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Jessica
PROLOGUE
If I knew my parents were sending me to a boarding school, I probably would’ve left the country. My parents believed that being home-schooled and being on the move was safer than being sent to an academy in Montana, which was said to be miles away from any city. Great.

Even if I were to escape from the academy, I would most likely die from being attacked by a Strigoi. Strigoi are a race of vampire, who are immortal. They are very fast and very strong. Strigoi feed on blood, as they are vampires, however, Moroi blood is their favourite, well, that is what I’ve been told. I’m a Moroi and we are known as the good vampires. Like all Moroi, we all specialise in an element – water, earth, fire and air. I specialise in fire, which is a great element. However, Moroi aren’t allowed to use our elements anymore. The Queen, along with the other royals, had banned it from being used as a weapon. Like all of us Moroi, we tend to be slim, tall and have our sight, smell and hearing heightened. There is another race, which protects Moroi from Strigoi. They are dhampir.
 
What make a dhampir are is both Moroi and a human getting together, which can be quite rare, or a Moroi and a dhampir. They are stronger, faster, good senses and usually a lot tanner, since they can withstand the sunlight, unlike Moroi or Strigoi. Dhampir are supposed to grow up and protect Moroi, to become guardians. Although, there are female dhampir who decide to stay at home, look after their children rather than protecting an important race. Many female dhampir live in communities, where male Moroi would go in once and again and sleep with these women. Some are called blood whores, since they let the Moroi bite them, which is looked down upon to many. I personally find it disgusting, but that’s life.

I’m Anastasia, by the way, but I prefer Ana. I’m seventeen years old, and today was going to be my first day in an actual school.
 
CHAPTER 1
Saying goodbye to my parents and our guardian was the hardest thing to do in my life. We were in the Idaho airport, where three of St. Vladimir’s Academy’s guardians would escort me to the academy. I never expected myself to cry. Heck, I didn’t cry when Rose said goodbye to Jack in Titanic, so this was a rare event for me.
 
“Remember you can always get the academy to call us, if anything goes wrong?” my dear mother said, crying. “You don’t have to do this Ana, we can home-school you.”
 
“Dear, you have to let Ana go and leave the nest.” My father, despite being a combat trainer, he was a softy. He was always soft and reassuring around my mother, unlike with me. My father would be hard and demanding with me, to make sure I would be able to protect myself, even when I was alone. “You just do your best, okay?” he said, giving me a bear hug.
 
“Okay."

I’m not sure why, but saying goodbye to David, our guardian, was more difficult than my parents. He had been my best friend, trainer and practically like a brother to me. I don’t think I would’ve stayed with my parents if David wasn’t there. He kept me sane. I loved him, not in a romantic way, but in a family way.
 
Anastasia…” David whispered, allowing his Russian accent to tie in with his words. His eyes were glassy, almost as if he was going to cry.
 
“Woah, hold on a sec,” I paused with my hands in front of me, stopping David from walking closer to me. “Are you going to cry? I have never seen you cry… Except for that time we watched The Lion King… Aahh!”
 
David gave me a bear hug, which my arms were glued to my side. I was definitely not expecting this to
happen. Maybe with my mother, but definitely not our bad-ass guardian.
 
"You make sure you listen hard and be on your best behaviour,” David explained, letting go of me, but
staying at my eyelevel. “Don’t attack anyone if they annoy you…” Behind David, I noticed one of the guardians raise an eyebrow. “Just be yourself.” David then straightened his posture, nodded to the academy’s guardians before going to my parent’s side.
 
A beeping sound came from the short guardian’s watch. The other guardians looked at their watches
simultaneously.
 
“It is time to go, Miss Mallory,” a shorter guardian said. I quickly gave a hug and kiss on the cheek to the three before being escorted into a black jeep, with its windows tinted jet black. “It should take approximately five hours to reach the academy.”
 
About three hours into the trip, I decided to break the silence, which ended an hour ago. All three of the guardians seemed like they would be able to take on a Strigoi if it some how magically appeared in the sunlight. They were all tense, all focusing on the road.
 
“So... What are your names?” I asked casually, hoping that I was in fact allowed to speak. The short guardian, who was sitting in the passenger’s seat decided to answer.
 
“I’m Guardian Yuri,” he said, keeping his eyes on the road. “This is Guardian Alto”, Guardian Yuri acknowledging the guardian who was driving. Guardian Alto looked into the rear-view mirror and gave me a nod. The final guardian, who had raised his eyebrow before was sitting beside me. He had dark brown, shoulder length hair which was in a ponytail. If he had been a normal guy in the outside world, I would’ve flirted with him, but he was “off limits” for being a school guardian.
 
“Guardian Belikov,” the attractive guardian spoke, snapping me out of a possible daydream of us where we re-enact the flying scene in Titanic. I noticed that his accent was Russian, like David’s. I smiled. After ten minutes, I decided to have a nap, since there wasn’t anything to do except listen to silence.
 
 
I was amongst a group of people on a deck, with people screaming on the top of their lungs, running all towards the side of the boat. It took me a minute to realise that I was on the Titanic and the ship was starting to sink. The lifeboats were being filled quickly by women and children. Since I was in the middle, unaware that I was supposed to be walking to the lifeboats, the men were shoving me towards the side of the deck.
 
Ana!” a voice yelled in the crowd. I tried to turn around to see who was calling. The shouting of the men had overridden the voice. “Ana, where are you?” I stopped moving towards the lifeboats and towards where I believed the voice was yelling. After struggling to get out of the crowd of men, I noticed who was calling my name, several meters away from where I stood. It was Guardian Belikov. He ran to me, ignoring the possibility of slipping on the deck.
 
“What are you doing?” I gasped. His face became firm and confused.
 
“What am I doing? What are you doing?” he yelled, above the shouting men. “Why aren’t you on a lifeboat?”
 
I was dumbfounded. “I- I heard you call my name. I had to find you!” Without realising what I was doing, I kissed him. And what a kiss it was.
 
“There are Strigoi on the ship,” he explained. I couldn’t believe it. How the heck could Strigoi manage to get on the Titanic? “They have already murdered many of the first-class citizens. We both got to find them and attack them before they kill anymore people!” He was yelling now. The crowd was becoming unstable, with the amount of lifeboats decreasing. I tried to argue, but he cut me off. “It doesn’t matter if you aren’t allowed to use your element, you must use it now!--”
 
 
We were at St. Vladimir’s Academy. I realised that I had had my head on Guardian Belikov’s shoulder while I was asleep. I sat up quickly, avoiding his gaze. I hope I hadn’t drooled over his nice duster. When we were parked, I got out and stretched. Man, it was a good stretch. A female guardian arrived, to the car park and walked with us to the Headmistress’ office. The exterior was like something from a period movie, with the interior being more modern and up-to-date. We went through many hallways before going through large doors which lead to the commons, where everyone was. I didn’t notice anyone but I believe I noticed the last Dragomir royal, Vasilisa. She was with a group of other Moroi, who looked to be in the centre of attention before I arrived. We continued to the Headmistress’ office, which wasn’t far off from the commons.
 
“Miss Mallory, welcome,” a woman with grey hair and a sharp nose said. I presumed it was Headmistress Kirova, after she was the one sitting behind the desk. She reached her hand towards me, and I shook it. “Sit. It is so good to see you again.”

Wait what. “I beg your pardon, but have we met before?” I stuttered, as I sat in a plush chair adjacent to the Headmistress. She chuckled, as if what I said was a joke. I can’t remember a lot of my past before I turned thirteen just because it boring and didn’t believe it would be of any use to me in the future. Guess I was wrong.
 
“Your parents and I are old friends,” she explained, brushing a strand of hair away from her face. “Anyways, back on topic. This is your first year of schooling… How did you manage your studies whilst on the road?”
 
“Our guardian, David,” I paused. She raised her eyebrow. “I mean Guardian Northman. He was able to be my instructor, along with protecting my parents and myself. He taught me many moves.”
 
“I see… What do you specialise in, dear?”
 
“Fire.”
 
“Fire?” she repeated, amused by this information. “We don’t have as many students in your year who
specialise in fire, so this will be very good. Now-- Hold on, what do you mean, ‘He taught me many moves’”? A few of the guardians raised their eyebrows, along with Guardian Belikov.

“Guardian Northman taught me self-defence,” I replied. The Headmistress’ eyes widen, disgusted by this information. “Since my parents are much older, I figured it was best to know how to protect myself and my parents, if David was ever surrounded by a great number of Strigoi…”
 
“I don’t know what to make of this -- Yes, Guardian Alto?” I never noticed him among the other guardians.
 
“Sorry to intrude,” Guardian Alto apologised. “I am just wondering what you learnt self-defence. If you touch a silver stake, it will hurt you. Well not as severely as a Strigoi…”
 
I stared into the wall behind Headmistress Kirova. Oh, shit. I definitely did not wanting to explain what I was doing. “Umm, I did the basic defence. Punching, kicking, running… Except--”
 
“Except what?” demanded Kirova and Guardian Alto simultaneously.
 
“I did my own training, away from the others…”
 
Everyone was unsure what to do. Many guardians looked at each other, while Headmistress Kirova sat still, palms together. “Are you telling us that you used your fire abilities, even when you knew they were forbidden?”
 
“Yes.”
 
 
Current Mood: happy
Current Music: Forever & Ever - He Is We
 
 
Jessica
18 April 2011 @ 05:20 pm
Aside from sleeping and being awake, what is the longest consecutive amount of time you've spent doing one thing? What was it?

I have been awake for 48 hours once.  I had a science assignment due and I hadn't finished, so I stayed up over night then through school before sleeping that night.  

The other time I stayed up for a long time was watching Harry Potter 1-6.  I had always wanted to have a Harry Potter movie marathon and decided to have one (by myself) on a Friday-Saturday.  I started around 8PM and finished between 5-6AM... It was very enjoyable.
 
 
Jessica
18 April 2011 @ 05:10 pm
 
 

I have decided to accept icon requests along with the icons which I post.  If you know a link for the image - screencap preferably for movie and tv shows; as well as being either really good quality, hq or hd - then could you please add it in the comments.  homeofthenutty's movie screencaps have a good range of hq movie screencaps, so if it is a quite popular movie, check there first.  
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Jessica
18 April 2011 @ 04:19 pm
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[20] Philosopher's Stone
[11] I Am Number Four
 
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Current Mood: content
Current Music: Wind It Up - Gwen Stefani
 
 
Jessica
18 April 2011 @ 01:25 pm
 Even though it is the fourth month of 2011, I know that all the good movies and tv shows (new shows or seasons) will be the best.  Three movies which I believe were amazing were I Am Number Four, Red Riding Hood and Sucker Punch.  
 
For the movies yet to be released this year, these are what I am looking forward in seeing:
•  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II (Radcliffe, Watson, Grint, Bonham Carter, Fiennes...] *
•  Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides [Depp, Rush, Cruz, McShane]
•  X-Men: First Class [McAvoy, Fassbender, Hoult, Jones, Till, Lawrence, Gathegi, Kravitz]
•  Transformers: Dark of the Moon [LaBeouf, Huntington-Whiteley]
•  Winnie the Pooh [Cummings, Burkholder, Ferguson, Gottfried, Kenny...]
•  Rise of the Planet of the Apes [Franco, Pinto, Lithgow, Serkis, Felton]
•  Scream 4 [Arquette, Cox-Arquette, Panettiere, Culkin, Roberts, Brody, Brie, Paquin, Bell...]
•  Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part I [Pattinson, Stewart, Lautner...]

* I already know that I will cry while watching the final instalment of Harry Potter.  The series, both books and movies, have been apart of my life since the first movie came out.  I have no clue what I am going to do when I've seen it.
 
For television shows, it is difficult to define what was released in 2011 in the US/UK and 2010 for Australia. The only "new" television show that I have watched recently has been Skins season 5, because I was distracted from university to actually watch it.  
 
As for the new television show seasons, both current or yet to be aired:
•  Glee season 2
•  Pretty Little Liars (last 12 episodes)
•  Vampire Diaries season 2
•  True Blood season 4 [to air in June]
•  Doctor Who series 6 [to air later this month]

 
As you can see, I like my movies and television shows :)
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Current Music: Animal - Chris Colfer, Darren Criss
 
 
 
Jessica
 

If you asked my this question probably three days ago, I would have said Rose Tyler or Amy Pond.  After rewatching the fourth series, I have finally appreciated Donna Noble.  Her personality, humour and the little quirks she has are all so amazing and funny - at times - which makes me love her.

I haven't seen Catherine Tate in anything other than Doctor Who, but by what she has done on Doctor Who, I know she is an amazing actress and comedian.  


Donna: You fought her off with a water pistol? I bloody love you
 
 
Current Mood: tired
 
 
Jessica
17 April 2011 @ 05:53 pm
 I have come to the conclusion that I am making this, my livejournal blog, a higher priority to my tumblr blog.  No intention of insulting livejournal.  For the eleven months of owning my tumblr blog, I would make sure it was the first thing to check when I went on the internet.  Today, however, when I got home from my Bush Regeneration group outing, I checked livejournal first.  Not sure if it was because I was trying to fix the "read more" link in my 37 Icons of Naomi Campbell in Skins Season 3 post, but it was my top priority.  I should actually be doing an assignment for university, which is due this Thursday, but I can finish it before then...
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Current Mood: Amused
Current Music: Kingdom of Rust - Doves
 
 
Jessica
 

The Tenth Doctor has to be my favourite incarnation but the Eleventh Doctor just comes second place.  If I could choose my two favourite incarnations, the Eleventh Doctor would be with the Tenth.  
 
Before I even watched an episode of Doctor Who, I saw it so much on my tumblr dashboard.  I decided to watch Blink as my first episode to watch because it is so popular.  Great episode.
 
I am unsure when I realised how much I loved the Tenth Doctor.  Unsure whether it was his quirky quotes, the hair, the suit or the variety of glasses he wore, but he has grown on me.  Like bacteria.  David Tennant's Scottish accent also has to be a contributing factor for loving him as the Tenth Doctor.  
 
... and that is why the Tenth Doctor is my favourite incarnation.

 
 
 
Current Mood: peaceful
Current Music: Crossroads - John Mayer
 
 
Jessica
16 April 2011 @ 10:06 pm
 
 
Current Mood: happy
Current Music: I Like It Rough - Lady GaGa
 
 
Jessica
16 April 2011 @ 02:11 pm
Me
 
I'm Jessica and welcome to my livejournal blog.  I have a tumblr blog, but I have come to realise that I want a blog where I can just blog about my life and post some graphics that I make.

I love watching movies and tv.  A few of my favourite movies are Harry Potter, Donnie Darko, Titanic, The Secret Garden, Memoirs of a Geisha, Beauty and the Beast, Spirited Away and Inception.  Whereas True Blood, Glee, Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, Doctor Who and Skins are some of my favourite tv shows.

Today I started to make some icons to post on here.  So I shall be posting that sometime this afternoon.
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Current Mood: relaxed
Current Music: Furr - Blitzen Trap