I know what you're doing
I see it all too clear
I only taste the saline
When I kiss away your tears
eyed the young man and spotted the veins on his neck and lifted her
head to scent his blood. Fresh blood. She took a step towards him,
knowing instinctively that this was her only chance.
watched as the young Asian man entered the loft, heartbeat steady and
unafraid. He watched Beth carefully as she struggled for control, aided
by the heavy allure that Heroku was throwing at her.
at the ready to jump in and save her, from herself if necessary because
he didn’t understand anything that was happening. He looked at Josef,
his eyes dark and full of helplessness as he struggled to control
Heroku had iron control and that was good because Josef
didn’t have a clue how to help at this point; he never in his long life
had been confronted with a situation quite like this. His heart was
telling him to find Lani and he made the decision, heading for the door,
trusting that Heroku had this under control. Mick never even looked
away from his mate as Josef exited the loft, closing the door behind him
with a soft click.
He was scared to death for Lani who couldn’t
possibly be okay. She had come so far and now that could possibly be
ripped away, the tattered remains of her trust and ease with vampires
washed away by the events that had just taken place.
He had to find her because she needed him; he felt it in his heart.
Heroku coached, “I need you to listen to what I am saying. Kenji will
feed you but you must stay in control. Do you understand that? Control
Beth; you may not hurt him. Can you do that?”
Her eyes, still
the color of sparkling blue opals regarded Heroku for a moment and then
flickered back to Kenji, who stood calmly behind Heroku. She could
smell his blood and nothing had ever smelled sweeter, more enthralling
than the warm blood that flowed easily through his veins. She wanted
it, she needed it and she started to step towards him, focusing her own
allure on him in an effort to draw him closer.
“NO Beth,” Heroku
said, staying between Beth and Kenji, “You must sit down and take
control of your needs.” He concentrated on her mightily; his will
against hers and gradually she succumbed and sat on the couch.
wanted to look away, to close her eyes so that Heroku’s control would
flag but instead she listened to him and obeyed. The struggle within
her was powerful but as she looked at Heroku gradually his control
slipped over her and she relaxed a bit and sat back into the cushions of
Heroku sat down on the coffee table directly in front
of her and stayed focused. He was aware that Mick was in the room but
he couldn’t really worry about that right now as he concentrated on
Beth. He could only hope that her mate would not get in the way.
“Beth, I’m going to bring Kenji over now and I want you stay still as he takes a seat. Focus on your control.”
motioned for Kenji to sit next to Beth and at Heroku’s almost
imperceptible nod he held his arm out, waiting for Beth to take it. “Go
ahead Beth, take his arm. Find the vein and bite gently, do not tear
into his arm, no matter how hungry you are.”
He watched as she
did as instructed and he admired how hard she was working to stay in
control. Her body was shaking with the effort because she not only
wanted that blood, but she needed it very badly. This was a harsh test
for such a new vampire and he was proud of how well she was doing.
soon as her fangs sank into his supple skin the blood started flowing
and Beth felt a small growl emanate from her throat but she stayed in
control, gently coaxing the blood and after a couple of swallows she
felt much better.
Kenji remained still and tried to stay aloof of
what was happening, but it proved difficult for the young man. Heroku
had made him understand that her mate was there and that to react in a
physical display could cause many problems. He took a look at her mate,
who was watching what was happening carefully and swallowed hard. He
tried to push back all feelings of sexual arousal and mostly succeeded.
Still, when Heroku told her that she had enough a few minutes later he
was thankful that he could escape quickly; the darkly scowling vampire
Beth licked the wounds closed and observed the skin
with a critical eye; it was reddened but the puncture marks were small
and neat – she hadn’t torn his skin and she was happy about that.
stood up and bowed first to Heroku, then Beth and finally to Mick.
Mick’s eyes raked the young man from head to toe and was satisfied that
it had gone well.
“The car is waiting downstairs Kenji, it will take you home. Thank you for your aid.”
Kenji bowed again and walked softly to the door and was soon gone from the presence of the vampires.
all but vaulted over the table to get to Beth and took her in his arms
and held her close, rocking her gently as she broke down in tears. She
still had no understanding of what had happened. Finally, the tears
started to ebb and they both looked at Heroku, waiting for answers.
moved to sit one of the chairs opposite from the couch and sat back,
crossing his legs. He couldn’t reveal too much at this point because it
was not allowed but both of these young ones needed an explanation. He
considered his options and chose his words carefully.
are going to be fine, but if I am correct in what I believe you will
have much to learn about your type of vampirism. I believe you are
descended from very ancient vampires who are called Qamar al-atfal;
Children of the Moon. You have many of those characteristics but only
genetic tests will tell you for sure. When Josef mentioned some of your
abilities I became concerned because you see, on the full moon, you
must feed fresh.” He looked at them both and stated, to make sure that
they understood: “It is not just a choice but a genetic imperative or
you will not survive the night.”
drove along the PCH, top down and enjoyed the feel of the wind on her
face. She had pulled her hair back with a pony tail tie and succumbed
to the exhilarating feel of the breeze.
When she left Mick and
Beth’s she left in a hurry; she considered going to her loft but she
needed the peace the beach house provided. It soothed her in a way that
no other place did. It had been built in the early 1950’s by her
grandfather who was a screenwriter. He and her grandmother had raised
two kids there; her mother and her uncle Bradley and when her
grandparents died the house came to Lani because her cousins received
settlements since they lived on the east coast and had no interest in
It wasn’t huge, or fancy; only three bedrooms but they
were all a nice size that was typical of that type of bungalow from
that era. What was not typical was seeing a bungalow quite like it
built on the beach but the house meant the world to her. Her
grandparents also left her a 3 million dollar trust fund but for all
that she loved the house more; it meant something that the money never
She pulled into the driveway and pushed the button that
would open the attached garage that had been added in the sixties
sometime she’d heard. She never remembered the house without it of
course she thought as she pulled the Maserati in and pushed the button
to shut the door before she turned the engine off and got out of the
Inside the house she looked around her; she had not been in
the house since the day that Beth had been turned. Nothing looked
different to her she realized as she walked through the rooms one by
one, flipping on lights as she went. No blood anywhere, not even in the
bathroom. As she stood in the doorway she shut her eyes for a moment,
thinking about Beth; all she had lost and all she had gained that night.
walked out to the beach, still thinking about her best friend. She had
kicked off her shoes inside and felt the still warm sand squishing
between her toes as she walked towards the water. About 10 feet from
the tide line she sat down in the sand and leaned back, staring at the
full moon that was now almost directly over head. She scooped up a
handful of loose sand and watched as it trickled through her fingers
back onto the beach. She absently rubbed Josef’s marks and thought of
him, driving to her. She knew that he was on his way even though she
didn’t know how she knew.
Beth wasn’t going to hurt her, she had
also known that instinctively. She was upset by the marks on her arm
but she wasn’t angry with Lani and she had no intention of drinking her
blood. Lani wasn’t sure exactly how she knew that but she did. Still,
it was frightening to see that change come over her friend, especially
When the vampires attacked her in Tokyo their eyes had
been silver; when Heroku defended her his eyes had been silver and
Beth’s, well they definitely were not silver. They looked liked two of
the most brilliant opals imaginable, deeply blue with flecks of other
colors that seemed to swirl and twist in them, just like an opal did
when you changed the angle as you looked at it. Maybe it was because
Beth had blue eyes to begin with, Lani wasn’t sure but in other
circumstances the vampire eyes would be astoundingly beautiful.
was really angry with Josef; she thought that he had taken advantage of
her which was about as far away from the truth as was possible. She
needed to explain that to her and she would just as soon as she could.
She looked down at the marks just barely visible in the moonlight and
sighed; it had been nothing like what she would ever have imagined.
breeze was freshening and the waves kicked up a notch; she could feel
mist spraying over her and she licked her lips, the cool spray of the
water tasting salty. She knew that there was a storm out to sea
somewhere as the frothy white caps carried the turbulence to shore. Way
off she could see small flares of lightening and she knew that they
might get a good storm inland as well. The pounding of the waves became
so much louder that she missed the sound of the Ferrari as it pulled
into her drive way.
had driven by Lani’s building but her car wasn’t there and for some
reason he was sure she would be at the beach house so he headed the car
north, driving quickly to get to her. He saw lights on in the house but
she didn’t answer the door and suddenly he felt the pull of her and
headed around to the back of the house where he saw her rising to her
feet near the water.
Lani stood up and stretched and then dusted
the sand off of her jeans. She caught the site of the marks again and
lightly touched them, shivering slightly as an immediate sense of
arousal filled her. Suddenly, she knew that he was there, behind her
and she let out a long sigh, glad he was there.
He stood just
behind her and she reached her arms up behind her and gently pulled his
head down and kissed him, twisting in his arms as they went around her.
kiss was soft and tender, full of longing and desire and they didn’t
rush it; both of them relaxed into the embrace in no hurry to end it.
Finally Lani pulled away, breathless.
“Hi.” She told him, smiling.
“Hi yourself. Are you alright?”
“Of course. I knew you’d come here.”
slow smile spread across his face; in the moonlight he looked so young,
boyish really. She brushed her fingers through his hair that was soft
and silky feeling. She tweaked the hairs delicately at the base of his
neck, playfully tugging.
“Hm, must be losing my touch.” He took
her face in his hands and bent down to kiss her again and thrilled when
he heard a small moan escape.
She wrapped her arms around his
neck and surrendered to him, letting him pull her tightly against his
body, his arousal pressing against her belly. Josef ran his hands down
her back and cupped the gentle curves of her bottom and lifted her
Lani wrapped her legs around his hips, settling
against him as if it was the only place she belonged. He turned and
walked to the house, up the steps and inside where he took one hand away
to close and lock the door behind them. His lips stayed melded with
hers the whole way and only broke apart when she whispered, “Down the
hall, the door on the left.”
Inside the bedroom he toed the door
closed and felt her slide down his body, the sensual movement nearly
making him lose his mind. She stepped back and pulled her tee shirt off
and reached for the buttons on his shirt and he grabbed her hands and
said, “Lani, we need to talk first.”
She sighed and took his hand
and led him to a small loveseat across the room and pulled him down
next to her. It was all he could do not to pull her back to him; she
was made for his arms but Josef didn’t want to blow this. Lani was
special, she was more than special to him and if he moved too fast he
could scare her. She’d already had a rough evening and they needed to
talk about that…and other things, vampire and human relations being what
“Lani, about earlier, Beth I mean. She was mad at me, not you.”
slight smile turned the corners of her mouth upward and she said, “I
know that Josef. She wasn’t going after me; she wasn’t going to drink
my blood, no matter how badly she needed blood. Not mine Josef.”
“How…how do you know that Lani?” His sherry brown eyes raked hers in the dim light provided by the moon.
don’t know Josef, I just do.” She shrugged and said, “I didn’t run
because I was afraid of her. The situation was a bit scary though, so
out of control.”
“Then why did you run?”
“I don’t know.
Heroku I guess? He told me to leave and I did. I didn’t think he or
Mick would let her attack you, so I left. I needed some time to think,
so I came here.”
“I see. Would you like me to leave?”
No I don’t want you to leave Josef. You are exactly where I hoped
you’d be.” She leaned forward and kissed him again and thrilled as she
felt him respond, kissing her back with passion and desire.
He pulled back and struggled for control for a moment before speaking. “Lani, sex with vampires, well, it’s different.”
I know that you will bite me, I understand that I’m not afraid any
longer. If that is what you are concerned about, that is.”
had undoubtedly told her about it but he had to speak up about it as
well. “Lani, yes, I have to bite, but I don’t have to bite you, if you
prefer. There are other options.”
She looked at him and even in
the dark he could see how her eyes glistened for a moment. “So, I’m
not…you don’t want to bite me?”
“No, that’s not it at all. I
just don’t want to hurt you, scare you Lani. And when a vampire bites a
woman that he…cares…about it has a different meaning.”
“And that is?”
“It’s a sign of possession; I guess that is the best way to say it. Other vampires will know that you belong to me.”
see,” she told him, as if she didn’t already know this from Beth. “So
how do they know that you belong to me?” She watched his eyes widen in
surprise and he looked away for a moment.
He was surprised and he
wondered if she was asking what he thought she was. Could she possibly
be ready for that? “You would drink a bit of my blood Lani. It’s,
it’s a big step.”
“Josef, all of this is a big step for god’s
sake.” She stood up and reached for the button on her jeans and said,
“Are you going to make love with me Josef?”
He watched her
fingers on the button of her and leaned his head back against the
loveseat, eyes silvered as he regarded her through lowered lids. He let
out a deep breath as she popped the button open and then the zipper.
Lani slid the jeans down over her hips and they fell to the floor and
she kicked them aside as she saw the glint of silver and held her hand
out to him. He came to his feet in a swift and agile movement, like a
jungle cat moves she thought. He pulled her into his arms and slid cool
fingers down her back, tracing along her spine until she was quivering
Her hands slipped between them and began to unbuckle
his belt and then when that was accomplished she slid the zipper of his
jeans down and pushed them over his hips. He stepped out of them and
continued to stare into her eyes that looked almost as luminous as the
very moon itself; they were almost incandescent and pulled him into
them. He was lost in the moonlight, lost in her gaze. The room felt as
if it was pulsing around them, as if they were caught in a swirling
miasma of need and desire and they both surrendered to its pull.
licked her lips and he could smell her arousal, the scent fresh and all
Lani, a heady mixture of excitement and yearning that drove him crazy.
He reached behind her and unfastened the hook so that he could slide
her bra off, gliding it over her arms until it fell to the floor in a
hushed whisper of fabric. He knelt before her and gently hooked his
thumbs into the lace of her bikinis and unhurriedly moved them down, his
mouth kissing and licking along the path his fingers traveled ever so
slowly. She stepped out of the fragile lace and stood before him, a
virtual goddess of beauty and desire and he felt his mouth go dry and
his fangs lengthen as he stared at her.
They were lost in a
world of need, of promise and Lani kept her eyes focused on his as she
returned the favor with his boxer briefs, placing a brief kiss on his
manhood that was rising proudly before her eyes.
He picked her up
again and carried her to the bed and laid her gently onto the silken
coverlet, among the pillows. Her hair fanned out and the copper
highlights caught the flicker of moonlight that shone through the
blinds. His eyes raked her, desire raw and demanding satisfaction as he
took in the site of her lush curves.
She was mystery, poetry,
her body a luxuriant, verdant landscape waiting to be explored. His
gaze cherished her, the soft swell of breasts, the creamy plains of her
stomach and the gentle curves of her hips all entranced him, beckoned
him to explore. His cool fingertips traced down her long, silken neck,
feeling the taut skin beneath them. Her pulse sped up at his touch and
he watched, mesmerized by the warm blood that beat under the almost
translucent skin. She shivered in response and looked at him for a
moment, her soulful eyes sweeping down his body and he felt himself
immediately grow even harder in response, his manhood jerking with his
He ached for her; he wanted to take her now, feel himself
buried deep within the welcoming warmth of her body but she was too
precious for him to hurry. He ran his fingers down her body, tracing a
stiffened nipple and rosy areola as she sighed in pleasure, arching her
back to increase the contact. Restless fingers traced farther down, to
dip and circle her navel before finding the silky curls that hid the
petals that were already damp with her need. His cool lips captured
first one burgeoning nipple, swollen with anticipation and laved it
lightly, swirling around the tender bud until she moaned under his
His mouth slid up her neck, licking along the vein
and over her jaw until it found hers, his tongue traced the outlines of
her lips as he nibbled lightly upon them. She opened her mouth and he
accepted the invitation, plunging into the honeyed depths to drink her
in. Her tongue found his and stoked it, driving him crazy with a
burning need to possess her. He groaned and slid his mouth down again,
kissing the silken skin until he found the vein that pulsed with her
sweet blood and for a moment he stared in rapt fascination at it, his
mouth aching to make the bite that would bring him the sweet release
from the torment that enthralled him. He licked it, feeling the blood
surge beneath his tongue as her heartbeat pounded.
strayed again to her core, dipping into her and feeling the swollen
flesh that was slick with her essence. He stroked her lovingly and
slipped a finger into her, making sure that she was ready for him. Her
body contracted around his fingers and her hips jerked in response,
pushing against his hand.
“Please Josef, I need you now,” she said, her voice catching, husky with emotion.
moved between her thighs, spreading her legs apart with a gentle nudge.
He paused for a moment at the entrance to her womanhood, his head
swirling with the scent of her passion. He swallowed hard and pushed
forward, completely surrendering to the tight warmth of her body. As he
sunk home he shuddered with pent up desire.
Lani arched her back
and then wrapped her legs around him, feeling her body rhythmically
squeezing him as slow contractions shook her to the core. She couldn’t
believe that she was climaxing this quickly but she was, slowly falling
apart in his arms.
Josef felt her body gripping his tightly and
moved slowly, long and deep thrusts that made Lani almost sob with the
intensity of the feelings. She arched her neck and he spread kisses of
it and then trailed down to her collar bone, nipping lightly along the
way. Cool fingers found the tight buds of her nipples and stroked them
lightly before his mouth captured them too, licking and sucking until
her body was throbbing with molten need.
She was close again; he
felt her body again begin the contractions that would take her over the
edge. A few more strokes and the floodgates opened and he looked into
her eyes as if asking for her permission to bite.
finger Josef,” she told him and watched as his did. A bright red drop
of blood appeared and she pulled it to her mouth, sucking gently on it
as he rocked into her. He found the spot he desired on her neck and bit
tenderly, barely sinking his fangs into her neck and thrilled as the
warm blood flowed into his mouth. She was still sucking on his finger,
her mouth working in a slow cadence and matching his thrusts into her
When she felt his teeth sink into her neck she almost came
off the bed as a blazing passion unlike anything she had ever felt took
over her. Wave after wave of pleasure washed over her until her head
was spinning. It surely couldn’t be possible to feel like this; she was
a part of him and he was a part of her. Was it because she drank a bit
of his blood too? She didn’t know but she felt a connection that was
deeper than she could ever have imagined.
Josef pulled his fangs
from her, licking the small wounds as they both tried to catch their
breaths. Her arms wrapped around him just as her legs were around his
waist. She was breathless and still trembling from this unbelievable
experience. This wasn’t just making love – this was the connection of
For the first time in a long time she wasn’t afraid. He
was the one; the one she had never believed existed. He was her mate,
her anchor – he was her life.
As Josef untangled himself he
pulled her close to him and felt a strange sense of joy and contentment
wash over him, a reflection of what she was feeling. He held her
against him, listening to her steady heartbeat and knew that he had
finally found his shelter, his home.
To be continued…