Prompt: “It takes me back.”
I fidget in place, shifting my weight between feet. It’s been so long since I’ve seen Niklaus. At one point, I tried to convince myself I’d stopped counting the days since he left.
Of course, I’m not really fooling anyone. Least of all myself.
I know exactly how long it’s been. Rehearsed the tongue lashing I intend to give him for the unending silence a million times, maybe more. Not a single word in five years, and he just shows up expecting to resume our betrothal? Even if I wanted to let go of my frustration, I don’t think I could.
When the door opens, the words are ready on the tip of my tongue, but they fall away in seconds. He crosses the room with his superhuman speed and pulls me into his arms. His embrace’s effect is immediate. It takes me back to that moment on my balcony, his good-bye the night before he and his sister went into hiding. Our first and only kiss.
“Ariella…” My name sounds like a prayer in his voice, soft, pleading. It sends a longing ache through me, as if maybe – just maybe – he missed me just as much as I missed him.
I pull back just enough to see his face, the forest green eyes I once knew so well. But they’ve changed. Emerald now, there’s something cold about them, at odds with his touch.
“I thought vampires couldn’t change. Your eyes are different.”
“It’s nice to see you too, angel.”
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