Blood Rose: Ch. 5

My first instinct was to run, to put as much distance as I could between me and the vampire who intended to turn me into a blood-thirsty monster as well. 

But I knew I wouldn’t get far, so I opted for the strongest scream I could muster instead. 

The sound was multiplied by the echo of the walls, bouncing back to violently vibrate my eardrums. Vampire Jay winced, as if the sound was painful for him too, and satisfied at this, I took a breath to prepare myself for another one, but before the scream could escape my lips, Jay had his hand around my mouth, silencing me.

“Stop! I’m not going to hurt you, love! Let me finish explaining, and then you can scream your heart out if you wish,” he said.

“Why should I trust you?” I yelled. “You’re one of them! You’re a monster! A murderer! And you want to make me one of them? You actually think I would—"

He put his hand over my mouth again. “I understand you are terrified. What you’ve had to witness is horrifying, and I wouldn’t wish that upon my greatest enemies. But right now, I need you to listen to me, love. The fate of the world depends on the choice you decide to make here today.”

“The fate of the world? Really? That’s a little dramatic, don’t you think?”

His icy blue eyes met mine with an intense seriousness as he knelt down in front of me and placed both his hands on my shoulders. I could feel the intent behind his words immediately. It sounds crazy, but it felt like he was implanting the feeling into me, forcing me to understand.

He wasn’t being dramatic. He really believed what he was saying, and he needed me to believe too.

“Do you understand me now, love? Can you listen?”

I nodded my head, dumbly. I didn’t know how he was controlling my emotions, but I knew that he was. I knew what I was feeling was something he had somehow injected into me against my will, and I had no choice but to feel what he wanted me to feel.

The feeling was overwhelming. 

I couldn’t fight it.

“Good. I apologize for that. I know it can be quite disorienting to have your consciousness invaded. I wouldn’t have done it if this weren’t urgent. I hope you will find it in you to forgive me for the intrusion,” he said. 

I stared at him blankly, unable to focus on anything other than the feeling behind his words. Apologetic. Sympathetic. Regretful. 

“While I have your attention, let me assure you I do not intend to make you a vampire without your entire, conscious consent. That being said, I am quite confident you will decide to join us eventually. As I’ve said before, the fate of the world depends on our success. And I believe strongly we will need your help, Grace.”

 He grinned. 

I felt the arrogance within his words, the meaning, the truth.

“You must understand, love, that what you witnessed today were not the actions of a true vampire. A true vampire would never harm an innocent human. Humans and vampires have been allies since the beginning of time. Without us, humanity as you know it would have become extinct a long time ago. And without humans, vampires would never have come to exist…”

I was a slave to his words so I listened.

I didn't have a choice.

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