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So I ate, and then I ran into Adrian. Apparently, he had been hungry too.

"I have a question," he said, when we sat down. We were alone at our usual table.

"How do you…" he paused, unsure of how to proceed. "How do you get blood?"

"Um, I had it once. A… friend thought I needed some, and was going to force me to drink it. I thought it'd be nasty, but I… I, um, drank a few things of it. Now I crave it. I'm not sure how to get it, or if I actually need it. But I crave it. I don't have fangs, so how am I supposed to go about getting it?"

"I could get it for you," he offered.

"What do you mean by that?" I asked and was kind of worried.

He grinned. "I mean, I could get it for you."
"Get what?" Dimitri walked up behind me. I jumped a foot in the air.
"Jesus! You scared me," I said.

He sat beside me. "What are you up to?"
"Nothing. What are you doing, Comrade?"

Dimitri ignored my question. "What is he getting you?"

I didn't want to lie. I wanted to tell him everything. But I knew he wouldn't love me anymore.

Adrian saw me freeze. "You caught me. I was going to get her another doughnut. But now, you're here. So you can get it for her."
Dimitri frowned, and glanced at something across the room. I shot Adrian a grateful look, and he winked.

"Hey, come on," Adrian said. "We've got to go talk to Lissa."

Dimitri started to get up.

"Eat," I told him. "I'll see you later."

He looked at me and rolled his eyes. "Fine, but Roza, later, you have to make it up to me."


I pecked his lips and walked off with Adrian.

"You owe me," he grinned.
"Yeah, I owe you. Big time. Thank you," I said. "Just… thank you."
"You have to tell him."

"I know. I'm not ready for it all to come crashing down just yet, though," I told him.

"He loves you. He won't do anything stupid, Rose. I promise. He won't care."

I bit my tongue. I wasn't taking that chance, because even the slightest doubt from him would kill me inside, and then…

Stop, Rose. Just… stop thinking like that! I scolded myself.

"Rose?" Adrian was waving his hand in front of my face, looking confused.

"What?" I snapped.

"Your aura, it just flickered. Is something wrong?"

"What does the flickering mean?" I asked. His face looked worried as hell.

"It means… it means…death? It usually means you're dying, or close to it."

"I'm always close to death, Adrian. Stop worrying, you're making me tense!" I grinned. "The way you people act around me sometimes. I'm fine. Now can we go see Lissa?"

He nodded. "Yeah," he said, "Let's go." He looked a million miles away, lost in thought. I knocked on Lissa's door.

She opened the door, and hugged me.

"Hey, Rose!" she shouted. Then she stepped back. "Adrian," she nodded, smiling.

"Nice to see you, cousin," he nodded back. He looked more composed, and was smiling.

Then Lissa and Adrian grinned, and hugged each other.
"What was that little exchange about?" I demanded.

"Long story," Lissa smiled. "Come on in. Are you okay? That stunt you pulled scared me half to death! You just passed out!"

"Well, that's just one of many talents. But don't worry, that's normal. I've been tired for a while," I shrugged.

She laughed.

Christian walked up behind her, and put his arms around her waist.

"So, Rose, when did you wake up?" He asked.

"Oh, I don't know, Fireboy. It wasn't too long ago," I grinned, and he frowned.

"Rose, you know he hates that," Lissa stage-whispered.

I laughed.

"That's the point," I stage-whispered back. "I've gotta talk to you. Just… keep an open mind," I said as Adrian and I entered the room and shut the door. "And don't tell Dimitri!"

Lissa frowned, and confusion came through the bond.
I was so not used to the bond. I almost missed my walls. But I'd deal.

"What is it, Rose?" she asked, concerned.

"Promise," I whispered. "Promise me."

Lissa nodded. "I promise."
I looked to Christian, who had sobered.

"Of course, Rose, I promise," he said, waiting for me to speak.

I opened my mouth to speak, but for a second, nothing came out, so I studied the flower pattern on the wall's border.

"Rose?" Lissa asked, worried, confused, and impatient.

I took a deep breath, looking directly into her eyes.

"I need to drink blood," I whispered. "It helps with my powers, and I… crave it. Bloodlust. I don't have fangs, so I have to drink it, but… I can't get it."

I looked up to see their faces.

Lissa looked like she wanted to hug me, Christian just looked like he understood.

"I can help with that," Lissa offered. "I'll get you some."

"Adrian already offered. I'll take it. But… I hate it. I'm Dhampir. I don't have fangs. So why should I have to drink blood?" My voice was barely above a whisper.
"Because you're shadow kissed, Rose," Christian tried. "Maybe you got more than life from Lissa. We need to figure it out. I'll help you Rose, and I know that this isn't what you want to hear, but you should tell Dimitri. He can help you more than we can."

I shook my head. "I don't want to. What if he doesn't understand? Look, he'll say he understands, but it'll weird him out. I just got him back, I don't want to lose him again!"

"You won't Rose, he loves you. This won't make him back off. I promise. You should've seen his aura when he looked at you, when you passed out. He was so worried, and so in love," Lissa said, looking directly into my eyes. Her jade green eyes saw right through me.

"Tell him, little Dhampir," Adrian demanded.

"Three against one. No fair!" I slumped my shoulders. "I'll tell him. Just… give me a little time. A day or two. How soon can you get the blood?"

"An hour," Adrian said.
"Take it to your room. I'll meet you there, in two hours. Okay?" I asked.

He nodded.

I hugged Lissa. "I gotta go find Dimitri," I told her.

She nodded.

"Alright," she said. "Later, then."
I smiled, and walked out to find Dimitri. In two hours, I would be at my most powerful. Because I would have extra blood in me.

The thought made me shiver, but it wasn't sure if it was out of pleasure, or disgust.

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