Chapter 8 Wonderment:
He let her go!
She was shocked that a Vampire would let a human go.
What was the reason?
Did they keep people like her alive so they could use them again? Or…
Was it a game to them? To have the humans feel fear, do their bidding, then, possibly, use them as a fun hunting game?
Whatever it was…
Wait! No! Maybe it was best she didn’t know. Maybe she should just try to get it out of her head. Try to forget this ever happened.
That would take months, though. But she’s gotta try!
She got a good glimpse at the Vampire who, literally, pushed her out of harms way. He was really good lookin’!
Ok! What the heck!? Like that relationship will ever work!
And besides, she’s trying to forget all this! No reason to think of such foolishness!
‘Great! You fallen for a human once again! She wouldn’t think of you as her type after terrifying her to death. Why would I think of even trying to be with someone who wouldn’t want to be with me in the first place?’
All the Vampires went back to sleep after they each had their meal the Tour Guide was forced to give them.
Only Ryo laid awake. All he could do was toss and turn because confusion was running through him on what to do with these feelings he couldn’t control.
He sat up in his ceiling-hanging, canvas-made hammock with his right arm resting on his knee he brought up to his chest.
He couldn’t sleep, and he was getting a headache over thinking on what he should do or shouldn’t do, if it’s right or if it’s not. He can’t, at all, make up his mind. And it’s driving him crazy!
Ryo was so caught up in what to do that he didn’t sense another Ronin watching him.
Ever since Sage sensed his leader and best friend’s emotion of affection toward the woman who was used as bait, he kept his mind-link secretly opened to Ryo’s thoughts.
Now he was awoken to not only the sound of sleeplessness, but also the sense of confusion.
Sage got off his canvas-made hammock and walked over to Ryo.
Without wanting to wake up the others-if Ryo hadn’t done that already with his constant movements-Sage spoke through his mind.
“Ryo? What’s going on? Why are you so into that woman you know nothing about?”
“I wish I knew, Sage. But there’s just something about her. I don’t know, it’s hard to explain.”
“Do you want to see her again?”
“I don’t know. I don’t know if that’s even a good idea.”
“I terrified her…”
“But then you saved her,” Sage quickly interjected.
Ryo brought up his other knee, put his hand through his hair, sighed, then wrapped his arms around his legs. “Yeah, but still. I doubt I’m her type.”
“You know full well that there are humans who are fine with us, who fall for us.”
“She’s not like my last wife who always wanted to be a Vampire.”
“Rowen’s wife wasn’t like that. You’re just not used to a human wanting you if they never were thinking about always wanting to be like us.”
“How do you know if she’s fine with me being a Vampire and would be alright with one day becoming one?”
“I don’t. That’s why you’ll have to go to find out.”
Ryo looked away and swallowed.
“I’ll go with you if you want,” Sage told him.
Ryo looked back at him with a small nod.
After that, Ryo was able to go back to sleep; even if he still woke on occasion.
As soon as the sun was unable to be seen, Ryo and Sage sniffed out the Tour Guide’s scent and fallowed it to her home.
Ryo decided, as to show he didn’t come to break the promise of not hurting her, to wear his colored contacts so he would look less frightening to her.
Sage wasn’t going to wear his contacts since he wasn’t going to meet the woman. He was there only for Ryo, but he was going to remain outside.
They did both wear their black clothes. They didn’t care if the humans saw them, they weren’t there for their blood at that moment.
When they got there Ryo walked to the front door while Sage stood behind a bush.
Because they were out in the open there was an across-the-street neighbor who just got out of her car and decided to watch them.
“Ryo. There’s a woman across the street watching. Pretend to look around then at her-since you’re the one wearing the colored contacts.”
Ryo did just that with a fake small smile toward the woman. Then he knocked on the door.
His human crush answered the door on the second time of his knocking.
She jumped a little seeing who it was.
“Hey.” Ryo said giving her a shy smile.
“I thought I did everything you asked and that I was free,” She asked, some fear showing in her voice?
He looked behind him, the neighbor still there. Then he looked back at the beauty and said, “that’s not why I’m here. We should talk in private…If it’s alright for me to come in, if you’re not too scared of me?”
It was a moment before she gave in-hoping he was keeping to his words-moved out of his way to let him through, then closed the door behind them.
Sage, still in his spot, looked at the woman still watching the house. And getting tired of the eavesdropper he zipped across the street and hid nearby saying to the lady with a hiss and growl, “Unless you want to die now, I suggest you get into your house!”
The lady jumped and screamed at the sound of the voice, even after seeing the glowing red eyes behind a tall tree. She quickly turned and ran to her home’s door, struggled with her keys, then relocked herself inside.
As Ryo was led to the living room, he looked around at what he could see from where he was.
“You got a nice house.”
“Thank you,” she answered.
They sat on the three-seater couch, both of them sitting on either end of it-they only one seat away from each other.
“S-so what did you want to, to talk to me about?” Sakura asked with some fear showing not only in her voice but also in her features. Thinking about this Vampire is one thing. Seeing him in person is another, since you couldn’t truly predict what he would do.
“You don’t have to fear me. I’m not here to hurt you,” Ryo promised. “I know it’s hard to believe in a vampire that did threaten to kill you, but I must protect my people.”
“I guess I could understand that. But then why did you need to see me?”
Ryo looked down at his hands as he spoke. “This may sound weird to you, but I haven’t had a mate for over thirty years…”
“Wow. That’s a long time,” Sakura answered. “I’m sorry it’s been that long, but why are you telling me this?”
“Ever since my wife was killed; in the beginning I wanted nothing to do with finding another mate. Then as years went by, I just didn’t look for one.
“But then, one day, this woman came into my life. And since then, I couldn’t get her out of my mind.”
‘Why is he telling me this,’ Sakura wondered confused?
“You lost me.”
Ryo, who still didn’t look her in the eye, looked toward his right while biting his lip. “The woman I’m talking about…is you.”
She looked at him with shock. “It, it is?”
“It is.” He finally looked her in the eye. “Of course I’ll understand if a Vampire isn’t your type…But I had to try. Because, like I said, I can’t get you out of my mind.”
‘I wonder what she’ll say?’
‘I wonder how I should answer?’