* Hi everyone, I just wanted to let you all know that this is a co-written story between Melanie Belikov and myself. I will put an authors note at the beginning of each chapter letting you know who wrote which chapter. This chapter was written by Melanie Belikov, so be sure to let her know how awesome this chapter is! Also, I do not own Vampire Academy. I own Katya, and Melanie owns Mika. Other than that, we do not own anyone. Thank you! *


Sometimes, you must fight to get what you want. You must fight to get what you deserve. Sometimes, even when it seems like there is no hope left, like everyone is against you, you can't give up.

These are lessons I have learned over the course of the past month. My best friend Lissa and I had run away from the academy, and had managed to stay out of their reach for about two years. Unfortunately, (or fortunately, I'm still not sure) one of the school's guardians had captured us and brought us back. The school wanted to expel me. Nobody thought I had what it took to be Lissa's guardian. I had to fight, and fight hard. When I got back to the academy, I didn't have the abilities that I needed to become Lissa's guardian. I had to learn them all over again. It was hard, but I managed. I managed, because I had to protect Lissa. Lissa, who was not only my best friend, but the final Dragomir making her a Moroi Princess.

I worked really hard and I made it. After months of training, I had regained the status that I had before I left, and I was ready to become a guardian. With help my Mentor and secret love Dimitri; I became a strong dhampir. But I didn't get everything I fought for. I fought for him. I fought for my mentor. But I couldn't take him, and I knew he would never become mine.

After hours of hard work, we were finally finished our training for the day, and we were heading to our dorms. We were talking about marks and Strigoi when Dimitri suddenly stopped.

"Come on" he said blankly. I stopped walking too, and turned to face him. "What?" I asked, hoping I hadn't said anything.

"Come on, Rose" he said turning around. "I want to show you something"

"What is it you want to show me?" I asked, trying to keep up with him

"That not all marks are badges of honor" he said, still serious.

I honestly had no idea what Dimitri was talking about, but I followed obediently. He led me out of the boundaries of the campus and into the surrounding woods. We walked quietly for a while, but soon, I saw a large, dark shape ahead. It looked like it was some kind of building.

"What is that?" I asked, but as we got closer I soon realized it was a small cabin.

"An old watch-post" he said.

At first, I thought Dimitri was leading me into some romantic hideout. Then, I heard voices, one of them being Lissa.

Dimitri and I walked up to them and I saw a surprising scene. I saw Lissa and Christian skating, but they weren't alone. A woman I didn't know was with them, but her back was to me and all I could see was her long, black hair.

"Rose!" Lissa shouted when she saw me.

"Thanks for inviting me to the party" I said with a hint of jealousy.

"I figured you were busy," she said, frowning "And this was supposed to be a secret anyway. We aren't really supposed to be here."

I opened my mouth to talk to her, but a scream cut me off. "Dimka!"

I turned, startled, and saw a young dhampir girl running in our direction. She was younger than me, with long brown hair and big chocolate eyes. She was taller than me and she reminded me of someone, but I just couldn't figure out whom at the moment.

To my surprise –and supreme jealously- this girl jumped at Dimitri and hugged him. And he hugged her back!

"Mika!" he said with a warm smile.

"Oh, my God!" she screamed again, "You look so more handsome with long hair."

"You think?" he asked, smirking.

"Definitely" she said, stepping back, "Tasha told me you weren't going to be here"

"Why would she say that?" he asked looking at the woman.

I looked at her too and I almost screamed. Across her left cheek, marring what would have otherwise been smooth, white skin was a raised, purplish scar. The shape and formation looked very much like someone had bitten into and torn out part of her cheek. Which, I realized, was exactly what had happened. It made me think of what she used to look like. She had to have been beautiful.

"Because you don't break the rules," the woman said, smiling.

"Where is Katya?" Dimitri asked the Mika girl.

"She'll be here soon, you know Katya, she probably just got lost." Mika said, giggling at the thought. Dimitri just glared at her.

M y life got that much worse when another girl came. She was exactly like Mika but she was shorter. Much. Her face was more serious than Mika's, but I could see that they had to be twins.

"Dimitri!" this girl said starting to show a hint of excitement.

"Katya" Dimitri said as he went to hug her.

Suddenly Mika turned to me and smiled, "So, are you Dimka's girlfriend?" she asked, still smiling.

Dimitri and I looked at each other with an awkward look. Why the heck would she ask something like that?

"Mika…" Dimitri said seriously, glaring at the girl "I am her mentor"

"Oh, okay…whoops" Mika said, shaking the awkwardness off quickly. She turned to me and said, "Nice to meet you, I'm Mika"

"Nice to meet you too." I said, still feeling a bit awkward. I mean, who was this girl? "My name is Rose"

"You are so lucky," she said smiling. "My brother is the best guardian. You will learn so much from him"

"You're Dimitri's sister?" I asked surprised.

"Yes, she is my sister, and so is Katya." Dimitri said with a soft smile. "And, this cute Moroi is my friend, Tasha."

I looked at them surprised. I finally got the chance to meet some of Dimitri's family, and I already loved them. I knew from that point on that we were going to be great friends. Especially Mika and I. Katya seemed like a good girl, but she looked really shy compared to Mika. From the looks of it, Mika was just as outgoing and crazy as I was, if not worse. Yeah, I could tell we were going to have fun together.