Chapter 34

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Previously in Dark and Dangerous Love:

A frown knotted itself across Evelyn's eyebrows. “Alice, you’re scaring me… What’s wrong, why are you acting like you are asking me to die for you?”

“Because you might.” Alice let out a sigh. “In order to help me, you need to lie to everyone you know, even Zayn.”

“Alice, just tell me what’s wrong! If you want me to lie to Zayn then I will, I will do anything for you, you’re my cousin, we’re the same blood! Please, tell me what happened!”

“I suppose I need to tell you the truth if you’re going to put your life on the line for me.” Gently, Alice guided Evelyn's hand to her stomach. “I’m pregnant.”

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“I’m pregnant.”

Those words echoed in Evelyn's ears like the echoes of a clear bell.

Her heart was beating at her throat and she could feel every rush of blood running through her body.

‘Pregnant, she’s pregnant! Pregnant… Alice is with child!’ The simple information took longer than necessary for Evelyn to process, but as soon as her brain processed the simple fact, the she let out a shriek of excitement. But the scream soon became muffled as Alice forcefully pressed her hand against Evelyn's mouth.

“Shh,” Alice hissed. “This is a top secret, no one is allowed to know!”

“I-I’m sorry,” Evelyn giggled and immediately turned her attention to Alice’s stomach. “I can’t believe it, there’s an actual life growing inside of you right now. Can I feel it?”

“Of course,” Alice smiled angelically. “But be gentle, even though I haven’t been carrying it for long, I can’t risk anything hurting it.”

Evelyn rolled her eyes. “That baby has Blackburn blood running through it, of course I’ll be gentle!”

With great fascination, Evelyn ran her palm across Alice’s almost flat stomach, her face lit up with joy as the reality processed in her mind.

“You’re pregnant… you’re going to be a mother.” She muttered in enthralment. Evelyn was so captivated by Alice’s stomach and the fact that a baby was growing inside of it, that she missed the look of fear and sorrow clouding over her cousin’s face.

“Evelyn, please, you need to promise not to tell anyone about the fact that I'm pregnant… No one can know that I'm carrying a child!”

Evelyn frowned. “Why? What’s wrong? Why aren’t you happy? Haven’t you told Aunty Lu yet? She’ll be so happy when she finds out!”

Alice swallowed nervously. “Please Evelyn, the less you ask about this baby the better, but promise me that you won’t go around telling everyone about it… Nobody can know that I'm pregnant; nobody.

“But why?” Evelyn questioned, Alice wasn’t acting like herself, she lacked that compassion and gentleness and always lingered in her voice, but now, her voice was coated with harshness and it sounded like she was threatening Evelyn. “Does Marcus know that you’re pregnant?”

“Evelyn, leave it, I said that the less you know the better; no point in asking for information that will only put you in more danger… I don’t want you to get hurt, Eve.” Said Alice, her face serious and stern.

This was no joke; Evelyn knew that something was wrong, really wrong.

Though Alice had never mentioned anything about wanting a child, she was still very good with them and she loved playing with them. If Alice was pregnant then that would be completely perfect, a dream come true for her…

Alice should be celebrating, crying with joy and throwing parties, not worrying and looking like she had done some kind of taboo…

‘Oh God.’  Evelyn thought. “Alice, the baby is Marcus’, right?”

“I said you don’t need to know what you don’t have to know, Evelyn. Please, I don’t want to drag you into this mess and make things worse for you and Zayn.”

“What do you mean?” Evelyn laughed. “Things are already as bad as they can get, he ordered Harry to lie to me and become my friend purely because he wanted me to have a reason to stay here, to make my stay less miserable!” Before she knew it, all of the annoyance that she bottled up during the past few days began to pour out like a flood. “It’s like he knew how much I will hate forced to stay here against my will and he still does it. He think that giving me a fake friend who will spy on me and report to him on everything that I do will make me feel happier? Does he really think that will make me feel happy? He keeps saying that he loved me and that he wants to give me everything that I want, but he’s keeping me from having the one thing that I want! My freedom!”

By the time that Evelyn finished airing out her frustrations, she was crying again. As much as she’d hate to admit it, but she wasn’t really angry at Harry for pretending to be her friend, the real reason that she was so broken was still the fact that she had no freedom. No rights in life. No way of controlling her own life and body.

Alice sighed. “Evelyn, I know what happened, Zayn filled me in on what happened, and I know exactly what you’re going through.” Gently, she placed her hand on Evelyn's. “It’s hard to love a vampire, but it’s even harder to be loved by one… But this is the life that we’re destined to have, there’s no way around it Evelyn.”

“But at least you have a baby on the way, it’s that wonderful? A little one to keep you going and a reason for you to stay alive?” Evelyn grinned.

“I suppose.” Alice replied sorrowfully.

“What was the thing that you need me to do for you? If you don’t want me to ask more questioned about the baby then I will, but you at least need to tell me what you want me to do for you.”

“Thank you for understanding.” She gave Evelyn's hand a gentle squeeze of reassurance. “But please, remember that you don’t have to do this if you don’t want to… This isn’t just my life on the line, but yours as well…”

“It’s for the baby isn’t it?” Evelyn asked rhetorically, though she already knew the answer to her own question.

Alice nodded, her eyes filled up with tears. “Alice, you have to understand that you can’t tell anyone that I'm pregnant! If Zayn or Marcus ever find out that…” Her voice broke as she let out a sob.

“Are you not allowed to carry the child of a vampire?”

“No Evelyn, vampires can’t conceive children… not with humans and not with themselves. This baby isn’t Marcus’.” Alice admitted after a long pause, she knew that it wouldn’t be fair to keep too much secrets from Evelyn, since that Evelyn was putting her own life on the line for Alice and her child. Though she couldn’t tell her the father of her child, but she had to tell her that the child wasn’t Marcus’.

Evelyn let out a gasp and stared at Alice with horror. “You cheated on Marcus with a human?”

“Yes, Evelyn. You don’t understand, I don’t love Marcus, and I never will! He is just the vampire who’s keeping me captive in his arms, though he is kind to me, I still can’t force myself to love him.”

“Somehow, I understand that better than I wish I should.” Evelyn flashed Alice a small smile. “Tell me what you want me to do, and I will do it.”

Alice let out a sigh. “I need you to help me save this baby…”

“How?”

“I will try to keep this baby thing under the radar from Marcus as long as I can, so I need to stay in the palace till I deliver the baby… Zayn loves you and he will do anything that you want, and Marcus follows Zayn’s orders like a puppy, so I need you to ask him to let me stay as long as I can.”

“What if this doesn’t work and Zayn or Marcus finds out?”

“Then I have a plan B.”

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