"Where exactly am I sleeping?" I asked
He got up from the chair. He looked around the room. He thought for a moment.
"Ahh" he said walking to his bed. He got on his knees and looked under the bed. He moved his hair from his face and stuck his hand under the bed. He pulled something out. It was long, like a board.
He set it next to his bed. It was a cot. I stared at him. He didn't say anything. I got up from the chair and stood over the cot.
"What no blanket or pillow?" before I knew it a pillow was flung at me, then a blanket.
I set them down and literally plopped on the cot angrily. I wasn't planning on sleeping, I was planning something else. A way out. I turned over on my stomach and rested my head on my hands. Vander was standing at his Vanity. He took his jacket off and set it on the vanity. I watched, I was like a schoolgirl watching some football boy. Even though I was scared out of my wits doesn't mean Vander wasn't attractive. I tossed back onto my back looking at the ceiling. Moments later the light went out. I heard shuffling. Then silence.
I think hours passed. I didn't really know, all I focused on was escaping properly. I'm sure Vander was asleep by now. I tossed the blanket off of me. It was cold in the room, wearing that stupid dress made it worse. I got up slowly trying not to make noise. Once I was fully standing I looked at the bed. It was so dark I could hardly tell, but I saw moving. I heard Vander make some sort of noise. Then he was quiet. I tip toed to the door. I looked at the bed again. I thought my heart was going to fall out of my chest. I reached for the doorknob and turned it slowly. I opened it. I was about to walk out but the doorknob was yanked from my grasp and the door slammed shut. The lights turned on. I nearly jumped out of my skin, Vander was standing over me with his hand against the door flat holding it shut. He was the one who slammed the door shut! His eyes were black. His hair was shiveled in his face a bit.
"Just what do you think you are doing?" He asked tilting his head
"Ummmm I uh – I" I couldn't speak
"If you're going to escape you need to be quieter about it, I could hear your heart beating from across the room" he said. I looked down, he was wearing a t shirt and boxers.
He grabbed my arm and practically dragged me to the cot. He pushed me and I fell on it. I was going to get back up but he knelt down and leaned towards me. I flinched away in fear.
"If I were you I wouldn't even try, I WILL catch you EVERY time" he said. His eyes turned to the normal green. He stood up. I watched him as he turned off the light. I defeatedly plopped down on the cot.
I didn't sleep of course. Why would I? I was too scared to. I know that I dosed off at one point but was woken up by an unsettling pillow slam to my chest.
"Breakfast, get up" Vander said
I looked up. He was standing over me fully dressed. He was wearing the same Jacket with a Misfits T-shirt.
"I'm not hungry" I said pulling the blanket over my head
"I'm sure you're hungry" Vander said "It might be the only chance you'll get to eat today" he said
I got to my feet and followed Vander down the staircase. He started for one step then the next second I saw a blur and he was at the bottom.
"How'd you do that?!" I asked wide eyed
"I'm a demon, you're a human and that explains why you're so god damn slow and ask too many questions" he said
I scrunched my nose and got down the staircase. He put his hand on my back and slightly pushed me down a hallway to the left. We came into a grand dining room. There were three huge chandeliers hanging above a table that seated at least thirty people. There were candelabras adorned on the table. Vander pulled out a chair and sat down. I stood there not knowing what to do. I pulled out the chair next to him. He glared at me as I sat down.
"What?" I asked
"You don't have to sit next to me" he said
I looked down and got up from the chair. I pushed it back in, I decided to sit just one space in between us. I didn't look up again until I heard humming in the room. It was coming from Penelope, she was skipping about into the room. She pulled out the chair between me and Vander. She climbed into it and put her hands on the table.
"Good morning" she chimed at Vander
"Good morning" he smiled
Vander tapped his fingers on the table. Penelope watched him, then she started to do it too.
"Terribly sorry, I'm so late!" A voice beamed through the giant room
A woman came running in, a maid, I could tell by her special outfit, her blonde hair pulled up. She came over to Vander. She never looked at him directly always down at her own feet.
"What will you be having?" she asked
"I don't know, what do you want Penelope?" he asked Penelope
"Lucky Charms!" she cheered
"We'll all have lucky charms, Victoria" Vander said
The maid left. It was weird, he was sort of kind to the maid, but I'm sure he treats her like any person would, pretending they aren't there. The maid brought three bowls of cereal. I ate mine easily. Vander ate his slowly since Penelope was talking to him most of the time. I kept to myself.
It was odd, I could tell he really cared about his little sister more than anything else. I could tell that from only knowing him less than a day. He was only patient with her, and eight year old girl. He was however very impatient with the fact that I'm human.
Edith came into the room. She sat very far away from her family.
"She tried to escape" Vander said stacking Penelope's bowl in his
"Already really?" she looked at me. I looked down at my hands.
"Well………we'll have to watch for that" she said putting picking up the papers in front of her
The maid came into the room to wait on her. Before the maid left, Edith pulled her to the side.
"When you go to the market today can you find that girl some decent clothes, that frumpy dress won't do for long" she told the maid, the maid nodded. "Oh, and make sure she bathes today to" she said. The maid left the room with the dirty dishes in hand.
"Her name is Ray Ann Mommy" Penelope said
"That's nice dear" Edith said not even looking at her while reading the paper
Penelope got out of her chair and ran out of the room. I looked at Vander, he gave me a distasteful look. Penelope returned with a small satchel. She climbed on the chair and dumped it on the table. Crayons, markers, pencils, and paper fell out, some rolled off onto the floor. She started to draw and color while humming.
"Miss" a soft voice said behind me, I turned. It was Victoria the maid.
"Come with me now" she said
I got up from the table and followed the maid Victoria out of the room. She took me into some sort of kitchen area, then even further than that. She opened a wooden door. It was a long spiral staircase going down. She went in, I followed. I had to watch my step, it was so dark. Once at the bottom, she turned on a light. I was surprised, it was actually a very nice living quarters. It was almost like a hotel room. She went to a dresser and opened one of the drawers. She searched through it, then closed it with nothing in hand. She brisked passed me and opened a door. She scanned for a few seconds. She pulled out a black dress, almost shorter that the green one I was wearing.
"Here" she handed it to me
I looked at her
"Or you could just wear nothing" she said
"This is fine" I said
"Ok, now that you have that, we have to get you cleaned up a bit" she said opening another door. It was a bathroom.
She turned on the shower and left to grab me a towel. She returned and set it on the counter.
"You have five minutes so hurry" she said closing the door
I got in the shower. It was warm. Not cold, not hit, but warm. I washed my hair and scrubbed my body with the soaps she had. I got out and dried off. The dress was hanging on the towel rack. I realized I didn't have underwear. I put the dress on, then there was a knock at the door.
"Here" she tossed me something, I caught it
Underwear, it was rather skimpy compared to what I usually wore. They were black, with lace.
"They are bran new I promise" she assured me
"Thank you" I said
She smiled. I slipped the underwear on quickly. She grabbed my hand and led me out of the bathroom. She sat me in a chair. She started looking at me, studying my face. She went to the bathroom and came out with a plastic make up bag. She pulled out a bottle and squeezed mousse in her hands, she ran it through my hair styling it. She then took out a small brush and started applying make up to my face.
"He's really not all that bad once you get to know him" she said powdering my face
"Who?" I asked
"Vander, he's really a lovely being" she said putting gloss on my lips
"Oh sure" I rolled my eyes
"Look up" she said
I did. She put eyeliner on my eyes, the mascara. She grabbed a small mirror and showed me. Wow, for once I thought I was pretty, but it was for all the wrong reasons.
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