Chapter 4 : Please Stay With Me, Erica

Erica's Point of View

I feel the cold in my body. I was too lazy to get up to turn off the air conditioner in my room. I looked for my pillow on my side, and when I touched my soft pillow, I moved my body and hugged it.

There is a fragrant smell that entered my nose. My pillow smells different now than before, but I just didn't mind it because it smells good. I lowered my head to my pillow. I felt the soft fur on my face.

Wait a minute, soft fur? How was there a fur pillow here in my room?

I slowly opened my eyes. When I opened my eyes, I saw white fur. It is soft and fragrant, but this is not a pillow! It is like a human!

When I saw what I am hugging, my adrenaline rushed. I pushed him hard. He fell to the floor that makes him woke up.

"What the heck! Why you pushed me!" He shouted angrily at me while brushing his hair.

"Who are you !? Why are you here in my room !?" I shouted, asking him.

His appearance is changing. From her hairy body came out of his perfect body!

He frowned as he stood up from his fall and faced me.

"Just last night, I introduced myself to you, and now you ask me who I am !? Are you old enough to forget me !?" he answered my questions.

I observed the place where we are, and I realized that I was not in my room! My memories of what happened last night also came back to me, and my eyes widened when I realized that I was in another world!

"I'm still dreaming, haven't I? I haven't woken up yet! I haven't been back to the real world yet!" I asked myself.

He was just looking at me. I slapped my face to wake up to this dream. 

I close my eyes. 

This can't be happening! I need to wake up so I can go back to my world!

Moments later, I felt a slap in the face. I opened my eyes and saw the man in front of me.

"What the heck! Why did you slap me !? That hurts, you know!" I shouted, asking him.

"You were slapping yourself, so I slapped you too," he innocently answered me.

 "I feel the pain, and I feel like I'm awake! Does that mean everything I see now is real!?"

"Everything is real, Erica. We already told you everything, but you insist on yourself that this is just a dream," he told me.

He walked over to a chair and picked up his clothes. He put it on, and then he faced me.

"Get ready. We'll have breakfast. I'll just wait for you outside," he told me.

He came out of the room while I was still stunned and processing my brain.

I can't believe this! Everything that happened to me last night is true and not a dream !?

I just shook myself. I got up from the bed and rolled my eyes to find the comfort room. When I saw a door, I walked over and opened it. I was not mistaken, and it is a comfort room.

I did my routine every morning. That's when I realized that I had no clothes here! How can I prepare myself here !?

I washed my face and then I went out. They said last night that they would take me back to my world because this is what I want.

When I got out of the room, I saw Victor standing on the side. He leaned against the wall while smiling and looking at me.

"Let's go?" he invited me.

I approached him. We started walking towards the dining room of this palace.

"You're going to bring me back to my world, aren't you?" I asked him.

"Yes," he answered me briefly.

"What time will you send me to my world?"

"After eating."

I didn't ask him anymore because I felt like there was something strange about his answers. It seems sad or just my imagination.

When we entered the dining room, we saw his parents busy eating.

Victor approached his parents. He kissed his mother on the cheek and then sat down next to her.

"Goodmorning!" I smiled, greeting them.

"Good morning, too, dear," Rosita answered.

"Eat your breakfast. We ate first because Rodrigo and I are going somewhere," Rosita said to us.

We eat our breakfast. Our meal was quiet until Victor's parents finished.

"You need to take care of Erica, Victor. We have already called the Alchanes to come here to bring Erica back to her world. Just wait for them," Rosita said to Victor.

"Yes, mom," Victor replied to his mother.

When we finished eating, we went to the room where they summoned me last night. We waited for the so-called Alchanes to perform the ritual for my return to my world.

Victor and I just kept quiet. He bowed. He was looking at the floor. I feel that he feels something according to his actions as well.

"Is there any problem?" I asked him.

He raised his head and looked at me.

"Nothing," he answered me briefly.

"I know you're feeling something. I notice that in you, so don't lie to me," I told him.

He frowned, "You probably know why, don't you?" he asked me.

I gasped, "About my decision to return to my world?" I answered his question.

"Why don't you give me a chance?" he asked me. 

"Because I don't deserve to stay in your world, Victor," I answered him.

"How inappropriate? You are destined to be my bride, so you deserve to be here in our world."

"Your world is different from the world I came from, Victor. I am just a simple person or a normal person, and you are werewolves and vampires. There is a big difference between you and me, so I need to go back to my world," I said to him.

"You can adapt our world. It does not matter if you are human or werewolves as long as you are happy in this world," he told me.

"How can I be happy in this world? I'm just human, and I can't quite imagine living in a world full of werewolves and vampires!" I told him.

He bowed again because of what I said. If what they told me before was true that if Victor did not marry me, they would all disappear! The whole pack of Fiannard would disappear. I knew my decision would hurt them, but I have nothing to do. I want to live a normal life.

What can I do? Am I going to marry a man with a different personality? With a different origin? With different races? With different species?

"If that's what you want, we have nothing to do but accept it, Erica. If this is our destiny to disappear in this world, we will accept it," he said to me with sadness in his voice.

I shut my mouth because of what he said. I could feel his sadness, his frustration, and he also seemed to have fear and pain. I understand what they are fighting for, but I am determined to return to my world. That will never change.

We were both in that silence when suddenly, four men entered the room. They are also the men I first saw when I came to this world. The four of them walked closer and faced us.

"Why are there only four of you?" Victor asked them.

The four of them bowed, "Alchane Armand already passed away, Victor!" a man answered his question.

"What!? What is the reason!? "Victor asked them.

"He had a heart attack last night,' the man in the middle answered Victor.

"How is that? Do you have anyone else with you for the ritual?" Victor asked, which surprised me.

"There is no one, Victor, because there are requirements for becoming Alchanes," the man replied.

To my surprise, I responded to their conversation.

"What is happening?" I asked them.

The four men looked at me.

"You can't go back to your world, Erica!" said Victor to me.

I stood up because of what he said.

"How can I not return to my world !?" I shouted, asking him.

"The ritual of bringing you back to your world will take five Alchanes. If there were only four of them, they would not be able to do it," he answered my question.

"Are you kidding me !? Find someone else if your one member dies!" I suggested to them.

"But it is not that easy to find Alchanes, Erica. They have requirements before you become Alchanes!" Victor said to me.

"What requirements are you saying! What you are saying is that you do not want me back in my world!" I growled to them.

"That is not true, Erica. It is not because we don't want to take you back, Erica, but ..." Victor did not continue what he is going to say when the man in the middle spoke.

"Being Alchanes has rules to follow. They are as follows: First, you must be 60 years old and above. Second, you already master the ritual for summoning, and the werewolves who want to become Alchanes study that, and third, they should have no husband or family!" the man explained to me.

"Why? Are there no other werewolves who meet your requirements !?" I asked them.

"Unfortunately, nothing. The werewolves who are studying the ritual have not yet mastered it and are not yet of the right age to perform the ritual," he answered my question.

I was silent at what he said. Does that mean I can't go back to my world? Will I never see my mother again?

"Is there no other way for you to perform your ritual !?" I asked them more.

The four men looked at each other because of my question.

"Answer me if there is anything else I need to do to get back into my world!" I shouted at them.

"There is another way," replied the man in the middle.

I was inspired by what he said.

I had hope because of what he said.

"But that method is very dangerous!" the man added.

"I don't care if it's dangerous or not as long as the important thing is that I can get back to my world!" I shouted at them.

"Erica," Victor called my name.

"Can't you just stay here?" he asked me.

"We've talked about this, Victor, and my decision will not change!" I shouted back at him.

"What do you want me to do just to stay here? Do you want me to kneel?" he asked me.

He knelt in front of me. He raised his head and stared at me.

"Please, Erica, Stay with me, Erica," he pleaded with me.

I saw his teary-eyes. 

I felt something inside me. 

I felt sorry for him.

"Please understand me, too, Victor. My decision is final and irrevocable. I need to get back to my world because I know my mother is looking for me now," I told him gently.

Victor closes his eyes because of what I said. He got up from his knees and faced the four men.

"What do we need to do to get Erica back into her world?" Victor asked the four men.

The four men looked at each other again. They seem to be hesitant about whether to say it or not.

"What you are going to do is very dangerous," the man from the middle answered Victor.

"Whatever it is, I will do it so that Erica will return to her world," he replied to the man.

"Then you have to pick up or find the four Magical Items," the man replied to Victor.

"Four magical Items? What are those magical items?" I asked them.

"Listen, and we will explain to you what are the four magical items and how you will get them!"

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