David made his way up to the surface to Claire or Klara. He wasn't exactly sure which to call her; at least both names were similar. But they hadn't had time to talk. His many questions were still unanswered.
Not even a half hour had passed since Elizabeth had died, before Claire disappeared. Except, this time she told everyone where she was going. She took a small time to place her sister's body on a bed before grabbing Jared and heading to the surface. She made sure to tell them that she believed the lycans wouldn't attack till night. And then she was gone.
David wasn't sure if she wanted him to follow her or not. He still wasn't sure how he felt about the situation. On the one hand, he was ecstatic that she was immortal. It meant that he didn't have to worry about her dying of old age. Maybe major injury, but even that she had proven so far she could heal from. On the other, it frightened and angered him a little. He was angry that she hadn't told him. She had time to tell him, but she hadn't. Then again, maybe that was what she had been trying to tell him, but they kept on getting interrupted. And the fear. Well, he was afraid that she would look at him as if he were still a youngling. She was older than anyone he knew. Now that she didn't have to pretend anymore, would she act like she was better, or use the maturity card every chance she got? He felt as if he no longer knew her.
The sun was slowly setting as he made his way outside. Claire had her hands on the rails as she watched the setting sun, clearly oblivious to the water below her. Jared sat as far away from the edge as possible. David couldn't help but be amused by that. Whether the boy was afraid of heights or water it didn't matter. His demeanor reminded him a little bit of Claire.
"Afraid I ran away?" Claire asked, turning her head slightly to look at David.
Jared looked surprised, since he didn't hear the vampire-hybrid enter.
"No," David said. "The thought hadn't crossed my mind."
She smiled. "It might just be me, but I've always felt that my wounds heal faster with the sunlight," she answered the question he didn't ask. He was curious as to why she was quick to go outside, but that question had become lost in the sea of other questions.
"Oh," he said softly, placing himself near her, but still with space between them.
Her hands clenched the rail harder, but she didn't say a word. A breeze passed by them, and he saw her skin rise from the chill.
"Can we go in now?" Jared muttered. "I'm cold and getting hungry."
Claire closed her eyes and let out a sigh before turning to look at her ward.
"Oh good," Michael said, before Claire could say a word. The three looked at the first hybrid as he stood next to the door. "I was wondering if you were getting hungry," he spoke to Jared. "Don't worry. I'll keep him safe if you feel like staying out here longer."
Claire gave him a grateful smile. "Thanks, Michael," she said before turning back to look at the sky.
Michael nodded to David before closing the door behind him.
The door barely closed before David felt Claire grab his hand. He looked down at her and was shocked to see fear in her eyes.
"I was going to tell you," Claire said, wrapping her two hands around his one hand. She kissed his hand then let him go, sighing deeply. "But it was hard at first. When we first met. I thought that maybe I wouldn't have to say anything. Let you protect me for a little while till I figured out who was after me and either you or I destroy them. Then I would disappear. I was afraid you were starting to put two and two together. Especially when I gave you that password. A-H-M-W-E-K-A-4-7-1-C."
He frowned. He hadn't thought about that. "What does it mean?"
"Alexander, Helena, Marcus, William, Erzsebet, Klara, Adam. 471C is either the day my dad met my mom, he found out he was immortal, or Marcus and William were born. But you didn't seem to put the letters together and I thought I was safe. And then… I realized I had fallen for you. I couldn't show you at first. I was struggling between listening to my father's command and my heart. And then you and I…" She blushed and stepped away. "I knew then that I had to tell you. You worked so hard protecting me, and I worked so hard pretending that I needed protection. I've lived my entire life keeping secrets from everyone because my father told me to. Not even Sam knew who I was. I think he suspected something, but he didn't know I was immortal." She shook her head.
David watched her, but she didn't look at him.
"Then I decided that enough was enough. I was still trying to live my life as if in fear of what my father would say to me. Why shouldn't I tell you?" She finally looked at him and stepped closer. "But I wanted to tell you when we had time to talk. I wanted to tell you everything from beginning to end. I was going to. But then I found out about Jared being here." She shook her head and then let out a soft chuckle. "Trust me when I say that I didn't intend to get severely injured. And if I hadn't I would have told you. The second that I saw you I was going to tell you. But I couldn't."
"That's why you didn't want me to turn you," he finally said. "You knew that you would be fine." He frowned. "Can you be turned?"
She rubbed her chin for a minute. "I'm not exactly sure," she finally said. "I've never been bitten by either species. It's quite possible that nothing will happen. Or I could become a creature superior and possibly deadlier. You saw what happened to William. Father was afraid that if either of us were bitten then we could become a force that no one could stop, effectively annihilating humanity."
He looked skeptical. "Humans are very resourceful creatures."
She smiled at that. "But that's not why I told you not to turn me," she said.
He blinked in surprise. He hadn't expected that.
"I'm already immortal. Nothing worse can come from being bitten by vampire or lycan. I asked you not to turn me because I wanted to see if you would respect my wish. And you did. You didn't know I was immortal, and you honored my wish. Even though you believed I was dying."
He couldn't keep his hands to himself anymore. Wrapping his arms around her waist he pulled her toward him and kissed her. "You're immortal," he whispered, placing his forehead against hers. She placed her hands on his face and kissed him again.
"Yes I am," she replied.
He kissed her again, this time with far more passion. She was his. There was no doubt in his mind now that the two would be together for a very long time. She eagerly returned his kisses as if trying to reassure him that she was his. Suddenly, she forced her hand in between them and pushed back.
"David?" she asked, gasping for breath.
His chest heaved and he felt a little disappointed and yet relieved. "Yes?"
"I… I don't want you to call me Klara," she said, surprising him. "It's the name that I was given at my birth, and the one my family called me, but… they're all dead. Everyone who knew me as Klara are no more. And, although I have no wish to join them, I want that name to die with them. I still love them all, no matter what they did. And I don't wish that I never became immortal. I just like how you say Claire." She looked at him and smiled.
He grabbed her and pulled her to him, kissing her on the mouth. He pulled away and smiled at her. "Claire," he whispered.
She wrapped her arms around his body and hugged him, burying her face in his chest. He heard her let out a content sigh and slowly combed her hair with his fingers. "You still have a lot of explaining to do," he finally said.
She laughed and pulled away, nodding her head. "As much as I want to tell you everything, I think we better go inside and get ready. The lycan's aren't going to wait for me to explain. Don't want us to get caught with our pants down."
He laughed at that. "No, we wouldn't," he breathed into her hair. He placed his arm over her shoulder as they walked back inside. "I never thought I would be the one dating an older woman," he teased.
She jabbed her elbow in his side, but smiled. "I'm not that old."
He raised his eyebrows.
"Okay, technically I'm old. But mentally I'm not that old. I learned to do what my brother did and slept a century or two at a time. I guess I still am older than you either way."
"You will be joining us in the fight this time?" Selene asked, interrupting their conversation.
Claire nodded. "Well, I've already been outed. Besides, those bastards tried to kill me. I'm of better use killing them then sitting around and doing nothing."
Selene nodded. "Eve and Jared will be in her room. There is a hidden passageway leading out in her room, Claire. If it appears that we are losing she will take Jared and protect him."
"We won't lose," Claire said. "You have me."
"Three hybrids, an original immortal and a bunch of vampires versus at least twenty-five supposedly half complete lycan hybrids," Thomas mumbled. The three hadn't realized that he was behind them.
"My sister said they weren't complete. She may have wanted everyone dead, but she wouldn't have lied to me about that," Claire said.
"Are you sure?" Selene asked.
Claire nodded. "She wouldn't lie to me, even if she was angry."
Selene was silent before pointing to a door. "Weapons are in there. Almost everyone is ready."
Claire and David headed into the room and opened the door. There were only a few weapons on the table. She immediately picked up a scabbard and withdrew the sword, carefully examining it. "Oh, they are in for it," she said shaking her head. "You have no idea how hard it is to move and act normal. And now that I can do let myself go?" She snorted, making him laugh.
He put his weapon down and pulled her toward him. "Think we'll win?" he asked.
"Think we won't?" Her eyes searched his, but there was a hint of mischief in her voice.
He leaned in closer to kiss her, but she pulled away.
"Nope," she said, shaking her head. "I'll only kiss you when we win. Give you some incentive."
His eyes narrowed and he prepared himself to say something when they heard a loud scream. Claire grabbed him and kissed him deeply, surprising him.
"We will win," she told him. "But just in case."
He kissed her once more before pulling away. The two grabbed their weapons and rushed out of the door.
Howls, gun fire, and screams filled the air as the vampires and lycan hybrids went head to head. "I'm going to Selene," he said. Although he wanted to be near Claire, he also wanted to be where the bulk of their enemies was at. Elizabeth knew the layout of their coven. There was no doubt that some of the lycans would use the hidden passages, but there was also no doubt in his mind that the majority would come from one way. He wanted to kill as many as he could leaving little to no enemy left to harm Claire.
He spotted Selene who pinned a lycan down and shot it in the head. She looked up at him, shaking her head. "Not only hybrids," she said. "They've brought other lycans as well."
A lycan jumped out at her and she flipped in the air as David shot the beast dead. The two rushed toward the fighting. Michael had wasted no time going into his hybrid form. He was already taking on two lycans at a time, having killed at least one. Selene shot at a lycan from the other side before attacking a hybrid.
David rushed at another hybrid and pulled out its throat before it could do anything. Two hybrids rushed in with four lycans, trying to overrun them. Six vampires rushed at the six lycans. Four were immediately killed by the hybrids.
"Focus on the lycans!" David yelled. "We'll get the hybrids." He lunged at a hybrid and spun in the air, feeling the creature's claws slice his side. He wrapped his arm around the beast's neck and quickly snapped it.
He stood up and looked around. More lycans attacked them, but something seemed off to him. They were almost throwing themselves to be slaughtered.
"David! Go!" Selene yelled. She had the same thought that he did. These were the diversion. Which meant that Claire was handling the more powerful hybrids on her own.
There were still too many hybrids coming with the main lycan group for anyone else to leave. Michael struggled against another two and Selene quickly rushed to his rescue.
"You three!" David yelled at three vampires. The four quickly ran down the corridors. Finally, they reached Eve's room. David's skipped in fear. The door had been savagely ripped from its hinges. A lycan's body was on the floor. He spotted the trail of blood and quickly followed it.
"David!" Eve yelled as soon as they spotted each other. She was looking like her hybrid self with her black and blue eyes. She held Jared's shirt in her hands, dragging the young man back toward her room. He looked scared, but uninjured.
"Where's Claire?" David asked.
"In the library," she said.
"Go to my room and stay there!" David yelled as he ran past her. "You know how to get out if you have to." It was slightly good news if the two were making their way back into the coven. It meant that Claire felt that they were going to be safe. That they didn't have to escape.
David spotted the library door and rushed into the room. Two lycans lunged at him. He withdrew his small sword and neatly beheaded one of them while his companions shot the other. He didn't have time to assess the situation further as two hybrids moved away from their leader and rushed at him.
The vampires rushed at one of the hybrids while David dealt with the other. He gave Claire a quick glance. She focused her attacks on the hybrid who was clearly the leader. The large lycan was not nearly as big as the one that Selene fought, but it looked far more menacing. Its opened mouth revealed two very large and dangerous looking teeth.
Claire dodged a swipe of its claws, sliding under the beast's legs and plunging her sword up into its belly. The creature had anticipated her attack, jumping up and away from her, making her sword nick it instead of gutting it.
The hybrid leader had chosen his champions well. One of the vampires was already dead, while the hybrid that attacked David had put him on the defensive. Its flurry of swipes forced the man to step away from the room.
The hybrid leader lunged at Claire and she stepped back, dodging his attack. She screamed in pain as its claw slashed across her face.
"No!" David screamed as he rushed at his opponent, surprising the beast. He thrusted his hand into the creature's chest, pulling out its hearting. The other hybrid killed the last vampire and rushed at David. He didn't want to deal with the creature and immediately punched it in the skull, practically obliterating it.
The hybrid leader hit Claire, sending her across the room and into a set of bookcases. Blood came out of her mouth as she forced herself up. David rushed at the leader and plunged his sword into the creature's back. It howled in pain, quickly turning and lashing at him. He wasn't sure why, but he had underestimated the creature's reach. Pain crossed his chest as the creature's claws ripped into him.
Out of the corner of his eyes, he could see Claire trying her best to get up. But she was still healing from her earlier injuries. He put his focus back on the beast. He only had to kill it and then she could rest. He dodged the leader's attack as it tried to bite him, playing into the creature's plan. Suddenly, he was pulled up into the air and slammed into a knee. He yelled in pain and rolled across the ground. He tried to get up, but was unable to. His back was broken.
The lycan hybrid roared at him, revealing two set of vicious teeth. David's body was already healing, but he knew the creature would attack him before he could fight back. The beast rushed at him only to scream in pain as someone sliced him across the side. He whirled around, smacking Thomas across the face. David's father flew across the room and hit the wall.
The creature roared as it focused on Thomas and ran at him.
"Father!" David yelled as he staggered to his feet.
The beast screamed as Claire jabbed a knife into its neck. She had jumped on the creature's back, wrapping her legs around its body. It reached back and ran its claws across her back, digging into her skin and throwing her off.
David rushed at the creature. Pulling out his knife, he jumped into the air and slammed the knife into the back of the beast's neck. It shook him off and roared, squeezing him. He felt instant relief as his back was snapped back into place. He struggled to break free and then a sword rose up from between them, slicing up through the creature's skull. David moved back giving Claire space to swing and behead the grand leader.
He breathed heavily as did she. They could hear the sounds of fighting, but it was fading. They had won. He had no doubt about that. He limped over toward his father and collapsed onto his knees. Tentatively, he reached out and touched his father. There was no real way to tell if the man was alive or not. He was a vampire after all.
Claire dropped to her knees and leaned against his body. "Your father?" she asked.
David shook his head. "I don't know," he replied. He could smell her blood and turned to look at her. Her right eye was shut and blood pooled down that side of the face. She didn't look at him, instead staring at his father. David winced in pain, but used his right hand to touch her left cheek. She looked up at him and let out a weak smile.
"Told you we'd win," she whispered.
He kissed her cheek. "So you did," he said. He laid back and felt her body move with his. He was afraid. He could already feel his body slowly healing. But she was still healing from earlier. Were her wounds to much for her to heal through?
"You'll live, right?" he asked, as he held her closer.
She didn't answer.
A/N: Wow, time really does fly. I swear it feels like I've only updated a couple weeks ago. Sorry for the long wait. I wanted to have at least half of the next chapter done before posting this so you don't have to wait so long for the end. Should be posted in a few days. Anyway, yes, sadly one more chapter. Thank you so much for your reviews. Glad and hope you continue to enjoy till the end.