.:13 and Three: Chapter Nineteen:.I came out of my room in new clothes that hadn't been stained with grass, dirt, and blood. Tammy looked quite shaken."What's up with her?" I asked Nox out of Tammy's earshot."She's just barely caught on that we're monsters and that she's one of us," she said, glancing back.Oh, stupid me. Way to break it to her."Give me a moment alone with her."She made everyone go away. I sighed and sat down next to her."Welcome to our home.""Vidia..." Her voice caught."Mm-Hmm?""Brad got to them."My throat seized up."Brad got to them? Carrie and Lindy?""You probably didn't see their graves.""When did this happen?!""A couple of weeks after you were gone. I had to sell the cake shop. Too many painful memorizes, and not enough money now that VTLC was now just T."I pondered this. I had never apologized. I never had gotten to see them again. I had never said a real goodbye. I never thanked them.But, in my heart, I knew they were happy. Somehow, I knew that.She had relaxed considerably."It'
.:13 and Three: Chapter Eighteen:.I'll just say Vlad came out of nowhere.Brad had dropped me onto the grave of Ciara Vandergrift at Vlad's impact and Lily ran to me."Hold on, Vidia. I can only help you if you have the will to live!" She pleaded. Nox, Eve, and Fang fell to my side. I felt warm."Keep holding on, babe," Fang said. I smiled weakly at how he always insisted upon calling all the girls pet names.Eve reached out to stroke my face. "Don't even think about closing your eyes!"Someone in black loomed over them. Ivy nodded in acknowledgment.*Close your eyes. I need to talk to you.*I obeyed. Nox screamed in sorrow.*Hold on, Sunshine.*It was a skeleton."Grim Reaper?"*You knew me as Death. But those are my more famous names. Please, Vidia Lillibeth, stay.*"Why?"*I won't take you until you are ready.*"Most people make you out to be greedy, to steal anyone you can."*You know better than that. The only people closer to me than your parents was you. Hold on.*"Vidia, don't die!" Lily cried. Adam was holding
.:13 and Three: Chapter Seventeen:.We all ran through the forest, taking the well-worn path. Everyone was coming; even Adam, Eve, and the usual recluse Nichole. Ivy took her diary that tied her to earth, her only friend during weeks of sickness, so that she could tag along. Lily held it for her.The moon was high and we ran amongst the graves. I seemed to be the only person who was not careful about walking over the buried bodies, and I felt no grief over sitting on them. Roxy thought it was strange, her logic being that I should have figured that since they lived, several superstitions, like zombies and stuff, were true. Vlad, however, was quite neutral about the fact.Besides, the more time I looked at the graves, the more I could picture the people, almost like they were my friends.We also played somewhat childish games for being adultshide and seek, ghost in the graveyard, and the likebut then again, we had innumerable years to act however we wanted.During a rapid-fire game of Cops and Robbers, Fang's
.:13 and Three: Chapter Sixteen:.The next night at nine, we gathered in the living room again. Some people were absent, but this time Ivy showed her face. Everyone was expecting Vlad to talk first, but he waved his hand and the Frankensteins started."You hopefully know the beginning of our story?""Yes. I read it English class a long time ago.""Well, after all that," Adam started in his usual baritone voice, "I began to feel guilty for Victor's death. I didn't understand my emotions, so I taught myself to read, and began reading his journal."It was just enough to make me understand what emotions were, and I felt extreme sorrow. I wondered what I could do, so I read another book that everyone knew of."He pulled something out of his dress jacket; it was a small, well-loved, leather-bound, tattered book. I took it gently from his outstretched hand and flipped through it."It's a Bible." I noted. Adam nodded."It's where I learned the difference between wrong and right.""And your namesake?" I said, flipping to the be