Alexios & Elysia

Alexios & Elysia #5 NaStyRomo 2012

The fifth installment: 2012. Have a looksy!


I bundled up, attached my ipod to my jacket and went out for a run to clear my head. The mountain beckoned me. I love the fresh air and the cold. Also it’s Valentine’s Day and no word from Alexios. It was the middle of the day and the path was quiet.

I ran listening to Linken Park thinking how I wanted my phone to ring, or my doorbell to ring. I’m thinking about my doorbell when you gonna ring it, when you gonna ring it. I skipped to White Stripes and hummed along. I felt a presence near me and I looked back, but the path was empty. Strange.

I continued, going faster and feeling alive, concentrating on Jack White’s voice and the gravel in front of me…suddenly, someone appeared next to me.

I turned to my left and my jaw almost dropped. I pulled the earphones off and stopped running.

“Alexios!” I panted out of breath. I looked him up and down and his appearance threw me off balance. His hazel eyes twinkled.

“Hi, Elysia. You’re a hard lady to catch up with and I’m friggin’ fast!” His black leather jacket was open, and I caught a glimpse of his chest through his tight shirt. I felt myself swoon. He looked the same, yet different.

“How did you find me?”

“I went to your house and rang your doorbell but there was no answer…and  then I followed your scent. Plus, I know how much you love running here.” He looked me up and down and I felt self-conscious.

“I was just listening to that song about the doorbell,” I mustered out like a love struck puppy.

He bent to kiss me on both cheeks and I flustered. His face smelled like musk, I must have smelled awful. I pulled away quickly.

“I’ll race you to your house,” he teased. “I’ll give you a ten second start.”

“No need to. I’ll beat you!” and I ran as fast as my legs could carry me. He was behind me for a while and then he went next to me.

“I’m beating you!” I shouted.

“No, I’m just admiring the view from back here,” he teased, completely relaxed and not out of breath. “You are so fast!”

Luckily, I only live a few streets down from the mountain. We went up Park avenue and everyone stared at us (mostly at him, with his fresh attire). I peeked at him and he looked completely calm.

I reached into my pockets for my keys and before I knew it he was at the door first.

“You beat me!” I joked, ” like I was ever going to beat you.”

“If I was human, you would definitely beat me. Even with my super speed I had to try hard…” he smiled at me and placed his hands across his chest waiting for me to open the door.

I unlocked the door and he stepped inside.  He has already been invited in my house so I knew I didn’t have to invite him in, but as a joke I asked anyway. “Would you like to come in?”

He laughed, “Definitely.”

He walked in and removed his boots. “Your place looks great, Elysia. You haven’t changed one bit.”

“I have to take a shower.” I said, perspiring enormously now that I stopped running. I felt so sticky and dirty. “I’ll be right back.”

“Take your time. The thought of you in the shower…is…is just what I was imagining on the plane ride.” He smiled at me and sat on the couch.

I couldn’t believe he was in my house again. He was finally here after eight long years.

“I’ll be right back.” I jumped in the shower and washed quickly. I wrapped the towel around me and as I was getting out of the bathroom, Alexios quickly appeared in front of me. His speed excited me.

“Can I help you with that?” and he unwrapped the towel and flung it on the floor in one sweeping motion before I could reply. His mouth met mine and we kissed hungrily.

“I’ve missed you,” he whispered in my ear as he led me into my bedroom.

“Me too,” I whispered back.

“Happy Valentine’s Day, Elysia,” he muttered as his lips caressed my neck gently. I couldn’t reply, I couldn’t breathe, we were about to drop on my bed and then I saw  his fangs and he pulled away. “Sorry,” he muttered. “I couldn’t control it. It’s been so long.” He turned away and when he looked at me again his fangs were gone.

“Wait, it’s okay. What happens if you bite me?”

“I can’t do that to you or to me.” He went to pull away from me. “I’m not sure if this was a good idea…” I pushed him on my bed.

“Yes, this is a good idea,” I said and he placed his body over mine fully agreeing with me. I had to have him-all of him.

By Christina Strigas

Christina Strigas is a Canadian poet, raised by Greek immigrants, and has written three poetry books. Her latest, Love & Vodka, has been featured by CBC Books in, “Your Ultimate Canadian Poetry List: 68 Poetry Collections Recommended by you.”
LOVE & METAXA, her fourth poetry book is available at all online bookstores..
In her spare time, Christina enjoys foreign cinema, reading the classics, and cooking traditional Greek recipes that have been handed down from her grandmother.

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