I gasped and moved away from him. “Stefan…you didn’t…Oh my God, wewe killed that little girl!” He looked at me apologetically and his face filled with guilt.
“Elena, the pull of human blood is very strong. I couldn’t resist, it was too much…” He songesha closer but I sprang up and backed against the wall.
“Stefan…I don’t…I think I’m going to be sick…” I felt ill thinking about that poor little girl…having her blood drained from her body… “Stefan…get out. I…I can’t hear anymore…Not now.” He nodded and got up. I couldn’t look him in the eye.
“Elena. wewe told me to tell wewe everything. I told wewe that wewe might not like what wewe hear. But wewe wanted me to tell wewe anyway. All I can say is I’m sorry.” And with that he was gone. Tears poured down my face. The thought of the little girl made my stomach churn. How could he…I fell onto my kitanda and sobbed. I sobbed for hours. I could never look at Stefan the same way again. But it struck me then that Damon had probably killed children too. I tried not to think about it. I knew it was the only way they could survive, but the thought was too horrible, too much…And I fell into a tense and stressful sleep…
I woke up slowly the inayofuata morning. My eyes were thick with sleep from the dried tears. I rubbed my eyes hard and blinked them open. The sun was streaming in through the open window. I didn’t want to think about what I had heard last night. I tried to blank it out. Looking at the clock on the ukuta I saw it was 9.10am, and I could hear Aunt Jenna downstairs. Suddenly my phone buzzed with a text. I picked it up and saw it was from Damon.
Are wewe busy today? If wewe are then cancel your plans. I’m taking wewe somewhere. I’ll pick wewe up at 11am, ok? Make sure you’re ready x
I smiled at his complete and utter bluntness. Quickly I texted back.
No I wasn’t busy today, but thanks for asking. I’ll see wewe at 11am then. Xxx
I pressed send, put my phone down and went and took a shower. The hot water was good against my tired face, and when I’d finished I felt fresh and ready to face another day.
When I got back to my room I changed and ran a brush through my wet hair. Annoyingly there was a knot and I had to literally rip my brush through my hair. My head throbbed painfully after the knot was finally gone. Finally I was finished getting ready and I glanced at the clock again. 10.17am, wow I was moving really slow today. I heard a knock on the door.
“Come in,” I turned around and Jeremy came in. “Oh hujambo Jer, wewe ok?” He looked as though his was suppressing laughter. “What’s so funny?” I inquired. Laughter was literally ripping him apart from the inside.
“Come and see for yourself. But be quiet.” He beckoned me forth and I followed him to the landing. He peered over the banister and giggled. I looked too and nearly burst out laughing too. Aunt Jenna was dancing – not disco dancing, but using an exercise video called Taibo. The man on the screen was saying “and lunge, two, three, four, five, six seven, eight. And breathe, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight…” She was really going for it. I looked at Jeremy and we couldn’t hold it in any longer. We burst out laughing and tears came to my eyes. Aunt Jenna looked up sternly.
“What are wewe two laughing at? Isn’t a woman allowed to get her body into shape?” she put her hands on her hips. “Now look what you’ve made me do! I’ve missed the squat-thrusts.” This made us laugh even more. “Go away, both of you. Leave me and my hot body builder to ourselves, thank you.” And with that she turned around and tried to catch up with tape. Jeremy helped me get up.
“Oh dear,” I said, wiping the laughter tears away.
“My sentiments exactly,” Jeremy giggled, stifling zaidi laughter. “Hey, wewe look nice Elena. Where are wewe off to?” I didn’t actually know exactly where I was going.
“I’m going somewhere with Damon. And thanks for the compliment,” I smiled. He looked at me in surprise.
“You and Damon? Since when?” I sighed.
“Since yesterday actually.” I turned to walk away. He grabbed my arm.
“Elena, I don’t know why I’m saying this, but be careful. I’ve always got a bad vibe off of him. There’s something…off about him.” I was touched kwa his worry and honesty.
“I’m salama with Damon. But thanks Jer, for being so caring.” I hugged him and he shuffled off to his room. After five dakika his muziki blared up. I looked at the clock again. 10.30Am. Time was going so slowly. I just wanted to see Damon again. I sat on my kitanda and stared at the window, wishing that he would just appear. So I tried to think of something to do to pass the time. I looked around me and realised that my room was actually a bit of a tip. So I gathered up the dirty clothes and threw them into the wash bin in the bathroom. Then I sorted out my dawati and I got kind of into the whole bedroom cleaning thing. After a while I looked back at the clock. 10.57Am! Damon would be here soon. I grabbed my bag and made my way downstairs. As I got to the bottom the doorbell rang. I opened the door.
“Hey,” Damon alisema as he stepped inside. He cupped my face in his hands and brought his lips down to mine. I melted. Our lips moved against each other rhythmically, and our breathing staggered. When we kissed I forgot every bad thing that was worrying me, everything that got me down. I had never known that Damon, of all people, could have ever made me feel this way. I remembered back to when I had hated him. When I was shocked at the way he could kill without a hint of remorse. But for some reason none of the past mattered anymore. It was like we had started again and I knew that if I didn’t think about what he did to…eat, that I could be with him. The kissing slowed and eventually he pulled his face back ever so slightly, but kept his hands on my cheeks. His face was millimetres from my own, and I stared into his grey eyes. They were mesmerising. Suddenly I heard Aunt Jenna coming down the stairs. We quickly moved away from each other, trying to look as inconspicuous as possible. I really didn’t want to have to deal with her constant embarrassing remarks right now. As she reached the bottom of the stairs she looked at us and smiled.
“Why hello Damon, it’s so nice to see wewe again,” she said, staring at him. I rolled my eyes. “So what are wewe kids up to today, hmm?” I glanced up at Damon. I was wondering the same thing actually. He had only sent me a text saying that he wanted to take me somewhere, but I had no idea where that somewhere was.
“I was going to take Elena out for the day, is that ok?” He smiled down at me.
“Of course it’s ok sweetie. Have fun wewe two.” She beamed a smile at Damon. “Well, I’m off to meet Alaric at the Grill. See wewe later honey,” and she kissed my cheek. She walked past us out of the door. I turned back to Damon.
“So, where are we going?” I asked.
“You’ll see,” he grinned and took my hand. We walked out of the front door and he lead me to his 60’s blue Chevrolet. It was a beautiful old car. He opened the door for me.
“Madam,” he alisema with a smile and waved his hand as he bowed. I laughed at his dramatic gesture. The moment I was in he was already buckled up and the ignition was running.
“Aren’t wewe worried that people will see wewe moving so fast?” I was worried he was going to give himself away kwa being reckless.
“Do wewe really think people are going to believe what they saw if they did?” I thought about it.
“I suppose…” And we were off, driving out of my mitaani, mtaa and onto the main road that ran through Mystic Falls. He switched on the radio and muziki blasted out into the car. His hand tapped along to the beat on the steering wheel. I wondered to myself if I should tell him about Stefan’s appearance last night. I decided to save it.