Chapter Eleven

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"Two months." I sighed as I ran the straightener over my hair open last time.

"So he says." Alexander was currently leaning against the door frame to my room - the one in his house. It was safe to call it mine now.

It was strange to think I lived with him now. Alexander, Alec, and the king had all agreed that I shouldn't go home. I was only allowed to go back to grab a few things but even then I would be watched like a hawk. I didn't really mind all that much though. Even if the person in the hood was my brother or my father, I didn't feel safe with them around. Besides, I was still trying to come to terms with the idea of them possibly being alive. I had been on my own for almost two years now. I had felt so alone since their "death" and I wasn't sure how to feel now. Everything had changed too quickly. And on top of that, William had given me about two months to live. That meant I would be a vampire around Christmas, as it was nearly Halloween.

I studied Alexander's form carefully for a moment. His shaggy black hair covered the side of his face and one of his legs was propped against the door. He was reading a book he held in his pale hands. He had been born a vampire, something I still didn't really understand all the way. His blood had turned to poison a little over a year ago, but he had handled everything well. He had been raised a vampire prince.

I, on the other hand, had been raised a human girl. There had been nothing special about my family, at least not that I had known. I was worried I wouldn't be able to handle the change. He had explained that bloodlust was nothing like what Hollywood tried to make it out to be - which was a relief. Still, there was a lot more than just that to learn to deal with. On top of all that, if Alexander and I decided to stay together through it all, I be the crowned princess of the vampire race. Talk about a whole new world.

With a shake of my head, I turned to give myself a look in my floor-length mirror. Today, I had chosen a navy blue, Lacey, layered tank top, a charcoal jacket, black leggings, legwarmers, and my black combat boots. My hair was straight - a rare sight - and my makeup with pretty usual. I was a little nervous about going back to school today. I had only missed one day, but my new...status had been announced to the lunar world. William had said it was necessary to see that I was properly protected. Now that I was a "vampire princess" (I really wasn't, though, until my blood was awakened), I had a certain amount of authority. Great.

"You look perfect. Stop stressing out and let's go." Alexander had shut his book and tucked it under his arm. He cocked an eyebrow and smirked. "Stop stressing about everything. It will be fine."

"I'm nervous. I have every reason to be nervous! It's not every day you find out you're dying and that your family could possibly still be alive. Or that all the lunar races are told about your existence and that you are royalty when you really aren't quite yet and have no idea what that even means." I was getting good at controlling my voice, but my heart still raced in my chest. Damn vampire hearing.

"I know," he said coming to wrap me in his arms. "You know Alec and I are here if you need us today. I'm always here." He whispered the last part before he kissed me square on the lips. "I'm sorry everything had turned out like this. I wish you weren't dying and that you could have a normal life free of all this stress."

"No, that's not what I meant." My chest hurt a little at the thought of a life without Alexander. He had almost always been a part of my life. "I'm happy where I am. With you. I'm just a little stressed about everything else. I didn't mean I regret anything. This whole royalty thing is a lot to deal with, though."

Alexander smiled and pulled away enough so that he could see my face. "Tell me about it. But, it's really not as big a deal as my dad makes it sound. The kids at school shouldn't really treat you any different. The title will only matter when you have to attend the Council. Not until after you've been turned, though." Alexander gave me another slow kiss before handing me my backpack. "We had better get going if you want to be on time."

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