Thirty-Nine: Culmination

Contains nudity, violence, and language.

Tick Tock.

The wolf’s tail swept to and fro like a pendulum, counting down the seconds until her death…

or maybe not. The ebony creature loped outside.

However, Aubrey’s relief wasn’t to last.

Jakub sat up.

Shit, shit, shit!

Her eyes darted to the exit, her brain commanded her legs to act.

Finally her legs obeyed.

Jakub stood, an arrogant grin on his face.

She dashed through the thick foliage. Tree branches whizzed by, stray twigs scraped her arms.

Jakub took his time in following.

Her heart raced in tune with her legs. The full moon glided by her side.

Loneliness and fear engulfed every inch of her. Who would save her now?

“Aubrey,” he called. “I thought you loved me!”

Quickly, she struggled up a steep hill.

When she saw Hunter, naked and stooping on all fours, she froze.

Blood marred his mouth, a rabbit’s carcass littered the ground.

He looked ashamed.

She was embarrassed and wanted to look away, but didn’t.

“So it’s true? You’re a werewolf?” she asked.

“No. There’s no such thing,” he replied. “I’m… what they call a shape-shifter.”

“Same difference.”

“I suppose. Are you running from—” his eyes veered behind her.

“Aubrey,” Jakub sang. “Let me be the father of your baby.”

He approached them, as Aubrey sprinted behind Hunter.

Jakub halted and stared behind them. He looked surprised.


“Aubrey,” Vaclav said.


She paced up to him.

Throwing her arms around him, she melted in his returned embrace.

God. Finally.

“How did you find me?”

“Visions of my son trying to—rape you,” he said in a trembling voice. 

“But once again, you’ve hurt me,” he said stepping back.

“If this is about Hunter, you don’t understand. He was naked because—”

“There’s no time to discuss it,” Vaclav interrupted. “There’s no time left at all.”

Vaclav strolled up to his son; a cold, blank look in his eyes. That look scared Aubrey.

She gasped, as Vaclav wrapped one arm around Jakub’s neck and dragged him a few feet away.

Vaclav jerked Jakub’s head back and withdrew something from his belt.

“No. Don’t do it,” Lucius whispered.

“Mám tě rád synku,” Vaclav said. Then he yanked the blade across his son’s throat.

The cut was deep, penetrating Jakub’s esophagus and almost reaching his spine.

Gurgling and clutching at his bloody throat, Jakub slumped to his knees; then crumpled into a fetal position.

Horrified, Aubrey covered her mouth and turned away.

He finally did it. He killed his own son… because of me.

Vaclav turned to Lucius.

“Now you know what has to be done,” Lucius said.

Vaclav nodded.

What are they talking about? Aubrey wondered.

Haas troops headed toward them.

Vaclav joined them. Two of the rogues grasped his arms.

Wait—are they going to take Vaclav away somewhere?

“What’s happening?” she cried.

“I’m being taken to prison.”  


Vaclav enclosed her in the safety of his arms… a safety that would only last a few seconds.

“But you had to kill him! You had to!” she pleaded.

“It doesn’t matter. The laws regarding the killing of your own blood are very strict.”

Then why the hell didn’t you get someone else to kill him? You idiot!

“Go home, my essence. Be a mother to Kat and Reznik. They need you.” 

After a minute of silence, he spoke for the last time: “Now you’re safe. You’ll never have to worry about Jakub again.”

This isn’t happening… this isn’t happening… it’s just a fucking nightmare! Wake up!

The troops escorted her husband away.

“What am I going to do? What am I going to do?” Over and over she said it, as if she couldn’t stop.

She was stunned when Lucius actually tried to comfort her. Before, he’d barely acknowledged her existence.

“You’re going to do as Vaclav said. You’re going to go home and take care of your kids.”

“But when will Vaclav be able to come home?”

“I don’t know. But his reign as leader is finished. I have to take over as leader of the Haas Clan.”

“For now, just worry about your children. I’ll worry about everything else.”

He hugged her. Aubrey let her tears flow.

In the far recesses of her mind, Aubrey realized Hunter was gone. Disappeared into the shadows of Shadowvale.

But instead of going home, Aubrey begged Lucius to take her to Vaclav.

The prison was tall and overbearing, reaching toward the twinkling stars above. Dead trees surrounded it; as dead as Aubrey felt inside.

Jakub was also dead. She was safe, but she hated the price that had to be paid.

Lucius led her to the foreboding doors…

Inside, a guard stood watching.

How beautiful Vaclav looked inside his tiny prison. How handsome he was, and she couldn’t touch him.

She may as well be imprisoned with him.

He saw her and got up.


Vaclav went over to Aubrey.

“Why didn’t you tell someone else to kill Jakub? This price you’re paying… we’re paying, just isn’t worth it!”

“Jakub was my son. It wasn’t anyone else’s place to do it. I had to be the one.”

Bullshit! she thought, but knew better than to say so.

“How long are you going to be in here?” she asked.

“At least ten years.”

Ten years?!

“I’m sorry,” he added.

His fingers threaded through the bars. Her hand met his, and then the other hand.

Vaclav squeezed her hands.

“I’ll try to get out sooner,” he promised.

“Okay.” A spark of hope lit inside her heart.

Please don’t disappoint me.

“Aubrey, we have to go,” Lucius said. “Dawn’s approaching.”

“Good-bye. I love you.”

Fighting back tears, Aubrey turned and left.


Thanks for reading! ♫

Umm, Pixxi (and whomever else likes him), sorry about Jakub…  😦

Just a reminder: this will be the last chapter posted on a Monday. Every chapter from now on will be posted every Friday. ♥


24 Responses to “Thirty-Nine…”

  1. Aww, so sweet how Vaclav managed to find Aubrey, Even if it meant jailtime.

    (Haha I'm kinda stuck in a good mood since I just read a berrysweet story Cx)

    • Hey Angie! yep, V. became the hero, basically choosing Aubrey over his son. 😀

      Well I’m glad you’re in a good mood! I was in a great mood until the weekend went away! *cries* *complains* *throws fit*

      Just joking of course! O.o

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Angie! <333333

  2. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHY!?????! I’m actually crying a little bit! I can’t believe Jakub has gone! No one smirks like him, no one! 😦 😦 😦 😦 😦 😦 😦 😦

    okay . . . I’m calm . . . I’m calm. Poor Aubrey! Finally sees Vaclav just to lose him again. Everyone is losing something, well Lucius has gained in status but apart from that everyone is sad 😦

    Can’t really be humerous today so I’m gonna go away and cry now 😦

    I miss you Jakub, R.I.P xxxxxxxxx

    *hugz* and <3333333333333333333333333333333 xxx

    • *laughs but feels guilty for doing so*

      I’m so sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooory……………….. XD

      *tries to console Pixxi*

      Yeah, it’s a sad chapter. 😦 It’s like the climax of this storyline, but then it’ll get better later again. Maybe. >.>

      Awww, I’m so sorry… I knew you’d be upset…

      *huggles* & *consoling embrace* & <333333333333333333333333333 xxxxxx

  3. Poor Vaclav, he must have known this was what would happen if he killed Jakub, that must have been why he was so hesitant in doing it. But after the visions he knew he had to. Hopefully he’ll be able to get out of prison before his ten years are done. Also, what did he mean when he said that Aubrey had hurt him? I hope that it’s not the last we’ve seen of Hunter 😀

    • Hey there Kim 🙂 You don’t hate me, do you? lol. anyhow, good point. Plus the last thing he wanted to do was kill his son, but it finally came down to that. 😦 As for the ten years, you’ll have to wait and see. 🙂 And as for when he said that Aubrey ‘hurt him’, I’ll explain that in Friday’s chapter. ^.^ (or rather, V. will explain it). Oh… about Hunter, you might see him again soon… LOL


  4. NO!!
    He was hesitant when he said he saw his son trying to “rape” her because he saw visions of them when they were under the spell? Is that why he said she hurt him again? It’s sweet that he killed his son to protect her but come on, 10 years without your kids? Would it have been a crime if he’d locked Jakub up and tortured him instead? Damn Vaclav!
    If I were Aubrey, I’d sneak into that cell when the sun comes up and give him something he can feel! lol
    Damn, 10 years though?! Something has to give! 10 years????!

    • Ah, jeez. You just HAD to guess that correctly, didn’t you? Anyhow, good job! He did see them both times: while they had the ‘threesome’ and while Jakub attempted to sexually assault Aubrey. The part with the threesome is indeed why V. said Aubrey ‘hurt’ him again. 🙂 Sorry if that’s a little confusing. Whatever emotions or pain Aubrey experiences, if they’re strong enough V. will experience them too in psychic visions, not to give you an info dump or repeat myself (which I’m sure I am). LOL

      I know it. Vaclav makes some dumb decisions (Aubrey called him an idiot… well, in her mind at least)! haha, locked him up and tortured him instead!! That reminds me, I actually downloaded a torture chamber set last night from Garden of Shadows! XD

      Ooooh, yeah. Conjugal visits anyone? Of course, you’re talking about punishing him, lol (I think) haha.

      Don’t forget, V. promised he’d try to get out sooner…….

      <33333333333 😉


  6. YES JAKUB CAN SUCK IT LOL im calm again 🙂

  7. I guessed right? yey me! I figured that’s what it was! Not so much an info dump because I understood, just wanted to be sure :).
    I hope he does get out! Now, I can’t imagine Aubrey without Vaclav…unless Hunter is involved 😀

    • You sure did! XD OK, glad it wasn’t too bad of an info dump, lol!

      Hmmm. Like I said, maybe he’ll get out sooner… O.o
      haha, ‘unless Hunter is involved’? 😛

      <33333 😉

  8. NOOOOOO! Not Vaclav! Vaclav is awesome!!
    I would not be able to live ten years without Vaclav. I’d die. Literally. ^.^
    Although this was a sad chapter, I have to admit I was slightly cheered up by Hunter’s butt. Yes. >.<
    Hurry up Friday! I hope Vaclav gets out of prison sooner… but I'm glad Jakub is dead, LOL!
    xx ❤ ❤

    • hi Emma! hehe, sorry. 😛
      Aww, well maybe he’ll get out sooner. Aubrey shall try!
      LOL, hot bunz ALWAYS cheer me up! Anyhow, I’m glad his buns helped. XD rofl!
      Well, like I said maybe he’ll get out sooner. It’s a wait n’ see situation, mwahahaha…

      Poor Jakub.. D:

      <3333333333 xxxxx

  9. hey jen this is really of topic but where did u get the No Mosic mod 🙂

  10. Great chapter! poor V 😦 xxxxxx

    • Thank you Carlie! I agree about V. Then again, I suppose he shouldn’t be so stupid, lol (even though I’m the one making him stupid)! XD xxxxxxxxxxx <3333

  11. Nooo!!! Vaclav is in jail for at least 10 years?! That sucks!!! Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! 😀 Had to say it. lol Another great chapter, I’m glad Aubrey is safe! But yeah, too bad Hunter or someone else didn’t kill Jakub instead of Vaclav. Also, what pose is it when Lucius had his hands on Aubrey’s arms? I can’t find that one anywhere! 😀 Thanks, and off to read chapter 40!

    • I know. That’s a pretty bad twist, isn’t it? D: 😦

      Thank you! Even though it turned out to be a sucky situation. Yep, at least A’s safe. 🙂 True, V. is stubborn. It’s like the saying ‘I put you into this world, so I can take you out’. V. literally did that, and wouldn’t let anyone else do it.

      Oh, that’s tricky about the pose. It’s not really a pose, it’s an interaction. I’m not sure about it, somehow the character gets unhappy, so something pops up in the interaction menu of the opposite character once he clicks on the other. It’ll be ‘you look upset!’ So you click on that, and he’ll go over and comfort the person who’s unhappy. Not even sure how it happens, I always get that option by accident! Think I’ve only used it in the story 3 or 4 times.

      You’re welcome! <33

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