💘HEART OF A BEAST👺
(Love is the word💓)
BY BLESSING SILVER
BOOK 2 📚
The pain gradually transported to my neck, choking me and my palms immediately moved to it.. I couldn’t bring myself to utter a word, it completely held my cords..
My eyelids got wet with tears and then suddenly, the pain vanished..
My palm slowly left my neck I felt something warm and light run around my back.. I tilt my head and they met with Kayla, she was bent as her palm continued working on my back; soothing me..
Seeing me, her eyes glimmered.
“Are you okay?” She asked, her palm now running slow on my back..
“Y-yes, I’m fine!” I told her and she nodded..
I felt the beef still in my mouth and I swallowed it and surprisingly, it didn’t get stuck at my throat, neither did I feel any unusual pain or difference and- I checked my hand, I’m not a beast!
“You suddenly looked like you were dying back there” she said, taking more wrapper off the beef.
“Well I was,” I said and she gave me a look. “I mean it’s surprising cos Priola gave me an apple yesterday and after I ate it, I felt.. Well, I can’t really describe it but it was a very strong pain and then I transformed to a beast and craved badly for blood-” I paused when she gave me a raised brow look and I shook my head “I didn’t kill anyone, at least not a human. I found a stray cat but now I think all the pains flew away when you touched me or- I don’t know but I just didn’t feel it anymore” I expounded.
“Really? That’s probably why Priola said you need my help in your human journey, maybe being together can lessen it” I said and he nodded.
“Yeah, you’re right!” I agreed. She gave the rest of the beef and I drew it to my lip, I took a larger bite out of it and chewed slowly, she was still bent over me with her palm resting on my back. Feeling nothing, I chewed more harder, though with a less bitter taste, I swallowed and I was normal..
Wow! I took another bite and before I knew it, I had eaten the whole pack. Kayla smiled at me before moving away..
It was nighttime and yeah Melvin ate almost all of what I brought, tho he complained about some being extremely bitter or tasteless, he ate them anyways and I was glad..
As I relaxed my back and stared at the moon-less sky, I heard a loud sigh and I turned to see Melvin transforming..
I could feel my body shudder as a new feeling enveloped me. My body screamed at me to run but I sat still and watched, probably too amused but who am I kidding, I’m part of all this now.
He looked at me, obviously checking my expression but I quickly looked away, taking my gaze to the empty space..
Scared? Well, probably.
Uncomfortable? As hell.
But I just have to bear it, I mean I should’ve gotten used to it already right.. I pushed the propelling feeling aside.
“Ahh, I’m badly craving for a drink!” I heard his growl like voice.
I gave him a look and my eyes bulged out when they met his new strange look..
Well, in a way we’re both not human.
“Ohh.. I have cola but it’s warm and you-” my voice trailed off when I saw the look his bulby eyes gave me and then it hit me “Oops. You’re talking about blood?” I asked and he nodded his large hairy head.
“Oh well since you can’t have that, why don’t you just take the coke. You know you’re not supposed to-” my voice trailed off quickly again when I saw his intent look on me but on a different part of my body.. I traced his gaze and I found blood on my arm, slipping out gently from a tiny wound.
“Whoa! How did this get here?” I asked rheotorically, taking my arm and checking it closely.
I must’ve gotten it from a sharp branch earlier cos it look a bit dry.. I looked at Melvin and found his gaze fierce on my arm, my brows narrowed.
My gaze stayed at her blood but my mine was preoccupied with many thoughts.. Priola’s words flashed into my head and my family life at my very eyes, then my near death. My grunts became loud, seeing her blood intensified my unsatiable urge.. Her blood used to be so uninviting to me but probably knowing that all of it could cure me, take away this body, this life and bring me back to my family was enough to get me salivated.. As I tried fighting the urge off, taking a large bulb of saliva down my throat, I found my self catapulting toward her and the next minute, I was on top of her.. I could see the fear and terror very evident in her eyes and crumpled face.
“Me-melvin?” Her voice was filled with uncertainty.
“W-what’re you..d-doing?” This time I heard the fear.. I shut my eyes and shook my head, trying to get the whole of me to reject her..
The moment I felt a bit of uninterest, I quickly slipped off her, brushing her hard against her side before running off..
My brows narrowed as Melvin dashed off.. I breathed out and first of all normalized it before sitting up. I sighed again and stood up.. I wonder why he did that..
Was the urge that strong? Geez, he must be going through so much trying to sooth it. I know how I feel when I don’t get what I crave for but his, it must be stronger.
I began walking, following his trail and it led me to the cave, I found his large body bent over and I could hear his hard breathing.
“Melvin?” I called.
“I want to be alone!” He answered harshly amidst heavy breathes.
“Please Kay. Just leave me alone! It’s late. You should go home, I’ll be fine” he said, raising his thick voice at a time.
I gave him a skeptical look.
“Umm..Okay! Bye” I said before walking out.
BOOK 2 📚
I hopped down from the taxi, a bit farther from the school entrance. I paid the cabbie and walked towards the gate and moved in.
I took the stairs to the second floor and moved down the long narrow hall to my locker.
I got the necessary books and journeyed to my class, clutching the rope of my backpack. I got to my seat and sat..
I felt rather unusual as I took my books out, I felt like I was forgetting something and my gaze slipped to the unoccupied chair next to me and I breathed out with a half smile.
Yeah.. Clara’s absence is what makes it unusual, the usual morning greeting I’d toss at her smiling face..
I brought my focus back to my book and then I thought of Melvin.
Classes began after few minutes and we had English for first period. It was an interesting class as always and as it was drawing to a close, with my head bent on my notebook as I wrote, I heard footsteps, I kept penning down words..
“And you are?” I heard the teacher ask.
“I’m Melvin, I was told this is my class now” he said and my head flew up and I saw him..
“Oh, this wasn’t your class initially, was it?” She asked.
“No ma’am, I was transferred her to represent Clara Hooper” he said.
“Ah. What’s your name again?” She asked taking her register book
“Melvin Lakewood!” He answered and she peered through her book.
“Found it. And why are you just coming in, it’s almost past time for first period”
“Um..I’m sorry! It was a bit of trouble locating here!” He said.
“Okay.. Go find a seat” she said and he thanked her before walking towards me..
I could see the desperate stares that followed him, well they were probably wishing that he’d take the seat beside them but instead, he walked to mine and sat, sending the looks to me and this time with pitchforks. I waved it aside as the English teacher began rounding off her topic.
“So we’re seatmates now?” He said quietly to me .
“Obviously Priola’s doing” I said and he nodded in agreement. “And be honest Melvin, why exactly were you late because the last time I checked you clearly knew where this class is. You couldn’t have forgotten that” I said.
“I didn’t. I just thought of I should go human today, I mean coming early to school on a regular isn’t something you see a human do. Since I’m on the human journey, I thought I should do it too” he said and I nodded with a smile..
Class went on and as I wrote, Melvin just stared at the board all through, not taking down even an alphabet in his note.
“Why ain’t not writing?” I asked.
“This is how I write, mere staring at it inputs everything in my head” he said. “It’s how I work”
“But it’s not how human work. We write them down in our notebook and read” I said.
“Oh.. That’s true!” He said before flipping through his note and writing.. I checked and saw that he was writing it word by word. It must be a new and weird writing in a book and how he held the pen? Phew! Let’s not talk about that.
During lunch break, Melvin and I went together and yeah, we got stares as we walked out of class, I was on the verge of pulling away or walking either ahead or behind him but I didn’t.
Maybe because the fear of being stuck in Lucinda’s grip is stronger than that of attention, even angry ones.
Melvin and I walked side by side to the cafeteria
We got to the cafeteria and I purposely picked our seats at the back, away from more prying eyes and gawky look, we had less or no attention at all there. After we sat, I decided to go buy our meals but Melvin insisted on doing it, saying it’s part of his human journey and I just let him because, he’s right.
After telling him what I needed and giving him some money, he left and returned minutes later with a tray that held our food.
As he dropped it, I saw that he had ordered only few grains of rice and lots of meat.
I took my meal out of the tray and Melvin did same, he pushed the rice off his plate and onto a side of the tray before stabbing a chunk of meat with his fork, I watched it as he stared at it.
He drew it to his lips and then laid his palm open on the desk, he looked at me and nudged toward his open palm and I understood before laying my palm on his.
He ate the meat and I watched him swallow without any difficulty.. I twitched my lips and picked up my spoon, I filled it with food and ate mine.
I glanced at Melvin’s plate and he was already halfway through his food, I was about turning to mine when a shadow fell over us.. I looked up to see Jake.
“Hi babe,” he said, giving Melvin a quick frown. “I’ve been-
He voice, I guess trailed off when his gaze met Melvin’s and I palms on each other. His gaze went from me to Melvin and then back to me before slowly moving to our palms again.
I quickly began slipping my palm off Melvin’s but it quickly hit me and I slipped it back on his, intertwining our fingers in the hurried process and igniting the spark anew..
Revealing a more befuddled Jake at my action.
T. B. C
Heart of a beast 2 Episode 7 & 8
💘HEART OF A BEAST👺