will find a better place to fall asleep I die each time you look away
She belongs to fairy tales that I could never be
The future haunts with memories that I could never have
And hope is just a stranger wondering how it got so bad
My heart, my life will never be the same
This love will take my everything
One breath, one touch will be the end of me
I die each time you look away
Love Song Requiem by Trading Yesterday
The next few months passed in a blur.
When we returned, Jarred's parents were none the wiser to what had happened. We ended up filling in Cole and Sophie on all the events. They were some of the best cover artists I have every known; coming up with excuses when Jarred and I snuck off to hunt or just to run. My parents were shocked to learn of what had happened. Apparently, they managed to dodge Kelv, when he came through looking for me.
Jarred and I ended up dating, and while it never seemed too serious, we both felt the undercurrent of a future based off everything we had been through together. Finally, it was May and we all graduated. After spending the weekend partying with our friends, I knew it was time.
Jarred bounded up the steps to his house, his brown Chevy in the yard. Soon enough, he would be heading off to college. And while he would not be going to West Point, the college in Oregon would be suitable. Walking into his bedroom, the teen saw a note laying on his bed, addressed to him; it was in Mackenzie's scrawl. Smiling at what the contents could be, he ripped open the letter quickly.
This is perhaps the hardest note I've ever had to write. I've decided to pursue the line on the Royal family. By the time you read this, I will be long gone. I'm so sorry to leave you, and to hurt you, but I have to. I feel that I must discover who I am so I never lose myself again.
I love you, Jarred, but I must go. Time will bring us together again, I know it.
Also, see the attached note; I think you might like it.
Stay strong, my heart, and I will return,
Jarred's knees collapsed and he sat, heavily, on the bed. How could she be gone? In his heart, he knew she would do that; running was what she did. But this time, she had a purpose to it.
But his heart still ached.
Opening the sheet attached to the back of the note, he read;
'Dear Mr. Stark,
I am pleased to inform you that you have been accepted into the United States Military Academy at West Point…'
Jarred jumped to his feet, afraid to look away from the letter, and afraid to believe it. But it was real; Mackenzie had gotten him accepted into West Point. Somehow, she had done it; she had gotten him into West Point, his dream school.
The house erupted into screams of joy as Jarred raced into the kitchen, shoving the letter into his mother's hands. His mother laughed, overjoyed at the news. The news would be well welcomed by his father and brother as well.
It was later that night that Jarred turned to pondering. Standing in his bathroom, the teen fingered the long scar that ran along the side of his neck. It was the bite mark from Mackenzie, his last part of her. Closing his eyes, he felt the feather light kisses she had planted along that line. He would miss her, but he would await her return.
'I'll see you soon, Mackenzie….'
So, end of In the Silence of the Night. But, fear not readers, there are several more "books" in this story.
However, before I start publishing the sequel, I have an interlude of sorts that covers the four year gap between this story and the second one. It has short chapters on important events in those years.
I'll try to start posting that next week. Have a great weekend everyone!