Alec went running blindly into the night, down the dirt street and into the dark woods. Nothing in his scattered thoughts could convince him to stop or even slow down. It was really over. His life was gone, his hopes and dreams for the future were equally shattered. Everything he had hinged his reasons for continuing were just. . . gone. And all of it for nothing.
He cursed himself for a fool and continued to run wherever his feet would take him. He'd lost track of the time eons ago. Who knew how long it was till sunrise.
Maybe I should have just stayed out in the sun when Elaine turned me. . . He closed his eyes tight trying to keep it together and wondering, if briefly, if it was even worth half the effort. Gods, the look in her eye. Lulu. . . I'm so sorry I came here.
And without warning something knocked him heavily against the chest, sending him sprawling several feet back into the dirt, and knocking him half senseless as he lay in a heap starring up at the starlit canopy of trees above him.
The vampiric senses he'd been ignoring until now suddenly snapped to attention as the golden eyes of a large black wolf looked down on him and growled.
Alec found himself growling back.
"Go ahead and kill me then!" He spat. "At this point you'd be doing me a favour."
The massive form shifted and twisted soundlessly before the white complexion of his adopted sire was glowering down at the younger vampire.
"I should, seeing the trouble you've caused me --"
Alec rolled to his side, back facing the other.
"Just get it over with."
"--But I'm not going to." Justinian reached down with a firm grip to the back of Alec's neck and hauled the redhead to his feet, amid a string of pained curses. "Duke is fine and resting a short distance away. At least your thick head is still smart enough to take care of an animal. Which is more than I can say for your stupidity tonight. Do you realize what you've DONE?" With each world Justinian's voice was raising in volume and the malice was simply dripping from syllable after syllable.
"Quite frankly," It took all of Alec's strength to try and pull free of Justinian's steal grip, which was only released from the elder vampire's will rather than Alec's struggles. "I don't give two shits anymore!" He spun, leaving the two nearly level at eye to eye. "I'm tired of your lectures, your warnings, your disregard for anything remotely human. I can't BE like that! Less than a year ago I used to BE that."
"And now y--"
"And now everyone I knew in life is either dead, or terrified of me!"
Before he could continue, Alec found himself splayed on the ground once again, Justinian backhanding him across the face hard enough to break Alec's nose.
Those cold, dead golden eyes looked down at him. Alec spat his own rancid blood from his mouth, groaning in intense pain. Vampire or not, the wound would heal. It didn't stop it from hurting like an SOB.
Justinian growled. "You're acting like a child." He looked up from the pathetic heap below him and stepped back, a terrible idea swelling in his mind. "If this is what it's going to take for you to stop pining after her --" Justinian's silhouette twisted and changed once more, his voice growing less human and more animal with ever word. "Then so. be. it."
Within seconds. the giant black wolf loomed over Alec. It snorted down on him, silver muzzle bright against the dark fur.
"Wait. . ." Alec pleaded helplessly, struggling to get to his feet, stars still lining his vision in the dim darkness his sight provided for him. He was having trouble piecing the world together.
But the wolf would have none of it. With a harsh bark it took off running back toward town.
Alec's world went red.