The Pleasure of Pain

Chapter 3: Watched

Back in the forest, Roland was acting like my boyfriend. He helped me dress and clean my new clothes in the river nearby. I hid myself, feeling uncomfortable with Roland. Why did he act like this? I got dressed again, tending to my wounds as Roland kissed my cheek. I slapped him and he laughed, thinking I was flirting. I narrowed my eyes. I think he got the message of 'Leave me alone.' I stood up and looked around, feeling a heavy gaze on me when I saw a pair of red eyes glaring at me sharply. I gasped, rushing to them when Roland grabbed my shoulder. "Stop. I'll look." he informed, racing into the forest. I waited when I felt my blood go cold, Roland was screaming.

I felt my feet get up automatically and soon, I was running into the dark forest. "Roland? R-Roland?" I called, my eyes darting about frantically. "Roland? Ro-" I was cut off by a spiked laugh, ringing in my head. I gulped, turning around and seeing a eerily pale boy holding down Roland. Roland was kicking about, his jaw snapping and body shaking. I knew he was going to change...

Suddenly, another white figure raced into the scene and knocked the other boy clean off Roland. I bit my lip, my eyes wide as I rushed to Roland. I held him close, closing my eyes tightly as I felt him jerk about with no control. "Roland, you can d-do this..." I muttered, welling up when I felt a cold hand clutch my shoulder. I looked up slowly, reconising the firm, tough hold. "You're the boy who saved me!" I blurted out and as quick as he appeared, he left. I panted, searching for the other mysterious boy when I felt something yank me away from Roland. I screamed, feeling something cut through my ankle. I saw Roland's claws scraping past it in his effort to protect me when he howled, raising his head to the sky and growling. His body became consumed with fur, his teeth and claws growing more fiece. I watched in fear, his mouth forming into a muzzle and his clothes ripping. Soon, he was standing on all-fours with an evil glint in his eyes.

The ghostly boy hissed, flashing two white fangs. I scrambled back, vampire... Roland snarled, lunging at the blood-sucker and biting his neck. The ashen boy bared his own fangs, slipping under the werewolf and sinking his fangs into Roland's back. Roland snapped his teeth, catching the vampire and flinging him into a tree. The new-comer grunted, stumbling to his feet and running off. Roland growled, his teeth bared before his body morphed into a human again. He hid his naked body behind the trees, glancing at me. "Ashlyn? You alright?" I nodded in silence, too shocked to speak...

Roland made his way back to our clearing, quickly pulling on his jeans and a scruffy hoodie. He moved closer to me, stroking my cheek. "You sure you're okay?" I gritted my teeth, "No, a vampire fighting my friend is a normal thing for me." Roland laughed at my sarcasm but sighed when he heard the word 'friend.' "Anyway, who was that other dude?" asked Roland. I shrugged, "Just a guy who helped me the other day. In the shop." "Oh." said Roland, standing up. "Let's get some sleep." he suggested. I nodded, curling up and fearing tomorrow.

I stood up, seeing the boy who saved me. He gasped, knowing I had seen him and began to run away. I gave chase, "Hey! Come back!" I transformed into a wolf, gaining speed and following him when he whipped his head round, exposing his vampire fangs. I screamed, feeling them sink into my wolf-ish neck as I trembled back into my human form. He chuckled evilly as the other pale boy began attacking Roland. "NO!" I begged, feeling my world curve into me...

I woke up in sweat, the beads trailing down my face. I was panting heavily and soon, Roland was near me. "Ashlyn, what happened?" "N-Nightmare..." I murmured, realising it was daylight. Roland held my hand, "You're safe now then." I nodded slightly, carefully pulling myself off the floor and leaning against a tree. And as I did this, I swear I could see a pair of red eyes peering at me. I blinked, falling over in surprise but when I looked again, they were gone...