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Alexios & Elysia #5 NaStyRomo 2012

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#5

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.

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Alexios & Elysia # 4 NaStyRomo 2012

This is my fourth installment in the NaStyRomo 2012 chain. Also check out: thewriteaholicblog.wordpress.com/nastyromo-2012.

#4.

“What?”

“I’m a vampire,” Alexios repeated looking intently in my eyes, his hazel eyes flickering. “I was turned in 1931, when I was thirty years old.” He stopped, waiting for me to take it all in. I didn’t know what to say. What does one say at this? I was shocked and speechless, for once in my life.

“That, Elysia, is my secret.”

“How did it happen?” I managed to ask.

“I was involved with this woman named Daphne, she was beautiful, but deadly. I’m ashamed to admit, that I was obsessed with her. We became lovers and soon enough I found out that she was a vampire. I wasn’t scared, I was intrigued. I wanted to be just like her; together till eternity. In my head, being immortal was the answer to all the problems I faced. She willingly turned me and while we were together we were content. It lasted for ten years, up until the moment we were hunted. You see, there are vampire hunters out there who track us and kill us. She was stalked by one of them, his name was Athanasios, ‘the immortal.’ She had a long history with him, which I won’t get into now. He staked her.” Alexios paused and was taken back to that painful moment for a few seconds. Then he looked at me waiting.

“I’m finding this all hard to believe.”

“I know it sounds crazy, but this what I am.” He stared at me after some silence he continued, “If you never want to see me again, I’ll understand.”

“I don’t know what to think…” I mumbled.

“Ask my anything, Elysia.”

“What do you eat?”

“Animal blood. I hunt at night in the forest…mostly rabbits and small animals of that sort,” he looked away embarrassed, “I was doing just that before I came here. I had just eaten and I was full of energy. Am I scaring you?”

“No, I’m actually glad to hear it’s not another woman,” I joked, trying to hide my true horror at all this insane talk.

“Elysia, there is definitely no other woman in my life. I do feel deep love for you.” He got up and sat closer to me on the couch. “I know this is a lot to take in, but if I didn’t love you I would have walked out that door and you would have never seen me again. This is who I am.”

It was a lot to handle and I tried to put up a good front, but honestly I wanted to go running out of my house…I was scared out of my wits. Time passed and I realized that I couldn’t have a normal relationship with Alexios.

Over the past eight years the on-going question has remained constant: What is a normal relationship anyway??

Feb. 7, 2012

Dearest Elysia,

It’s a full moon and I’m a little out of my skin. I received your letter this morning and I am responding immediately. I can’t get you out of my mind.

The day I told you the truth, I thought for sure you would never accept me as I am. I have been listening to The Airborne Toxic Event, it’s all the rage in Russia, and it has made me uneasy, lost and thoughful. I’ll blame it on them that I miss you more than you can imagine. You write that you can’t promise me anything and I don’t expect anything. After all these years, I’m not so sure how I will react when I see you. All I can say is that I’m grateful you are looking forward to seeing me. I thought perhaps you weren’t even receiving my letters. It felt good mailing out your letters and believing you were reading them. I must admit I have always held back a little. I hoped you received every letter and I was right. 

I wanted to hear from you: I’ve read your letter several times and you can be sure that I will bring you something special from here. 

I haven’t decided on a date yet. I have to finish up some work here.

I’ll surprise you.

Love,

Alexios

P.S. All at Once is the name of the album All for a Woman is the track that haunts me. I am Half of Something Else pushed me closer to you.

I went straight on YouTube and listened to both songs. I played them over and over till I couldn’t take the pain anymore and I stormed out to buy a pack of smokes to calm my nerves (or make them worse).

Just when I thought I was going on with my life (I really wasn’t), Alexios had to  shake my path again with his songs, letters and the notion that there are no promises, when all the while, I knew the truth. Promises, promises is all that lies ahead.

So with a smoke in my head and replay button on the songs, I knew that even though he was a vampire and I was a mere human (who could run pretty fast), he was my soul mate and his half was my half.

 

 

 

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Alexios & Elysia #3

3.

What I missed most about Alexios were the deep conversations we had and how everything flowed so easily. He made me feel like I was home and safe. He argued with me about who he thought was the best director. According to him, Martin Scorsese. Every time I watch one of his movies, I can’t help but think of him and his strong points.

The day I found out about his little secret was the day that changed my life forever. He had come to my house all elated. I thought he was high. I hadn’t known him that long so my mind kept on creating these crazy scenarios. His awkward behavior made me skeptical.

“Are you alright?”

“Yeah, I’m fine,” he replied, but his body was telling me otherwise. His foot was nervously moving back and forth and he kept on moving around.

“I know something is up. What is it?”

“How do you know?”

“Tell me what’s bothering you.”

“There’s nothing to tell,” he replied with a slight edge.

“I could tell there’s something you’re keeping from me.”

“How do you know?” he said, “What do you sense?” I thought it weird that he would use the word sense, like I was a dog or physic or something. So I went with it.

“I sense that you are not telling me something.”

“What do you want to know?” he asked defensively.

“Where were you before you came over?” I don’t know why that question popped into my mind. For some strange reason I thought that maybe he was with another girl. He paused, as if he was thinking or making up a lie, a little bit too long for my liking.

“I had stuff to do,” he said indifferently and he avoided my eyes.

“Tell me the truth.”

He sat down. “I can’t,” Alexios said and placed both his hands on his head.

“Are you seeing someone else?” I blurted.

“No, absolutely not.” He looked around the room, “It’s not that, at all.”

“Then, what?” I said, frustrated.

“I can’t tell you.” He said in a calm voice.

“If you can’t tell me then leave!” I said a little too loudly and gestured for him to leave by pointing to the front door. “If there is going to be secrets between us, I can’t be with you.”

He walked and stood in front of me with a determination. “Elysia, it’s okay.  I don’t have anyone else. It’s only you I have eyes for. It’s just that I’m not ready to tell you…”

“If you don’t tell me what it is you must leave, Alexios,” I stated angrily.

“If I tell you, you won’t want to be with me and I’ll lose you. I can’t bear that,” he got up and paced nervously.

“I said, leave!” I shouted.

He continued to pace and he stopped talking, then he started swearing at himself.

“I’m leaving then!” he shouted back.

“Then, go and don’t ever come back!” I was shaking. I couldn’t understand any of it. He walked toward the door opened it and shut it again. He turned around and with a desperate look in his eyes came back to sit down.

“Okay, I’ll tell you.” He sat down on my couch.

“What?”

“Sit down first.” I sat down next to him and he looked at me in a curious way.

“Here goes.” He took a deep breath.

“Alexios, you can tell me anything.” I waited for the worst…maybe he was going to tell me he had a wife, kids…my mind wandered. What I didn’t expect were the words that came out of his mouth.

“I’m a vampire.”

 

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Alexios & Elysia #2

2

It took me two days and ten hours to reply to Alexios. I must have ripped up  at least twenty pages. I couldn’t decide what to write till finally I just settled on opening up my heart a tiny bit, not all the way. I stopped analyzing every word.

Dear Alexios,

     Hello. I keep on reading how you are and what you are dong, and now at last, after eight years I could tell you what has been happening in my dull life. I will start from the last time we met. That day was probably the worst day of my life. I couldn’t think of life without you, yet here I am. I won’t bother you with the mundane details of first dates and my last boyfriend, who turned out to be a two-timing jerk. Remeber, Dima? Well, she got married last year. My parents moved  back to Greece and I haven’t seen them in over a year. I don’t want to go visit and live with them…you know how that would turn out. Fights, fights and more fights. Living alone is not as glamorous as I thought it would be. I tire of the tranquility and not having any company. Poor Dima, is getting quite sick of me. I’m constantly over at her place. Her husband, Tommy, is a sweetheart. I swear, she always had all the luck with guys, while I suffered one heartbreak after another. Yes, you, especially you-my ultimate heartbreak.

     For the past two years I’ve been working as a freelance translator. I work for  mostly pharmaceutical companies. So, I guess my degree wasn’t for “naught” as you used to say. Really, I enjoy it, you know how I love words. 

     You want to visit? I want to see you. I want to sit and drink coffee with you and talk. Do you remember how we used to talk all night long? When I figured out you were a vampire I didn’t say anything to you for days. Instead, I went out to buy Interview with a Vampire. I had known you for five months and I thought you were always acting strange; disappearing for days, not returning my calls, not having an email address or a cell phone…the list is long. Dima had said, you were a prick, but a good-looking one. I didn’t know what to think. I guess when I confronted you and you soon left that was when my heart broke. It was the best six months of my life. I think I see you sometimes.

     If you want to come and visit, please do. I can’t promise you anything but friendship. You are way to old for me…ha! I miss you. I don’t know what else to write so I’ll end with this: looking forward to seeing you again and by the way, I have a thing for Baboushka dolls, in case you were wondering.

Love,

Elysia

I mailed my letter out and didn’t know what kind of response I expected. I had to wait and see. I knew one thing…I was very patient.

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National Story of Romance Month

I think I will accept the writing challenge. I will come up with a romance story and write it down for the month of February. 

Why not? It sounds like creative fun! 

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Started working on query letters.

Started working on my query letters and my synopsis. It is quite a nightmare. With the amount of information on the internet…it’s easy to get so confused that I’m writing and crossing out every sentence till it all becomes blurry and nonsensical. Not an easy task..and the more query letters I read the more I don’t want to do it.

It is the worst thing imaginaeble. Or is that the synopsis that is worse?? Need help!!

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Finished my novel…

     I just finished my novel. My freelance editor said I have to start looking for a publisher…with all the information on the web, it is overwhelming!

     Plus, my laptop is seriously on the fritz again. Ever since it got drunk on my wine it skips letters and I have to edit over and over again.

    Also, I have to finish volume 3 of Althia’s Journey…