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A/N: This is it! The last chapter of Wild Pagan Heart! I'll have the first chapter of the sequel up later today too. I'm so grateful for all my faithful readers! The song for this chapter is 'Beltane' by Inkubus Sukkubus, which is where I got the title for this story.There's a picture of the prom dress in my profile.
Wild Pagan Heart by Cara Mascara
Chapter 35: The May Queen
"It's too late for me to get a dress Reid. Besides, I need tickets and they're sold out already," I argued as we sat in the cafeteria together.
"I have two tickets. And just bring Motor-mouth 1 and 2 over there dress shopping. You'll find something," Reid made his case, referring to Sarah and Mel who were conveniently chatting away.
"Look, I have more important things to worry about then prom Reid. I'm ascending in days. And I just finished my finals. I'm stressed enough."
"Lux, you can't skip senior prom. And I can't show up without a date. And I really don't think you want me going with some other girl. So just go!"
"Take Tyler!" He glared and I sighed, defeated. "Fine…" I really hate school dances. And prom is the school dance of all school dances.
"Thank you!" he sighed, resting his hands on the table after they had been furiously moving around as he spoke. He leaned over to kiss me.
"So, we're going shopping, rightttt?" Sarah asked, stealing a fry from Caleb's tray. It's like she and Mel shared a shopping radar. Any drop of the words mall, shop, buy, or store and they were both at full attention.
"I suppose," I groaned. I know I'm complaining, but I really am glad to be going with Reid. Everyone seemed glad we were back together.
"This is the last dance of the night. Congratulations on graduating class of 2007! Have a safe night," the DJ said and 'Save A Prayer' by Duran Duran began to play. I smiled. I've always loved Simon Le Bon's voice. Even if the song is about a one-night stand, I'm glad it was picked to be the last song of the night.
Sarah and Caleb managed prom king and queen. Reid, Tyler and Pogue were all part of the court too. I wasn't expecting to be voted into the court at all, and neither was Mel. We weren't popular, we were just dating popular guys. Kate was one of the girls voted into the court though, to Pogue's distaste, along with a few other popular girls.
Reid pulled me into his arms and we danced slowly. "So, did you have a good time?" he asked in my ear.
"It wasn't… torture," I smiled. It really wasn't that bad. Except when one of the girls picked for court, Jessica Whalen tried to steal a kiss from Reid. He managed to dodge it and didn't leave my side for the rest of the night. Sarah had a few harsh words with her and the girl stomped off. The now common knowledge that the infamous Reid Garwin had dated a girl, broke up with her, and then gone back to her didn't settle well with a lot of the girls in Spenser.
"Admit you had a good time," he teased, poking my side slightly.
"Shh… you're ruing the song," I whispered, smiling when he shook his head and resting my chin on his shoulder.
"Hey, happy birthday," Reid said, coming up to me in the park, a small package in his hand. There was a huge celebration going on in Salem today. Not only was it my birthday, but May 1st is also Beltane, one of the most important Pagan holidays. So there was a huge celebration going on. I was May Queen.
I had been standing around watching the Maypole dancing. When Reid offered me my present. I smiled, unwrapping it to find a long jewelry box. When I opened it I was pleasantly surprised to find a silver charm bracelet with stone charms. Each charm was colored to represent the elements. And between each stone was a different charm. One was a pentagram, one was an ankh, one was the triple goddess and the other was the wheel of the year. It was white gold.
"Wow Reid… this is gorgeous. Thank you," I grinned, wrapping my arms around his neck tightly.
"Yeah well, 'it just screams Lux' as Sarah said," he chuckled, kissing the top of my head. "I was thinking maybe… we could go somewhere in Europe over the summer. England… or Italy or something. Just me and you?"
"Really?" I asked, my eyes bright. He nodded. I've always wanted to go to Europe.
"Yeah I mean… I figure we'll last through the summer," he smirked and I playfully hit him in the chest.
"It's almost five thirty," I said, looking at my cell phone clock. I was born at exactly 5:54 PM.
"Ready to go then?" he asked, knowing that meant it was almost time for me to ascend. I intended on returning to the festival once it was done with, but obviously I couldn't stay here while it happened.
"You okay?" Reid asked me as I slumped against the wall of my basement. Jesus that was intense.
"Fine… just give me a second." The ascension wasn't as bad as I was anticipating. I felt… rejuvenated. I let out a breath of air and got up, my grandmother quickly running over to hug me tightly.
"And police are still searching for the missing girl from Salem. Lux Proctor disappeared during the town's annual celebration of the Pagan holiday Beltane, also known as May Day. It was also Lux's birthday. She was last seen in the Salem Common, attending the festival. She is a well-known member of the Salem community, working at the first witch shop, Crow Haven Corner on Essex Street. She is a senior at Spenser Academy in Ipswich." A picture of her was shown with her information and I turned away from the TV.
"Turn it off Tyler…" I ordered. Tyler nodded and quickly reached for the remote.
"If you have any information on her whereabouts, please contact-"
"Everything always has to blow up in my face, doesn't it?" I said bitterly.
"Reid… she's fine. I know it."
"No you don't! She's probably fucking dead in a ditch somewhere!" I yelled, shutting my best friend up. He was only trying to help, but he wasn't. I rolled onto my stomach, burying my face in my pillow. I've cried three times since she disappeared. I haven't cried since the night I killed Chase. Even then I only cried for a second.
This was scary though. More scary then killing some enraged murderer. This was more real. The girl I love is gone. Kidnapped. Ran away. Neither one is what I want to hear.
I didn't know who'd kidnap her besides some disgusting rapist. She's easy on the eyes. But I think she would've used to get away if that was the case. The only other option was… she ran away. Why would she run away from me? I thought she was happy. I thought everything was good. But two days after her birthday when she still hadn't shown up, I knew something was really wrong. I called a thousand times. No one answered for a while. Then the phone died, going right to her voicemail.
I sighed, turning over and grabbing my phone from the nightstand. I scrolled down on my contacts until I saw 'Lux' and clicked it. Yeah, I changed it the night after I killed Chase from 'Slut'. I killed someone to save her and she has the fucking nerve to run away?
"Hey, this is Lux. I'm probably ignoring your call right now, so leave a message after the beep"
I just shut my phone and sighed. I've been calling her phone just to hear her voice every night for the past two weeks since she's been missing. I saw Tyler looking at me sadly out of the corner of my eye.
"Regina Marie Porter. Catherine Ann Prince. I'd like to take this opportunity to present Lux Elizabeth Proctor's diploma to her parents," Provost Higgins said, walking off the podium and giving the diploma to Lux's mom. I swallowed the lump in my throat. Mel was crying. So was Sarah. I could hear them from the girl's side of the seating.
I looked at my brothers. Caleb first, who was looking at Sarah concerned. Then Tyler, who looked like he was about to cry himself. Then at Pogue. He was rubbing his hands over his face. Graduating was supposed to be the best day of our lives. Instead, we're all upset because she's gone.
All the girls held a red rose for Lux. And they left a space where she was supposed to be sitting, putting a rose on it. Do you know how much it's killing me to look at that empty seat?
Months passed and I got used to her not being around. I started college at Boston University, got in on a swimming scholarship. Pogue went too. And Abbot. He missed her. I knew he did. We stopped our constant fighting and became drinking buddies.
More months passed and I almost forgot about her. No one talked about her anymore. Police stopped looking. None of my friends even mentioned her much. Every once in a great while I'd call her phone though. Just to hear her voice.
The last time I really thought about her was the last time I called. Instead of her voicemail, it was some stupid recording telling me the voice mailbox was full. I was so mad I threw my phone and broke it. I missed the hell out of her.
Towards the end of my first year at college, I accepted the fact that I'd probably never see her again. And she was probably dead. Or she was probably with some other guy on the other side of the country. No one talked about her though. It was as if they were all on edge. Like Lux was now a bad word or something when I was around. But I liked it like that. I don't want be reminded of how I lost her.
I just want to forget
A/N: And that's the end. The sequel is called 'I Must Be Dreaming'. I'll post chapter one in a little while.