Bella knew she was different from the moment she became self aware. While she loved her family she always felt disconnected as if they were worlds apart. She had known for a while now that she was adopted, the sting of it never quite leaving her.
A small part of Bella did want to be like Luna, be the fun partygoer with a guy always on the scene, be social, be popular but her introverted side always won out. She much preferred to be reading a book or working on her science degree. She has dreams to be a world-renowned scientist exploring the newly discovered realm of Sixam. That was her goal and no one was going to stop her.
Lately she had been visiting a small library in Windenburg, there was something about it that always put her at ease, some magical quality she couldn’t put her finger on. She was always there alone and she liked it that way, until today…
He breezed through the entrance as if he belonged there, his silver hair glinting in the setting afternoon sun. His eyes were a piercing red, a colour she had never seen before but they only intensified the butterflies in her stomach.
He gave her a bright smile as she strutted over to the nearest book shelf, taking one down and sitting next to her. Bella felt the colour start to rise in her cheeks and immediately shook herself to rid the feeling and tried to concentrate on the page before her.
As hard as she tried to filter out his presence, it was all around her. Tugging at the corners of her mind, his smell lingering in her nostrils, should she move away? She was surprised to find she didn’t want to.
She could feel his eyes on her every few moments and knew he was probably going to try talk to her. She suddenly felt anxious, not trusting her words to do her justice but she barely had time to think as he turned to face her.
“Hi.” He said.
“Hi” Bella replied, heat once again rushing into her cheeks.
“What’s your name?”
“Bella and you?”
“I’m Caine, I haven’t seen you before. Do you come here often?”
“Yes” Bella stammered, unable to look away from him. “I’m here almost every day.”
“Quite the bookworm I see. Why have I never seen you before?”
“I don’t know” Bella replied, confused by his question. “I haven’t seen you either.”
“But surely you’re at Vallerden?”
Caine paused, his expression confused. It looked like he was trying to work out whether Bella was joking her not. She returned the stare and then decided to keep on reading. Caine recovered and shook his head.
“I just thought…sorry never mind. What you reading?”
“I WAS reading about flowers and their remedial qualities until you came along”
Bella had no idea where the sass had come from but found she quite liked it. She could see Caine was enjoying it too and flashed him a small smile.
“Ok, Ok” he said. “I get the picture, I’ll leave you then.”
He got up to leave, Bella’s heart taking a dive, she hadn’t meant it like that, she actually wanted him to stay.
“So will you be here tomorrow?” he said, turning to face her halfway out the door.
“Mm-hm” Bella mumbled, trying to keep her face trained on her book.
“Alright then Miss Bella – see you tomorrow.”
Bella heart raced double time as she watched him leave.
“Did that really just happen?” she said to herself.
Now she understood how Luna felt around Jake, around all those others guys she had dated, but maybe it was more than just infatuation? Bella couldn’t wait to find out.
Note: This gorgeous lot was downloaded from the Gallery. Original name is Magical Library Tower created by Eeriespooks.