After visiting my father I took a nap. It was unlike me, but I needed sleep now or I’d not be able to function later when it mattered. Balance needed to be restored. The one good thing about naps is no nightmares. It was refreshing sleeping during the day when I was supposed to. Three hours later I woke up bright eyed and bushy-tailed as they say. I cleaned my apartment up and started making dinner at half past four.
At promptly 5pm there was a knock at my door. The smell of white wine and garlic sauce permeated my apartment. It smelled wonderful. I took a deep breath before opening the door. Beatrice Magellan stood in my door way wearing a long brown trenchcoat. Her make up was perfect and her hair was pulled away from her neck in a high ponytail that fell in ringlets. Her green eyes sparkled as I let her into my apartment.
She looked around and sniffed at the air, “Smells great.” But there was a nervous sort of tilt to her voice.
I smiled at her to take the edge off. I wasn’t wearing anything special, but she seemed like she wanted to keep the coat on. I asked, “Can I take your coat?”
She shook her head. “No.” Treec said as she pulled her coat tighter around her.
I frowned. I didn’t like this, she wasn’t making herself comfortable. What could possibly be under the coat. I went into the kitchen to start plating food. “Would you like some wine?” Maybe it would loosen her up a bit. We were just going to talk, there was no need for discomfort. It’s not like I planned on seducing her.
“No.” Her voice sounded right behind me and I turned around to find the girl I’d gone to school with completely naked save for the brown trench coat that hung from her elbows. I did my best to keep my gaze on her eyes, but I’m a weak man and my eyes scanned the woman before me. She was curvy and plump but nothing unattractive about it. When my eyes met hers again she lunged at me and pushed me up against the counter and started kissing me. Her body was cool against my hands as I tried to understand what the fuck was going on.
I pushed her away from me, but she was Venatori, the most I did was give her a little more friction to rub against my leg. I pulled back and hit my head against the cabinet. “Treec. Stop!”
She blinked back at me. All the ferocity of the advance was gone in that instance as she stared back at me. “You don’t like me then.”
“What does like have to do about any of this. What are you doing? I thought we were going to talk about what we wanted before we got to this stage.” I said flatly.
“I thought that was you just being polite. Everyone knows you are just some whore looking for you next fuck.” Beatrice declared as a matter of fact. “I want to have your baby what do we have to talk about?”
“A lot. Like do you want to raise the child? Do I?”
“Who the fuck cares? I need to have a baby. You need to have a baby. What else matters.” She frowned at me. “I’m too fat, that’s it isn’t it?” She sounded pissed.
“Your looks don’t factor into anything. I care who raises our child.”
“You turned out just fine in the community pool. I don’t want to be a mother. I just want this over with so I can get on with my life.”
I sighed. “So you thought you’d seduce me with a naked body and what you’d get pregnant the first time, and then you’d grow this child inside you and then what? Throw it away. Let it live a life without a mother or a father?”
“I’m not throwing it away. I just can’t raise a child. And you don’t seem like the fatherly type.”
“Fuck you. You know nothing about me!”
She sighed. “That’s what I was trying to do. I’ll go. Since you aren’t interested.”
I let Beatrice Magellan walk out of my door before I collapsed to the floor of my kitchen with my head in my hands and my knees pulled up against my chest. What the fuck just happened.
It wasn’t the first time a girl had been aggressive. It’s how my first time happened to begin with, but this was the first time I hadn’t wanted it to happen. Hadn’t been in the head space for it.
I sat on the floor until there was a knock at my door. I unfolded myself from the floor and then picked up my phone from the counter and glanced at the time. It was 8 already. I hadn’t even changed. I answered the door and let whoever it was in. I didn’t even wait to see – it was either Walker or Ant. It didnt’ matter as I headed into the back area where I could grab a clean button down shirt to pull over my t-shirt.
Footsteps entered and shut the door behind them. “You smell of fear, Nox. What’s wrong?” I hated when someone knew something was wrong and particularly when they smelled the fear on me. But when you have a vampire who can feed on emotions around it’s hard not to reek of emotions.
I shrugged. “Nothing I want to talk about, Ant.”
“Your friend ditch you?”
I turned to Ant after pulling a red button down from the hanger. “No, Walker’s just not here.”
“What’s wrong?” Ant asked again.
“Nothing.” I said flatly.
Ant advanced on me in a blur of vampire speed and was pushing me up against the wall with one hand in the middle of my chest. “What’s wrong?”
The words fell out in a whisper, “A girl tried to have sex with me and I pushed her away.”
Ant was frowning at me. I leaned forward so I wasn’t pressed against the door anymore and he let me move. I was thankful, I didn’t want to have a panic attack. “She wanted to make a baby. Wanted to get her duty over with. She assumed because I’ve had many partners that I would just fuck her.”
“That’s not what’s upsetting you.” Ant said softly as he watched me take a drink of the wine in the glasses I had started pouring.
“She called me a whore.” I sighed. “I don’t know why it bothred me. I’ve been called a whore before, I’ve been called worse things. But she said I wasn’t the fatherly type. Like she knew I wouldn’t be a good father.”
Ant frowned at me. “Dude, she doesn’t know a damn thing about you.” Ant was standing next to me plucking the wine glass from my hand. “I’m hungry.”
I held my wrist for Ant. “I fed Armand earlier. And I killed a dragon. Though I did nap so I should be good.”
Ant sighed. “Another time?”
I shook my head. “No, I’d rather not owe your mother another favor.”
Ant kissed my wrist softly before he let his fangs sink in. There was a big difference between Ant and Armand’s bite. Where Armand had been friendly and pleasant, Ant’s was down right erotic. He had no control over the bite. I felt my knees give way but Ant leaned into me pinning me against the counter as he fed from my wrist. He took more than Armand, I felt faint but the feeling only made the euphoric state better.
“Damn.” I whispered.
Ant laughed as he released my wrist, but he still held me in place. “You good?”
I gripped the edge of the counter and nodded and felt his body move away from me, I was decidedly colder now. There was a knock at the door and Ant moved to open it. Walker in his faded blue jeans and his tight gray t-shirt stood on the other side. He smiled, “Am I interrupting something?”
Ant shook his head, “We just finished.” The look he gave Walker made the other man pale. Ant grinned purposefully showing his fangs. A gesture he never did.
Walker’s expression went blank and he stepped inside before closing the door behind him. “You know he fed a vamp earlier today, isn’t that dangerous?”
Ant shrugged. “I offered to let him wait, he said he was good.”
Walker gestured to me standing by the counter, still leaning more so than standing. “Does that look good to you?”
Ant frowned, “He’s better than he was when I got here.”
Walker rolled his eyes and turned to me, “Did lover boy dump you or something?”
I shook my head. I definitely didn’t want to talk about Treec with Walker. “Sage is working to my knowledge.”
Ant smirked, “So there is a lover boy? You are dating?”
I grinned at Ant with a playful smirk, “Jealous?”
Ant rolled his eyes. “Of you. Never. Seriously, Nox. You have a boyfriend?”
I nodded. “I think so.”
Walker laughed. “He does. He’s ditched me twice to see him.”
I picked up my wallet, my keys and my phone and opened my front door. “Let’s go talk to this Truth, see if we can find this last conspirator.”