Chapter 14:

I laid on my bed a day later, staring at the ceiling. My thoughts consumed with thoughts of Demetri. Letting out a long sigh, I rolled out of the bed and headed for the door. I opened the door only to run into Afton.

"Oh sorry Chloe," Afton said, "I was just about to knock."

"Did you need me to do something?" I asked, knowing Afton only came around when he was handing out extra assignment.

"Not really," he replied and handed me a box, "you're expected to attend the ball tonight."

"What?!" Jamie was standing by us in a second. Even from the game room, her ears are as sharp as ever. I swear that girl can pick up gossip material from a mile away.

"Chloe why didn't you tell me about this?!" she placed her hand on my shoulders faking a devastated look, "this ball is only for the elite guard!" I nibbled my lip. I did not want to tell her that Demetri invited me.

"Aro wants her there," Afton interjected on my behalf and I blinked at him. "With the strange things that's been going on recently, Aro has requested she attends tonight's ball due to her gift."

"No way!" Jamie was practically bouncing in excitement and she pushed opened my bedroom door and pulled me through. "Well don't you worry Afton I will get her ready and she will look like a queen by the time I'm done!" I stared at Afton in horror as he smiled a little before my bedroom door closed.

"Ok!" Jamie pulled the box out of my hands and set it on the bed then opened it to reveal a long purple dress. It was an off the shoulder lace purple dress, one that I had been admiring at the mall.

Demetri…

"Let's get started," Jamie turned to me with a bright smile and I held back a groan.


I fidgeted with my fingers as I followed Afton through Aro's wing and towards the ballroom. A few of the guests walked with us and Afton made small talk with them while I remained quiet. I looked up at the large open doors of the ballroom watching people enter and my eyes landed on Demetri. He was talking to a man right outside the entrance and he stopped the conversation when his eyes landed on me. I stood frozen to my spot as he walked up to me.

"Do you like the dress?" he asked, and I looked down at the gown.

"Yes," I muttered, "thank you." His hand appeared in my line of sight then and I looked up at his warm smile. Biting my gloss covered lip, I took his hand and let him link my arm through his then followed him into the ballroom. Music was playing and people danced on the large floor while others mingled. It was a far more elegant ball then the ones the lower guard attends. I even recognized many of the covens from photos Athena had shown me. They were well known covens in our world.

"I don't think I should be here." I muttered and panicked when I noticed we were heading towards the dance floor.

"I-I can't dance!" I whispered in panic and he smiled down at me.

"You'll be alright." He said calmly, just follow me. And so I did, I focused on Demetri while trying not to goof up the dance. By some miracle, I completed the dance without any mess up and breathed a huge sigh of relief when we walked off the dance floor. I leaned against a large pillar when Demetri left to go get us drinks, well blood. I was watching the people dance and mingle when I suddenly felt like something was wrong.

"Hello," I jumped at the voice next to me and looked over to see a tall man with brown hair, wearing a tux. I pressed my lips together as my bad feeling increased, but not wanting to be rude; I put on a small smile.

"Hi." I replied and he stepped a little closer.

"You must be Chloe." He said and my whole body tensed. How did he know my name? There was a voice in the back of my head that kept screaming at me to get away from him. A deep thought kept telling me he was dangerous.

"E-Excuse me." I quickly said and dashed away before he could say anything. I hurried over to the other side of the ballroom and hid behind a row of pillars, thankful that I was the only one there. I pressed my shaking hands together, just now realizing I was trembling. Why was I so afraid of him? There was something about him that just made me feel so…scared. Images of my parent's dead bodies suddenly flashed in my head and I covered my eyes with my hands, trying to will the memory away. I couldn't stop shaking…

"Hay." A hand was placed on my shoulder and I jumped before flinching away at the sudden contact. My eyes locked with the red eyes of Alec and I watched as he moved his hand back to his side.

"What's wrong?" he asked. His tone was still dark and detached, but the softening of his red eyes told me he was there to help.

"I-I don't know." I whispered out, "t-there was a man." I looked behind my shoulder, afraid that he had followed me. "I don't know why I was so afraid…I've never met him…but…" I pressed my trembling hands to my chest, trying to calm down. Alec's hand was lightly placed on my shoulder and it was then I noticed how close he was.

"Take a deep breath." He said, but it kind of sounded like a command. But I did anyways, I closed my eyes and inhaled deeply. His scent filled my nose and I noticed he smelled like a forest.

"He gave me a really bad feeling." I whispered out after the breath. Alec's body stance shifted at my words. He seemed to go from relaxed, to alerted.

"Jane." The name left his lips quietly, but in the same second his twin sister was standing next to us. I watched as her eyes moved from me to Alec's hand that now rested on my arm, and then to her brother.

"Go get Aro." Alec said. Jane tilted her head a little, but she then vanished without a word. I let out another shaky breath, calming down enough to notice just how close Alec was to me. I would barely have to lean forward, and I could rest my head on his shoulder. I shifted a little out of instinct when people, mostly men, get this close to me. Alec's eyes locked with mine and something like understanding flashed over his eyes before he took a step away from me while moving his hand away as well.

"You've been hurt," he stated, "by a man." My shoulders stiffened at his words and I crossed my arms over my belly while looking at the ground.

"What is going on here?" Demetri's voice came from behind me and I looked over my shoulder in time to see him stop right behind me and give a small bow.

"Children you should be enjoying the ball." Aro's voice came then and I looked over Alec's shoulder to see Aro walking over to us with Jane close on his heels. Alec stepped to the side while his sister moved to stand next to him.

"She had a feeling again master." Alec said. His eyes once again cold and his voice completely detached again. I noticed Aro frown a little at Alec, almost like he didn't like how Alec acted before he focused on me.

"I-It was nothing." I said quietly and he walked closer to me.

"Ah but nothing can always turn into something my dear," he said softly and held out his hand. I slowly placed my hand in his and watched as his smile turned into a frown before he pulled away.

"I do no know that man," Aro said sounding a little angry, "we have an uninvited guest." At his words, Felix appeared then and I felt Demetri's hand on my shoulder.

"Go back to your room Chloe," he said softly, "and stay alert." My eyes locked with his for a second before I nodded and quickly walked out of the ballroom. I decided to go out through the garden because it was the quickest way back. I was halfway through the garden when my vision started to blur, and I had to catch myself on the nearest bench when my head started to become cloudy. It was then I felt a hand grab my arm and I started to struggle against the person.

"Let go!" I shouted as my vision stated to become clear again and I was being dragged towards the castle wall. Two men were dragging me away and it was then I started to panic as I struggled more.

"Let me go!" I screamed and moved away when one tried to cover my mouth.

"DEMETRI!" I screamed as loud as I could before a hand was placed over my mouth.

(Demetri's POV)

"The intruder seems to have left already." I stated as I stood on the castle wall close to the town with Alec, Jane, and Felix.

"I wonder if he is responsible for what's been going on recently." Felix muttered.

"If someone has been trying to get into the castle, coming during a ball would be a good time. Especially if they're after something." Alec stated and his sister looked at him.

"What would someone possible be after in the castle?" Jane asked, "they must have a death with to try and steal from us." I tilted my head at her words.

"Demetri!" A scream of my name echoed through the garden and my whole body tensed as I recognized the voice.

"What was that?" Felix asked, suddenly in alert.

"Chloe," I extend my gift to link to her essence to find she was moving away from the castle through the woods in the back.

"She's not alone." I growled in realization and quickly ran after her, hearing the others behind me. Jumping over the back wall and dashing into the woods, I could tell we were getting close. And then my eyes landed on her, struggling against two vampires as they tried pulled her away. One was holding he by the waist and the other was trying to restrain her ankles as she kicked at him.

"Jane." I yelled, catching their attention and in that second the one holding Chloe fell to the ground under Janes gift. Chloe fell with him while the other tried to run off, Felix stopped him in his tracks and pinned him to the ground. Chloe scrambled to her feet and rushed over to me. Her dress torn and dirty. My arms wrapped around her and I felt my whole body relax the second she was in my hold, trembling.

"I think we found what they were trying to steal." Alec said and my eyes narrowed at that writhing vampire on the ground.

"The three of you can handle taking them to the ancients, right?" I asked and my eyes locked with Alec whose eyes flashed to the trembling girl in my arms.

"Of course." He said casually with a hint of his wicked smirk. I nodded and picked Chloe up and ran back to the castle.

"What the Hell is going on?!" Caius's voice rang though the halls the second I entered the castle.

"Someone tried to kidnap her." I replied calmly.

"Chloe!" her friend from the lower guard tried to rush over to us, only to be stopped by Afton.

"Stay here Jamie," he said, "let him take care of her." Her worry filled eyes remained on Chloe whose face was buried in my chest. Jamie took a step back at Afton's words and it was then the others entered with the two vampires in their hold. Well in Felix's hold. Jane and Alec stay closely behind him in case the two tried to escape.

"You two," Caius turned his angry gaze to two lower guards, the two who were always with Chloe and both were looking at her in worry as well.

"Help take them down to the dungeons," Caius ordered, and they nodded before walking over to Felix and helping him drag them away, "the rest of you go patrol the city and the castle!" With that order out, the lingering guard quickly ran off. Aro and Marcus stood behind Caius, letting him take charge. Aro watched everything with his hands to his lips in thought while Marcus waited patiently next to him.

"Demetri," Aro finally spoke, "take her to your room. Help her calm down and stay there until you're summoned. Heidi go get the child a change of clothes. Alec, Jane go and check on the wives and inform their guards to increase security. I am not pleased with these current events." With that said, Aro turned on his heel and walked off into the direction of his office with his brothers on his heels.

The second I was in my room I noticed Heidi had already dropped off some sweats from Chloe's room along with a few of her stuffed animals she got at the mall. I set Chloe on the couch and noticed then how torn up her dress was. Her strapless bra stuck out from under a large tear. She put up a fight…

"Good job." I whispered as I placed my hand on her head and sat next to her.

"What?" Chole whispered, her eyebrows pulling together in confusion as she looked at me, her eyes still holding fear.

"Fighting them," I said, "good job fighting them. Had you not put up a fight, we may not have caught up to you." Chloe pressed her lips together and looked down at her hands.

"You actually came for me." She said in a tone that sounded like disbelief.

"I told you I always would," I replied, "I won't abandon you." Her tense shoulders dropped, and a sob escaped her lips. I pulled her onto my lap and let her bury her face in my shoulder and cry.

"Caius is furious," Felix said as he sat on my couch. Chole went to take a shower and it was in that moment my friend decided to appear to give me an update.

"Aro too," he continued, "Marcus is worried, and the lower guard are in a panic running all over the city. Naturally they're worried about her." His eyes flashed to the closed bathroom doors. We were speaking quietly so she couldn't hear, she has been through enough for one day.

"The prisoners?" I asked, turning away from watching the fire to look at my friend, "have they said anything?" Felix crossed his arms and shrugged.

"No," he said, "but it's not like we've questioned them yet." My fingers twitched while my hands rested behind my back, the urge to go kill them was creeping up on me and I had to focus very hard to keep myself in check.

"I should've seen the connection," I said, "both times I sensed an intruder, Chloe was close by as well."

"I don't think any of us would've made the connection." He replied and it was then we heard the shower turn off. Felix stood up then and walked to the door.

"I'll keep you posted if you're not summoned soon." He said quietly before leaving. Just as he shut the door, the bathroom door opened, and Chloe walked out in her sweats.

"How are you?" I asked and she looked up at me.

"Scared." She whispered and I walked up to her. I cupped her cheeks in my hands and made her look at me.

"I know," I said, "but I'm here now, so just rest now. You're safe in here." She moved forward then and buried her face in my chest, and I wrapped my arms around her.

"Thank you, Demetri." Her voice was muffled, but I still heard her. A small smile touched my lips as a rested my head against hers.