⚫Chapter 17 ⚫

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Monday, October 1

My eyes fluttered opened. I felt stronger, smarter, and faster. Was I really a vampire now? I sat up from my bed to see Nathan sleeping soundly on my bean bag couch. My eyes moved around my room analyzing the loud sound. I heard buzzing.

The sound of an insect flapping its wings trying to move freely around the room. In one quick motion, I got out of my bed and pinched the fly dead. I looked back at Nathan to see him still sleeping like a baby.

"Nathan."

He suddenly jumped out of his sleep with widened eyes. "Holy crap, you're awake."

He got up from the couch and walked towards me. "Uh, h-how do you feel?" he asked while rubbing the back of his neck awkwardly.

"I feel different. I feel amazing." I reached my hand out to touch his face.

"Thank you, Nathan. For always being there for me no matter what. Tell Milo I say thank you too."

He chuckled before placing his hand over mine which was currently cupping his cheek. "I'm sorry that I wasn't able to stop that vampire from biting into your-"

"Shh, it's ok. What is done is done."

I slowly removed my hand from his grasp and traced his broad shoulders until I reached his hands. "How long have I been out?"

"Only eight hours."

"Hey, Nathan. I can take over-" I slowly looked past Nathan to see Saphira peeking her head through my door.

"Oh my god! YOU'RE AWAKE!"

Nathan stepped away as she rushed towards me for an embrace. "Hey, Saphira," I laughed while holding onto her.

"I've missed you so damn much," she cried out.

"You saw me yesterday..."

"I know but I feel like I haven't seen you in so long! How do you feel? I mean how does it feel?"

Was everyone going to ask me that?

"I feel like me," I responded with a smile.

"That's good."

An awkward silence filled the room as my two best friends stared at me. Things between us were never awkward, but all of a sudden, I could feel the tension.

"Uh, I'm kinda thirsty."

"Right. Uh, I'll get you a glass of water," Saphira exclaimed.

"Uh, no. Not for water..."

Saphira's eyes widen in realization. "Oh, uh...right. You should probably come downstairs," she said before grabbing my hand and leading me out of my bedroom.

Saphira practically dragged me down the stairs with excitement. We entered the living room to see Blaike and Lucian playing a game of cards and my parents talking to Elias. I was surprised to see him here.

"Oh my," my mother gasped as she stood up from the couch. The room immediately became silent. The boys dropped their cards and stood up. My parents stared at me in awe, and Elias just looked at me with zero facial expression as he got up from his seat.

My mother walked towards me and embraced me in a hug. "My baby. How are you?" I happily hugged her back. "I am good mom. I am good."

Next, I hugged my father. He ruffled my hair like a little kid which was pretty embarrassing, especially because Elias was there. I hugged both Lucian and Blaike. Blaike checked for scratch marks and bruises, but I reassuringly told him I was fine. After embracing my family and friends, I slowly walked over towards Elias. I nervously stared at him as he stared back at me with those grey eyes.

"Hey."

"Hey." It was quite awkward as we stood there staring at each other in front of my parents and in front of my friends. "Thanks," I sighed with a little smile. He already knew what I was thanking him for. There was no need for a huge explanation.

"Anytime."

"How did you even find us?" Nathan asked abruptly.

Talk about bad timing. I stared at Elias as he looked past me at Nathan.

He wasn't going to tell them. I knew Elias.

"He was on his way to-"

Elias looked back at me and something in his eyes told me he wanted me to stop talking.

"I felt her pain."

He did?

"That doesn't make sense. How could you have-"

"She's my mate."

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