends show up and when some unwanted faces re-appear? Sequal to: Estrella! Next story: Sol!
ok, this is the sequal to my first story, Star. If you have not read Star, then do NOT read this. You will be completely confused about practically everything. Sorry...
11. Chapter 11
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We were about three fourths of the way to the coast when there was a low growl from behind us.
I whipped my head around to see a large wolf coming up from behind us. I had to keep silent though because Alec was following my scent but probably could not tell where I was exactly.
“Ryan, get over that way and run along side me through the trees.” I ordered.
“I’ll tell you later, just do it or we’re both dead!”
“What could possibly kill me?” He asked skeptically.
“Werewolf.” I said jumping off and running again.
Ryan veered left and kept an even pace with me. I heard Alec change back behind me. Knowing that Alec was standing there with a confused look on his face, I sped off into the trees as fast as I could. Ryan kept an even pace as always and we continued heading towards the coastline.
Alec was catching up as I was growing tired of running, being half human didn’t help the current situation. The least I could hope for was to be in the water and swimming to an island before Alec could catch up and practically run me over.
Ryan noticed my fatigue and offered to carry me again. In any other situation I would have accepted, but not this time. Getting away from Alec without him realizing that I was actually running away from everything was my first priority, but my legs thought otherwise.
I could hear Alec’s breathing behind me, and almost feel his warm breath on the back of my neck, there was really no other option left. I gave a quick wave to Ryan, telling him I wanted a ride and veered off in his direction. Once I reached him, I jumped about three feet in the air and landed lightly on his back and we were running faster than I ever could.
The bad thing about my decision was that the fact that I was running with someone else had just hit Alec as Ryan sped off through the trees. There was a very loud ripping sound from behind us and I knew what it meant; Alec was mad.
There was suddenly the sound of a husky, sharp breath from behind us and the fear I felt drove Ryan faster. I was grateful that he could read me like a book. But, our speed was no match for that of a young werewolf and Alec was directly behind us in a flash. I knew I would have to do something to get Alec to calm down, but the only plan I had was, well, nothing.
It was a split second decision, I jumped. I jumped off of Ryan and landed flat onto the soft and warm fur on Alec’s back. Ryan spun around and stared at my half limp form lying on the back of a wolf until I lifted my head and smiled at him. Alec was a different story though. When I landed on his back, his gait changed from a rough and determined one to a nice and relaxed lope. He was happy he could carry me again.
Ryan circled around so that he was running next to the giant wolf. He didn’t seem so pleased with my decision, but it was just because I didn’t tell him what I was planning. We ran like that until we reached the coastline.
“Okay, this is our stop.” Ryan said, shaking me awake. I must have fallen asleep on Alec’s back.
I heard Alec let out a deep growl in protest, but I was awake and somewhat aware of my surroundings- enough to dismount to feel sand beneath my feet that is. Alec looked at me with a pleading expression, begging me to stay. I smiled apologetically at him, but then an idea popped into my head; maybe Alec could come with us after all.
I quickly asked Ryan, speaking too fast for Alec to hear. Ryan looked at me for a moment, debating weather they could get along or not with me stuck in the middle, and then nodded once in his approval.
I nearly screamed out of pure pleasure but pulled myself back. It was now about three or four in the morning, there’s bound to be sleeping people nearby and I wouldn’t need to have any of them awake.
“Alec,” I whispered, “Do you want to come with us?”
I immediately saw what looked like hope shine in the wolf’s eyes. He tossed his head up and down and then gave me a big “kiss” on my cheek with his large, wet tongue.
The fact then hit me; how are we going to get him across the water? He can’t swim like a vampire can and he definitely can’t hold his breath as long either. I spun around in about three circles, looking for something we could use. I spotted a small rowboat near one of the beach houses. It was perfect!
“How are we going to get him across?” Ryan asked. I just smiled and pointed at the small boat.
“That’s how!” I whispered back, “Alec, can you shift back now?” I asked.
The wolf darted off into the trees and was back about half a minute later, but now in a human form.
“So, do you want to ride with me or that lee- I mean, your friend?” Alec asked.
I glanced at Ryan, he seemed open to either option, knowing that humans get cold after they’ve been wet; he was leaning towards me going with Alec but would highly enjoy it if I went with him.
“I think I’ll go with Alec if that’s okay.” I said. It was staring to get colder anyway and I wouldn’t mind the extra heat.
Alec strode over, grabbed the boat and ores, and was ready to leave. I heaved my duffel over my shoulder and gave Ryan a quick hug before going over and getting into the rowboat. Ryan stood on the shore and watched as Alec shoved the boat into the water until jumping into the water and swimming towards one of the farther out islands.
“Follow Ryan,” I said, “He knows where we’re going.”
“As you wish your highness.” Alec said in a somewhat playful tone. I tried not to gasp at the last words, knowing he probably had no idea how true they could someday be.
Alec paddled our tiny boat in the general direction of the island Ryan was heading for a little too slowly for my tastes. I soon found out why.
“Liz, can I tell you something?”
“Sure, you know you can tell me anything.”
“Well, this is kind of more of a serious thing. I mean it’s not like I’m going to say anything like the world as we know it is going to end in five minutes or anything like that but, well,” He paused and the rest came out really fast, “I know we haven’t known each other for a really long time but, when you left, I- I wasn’t the same. I thought you were never coming back, or would like your old friends better than me, or… or meet someone new you liked even more. That’s why I came. I- I didn’t want to lose my best friend.”
I was lost for words.
He looked at me for a few minutes, as if debating whether or not he should have even told me that. He then leaned forward and pressed his lips lightly to mine. The heat, the fire, that accompanied the feeling of his soft lips on mine were unforgettable. I felt myself instinctively lean into the kiss and enjoyed it almost as much as he had. When we finally had to pull away, both of us were out of breath.
“Oh,” I said. It was all I could really say after that. My lips felt like they were on fire, but in a good way.
“Sorry about that.” Alec said sheepishly.
“Don’t be.” I told him, taking one of his hands in mine. He still avoided my gaze, but let me hold his blistering hand.
This is wrong! I told myself that over and over again. But my emotions were contradicting, saying, “How could it be wrong when I felt so right?” My brain begged to differ. The mental argument continued from logic to emotions for a while, while Alec continued rowing.
“Hey! Are you guys coming or not!?” Ryan yelled loud enough for us to hear. Both of our heads jerked in his direction and I noticed that he was already on the shore of a densely forested island, “Lucas is already here, and he’s getting impatient. I haven’t told him about Alec yet!” He informed me.
Should I? He thought.
“No,” I said in a normal voice, “I’ll talk to him later.” I saw Ryan nod once and took off into the trees.
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