The Rose Pendant (6)

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I was just getting Jay to laugh when all the guys poured out of iHop laughing, joking, and cat calling at the hostess. 

“Hey where’d you guys run off to?” Jared asked when he spotted us. We both shrugged. Jay got up, stretched, and headed over to join them with me at his heels

“We just wanted some fresh air, and besides I wasn’t really hungry.” said Jay. I think the others picked up on his mood and didn’t ask any other questions. I was sad that Jay’s sulking mood had returned.

I followed behind the guys quietly on the way back to the dorms occupied by my own thoughts. At some point during the walk, the boys decided to go for an early morning swim. Geez, I thought to myself, didn’t they ever need sleep? Actually why wasn’t I tired? We had stayed up all night. Maybe it was a vampire thing?

Jay grabbed my hand and spun me around. “Where are you going Holly? I was enjoying our conversation.” I shrugged my shoulders. I wasn't really one for swimming. Being a lifeguard had sucked the fun out of it. 

“Oh well I thought you might want some alone time or something.” I said stupidly. Jay’s dopey grin returned to his face.

“Nah, I need a break from those losers for a while. Besides there is some place special I want to show you.” Jay told me that it was back at the dormitories so we trailed behind the guys who had to go get their swim trunks.

When we got back Jay walked me to my room. “Holly you might want to get a sweatshirt. It’s going to be really cold where we are going. I’m going to get my own, so I'll be back in a few minutes.” He squeezed my hand and smiled before he left. When he had disappeared around the corner a small smile spread across my face. Was this almost like a date?

 Someone cleared their throat and I turned around. All my happiness deflated when I saw Strom leaning against our door. His hair swept down hiding half of his beautiful face, but I could still see the scowl.

“Get inside!” he growled at me before dragging me in. After closing the door he pushed me up against it. One hand was on the door, the other around my neck. “Stay away from my friends you little freak!” he spat at me. The lights were still off and the dark made his face look ten times scarier.

“Wh-what?” I managed to squeak.

“You heard me. Stay away from them. I should have kicked you out before we even watched the movie but I didn’t want to look like a prick. From now on whenever my friends come over, your are going to be busy. Got it? Oh and I never want to see you talking to Jay again unless it’s telling him to buzz off. He has a girlfriend!” His words made me want to die.

“Why do you hate me so much?” I asked quietly.

“Why? Well first you’re a girl so you shouldn’t even be in this school, stealing my friends, and living in my dorm! And second you didn’t even know you were a vampire a week ago. You’re just as low as those disgusting humans!” his words were like a slap in the face and tears started to fall down my check. I hated crying, and I definitely didn’t want him to see my cry. But how could I not? My world had just been turned upside down and I thought that I had found some footing here in this new place. But I guess I was wrong.

A knock at the door startle us both. Storm quickly let go of my neck as Jay let himself in.

“Hey Hol ready to-” he paused when he saw me crying. Stupid, stupid tears. “What happened?” Jay asked looking at both of us.

“Oh nothing, we were just having a little chat. You should go get your swimsuit. We are going swimming.”

“But me and Holly were going to-"

“No you're not. Holly's busy, right Holly?” My bottom lip quivered as I shook my head.

“What’s going on here?” Jay asked Storm angrily.

“Nothing at all, we’re just going swimming.”

“I don’t want to go swimming. I want to hang out with Holly.” Jay said his eyes flashing. This didn’t look good.

“I said Holly is busy! Go get your suit!”

“Don’t tell me what to do!” Jay screamed, his eyes flashing red. Storm pointed at the door which seemed to make Jay even more mad. His eyes turned completely blood red and I watched in slow motion as his fist made contact with Storm’s jaw. It made a crunching noise and then Jay hit him again making Storm fall to the floor. When Jay took a step forward I jumped between the boys.

“No!” I screamed, “You don’t really want to hurt him Jay. This isn’t you!” he growled at me making my heart jump, but not in a good way. What the heck was I suppose to do?

“Go get a glass of blood.” Storm choked out after spitting up some of his own. No! I thought to myself, I can do this. I crossed my fingers for good luck before running at Jay and shoving him out the door. He landed on the floor with a thump and his head smacked the ground. I held my breath too afraid to move. Now how angry was he going to be? After a few second he sat up, rubbing his head. His eyes were the normal blue. I sighed in relief.

“Owww!” Jay moaned.

“I’m so sorry Jay!” I apologized kneeling down next to him.

“No thank you Holly, you saved me again. It would have been really bad if I killed my own cousin.”

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Jay took me down to the basement of the building.

We had decided to make a break for it before Storm recovered from the punch to his face. As much as I wanted to question Jay about his cousin, I could knew that it was something that he needed to tell me when it felt right for him.

In the basement there was a trap door which he opened and helped me down an old ladder. The room was freezing and I couldn’t see a thing. Jay scampered down the ladder and then turned on a light switch. Light filled the room and I could tell that we were in an old storage room. All the boxes had been pushed against the wall to make room in the middle. I stared in wonder at the small ice skating rink that someone had made. Jay smiled holding up a pair of skates.

“Wanna go ice skating?” he asked with the dopey grin that I was starting to really enjoy. Jay told me that he had come down he looking for some old lacrosse equipment and found the room flooded. “No one ever comes down here so I turned the temperature down until the water froze.”

Jay also told me that his mother was Storm's dad’s sister and explained that although he loved his cousin, sometimes Storm could be unbearable.

“Don’t worry, he will warm up to you eventually. He is just very use to getting his way. He’s pretty much a spoiled brat.”

“Hmmm I hope so. Why is he so spoiled anyways?” Jay looked at me like I was crazy.

“Don’t you know who he is?”

“Um, a really big jerk?”

“Holly his dad is Harold Hearth, you know the leader of all vampires?” I stared at him in shock. I guess that explained everything…

We skated for a little bit but soon I was freezing because I never had the chance to grab mine. “Here Hol take mine.” Jay said taking off his sweatshirt. I pulled it over my head and of course it smelt amazing. We both smiled at each other and Jay knotted his hand with mine.

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