The ShiftI was freezing.
The coldness crawled like tiny spiders on my skin as nausea settled into my empty stomach. My bones ached as if any minute now they could break, and reshape into something entirely different.
I spoke too soon.
I doubled over in searing pain as my spine cracked and curled itself into an all too familiar shape. My arms and legs twisted in ways they shouldn't. I cried out as the bent, broke, reformed themselves.
My arms were no longer arms.
My legs no longer legs.
My hands were no longer hands.
My feet no longer feet.
My face ached as it molded into its new but familiar form. My skin transformed itself into my new coat of fur for the oncoming winter months.
I was freed from the agonizing pain of the shift.
And I darted off into the woods, away from my now unfamiliar surroundings.
Vampire Academy, Ch.5So, basically, your job is to keep the vampires in line during the night? And they dont give you any time during the day to catch up on sleep? James asked as we slowly made our way out of the school gates.
Yep, thats how they run things here. Normally they would give the guards shifts and everything, but seeing as Im the only one here, I have to cover all the ground, which takes some time, I replied.
How are you still able to walk during the day?
I laughed. Its not as bad as you might think. I have a few friends I still need to catch up with and talk to at the other dorms, and this gives me the chance to, I said, shrugging my shoulders. Besides, I like it out at night. I mean no ones around and the sky is lit with all the stars and the moon. . .
How come they havent gotten another guard? James asked me.
Well, youd really have to ask the Chairman about that, I sa
Vampire Academy, Ch.3The night was almost totally black, the dull stars and crescent moon dimly lighting the path I walked. There were plenty of places on campus that were dark like this because of the lack of lights, but I liked it how it was. In fact, the lighted places annoyed me because I was unable to see the stars as I walked; yes, some call it slacking, but what else am I supposed to do in the middle of the night when everyone else is sleeping?
I could see the tall stone wall that towered another two feet above my head coming closer and I rethought what had just come into my mind. Of course, vampires didnt actually need sleep, per se, but it was very tiring to go a few months without sleep, as well as uncomfortable. From what I knew, the vampire students mostly went to sleep at the same time the normal humans did. Some preferred the later classes, such as astronomy, but they still slept every night.
I shook my head. Vampires did things a specific way, like a human, only more . . . different I