Its been weeks since I told Kali about Nate and Rach left my house. I spend less time with my now because of Kali. She hasn't been able to look me in the eyes or be in the same room as me After the first week, I stopped going to school. I didn't see the point. Without Kali, I couldn't make myself stay there. Not when my best acted like I had the plague.

Julia has been texting me since I stopped going to school. She wanted me to come back, but she didn't press the matter. When I wasn't asleep or out with Nate, I'd text her back.

The majority of my time has been spent outside with Nate. I'd be in the woods all night and most of the day. After a little while, Nate became concerned about my health. From getting only a couple hours of sleep and only eating once a day. So, as you'd expect, he put a stop to it. So we started meeting during the day and didn't stay as late in the night. He even started to make me go back every couple hours to eat.

I hated having less time with and that he had to be out in the day. When I would bring it up, he would just hold me and say its for the best. Say that he doesn't mind being up in the day because he got to see me. So I tried using his logic against him.

"But I never minded being up at night. I'd rather be with you than sleep." I told him.

"Its not for you, Videl. If anything happened to you because of something as simple as not sleeping enough, I wouldn't be able to forgive myself."

I rolled my eyes, but smiled. He's being so sweet. I'm glad he cares about me, but this isn't something he should worry about.

"I'd be fine. What about you? Don't you need sleep?"

He shook his head.

"Not as much as you or any human needs, but we do sleep. The problem was more than your sleeping schedule though. You weren't eating much."

"I was too! My meals were twice the size they were before."

"But you only ate once a day."

"So? I wasn't starving or anything."

"I don't want you doing things like that to yourself just to have more time with me. We're still going to meet up in the daytime; I won't change it." He held me tighter. "I'm going to protect you, even from yourself, so you won't do things like that anymore."

I sighed.

"Ok." Then a thought came to me.

"Nate? How often do you have to…drink? As much as I have to eat?"

He was quiet for a moment. I could tell by the look on his face that he didn't want to talk about it.

"I'm sorry, I-."

"No, its fine." He reassured me. My kind only need a little bit each day, maybe about a cup or two, to keep going. I drink a bit more than most though."


He seemed to hesitate, but answered me.

"Do you remember that day at the waterfall? When I had almost…bit you?"

I nodded, knowing what he was trying to say.

"Your blood is…different for a human. Stronger. You smell so good that I lost control that day. I'll never let that happen again."

"Nate…" I wanted to ask why my blood was different, but couldn't bring myself to say more than his name.

That was when Nate kissed more passionately and lovingly than before. He was gentle, probably because that day was so fresh in his mind; he didn't want to lose control.

I went back to the Dome at midnight to sleep. Life was hell when I woke up.

One of the maids, Rebecca, shook me awake hours later. I was surprised because none of the maids have ever been in my room before.

"Miss Hanavidel. Miss Hanavidel!" She said urgently as she shook me awake.

Rebecca was a kind older woman with some gray in her brown hair. She was in her early fifties and had gray eyes.

"What?" I asked sleepily.

"Your mother needs you. Now." She seemed worried.

I looked at my clock. 5:35 am? What would she want she want from me this early?

"Ok." I yawned.

Rebecca pulled me out of bed and we darted down the hall.

"I've never seen your mother so angry before." She told me.



When we got to the living room, Rebecca left me with my mother. And Mom was furious, that much I could tell. What did I do wrong this time?

"Sit." She ordered.

So I sat on the couch in front of her. I didn't want to anger her any further. Then my father came into room, getting ready to leave for work.

"Johnathon! Handle your daughter!"

My father came over to us.

"Why? What happened?"

"She hasn't been to school in eight weeks. Eight weeks!"

Dad looked over at me.

"Why haven't you been at school?"

I didn't know what to say. I couldn't say anything about Nate or the hidden door and my fight with Kali wasn't any of their business.

"Personal reasons." I told them.

Mom looked ready to kill me when Dad dragged her out of the room to talk to her. After a couple minutes, Dad left for work and Mom returned to the living room, slightly calmer. The living room was flooded with maids now, all pretending to clean. They were hoping to the showdown that always happens when Mom and I are together.

I guess Mom didn't want an audience today because she took us to Dad's study, where the maids weren't allowed.

"Now," She said when she closed the door. "why haven't you been at school?"

"I've said what I have to say."

She slapped me across the face. I wasn't all that surprised. It wasn't the first time and probably wouldn't be the last. My cheek stung like crazy and was probably red. I didn't let myself cry.

"You don't talk to me like that!" She screamed.

"I will if I want to. You can go to hell for all I care!"

Then, without even seeming to realize what she was doing, she grabbed a glass paper weight ball and threw it at me. It hit my eye and I cried out in pain.

Mom looked shocked at her own action.

"Hana, I-" But I was already out the door.

I ran to my room and locked the door. I cried till I fell asleep.