Disclaimer: All characters belong to P.C. and Kristen Cast. The song "Insomniatic" was written by Aly and AJ Michalka. It is from their second album, "Insomniatic." I do not own anything.
Author's Note: Due to the number of favourites, reviews, and alerts, I have decided to write a sequel to "He Could Be the One." It been over a year since I wrote, "He Could Be the One"; so, I've kind lost my train of thought on it.
Summary: As Kalona tries to turn Zoey from her friends, Stark plans to join Zoey and her friends, but first he must convince Kalona that he is still on his side. Zoey is torn between Heath, Erik, and Stark. Sequel to "He Could be the One."
Time: Hunted and Tempted
Genre: Drama, Romance, and Angst
Date Finished: January 14, 2011
Insomniatic (adj.): the state of mind where one becomes addicted to the deprivation of sleep caused by an epic revelation of joy. ~Aly and AJ~
Stark rushed away from Kalona. He had to prevent this. As he ran, he pulled his bow and arrow out of his quiver. Then, he stopped. It had been Zoey who had told him that he should only use it in case of an emergency.
"Well, this is an emergency," he told himself. "So, I can use it, right? Oh, crap the good guys have gotten to me."
He stopped. "Never mind, just keep moving."
And he used to be so good at this.
He looked around for her. She wasn't in the girls' dorm nor Nyx's temple. There she was coming out of the boys' dorm.
Stark froze. Now what was she doing in the boys' dorm. Never mind just get to her. He took off in high speed.
"ZOEY!" he bellowed.
She turned around. "Stark?"
"Don't do anything!"
He was over to her by then. "Don't do anything you'll regret."
And he kissed her.
"Yeah, you're so the one," Zoey thought as she kissed him.
She broke away from Stark. "Why do you mean?"
Stark paused to catch his breath. "Zoey, he's coming. He wants to hurt you."
Kalona entered her dreams. He made her feel nothing but joy when she saw him. He wanted her and only her. He had to do this. It was the only way he could make her love him.
Those who cared about her would have to go.
And he had to prefect minion to properly depose of them.
Stark held Zoey close. "He's going after Erik and Heath."
Zoey looked up at him with her big, brown eyes. "Why?"
"Well, because he knows how important they are to you."
"But I don't really have a relationship with Erik."
"We know that, but he doesn't." Stark took a deep breath. "He won't rest until you're his."
Zoey removed herself from his arms. "I won't let him hurt them."
Stark picked his bow and arrow up. "I wouldn't let him harm you."
Zoey sunk to the ground.
Stark grinned. "You know we could let him have Erik…"
Zoey shot him a look.
"I'm just saying. The vamp's kind of a jerk."
Zoey shook her head at him and stood up. "Come on."
"You have to go back to him."
Stark froze. "For what?"
Zoey eyed him. "He'll kill you if you don't."
"I've already died once."
"And that was too much."
Kalona was growing angry. The arrow kid hadn't returned yet. He needed him to complete his plan.
Stark rushed forward.
"Where were you?" Kalona snarled.
Stark eyed him. "Nowhere."
Kalona stepped closer to the boy. "Why did you leave?"
Stark stared him down.
Kalona grabbed Stark. "Don't make me hurt you."
Stark crossed his arms over his chest. "You have no reason to."
"Then answer my question!"
"I was leading the human and Night away from Zoey. They think that they're on they're way to rescue her."
Kalona smiled. "That just made my job so much easier."
Stark grinned. "That was the plan."
Zoey watched Heath leave. She hated that she was breaking his heart. She hated that she was breaking hers.
She let the tears fall softly. First Erik, then Loren, and now Heath. Today just wasn't her day. It seemed like the world was against her; it was just waiting to come crashing down on her. She guessed that this was what it was like to have the weight of the world on her shoulders.
She didn't think that she was that difficult to love. Sure, she had hurt both Erik and Heath in one day, in a matter of hours. Sure, Loren had just used her for his own gain. But this was different, this was Heath.
She followed him with her eyes. "Heath, I'm sorry," she called after him.
Heath turned to look at her. His eyes were filled with pain. "I'm sorry Zoe, but loving you hurts too much." He shook his head. "I'm tired of fighting for you."
Heath tried to forget that scene. She had hurt him, but he had to save her.
This was Zoey after all.
Kalona smiled at Stark. "For a minute, I'd thought you'd gone astray."
Stark smiled. "I won't dream of it."
"Let's make Zoey dream sweet dreams." Kalona paused and smiled an evil grin. "Of me."
Kalona was staring at her. He was so beautiful. So angelic.
His voice was perfect. "Come to me A-ya."
He looked so sad. "Come to me A-ya," he whispered.
Zoey ran toward him. His A-ya was coming to meet him. Finally he had won.
She ran up to him and slapped him. "I will never, ever be with you! You are not the one."
Kalona eyed her. "Who is?"
She pointed to the shadows. "He is."
Zoey smiled. "That's none of your business."
She raised her hands and sent the power of the elements to Kalona. The elements sent him flying.
"You are the one," she repeated to the shadows.
Kalona jerked out of the dream. "She rejected!" he howled. "How dare she!"
He turned to Stark. "I thought you said you'd gotten rid of the other two." His voice was low and dangerous.
Kalona slapped him. "Gather the Raven and My Queen. We leave to tonight."
Stark rubbed his cheek. Without saying a word, he left to do Kalona's evil work.
Aphrodite ran over to Zoey. "We have to leave!"
Aphrodite yanked on Zoey's arm. "We have to leave now!"
Zoey stood up. "Where's the others?"
Aphrodite tapped her foot. "The nerd herd is waiting on you. I think we're going to some nun house. You guys will fit right in. You and the nuns will both have hateful clothing."
Zoey rolled her eyes. Even in the darkest of time, Aphrodite would still be, well, Aphrodite.
Neferet smiled at her lover. "It's about time you started listening to me."
Kalona kissed her. "I guess I didn't want to be wrong."
She returned the kiss. "Don't worry, she will pay."
James Stark followed Neferet to her office. He would be attending this House of Night in a few days. Duchess followed closely to his side. He knew that she didn't approve of the dog.
"You'll have to have a single because of her," Neferet said in a fake, warm voice. "If she disturbs the cats, then she'll have to go."
Stark nodded. "Duch is a perfect lady."
Neferet smiled. "We'll see about that."
She handed him his room keys. "Welcome to the Tulsa House of Night, Stark."
Stark watched as Neferet and Kalona battled Zoey and her friends. This was killing him. He had hated Neferet from the first time he ever laid eyes on her. She had tried to make him get rid of his soul mate: Duchess. That was never going to happen. No, he wasn't going to work for someone he hated.
"Stark, shot her through the heart!" Neferet commanded him.
He eyed to quiver and bow in his hands. He knew what he had to do.
He looked at the other side where Zoey and her friends where. They were calling the elements.
He raised it and shot.
Straight for Zoey.
Zoey raised her arms and sent the elements toward him. The arrow came back too. Both slammed into his chest.
Stark fell to the ground. Pain was shooting through his body. He could see nothing but red. Fire, someone needed to put out the fire.
The red was gone. All he could see was the eternal darkness. Black surrounded him.
Stark woke up in her arms.
"I'm glad you're alright," Zoey whispered.
Zoey kissed him. "I didn't have a choice."
Stark returned the kiss. "I know."
Zoey bit her lip. "When I'm around you, I feel so strange. I can't sleep from thoughts of you. I dream nonstop about you."
"What about Kalona."
Zoey gently hit him. "He doesn't count." She sighed. "You make me feel. Well, you make me feel Insomniatic."
"I have no idea what you just said, but I'm going to nod my head and act like I do," Stark whispered as he fell back against the pillows.