Chapter One

Count Dracula

"But first, on earth as Vampire sent,
Thy corpse shall from its tomb be rent:
Then ghastly haunt thy native place,
And suck the blood of all thy race;
There from thy daughter, sister, wife,
At midnight drain the stream of life;
Yet loathe the banquet which perforce
Must feed thy livid living corpse.
Thy victims are they yet expire
Shall know the demon for their sire,
As cursing thee, thou cursing them,
Thy flowers withered on the stem."
-Lord Byron (Giaour)

Hospitals. If there was one place Nathan didn't like to go to, then it would definitely be the hospital. The smell was unbearable for him. It was like the smell of death. And the walls made it even worse. They were plain white with no other colour added to them; it gave him goosebumps just looking at the place. It just had that creepy effect, the one they had in horror films, Nathan thought as he gazed around. He'd been in the waiting room for over two hours, and he'd been thinking about Sapphire. It was unusual for a girl to have so many blackouts and pains like she did. Since the day that she had met him, the pains seemed to have gotten worse. He remembered that once she had fainted in his car, and he hadn't known what to do. Compared to Sapphire, Nathan was so much different; the pain and horror she experienced, he could never understand. Sometimes, he wished he could just take all that away and make her happy again. But everything was so much different compared to back when they first met.

Hearing the double doors open, Nathan looked up to see Heidi, Sapphire's Mom, rush in. Her face looked horrid, and tear stains ran down her cheeks, leaving makeup bagged under her eyes.

''Nathan! You're here. Do you know what's happened to Saph? All I got was a phone call telling me to come to the hospital this second, and, well, it took me a while to get here through the stupid traffic,'' she managed to say through her panic.

''Not much has happened. I've been waiting here for a while now, and, well, no one's come out and said anything to me, but I think that's because I'm not family,'' he said. Even though Sapphire and Nathan had completely different personalities and were always at each other's throats, it didn't mean that he didn't care. He really did care about Sapphire, more than he'd cared about any other person he'd known in his entire life. And that was a long time.

''Oh, okay, then. Well, what actually happened? Nothing serious, right?'' she asked.

Nathan could tell by just looking at Heidi that she was a good mom. She was unlike most moms out there--she and Sapphire were more like best friends than mother and daughter. They always seemed to enjoy each other's company and rarely argued. It was nice to see their relationship. It rarely happened with most families, but since Sapphire's dad walked out on them when she was five-years-old, she had no one but Heidi to rely upon.

''I don't know. She just had another one of her blackouts again, except, this time, she didn't wake up, so I brought her here.''

After Nathan finished speaking, the two of them simply sat there in silence until a tall male doctor in his late forties came out.

''Are any of you family members of Sapphire Springs'?'' he asked. The doctor was wearing a long white apron and looked very professional. You could tell, just by looking at him, that he took his job seriously.

''I'm her mother,'' Heidi said, rising out of her chair as quickly as she could.

''Right, well, could I have a word with you? Follow me into my room. You can see Sapphire if you want. She's awake now,'' the doctor said, glancing in Nathan's direction. With that, the doctor and Heidi went into a separate room, and Nathan slowly made his way into the patient's room. Sapphire had a big smile on her face, but she looked a lot worse than she normally did. When she glanced up, Nate could see her face was much paler than her normally peachy skin colour, and that her chocolate eyes weren't glimmering like they usually would have.

''Nate,'' Sapphire said in a low tone. He came and sat next to her bed side. ''What happened to me?'' she asked.

''You had another blackout again,'' Nathan said. He looked at the girl who, though once full of life, now looked like death itself.

''Again? I guess I should be aware of when I'm going to have them by now.'' She frowned and slumped back down in between the sheets.

''Well, I'm sure the doctor can find out what's causing them. Then maybe he can give you some medicine or something to stop them,'' he said, trying to reassure her.

''Maybe,'' Sapphire nodded. After that, they both sat in silence until Nate put his hand on Sapphire's arm.

''What's wrong?'' she asked.

''Look, I'm sorry about earlier. I shouldn't have been an ass to you. I shouldn't have bit your head off like that. I'm sorry. Do you forgive me?'' he asked. His eyes were on hers, pleading for forgiveness.

''Of course, I do. I mean, you were being an total ass and a shit-head and all, but, yeah, I forgive you. I mean, you are jerk most of the time, but you're also my best friend.'' She smiled up at him.

After that, they carried on chatting about different things. Then Heidi and the doctor came back into the room, and by the look on just Heidi's face, Nathan knew that whatever the news was on Sapphire, it sure didn't look good.

Authors Note: I know its been a while since I last updated this story, but I'm back on writing now, so I should start to update more regularly. This chapter was very short because I'm not the best with sad chapters, to be honest, but, hey, I did try my best. Reviews would be so nice and would make me happy. And if you check my homepage you will see I've put pictures up now of the characters of the story, hint hint: one's Chace Crawford, the sexiest guy alive anyway, so getting back off track, check them out. And also check out my new story The Nanny Sitters Club. Thanks.

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