On December 31, Marcus & I celebrated our birthdays. But in Black Satin, on New Year's Eve, he and Eleanor head to Paris, France where he promises (or finally gives in!) to make her a vampire. (And knowing that she will become his forever ends up being the Best Birthday Gift Ever)
In Evermore, she will finally become a vampire!
Only 365 more days!! *EDIT* According to the Countdown Timer, It's 362 days. Apparently I cannot do maths. Oh yeah *slaps forehead* The countdown is marking off 3 days. One off because book releases on the 30th and not the 31. One down because this is leap year, and the last one because it is now officially Jan 1, 2014!* Durr. Wowness. First #fail of the New Year. So anyway, Moving along now.
SO...does anyone remember THIS?
“All I can say at this point is, I'm not giving up. You already know this, Marcus. If you don't change me now, you will. Eventually. You have to remember, I'm persistent.”
He laughed a little and pulled me into him, brushed my hair off my neck. From inside the building that we were standing on the balcony of, we heard the final countdown.
“I think I hear the final countdown, Marcus.”
He leaned me back, his hand entwined in mine, his other arm beneath my back. His long dark hair brushed against my skin like satin, as he pressed his ruby lips to my neck. My breathing was erratic, my pulse raced. “Are you ready for forever?” His velvet voice, almost a whisper, buzzed along my neckline, causing me to shiver, and landed warm against my ear.
“Yes. You know I am. I've dreamed about this.”
His lips still on my neck, he kissed me. A whimper escaped from the back of his throat—a sound I'd never heard him make before. “I love you,” he said. Those three words made my skin prickle. My heart beat faster. He kissed my eyelids, my lips, my throat—the pulse. The heat rose in my body; his teeth bit my skin, but did not pierce through. He trembled, unable to stop himself. I clutched his back, grasping the fabric in fists.
His lips grazed my ear, “I love you.” A shiver crept over my skin, my body arching forward. His lips moved to my mouth. I heard him catch his breath. His heart thumped rhythmically in his chest as though he were alive. He gave me a frantic, bone shattering kiss that left him athirst. His heavy breathing, his hands running along the curves of my body, made me dizzy. He closed his eyes.
With painstaking rumination, the tips of his fingers grazed over my neck, a deafening silence. I didn't move as his hand paused at the base of my throat. He listened to the arrhythmic beating of my heart, my pulse thumping beneath his fingers. He kissed me along my neckline and throat. I almost burst apart from the longing. My blood burned for him.
I pushed his hair back gently, feeling its softness on my fingertips. “I have to tell you something.”
“Anything.” He raised his gaze to my eyes. A dreamy, scintillation filled his. I brushed my fingertips beneath the shadowy depth of them; he had no need for sleep, but he appeared restless.
“I was ready for death. I wanted out. I wasn't afraid to die, and I'm not afraid to die now. I'm just glad I didn't die like that, without ever knowing you. Not knowing you would've been a far more tragic fate than death. I'm glad that it's going to be like this, me in your arms. I'm happy that it's with you.”
“And you should be thrilled you're halfway there.” He chuckled, remembering what he'd said to me the first time we met in the cemetery. Those had been his first words to me.
But I wasn't thrilled. Halfway? “What would make me a full Evermore , then?”
“My blood in your veins,” he said. “Your blood in mine, only connects me to you, binds us together.”
“And when can I have that? All of that...All of you?”
He placed his finger over my lips. “Shh. You already have all of me. But if anyone's going to risk being a monster, I'll go first. Because I couldn't live with myself, knowing I turned you into something horrific. I don't want to ruin this, what we have. If this works—”
“And I know it will...”
“—If this works, and I don't become a monster, then you can have me. All of me, forever.”
“But?” I said.
He took a deep breath. “If it doesn't...then I want you to run and never look back.”
“I can't—I can't promise that.”
“You must, if this is what you want, this is part of the agreement. It's the only way I'll do this.”
This moment was indescribable. “I promise.”
He held my gaze for those last ten seconds of my human life. I would know what it was like to die in his arms. On the final count, the fireworks exploded in the background. He leaned me back again, sinking his teeth into my neck. A fire electrified my veins. The feeling was like nothing I'd ever felt before. Both pain and pleasure. The color of the fireworks grew more bright...more intense. And then...I felt my heartbeat slow. I closed my eyes and saw Marcus in my vision. He was more beautiful than before. The moment when we first met in that cemetery was on repeat.
A surge of euphoria shot through me, turning my emotions into a frenzy. I felt everything he'd ever felt for me, and I felt everything I'd ever felt for him, combine together. I couldn't contain myself, I had to grasp at him, clutch him. I wanted to scream, utter sound, but nothing escaped my lips. It was a silent and pleasing death. Unlike I imagined it to be. Our past and our future, wrapped together in one complete vision. The one scene my mind kept coming back to, was our wedding. That day, would forever be, the happiest day of my life. And before everything went entirely black, I heard Marcus's voice:
Your heart will not stop beating. As the days pass, we become one. I don't want to take anything from you, Ellie. But I do want to be with you forever. You will have everything you've wanted. Your ever-after. Your mom, your dad, your sister, everyone will be at your wedding. That's the way it's supposed to be. But after that, when you become a full Evermore , life will go back to the way it was in the beginning, for everyone else. It will be the way it was before I came into your life. The final decision is yours. When you're ready, you take from me. That way, I know for certain that you want this. You come to me, on your own, and drink from my vein. I'm not giving you a full transformation. I'm allowing you the space to change your mind.
I would compromise with him for now. I would be satisfied with his decision to make sure I was completely happy with this choice I was making to be with him. I knew I wouldn't change my mind. I would have everything I'd ever wanted. Marcus and I would have both life and death, wrapped together in a beautiful, haunting, and never ending existence. I would Frolic with Marcus Marble in the Land of Forever. And for Always. And knowing that with all of my still beating heart, my vision faded to black.
And if you've read Raven in the Grave, then you know how Eleanor and Marcus begin their New Year together. Hehehe...