I shouldn't be doing this, I thought. They'll kill me if I'm caught. But I must. "Alex, is that you?' said Vald. "Yeah. It"s me, Vald" I said. "Alex what are you doing here?" he whisper yells. "I needed to see you" I say. "Let me light a candle in here. It's too dark to see anything." he says. "Vald, it has been too long since I've seen you." I say. "It has only been three weeks, Alex" he says. " Yes, I know. But it feels like forever." I said in a whisper. "I understand how you feel." Vlad says. "Vald, every vampire council is talking about what you did three weeks ago. They asked me questions about you. It's crazy. I find myself thinking about you every minute I'm awake. I can't even eat or drink. It is madding." I say. "I feel the same way. Alex it is hard to be away from you. You are my only one. I feel like I need to run away from everything with you. You know what I'm going through. I want and need you. I kept thinking to myself that you're o.k. but I don't believe it. I know what you're gonna say. That I have Meredith, but she's not enough. She doesn't know what I am. Meredith won't understand if I told her. She would think that I'm some kind of monster. She is pretty but she is not as beautiful as you. You're actually everthing I wanted and needed. You listen to me and understand, you're funny and cute, you don't care what others think of you," Vlad says. "Vlad, thanks for all that, but I don't know if we're ever gonna be together. It is hard enough trying to sneak out at night to see you, but dating you I don't think I'm ready." I said crying. "Alex everything is going to be alright. he said putting his arms around me. I thought about pulling away but I didn't. "Vlad" I said in a whisper. "Yes, Alex what is it?" he said. "Vlad I need your help to get me out of Elysia and, if this is alright with you and Nelly, let me stay with you for a while?" I said in a really soft voice. Then Vlad said, "Alex, I'll help you no matter what happens." "Is that a yes?" I asked. "Yeah it is a yes" he said.