Chapter 1: A Beginning to a End
“You didn’t have to walk me home; I was fine on my own.” I say glancing quickly at the bruise marring his pale face, sky blue eyes gleaming with amusement and confusion. If only he didn’t try to fight my battles, he wouldn’t get hurt. I don’t know what I would do if I lost him again….
“It is my pleasure... but where exactly is your home? This is the entrance to the State park.” He says before looking at me with questions in his eyes. Glancing into the trees of the state park, the welcoming sounds of crickets making music and owls singing , I see my porch lights flicker on after being alerted to my presence. Not wanting to start the explanation on enchantments I avoid the questioning eyes. I clench tighter on his hand, forgetting I was holding it, I smile and straighten his pale blue tie that is now splattered with unnecessary blood.
“I’m sorry I... long story short, most things I own are enchanted to keep the prying and deceitful eyes from my true self. Are you sure you wish to be a part of my life? As I mentioned before I require two guardians, if you were to accept, you would not be the only one. The life you have built here will be gone….” He places his finger over my lips and nods in confirmation before placing a gentle kiss on my sore and bruised cheek. He is too innocent, a fact that makes me hesitate my actions. Taking a deep breath, I place my hand over his heart to search for traces of deceit or betrayal.
Lovingly he places a hand over my own warm and faintly beating heart. In that moment the connection begins, our minds intertwining and merging into a connection that only paired Immortals get to experience. I see flashes of his life and feel the emotions he feels for me. Tears come to my eyes as for the first time in my life I feel love with no signs of aggression or anger towards what is to come. This is what my mother meant when she explained the unhindered love of the immortals.
\\tFocusing on his now glistening and tear riddled eyes, I know then that he has seen the visions of my past. The betrayal, anger, sadness, and vile visions that litter my past. Feeling the connection come to its peak I slowly unbutton his dirt and blood smeared white dress shirt. Directly over his heart I see my soulmate symbol, represented in the language of the Immortals.
'The position of my symbol represents the strength of the connection. Our connection, since it is directly over your heart, is one of the strongest I have ever heard of. ' I explain through our new mind mend, while running my finger over the intricate design, causing him to shiver.
'I can hear you...how?' He asks his voice fading in and out from inexperience, scrunching his brow in concentration.
'Relax, don't worry with time it will come easier as how to work the connection. Regardless of the distance we will always be able to mind meld with each other. Also, through certain elements I will be able to physically reach out to you. All will be explained in due time.'
Ring ring. He fidgets for his phone; he is always such a nerd I giggle in my mind. He laughs at my thoughts before answering.
“Where in the hell are you son?! You were suppose to be home by 10 pm!” his father yells at him through the phone. Loud enough for me to flip him off and say into the speaker “prick”.
“Are you with that…that…. tramp? You said you were studying for your finals, bring your ass home this instant, I don’t care how old you are you live under my roof…” hanging the phone up on his dad in mid sentence, Leo’s looks at me, his face now red in anger.
He begins to explain but I interrupt and nod in understanding.
'No need for words, but before you go we need a closing word. A word that will close the mind connection temporarily. After all we can’t be connected all the time it would become...complicated.' I say showing him visions of what I desired to do to him in that moment.
Blushing he says “banana” Laughing at his goofiness I nod before turning and walking home, while saying banana.
I never thought I would meet his soul again, after that day…I thought I would surely die… alone. Never to know the connection that I should have forged from the very beginning. When I wouldn’t admit to myself the need for him…Leo Shilden.