My heart sank and dread began to creep into my mind and body. I stared down at the invitation in my hand. I had just gotten home from school Monday and was checking the mail.
‘You are cordially invited to a private dinner…’
I didn’t bother reading the rest; I knew who it was from and where I was supposed to go. The address of where Dylan lived was written in fine calligraphy scrawl work by Talbot since he was the one who signed the invitation at the bottom.
They were here. I figured Ayden and Darius had received an invitation. The dinner was scheduled for Wednesday night so only two days from now.
I knew somehow my time with Ayden was limited. I had to find a way to keep from losing him.
I put the invitation in my pocket and went inside my house. The dinner invitation said dress was formal. So I would have to find something to wear.
I sat down in the kitchen and absently began to do my homework. I had to clear my mind.
It was impossible, there was no solution. I had no idea what they were going to do or why. I couldn’t find a way to save Ayden if I had no idea what to save him from.
I was going to have to rewrite my homework as the tears fell and stained the ink.
I flicked through the racks without really seeing the clothes.
“Snap out of it Cail you can’t let it depress you. You and Ayden will get out of this alive and in love,” Beth cooed the last part. I smiled sadly at her, she was so optimistic.
“I know but its no fun shopping for clothes when it’s for an event that will be anything but,” I flicked around some more dresses. I resolved myself to at least find something nice to wear for Ayden. I felt like wearing black but it would be too depressing.
So I switched instead to red. I found this one that looked good. The straps were just a bit thicker than spaghetti straps and it fitted straight down to about four inches above my knee. It had some folds in it with darker red material and a neckline that was low. It looked good on me and it wasn’t overly formal or too dressy. I think it was just right.
Everyone had been invited to this private dinner. Josh, Beth, Ayden, Darius and of course me. Obviously Talbot and Dylan would already be there. I found some peep toe black platform heels to go with it.
Darius told my dad that I had been invited to a youth benefit dinner to educate younger folks on the hazards and career options with fire fighting as part of what he was doing for my dad’s charity. He was involved in my dad’s charity now and of course my dad was perfectly fine with me attending.
“That dress is killer,” Beth said as she dropped me back off at home. I nodded and let out a breath.
“It will be ok Cail,” she said rubbing my back in her soothing best friend voice.
“I’m sorry Beth but I just don’t believe that,” she gave me a frown but didn’t say anything more. I went inside my house as Beth watched looking worried and then she drove away.
I stood in front of the mirror looking at my reflection. My hair I had straightened to perfection around my face. Smoothing the dress down around my body, I let the fear take over so I could get past it. I closed my eyes and let myself have a little shake for a moment and to keep myself from letting tears come out that would mess up my make-up.
Tonight was the night. Wednesday and we were going to deal with this ancient. November had turned chillier than normal so I had a little black sweater to put on over the thin sleeves of the dress. I had no idea what to expect. I opened my eyes thinking that I did look good at least and fear gripped me again. Closing my eyes inhaling through the nose and exhaling out through the mouth.
I heard someone lean up against the door jam to my room.
“You are beautiful,” he said lovingly. I smiled, and looked over at my Ayden. He was handsome as always in a black traditional tuxedo with a black bow tie. His body underneath rippling the white dress shirt that was tailor made. Guess when you have eternity you can go all out.
“Thanks I am so nervous and afraid,” I admitted, he came over to me and took my hands in his.
“No matter what happens, I will always be yours,” he still had that loving tone and sincerity in his voice.
“I trust you,” I said and he kissed my lips softly. Another body appeared in the doorway, Darius this time.
|Paul Wesley||as Ayden|
|Ian Somerhalder||as Darius|
|Hayden Christensen||as Dylan|
|Scott Bakula||as Cailyn's Father|
|Josh Hutcherson||as Josh|
|Joseph Morgan||as Talbot|
|Christina Hendricks||as Layla|
|Josh Holloway||as Thaddeus|