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10/25/2012

From Farm to Fame: Haylie- Chapter Thirteen


I hoped I’d be able to avoid Ben the next morning, I knew he would figure out that I still wanted to fight anyway, and he would only try talking me out of it again; and he scared me. Avoiding him didn’t last long, not that I had actually expected it too, as he was already standing in the kitchen when I walked in, staring out the window. I’d barely walked in to the room, and certainly hadn’t even said as much as hi to him when he started to speak, he didn’t even turn around to face me. “Many many years ago, I met a witch. She was beautiful, the most beautiful woman I’d ever met. She was smart; she knew more than I’d learned in 1,000 years of life. She made me chase her, and work for her… She wanted me to prove I was worth it, that I’d fight for her. I wasn’t and I wouldn’t; I just wanted her for her power, I was determined to have that power on my side, together we would be unstoppable. She wanted marriage and a family...the things nice girls want, I didn’t, but I gave her what she wanted so she wouldn’t leave. When our son was born he was born as a hybrid; a witch like her, and a vampire like me.”

“and that’s this mysterious stranger…” I wasn’t sure what had prompted him to just share his story that way, but it scared me, and fascinated me at the same time. It wasn’t something I had expected.

He turned around finally, almost looking ashamed. “Yes. The rest of the supernatural world was terrified when they found out, his power would be unstoppable, unless they all fought together to kill him…and us. She being as brave as she was stood up for us and fought. I took my son, my pride and joy, and ran. I was proud of what he was, and I was going to train him to live the way I wanted, to use his powers to his advantage and make the rest of the world obey his every command….to prove himself as part of the supreme race, better than. I left her to fight on her own while we ran… I didn’t defend her, I let her die. It was only when she was gone that I missed her beauty, her intelligence, and for some reason I couldn’t understand, her kindness and how she did everything to make something in the world better…other than loving me of course, that was her weakness and her mistake, but she didn’t know... she believed I was good. I’d wanted her for her power, but I’d grown to love her, I just couldn’t realize it the way I was. I failed her, and I’ve never forgiven myself, I promised I’d change my ways and try to live life the way she did. You remind me of her. You have so much power and you’ll learn how to use it easily, because you’re smart like she was; your desire to fight for family, including that fiancé that you only see the good in because you think with your heart before your brain. I don’t want the similarities to continue to your death. I’ll protect you like I should have protected her, but I can’t let you fight, it’s too risky even if you had help. I can’t watch you die, I can’t watch her die all over again.”

“You want to protect me, or you want to protect your son?”

“I won’t support him anymore; it was long before he became a monster set on making the world miserable that I changed my ways. I didn’t teach him to be that way, I tried to teach him better and he made his choice. I don’t support that choice. I’m not that way anymore.”

“I just can’t imagine protecting a complete stranger before my own children.”

“Your children haven’t killed anybody, it changes things. Not that I’m happy about any of it. I hate having a son that I don’t even want to know, I hate that his choices in life are the reason for that, and I really hate that those choices were ones I made at one point in my life.  I tried to teach him better, but it still feels like it’s my fault… that it runs our genes and instead of getting the good from his mother he got the bad from me.”

“I think on some level you want to protect him. I see it in your eyes, when you talk about him, I see the hurt. There’s something that still cares, and that hopes someday he’ll change too.”

“Perhaps, but I’d still rather protect the ones who deserve it. Especially you, and I really don’t want you to try fighting him. Please don’t.”

“I have too. It’s my obligation to my family. It’s so I don’t lose them, you lost her because you didn’t fight when you should have; I know this isn’t the same situation, but I need to fight so I don’t lose them. Please understand that.”

He nodded slowly, and I knew he understood. “Well, I guess we need a plan then don’t we?”

“We?”

“You’re not fighting him alone. I thought we already went over the fact that you can’t win alone. You need somebody else. Somebody who is not a witch, so while you kill one part of him, the vampire, they kill the other.”

“I though witches were vulnerable to vampires…so wouldn’t it be less effective for me to kill the vampire part of him, wouldn’t it be stronger than my power?”

“No. It’s complicated. Witches are vulnerable to vampires in some ways, but vampires are vulnerable to witches in others. Every being is most vulnerable to a different kind of being, more than they are to their own kind. You just have to know how to manipulate that. For example, vampires are extremely vulnerable to fire, witches have the ability to create fire. That’s what you’ll need to do. What I need to do, I still haven’t figured out; I know how to kill him, but it’s figuring out the right steps in the right order at the right time.”

“You’re really willing to kill you own son? I mean, even with the choices he’s made, even if…”

He cut me off. “Yes, I am. I promise you I am on your side, whatever it takes. Now, just worry about eating your breakfast. We can talk more later, and I can start trying to figure out a plan in the meantime. Right now, try not to worry about any of it.” He started to walk away, but yelled back as he walked through the doorway. “Call your fiancé too, he’s been calling you all night.”

Even with how upset I’d been that I wasn’t going to see my family for some unknown amount of time, I’d forgotten to call, and I was supposed to have gone home the night before. Though I didn’t know how I was going to explain it anyway, I felt bad for not calling.

I called after eating, Chase didn’t pick up until the last ring before the phone went to voicemail, which would have been a relief. It was a conversation I would have loved to avoid for as long as possible, I knew it wouldn’t go over well. “Good to know you’re alive. Where are you?”

“Moonlight Falls…”

I wasn’t sure he’d ever been angry with me before, but I could tell he was angry. “You were supposed to be home last night, why are you still there? And why didn’t you call? I’ve been worrying all night about you.”

“I can’t leave. I’m stuck here. I tried to leave, there’s some spell on the town so that nobody can leave.”

“I told you it was a bad idea to go at all.”

“I know, and if I’d know this was going to happen I wouldn’t have, but I didn’t. Please don’t be mad, I didn’t know this would happen.”

“I really don’t care. I just care about what I’m supposed to do now. I can’t just raise our children here alone, while your own stupidity has gotten you stuck in Moonlight Falls.”

“Please stop yelling. I already hate this. I already hate that I don’t know when I’ll get to see you or my children again. I hate that some vampire/witch hybrid probably wants me dead and has some stupid fairy following me. I hate that I’m stuck in some guys house…” I never got to finish before I heard a thudding noise and the phone cut out, it sounded like Chase had thrown his phone at the wall. I felt like an idiot when I thought about what I had just said. I’d be upset hearing something like that too, and it hadn’t helped that he was already upset. I just hoped I’d be able to email him or something later after he had a chance to calm down and explain. I really couldn’t stand the thought of him being mad at me, or of things being worse than they already were, but I didn’t know what I’d do if he wouldn’t let me finish explaining and if he wouldn’t forgive me.

10/09/2012

From Farm to Fame: Haylie- Chapter Twelve


Cora spent the morning watching his house, waving and laughing whenever I went to look out the window. It made me terrified to leave his house, but I was terrified to be there too. He seemed harmless enough, but I still didn't know why he was watching me at the park, and I still didn't know what he was really up to. I’d already learned his fridge was full of blood, which repulsed me, even though I hadn't expected him to have any human food. I was hungry, but too scared to leave the house to get food. Cora had to leave eventually, I’d go then.

I was relieved when he walked into the house, it was so massive and strange and it had felt so desperately lonely, even if I wasn't completely convinced he was the good guy his presence still made it far more welcoming. He carried with him a couple bags full of groceries. “I didn't know what you like to eat, or what humans usually like to eat. So I hope it’s all okay, but I thought you might prefer human food to blood anyway. If it’s really that bad I can take you to the store later, I just didn't want to wake you.”

I followed him to the kitchen, to help him put everything away. It still repulsed me to look in the fridge, but I wasn't in a position to be too fussy or inconsiderate. “ I'm sure it’s fine…. I'm not that fussy, thank-you. I could have gone myself though, I mean I appreciate it either way, but you don’t have to shop for me.”

“I don’t mind. I don’t want you to leave this house alone anyway. I’d rather you don’t leave it at all, but I realize it’s unlikely to get you to co-operate about that anyway.”

“Since when does your opinion count? I don't even know who you are.”

“ I'm Ben, and I'm just trying to look after you. Moonlight Falls is a dangerous place, and I knew immediately there was something special about you. I finally figured out what, but I knew I needed to protect you. Something about you draws more attention than most, and of course that will draw more attention from those who want to hurt you too.”

“Why does it matter to you? You don’t know me any better than I know you. So why am I so special that you need to protect me.”

“I know you very well actually.”

“Oh really? Prove it.” I didn't know how he could know anything about me, since we’d only met the night before, but I started to wonder if he’d been stalking me. It wasn't too much of a stretch when I thought about him watching me at the park.

“You are a Ms. Haylie Kiro, daughter of Rachelle and Carlos.” I went to interrupt him and I must've made an expression to reflect my horror at having Carlos mentioned as being my father, or at all, because Ben held up his hand to stop me from saying anything. “It’s true, like it or not, and it’s important…. But we'll discuss that later. I do realize you view the man, Gaige, who raised you as your father. It doesn't change your genetics. Anyway, let’s see how much more I can get. You have a twin brother, Ian…along with your half siblings; Nate, Merissa, and Elizabeth. You also have twin daughters Ericka and Maya, with fiancé Chase Cwik. Hobbies include writing and painting, which are also career aspirations. Born in Bridgeport, raised mainly in Twinbrook, and residing in Starlight Shores… if you weren't stuck here of course. Took advanced classes in school, and still managed to have a perfect average… quite impressive, you'll get far in life someday. Do you need any more, I could get into the really small and really personal details?”

“No, that’s okay, I think that’s already creepy enough. How do you know all that?”

“After 2,000 years of practice, it becomes quite easy to read everything about a person.”

“That’s still creepy, but can we can we get to why it’s important who my father is? I'd love to know why his existence is important at all, because it certainly seems like he's nothing but a waste of space on the planet.”

“Obviously you know that he’s a very bad person.” I nodded, I wouldn't even have been alive he was a good person and had left mom alone. “Well, he comes the most powerful families of witches; however he had his power taken away after abusing it so much…which really take a lot in the supernatural world. Anyway, he may have had his power taken away, but that doesn't mean it can’t still be passed on. You were born with that power, a power everybody thought was lost. You are the most powerful witch in the world now, or you will be, if you learn how to use that power. This is why Cora is out there right now, and why she won’t leave you alone. He knows this about you, and he knows you could be a threat to him. He’s still more powerful as long as he can remain a vampire and a witch, you cannot defeat both at once, not alone. You stand a chance of defeating him however; with a lot of practice, and the help of another powerful supernatural being, something other than a witch. Of course either way there's still a chance you'd lose. Power isn't everything. It's a crucial component, but not the only one.”

“I think I’d know if I was a witch.”

“Not necessarily, since that power was taken from your father, it was not passed on as an active power and nothing ever provoked it to become active living in the natural human world. It is however what sparked your desire to come here, whether that power is active or not you are still a witch. You are still a part of this world. It’s that power longing to become active.”

“And what do I do now? How do I make this power active?”

“Start using it.” He reached in his pocket and pulled out a wand holding it towards me. “Go ahead, just flick it around a bit. Later we can find you a proper wand and some spell books, a wand I can’t pick for you. For now however, it might do you well just to see how it feels to use your power…. get used to it a bit.”

I hesitantly took the wand, I wasn't sure I wanted to be a witch. They were fascinating, and it seemed they could solve and do anything with the flick of a wand, I just wasn't sure I wanted the responsibility. I hesitated again before starting to flick it around, but it felt amazing when I did. Energy charged through my whole body and shot out of the wand in a display of light and sparkles. It felt so amazing and so natural, that I couldn't believe I’d lived my whole life so far not even knowing that power was inside me, just being wasted. 

I found him later, after I'd gotten bored of just flicking around a wand. I wanted to learn spells, I want to learn how to defend myself and how to fight. I tried to sleep and wait for the stores to open the next day, but I couldn't. I had too much on my mind. He sat on the sofa in the living room, seemingly lost in thought. "So what do we do now anyway?"

He jumped slightly, which surprised me. I never imagined a vampire being easily startled. "Nothing."

"What do you mean nothing?  I want to fight this guy."

"You're not fighting him. I just wanted to help you bring out your power. Nothing more. It's still not safe for you to fight him. There's still a chance you'll lose, and that means you die."

"I have nothing else to lose. I'm trapped here away from my family. If there's anyway I get out of here to see them again, I'm going to go for it. Everything that matters in my life is trapped on the other side of this guys stupid barrier spell. If I fight him and win, I get to see my family again. If I die, I don't have to live with the pain of living without them. I don't care. I may have been scared earlier, but I'm not any more, not when I know what I can fight for."

"No. You're not fighting him. End of story. I won't let you."

"How are you going to stop me."

His eyes glowed as they stared straight into mine. I wanted to look away but couldn't. He was firm when he spoke, intimidating even."You may be powerful for a witch, but I'm powerful for a vampire, and witches are vulnerable to vampires. I can make you do whatever I want, and you'll never give it a thought." His eye's returned to normal and seemed to calm down a bit.

"Why do you care so much what happens to me? You can't be this obsessed with protecting me simply because I'm a witch with a target on her back."

"I'm going to bed. Goodnight." I couldn't figure out why he would avoid the question, but tried not to worry too much about it. I was going to fight, somehow, and that was all I needed to worry about.

10/04/2012

From Farm to Fame: Haylie- Chapter Eleven


It was strange how I wouldn’t stay for Chase, or stay because of mom’s advice, but just looking at the twins innocent faces as they slept so peacefully and comfortably in the safety of their own cribs, I knew I had to stay for them. It took them all of one second to undo the whole decision that nobody had been able to undo in hours of arguing. I still felt that Moonlight Falls was somewhere I had to be, but I knew that I needed to be with my children more, and they needed to be where they were safe.

I wouldn’t move to Moonlight Falls, that was out of the question, but I still had to go. So I decided to go just for a weekend, a couple days when I could leave the twins at home with Chase, who refused to ever go anyway. I didn’t think it would ever be enough time, but it was better than not getting a chance to ever experience it at all. Surely I’d find more weekends to go anyway, by the time I got there I missed my family so much that I knew those wouldn’t be too frequent, but maybe once or twice a year. I didn’t think I’d learn or experience everything it had to offer, in only two days.

Immediately I noticed that there seemed to be no life during the day, which made sense as the supernatural beings were the same creatures that had been behind all the bump in the night noises as I was growing up, or so I had thought at the time anyway. They were the creatures dad had to chase out from under the bed after Ian told me scary stories. They were the creatures in the terrifying stories I told to my younger siblings as I made scary faces into a flashlight in the tree house late at night. Everything I’d known about them indicated that they were all beings who thrived on the light of the moon, and while I was already learning so much of what I had heard or said from all those stories growing up was wrong, it was the one thing that had seemed too consistent and logical to be wrong.

I decided to spend the day at the local library, reading about the history of the town which certainly looked like it had a lot of rich history, and the history of all the creatures that lived in it. I looked at spell books, though I’d never be able to put any of the spells to use, it was interesting and somewhat terrifying to see what witches could do just by waving a wand and chanting a couple of words. The most interesting to me was the witches: their history, their hidden strength, how easily they could pass for a normal human being. I was thoroughly enjoying reading about them, when I was interrupted by a shrill laugh. I looked up to see a fairy. She was beautiful, vibrant purple wings and skin that was almost pure white, her eyes popped in the same brilliant shade of purple as her wings. I hadn’t read much about fairies yet, but she looked like she belonged in some sort of Disney fairy-tale to aid in that perfect happy ending. “Hmm….fresh meat…. He’s going to love this.” She continued to laugh, as an expression of sinister delight spread across her face.

Already I was scared, how was it possible for something so beautiful to inflict so much fear. “Who’s he?”
“You’ll see soon enough, when he’s ready for you. Enjoy your time here while you can...” She laughed again as she flew away.

I was tempted to run away before he could find me, whoever he was. I was scared, but I still had so much to learn, that I would never learn by running away. I had already accepted the fact that I might encounter some danger while I was there, and while it wasn’t my favourite thing to thing to think about I just had to keep going and accept it like I already had, how was I to know it wasn’t an empty threat anyway, or just a little scheme for the fairy to amuse herself?

I still tried not to think about it at all as I continued to explore the town, though it became harder as the sun set, and the town started to spring to life.  I was lucky, or unlucky, that it happened to be the full moon. The park was full of supernatural life, and I sat down on a bench just to watch it all. The werewolves ran about in their wolf form, often pausing to watch me before carrying about what they were already doing. Zombies glared at me before limping over to tear apart plants. A couple fairies stood in a corner laughing and pointing occasionally at me. A couple witches fought each other but ignored the world around them. None of it seemed too scary, and it slowly became harder to even be scared of the fairy or the mysterious being she spoke of, though it was fascinating to watch either way. They seemed so normal, yet so different. They didn’t seem to be at war with each other, even the witches dueling seemed to be just challenging each other as humans would in a game of chess; they were just content to live their own lives in their own way.

I only felt scared again when I stood up and turned around. Standing under a tree, and glaring at me from between the branches, stood a vampire. I wondered if it was him, he seemed mysterious enough, and his glare sent chills down my spine. I wondered how long he’d been there, and if he had anything to do with none of the other beings going after me, were they scared of him too? It was then that I ran, something told me I had to, that if I didn’t he would kill me. It wasn’t a little bit of danger, it was life or death, and I still had a family to make it home to.

Never before had I sped, but I sped as fast as my car would go, determined to get outside of the city limits and into a safe zone. I sped until it just stopped moving forward. It didn’t seem like anything was wrong with the car, but like something was blocking it. I couldn’t imagine what it would be and figured I had to be losing my mind, but I got out of the car to look anyway. I heard a familiar laugh behind me as I did so, shrill and annoying, I turned around knowing it would be the same fairy from the library. She shook her head at me. “Stupid human.”

“Excuse me?”

“You can’t get out of here. Nobody can, he doesn’t approve of anybody leaving.”

“I have to get out of here, I have a family to get home to.”

“Rules are rules, stupid human.” She shrunk down to be about the size of a bug, and fluttered around my head snickering and singing “You can’t get out... You can’t get out...”

I tried swatting at her wondering if I could squish her like a bug, but a voice that I couldn’t see to place called out, “Cora, Stop it.” and she returned back her full-sized form before I could catch her. 

“You always spoil the fun.” She whined.

“Good.” He stepped out finally so I could see him. It was the same vampire from the park, though he looked slightly less intense and intimidating when he wasn’t glaring at me. I still felt kind of scared of him, and almost wished he leave me alone with Cora, she scared me less. “I’m sorry about her.”

He didn’t look at me but gave her the same intense gaze he had given me at the park, until she fluttered away, but not before adding. “He’ll be looking for her anyway. I don’t need to waste my time with her.”

His expression softened again as he turned back to me. “Don’t worry about her, she just likes to play games. I’m not sure she ever knows what she’s talking about even.”

“I hope this means that was wrong about the fact that I can’t get out of here?”

“Sorry, no.”

“Why not?”

“It’s a long story, but some jerk has placed a spell on the town to keep everybody from leaving.”

“Who is this guy?”

“He won’t let you out, if that's why you want to know, trying will only get yourself killed. He’s a vampire and a witch, there is nobody in the world with more power, and nobody who opposes him ever survives. Which is why he can get away with it.”

“What am I supposed to do then? I have to get out of here.”

He didn’t respond but stood perfectly still looking very serious, until I started to cry. I was never going to get the answer I wanted, and I was never going to find a way out, and I’d never see my family again. I remember him tugging me along as I cried, and I remember waking up tucked nicely in a bed that was not the bed at the hotel, in house that was abnormally quiet. I wandered around looking for him, I still hadn’t learned his name, or if I had I’d forgotten already, but I couldn’t find him anywhere. I was alone in the house of some vampire that still scared me slightly, in a town full of creatures that could kill me, and I couldn’t leave.