LOVE, MAGIC & SECRETS.
......by iron mum.....
A special thanks to all designers and creators out there for makeing such wonderful stuff and a special thanks to The Mistress666 for the use of her fantastic castle.
I hope you enjoy this story.
......by iron mum.....
A special thanks to all designers and creators out there for makeing such wonderful stuff and a special thanks to The Mistress666 for the use of her fantastic castle.
I hope you enjoy this story. "So this is it" Talia whispered as she looked out the window, the interview had gone well. She was offered the job straight away and she accepted, it was live in not that it was a problem, No, that was good it was just that the place was creepy and it scared her a bit.
Mrs Andretti was nice, Talia took to her straight away, she had explained that her son worked strange hours and was away a lot, she was finding it lonely in the castle on her own and decided to hire a companion, the two of them hit it off straight away and Ann wanted her to move in as soon as possible. Talia had everything packed and had given up the lease on her flat, just as well really the rent only covered till the end of the month so by Monday morning she would have been on the street.
Turning round, she took one last look at her small flat and walked out the door.
Ann and Lucas were in the sitting room, Lucas was angry, "Mother what on earth possessed you?..what do you need a companion for?... you have me, Carla and Jeff, how can you be lonely?"
"Lucas, you and the others are never here, you are, well, away a lot, I want to be able to talk when I want not wait till some one is available".
"Who is this Talia wells? What do you know about her?, you know I don't like outsiders coming in here and certainly not to live!"
Ann butted in, "Lucas, Son, look I have checked her out and she is as she says, Talia can cook, clean and she is pleasant...."
"She's probably an old dragon who orders everyone round like a drill sargent" Lucas stomped out the room, "Very well, just keep her out of my way", he shouted as he slammed the door. Ann sighed, maybe she should have said something, told him a bit more about Talia. NO! let Lucas find out for himself.
She chuckled, let Lucas find out for himself, he was truly in for a shock.
She wished he could find peace within himself, that he would find that special person and happiness but as the years went by that seemed less and less likely.
Taking a book she headed for bed. That weekend Ann greeted Talia.
"It's a beautiful castle", Talia said nervously.
"It's been in our family for centuries", Ann replied. "Lord Andretti had it built for his bride, they brought up four children and were very happy here, over the years there were many parties and the castle was always filled with laughter".
Talia noticed a hint of sadness in her voice. Talia was shown round the castle which was large and in some need of repair.
"This is what use to be the store room but now in the days of fridges and such it's no longer needed".
Talia liked it, it was small and far enough from the castle that you wouldn't be seen. Just what she was looking for, "I wonder if I might use it?....I like to paint...."
"Yes of course but there is a very good study where you can paint in peace".
Talia thanked Ann but said this was perfect.
After dinner Talia headed to her room.
She felt uncomfortable... their was something about the castle that unsettled her, there was no noise outside, no cars, lorries, no people not even a bird...that was the eerie thing you always heard them. The little time she had been here and the time of the interview she had not heard a sound.
"What is it about this place, even the birds don't come?" Talia and Ann settled into a pleasant routine, they had breakfast and walked round the castle in the morning, after lunch they played chess.
In they evening they both ate dinner and then read a book, sometimes Talia would go to the old store to paint for a little while.
Ann enjoyed Talia's company, and was becoming very fond of her. She had been at the castle a while when leaving her room one evening she was startled by a voice.
"And who the hell are you?"
Talia turned round to find a tall angry man with a very strong accent, "Er..you must be Lucas Andretti...your...your mother told me about you...."
Told you! and what exactly did she say? she certainly didn't mention you!
"My name is Talia....."
"Talia! Talia Wells my mothers companion? but she said... but you!...you are a child!" "I am not".
"Look I don't mean to be rude", Lucas carried on, "but this is not going to work, my mother needs a lady her own age not a... child"
Talia opened her mouth to argue but was stopped.
"Don't bother unpacking, you will not be here long enough", Lucas stormed down the stairs leaving her shaken. Talia entered the living room to find Ann sitting by the fire while Lucas added coal and gave it a poke, there was two other people, she guessed they must be Carla and Jeff, Ann had mentioned them.
"So this is Talia! I'm so pleased to meet you, it's so nice to have company for Ann but someone so young, really Ann what were you thinking? Carla said sweetly, Lucas darling did you know Talia was only a child?"
Talia sat quietly looking at Ann who seemed to be ignoring Carla, from the tone Carla was using she didn't seem happy about her being here either, Talia decided to avoid her as well as Lucas.
"Stop it Carla", Jeff growled, "whats it got to do with you or me, this is Ann and Lucas's home and Ann can invite anyone she wants"
Taila heard Lucas mutter that he could throw anyone out. The conversation changed and the evening settled to polite chatter about one thing or another, Talia sat and listened.
Lucas suddenly stood in front of her, "So you have been in the castle eight weeks, what do you think of it?"
"I...I...it's very beautiful" she stammered aware of Clara's glare.
"My mother dos'nt normally allow complete strangers in without talking to me first, so why did she pick you?" "Why do you, a child want to live here with an old woman?
"I don't know what you mean Mr Andretti?" Talia was aware of Carla and Jeff staring and wished a big hole would swallow her up.
"So why are you here?"
"I had lost my job and was about to loose my home when Ann...your mother offered me this job, she told me you aren't around much"
"So you thought you could get your hands on her money, well I'm sorry to say thats not going to happen, you see all the money is mine..."
"I have no intention......" Talia started to reply angrily but was cut off.
"If you've come in the hopes of getting rich your out of luck"
"Lucas! that's enough", Ann scolded.
"I'll be keeping my eye on you", Lucas stated coldly, "now if you will excuse us I have some work that needs my attention", Lucas, Carla and Jeff left and Talia breathed a sigh of relief.
"Please forgive my son, he is not a happy man" Ann said, "I will speak to him, he will not talk to you like that again".
Talia had a headache and climbed the stairs to her room, Lucas had shaken her badly, a good nights sleep should help.
A voice called to her, "Goodnight Talia", his tone sarcastic, "I hope I have not upset you?"
"Of course not, I don't feel to well thats all, goodnight Mr Andretti" Talia answered tiredly.
"If you need anything let me know I will be here all night" Lucas voice softened, concerned.
"I will be fine, goodnight Mr Andretti"
"Call me Lucas"
"Goodnight Mr Andretti".
"Goodnight, parum unus"
Talia closed the door, lying on her bed she wondered what he had said, it was probably an insult. Talia stood in the store room, it had been a week since her meeting with Lucas Andretti and she was glad she had not seen him since.
She felt guilty not telling Ann the truth about her use of this room but some people disliked people like her, a witch... no not a witch she was a wiccan only able to use her powers for good and unable to use those powers on herself, if she could she would have summoned a sack of money, that would solve all her problems, no, people with powers like hers were not always welcome. Locking the gate she headed back to the castle, it was definitely a stunning building but the atmosphere inside was terrible, why did it feel so heavy and sad inside, something very bad must have happened once.
Talia had an idea, taking a quick look round she made sure their was no one about and took out her wand. She muttered a few words and with a flick of the wrist cast a spell, not a big one just something little that hopefully would lift the castles mood.
Taking another look round she popped her wand back in to her pocket.
Walking into the castle she found it hadn't worked. That evening Talia was going through the hall when she heard voices coming from the living room, she stopped at the door, Lucas and Ann were in their and from the voices neither were happy.
".....a parvulus, quis si is reperio sicco?"
Deciding it was rude to eavesdrop she was about to leave when.....
".....Talia won't expiscor..."
Her name, they were talking about her but what?
She heard footsteps heading to the door and ran to the kitchen. Later Talia went to find Ann, their was no one in the living room, playing with the piano keys she spotted a violin sitting in the corner.
Talia picked it up and started to play, she closed her eyes letting the music take her.
"That was beautiful!"
Talia jumped and blushing she put the violin down, "I'm sorry...." "Their is nothing to be sorry about, you are very talented, can you play anything else?"
"I can play the piano, I just saw the violin, it has been along time since I played one".
"It's good to see it getting used, why do you not play anymore?"
"I had to sell mine, I needed the money...Talia stopped embarressed again.
"I'm sorry to hear that, you can use the violin and the piano any time you like....perhaps you will play for us one evening?"
"Thank you and yes I will"
He stepped forward, "I look forward to then Talia, goodnight parum unus"
Lucas left leaving Talia standing, confused, she couldn't work him out, one minute he was yelling at her then he was being nice. That evening Ann and Talia sat in the living room, Talia watched the flames dancing in the fire.
"My son tells me you play the violin!"
"Err ,yes, Lucas says I can play it anytime I want...."
"Now that does surprise me, Lucas has not allowed anyone to touch it since... " Ann stopped for a moment, "Lucas was married once... a long time ago, she was very beautiful and very talented, they loved each other deeply.....they had been out for dinner and were heading home, it had been snowing and the roads were icy, Lucas lost control and they hit a tree, Catherine was killed instantly and Lucas was badly injured, if they hadn't have been found when they were he would have died to".
"I'm sorry, it must have been a dreadful time for everyone"
"It was, Lucas took it badly and blames himself, I wonder why he allowed you to use the violin he never allows anyone to touch it".
"It explains why he is so angry all the time" Talia was touched that he was allowing her but also wondered why.
It was well after midnight, Talia couldn't sleep, getting up she wandered round the castle exploring, she stopped at the door leading to the dungeon.
"I wonder whats down there", she tried the handle, it turned, Talia went to go through then thought better of it, she had been told not to, it wasn't safe.
She wandered round some more and found herself outside, why are all the plants dead it makes the place look unloved.
Taking out her wand she checked that no one was around.
The sky lit up, sparkles glittered all around, they castle grounds bathed in a warm golden glow.
Talia loved this part of the spell, she loved the way everything came to life.
Had she been looking up at the top of the castle she would have noticed she was not alone. Lucas stood quietly, deep in his own thoughts, something moved in the shadows, turning he saw Talia wandering round the grounds, she stopped to look round the mote, she pulled out what looked like, a wand.
Lucas was alert, watching intently, Talia waved her wand and the sky lit up, Lucas was mesmerised as golden sparkles danced round the sky like hundreds of tiny firefly's.
Watching her clap her hands and dance in and out the rays of light,he smiled, she was a woman he knew that but so young, and a witch, now that was interesting, she was obviously keeping it a secret.
"So Talia you too hold a secret don't you meus parum veneficus". Some days later Talia was heading for the kitchen when Clara came through the door, "Ah, their you are child" Talia winced, "I was hoping to speak to you, I wanted to have a little chat".
"Err yes of course, what would you like to talk about?"
"I was wanting to speak to you about Lucas....."
Lucas? why would Clara want to talk to her about him?, she hardly saw him and if she did he always seemed to be angry with her, no, she had no interest in anything she had say in his defence.
Clara carried on talking oblivious to Talia's lack of interest when something Clara said brought her back to earth.
"....you see, I have my eye on Lucas he is after all quite a catch, wealthy, handsome and.....other things, it will do you no good to try to get your hooks into him he only has eyes for me......" What was she hearing, did Clara honestly think that she was interested in him.
"I'm not sure what you mean. Mr Andretti is my boss, I have no interest in him, after all he pays my wages"
Clara looked at her with cold hostile eyes "Just make sure you don't plan on taking him for yourself, he's mine.
Talia glared at Clara but said nothing it wouldn't be a good idea to get on the wrong side of her.
Clara laughed, "Why should I worry, after all Lucas would not be interested in a child, she stopped laughing, " I will have a talk with him, I will convince him to throw you out" then in a menacing voice, "You are not welcome here, leave"
Could Clara do that? convince Lucas to throw her out?
She shivered. In the kitchen Talia was still reeling from Clara's threat.
A cough came from behind her, turning round to find Jeff standing in the doorway.
"I came to see if you are all right?" he said as he stepped into the room.
"Why yes I'm fine, perfectly fine...."
"It's just that I heard Clara's tirade" Jeff stepped closer, "Clara has been after Lucas since she arrived but he made it clear to her that it was a waste of time, Clara still tries and is jealous of anyone who might be a threat"
"Mr Andretti has made it obvious he dislikes me and I certainly don't want him so why pick on me"
Jeff smiled, "Lucas never shows his feelings, oh! he's always in a sour mood but he never takes it out on anyone, till you came along, his anger against you is more than anyone has ever got from him and Clara feels threatened.
"But why me?" Talia was more confused than ever.
"I don't know" Jeff replied. Talia found that as the days grew shorter the others spent more time at home, Jeff she liked and they got on well together, he was like a brother and kept Clara out of her way as much as possible.
Lucas had again been away for several days and Talia felt she was able to breath but it was short lived, that evening he returned home, "Good evening mother, everyone" turning to Talia he gave a mock bow "Good evening meus parum veneficus" he whispered.
Clara scowled at her.
Jeff entertained them with jokes and funny stories.
Suddenly Lucas spoke, "Talia I do belive you were to entertain us".
"Err, yes I did but surely you are too tired tonight..."
"Nonsense! cried Jeff, "Come on girl play us a tune, I'll even do the singing"
Talia laughed, "Some how I think that would make it worse".
Sitting at the piano she started to play,"Ok Jeff, lets hear you then!"
They all hooted with laughter when Jeff's drowned cat impression tried to keep in tune.
Nobody noticed Lucas watching Talia, nobody that is except Clara. The following night, after dinner Talia sat in the living room while Ann went to find something.
Clara was talking to Lucas or rather flirting, while Jeff and Talia chatted.
Ann came in with an old record player "Anyone mind if I put it on?.
The music was old waltzes and Ann started to tell them about the good old days.
Clara was really starting to annoy Lucas, he gave Jeff a pained look, Jeff took the cue. "Come on Clara" as he grabbed her hand, "Lets dance".
Clara giggled and moved in close.
They whirled round the room while Lucas and Talia watched, "Lucas old boy, stop standing their like a wooden doll, dance with Talia", Jeff scolded.
"Oh no!, I'm ok just watching, Talia replied horrified.
"Would you like to dance", Lucas asked daring her to join him.
"Ok" getting up she looked at Clara, boy if looks could kill she thought. "Ouch!, Jeff my toes! I would like to keep them" Clara squeaked.
"Look baby, I never said I was a Fred Astaire", Jeff laughed, "I'll try not to damage them"
Talia wasn't really listening, all to aware of Lucas, he held her hand, arm round her waist but he kept a distance and felt stiff, he was uncomfortable about the situation.
Talia was unable to relax either, but hers was due to a tingling feeling running up her body, she hated Lucas so why was he having this affect on her?. Caught up in her own thoughts she hadn't noticed Lucas had moved closer, only looking up into dark eyes she realized how close they had got. Talia held her breath.
"So meus parum veneficus are you enjoying yourself?"
"So we know two things about you, you can dance and are musical, what other secrets are you hiding?" his eyes going almost black and their was a strange smile on his face.
Talia stiffened. Lucas moved his head closer, "Well parum veneficus, is their anything else we should know?"
Talia chewed her bottom lip, "No!, no, theirs nothing else" she whispered nervously.
"Are you sure" Lucas teased, "Tell me have you ever been kissed?"
Talia looked at him in shock, "I.....I....I" she stammered, were was this going?, what was he playing at?
Talia panicked, this was getting two much, she didn't like games and certainly not this game, she did the only thing she could.....she ran. "Talia wait!, please".
"I don't like games Mr Andretti", Talia retorted angrily.
"Look I'm sorry, I was out of order, will you forgive me".
Talia looked into his face, it seemed a genuine apology, " Ok I accept", his eyes had changed colour again, Talia stared at them, they were really a dark brown, like chocolate, she suddenly realized she was staring
"Sorry", she mumbled. "Why?" it gave me a chance to study you", Lucas smiled, "You are very beautiful".
"Talia blushed, "I think i'll go to my room now".
"Yes of course, Lucas took her hand, "Goodnight meus parum unus" bringing her hand to his lips.
It was a gentle, polite kiss but it still sent a charge running through her body.
"Goodnight Mr Andretti", Talia turned away.
"Goodnight" Lucas whispered hoarsly. Talia studied herself in the mirror, "Yep I'll pass".
It was Ann's birthday and they were having a little party, Talia had cooked a lovely meal and had managed to run upstairs to change while Jeff kept an eye on the stove.
Staring into the mirror her fingers touched her lips wondering what it would be like to kiss Lucas, "Goodness! what am I thinking? shaking the thought from her head.
Turning she spotted a single rose sitting on her side cabinet. She touched the delicate petals, who put this in here?
It must have been Jeff she decided, how sweet, she picked it up, smelling it's beautiful scent she wondered were he got get such a thing at this time of year.
"I must remember to thank him" Talia and Jeff chatted and joked while they laid the table.
"I want to thank you for the gift"
"The rose you left in my room" Talia looked at Jeff puzzled.
"Sorry it wasn't me, if I had it would have been a dozen rose's".
"Well who left it?"
"Maybe it was Lucas" Jeff laughed.
"Oh no!, if he had it would have had poison on it, that man really dislikes me and I'm not that keen on him".
"You never know, love has a strange why of showing it's self at times", seeing Talia's shocked face he quickly added, "but then again...Lucas".
Both of them were laughing so much that they didn't hear a knock .
"I wonder if I might talk to Talia"
Turning round Talia found Lucas standing in the door, had he heard them talking about him?.
"Of course" Jeff smiled winking at Talia as he left. "I take it you will be going home to spend Christmas with your family?" Lucas announced walking up to her.
"I hadn't thought about it, I suppose I should arrange something".
Lucas stared at her "You won't be going home to your family?"
"I have none, my mother died just over a year ago" Talia replied.
"Well what about your father, any brothers or sisters?"
"None" Talia whispered. "Well I will speak to some people, I will be able to get you a job, and will make arrangements for you to stay somewhere over the holiday season"
"I won't be coming back here?", Talia wasn't surprised, it was obvious that neither Lucas or Clara wanted her here.
"No, while you have been very good to my mother I would prefer you did not return, I will tell my mother that you were unable to return due to earlier arrangements" "You will make sure you never come back.
The look on Lucas's face said all, if she was to return she would regret it.
" No I won't come back" Talia agreed.
As quick as his anger hit it was gone, his eyes softened and a smile crossed his face.
Talia was expecting him to turn and leave but instead.... His hand touched her face, "You are very beautiful parum veneficus, I have never seen eyes as green as your's".
Talia grabbed his arm, "Please Mr Andretti", what was he doing.
"Have you ever had a boyfriend?".
"I...I....err no", Talia stammered.
"So you have never been kissed".
Talia shook her head.
"Than I shall be the first". He brought Talia's face closer to his, she couldn't pull away, it was like he had cast a spell on her, could he?, no not possible but here she was allowing him to kiss her.
Lucas's lips meet hers and Talia closed her eyes, it tasted good, she revelled in the sensation it gave her.
The door opened quietly and Clare stood their, silently, she was furious, how she hated that girl, the sooner she left the better, an idea came to her, she would make sure she went. Christmas was fast approaching and Talia helped Ann hang the decorations with sadness.
"I know you have no family so what will you do over the holidays?" Ann asked one afternoon.
"I haven't thought about it but I will find something to do".
"Nonsense, you will stay with us....."
"I don't think your son will be too happy about that" Talia responded.
"You leave Lucas to me, I will get him to come round". Talia was quiet for a moment she wanted to know more about Lucas, telling herself it was curiosity.
"Lucas has a strong accent but you do not?"
"Yes, I married a very handsome man and moved to Europe, when my husband died I came home, Lucas was being taught privately at his fathers home and I felt it better for him to stay and finish his education, when he married Catherine they moved into a big manor house in Transylvania , after the accident he moved here.
That explained his accent which she had to admit she found rather nice, had she fallen for him? no, no way. Ann was very persuasive and Lucas agreed to let Talia stay over for the holidays, just the holidays.
Christmas day was a big celebration and everyone dressed in their best, Ann was kind enough to get her a dress for the occasion and bought her a gorgeous formal gown in a green that matched her eyes.
Opening the door she hesitated....
"Talia my dear their you are, my you look wonderful, that dress is just the right colour, I knew it was you as soon as I saw it" Ann declared, "Come in, don't be shy".
Talia looked over to Lucas, their eyes locked....
He was by her side in an instant, taking her hand and placing a kiss, "You look lovely meus unus".
Talia was relieved and flattered, at least he wasn't going to shout at her....yet.
"Would you care to dance?".
"Err, I think Clara would like to dance with you", Talia could feel the woman's eyes bore into her.
"I would rather dance with you meus parum veneficus", he smiled.
"Very well, yes I would love to". They started to dance, the music was slow and Talia found Lucas standing very close to her.
"I like your perfume" Lucas smiled, "What is it?".
"Rose petals, I make it myself" Talia shyly smiled back"
"I hope you didn't make it from the rose I gave you?"
"You gave me?", Why?"
"Mother told me you liked them and I felt bad about the way I had been treating you, you did like it?
"Yes, yes I did, it's just a bit of a surprise, I mean..."
"What, that I couldn't do something nice, aahh! but I'm not the only one full of surprises". Talia stepped back, "I don't know what you mean?".
"Shh, lets not fight, we all have things to hide..."
"I have nothing to hide, you know all their is about me" trying to bluff her way out.
"Do I meus parum veneficus, do I".
"What did you say".
"I'll tell you one day" he answered laughing.
It had been a long and enjoyable evening but Talia was glad to get to bed.
She woke, it was still dark, looking at the clock, three o clock what on earth, then she heard it.....
Some one was calling her name, "Ann!", something must be wrong. "I'm coming".
Opening the door she heard it again, no it wasn't Ann, who was it, "Jeff, Luc..Mr Andretti!"
No replay, she went down stairs, nothing, then the voice again, it was coming from upstairs.
She went back up and stood at the top, there..there it was but it was coming from higher up.
Talia went to the second staircase, "Jeff!, Mr Andretti!, hello!"
Again the voice called, someone was wanting her.... she climbed the steps to the roof. At the top of the stairs she opened the door that lead onto the roof, she looked around, thats strange, she thought, no one's here.
Talia swung round,"What do you want?" Talia demanded.
"I was quite happy to put up with you as long as you stayed away from Lucas, I warned you not to go near him, that it would do you no good, you could never have him, he needs someone like me".
"Look, I don't know what you are talking about, I've no interest in Lucas....."
"LIAR!" Clara screamed, "you were after him as soon as you came here, I saw YOU!, the two of you in the dinning room".
"I can explain".
Clara laughed, don't bother, I know his feelings towards you, I can't tell, I see the way he looks at you.
"But, I don't understand, why me?", Talia couldn't belive what she was hearing, Lucas loves her!
"Why he's fallen for you I don't know but he's made a mistake because my dear child he needs a special woman to take care of him, some one who understands him". Clara carried on, "Lucas is special, he needs a woman like me a person who is like him".
"Like him" Talia asked.
"Yes we are the same Lucas and I in fact Jeff is one as well".
"Jeff is one?", Talia was confused, were they part of some secret club?
"We're Vampires", Clara stated smilling coldly revealing her fangs.
"Vampires!", Talia couldn't belive what she was hearing, surely they didn't exist, but there Clara stood fangs in full view.
Talia stepped back, she was to close to the edge, stepping on a loose stone it crumbled and gave way.
Talia fell. Clara screamed and reached out for her.
It was like something from t.v, it was happening but it didn't seem real.
She thought of Lucas, that scared her the most not the fall or even landing, but not seeing him, she wished she could tell him, tell him she loved him but it was to late now.
"TALIA!", someone shouted.
Just before she blacked out she thought she heard the sound of wings. Opening her eyes she found herself looking up at the living room ceiling, she moaned, "What?, what happened?.
"Shh!, don't try to talk, rest" Lucas whispered taking her hand.
"Oh thank goodness your all right!" said Ann, "You gave us all a fright, especially Lucas".
"Yep, if you wanted to get his attention kid you certainly got it" Jeff laughed nervously from behind her.
"Lucas?, fright?, I don't understand?", Talia tried to sit up again but an arm pushed her back down.
"The questions will have to wait for now, you need your rest I'll take you to your room".
Lucas went to lift her, "No I'm fine I can walk" Talia said weakly as she got up from the sofa. She got as far as the door when she collapsed, in an instent she was in Lucas's arms.
"I'm sorry, my legs don't want to work" Talia explained weakly wrapping her arms round his neck.
"But she said you......"
"As I said, the questions can wait", Lucas insisted as he lay her on the bed, "Now sleep"
The birds were singing outside, the sun would be rising,
"But the sun......"
"Go to sleep" Lucas ordered, "Now"
Talia closed her eyes.
Talia woke several hours later, It was dark, goodness! how long had she slept.
Hearing movement in the room, "Who's there?"
A match struck and the room light up.
"Lucas!, how long have you been here?"
"Since nightfall, how are you feeling?"
Talia sat up a little, "Ok I guess but I must look terrible, my hair's a mess" touching it to find it had fallen loose.
"You look beautiful", Lucas smiled, I think we have some thing to talk about!"
"Do we?" Talia asked, puzzled.
"How about if I run you a bath, make you something to eat, then we'll talk"
"Talia smiled, "Sounds good". To her surprise Lucas was a very good cook, she eat in silence while he watched afterwards he lead her to the living room.
"I have not been honest with you".
"I mean, why I wanted you out of here, why I was pushing you away"
"I see", Talia answered sadly lowering her head.
"I don't think you do", Lucas said softly.... "I love you!".
"What!", was she hearing right.
"I fell for you the first night we met, I just didn't want to admit it, I felt guilty...you've heard about Catherine?"
"Yes, at least a little, that you were both in a car accident".
"Thats partly true....." There was a knock at the door and Ann and Jeff came in, "Have you told her?" Ann asked Lucas.
"I was just about to"
"Good I haven't missed anything", waving to Jeff to sit down, "Ok you can carry on".
Sitting Talia down, "Yes I was in a accident but it wasn't a car crash, it was four hundred years ago", seeing Talia's shocked expression, "Yes four hundred, we were going home from a party at my fathers family castle, a wolf run in front of us and the horses bolted, I tried to control them but it was no use, the horses hit ice and skidded throwing the carriage into a tree...Catherine was killed instantly, I was not so lucky," Talia went to speak but Lucas stopped her, "I lay in the snow for several hours, when I was found their was nothing that could be done for me, luckily or should I say unluckily I was found by a vampire".
Ann stepped in, "I was told my son and daughter-in-law were dead, they both came here, imagine my shock when I found Lucas sitting up in his coffin".
Ann explained, "I was so happy to find him alive so to speak but he was devastated over the lose of Catherine, I found a vampire who was willing to turn me into one so I could stay with him"
Jeff piped up, "I'm afraid I'm not so old, I met Lucas and Ann a hundred years later, been with them ever since, were like brothers"
"And Clara?" Talia asked Ann.
"Clara came here a hundred years ago, she was good with figures so was handy in our business, she wanted to frighten you, she thought if she told you about us you would leave and she would have a chance with me again, she didn't expect you to fall".
"How did you know were I was?"
Jeff spoke, "I saw you heading up to the roof, I knew it was dangerous up there so told Lucas, why he couldn't tell you how how felt in the first place I don't know", Turning to Lucas "you can be a right idiot at times old boy.
Lucas gave a sheepish nod then took Talia's hand, "Now if you will both excuse us I would like to talk to her in private". "Ann said she was a Vampire too, but she isn't anymore, not if she can be in daylight?"
Lucas's face clouded, "Their is a cure, some people can take it, like Ann, some choose not to, like Clara, others like me can't, if I was to take it I would die of the injuries I suffered when I was first turned".
"What about Jeff?"
"Jeff suffered injuries in a duel due to his practical jokes, he also cannot be cured".
Talia nodded, "were is Clara"
"She is resting, she was so shocked at you falling that she fell to pieces all she can say is she only wanted to frighten you and she is very sorry, she will be leaving in the morning I am moving her to another office".
"Hopefully she will meet some one special", Talia wished her well. Lucas wrapped his arms round her "I have told you how I feel but you have said nothing, bringing her close, Talia, do you love me?"
She had a second chance and was going to take it, wrapping her arms round him she whispered through tears of joy, "Yes, I do". Lucas whooped with joy and lifting Talia up he swung her round the room, "You do, you love me?".
"I do, with all my heart, from the moment you let me play the violin, but it took my a while to work out, I mean you kept blowing hot then cold, but now I know why"
"You love me?" Lucas asked again.
"I love you Lucas Andretti"
Lucas pulled her closer, "Aah, meus parum veneficus".
"You keep calling me that, what does it mean?"
"It means, My little witch".
Talia gasped, "You knew?"
"I knew from the night you stood at the mote and cast a spell, I was standing on the top of the castle".
"You saw me?"
"Yep". "You don't mind? me being a witch? she asked hesitantly.
"Not if you don't mind me being a vampire".
Talia smiled, "I think I'll cope".
"Good meus diligo"
"And that means?"
"My love", Lucas said breathlessly, pulling her closer.
"I don't know how I survived the fall but I'm glad I did", she heard Lucas chuckle, "It was you!".
"It's handy being a vampire at times" he whispered hoarsely, "Now shut up and kiss me"
As their lips met she knew it wouldn't be easy, but she loved him and thats all that mattered, maybe she would join him one day to spend eternity together but as witches aged slower than mortals she had time to think about it.
Love, Magic & Secrets.
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