ZOE BELL PART 80
"Next time you go to see Amber, I want to
go with you."
"I won’t be seeing her anymore, and
I told her as much before I left her. You are my one and only,
Zoe. Please believe me when I say that."
"With time I might, but you still have to
gain my trust back. So keep that in mind."
"I will. Just remember that I really do
love you." He knelt down in front of me with both my hands
in his. "Please know that."
"I do know that. And I love you in
He grinned and hugged me around my waist.
"You’re the best, Zoe. I’ll never fail you again
for as long as you’ll have me."
Abbie and I had planned to go to the mall
today, and since Mason was back in my good graces, the boys came
with us to enjoy our company in the world of girls: Dressing
We planned to fill our closets with a new
college wardrobe, and that is exactly what we did! One matching
outfit after another was tried on and added to the growing pile
of clothes that the boys were in charge of. My camera was filling
up with an enormous amount of stunningness as Mason flashed away
for our makeshift fashion show we were putting on for
"I don’t understand girls and
clothes," Cliff said, looking through the camera while we
waited in line at the checkout stand.
"You better learn fast boy!" Abbie
kissed his cheek and grinned.
Mason’s arm slid around my waist and he
kissed my forehead. "You okay?" he asked, noticing my
slight discomfort when he touched my head.
"Yeah, just a bit of a headache. Nothing
to worry about." It was my turn for a present from Mother
Nature, so I was expecting the headache. I didn’t feel the
need to fill him in on that much information though, so I kissed
him. That worked in keeping his mind on light subjects.
We ended up going to Starbucks for drinks, and
Mason teased me about what happened a week ago here at the mall.
I took it light heartedly, but I really needed to sit down. My
head was beginning to spin. The boys stood in line while Abbie
and I claimed tables for us.
"Are you sure this isn’t one of
those freak attacks you used to get?" Abbie asked, worry
filling her eyes.
"No, it can’t be. I would have a
lot more pounding going on in my head if that was the
We still weren’t so sure, so Mason
casually checked the perimeter of the store to make sure Adrian
and the creepy head guy weren’t around to cause my
"I don’t think anyone is here, Zoe.
I’m usually one of the first ones that can sense them, five
miles away!" Cliff was looking around as he was
Mason came back with a dead serious look on
his face. "What’s wrong?" I immediately
"I’ll tell you in a minute.
Let’s go get something to eat."
We had to walk fast to keep up with him, and
as soon as we were outside the building, he swung me into his
arms and ran to his truck. He set me down so he could unlock the
door, and that’s when the trouble started.
We were surrounded by ten of Adrian’s
vampire friends, and everyone looked extremely menacing. Mason
hid me behind his back, and pushed me against the car.
"We don’t want any trouble. As you
can see, I called Gerald off the mind tricks, so let’s just
talk like normal people."
I examined my head, and the headache was
completely gone. No more spinning. That didn’t meant it
couldn’t come back at a moment’s notice
"That’s just it, Carter.
We’re not normal people, so leave us alone now, or this is
going to get ugly." Mason said in a low growl. I wrapped my
arms around his waist, and hoped I could do something to keep him
from starting the fight that was itching to break out.
I heard Mason’s voice inside my head,
telling me to get inside the truck. As if on cue, I heard the
door unlock. I didn’t hesitate, and I clambered inside with
my bags of clothes. He was in right after me, and Cliff was in
If they weren’t vampires, I’m
pretty sure that some of those guys would have possibly died.
When Mason put the truck in gear and backed out of the parking
space, it felt like we hit twenty speed bumps at 50 mph! I looked
back to see the damage done, but they had all disappeared. Or at
least that’s what I thought.
Three black SUVs were suddenly behind us, and
I heard Mason swear when I told him they were following
"What do they want from you guys that
makes them follow you like blood hounds?" Abbie
She was sitting on Cliff’s lap, and she
almost slammed into the dashboard when Mason swerved onto the
freeway entrance ramp.
"Ab, please don’t ask questions
right now. I don’t want you put in anymore danger than you
already are." Cliff had weary lines on his face, and his
eyes were drooping with tiredness.
"Same goes for you." Mason nudged
"Well if it concerns our well being, why
shouldn’t you tell us what’s going on?"
I was kind of glad Abbie was the one voicing
the exact questions that were running through my own mind.
"Because! If they happen to find a way to
take you, they’ll torture answers out of you. If you
don’t know anything that’s going on, you might be
I looked behind us, ignoring Abbie and Cliff
as they argued, and I could clearly see Adrian in the
driver’s seat of the SUV directly behind us. He winked at
me and I snapped my head back to the front of the