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Romeo and Juliet

My name is Quil Ateara, and up untill recently there were three things I was sure about. First, I thought I was best friends with Jacob Black, and Embry Call. Second, I was sure I was human. And third, I believed that there was no real existance of mythical creatures. How could I have been so wrong? Once Jacob and Embry join the pack, Quil is left alone and confused. When he stumbles upon a lone vampire, he doesn't realize at first what she is, or what he is to become. And when their friendship becomes closer, the pack threatens to tare it apart. Chapter 22 now up!


11. The Color of my Eyes

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We just sat there for a while, me thinking while inhaling Terra’s bittersweet scent. I had so many questions, but I feared the response she would have about answering. My mind was dazed, deep in question when Terra began to speak, “Quil,” her musical voice made my head turn to her while trying to pull myself back to the present. “I’m worried Quil, about you knowing and everything.”“Why?” hurt colored my tone.“It’s just our friendship…doesn’t tit bother you to know I, you know…drink blood?” the last part was barely a whisper.“I don’t know. I guess I didn’t think about that.”“This is important Quil. I’m dangerous, and truthfully I shouldn’t be around you.”
”I don’t want you to go Terra.” My voice pleaded, begged her not to leave. “You’re my best friend.”“I like you to Quil, but it’s still not right. Vampire friends with a …” she didn’t finish and I could think that this was because she didn’t want to drag this out. “You understand, right?” she was hoping for me to say ‘yes’, to let her free of me, a human.“Yeah, I guess.”“It’s not that I don’t want to be your friend because I do which makes me worried if I were to ever hurt you or if I ever got thirsty…”“I wouldn’t worry about hurting me.” She stood up and walked to the edge of the clearing with a graceful gait. With her tiny, delicate hands she broke off a low hanging, 3ft thick branch from one of the trees and broke that further in half.“And now do you worry that I could hurt you?”“A little, yes.”“That’s better.” We both laughed at my ignorance, my laugh a loud chortle.“Is there anything else I should have to worry about?”“Well there are these,” she gave way to a huge smile, revealing two sharp, carnivorous teeth. It was nice being able to joke around about this but something clicked and my face fell instantly. “Quil, is something wrong?”
Negating her question I asked my own. ”Can I ask you something personal?”“Sure.”“Do you…do you…eat people?” my words gradually became softer as each passed through my lips. I was looking down at my hands, as the silence grew deeper through the forest, confirming my suspicions.“I don’t want to be what I am, to live as a horrid beast for all eternity who survives only by taking the lives of others.” Each word was perfectly enunciated, filled with an unobtainable desire; a passion to be human once more. On one hand I was happy to hear this, that my being a human wouldn’t turn her away out of disgust. On the other hand I was pained, as much as I wanted to ease her sorrow I couldn’t, I couldn’t change what she was. “Isn’t there any other way…” I didn’t know what to say. There was no rule of courtesy that told you how to sooth your vampire best friend when she is loathing herself.“Well, there might be. Earlier today while I was at the Cullen’s, they shared with me their lifestyle and how they are able to survive without killing humans.”“Wait, wouldn’t you know this if you were friends with them in Toronto?”“Well, you see, I lied. Before I came to I didn’t personally know them. But I had heard of them from a family of my kind in Alaska. They told me if I came through here I might run across the Cullen’s. Which brings me back to what I was saying, the Cullen’s don’t drink the blood of humans but of animals. They told me it doesn’t completely satisfy the thirst, but it allows they to be able to be civil around humans. Maybe I could be like them, live off of animals instead of people." "You don’t have to change for me although I like that idea better this is a decision you have to make. If that’s what you want to do I’ll back you up 100%, either way." I did want her to at least consider the alternative because truthfully I was a bit disturbed at the thought of Terra draining the blood of an innocent person. "I will.""What?" my recent cloud of thoughts left me clueless as to what she was now saying."I said I would try their way of life.""Really? Is that what you want?""Yes, I want to do this for me. So maybe now I won’t be as horrible a monster as I am now." confidence rang in her voice as she declared her new lifestyle, a life of trying not to be what was cursed as, but what she could do with it."I’m happy for you, and just so you know I don’t think you’re a monster.""Thanks, but there’s no changing what I am.""There has to be some advantages to what you are, besides the strength.""Well," she looked reluctant to speaking this, "there are some of us who are greatly gifted.""Like how?""The Cullen’s, there are three of them with gifts. Edward the one at the store he can read minds, and there is also a girl in their coven who can see the future, and another boy who can change the emotions of those around him.""Do you have any gifts?""Well yes. You see those who have gifts get them from a strong influence they had as a human. When I was human I always knew everyone through friends or family. Just by descriptions people gave me I could identify someone and I could remember what I had heard about them. Now as a vampire I can look at anyone and instantly know their name and what they are destined to be.""So, did you know who I was when you first saw me?""Yes."""And do you know what I’m destined to be?""No, it was unclear for you." her words said one thing but her voice said another, like she was keeping something from me."What else is different about being a…" I couldn’t say it, it felt weird to think of Terra as a bloodsucking creature of myths."A vampire," I nodded and she understood, "well, my senses are also increased, besides strength. Like speed, and sight, smell, and hearing, they all work now with more intensity. Also when I changed I looked different, I was less attractive before I turned.""I think you’re beautiful." I hadn’t meant for that to come out, it was supposed to stay in an imaginary thought bubble of mine."Well I am now, but thank you anyway.""Your welcome." the corners of her lips turned up creating a miraculous smile that I adored."Back to what I was saying, I also can’t sleep, and I don’t need to breath.""You don’t sleep?" "Never.""Well that might explain the bruises under your eyes. By the way I’m still curious to how you have purple eyes. How is that possible?" I knew I shouldn’t have asked when her eyes turned down to her lap. "You don’t have to tell me, I was just curious.""No, it’s fine. Their purple because I wear contacts, and no they don’t make purple contacts if you were going to ask.""Then how?""I cover up my eyes with colored contacts so that humans don’t see their true shade.""Can I see?""I don’t think you’ll like what you see.""I won’t laugh, I promise.""It’s not so much that I’m worried you’ll laugh but be disgusted with what I am.""I won’t, please?" I was trying to give her a puppy dogface, but I doubt it looked right, but she was placing a pale finger to her eye anyway."Alright." she whisper and turned away while she took out her contacts. As she placed them down in their case I saw the blue lining in a ring around the mid section of the contacts. Terra lifted her head back up and turned her face back to me, eyes closed. "Are you sure you want to see?"

I placed a russet hand to her cold cheek, "Yes." her light lids flew open, revealing two crimson irises looking intently on my expression. I must have looked a little shocked, but mostly awed at their intensity, they made me want to observe closer when they were meant to scare me away. "I still think you’re beautiful."