Chapter Nine

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Cliff and I were in my back yard studying. I could see my mom looking out of the window at us, she was constantly checking on me when I was home. She hated for me to go anywhere, always afraid that I was going to get snatched away again. I waved to her and she waved back, and then disappeared from sight.

“Maybe your mom would feel better if Brooke came with us when we studied.”

“I don’t think it’s you she’s worried about. She’s afraid that I’m going to get kidnapped again. At first, I thought she didn’t like me being out here in the cold, but I think that she just doesn’t like me being outside of the house, period.”

“That could be. You two had a rough relationship but then you were starting to turn that around before you were taken. I’m sure that it shook her up a lot. Are you thinking about telling them that you’re a vampire?”

“What? No. Where did that come from?”

“You’re obviously concerned about how worried she is. I thought you might want to tell her to put her mind at ease.”

“And you think that telling her that I’m a vampire is going to put her mind at ease? Really?”

He laughed. “Apparently that was a wrong assumption.”

“It would probably send her off the deep end.”

“I just thought that if she knew how strong you were, she might worry less.”

I shook my head. “She wouldn’t be able to handle finding out that truth. She won’t even look at any evidence that I was adopted.”

“Their minds have been controlled by vampires, Alexis. It doesn’t matter what you tell them, or how compelling the evidence is. They aren’t going to believe it until it’s been reversed.”

“How can it be reversed?”

“The vampire who did it, or a more powerful one, can undo it. I’ve also seen it reversed when the vampire who controlled the mind dies.”

“We’re more powerful than the ones who did this, right? We’re royalty and direct descendants of the Fyrsturae.”

“Yes, but we’re so young that we may not necessarily be more powerful yet. Do you want to have it reversed?”

“I don’t know. I’m just trying to figure everything out. I’m sure they’re a lot better off not knowing for now. Like I said, I don’t think my mom would take it very well.”

“Yes, I think it’s best that we just blend in. The less that your friends and family know, the better it is for them. How are you doing with your cravings? Do you need any bags?”

I made a face. “Definitely not. I’m making sure to take care of my needs before I have any issues. Clara is helping me out with that. Since she lives with me, it’s convenient to go with her.”

“I’m sure that she’s not meeting your needs in ways approved of by our parents, although I’m not going to ask you to give me details. I want you to think about how we can get you focused on fulfilling yourself with bagged blood. You’re going to be spending time at the castle this summer and you’ll need to be able to use it.”

“There has to be a way around that. There just has to be. I know that you’ve never tasted the real stuff, but it isn’t the same.”

“The bagged stuff is real.”

“Fine, it’s real. But it isn’t fresh and it’s not the same at all. Not just the freshness, but the taste is improved with the heightened emotions of the human. When they’re scared, it’s amazing.” My mouth watered at the thought.

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