A teenager half vampire (Dhampir) from
the Vampire Academy series, total smart-alleck but still
is a good girl. Nicknamed "Roza" by her lover Dimitri. She's in love with
her mentor Dimitri, who's also seven years older than she is. Rose
is shadow kissed and also is an amazing body guardian
set on becoming the official guardian
of Vasilissa (lissa) Dragomir.
"Rose. Roza. Open
your eyes." I'd never heard his voice so strained, so frantic. "Don't go to sleep on me. Not yet."
I squinted up at him as he carried
me out of the building, practically running toward
the clinic. "Was he right?"
... he said
it couldn't have worked. The necklace." I started to drift off, lost in the blackness of my mind, but Dimitri prompted
me back into consciousness.
"What do you mean?"
"The spell. Victor said
you had to want
me... to care about me... for it to work." When
he didn't say anything, I tried to grip his shirt, but my fingers were too weak. "Did you? Did you want
His words came out thickly. "Yes, Roza, I did want
you. I still do. I wish... we could be together."
"Then why did you lie to me?" We reached the clinic, and he managed to open
the door while still holding
me. As soon
as he stepped inside, he began
yelling for help. "Why did you lie?" I murmured again.
me in his arms, he looked
down at me. I could hear voices and footsteps getting
closer. "Because we can't be together."
"Because of the age thing, right?" I asked. "Because you're my mentor?"
His fingertip gently wiped away
a tear that had escaped down my cheek. "That's part of it," he said
. "But also... well, you and I will
both be Lissa's guardians someday. I need to protect her at all costs. If a pack of Strigoi
come, I need to throw my body between them
"I know that. Of course that's what you have to do." The black sparkles were dancing in front of my eyes again. I was fading out.
"No. If I let myself love you, I won't throw myself in front of her. I'll throw myself in front of you."
Excerpt from Vampire Academy, featuring Rose Hathaway and Dimitri Belikov