Carl drove northward, along the scenic road known as the Pacific Coast Highway but the truth was, as breathtaking as it was it couldn’t hold a candle to the woman who sat beside him. He found himself watching her out of the corner of his eye from time to time as she looked at the passing landscape, occasionally making soft sounds of appreciation.
They were heading north to Cambria, a small and
picturesque town on the coast, known for its quaint architecture and
stunning expanses of beaches. They were about an hour away from their
destination and as great as this drive was with Cami, he couldn’t help
but be destination-minded.
A smile crept over his face and when
he glanced at Cami she grinned back at him. He knew she could ‘read’
his body scents and so she probably knew for sure that he couldn’t wait
to get her between the sheets. Yep, he couldn’t deny it; he wanted that
girl in the very worst of ways.
His body was still a bit achy
from his intense workouts with Kenji this week but a long soak in a hot
tub and plenty of ibuprofen had helped a bunch. He figured the next
best thing would be exercising between the sheets, that would help a
hell of a lot more. Again, another wicked smile played across his
handsome face and he laughed this time when Cami caught him.
“Sorry, baby. I just can’t help it.”
kind of like it. I mean, what woman doesn’t want to know that the man
she loves can’t wait to take her to bed, Carl?” she giggled.
“Um, well, I know that but I’m sorry for being so single-minded Cami.”
you think you’re the only one of us who it thinking about it? Trust
me, you’re not. I don’t even really know what is going to happen, well
part of it anyway and I still can’t wait.”
“Yeah, about that. Cami, you were married; you must have had sex with him. What don’t you understand baby?”
I know what happens between a man and a woman Carl, but some of the
details are probably unknown to me. I mean, well, I don’t think that we
experimented much and Carl, I’ve never, well, you know. Um, I’ve never
felt…satisfaction. I mean, I’ve read about it, I know it’s supposed to
happen, but it never has, I don’t think.”
This was the second
time she had mentioned that she’d never had an orgasm, or at least he
thought that was what she meant. Was sex really so different then?
People hadn’t really changed, physiologically that is. Was her husband
just inept or were attitudes different? Completion of the sexual act
seemed to be some mystical thing to her and he was trying not to panic
about it. Suppose he couldn’t make it happen for her? That hadn’t ever
been a problem before, but talk about pressure.
“Cami, if it
had ever happened I’m pretty sure you’d know it! Seriously, you’d have
known it. We’re going to make it happen, I promise. We’ll just go slow
and find what makes you feel good and happy. We have all weekend.”
were passing Cayucos and which meant that it was only a few more miles
to Cambria and Cami looked around the charming little village with
interest. There were several old structures there as well as some that
were built to look old. She supposed that was for the tourists because
even on this chilly November day there were many people milling about
Carl’s SUV ate up those last few miles quickly and it
didn’t hurt that he was speeding a bit too. Cambria was lovely, perched
on the edge of the cliffs along the Pacific and as they followed the
PCH through town they were both looking out for the turn off to the
Finally they spotted it and made a winding drive up to
the top of a cliff and caught their first glimpse of the Pacific Breezes
Bed and Breakfast. Carl pulled the car to a stop and unfastened his
seat belt to go in. “You ready?” he asked.
“Race you!” she laughed.
Inside they went to the front desk to check in. “I believe you have a reservation for Davis? The, um, Sunset Cottage?”
Mr. Davis, we do indeed! Welcome to the Pacific Breezes; we hope your
stay with us will be very happy. We have the cottage all prepared for
you both, including a few special accommodations.” The proprietor, a
smiling gentleman of indeterminate years smiled broadly at Cami; he was a
vampire also and she nodded at him in acknowledgment. “Dinner will be
delivered to you at 7 pm, as is our usual schedule. We only offer two
entrée’s per service, if you’d like to make your choice.” He handed a
menu to Carl, leaving him to wonder how the man knew who to hand the
menu too. Then the obvious came to him and it made sense why this might
be a ‘family’ friendly B&B.
Both choices looked delicious;
Tiger prawns and scallops in a sweet and spicy sauce, fresh vegetables,
salad and dessert. The other choice was grilled steak and mushrooms
with all the fixings and in the end he went with the seafood; after all,
he’d be a fool to pass up fresh seafood here where it was caught
After they were given their keys and directions they
climbed back into the car and drove up a long, winding lane until they
reached the last cottage with a placard hanging on a post the read
Sunset Cottage. It brought a smile to both of them as it seemed to grow
right out of the rocks and landscape on the cliff. Carl grabbed their
bags while Cami unlocked the door and they stepped into a striking room,
lush with wood details and earthy colors.
“Wow,” Carl said, sitting the bags down. “Like, really wow!”
it is so perfect Carl,” Cami laughed, throwing her arms around Carl in
her happiness. “Carl, look out at the balcony!” She headed across the
room and slid open the doors and stepped outside onto deck. It was
surrounded by glass railing that allowed a complete and uninterrupted
view of the blue Pacific. The breeze that blew in was fresh and cool
and to Cami it was exhilarating. The way the balcony was perched on the
cliff it was possible to look straight down onto the water below.
stepped back into the room and grabbed her suitcase, opening it and
pulling out some shorts and a shirt to go with it. She was almost
shaking with anticipation. “Come ON!” she laughed, pulling her blouse
off before slipping the tee shirt on.
Carl’s eyes ate her up as
she changed clothes; first the shirt and then heaven help him he watched
as she unzipped her jeans and slid them over her long and supple legs
that made his groin tighten in response. Finally he pulled his eyes
away and changed into some shorts and a tee shirt himself, although he
thought it might be a bit cool on the balcony. But somehow, he thought
that with Cami to warm him up it might not be a problem.
spent a few minutes admiring the view and one another before they
finally settled on a double lounge on the balcony. Their arms wrapped
around one another, they shared one heady kiss after another. Cami felt
dizzy with yearning for something she didn’t quite understand yet.
Still, there was one more thing to get to before they made love and she
took a deep breath and said, “Carl? Heroku told me that before we make
love that I should bite you, so - so you’d understand what it involved.”
couldn’t repress a grin. Beth had told him that he’d like this part; a
very strange thing he thought, considering that she was actually going
to bite him. “Sure, I understand that. I’d imagine it will give both
of us a chance to um, see how it goes?”
“Yes, I think so.” She
swallowed hard, suddenly a bit shy. His arm or his neck? During sex
she’d be more likely to bite his neck. She straddled him, sitting
lightly on his lap and leaned down to kiss him again. She felt an
immediate response burgeon upwards in his shorts and smiled as she
leaned down to kiss his lips tenderly.
Carl ran his hands down
her back and cupped the curves of her ass and pulled her a bit tighter
to him. She pulled away from his mouth and looked at his neck and felt
the change start within her. His blood was surging hotly through the
veins of his neck and for the first time in her vampire life she ached
to taste blood, straight from his vein.
Carl watched as her eyes
shadowed and silvered and fangs glistened within her very desirable
mouth. She was dazzlingly beautiful to him and he smiled before he
reached up and ran a finger lightly over a fang. It pricked his finger
and she stared for a moment at the bright red drop of blood that beaded
up before she slowly licked it off, the essence of his being filling her
One of her delicate fingers traced a vein on his
neck and her eyes watched as the blood pumped furiously, a repercussion
of passion and excitement, Finally her mouth dropped down and as her
tongue swept over the skin that shielded his vein she found the right
spot and her fangs sank lightly into him.
For a moment the shock
of the bite startled him and he pulled in a sharp breath and began to
relax. She didn’t pull on the vein, only let the blood flow and yet it
felt as if it were being drawn from every part of his body. It was
incredible and he let out a short gasp as the pleasure of the bite
His blood on her tongue, flowing into her
challenged her. She wanted more, needed more of him and yet this wasn’t
the time. After a minute she pulled her fangs out of the vein and
lovingly closed them, soothing as she went. When she lifted her head
she looked into his eyes, waiting to see what her fate was. Would he be
repulsed or something else?
What she saw was amazement, hope. And love, more than she had ever thought possible.
It would be okay. This new chance, this beginning would lead them to forever.
glanced at the clock as she stirred the shrimp into her soup. Josef
ought to be here anytime and is if on cue she heard his car in the
driveway. Next the garage door went up and then closed as he pulled the
Ferrari in. She smiled as she stirred the soup, anxious to see him.
day long she had thought about this evening, what she wanted to say,
what she needed to say. So many things and yet, it all boiled down to
how much she loved him and needed him in her life. What almost happened
had opened her eyes to the fact that they still had a few things to
learn about one another - okay, maybe more than a few things.
heard the car door close and wiped her hands on a towel, waiting for
him to come through the door. And waited a bit more. Finally, she
heard a knock on the door which was totally unexpected.
stood on the other side of the door, suddenly nervous as hell. He’d
knocked, instead of just going in as he would normally do. Would she be
mad if he had? He didn’t want to take the chance and waited as she
crossed the room and opened it, wearing a puzzled look on her face.
“Hi,” she said, stepping aside for him to enter.
was wearing a smile and he could hear her heartbeat thumping in what he
hoped was excitement. “Hi yourself. You look beautiful Lani.”
you.” She stood for a moment, lightly biting her lower lip in
indecision. She wanted to kiss him hello and finally threw caution to
the wind and wrapped her arms around him, loving the solid feel of his
body against hers. When his arms closed around her, the world suddenly
became brighter again and she knew it would be okay. She tilted her
head up for a kiss and sighed as she felt his lips brush against hers.
wasn’t a kiss of passion but it was a kiss of longing. The need for
connection washed over both of them and when he pulled back she sighed
happily. He rested his chin on the top of her head and continued to
hold her firmly in his arms.
“I’m so sorry I showed up last night Lani. I hope I didn’t spoil the evening for you.”
laughed and said, “No, you didn’t. Honestly Josef, I would have been
more surprised if you hadn’t shown up. You did miss something pretty
funny though. She told him of robot man and they shared a good laugh as
“Smells good in here. What are you eating?”
the first time she noticed that he had brought in a small travel bag
and had sat it on the counter, his dinner no doubt. She’d actually had
Rob bring some supplies for Josef, but at least this way he would be
taken care of. “I’m making a soup called Tom Yum; it’s a Thai soup that
“Smells a little spicy; you don’t generally eat that much spice.”
is a bit spicy; not like Beth would eat it of course. But it has a
nice broth and um, my stomach has just been on a roller coaster this
week. It’s just nerves, don’t worry. I’ve always been like this Josef.
Just can’t handle things well when I’m upset.” As soon as she said
all that she worried that he would feel like she was accusing him of
causing the problems and she hastily answered, “It’s not your fault,
okay? It has much more to do with all the thinking I’ve been doing this
week, about my past. I’ll tell you about it while we eat.”
looked at her with uncertainty shadowing his eyes. He knew that what
he’d done had to be a part of it but he couldn’t help but wonder what
else was going on?
Lani turned the heat off under the soup and
ladled some into a bowl and set it on the table in the dining room.
She’d put candles on the table as well to make the ambiance a bit more
relaxed. After she’d poured him his dinner he followed her into the
dining room and helped her take her seat.
She decided to let the
soup cool for a few minutes and said, “I guess I don’t understand why
you were going to do that Josef - not really any way.”
He took a
nervous sip of his AB- and then licked at the corner of his mouth. “In
truth, I’d forgotten all about it. I contacted Ryder right after the
night you first told me about your childhood. I’ll admit it Lani, I was
enraged at your parents. I also wasn’t thinking clearly about it
either. If I had been I would have just let it all go. It’s a vampire
thing really, we take care of, protect and yes, avenge those we love
Lani. It was stupid and if I would have saw that email before you did I
would have told Ryder to drop it immediately, as I did when all this
happened.” He reached across the table and took her hand, rubbing it
lightly and added, “Lani, my love I would never do something like that
to hurt you.”
“But you didn’t seem to understand how much that
would have hurt me had it actually happened. Or think of this Josef,
suppose it had? Who do you think they would have to came to for help
and financial support?”
A quiet growl emanated from deep within
his chest and he hoped she hadn’t heard it. He risked a glance and saw
that the corners of her mouth were turned up, a sure sign she had heard
it and was trying to act like she hadn’t. He had to admit, it had never
occurred to him that she probably would have had to help them. He
nodded, acknowledging his mistake. “I’ll never do anything like that
again Lani, I swear.”
“I know that Josef. You have to realize
how difficult and complicated my relationship is with them. Growing up I
felt so alone Josef, abandoned even. But they were my parents, for
good or for bad. I - I love them, but I hate them too, what they did to
me and one another. This week all I could think about was how many
times I wished that they wouldn’t have any money Josef because money
stole their love from me. I wished on the candles on my birthday cake,
that Dorothy usually baked and I wished on stars. I thought that if
they didn’t love me then they should be denied something they did love.
If it would have happened Josef, do you understand the pain and guilt I
would have felt?”
Her confession stunned him; my god, he’d not
thought of possible consequences when he had decided to ruin her parents
and after hearing her story that night he’d certainly never once
considered how she would feel. He had only thought that the bastards
deserved what they got; but there was more to consider in the manner -
there was Lani.
Family, it was all about family. You might have
ambivalent feelings about them but family was about the group and the
greater good. This was a very hard lesson for him because he’d not been
a part of a family for 400 years. Now he and Lani were a family and
those people that she was connected with as well, the good and the bad.
thought brought up another one - marriage. He had no doubts that they
were mates and one day he’d turn her. They needed to be united in
marriage for that to happen. It didn’t happen too often but his
Catholic upbringing did rear its head from time to time. He could hear
his ma and da now, telling him shame on him for not marrying the lass.
“So, where do we go from here Sweetness?”
just try to be a bit more cognizant of one another’s feelings Josef and
that means talking about things. We’ve always done that pretty well,
and honestly Josef, I do believe that you just forgot about it, but if
there is anything else to tell me now is the time,” she told him with a
“Well, actually there is another thing I would like to
discuss.” At her wary look he smiled and added, “NO, I haven’t done
anything else. Lani, we’re mates; I think we both know that in our
hearts and souls. Am I right?”
She nodded and he saw sudden
tears rim her eyes. “Yes. Josef, I love you more than I ever imagined
was possible and I know that we are meant to be together, forever.”
we need to think about marriage then.” She opened her mouth, shocked
that he brought it up like this. “No, this isn’t a proposal Lani, but
it’s something we need to consider. Sweetness, when I propose you’ll
know it’s happening and it will be something that we’ll both remember
forever and trust me, as vamps we’ll have a very long time to remember!”
grinned, silently acknowledging the truth in his words. “Okay, we both
know that it will happen but I don’t want to marry you until I’ve been
“Is that an attempt at blackmail?” he challenged, his eyes twinkling merrily.
“Nope, just an insurance policy I guess.” She frowned for a moment and added, “Seriously, when can we do it?”
it takes some preparation. And keep in mind that you will be secluded
from your human friends and family for a month or so. Dorothy is having
her baby in a few weeks, you’ve got the shower coming up too. Lots of
things to consider.”
She mentally conceded that he was right.
“Maybe after the first of the year then? The babies will be here by
then and we could make it a new year, new start?” she asked hopefully.
sighed, knowing that she wasn’t going to let it go; finally he agreed.
“Okay, in the new year then. That gives us time to work everything
out. Now, we’re both finished with dinner so how about we light a fire
in the fireplace and do some make up snuggling before I take you to bed
and make love to you until you can’t walk straight.”
“Hm, I like the thought of that! Let’s go.”
dishes were quickly rinsed and loaded into the dishwasher by Lani while
Josef made a fire. When she walked into the living room he was
stretched out on the couch and she laid down beside him, fitting into
his arms and against his body perfectly.
“I don’t want to
belabor the point but I’ve missed you so much this week Lani. I felt
like I couldn’t even function without you. Not to mention that I’ve
been a real bear.”
“That’s because you weren’t resting because
you were following me so much!” she teased. She tempered that with, “I
know exactly how you felt Josef. I just had to get those things figured
out in my head, why I was so upset.”
His answer was a nod and a
gentle kiss that quickly turned deeper. Before too long they were both
aroused and trying to get the clothes off the other one. Finally he
stood up and picked her up in his arms and carried her into their
bedroom where he sat her down on her feet so that undressing was much
Slowly and tenderly they caressed one another, sharing
long and sensual kisses that went on and on. His hungry mouth devoured
hers, his tongue driving in and out of her mouth until she was dizzy
with desire. Her carried her to the bed and laid her down gently and
almost before she could blink his own clothes were off of his body and
he wrapped her in his arms and kissed her senseless.
scented the warm rush of wetness that dampened the curls between her
legs, and she waited impatiently to feel his caresses. His mouth
traveled down her body, devoting lots of attention to the aching tips of
her breasts and driving her wild. She begged him to take her, telling
him how badly she needed him inside of her, but she realized he had
other plans when she felt his mouth slide down kissing her in that wet
valley of passion.
His hands gently opened her, and his tongue
delved deeply, stroking her lovingly, gently. Her release came very
quickly and he entered her then, and he felt her body contract around
his eager hardness.
His mouth found hers again as his hands also
found hers, their fingers intertwining as their mouths drank hungrily of
one another’s. He started moving inside her then, and she wrapped my
legs around him so that he could thrust more deeply into willing body.
looked at her then, their eyes locked as they were both close to their
release. Their bodies moved of their own accord then, driven by some
primitive beat of their own making, and Lani said, “Josef, do it now.
Turn me, please!”
As he stared at the vein that throbbed in her
neck he almost gave into the desire to do just that. Only a small
thread of reality that crept into his passion laden brain stopped him.
When he did bite it was tender and loving and over very quickly.
cried as she found her release, joyful at the beauty of their passion
and sad because he hadn’t turned her. She knew that they needed to plan
but she was so ready for it.
They clung to each other as their bodies shuddered and contracted together until finally they were still and gasping for breath.
“I’m sorry love, this wasn’t the time.”
“I know,” she told him, the words a mere whisper.
fell asleep quickly after that and didn’t wake until early morning,
when they made love yet again. Sleep gathered them into the arms of
Morpheus once again and it was much later that they finally woke up.
They both held one anther tightly before the crawled out of the bed and
headed to the shower before getting dressed.
Over breakfast both of them felt wonderful. Their future seemed secure and for that they were both thankful.
To be continued…