I know it's short, but I really had to put this chapter in here somewhere. And I am SO SORRY for not updating regularly. Hopefully after next week I won't have anything distracting me for a while.

Chapter 15

Ugh, was my first thought when I came out of the peaceful blackness that had been my refuge for… well I didn't actually know.

I opened my eyes and was greeted by the moon, shining high up above the trees in the forest surrounding the academy. I experienced a brief moment of complete relaxation before that nights events came flooding back to me.

Dimitri.

His name alone was enough to make an invisible hand squeeze my heart so tightly I thought it would explode. And not in a good way. Strigoi attacking the academy again? I knew it couldn't be a coincidence that he was with them. He had to have helped organise the whole thing. The things he and his "friends" had done to the school? Unacceptable. The lives I knew were probably lost? Sickening. The things he'd done to me…

I didn't get much time to dwell on it because a face popped into my vision.

I blinked. 'Abe? What are you doing here?'

'Attempting to rid the world of evil.' He said mysteriously, holding a hand out to help me up.

I brushed myself off, found I had no serious damage aside from the throbbing in my neck from Dimitri's bite, and then looked him in the eye. "You're a spirit user."

He gave me that aloof look and gestured that we go back to the gym. "I know nothing of Spirit, but I do know that we must get back to your graduation."

We walked back to the gym, and I found it kind of awkward. I mean, my long lost dad had just saved me from, not only a Strigoi, but the one who had impregnated me with his hell-spawn (yes, I know that may be harsh to say about my child, but come on). I had no doubt Abe knew all this. He seemed to know everything. Which didn't seem so odd now that I thought about it…

"Rose!" it was Lissa, I could tell through the bond she was panicking. Mainly about me, and about the Strigoi attack, but I found some of spirit's darkness lurking in the corners of her mind. I pulled it into myself. I shivered.

She pulled me into a hug. Please don't run off like that again. I thought you were dead! The bond felt stronger than ever, and I saw memories of her looking through my eyes. In that instant I realised we really were never meant to be apart.

I needed to dedicate my life to protecting her.

But I had a small problem. One that definitely wasn't going to go away any time soon.

Well, I suppose if you count spirit's darkness slowly eating away at my mind, you could say I had two small problems getting in the way of me doing what I was born to do.

I rubbed my tummy, remembering the feeling of a fish swimming around inside there just before Dimitri sank his fangs into my neck.

As if to tease me, my fish decided to go for another swim. I sighed.

What are we gonna do, kid?