Katya's POV

After that day, Mika, Rose, and I became really good friends. Eddie and Mason and even Lissa tagged along sometimes, and we all became really close. The three of us were always together, even when we weren't in Dimitri's training sessions, which had been very rare lately as all the guardians were preparing to move all of the students to the Ski Lodge over vacation. By now, it was well known throughout the school that this was occurring, and many were getting excited over it. Mason, in particular.

"Mason, there is no way you are going to be able to beat me on the slopes," Rose bragged. Her, Mika, and Mason had been going at it all morning regarding who would win in a ski race down the mountains.

"My money's on Mika," Eddie said, smiling and kissed her on the cheek. I don't know what it was about those two as a couple that irked me, but I just didn't like it. Granted, I never liked when my sister dated anyone, but that was beside the point. Eddie just...wasn't her type. She needed someone outgoing and dangerous and Eddie just...wasn't.

"You have to say that, you're my boyfriend," Mika smiled, "But I appreciate the confidence all the same."

"You're welcome, babe," Eddie smiled and they started lip-locking.

"Ew, get a room!" Rose yelled, then pulled me aside, "I won't make your poor little sister watch that, but don't worry, I'll return her in one piece," Rose smiled as she dragged me along an alternate route.

"Rose, what are you doing?" I asked her.

"Intervention time," She said and sat me down on a nearby bench. "No one else has the balls to ask it, so I've decided to take matters into my own hands: What the hell is going on with you and Mason?" Oh. I thought, Me and Mason.

"Nothing," I said softly. Truth was, I couldn't stop thinking about our kiss. The way his lips felt on mine, and how safe I felt in that one moment. True, he could be an arrogant pig, but he had to have had a nice side if he was so popular.

"Bullshit. Tell me the truth," Rose demanded.

"Why does it matter to you?" I asked her, standing up. I was not going to be interrogated by someone who had more baggage when it came to boys than I did.

"Because it is incredibly obvious that he loves you and you just keep pushing him away! Don't tell me that you don't see it?" Rose asked, begging me for an explanation.

"I don't mean to push him away, I just don't know what else to do!" I said.

"What do you mean? Do you not like him?"

"No, that's the problem. I think I love him." I confessed. Rose's look changed from one of anger to one of pure shock. I wasn't sure what she was going to say.

"So what's holding you back?" Rose asked, quietly.

"He's just...so...not me. At all. There are times when I just can't stand being around him. Then, there are times when I look into his eyes and I can just tell that everything's going to be okay."


Practice today had been awful. Dimitri had taken Tasha to the mall that night, so he hadn't been there. Instead, it was Rose's mom. At first, I thought that this would be great. Really, it was just a disaster. Her mom was completely heartless. She didn't care what happened to Rose, and now I understood why she was so tough. Eventually Rose took things too far and her mother just up and punched her in the face. Now, she's with Olendzenski. I didn't know what to think.

"Katya, I told Eddie that I'd meet up with him before class, so I've got to go. Are you going to stay here?" Mika asked me.

"No, I've got to get going. Sitting around waiting for Rose isn't going to help and Guardian Hathaway has been pacing up and down the hallway for the past hour. She's going to have priority over either of us. I might as well try to make myself useful somewhere." I explained.

"Okay, well, I'll see you around," Mika said, patting my shoulder lightly and walking out of the infirmary.

I finally mustered up enough courage to grab my bag and get out of there too. It looked like Mika and I were going to have to be on rumour control until Rose got out. Poor Rose...

"Hey! Watch where you're-"

"Oh my God, I'm so sorry-" I looked up to see who I bumped into and saw that it was Mason.

"Oh, hi Mason," I said to him politely. He was one of the last people I wanted to see right now.

"Oh hi Mason," he mocked me, then looked at me. My eyes must have been red from me rubbing them so much because Mason added, "Okay, who do I need to beat up?"

I giggled a little, "No one, Mace."

"Then who or what on this earth could possibly make such a pretty girl like you cry?" He asked.

"I wasn't crying..." I said, "I'm just tired."

"Yeah, okay. Seriously, what's wrong?" He pushed, glaring at me with his bright blue eyes. I never noticed them before, they were sort of...beautiful.

"It's nothing I just, I miss my mom." I told him quickly, trying to cover up for Rose. I knew that the minute Mason found out that Rose's mom punched her it would be useless for any kind of rumour control because the whole school would know by lunchtime. I mean, it wasn't completely a lie. I had been in America for almost a month now. I missed my home, I missed my school, and yes, I most absolutely missed my mom. Especially after this morning.

"Oh, I'm sorry," Mason said, awkwardly. I guess he wasn't one for sympathy.

"It's okay, I knew what I was doing when I came here. It's no different than being at my old school except I'm used to going home for the holidays," I explained to him. Up until now, I had spent every Christmas with my mother and grandmother, at the least. That was highly unlikely this year.

"It'll be fun, though. You've never experienced the Mason's Christmas Eve Party. I know you'll love it," He said, trying to cheer me up. In a way, I kind of admired him for that. At the least, he could always make me smile. When he wasn't being a jerk, that was.

"I guess I don't have a choice," I told him, smiling. He hugged me and I hugged him back and that was the moment that I realized that maybe Mason Ashford wasn't such a bad guy after all.


"You need to tell him," Rose said, drawing me back. "You have to tell him how you feel. He acts this way because he's trying to impress you. You haven't seen the changes in him that I've seen, because you don't know him like I do, but trust me. He loves you like it's nobody's business. You have to tell him what you just told me."

"I don't know how to," I told her. I hated to admit it, but I'd never had a boyfriend. That was Mika's area of expertise, not mine. I had always been the third wheel. I didn't know how to hold my own relationship. I never thought that I would need to. Until now.

"It's okay," she said, holding my shoulders so I would look at her, "I'll help you."

* Thank you all so much for your patience, I really appreciate it. I hope that I can be a better author and get more chapters out now that I'm writing again. I dedicate this chapter to Misunderstooddhampir who gave me a wonderful review with some ideas for this story. She's the reason you all get to read this chapter, so thank her if anybody. Hope you guys liked it! More Mason/Katya on the way ;D*