Each step I took closer towards the door to my apartment, made me feel eerier than the next. The weird thing about it, was that I didn’t know what to attribute this feeling to. I just knew that something wasn’t right. I tried the doorknob, and when it didn’t give, I scrambled in my purse for my keys. When I turned back around to insert the key into the key hole, the door was wide open. Strangely enough, I didn’t hear the slightest sound. I crept into the apartment, and realized it was dim; all but a lit candle illuminated the space. And that was the precise moment I felt a queasy grip on my stomach. Something was terribly wrong. That Erebus-kind-of- wrong feeling. His velvet voice enveloped me. “Jasmine, how nice of you to show up. Quite punctual I must say”. He slithered his way behind me before I could even catch a glimpse of him. He took a huge whiff of my hair and continued. “Mmm… how wonderfully sweet. You smell as beautiful as you are, my dear”. He ran his fingers down my pony tail and sent electricity zapping over my skin. As hard as it was to physically resist him, I gave it all I had. “Erebus! I know who you are! Or more appropriately, WHAT you are, and I want you to leave me alone”. He continued to stroke my hair, and he pulled himself closer to me, until his face was literally against the curve of the back of my neck. “Jasmine, don’t be so weak. All I’ve been trying to do is offer you something special, something unique-“
“Well I’m not interested!” I interrupted furiously.
“Your body tells me a different story” he said smoothly as he twirled his body so he was facing me, with eyes as black and hard as coal. His smoldering beauty radiated out of each pore of his body. He was breathtaking. It seemed each time I saw him, his beauty intensified. He was harder and harder to resist. It was becoming difficult to decipher whether he was getting hotter, or whether his power over me was just getting stronger. One thing was for sure; my heart was pounding out of my chest. He looked right into my soul with his mystical sexy eyes. He moistened his lips and moved closer to me.
“What are you doing here and where is Jen?” I mustered every last bit of strength in me to retaliate him. “Let’s not worry about her right now. I assure you she’s just dandy” he snickered as he continued to sear through my eyes with his glare. He knew exactly how much control he had over me, and he was enjoying every second of it. “Now, how about we stop worrying about petty little mundane things, and get back to us?” he said as the right corner of his lip tugged upwards. It didn’t get sexier than that. I wanted to pounce him right there, but it took every last ounce of self control to hold myself back. He moved in even closer towards me, and toyed with the top of my jacket zipper. “Jasmine, I can make you so happy, if only you’ll let me” he slowly unzipped my jacket, and slid it off my shoulders allowing it to slip onto the floor. The sensation of my bare shoulders exposed in his sight brought his compulsive abilities to a whole other level. He looked right into me, and he brushed the lose hair strands off my face with his fingers. His touch was electrifying, beginning from my hair follicles, down my spine, and penetrating my knees to the point of dizziness. I was a like a dumb, human-sized blob of Jell-O at this point. Hot blood coursed through my body, and throbbed for him. I had utterly no control over myself and it was scaring the lights out of me. I tried hard to channel my energy away from him, so I stared at the wavering candle that was casting images against the wall with every flicker. It was utterly useless. My mission failed miserably. He stroked my bare shoulder, and worked his way down my arm. His touch was so sensual, my skin burned fervently at his touch. I was completely and mercilessly under his seductive spell. “Don’t fight it Jasmine. You know what you want, and I have a hunch that I might have something to do with it” he moved in closer still, and perched a kiss on my shoulder, sending another jolt through my quivering body. He grazed my neck with his icy breath, and teased my neck with his tongue on the ever familiar spot where I had fed him life. “Stick with me Jasmine” he whispered as he worked his way around my earlobe. “You won’t be disappointed” his tongue slithered its way back down to the side of my neck, and with every passing moment, I felt like fire was flaming out of my chest. I was so ready to give myself to him. How I longed for him to partake of me. I couldn’t explain it, but I longed after the ecstasy that followed his bite. I knew it was wrong, but in this moment, my trance had overcome all sense of reason. It was a thirst so intense, it no longer was desire. It had graduated to a need. He was my drug, and I needed him to satiate my burning addiction. Only he could give me what I needed right now, and I was helplessly under his lustful spell. I felt all strength extinguish from my body, as I tilted my head back in a submissive luring gesture. I surrendered to his will. My knees buckled into him, and he wrapped his arm around me to break my fall. He gently placed me onto my shaggy rug, and slowly pulled down the straps of my tank top. He kissed his way down my neck and down the center of my cleavage. There was no turning back now. I was rabid for him. He worked his way back up and finally struck like me like a serpent, right in the jugular. It was a sharp, frigid pain that sent a cold chill through my veins, but was quickly transformed into the pure ecstasy I had previously experienced. Boy did not disappoint. I have to hand it to him; he sure knew how to please a lady. We both moaned together in harmony, as our senses heightened with bliss. I couldn’t explain how his bite could bring me such intense pleasure, without even having sex. It was the most intense high I had ever reached, and as he continued to drink from me, it continued to intensify to yet a higher level. This time, he took things up a notch, although it was difficult to decipher just how much time had passed, due to my intoxicating trance. He literally single handedly ripped my tank top off, and unclipped my bra with freakishly accurate precision, and with his other hand he swiftly undid my jeans, and somehow swiped them completely off in one slick move. Damn. Seemed the boy had ample practice. At this point I was in nothing but my tidy whities, and socks. He groped every inch of my body with his passionate grip, while he fed off my essence. He then released his teeth from my neck, and moved down towards the top of my panty line. He continued to tease me as he slid his tongue in circular motions around my navel, and then he worked his way down, and down and- “Stop!” I yelled, as I felt the liquid trance diminish, and I began to gradually get control over myself. What the heck was I doing? I felt as if I had been rudely awakened from a dream, except the facts were much scarier than that. The truth is that it was not a dream. It was a morbid reality. Erebus had actually transported himself onto the earth plane, and had plotted this much forbidden rendezvous in my apartment. It was forbidden, because every cell in my body was screaming so. At least now that I had come out of his hypnotic spell. At that moment in time, I could totally empathize with those poor souls with Multi Personality Syndrome. The truth is that when I was under his spell, I was someone else. My desires were all wrong, and warped. Warped? Hoooold on here! A very strong wave of familiarity about that tickled my memory, but then quickly skimmed away. I felt this unbelievably heavy feeling on my chest that told me there was something very bizarre about how warped my entire world became just moments ago. But I had bigger fish to fry at the moment, and couldn’t spare another second reconnoitering with my emotions. This was wrong, and that was all there was to it. “Stop!” I yelled at the top of my lungs. He kept his face still touching my navel area, just lifting his eyes to meet mine. “Jasmine, just relax” and then he snickered and bowed his head back towards my pelvis. “I said, stop!”
“Jasmine, I’ve been patient with you. It’s just like a woman to get a man all hot and bothered, and then pull the plug at the last moment, isn’t it?” he rebutted in a very punctuated demeanor. I suddenly realized how embarrassed I felt in my semi-birthday suit, so I quickly cupped my breasts with my hands, which can be tricky when you’re a generous sized D cup, let me tell you. As I struggled to balance my boobs, I slid back away from Erebus, and jumped up away from him as if he was the plague. “Get away from me!” I screamed at him, as I scrambled for my clothes. I was so angry and disgusted with myself for allowing myself to lose control with him. The frustrating thing was not being able to explain why. I mean, I make my own decisions, and nobody makes me do anything. Those are one of the few things I honestly took pride in. But, recently, Erebus seemed to have taken the driver’s seat on that one. “Look at yourself! You’re only running away from yourself Jasmine. Nobody else but you. You are your own enemy, can’t you see that?” he narrowed his eyes at me in the most evil yet sexy of ways. I was strangely drawn to him, yet something far, far, far back in my brain was scolding that thought. That gravitational pull he had on me was wrong, and the only shadow of a hint that made me aware of that was that very distant voice in my mind called logic. “Just stop following me, and stop stalking me! Stop intercepting my phone calls and stop coming in my dreams!” I blurted out to him as I felt my eyes burning with tears. It took everything I had to hold them back. I felt like a total idiotic prude, totally making out with him, allowing him to strip me down and suck my blood, then suddenly snap out of it and whine like an immature little school girl. But I had to follow that voice within me, because I knew it was right. Then like a light switch, my mind flicked on to thoughts of Helios. I felt so dirty, knowing I had betrayed him. He tried to warn me about Erebus, and here I had fallen right into his trap. He came up behind me as I zipped up my jacket, and he cupped my hand in his. “Jasmine, please don’t leave” for a shadow of an instant, his eyes beseeched me, but then darkness immediately took over. “You don’t have to keep running. I’m not going to hurt you. For a minute there, I thought you were enjoying yourself, as was I. Why can’t you see that we’re right for each other? You and I are a team. We are meant to be together.” He caressed my face with the back of his fingers as if I was a delicate flower. “I don’t want this” I told him as I grabbed my purse and headed for the door. He grasped my wrist from behind me, and pulled me back with an inhuman force. Hot fury flashed in his eyes, and there I saw it. The orange flame that rimmed his irises. He bared his teeth into an almost animalistic growl. I felt a clench in the pit of my stomach, but then tried to rapidly thrust my wrist out of his grip. My effort was futile. With a low rumble in his throat, I could hear the demon in his voice. “I think you’re overlooking something, my beautiful Jasmine. You seem to forget that I am now a part of you.”
“You’re wrong. There is no bond between us! Now let go of me, and stay out of my life! Please!”
I felt the quiver in my voice as I tugged away at my wrist. His grip only tightened. He was impossibly strong. “I am definitely a part of you, as you are of me. Did you forget that I drank of you? Your life has blended with mine. You made an oath that binds us together when I partook of your blood” he said confidently, with an evil snicker.
“What are you talking about? You-you controlled me, somehow. I don’t know what you’re doing to me, but that thing you do… it’s making me do things I don’t want to do!”
“Oh no? Well, that’s not exactly the impression I get when a beautiful woman pants after me like a bitch in heat!” and every last trace of his sugarcoated façade escaped his from his words. His glare no longer offered allure, but how demanded my full surrender. His words resonated in my head like an enormous bell. His sudden change in behaviour, shocked sense into me as if a bucket of ice water had been poured over me. I flinched away from him and collected my thoughts. “You- you tricked me! You’re nothing but evil! Helios warned me about you! I will do whatever it takes to get rid of you!” a surge of reassurance swept over me as I yelled at him. I felt as if someone else was talking through me. He cackled his sorcerer laugh at me, and he then clenched my wrist so hard I could almost feel my bones snap. “You can’t do anything about it, Jasmine. I didn’t trick you into anything. Everything you did, you consented to. I didn’t make you do anything. Might I add that I don’t take too nicely to rejection, princess?” He sneered as he released the grip on my wrist. I felt a burning ring of fire around my wrist, and automatically rubbed it with my other hand as I thought over the next words I was going to say. “I will find a way to kick your ass! Now fuck off!” and with those words I slammed the door behind me and left the apartment. As I stood in the elevator, I immediately realized how gruesome I must have looked after being bitten. I slid my hood over my head, and thanked God there was nobody in the elevator. Talk about what could have been a horrifically awkward situation. I needed to get to a mirror fast so I could check out my neck wound. I mean, yes I’d been through this before, but it usually took place in another dimension, and I couldn’t be sure whether escaping to another dimension had some type of healing ability or not, because I had previously only been left with a slight scar that could only be seen under close examination in a highly illuminated lighting. This time it felt different, and it lasted longer. I slowly willed myself to run my finger over the spot where Erebus had bitten me, and felt a small, raised crescent. As I continued to stroke it, it stung, and I realized there were two puncture wounds about two inches apart. OH. MY. GOD. What was I going to do now? I looked at my fingers, and saw a red trickle of blood running down my hand. I didn’t know what to do or where to go. I needed to find a way to cover up this mess before anybody saw it. How the hell was I going to explain this? Uh, hi mom. Yeah, about that, I ran into a creature of the night, and he seduced me, I made out passionately with him and let him bite me in the neck. So how was your day? I already had visions of myself standing in a padded, white room in a straight jacket. I was panicked. I couldn’t risk going back to the apartment, and I couldn’t go home like this. I never felt so trapped and alone in my entire life. I had nowhere to run, and no one to go to. I was isolated between two worlds, and torn between light and darkness. I instinctively wrapped my long, black hair around my neck, grateful for its life saving properties at the moment. My body was still pumped by adrenaline, and my fight-or-flight instincts kicked in, leading me to the Red Hill Creek trail that was the most sheltered and accessible destination that came to mind. As I trudged through the dirt path, I scrambled in my purse for my pocket mirror. I dared myself to glance at the neck wound, and figured my mind was playing tricks on me. I tugged my skin forward to get a better view of the wound, and still couldn’t locate it. I slid my fingers over the area, and felt nothing. I continued palpating my jugular, and realized the puncture wounds were no longer there. I was in utter shock. I took one last long reassuring look in the mirror, and suddenly realized my skin was shimmering with intricately woven runes, particularly so where my wound used to be. I nearly dropped my mirror at the sight. Then I smiled to myself, and thanked Helios out loud. “Thank you for being there for me”. I knew this was a sign that he was protecting me. I knew he loved me and was with me each step of the way. It was only within a matter of minutes that my beautiful body art melted away. I crunched through the crispy colourful leaves that scattered along my path and gleefully steered myself home. Now that the worst part was over, I had to think on my feet, about what explanation I was going to give my mom about my supposed encounter with Jen. If there was one thing I wasn’t, that was a good liar. In times like these, I sort of envied Jen’s deceitful qualities. Let me see, what bullshit could I muster up as I walk home, I thought to myself. I got it! I’d tell my mom that I didn’t wanna talk about it. Simple. Brilliant. As I approached the house, I could see lights flickering through the window. Uber-Loser dad was probably still up watching the tube. I snuck my way in silently, and realized he had fallen asleep on the recliner. So I tiptoed to my room quietly, assuming my mom had already fallen asleep. Thankfully, I didn’t hear a sound, so my assumption was correct. I crawled into bed, and assumed my fetal praying position once again. I wasn’t too sure who I directed my prayer to, but I knew that God and Helios were both listening, so I put all my cards on the table so to speak. “Please help me. Help me overcome this, this creature, or whatever he is. Erebus. I don’t know what he wants from me, but I need him to stay away from me. He’s got some sort of compulsive spell over me when he’s around me, and I don’t know how to keep him out of my dreams, or from stalking me on earth. Just give me a sign. Let me know what I’m supposed to do!” I suddenly felt like a huge weight was lifted off my chest, and within minutes, I felt myself drift into a peacefully deep sleep.
A familiar brightness shone through my eyelids, and my heart swelled with happiness, at the realization that I had been transported to Helios. The sweet, dewy scent of meadow or as Helios called it, the Elysian Fields. I was literally in paradise. I squished my toes into the plush, green grass, and waited for the moment Helios would appear. A strange silence lingered in the air, aside from the soft whisper of the gentle wind that swept across my skin. My semi-nude body glistened in the perfect glow of the sunlight. I admired myself in all my goddess-like beauty and flawlessness. My eyes skimmed down my body, taking in all its shimmering golden-rune glory. I continued to wait, but Helios was still not there. I impatiently stroked my fingers through my hair, almost forgetting how lustrous and silky it now was. Despite the picture-perfect paradise I stood in, something just didn’t seem right. Helios had never taken this long to meet me here. After all, it was him who conjured me into this place, wasn’t it? I continued grazing through the beautiful fields, towards the waterfall. I stared at the backdrop of the majestic mountains that stood in perspective from a distance. A rich, clear blue painted the skies above, as exotic bird species I’ve never seen before swung below them. I picked up my pace, and approached the waterfall, allowing the constant refreshing sounds to wash over my soul. The climate was so perfect, and the water felt as wonderful against my skin as I dipped my foot into the stream. I walked further and further into the stream, until I was right beside the waterfall. I stood near the end of it, where the water trickled down gentler, and allowed it to shower over me. I basked in the refreshing comfort of the sweet smelling water, and realized I couldn’t remember the last time I felt this relaxed. I moved further into the waterfall, where the pressure was stronger, so much so that it washed my delicate garment right off my body. I didn’t even realize it until I saw it floating near a large rock that stuck out of the stream. I was totally naked, as I soaked up the waterfall. I could have stayed here forever. I walked out of the waterfall and sat in a beautifully carven cove near the stream. If I wasn’t in this paradise, I’d think someone had especially custom carved it to perfectly cup my butt. I giggled at the thought. I was so side- tracked by the wonders of the Elysian Fields and the therapeutic properties of the waterfall that I had merely forgotten how much time had passed, and still no Helios. I was beginning to worry. It was a paradox for me to feel worried, in such a peaceful place, but I couldn’t shake the feeling that something wasn’t right. I decided to climb out of the cove, and look for Helios. But where? I was dripping wet and butt naked, but strangely confident enough not to care. It wasn’t like my transparent sheet of fabric covered left much to the imagination to begin with. My wet skin shimmered vibrantly in the light as I walked around in my quest to find Helios. “Helios, where are you?” I called out to him. The Elysian Fields were rich in vegetation, like I pictured the Garden of Eden. There were endless possibilities as to where Helios could be. “Helios! Helios can you hear me? Where are you?” I called out to the peaceful haven. But nothing but the hush of the wind, and the chirping of birds reciprocated my calling. I wasn’t going to give up. I walked into what looked like a magical trail leading to a magnificently enchanted forest, and aimlessly walked further and further and further. The trail broke off into different paths, and I randomly veered into one and then another and another. The wind hustled musically like a harp through the leaves as they glistened. There was harmony all around me. Nature was in perfect harmony with itself. I realized what I was hearing was the sound of singing, birds, the swishing of the waterfalls, and the soft swishing of the wind through the trees that combined formed a heavenly musical orchestra. Every string of grass, every colourful leaf, and even the bark on the trees shimmered, even when the sun was not beaming. From a distance, the pristine turquoise stream sparkled, and even the far away mountains gleamed like crystals. I felt like a princess in an enchanted garden. A soaking wet, naked princess. I continued up the inclining trail. I went further up and up and up. As the incline got steeper, I grabbed onto some colourful jagged rocks that lead me to a platform. I stood there breathless as I observed the scenery around me. I was at the center of this parallel universe. Or so I felt. It was like someone had stuck me into an enormous version of a sparkling snow globe. The entire world sparkled at my feet. The beauty of this place was indescribable. Every inch of space was painted in such intensely vivid realm of colour, like living in a cartoon. It was like someone stuck me into a super ‘Photo Shopped’, HDR photograph. I was now starting to feel like a cross between an enchanted princess and Alice in Wonderland. Weirdly wonderful. As I rotated around the platform in complete awe of my surroundings, I heard a very distant barely audible whisper. Despite its softness, the voice was unmistakable. “Helios! Where are you?” I looked all around me, and still saw no sign of Helios. I could only imagine how ridiculous I must have looked standing wet and naked on a platform that seemed to be the center of the planet. Regardless, I pressed onward and called louder. “Helios! Helios! I heard your voice, please come to me!” Before I could finish uttering his name, a brilliant beam of light poured out of the sky. I couldn’t see him in bodily form, but I was strongly aware of his presence. “Helios, come down please” I pleaded. He then suddenly materialized in front of me but was still translucent like a hologram. He reached his hand towards me, but had a very urgent look on his face. It was like he was talking but no sound came out of his mouth. “Helios, I can’t hear you!” I shouted, and walked towards him, but as I reached out to touch him, his image went static and disappeared. Within seconds, I was sitting up in my bed dazed and confused. Why couldn’t Helios completely materialize, and why couldn’t he speak? I lied back down and willed myself to sleep, in hopes that my dreams would transport me back to the Elysian Fields. Instead, I woke up to the blaring ding-donging of my obnoxious cell phone alarm.