The day of the auctions was here, and I was both excited but also nervous. I didn’t want to tell Raven that I was happy to get sold. She wouldn’t understand and probably hate me.
We had grown closer in the past couple of days. She told me all about the outside world, how the sun felt on a warm summer day, the aroma of fresh flowers gave when it was time for them to bloom, and the taste of sweet chocolate.
Her face lit up when she talked about those things, but her eyes also held sadness. I found out she lived in one of the human villages that were run by some vampire lords.
Her father sent her out for firewood in a nearby forest, and that’s where “all hell broke loose.”
“I was looking for more lumber, but before I knew it, I was lost. That damn forest was so vast. Suddenly I saw them, a couple of vamps.
“At first, I thought they were from my village, looking for me, but their sinister smiles told me otherwise. Before they could, a single step, I was off.
“Luckily there was a bunch of trees, and I could dodge them but they caught up to me.” She got angry just thinking about the memory.
I wanted to tell her that running was foolish. A human against a vampire was just ridiculous. It was pointless to run away. They could catch you in a second.
But Raven was a warrior. She was the bravest human I ever met.
“What happened after they caught you?” I asked her.
“They drugged me, and I woke later in a cage. They sold me to the sleazy pet shop bastard. I escaped once, not twice now. But that fucking vampire wall caught me. Every. Fucking. Time.”
I knew she was talking about Brutus. He was massive and sadistic. Luckily for me, I never made him mad.
Martin and Brutus were busy removing the other pets from their cages, slapping chains around their wrist that were connecting to a metal collar.
One by one, they were lined up in front of my cage. Their chains were linked, probably to prevent any escape attempts. My cage was by the back door, so I figured I was last.
The big double opened up, and I could see a big truck. They started loading everyone into it. Pretty soon, it was just Raven and me.
Brutus stood in front of Raven’s cage. She was smiling, but Brutus didn’t seem fazed by it.
“Okay, little rat, are you going to give me any trouble today?” he asked her calmly.
“Fuck you, vamp. Let me out. Now!” she shouted out at him before spitting in his face.
I looked at them in horror. This girl was brave, but definitely a little dumb too.
“Perfect. I was hoping to use my new toy today.” He chuckled.
New toy? ~What’s he talking about~? I wondered to myself.
He pulled out a stick; it was small at first, but he pulled on it, and it became longer. He clicked it in place before ramming it inside her cage and zapping her.
Raven screamed twice before she went limp. Her eyes were still open and I could hear small whimpers. My heart broke and before I could stop them, the words flowed out of my mouth.
“Raven! Raven, get up!”
Brutus glared at me and opened his mouth to say something, but Martin busted through the doors.
“Fuck Brutus. Did you kill her?” Brutus opened Raven’s cage and pulled her out by her arm.
She stood on her legs but was shaking. She looked so helpless.
“Just tried the new toy. She’s fine, just a little paralyzed at the moment.” He spoke while he and Martin began putting chains on her.
Unlike with everyone else, they put cuffs on her ankles as well. I guess they weren’t taking any chances on her.
Brutus dragged Raven to the double and in a blink of an eye. They were gone and I was left confused. They left me alone with Martin.
“Um. Am I not going to the auctions with everyone else?” I asked him quietly.
He looked at me before opening up my cage door, allowing me to crawl out.
“No auction for you, little Olive. Your new master is on the way to pick you up.”
My brain was racing.
New master?~ Oh, no. No. No. No~.
He can’t mean that crazy female vampire. I began sobbing hard, falling to my knees, not even caring about the hard concrete.
“Please. Please, don’t make me go with her! I’m not ready to die yet. Please!” I sobbed while pleading with him.
“Her? What on earth are you talking about?”
Before I could answer him, the bell chimed that someone had entered the shop. I hung my head, staring at the most interesting concrete floor.
I expected to see heels, or at least hear them, but I only saw two shiny black shoes.
They didn’t look like a woman’s feet.
“Lord Vallen. Right on time.” Martin spoke. He sounded almost excited.
Wait. Did he say, Lord~?~ I thought to myself.
The vampire crouched down, so he was in front of me. He placed two fingers under my chin, lifting my head up so I could meet his eyes.
He was pale like most vampires, and he was beautiful. He had short black hair and the most gorgeous green eyes. He was staring at me, and then he noticed my red puffy eyes. I guess I cried harder than I thought.
“Any problems?” He was speaking to Martin, but he never looked away.
“Well, Annabelle Cain was here a couple of days ago. She wanted Olivia, but I told her I didn’t have her papers, which wasn’t a total lie. But I expect she’ll be by.” He said nervously.
The vampire in front of me, who I knew as Lord Vallen, clenched his jaw. He looked angry. His once beautiful green eyes turned darker, almost black.
“I’ll take care of her,” he said as he placed his hands under my arms and pulled me to my feet.
He placed his hand on the small of my back and gently pushed me to the top of the shop. Martin went behind the counter, reaching underneath it and pulling out a blue square box.
“It arrived yesterday and everything seems in order. Do you need anything else? I have whips, muzzles—”
My new master held his hand up, making Martin shut up instantly.
“That won’t be necessary, will it little dove?” he asked as he looked down at me. I just shook my head.
“Good.” He said as he picked up the box. He opened it and pulled out an ice blue-collar from it.
It was actually beautiful for a collar. It had these shiny stones on it. He leaned down and slipped it around my neck.
“Beautiful. Now, it’s time to go, little dove.”
I didn’t know why he kept calling me that. I nodded before heading straight to the door. I was finally going to get to feel the sun on my skin.
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