I know the last chapter left a cliffhanger which I will address very soon, but as I said in the chapter before that one it switches from Whitechapel to Vancouver every chapter which admittedly I usually hate too but it's a better way to write a story with two storylines.
Vampires only needed a couple of hours of sleep so the sun wasn't even close to rising when Sarah woke up still in the bathroom of the motel room. At first her mind was blank as to where she was and why she was there until she noticed Ethan asleep next to her with his arm draped over her shoulder. It was almost cute, except her heightened senses were focused on other things that she couldn't believe she hadn't noticed before. The bathroom and the surrounding area smelled strongly of cigarette smoke and bodily fluids other than blood and a dead roach was residing in the corner next to the toilet. However, it was too late to find another motel.
Ethan woke up and wrinkled his nose as the smells hit him. "What is...?"
"So umm, what time is it?"
"I don't know, why...are you not used to sleeping in motel bathrooms this late?" Sarah teased.
At the mundane answer, both laughed a little, but they were nervous laughs that conveyed little amusement.
"I need an early morning snack." Sarah muttered. "Are you coming with me?"
"Yeah," Ethan nodded.
"I think I need to change first and you need to put your shirt back on."
For the first time, Ethan remembered his partial nudity.
They both walked into the bedroom area and Ethan grabbed his shirt off the bed while Sarah headed over to her bag and pulled out a pair of blue jeans and a purple blouse.
"Umm, what are you doing?" he asked surprised when she began to peel her dress off.
"I don't want to go back in the bathroom any more than necessary. Now please look in the other direction!" Sarah hissed.
Ethan started to turn away, "Wait, you saw me shirtless..."
Sarah aimed her throw at Ethan's head, but the boot flew wildly past him punching a hole in the wall.
Ethan started to point out the mistake, but thought better of it as Sarah held up the other boot. "I'm sorry."
Sarah didn't respond in a way that showed acceptance or rejection of his apology, instead she walked over to retrieve her shoe from the wall without a word. He wasn't sure if he was still invited on her hunt so he didn't move from his spot near the bed as she opened the door.
"Hey, Fang Boy...are you coming?" she asked in her sweetest voice, the one which had once made his heart race.
"Umm, yeah of course."
"Good, I don't feel comfortable going out alone."
Most of the streetlights were burnt out but the few that worked revealed how bad of a neighborhood the motel was in.
"I don't think these will be very good hunting grounds." Ethan mumbled.
"I saw a park a couple of miles from here." she tried to say as nonchalantly as possible but her expression told a different story. She looked exactly like a scared human teenager and he felt like it was all his fault. "I'm probably not going to be able to find a decent snack at this time of night anyway."
"If you need to eat couldn't you just like settle for an undesirable character?"
"Do you know how sick a vampire could get from biting someone with certain blood diseases?!"
"Well then why are we hunting right now?" Ethan asked slightly puzzled.
"Because that hotel room is disgusting and I'd rather risk getting sick than spend anymore time than completely necessary in there." Sarah admitted.
Fifteen minutes later, the pair was sitting atop an abandoned factory building lying on their backs looking up at the stars. For several minutes neither spoke.
"Are you angry?" Ethan asked nervously.
"No, well yeah but not at you." Sarah admitted turning on her side to look at Ethan. "You're just trying to protect Jane and I made my own choice."
Ethan started to argue with her only to realize that if he kept trying to convince her otherwise they'd both be miserable and he might lose his only connection to the life he'd had to leave. Instead he decided to ask a question "Are you going to miss your family?"
Sarah looked thoughtful for a moment before answering. "I think I'll miss my brother and my father, but I don't think I'll miss my mother."
Ethan wanted to take time to formulate a proper response to show that he cared, but before he could think he caught himself blurting out an assumption. "In your family photo you looked like you were close to her."
Sarah almost responded angrily before she remembered that Ethan had never actually met her family. "You're assuming that just because we sat next to each other?"
Ethan was silent, figuring the best thing he could do was let her continue.
"You know that one person you want to please so badly, but everything you do turns out wrong? Well, my mother is that person. I'm constantly worried about trying to be that perfect daughter but I can never satisfy her." Sarah paused briefly "I'm sorry, you shouldn't have had to hear all of that."
"But you always seem to have a positive outlook on life..."
"Well, everything else in life has been good." Sarah laughed "except for the whole vampire runaway thing."
Her smile was so dazzling and infectious that Ethan found himself responding with one of his own. He desperately wanted to kiss her yet even after they'd already kissed twice he felt nervous about initiating it. So, he found himself asking for her permission first.
"You're actually asking for my permission?" she laughed "the answer is definitely yes though."
With that, his lips captured hers...it was slower than the ones before it yet just as gentle with nothing forceful or awkward about it. When the kiss ended they both smiled again.
Suddenly Ethan jumped as his cellphone, which he'd forgotten he even had on him anymore, rang.