Do you know what stalks you at night? Do you want to know? Will you ever believe? Do you believe? Do you really believe? Well McKenly Shadows didn't. She never did believe in the supernatural, she wanted to but something told her it was a fake. She never did find out what it was like. She didn't want people thinking she was odd because she didn't believe. But that was before Your Name Here showed up. He wasn't like all the other males she had ever seen, no his eyes would change colors when he was in a different mood. Something about him, drew Kenly to him. She didn't know what it was about him, but something deep down wanted her to know everything. She didn't want to be left in the dark any longer.
When Kenly starts seeing Your Name Here more and more, she's starting to think that there is something more to him. She just doesn't know what it is. She just wonders if she should know, or if she should just keep it to herself. When they start talking is when Your Name Here starts dropping hints about what he really is. He doesn't want to come out and just say I'm A Vampire. He wants her to figure it out on her own. When Kenly doesn't get the hint, is when he starts wondering if he should just be blunt and tell her, but at the same time he doesn't want to ruin his secret, and have the head Vampire on his ass. If that happened he would have to turn Kenly into what he is. That is the last thing he would want. He didn't want to take her life away from her, like his had been.
The more and more time they spend together is when Kenly starts getting an idea. Every time she sees Your Name Here his eyes are blood red, and he has to leave because every time he gets close to her, is when he wants to bite into her neck and change her. He's slowly losing all of his control. He doesn't want to hurt her, he doesn't want to kill her, but the blood lust was just getting to be too much for him. He wants to have her, he wants to make her his, he wants her to know all of his secrets, and most of all he wants her to be like him. When he decides to make her his, is the night he would have to change her and take away everything she had known. He makes a romantic dinner, and that's when he tells her. He tells her everything, the night he was changed, and that he was wanting to make her like he is.
When Kenly finds that out, she doesn't want any part of it. She doesn't want to lose everything, she didn't want to lose her family, and most of all she didn't want to lose being a human. She didn't want to be undead. She loved her life the way it was. When she tries to leave is when Your Name Here catches her, and tells her that she can't leave, because he would end up getting killed. He didn't want to lose Kenly. Kenly didn't know what to do. She didn't want to be like him, but she didn't have a choice. When she finally decided that she would let him change her, was the biggest mistake of her life. She could never return home, and she could never be the same. When the change was done, Kenly didn't know what to do. She left him, and she left for a very long time... Not wanting to come back.
When Your Name Here finally found Kenly again, she was like a scared little girl. He had cursed himself for years for letting her go. He knew that was a time she needed him the most, and when he found her, that was when he knew she would hate him, and sure enough she did. She didn't want anything to do with him, she didn't want anything from him, not even his help. But along the way the two start becoming close again, and that's when Your Name Here asked her to be his queen. He had managed to kill the head Vampire, he didn't know how, and he sure as hell wasn't going to tell her. What will happen now? Will McKenly decide to become his queen? Or will she forever walk this earth alone? You will never know unless you join, The Vampire's Kiss.
When Julius heard his phone buzz he looked up from his book. It was about as boring as he expected, and he was relieved to read the text message instead. So she was hungry enough to get food before arriving. Her choice didn’t bother him, he was going to let her decide anyway. Food was something that didn’t appeal to him the same way it did to a human, blood now filled that role.
[i Anything works for me. See you soon.] A simple message, sent not long after he received her message. All there was to do at that point was to wait. His attention wandered from the reading he tried to continue. It became impossible to focus on anything except her impending arrival. The fact that she so completely consumed his thoughts was unusual. It reminded him of when he was hunting, yet at the same time distinctly different. She was not simply prey. Then what was she?
Julius set the book down, drumming his fingers over the hard cover. She was human. A human should be prey to be hunted or resources to be used. He could tell that neither of those were how he thought of Kenley. A sigh escaped and he stood. Perhaps come coffee would be a good idea. She might appreciate it for staying up and studying. It was also something he liked to drink to relax, since he was resistant to the caffeine.
He set up the machine for a full pot of coffee and set it to brew, and waited in the kitchen for either her arrival of the coffee to be done. While it dripped he heard her approach the door well before she knocked. He lived on the third and top floor of a fairly nice apartment complex. The sort of place that pegged him as wealthier than a starving student, despite the fairly bare pantry possibly hinting that he didn’t eat much.
Despite hearing her coming up the stairs Julius waited for Kenley to knock before moving from his place at the counter to answer to door. He’d made himself wait, and yet at her knock he rushed to the door faster than a human would have been capable of. What was he doing? He hesitated as he reached for the doorknob. Why was he so excited that she arrived? He put one hand on the wall next to the door and took a breath. Calm, he must remain calm and detached. Right? He opened the door and flashed a charming smile,”I’m glad you found it alright. Come in, we can set up on the kitchen table.”
Julius stepped aside to let her in, and then shut the door behind her,”I started a pot of coffee if you’re interested.”
He moved back to the kitchen where the table was, already set up with his school things. He stacked them up and moved them to a corner,”We can eat first then get into the project.”
[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Merriweather][merriweather [size12 The apartment building wasn't that hard to find, and when the male finally opened the door her breath caught in her throat. He was a lot more handsome now, than he had been at the start of the day. What was up with that? Even though she had seen him that day, it still somewhat caught her off guard. The red head nodded lightly as she slipped into the apartment and shut the door behind her. She then slid her shoes off of her feet, not knowing how he felt about strangers being around with shoes. It was the polite thing to do.]]
[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Merriweather][merriweather [size12 She then followed him into the kitchen and a small smile streached across her face. [#DDA0DD "I was thinking maybe before we fully get going, I could go and get the food so that way we don't have to order it, and have the fee's on top of it. It's kind of outrageous with the fees. It's like you are paying more than you should"] she said with a small laugh. It was insane how much a simple fee was on top of the normal total. Sometimes it wasn't worth ordering out.]]
[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Merriweather][merriweather [size12 There had been nights she would have to order out countless times. When she was busy studying, or with something huge happening. She would try and find the cheapest place to go, and sometimes then it wouldn't happen either. When the man mentioned coffee she broke out into another smile. [#DDA0DD "You are too sweet, it's going to be a long night for sure"] she said lightly. Coffee as always a good thing to have around. She lifted her bag off her shoulder and set it onto the table before her. She then pulled the chair out and sat down.]]
[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Merriweather][merriweather [size12 [#DDA0DD "If you want to order we can, or I can go and pick it up. It doesn't matter to me. I just know they close around 11 of 11:30 I think, so we need to make a choice here soon"] she said lightly as she pulled her laptop out of her bag, along with some notebooks, text books, pencils and pens. She made sure she had everything she would need, and then leaned back in the chair. She opened her laptop and booted it up. As she was waiting for that, she looked for the charger.]]
[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Merriweather][merriweather [size12 She didn't want the laptop dying on her in the middle of something. It was fully charged, so she was pretty much set for a couple of hours anyway. But it was better to be safe than sorry. She then turned her attention back to the male. [#DDA0DD "So where do you think we should start with this?"] she asked. This was something she wasn't good at. She didn't know how to really work with a partner. It's been a long while since she had, and she couldn't help but wonder what it was like once more.]]
[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Merriweather][merriweather [size12 It was already somewhat awkward, the silence anyway. She was starving, and the smell of coffee was making it worse. She didn't want to come off as too bossy, and she hoped that he would tell her if she was. She bit her lip lightly before speaking once more. [#DDA0DD "I'm sorry if I'm coming off as bossy or whatever.. It's been awhile since I've done something like this, and I honestly don't know how to really relax about it. So if I start getting out of hand, please tell me to drop it some"] she said with a sheepish smile.]]
[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Merriweather][merriweather [size12 She did have to admit, it was kind of strange, but at the same time she was kind of looking forward to this project as well. She then turned her eyes towards the laptop and watched as it slowly came to life.]]
“I don’t mind having it delivered. My treat.” Julius answered easily. He worked a job and tried to live as a human. Even so, he honestly had few expenses since he didn’t need to eat food, among other odd habits that ended up making for some very modest bills. He could afford to pay for something like this easily.
Julius leaned back against the counter as he watched her set up at the table. “Plug is behind you. It’s fine, I’ll let you know.” His lips twitched into a half smile. She was so nervous under the surface. He could sense it. “You’re doing fine. First we might want to decide what the business looks like. I’m interested in technology.”
Julius pulled down two cups for coffee and poured them,”Ah, how do you take your coffee? Although I have to admit I don’t have any cream. I might have some sugar somewhere… I drink it black.” He offered in explanation for why he had nothing for the coffee. His fridge and pantry were basically bare. Not needing to eat made it not worth it to keep much around, it often went bad before he felt any urge to eat since eating for him was either to maintain the illusion of being human, or simply because he wanted to indulge in the taste. That was more for nostalgia, since at this point blood was the much tastier option anyway.
With a little smile expressing some embarrassment he set the cup in front of her,”I could always order you some coffee this time. Or at least get some creamer and sugar along with the food.” Julius sat down and pulled out his phone,”What would you like?”
Even with his somewhat relaxed demeanor he was clearly a little embarrassed at the sorry state of his kitchen. He’d had hours to prepare, and the thought of getting snacks or even things for coffee hadn’t even crossed his mind. He couldn’t give her the real explanation either, just some garbage about usually eating out or something. An easy lie to cover the truth. To keep all humans at arms length. It had never really bothered him before. He took a sip of his coffee, watching her. So why was it bothering him now to lie to her? He had an urge to tell her the truth, but such a thing would not be allowed. He was already on thin ice with the others for his little experiment. Going to college and trying to start a proper human business.
[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Merriweather][merriweather [size12 The female cocked her head to the side a bit and watched him. She was kind of surprised that he was so willing to get it delivered, that and he was willing to make her feel at home as well. A small smile slipped across her lips as well at the male. [#DDA0DD "I'm alright with whatever honestly. If you want to order in we can, or just have it be picked up. I'm game for either one"] she said honestly. As he spoke about the coffee another smile passed over her lips at the male. In a way it was cute.]]
[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Merriweather][merriweather [size12 [#DDA0DD "Normally I don't do black coffee, because of how bitter tasting it is. But I'm not going to let you spoil me rotten. You are already refusing to let me get the food, so I will deal with the sugar itself in the coffee"] she said with a small teasing note in her voice. It wasn't her favorite, but she didn't want this complete stranger to spoil her more than he already has. In all honesty it was kind of nice. She wasn't the one doing all of the work right now, and it was all him.]]
[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Merriweather][merriweather [size12 She found the plug he had been talking about and plugged the charger into the wall. Her lap top was pretty well charged, so she wouldn't need it for awhile. At least she was ready for when she would need it. [#DDA0DD "As for food, Chinese sounds amazing right now. Some ham fried rice, with sweet and sour chicken. Now that sounds heavenly"] she said her mouth watering at the thought. She hadn't had good Chinese in a while, and she wouldn't mind getting it right now. It wouldn't keep her full for long though.]]
[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Merriweather][merriweather [size12 Then she was thinking about ideas for the project as well. She let him order the food as she wrote down what he liked most. She then tapped her pen against her lower lip as she thought about how well it would work. [#DDA0DD "What if there were some other elements to it as well? Besides the technology stuff. What if solar power was brought into it as well? Or something to do with the sun, or the moon?"] she asked lightly. It might not ever happen, but it was a start.]]
[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Merriweather][merriweather [size12 She shifted in her seat a bit and pulled one of her legs up under her. She rested her chin on her knee as she wrote down her ideas as well. [#DDA0DD "What kind of technology are we talking? Like building a lot of company's, or what?"] she asked lightly. Since they idea of food was out of the way and the coffee as well. She then remembered she had asked to put sugar in her own. She stood and made her way to the cupboards and found the sugar on her second try. She was kind of surprised to see how bare they were.]]
[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Merriweather][merriweather [size12 That was kind of odd. She wouldn't ask him about it though, it wasn't any of her business anyway. That and she wasn't always the nosy type either. She carried the sugar back to the table and sat down. She put a couple spoonful's into her mug and stirred it. She then lifted the mug to her lips and took a sip. It was still bitter, but not as bitter as straight black coffee. She placed the mug down as she tried to think of other ideas to bring up to the male.]]
Spoil her rotten with some coffee creamer? A smile passed over his lips briefly. He made a mental note to buy her some for next time anyway. “I hope just the sugar is fine. I’ll go ahead and order.”
Julius pulled out his phone and opened an app for food delivery. For not needing to eat he kept a lot of those apps saved on his phone. He’d actually binge downloaded them one night after hunting down someone who was actually delivering food. After drinking some of their blood, and wiping their memory of the encounter, he had a thought about how often people actually ordered food and that with his lack of cooking it might come in handy to avoid cooking and seem human.
He had downloaded them, but hadn’t set a single one up. He worked on filling out information while she wote, even getting out his wallet to add a card,”Solar power sounds good. Funny you should mention the moon, I’ve actually got my eye on space. I want to make space travel possible, and to make settlements on other planets, or the moon to start. I was thinking the company could get government contracts as a funding source and build rockets, or parts for them to start out with. I guess we’d need to hire actual rocket scientists… But eventually building more advanced spacecraft and space stations in the long term.” He glanced up from his phone looking a little sheepish,”Do you think that’s ridiculous? Everyone else does. We could always do our project on cell phones or something instead.”
He’d been distracted enough putting in the information that he had opened up to her more than he had meant to. The other vampires he shared his plan with tended to laugh, even the ones more supportive thought he was being young and naive. He looked back at his phone,”Ham fried rice, and sweet and sour chicken right? Let’s see… Did you want egg rolls too?” He asked at the app prompting, suggesting it as an add on.
After he had a yes or no he finished placing the order and set his phone down,”Should be here soon. My idea probably won’t make for a great project, but is my eventual goal. So we can go with something else if you want.”
[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Merriweather][merriweather [size12 As the male ordered the food and spoke about his ideas she wrote all of them down. When he stopped and apologized, and said they could think of something else she shook her head lightly. [#DDA0DD "No. I think that's amazing! I honestly didn't know how it would have worked, but you surprised me with throwing all of that at me all at once"] she said lightly. She meant it too. It was different, and something that would take time as well. She bit her lower lip lightly as she looked down at her notes before her.]]
[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Merriweather][merriweather [size12 When he asked about the egg rolls she nodded a bit. [#DDA0DD "Those happen to be my weakness, with a lot of other things as well"] she said with a small smile. What person didn't like egg rolls? In her eyes they were insane if they didn't like them. She then shifted a bit and looked towards the male. She had heard the passion in his voice about their so called company, and she wanted to hear more about it. There was something about the male and his passion that seemed to really please her a bit.]]
[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Merriweather][merriweather [size12 [#DDA0DD "So how do you plan on hiring these rocket people in the first place? Would it be a long process for hiring them on? Or would you already have some in mind?"] she asked. She wanted to see that passion once more she had heard a little bit ago. She flipped to a new page and started writing down other ideas as well, as with what kind of interview questions they would have to ask for all of this. She also underlined a couple keys words as well. She reached for the mug before her and took another sip.]]
[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Merriweather][merriweather [size12 She then realized he had spoken about the sugar and she looked up towards him and smiled. [#DDA0DD "The sugar is perfect for right now. I know all of this was last minute, so I'm not really expecting you to go out and get all of this stuff. But I do thank you for the coffee, food, and internet service, oh and for your ideas as well. Because this project is going to blow everyone else out of the water. Or at least I'm hoping it will"] she admitted. It was strange to be talking about this.]]
[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Merriweather][merriweather [size12 She took another sip from the mug and placed it back down. She slipped one of her feet up onto the chair with her, and rested her chin on her knee as she wrote down what the male said, and how he explained it. That's when the doorbell rang and she hurried to her feet. [#DDA0DD "I'll get it"] she said as she gave the male a look as if to tell him to stay put. He had already done so much tonight, that she wasn't about to let him do this too.]]
[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Merriweather][merriweather [size12 She opened the door, gave the woman a tip and carried the bags into the kitchen. She then placed them onto the table and started pulling the food out. The smell hit her nose and her stomach growled. She found the egg rolls and bit into one of them quickly. She let out a small sigh as she moved back towards her chair and sat back down. She chewed what was in her mouth before speaking. [#DDA0DD "If you get tired of me, let me know and I can head out here in a while"] she said lightly.]]
[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Merriweather][merriweather [size12 Apart of her hoped that he wasn't getting tired of her. She wanted to pick his brain some more for the ideas he had already spoken of. She was excited to see where this would lead. She finished the food she had in her hand as she wiped her fingers on a napkin, and grabbed another one biting into it. She let the silence wash over them as well, enjoying the company of the other.]]
She wasn’t laughing at him. If anything, she seemed to genuinely like his idea. That surprised him a little, he’d gotten so used to the discouragement from those he told. They said it was ridiculous. “Ah, well I was thinking of starting with recruitment from a couple of colleges that specialize in that sort of thing. Get people younger, more enthusiastic, driven… and it doesn’t hurt that they’ll start out cheaper to pay for a few years while we start out.” Julius answered as he rested his elbow on the table, then his chin in his palm with a little smile. Slightly humorous, but also true. The budget would be tight at first until they could start being really profitable.
Actual interest and questions. She seemed interested and invested in the project already. “Are you sure?” He’d be willing to get the door, but she beat him to it. He’d been staring at her. Would this project do so well in class? But what he was more concerned about was the reality. Would it do well in the real world? He sat up straighter and watched her return to her seat with the food. “Oh no, not at all. I usually work nights, so you’ll really have to be the one letting me know when you want to leave. I honestly could stay up all night.”
He actually was going to be getting very little sleep. The price he paid for insisting on a human degree. He worked several nights a week doing security work. Well, that was the official story, and what all his pay stubs would reflect. It was even technically true. He took his turn guarding the elder vampire’s business dealings. A somewhat legitimate shipping company involved in some [i very] illegal smuggling. It was a requirement in exchange for their cooperation in him pursuing this. Classes during the day, vampire duties four nights a week. They were trying to wear him down, but he was not going to let them win.
“Actually tomorrow night I’ll have work, starting at ten and getting off at six in the morning. So we’ll have to work around my shifts.” He took a sip of his coffee, a little more guarded now that he was touching on the more secret aspects of his life, even if she didn’t know. Things fell silent for several moments while she ate. He glanced at her notes. He thought she had nice handwriting.
Finally he spoke again,”The business plan would start with satellites. No one thinks too hard about them, but both governments and private companies want them, it’ll be the fastest way to start becoming profitable, in my opinion, which brings in money for the more ambitious projects. So we can start there. For the project we should maybe start with a slightly smaller scope.” He smiled at her,”We won’t have the years to get colonies on planets and space stations, but that can be in our company goals. We can also have some focus on communications, to tie in with the satellites.”
What was it about her that had him getting so [i enthusiastic] about sharing his plans? He hadn’t imagined opening up quite so much to her about it, but her actual interest excited him. Julius leaned both elbows on the table and then forward so his chin rested on the backs of his laced together fingers. “Are you really so intrigued by the business idea? Because if you are, I can think of my first hire, then we can work on the scientists.” Was he flirting? A little. Maybe. Surely it couldn’t hurt. Maybe he was only being friendly… but he was also entirely serious about having her help. If she was so interested, she could only be an asset to the business. What would her answer be to his offer?
[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Merriweather][merriweather [size12 The woman loved seeing people get so excited about what they were passionate about. Julius was no exception either. The way he talked it was like a real goal in mind, and not just for a school project. She shook her head lightly when he spoke about working tomorrow night. She swallowed what she had in her mouth before speaking. [#DDA0DD "I don't mind working around your schedule at all. I'm pretty flexible anyway. So no worries there. I could always work on the small stuff while you are working"] she said lightly. She had to turn her eyes away for a moment.]]
[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Merriweather][merriweather [size12 Talking about this project was giving her something to really think about. She leaned back a moment later as he spoke about the satellites, and starting out smaller. She saw the way he was watching her, and her heart skipped a beat. Did she hear a small flirting tone in his voice? She might have, and it made her heart race even more. Something about this man was really scaring her. She would have to figure that out sooner or later, right now she could only focus on one thing at a time.]]
[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Merriweather][merriweather [size12 She reached for her coffee cup and took a sip to wet her throat. [#DDA0DD "How small of a scope are you talking? Like one you use to look at the stars?"] she asked. She could tell he was trying to flirt with her, and was she even ready for that? Then his other question really hit her. Was she really interested in this whole thing? Why wouldn't she be? It was different, and something no one else would even think about. Bringing more things to different planets, it's something no one else has thought of.]]
[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Merriweather][merriweather [size12 [#DDA0DD "Yes I'm really interested in this is. If I wasn't I wouldn't be asking so many questions, being curious. Seeing you so passionate about it, is what's really making this idea so much better. There's so much there that I can see happening. This project will go far, and I know it will. If you have the right person behind the wheel at first, it'll get up off the ground, and it'll take off to the stars"] she breathed out. She meant it too. He was the most interesting person she's ever met in her whole life.]]
[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Merriweather][merriweather [size12 [#DDA0DD "As for your first hire, I hope you'll make the right choice, and have the right man or woman on your side to help you build this whole thing from the ground up. Just make sure you really trust them, because one wrong word and it could all come crumbling down"] she said with a small smile. She had a feeling he meant her for the first hire, and she just didn't want to assume he was talking about her. The other scientists she knew would have to have a lot of experience in this type of thing.]]
[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Merriweather][merriweather [size12 She took a breath and started speaking again. [#DDA0DD "I also think it should be a somewhat grilling process for hiring people. One the whole trust thing. You don't want them running with your idea in the first place. They would have to show they are trustworthy in a way as well. Because something like this, if it fell into the wrong hands could turn into a horrible disaster"] she breathed out. She put her hands into her lap as her eyes found his once more. She itched to touch the male's skin all of a sudden.]]
[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Merriweather][merriweather [size12 She pushed that thought aside as she let her words hang in the air between them. She had a couple people in mind they could ask for this, or just as ideas. She knew it was getting late, but at the moment she wasn't ready to leave. At least not right away.]]
The right person to have his back while the project took off. That was important, and something he’d been missing. Julius could start to see Kenley filling that role now. He barely knew her, but what he did know was pulling him in. The main problem eventually would be his nature. He was a vampire, and that was bound to impact things eventually. The others wanted little do to with his project now, but they would dislike him working so closely with a human. A no-win situation. He was forbidden from telling her too. Well, he’d cross that bridge later.
For now he simply smiled at the guarded, coy response. She had to at least guess he was talking about her, but left it open in case he wasn’t. “I would need the right person. Someone also driven, and curious. Asking the right questions, getting plans onto paper. Someone reaching for the stars as earnestly as I.” He was definitely flirting a little.
Probably a bad idea. His vampire friends would have a fit if he flirted with someone he’d be meeting regularly, someone who could discover their secret. There were rules about that. Anything between a vampire and a human was supposed to be fleeting, temporary. Only out of necessity was it to last longer, and they were to be kept as distant as could be maintained. He had instructions to keep everyone from his human studies mere acquaintances. Everyone was to be at arms length if they weren’t in the clan. Julius looked down then and leaned back in his chair. What was it about her that made him act so recklessly? Well, more reckless than was usual for him.
Their eyes met, and he couldn’t look away. There was something about the look in her eyes. Almost a longing, a want. Whatever it was, he wanted to meet it, he wanted to move in closer. Instead he picked up his cup of coffee and took a sip,”Hm, you are right. I can’t have anyone running off with ideas and technology.” He set his coffee cup down, still looking at her. The hour was getting late, but he wasn’t inclined to ask her to leave. “I was thinking of starting with things like phones and satellites, essentially communications. The phone business will fund the satellites. Then once the satellites become profitable, they and the phones can fund and provide the technology for the space travel and habitation ventures. I’m even considering terraforming once we can reliably get to and from other planets.”
Julius pulled over a notebook and pencil,”Since I am the numbers guy here, how about we do some research and get the numbers on what kind of money we need to get this off the ground. Metaphorically and literally.” He found his little joke amusing and flashed her a smile. He’d happily keep her here all night if she didn’t object.
[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Merriweather][merriweather [size12 There it was again, the small flirting. She didn't mind it though. It was nature between a man and woman for that matter. It would be perfectly okay to flirt a little bit. She knew he was talking about having her as the right partner, and she didn't mind that either. She cocked her head to the side slightly and smiled. [#DDA0DD "Well I think you have the perfect person then"] she said lightly. She took her eyes away from his finally and finished her coffee. As he spoke about the cell phones, and satellites she understood a little bit.]]
[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Merriweather][merriweather [size12 [#DDA0DD "How many people were you wanting for all of this? At least to start out with? If it's just a small thing right now we wouldn't really need more than a couple of people. Because when it starts taking off would be when we would need to hire more people, and maybe it would turn into something huge"] she said lightly. It was kind of fun getting excited about something like this. It wasn't every day she could work on something this huge. Yes it's just a school project, but it felt more real in a way.]]
[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Merriweather][merriweather [size12 She hadn't had a partner like him before, and it was exciting her in more ways than one. She just didn't like the distance they had between them though. She wasn't about to say something like that though. She didn't want to push boundaries either. Maybe she could test the waters a bit later, but right now she was nearly bouncing in her seat with excitement. When he mentioned the idea of money and research on how much it would even cost was a really good idea. She chewed on her lower lip a moment.]]
[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Merriweather][merriweather [size12 [#DDA0DD "Would we already be in a building for this type of thing? Because I feel like that would be one of the first steps. Having a home for all of this to be stored instead of in apartments, and spread out between more than two people. Depending on the building and how big it was, the money would either cost a lot or a little. Then with all of the cellphones and whatever else was needed"] she then decided to take her laptop around to his side of the table. She made sure it was fully charged first.]]
[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Merriweather][merriweather [size12 She then picked it up along with her mug and took it around to his side. There wasn't a chair, so she made a bold move on her part. She placed herself into his lap, and opened up the internet browser. [#DDA0DD "I hope you don't mind for a little bit. I'm not in the mood to move the chair, or to make you do it"] she said lightly as she looked over her shoulder at him. She felt her heart skip a beat. Was she really doing this right now?]]
[google-font http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Merriweather][merriweather [size12 This was the boldest move she had ever made, but she didn't care at the moment. She then turned her eyes back to the computer and opened the right tabs, and let him have at it.]]
“I think I do.” She was certainly the right person. He was sure of it despite barely meeting her. Perhaps it was some intuition, his good instinct when it came to reading people. “I imagine me, someone to help me run things, and a handful of people on the technology side to get us off the ground. Perhaps a dozen people in the beginning, but if things go well at all it could quickly become hundreds. One of those go big or go home industries, you know?”
Kenley’s excitement, her earnest questions, were encouraging. He really could see this project of his taking off with her help. She was the first person to really believe in his dream wholeheartedly. He wondered if she was aware she kept saying ‘we’, already clearly seeing herself being involved long term. “Well, to start —” Julius paused for a moment, taken just a little off guard by her new choice on their seating arrangement. It was bold, more than a little flirtatious, and she was playing it off so casually. He only just caught her eye before she looked back at the screen.
“To start,” Julius continued, reaching his arms around to either side of her, laying his fingers over the keyboard,”We would probably be renting an office or building. Probably in an industrial area, since we would primarily be doing business with other businesses and not the general public.” She wouldn’t be able to slip out of his lap easily now, though he kept his hands busy with the work. Pulling up sites he had previously researched on likely locations, bulk buying of technology, and banks for financing the whole thing. As he got all the information pulled up on the laptop he put his head on her shoulder, ostensibly to see the screen better. His voice lowered as he went on,”Rent should be cheaper in an area like that, and we won’t need a fancy storefront. Just a place to store things and work from. So here or here look promising. There is parking, at least, which was why I eliminated another spot even if it was cheaper. Employees don’t want to have to worry about where to park. And these suppliers… Here, let’s run the numbers and put them in our project.”
Julius wasn’t in any hurry to stop working, or to have her move. He worked out the calculations by hand, jotting them down and working things out with some speed, and no need for a calculator. As far as the numbers section he seemed to have it down. He explained he wasn’t the best at writing letters though. He could talk, he could run the math, but a proposal letter or report was one area he was lacking in. Once he had the numbers down for her and his hands were idle he let them rest on her hips. Another move closer, even closer than he really should be letting himself get. And yet he couldn’t help but wonder if she would welcome his advances. This flirting, it was mutual, wasn’t it? A mutual attraction. To indulge just a little wouldn’t harm anything, would it?
“What do you think?” Julius asked quietly. He wasn’t only talking about the project. There was that, the business proposal that he’d laid out for her, but he also wondered what she thought of their instant chemistry. She had to be interested, since she’d sat in his lap, right? It was getting late by now, but he still said nothing about her leaving.
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 The woman was waiting for him to comment about her moving, but he didn't seem to mind. Hell she felt him move a bit closer. She moved her hands away from the computer and let him do the work. Her eyes scanned the screen with each and ever site he pulled up about buildings and other's. She listened to him speaking and nodded lightly. When he was writing down the numbers she made sure to save everything he had pulled up, and made sure they wouldn't lose any of it. Her heart was thundering in her chest at this point.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 When he was finished writing and placed his hands on her hips, her heart nearly stopped beating. When he asked what she thought, she wasn't thinking about the project anymore. She had other things on her mind right then. She was nervous, and she could tell it was a mutual feeling between the both of them. If he had a problem with her sitting on his lap, he would have told her right? When he had been typing she wouldn't have been able to move from her spot anyway, was that another clue as well?]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 Feeling his head on her shoulder at the same time had been a wonderful feeling as well. She bit her lip lightly as she looked over her shoulder towards him. [#DDA0DD "I think we have a pretty good starting point right now. Plenty of things to look into buildings wise. You could do all of the talking, and I could work on the cover letter, or whatever other letters you need. I'm better at that anyway. Talking to large groups of people makes me really nervous, and I tend to get tongue tied. When it's one on one, that's a different story"]]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 [#DDA0DD "I feel like we have so much ground covered already that we should be done for the night. At least with the project"] she said softly. She turned her eyes away from the male as she closed the laptop and gently pushed it away. Her head was swimming and she was going to make yet another bold move. She shifted a bit until she was facing him. Her back leaning slightly against the table, her legs straddling either side of the male before her. She took a breath before speaking.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 [#DDA0DD "I want to know what's on your mind right this very moment. It can't be about the project, because that's too far out of my mind right now honestly"] she breathed. She knew the hour was getting late, and she didn't want to leave quite yet. She reached up slowly and touched his cheek lightly. He was such a beautiful creature, at least in her eyes he was. She wanted to know what was on his mind, what he wanted right at this very moment. The closeness they shared right now felt so right. She knew he could feel it too.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 [#DDA0DD "If you want me to move, all you have to do is give the word and I'll gladly move. If you want me to leave as well so that way you can rest for work, I'll do that as well"] she breathed out. She didn't want too, but was willing to pretty much bend over backwards for this man. Which she never did, but she was more than willing right in that moment.]]
They would make a good team, he thought. It wasn’t just the skills they each brought, Julius could feel a chemistry with her. An instant connection that defied explanation. He’d only met her, but that didn’t really matter. Certainly not with her in his lap, and now facing him. Kenley was also right that the project was far from the first thing on his mind right then. She was foremost, and things he’d like to do with her besides work on the project.
“At this moment?” Her hand on his cheek was like fire. She was beautiful, and looking into her eyes he could see the same desire he felt. As if in answer Julius held her hips a little tighter,”Not the project, no.”
If he were going to be smart and play by the rules this would be the time to ask her to leave. To keep her at arm's length. A classmate. Perhaps a business partner. Nothing more would be acceptable. Julius wanted her, and she had to be able to tell. “Maybe we should move. But if I wanted you to leave, I’d have said so.” Damn it all, he would deal with the consequences later. Keeping only one hand on the curve of her hip the fingers of his other tangled themselves in silken strands of red hair. He pulled her lips to meet his,”Stay the night.” It was almost a question, she could refuse. But he hoped she would agree.
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 The feeling of his fingers tightening on her hips sent a shudder down the woman's spine. She hadn't wanted someone so badly the way she wanted him right now. The look in his eyes told her everything. He was fighting the urge as well. Whatever this was, it was scaring her a little bit. It was also really exciting as well. Something she wasn't used too. She was about to speak, when she felt his other hand move to her head, his fingers tangling into her hair, then his lips met her's and she felt like she was about to pass out.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 The kiss didn't last long, but it was long enough. He then spoke about her staying the night. All she could do at the moment was nod. Her breath was a bit shaky, her mind was a swirling mess, and she hadn't planned on this happening, but she was glad it was. She finally caught her breath before speaking. [#DDA0DD "As you wish"] she said. She wasn't about to turn now this beautiful creature either. She would be stupid enough to turn him down. She was surprised he even wanted her to stay.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She slowly untangled herself from the male and stood on slightly shaky legs. [#DDA0DD "Lead the way"] she breathed out. Before he stood, she leaned down and pressed her lips to his once more, making sure this wasn't a dream. The solid feeling of his body under her fingertips, the taste of the male's lips, everything was amazing. She wanted to taste him even more. Oddly she'd been thinking about this moment the whole day, and she was surprised it was happening. She pulled back a moment later, her lower lip between her teeth.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She could tell he wanted her as much as she wanted him. They needed one another right now, and it was about to happen. At least she hoped it would be. She took a small step back to give him a little bit of space. Her eyes never leaving the male the whole time. Her heart was hammering inside of her chest, and if he placed his hand on her chest, he would be able to feel it. Whatever he was doing he was doing it well. She was pretty much hooked on the male already, in more ways than one.]]
He could tell before she spoke that she would agree. They were both swept up in the heat of the moment, and he didn’t let it dissipate. Her kiss was too brief, and the absence of her weight against him was unacceptable. Julius got to his feet and pulled her against him for another kiss, longer and more intense. He was drowning in the smell of her, the sound of her heartbeat hammering in his head. He could hear her, feel her pulse. There was the urge to bite her, but he restrained himself.
Instead he led her out of the kitchen, down the hall, and into the bedroom. Dark curtains ensured privacy, and that no light would enter the room come morning. He would not bite her, but that hunger fueled an almost aggressive passion from him. He was too far gone, lost in the sensation of her skin under his fingers, the taste of her lips, to be thinking of stopping.
Morning did not bring light in from the window, the curtains did their job. Instead his alarm obnoxiously blared that it was morning. It was morning, and a beautiful woman was still in his bed. An odd turn of events, but one he welcomed. Julius pulled her closer, her hair tickling his nose. He hadn’t made a move to stop his alarm yet. He wasn’t ready to bounce out of bed, and as was his habit he would wait until the sound became too annoying to ignore. He’d just as happily spend most of the day in bed with her, but he had a feeling she had other plans for the day. Plans he hadn’t thought to ask about last night.
“Do you have anywhere to be? Please say no.” Julius mumbled, eyes still closed. Even as he spoke he was starting to realize two things. One, that he was hungry and she was off-limits as a meal in his mind for the moment. Two, she was probably hungry too, or going to be, and he had nothing in the way of human breakfast food. Well, nothing save some coffee but not even creamer for it.
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 Watching the male was a sight to see. The way he stood and grabbed her, it wasn't hard but it did excite her in more ways than one. She felt his lips on her's once more and the kiss was longer than before. Her heart was slamming against her chest, and she wanted nothing more than to feel the male close to her still. She let him lead the way to the bedroom. The apartment wasn't that big, so she wouldn't get lost in the process. When they were in the bedroom, and in bed she finally felt the male's skin.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 It felt amazing, she hadn't been with anyone for the last couple of years, and she was welcome to it all around. When they were finally done, she felt herself relax against the male. It was kind of nice to have another body next to her for a change. Soon she was relaxed enough she fell into a deep sleep. A sleep that was filled with interesting dreams, and one's she didn't think she would remember the next morning. Knowing she would end up waking up with the male was enough for her.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 What felt like five minutes had passed, she heard the annoying buzzing of an alarm clock and she groaned. At first she didn't remember where she was, but then she felt Julius next to her, and she seemed to calm down a bit. She hadn't woken up in a strangers bed for years, and the last time she had it was a horrible mistake. This one though, wasn't a horrible mistake. She strached her arms over her head and let out a low groan as she popped her back a little bit at the same time, before curling up next to him.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 Did she have plans for the day? None that she could remember, and that's when she realized he had asked her about them. [#DDA0DD "I don't have any that I can think of at the moment. I know I'll have to leave later on to get clean clothes.. I thought you had to work"] she said lightly. She didn't want to let the male go, but if he had a job to do she wasn't about to stop him from going. She wasn't like that, but she wondered if she should be selfish at the moment.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 The event's of the night before came flooding back to her mind, and she felt heat rising to her cheeks. She hoped that this wasn't a one time thing, and that maybe something would come of it. Something more, but she wasn't going to hold her breath on that one. Things never seemed to go her way, and if they did something always popped up ruining it. She curled up against the male, and rested her head against his chest not wanting to move from this spot she had found.]]
“Work tonight. I work an overnight shift.” Meaning his sleep schedule was neither vampire nor human. He had human obligations he’d taken on, but still had vampire duties to attend to lest he become an outcast. And outcast vampires rarely lived very long.
The alarm was still blaring, urging them out of bed. It was trying to. Julius held Kenley against him, his nose buried in her hair. He made a low hum of irritation at the alarm,”I forgot to turn it off… It’s set for school days.” When he had to be up for classes. None of which were happening today.
She smelled wonderful, but it was also making him hungry. And that damned alarm wasn’t going to turn itself off. Julius touched her shoulder, his fingers trailing to her cheek before he pulled her into a kiss. “I think I have to kill that alarm. I also do have a few errands to run before work. And if you want breakfast we’ll have to go out for it. I’m afraid my kitchen is… not well stocked.”
He’d also need to figure how to get some blood quietly. And since he wasn’t about to kick her out it would have to be done around her. He wasn’t really supposed to come out and announce what he was. “Whatever you want for breakfast though.” He was inclined to spoil her a little, and wanted this to not be a one time thing. They’d have to see where it went… but he was trying to steer it in a particular direction. One where she found it appealing to stay in his apartment more. And that meant one of his errands today was buying food.
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 The sound of the alarm still blaring was getting annoying, but she didn't want to turn it off either. So he would be gone over night. That seemed to make her a bit sad. She wasn't one to get attached so quickly, but she had. It saddened her a little bit knowing she wouldn't see him that night. She felt his fingers on his shoulder and then his lips found her's again. Her heart slammed against her chest as she kissed him back. She could get used to this for sure. At the mention of food her stomach growled.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She laid there as she watched him with silent grey eyes. [#DDA0DD "I don't mind going shopping for you. Just give me a list and I'll be more than happy to get what you need. There is this cute little diner in town as well, I know the owner personally and I'm sure she'd be more than willing to let us in early for breakfast"] she said lightly. In all honesty she didn't want to leave his bed. She didn't want to leave the male's side. That was something new to her. Normally she would have been gone by now.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 As the events of the night before came back to mind, she felt herself blush a bit. She slowly sat up and pulled the sheets up to cover her front. [#DDA0DD "Seeing as you also need to work tonight, I won't keep you out long, because you do need rest for work. Working overnight's is not joke, and I'm proud of those who can handle that"] she admitted. She wouldn't be able to do something like that at all. She finally slipped out of bed and found her discarded clothes.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She would have to head back to her place later on anyway, she didn't want to stay in the same clothes from the day before longer than she had too. She hurried and got dressed, and found a rubber band in her pants pocket. She then managed to get her red mane into a messy bun on her head. [#DDA0DD "Shall we get going then? Or did you have other plans?"] she asked her eyes flicking back to the bed. She wouldn't mind staying in bed all day either. Exploring the man's body with her fingertips. A small shudder ran down her spine.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 Whatever this man was doing to her, he was doing an amazing job. She walked over to where he was and stood between his legs. She gently ran her fingers over his cheek, then brushed his hair out of his eyes. [#DDA0DD "I'm just telling you now, I don't regret what happened last night. Last night was perfect, and I could get used to nights like that quickly."] she breathed out. She leaned down and pressed her lips to his forehead gently, breathing in his smell. She pulled back a moment later giving him space.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 [#DDA0DD "I'll meet you out front"] she said lightly as she leaned down and kissed his lips before slipping out of the bedroom. Her heart was was hammering inside of her chest, and her mind was spinning. She found her shoes by the front door, and then looked towards the kitchen table. She cleaned up the table a bit, putting their notes and everything into a neat pile on top of her laptop. She then slid her shoes on, and waited for the male to join her. The events of the night before replaying in her mind.]]
“That can work for breakfast if you like.” But his proper meal would need to wait until he could get more people around… and isolate someone. “Maybe you can come with me to shop. I don’t mind going.” Julius was watching her dress. She was lovely, even in a rush. The alarm was still irritating. With a sigh he sat at the edge of the bed and finally reached to shut the alarm off,”I’m really quite used to the night shift now. I’ve been doing this a while.”
He’d be doing it forever, he supposed. As long as this unnatural undeath continued. But there was her now. She was something different and exciting. When she came up to him he was pulled away from any musing by her standing so close. He let his hands rest on her hips,”Mmm? Oh good. If you did, I might have to beg for a second chance.” Julius teased with a little smirk,”If you would like another night like that, then by all means.” She smelled wonderful, and felt so soft.
“Out front.” He repeated, letting her slip away. For the moment. He knew she’d be back, he could hear the way her heart was pounding. Julius had to get up and get dressed, not wanting to make her wait too long. Once he was dressed he came out and grabbed his keys from the hook by the door, his phone and wallet already in his pocket. That was all he needed, right? “Lead the way to this diner then, and after I’ll drive you home for some fresh clothes and we can go on those errands.”
He opened the front door for her,”And if we finish quickly I wouldn’t mind a few hours in bed before my shift.” The way he said it was just a touch suggestive. It could have almost been meant innocently, but it wasn’t.
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 Hearing the male's voice behind her made a small smile pass over her lips. She slipped out of his apartment and shrugged a bit. [#DDA0DD "Considering my car is still parked out front, I could always drive myself home and be back before you know it"] she said lightly. She didn't mind the fact he was willing to take her home and get some clean clothes. It was kind of strange that a male would be so willing to do that for her. When he mentioned the diner she nodded down the street a bit, before snagging his keys from him.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She slipped them into her own back pocket as she turned and walked backwards so she could still see the male. [#DDA0DD "It's not that far from her. That and the morning air feels amazing right now, no need to waste gas on a small thing. I will take you up on the ride home though afterwards, because I do live clear across town"] she said lightly. She liked the idea of spending a couple more hours in bed with the male. She wouldn't turn that down either. She wouldn't dream of turning anything he offered her down.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She then turned to watch where she was going. Sure enough Savannah's was in view. It took less than ten minutes walking, and she slipped into the small diner. An older woman looked up when the door chimed and she saw the red head with the male. [b "Welcome to Savannah's, go ahead and take a seat and I will send Gloria over to your table"] she said. [#DDA0DD "Thank you Savannah"] McKenley said with a warm smile. Savannah nodded lightly and eyed Julius up and down, and clicked her tongue lightly shaking her head.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 That was a bit strange. The red head pushed the thought aside for the time being as she led the male to a table in the middle of the room, away from the windows. She sat down in one of the chairs and cocked her head to the side. [#DDA0DD "I know that was a bit strange with Savannah, I'm sorry about that"] she said lightly. That's when Gloria came up to their table and handed them both a menu. [b "Good morning to you both. Can I get you something to drink?"] she asked.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 [#DDA0DD "Can I get a coffee please? Also just put all of this on my tab, and I'll come back this week to pay it out"] she said with a warm smile. Gloria nodded lightly as she took Julius's drink order as well. Kenley then turned her attention to the menu in front of her. [#DDA0DD "Go ahead and get whatever you want. Everything here is amazing, but if you want something really good their ham and swiss breakfast sandwich is to die for"] she said lightly her mouth watering at the thought.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 [#DDA0DD "Back to what you said about staying in bed a couple more hours, I'm more than willing to take part in that. Also what time do you need to leave tonight? I'll make sure to leave before you do, or at the same time you normally leave so that way you won't have to worry about a total stranger staying in your apartment while your gone"] she said with a small teasing note in her voice. She then turned her eyes back to the menu trying to figure out what she was in the mood for.]]
Well, he supposed she could drive herself. But he was inclined to spend time with her… and spoil her a little. Julius was all prepared to drive to the diner, but she was set on walking. He paused for a moment, looking at the keys in her hand. Morning air… “If you like. Though I can’t say morning air is my favorite thing.”
Sunlight didn’t really make him burst into flames, but the bright light wasn’t exactly pleasant on his skin, or easy on the eyes. It wasn’t far, so he just went along with the walk, but he relaxed once they were actually inside the diner. It wasn’t unusual for people to pay particular attention to him… though something did seem off about the woman’s look. Maybe it was Kenley’s reaction that made him wonder.
“It’s fine. And I was planning on me treating you to breakfast. I suppose I’ll have to treat you another time…” Presuming there would be another time. She seemed as interested in that prospect as he was. “Coffee, please.”
Human food. None of it had tasted the same since he’d turned. He looked over the menu,”I never said you had to leave. I can’t say I’d mind you still being there when I get back from my shift. I have to be there by nine, but I’ll be back by about six. So, if you wanted to grab some extra clothes while you’re at your place…”
None of the food looked appealing. He [i was] hungry, just not for anything on the menu. “I’d like some toast, two scrambled eggs, and some bacon. Thank you.” He sipped the coffee without adding anything. Diners really did tend to have good coffee at least. It might help curb his appetite long enough for him to find someone to sate his real hunger. “So, what do you say? It would let us work more on the project tomorrow once I get up. Among other things I imagine we might feel like doing…”
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 The way the older woman had looked at Julius was still eating at the redheaded woman, but she pushed that aside for the time being. She cocked her head to the side as he mentioned treating her to breakfast instead. She leaned her chin in the palm of her hand and locked her eyes with his. [#DDA0DD "Here's the deal, after breakfast we head back to the apartment until you need to leave for work. I'll go and get shopping done along with stopping at my place, and I'll stay in your bed until you get home"]]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 [#DDA0DD "Then when you have had enough sleep you can make me your favorite dish. I'd rather you not spend money on me, because I would have to repay you somehow. You don't have to repay me at all for this, because it's pretty much my treat for letting me come over and work on this project together. When in reality you could have kicked me out a long time ago, but considering the events of last night I don't think that'll be happening any time soon"] she said with a small smirk on her lips. At least she hoped it wouldn't happen.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 [#DDA0DD "As for working on the project, I'll work on that cover letter while you are sleeping, and when I have that done I'll have you read it over and add or change whatever you need. Along with working on interview questions as well."] she said lightly. She was surprised at how deep they were getting into this whole thing. If she didn't know better, he had something else planned out for this whole thing. It was just a project for college, and she hoped that all of their research paid off.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 When the waitress came over to take their orders, she placed her own and handed the menu over. She then leaned back in her chair and looked him over a bit. She bit the inside of her cheek lightly hating the fact there was a table between them. She had to play it cool though for the time being. Even though she wanted to reach out and touch him, or at least have him near her she would have to wait. Her mind then wandered back to Savannah when they first walked in and she cocked her head a bit to the side.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 [#DDA0DD "I don't know if you saw the way Savannah looked at you, but it seemed like she wanted to boot you out for some reason. I've never seen that kind of look on her face before.. It's kind of worrying me.."] she admitted. Had Savannah seen Julius before? Had something happened if she had? There was so much running around in her mind just then, that she couldn't really think straight. She lowered her eyes to the table top as she reached for her coffee cup and lifted it to her lips.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 A little while later their food was placed in front of them, and she started to eat slowly. Her mind still on the whole event that happened when they walked in. [#DDA0DD "Sorry, was there anything else you needed me to work on while your sleeping tomorrow?"] she asked letting the question hang in the air between the two of them.]]
“I do like the sound of you waiting in my bed…” Julius gave her a suggestive smirk. She looked lovely, and he’d liked to have been able to pull her over closer. “I really ought to do some of my own shopping. It is my apartment we’re stocking, afterall.” Though she would, in fact, be the main one to enjoy the food. “But you’re quite right that I’m in no hurry to have you leave.”
She was irresistible. He’d get hell for it once the other vampires caught wind of it, but that was later on. “That sounds like a plan for the project. I can get the numbers done once I’m awake as well, then we should be ready for class.”
As for her friend… Julius wasn’t entirely sure. Some humans didn’t fall for the charm. They could tell something was off. Then again, maybe it had more to do with the fact that he was a new man in Kenley’s life. “Hm, I’m not sure what’s on her mind, but it’s probably nothing to worry about.” Julius took another drink of his coffee. It was taking the edge off the hunger… barely.
And the food looked nice, but it wouldn’t really sate his appetite. “Anything else… I can’t think of anything. Just the school project, and making yourself comfortable.”
Breakfast was not at all the sort of thing he was craving, but Julius ate anyway. The bacon was probably the tastiest thing on his plate, and the only thing he entirely finished. The toast was topped with butter, and only a few bites eaten. The eggs were half gone, but he didn’t feel like finishing the rest. Eating normal food did next to nothing for him anymore. His sense of taste had changed when he turned, rendering blood the most delicious thing to him. Human food could be nostalgic… but that only really worked when he wasn’t hungry. Heading off any questions he offered a smile,”Never have too big of an appetite in the morning. I eat… a little odd. Goes with the schedule.”
That excuse wasn’t going to work for too long. She’d notice how little he ate. He returned to his coffee, trying to think a little ahead to his actual meal. Perhaps at her apartment while waiting for her he could grab someone for a bite...
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 The woman nodded lightly. [#DDA0DD "Which I will gladly do then"] she said with a small smirk. She would make sure everything she needed was done, before pretty much locking herself into his apartment for the night. It was kind of exciting in a way. She hadn't done anything like this in ages, and it was sent shivers down her spine for sure. She was looking forward to waking up to the male once more. Or at least when she awoke anyway. She would then let him sleep the day away, and be there when he finally awoke.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 When their meals were placed in front of them, she thanked the waitress and she dug into her own. She didn't realize how hungry she had been until she started eating. It was amazing like always. The flavors seemed to explode on her tongue. As the male spoke about the ideas for tomorrow, she nodded lightly. [#DDA0DD "I'll make sure to keep as silent as I can though. It'll be like you wouldn't know I was there"] she said with a warm smile. Shit she had a lot to tell Starlett for sure. Which she made a mental note to message her later.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 As the two ate, she hadn't really paid attention to the male's eating habits. When he explained he didn't eat a lot she shrugged a bit. [#DDA0DD "Nothing wrong with that, I'm not much of a breakfast fan myself, but I do get cravings for it"] she admitted. This was honestly her favorite place to even come for it. She finished what she could, and pushed the plate away. She then drank as much of her coffee as she could before she was done with that as well.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 When the check came she nodded a bit. [#DDA0DD "Put it on my tab"] she said lightly. The waitress nodded lightly. [b "You both have a wonderful day"] she said as she cleared their places and carried the dishes to the kitchen. McKenley sat there a moment longer, before she finally pushed herself up and nodded towards the door. She didn't want to keep him out any later than she had too. She wrapped her arms around herself as she walked. The walk seemed to take less time than the walk there, because they were already at the apartment once more.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 [#DDA0DD "My car, or yours? I'm not too picky about what one we take"] she said as she pulled his keys out of her back pocket and tossed them to him. Her car was pretty much right next to them, but she wouldn't argue about taking his either. She left this choice up to the male.]]
Julius smirked slightly. She could be as quiet as a mouse and he would still be well aware of her presence in his apartment. Sharp senses saw to that. “I’m sure I’ll sleep fine.” As long as she wasn’t stomping around he’d adjust to the noise of her moving around.
With breakfast for her settled Julius followed her out back into the morning sun. It was painfully bright, so he shielded his eyes a little while they adjusted. If she kept wanting to walk his skin was going to burn. Not his idea of a great time.
He caught his keys and smiled,”We can take mine. This way.” He motioned for her to follow him to where his car was parked. It was in one of the spaces reserved for residents of the apartment. He went around to the passenger side and opened the door for her before going around to slide into the drivers seat himself. With the tinted windows he relaxed a little. Much better now, even if it still wasn’t fun being out in the daytime.
“Just go ahead and put in the address.” He motioned to the navigation system, the screen of which took up a good portion of the center console. His car wasn’t insanely expensive, but it did have just enough bells and whistles to seem luxurious. He’d just follow the directions to get them to her apartment, then let her change before they went shopping,”So, have any special requests for shopping? Aside from coffee creamer.”
He intended to be shopping to her tastes, he wouldn’t enjoy the food much anyway. He’d just need to figure out a good way to hunt with her around. He still hadn’t found an easy way to slip away, and the coffee was only going to hold him over so long.
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 The sight of the male's car made her jaw drop. [#DDA0DD "Damn, for being a college student your job must pay pretty good"] she said lightly. She then slipped into the passenger seat and put her seatbelt on. When he was inside the car telling her to type in her address, she leaned forward a bit and figured it out slowly. The car was breathtaking, and it did make her a bit jealous of the male as well. She hadn't meant to sound jealous, but that's how it came out as. When her address was in she leaned back.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 [#DDA0DD "Honestly I don't care. If I could I would live off of Ramen noodles and Macaroni and Cheese"] she said with a small sheepish smile. Those were her favorite things to eat, and she knew she wouldn't be able to live off of it, but it was better than nothing. That and it was really cheap too. Her own job didn't pay too much, but she got by the best she could. Sometimes she thought about dropping out of school, and this time she was glad she hadn't followed through with it.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 When they were outside of her apartment she leaned over and kissed the male's cheek lightly. [#DDA0DD "I'll be back. It shouldn't take me too long. Twenty minutes tops, then we can get you back to your place so you can sleep"] she said as she slipped out of the car. She made sure she had her apartment key before running into the building. She went straight to her apartment and unlocked the door. [b "There you are!"] came the sound of her best friend and she grinned lightly. [b "Where's the fire?"] the other asked.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 [#DDA0DD "There's no fire, I'm just grabbing some clothes and what not. I'm not going to be here for a couple of days"]]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 [b "Does this have to do with the handsome stranger we met yesterday? What happened? Tell me everything!"]]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 [#DDA0DD "Yes it has to do with Julius. He asked me to pretty much stay over there until our next class, so that way we can get this project done. That and we kind of slept together already too"] she said with a small blush. The other woman let out a scream just then.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 [b "McKenley Shadows! You slept with someone on the first night?! You fucking skank"] she said with a laugh. The redheaded woman shook her head lightly and laughed. [#DDA0DD "Yes I did, and honestly it was fucking amazing. He's amazing honestly."] she said as she went to her room to pack her things. The two spent the next little while talking while she packed up her things. [b "I'm jealous. Is it going to go anywhere?"] she asked the woman. Kenley froze and looked towards the other woman and shrugged a bit. She didn't know what to really say.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She took a breath before speaking. [#DDA0DD "Honestly I don't know. I feel attracted to him in more ways than one. But I'm not really going to hold my breath. I mean, I shouldn't be this excited but I am. I hope it'll go somewhere, but I guess I'm just going to play it by ear"] she admitted. Thinking about things ending with the male hurt more than it should have. Maybe she was moving too fast. Was it pure lust they were feeling? Or was there something more? She bit her lip lightly as she reached for her phone.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She hurried and sent the male a message. [#DDA0DD [i I'll be down in a little while. The roommate cornered me.]] She then hit send and the two finished talking. About twenty minutes later the redheaded woman was making her way back to the male's car. She then slipped into the car once more and looked towards the male. [#DDA0DD "Sorry.. That took me a lot longer than I planned on.. I can always go shopping tomorrow while you are sleeping"] she said lightly. She didn't want to keep him out any longer than she already had.]]
“It does. They see we’re well compensated.” All in the clan were provided for, as long as they did their part. Julius smiled at her,”I think I can afford a little more than that.”
She seemed reluctant to let him spoil her, but that would be something he’d work on. He’d find ways. He followed the directions and found a spot to park. Kenley seemed to be in a hurry, but he waved a hand, the picture of calm,”No need to rush on my account. Take as long as you need.”
He’d just find someone to sate the growing appetite for blood. Once she had disappeared into the building he stepped out of the car. It was just a matter of finding prey. It was a residential area, but there were a couple apartment buildings and houses nearby. Someone might be around. Julius slipped into the shade near a building, walking along the sidewalk slowly as he watched and waited. The street being empty would make it easier… as long as someone came by.
And they did. It only took a couple minutes but someone emerged from a building with a dog on a leash. Alone except for the dog, they’d be easy prey. The woman was dressed as if this was her exercise for the day, and started picking up the pace with ear buds in her ears.
The dog stopped and growled as Julius approached. Animals were not always fond of him, but he just had to barely glance at the animal for it to stop and step back, tail tucked between its legs. “Excuse me. I dropped my glasses and I can’t seem to find them. Can’t see.”
Julius gave her a charming smile, and that was it. He’d won her over. She took out one ear bud, her face flushing a little. Good looks went a long way. “Sure. Where’d you drop them? Come on Max.”
“Just over here, I think. Sorry to bother you.” Julius led her over near the corner of the building. “I was waiting for my friend and got careless cleaning them.”
Once he had her over at the corner quick as lightning he grabbed her and pulled her around between the buildings. His hand was over her mouth before she even thought to scream. He was unnaturally strong, so despite her struggle he easily kept her pinned against the wall and was able to lean down and bite her neck.
It was better than any of the human food he’d consumed that morning. The flavor was so much more bold and rich. While he drank she stopped fighting and relaxed. Something about the bite made humans much more docile while a vampire fed. It would have been easy then to kill her by draining her blood. Julius restrained himself and pulled back. Bodies turning up made things look suspicious. He looked at the bite mark, which quickly healed over and was barely noticeable,”You’ll forget the whole thing. Just go back to walking your dog.”
He stepped away and returned to the car. The dog was whimpering and whined as the woman did as she was told. She seemed to be in a daze, but Julius knew that would wear off. The bite made humans docile and suggestable, usually. It depended on their willpower, apparently. Most humans lacked the will to resist much. Julius checked his reflection and cleaned what blood there was around his mouth. He didn’t really want Kenley to get suspicious and find out about what he was. Or did he? The thought briefly crossed his mind. He was forbidden to tell her, that would mean death for them both. But if she discovered vampires herself her fate would be his choice. He could kill her or turn her.
Well, it was far too soon to be considering that, wasn’t it? But the idea sounded appealing to him for the moment. He checked his phone finally to see the message from her. Responding a little late he typed out [i ‘It’s fine, I went for a walk. I don’t mind waiting.’]
While he waited he sat with his phone, which didn’t give him a lot of time but he was looking up telecommunications companies and stock information. When she arrived back he looked up and smiled,”No need to apologize. We’ll make a quick run to the store first. I can’t have you just getting noodles to live on.”
Not giving her the chance to object he drove them both to a grocery store between their apartments. Julius got a shopping cart and then stopped once he was inside and faced with the huge variety of food. He didn’t even know where to start. “Ah… maybe we’ll start with the coffee creamer. Let me know if you see anything you want.”
That was right, coffee creamer. It was something he could start with. He just wasn’t sure where it was, and wandered a little aimlessly looking for a sign before eventually making his way to the dairy section. “I had no idea there were this many flavors… Pick any you like. There’s plenty of space in the fridge.”
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 The fact that he made it to where she couldn't object any longer, she let her lower lip jut out in a small pout. She didn't mind living off of noodles, or ordering out. It was pretty much what she did everyday anyway. When they arrived at the grocery store, she fell into step beside the male. She let her eyes wander the aisles, and then looked towards Julius and smirked lightly. She was going to let him get used to the layout, and to find everything. When they arrived in the Dairy section she had her arms wrapped around herself.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 [#DDA0DD "There's so many different flavors. There's just not the cold creamer either. There's also powered ones as well. Those aren't too good to be honest"] she said lightly as she opened one of the doors and pulled out a couple different flavors. One of them was Peppermint Mocha, one was French Vanilla, and the last one was Funfetti. All three were her favorite flavors. She then moved down to where the milk was and debated on getting a small half gallon, but then decided against it. If they weren't on a time crunch she would have taken her time.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She went up and down the aisles putting items into the cart, along with some meals she would be happy enough to even make him. When she was done she looked at the cart then towards the male and smirked lightly. [#DDA0DD "You didn't tell me a budget, but I did notice your place was pretty bare. So might as well get what you might need as well"] she said as she gently pushed the front of the cart back towards the check stands. As she was making her way a male stepped in front of her.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 [b "Well this is a sight to see. The most beautiful woman in town is out shopping. Who's this? Your slave?"] he asked as he looked towards the male behind her. McKenley stiffened a bit and slid her hands into the back pockets of his jeans. [#DDA0DD "He's not a bloody slave, we are just doing some shopping because his cupboards are bare"] she snapped back. She wasn't in the mood to deal with Malcolm right now. Whenever he was around, she ended up losing her temper and this wasn't not the time.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 [b "It looks like to me he's your slave, because he's the one pushing the cart. But enough of that, I was wondering if I could take you out to dinner sometime this week? You and I haven't been spending too much time together, and I kind of miss you"] Malcom admitted. Kenley shook her head lightly and locked her eyes on his. [#DDA0DD "I'm not interested in dating you Malcolm, and you know this. So you might as well stop trying"] she nearly hissed out between her teeth. Her temper slowly rising.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 [b "Why? Are you dating someone else? You told me you weren't interested in dating anyone at all, and yet you are here with him, and you are claiming he's not a slave to you. What did you do to make him come with you then?"] he asked his eyes taunting her to do something else. She kept her hands in her pockets as she nodded towards the check out's. [#DDA0DD "I'm not in the mood to deal with you right now. If you don't mind I have somewhere to be"] she said as she slid one of her hands out of her pocket.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She then directed to cart to one of the lines. That's when the other male reached out and grabbed her around the waist, and pulled her against him. His lips crushing down on her's. A shudder ran down her spine as she reached her hand back and slapped him across the face. When the male let her go she finally spoke. [#DDA0DD "How fucking dare you. Don't ever do that to me again"] she hissed. Malcolm smirked lightly rubbing his cheek where she slapped him. He then looked towards Julius.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 [b "It's not like he's your boyfriend or anything, and he won't do a bloody thing. I'll see you around beautiful"] he said as he turned and walked off. Kenley was shaking from the whole encounter. She kept her eyes turned away and looked straight ahead. When it was their turn, she loaded the cart up onto the belt, and helped put them back when the bags were full. Soon enough she as back outside, and loading up the car. She still wasn't saying anything about what happened. Her hands were still shaking a bit as well, and her heart was hammering inside of her chest the whole time.]]
“Well, then let’s not get the powdered kind.” He said it with just a hint of a smile. He really was a little out of his depth here with the shopping. Julius was content to let her choose whatever she liked for the apartment kitchen. “It is a little bare… I haven’t bothered getting much. Don’t worry about the budget, I’m overdue for stocking the kitchen properly anyway.”
Well, he didn’t really need to do it at all, but it wasn’t like he was short on money. A generous stipend more than covered for his needs and wants. The checkout should have gone smoothly, but apparently Kenley had some history that decided to rear its head. Julius eyed the man coldly. Like the man was beneath him.
Rather than give in to the man’s childish taunting, Julius pushed the cart in the direction she indicated. But when the man actually touched her, Julius saw red for a moment. One hand came off the handle of the cart and clenched into a fist. He restrained the urge to throw this Malcom across the store. Her slap and resistance cooled his own rage somewhat, and he felt a sense of pride in her fighting spirit.
They got checked out without any more incidents and were back in the car with it loaded with groceries for the first time. Before driving off he placed a hand over her own trembling one,”I’d snap him like a twig if you asked. But you look like you can handle yourself.” He gave her hand a comforting squeeze and smiled at her,”Let me know if you need me to clean the blood. Or hide the body.”
Julius laughed quietly, as though it were a joke. Part of him was serious though. “I imagine you’d rather I not kill him. But do let me know if you change your mind.” There was a pause and he started the engine. As he drove off towards his home he finally asked,”So, ex or just mad he got turned down?”
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 The woman wanted nothing more than to sink into the ground and just vanish from sight. What really pissed her off was Malcolm thinking that Julius was her so called [i slave]. It wasn't that way at all. Did people really think that of her? She had been so wrapped up in her thoughts she jumped slightly feeling the male's hand covering her own trembling one. She slowly looked towards him, a small smile tugging on the corner's of her lips. She then leaned her head back and watched him with silent eyes for a moment.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She let the man's words sink in. Was he really willing to do that for her? No one has ever done that sort of thing for her, let alone offer to hide a body for her either. A small laugh passed through her lips as she looked out the window. Then the question arose about him being her ex. She took a breath and blew it out slowly before finally speaking. [#DDA0DD "He's not an ex. He's just mad I turned him down"] she admitted. She might as well get it all out in the open now.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 [#DDA0DD "When I first moved here about three years ago, he had his sights on me the first day. He's done everything he could to get me to go out with him. I just don't see him in that light at all. I honestly don't see anything with him. He's too demanding, too clingy, possieve as well. I know for a fact he would treat me like an object instead of a person. So when I turned him down the first time, he was really upset about it. He said he would pretty much commit suicide"]]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 [#DDA0DD "I'm not one to fall for that shit, but it still worried me to no end. I told him that I wasn't ready to be with anyone, and made up some bullshit lie about just breaking up with my ex-boyfriend before moving. So since then he's been trying to get into my pants, every time he sees me with another man he get's jealous in a way. Then say's they are pretty much my slaves, when that's not true at all. I just like to pick the person I want to spend my time with, and he's not one of them"]]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 [#DDA0DD "So seeing him today, and the way he kept calling you my slave really pissed me off. I'm not gonna lie, I'm scared he's going to do something to harm himself, or me. He's the type of person, that if he can't have something no one can. I have a feeling he's going to do something harmful to me, and I honestly don't know what to do about it"] she said with a small sigh. She then turned her attention to the male beside her. She was scared, and admitting that made her feel weak.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 [#DDA0DD "Thank you though for the offer. I'll let you know if I change my mind though. I just hope this doesn't change your mind about me, and maybe pursuing whatever it is we have going right now"] she trailed off and felt her cheeks burning with the last words. What was it they were doing? Were they just fuck buddies, and after this project was over and done with, he would drop her like yesterday's news? That seemed to scare her even more. She didn't dare say anything more at the moment.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She turned her attention back out the window as he drove back to his place. She was silently kicking herself for spilling everything, but at least it was out in the open now. The ball was pretty much in his court, and it was his choice on what to even do now.]]
“Ah.” Julius nodded and listened. So he wasn’t an angry ex, just possessive over someone who wasn’t interested in the slightest. “I wouldn’t let him hurt you. If he tries he will regret it.” That he meant, and it was clear from his tone that he was serious. “Some pathetic little idiot like that isn’t going to change my mind about you.”
What had he decided about her? He looked over at her briefly. “We’ll decide ourselves what we have. And if you decide, how we’ll dispose of that weasel’s body.” His sense of humor was a little dark, maybe. By human standards anyway.
He pulled in to park at his apartment and got out of the car. He started to go to open the car door for her, but she beat him to it that time. He just half smiled and went to get the groceries, aiming to carry as many as he could in one hand. The limit wasn’t so much the weight as it was how many bags he could physically loop onto his arm and fingers. He could lift them all easily, in fact he could lift the [i car] if he wanted to, but carrying all these bags in was not a normal thing for him.
With a seriously overloaded arm he easily made his way upstairs and to his apartment where he fiddled one handed with his keys to open the door and let them in. He didn’t even seem to struggle as he got all the bags into the kitchen before setting them down and trying to see about putting it all away,”I’m afraid you’ll have to help me organize this all too. Almost nothing we bought has a place to go. There’s plenty of space though.” His kitchen was seriously lacking in things, so only a few of the cupboards and drawers were even in use. Even those were hardly full, with one above sparsely stocked with dishes, another over the coffee pot holding only several kinds of coffee, one cupboard below with a couple pots and pans, and a single drawer with every utensil he had haphazardly tossed inside.
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She listened to the man's words and she felt a bit better. Maybe there was something there. Him offering to even hide the body was enough to make her agree to it. She was kind of surprised at how dark he was. She turned her head and looked at his profile as he drove. He seemed so serious, and in a way it scared her, but it made her curious even more. Shortly after their morbid talk he was pulling into the parking lot. She made sure to grab some of the bags so he wouldn't have to do it all himself.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She followed behind him back to the apartment, and she kicked off her shoes in the doorway. She made sure neither one of them would trip over them, and carried the small amount of bags she had to the kitchen. She shook her head lightly as she pointed towards the bedroom. [#DDA0DD "You get your ass into that bed. I've kept you up later than I should have, and if you don't go now I'll feel even worse"] she admitted. She didn't mind putting everything away for him either. It would keep her mind off of what happened.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 [#DDA0DD "When you are up for the night, I'll show you where everything is stored so that way you know where everything is. Now please go and try to sleep, I'll be as quiet as I can"] she promised. That was another reason why she had slipped her shoes off. She wouldn't make as much noise with the shoes, than she would in her socked feet. She then went about putting the colder items into the empty fridge, and put the other items into the cupboards, trying to keep as silent as possible as well.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 As she was putting everything away she tossed the bags into each other, and that's when she felt her phone going off in her pocket. She let out a small sigh as she pulled the phone out, and opened the messages that came through. [b [i What the fuck happened?! Malcom just left, and he was in a fucking rage! He said he ran into you, and some guy at the supermarket. He said that you were acting weird, and when he tried to help you, you slapped him. What the fuck is going on Ken?]] the message read.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 The female let out a small huff of breath as she set her phone aside for the time being. She grabbed a glass and filled it with ice water, as she picked her phone back up and carried it to the living room. She sat on the couch and took a small sip, before setting it on the table in front of her. She pulled her legs up under her, as she debated on what to even tell the woman. Malcom was trying to make her look like the bag guy, and it annoyed her.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She leaned back as she started typing out a message. [#DDA0DD [i He wasn't trying to help me at all. I was with Julius, like I told you when I saw you earlier today. We were getting some things for his apartment, when Malcom showed up. He started saying some crazy shit about Julius being my slave or whatever, and I tried to put him in his place. I'm kind of surprised he even showed up at the apartment. I'm doing okay though, if anything Julius was keeping me safe. Malcom is who we need to watch out for.]]]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 [#DDA0DD [i I'll talk to you later. I'm getting shit put away, and letting Julius sleep because he has to work tonight. I'll call you when he leaves for work.]] She read the message over a couple of times and then hit send. At least she was being honest with her best friend. She was really thinking about letting Julius take Malcom out of the picture. Which was really strange for her. She bit her lip as she pulled her knees to her chest, resting her chin on her knees enjoying the silence around her.]]
“Alright, alright. I’ll leave you in charge. Make yourself at home, I’ll go lie down.” Raising his hands in surrender Julius flashed her a smile. Rather than retreat to the bedroom right away he went to her and leaned in to kiss her, allowing his hand to briefly feel the warmth of her cheek,”I’ll see you this evening.”
Kenley seemed intent on him getting some rest, but Julius had a hard time sleeping. To start with, it didn’t matter how quiet she tried to be, his hearing was sharp enough that he could easily track her movements in the apartment. Her putting things away, getting a drink, and moving to the living room. He often tuned out much of the noise he could hear in the apartment, which included most of what his neighbors did, but he was actually interested in her. Far more than he knew he should be.
Eventually he did manage to drift into a light sleep for a few hours. An alarm signaled that it was time to get up and ready himself for work. He changed clothes first, black pants and a black shirt, and then emerged from the bedroom to find Kenley,”Good evening. I hope you weren’t too bored waiting.”
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 The silence of the apartment was soothing. She couldn't really hear anything outside the walls, and it helped her relax a little bit. She did manage to find a light blanket, and she slipped it over herself. She scrolled on her phone for awhile, and then started hunting down some other ideas for the project while the male slept. She didn't realize that she had gotten a tad sleepy herself until she heard the male's voice, and it startled her a little bit. She dropped her phone onto the floor and let out a small curse.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She looked towards the male sheepishly as she bent down and picked it up. [#DDA0DD "Oh I wasn't bored at all. I did spend a lot of the time doing research, didn't really find anything. I did find some idea's for a cover letter though, which I will work on later tonight. The silence was so soothing, I guess I ended up getting a bit sleepy myself"] she said with a small tint of pink to her cheeks. She streached her legs out in front of her, and let out a small groan at the feeling.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She then stood and folded the blanket and placed it on the back of the couch. [#DDA0DD "Do you want me to make you anything before you leave? Or for you to take tonight? Was I quiet enough though as well? I didn't want to wake you, and I apologize if I did"] she said lightly. She had tried her hardest to be as quiet as she could. A small shiver ran down her spine as gooseflesh rose on her arms. She was a bit cold, and that wasn't normal for her. She wrapped her arms around herself for a little warmth.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She couldn't help herself though either. She walked over to the male and took his chin in her hand, and tilted his head down towards her, and pressed her lips to his lightly. She pulled back a small smile tugging on her lips. [#DDA0DD "I don't get how people can get so tired of that"] she breathed out. She wasn't one to get tired of kissing the person she's with. She ran her finger lightly along his chin, before she moved her hand away. She made her way into the kitchen, realizing she hadn't really eaten much.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She went to the fridge and pulled out a water bottle, twisting the cap off and taking a sip. [#DDA0DD "I know it's not much, but your cupboards aren't as bare anymore"] she said with a small laugh. She placed the cap back onto the bottle before she slid herself onto the counter top, waiting for the male to make up his mind about getting something to eat. If he didn't, she would make something for herself when he was gone.]]
Julius had a little smirk at her startled reaction. He did tend to move around quieter than most humans noticed. “Sorry, didn’t mean to startle you. That sounds good, I can look over it when I get home, or maybe tomorrow. I slept fine, thank you.”
She was cold. Not that he was warmer, but the cold didn’t bother him. Julius was quite happy at the kiss, leaning into the show of affection,”Mm, I agree.” He didn’t think he’d get tired of having her around. Julius followed her to the kitchen, leaning against the doorframe as he watched her,”It looks nice. I think I’ll head to work now, but make yourself at home. No need to wait up. I’ll join you in bed when I get back, which will probably be around six or seven in the morning.”
Not content to leave their parting at that he went over to her and gave her one more kiss, his hand lingering on her cheek,”I’ll see you later.”
With that it was off to work. His contribution to the clan. He got in his car and made his way to the place he would be guarding. Everyone took turns guarding various places of strategic importance to the clan. Places where leaders resided, or places that were important to the cashflow that allowed the clan the financial ability to provide for them all. He might be moved around at any time, but for now he guarded a warehouse of goods waiting to be sold. Some were part of various legitimate operations, and others the kind that were illegal.
He wasn’t the only one on duty. He parted in the nearly empty lot and made his way to the guard station just inside the warehouse. Silas was already there, waiting. “Julius, there you are. Here I thought you might ditch us, sleep all night because you decided to keep a human schedule.”
“Good to see you too, Silas.” Julius was ignoring the dark haired man with deep brown eyes. Silas was lounging in an office chair, his feet propped up on a desk.
He got up then, giving Julius a once over,”I’ll want to hear all about these stupid classes of yours while we walk our rounds.”
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 McKenley's heart was racing at the thought of being alone, in his space. She had told him she would be there when he got off work, and she was going to keep that promise as well. When he gave her that final kiss she felt her heart drop. Was this really how it felt being so attached to someone? The feeling of being alone seemed to seep in just then. She found her phone and turned on her play list to fill the silence around her. She went back to the living room and grabbed her laptop.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She carried it to the table, and opened it. As she was waiting for it to boot up she made herself something to eat. Her stomach was yelling at her, and she wanted to get this cover letter finished before she would turn in for the night. The thought of sleeping in the male's bed alone was driving her insane. She sat down and pulled one of her feet up onto the chair with her, and opened up her document's page, and started typing out the letter. She left a couple of places empty for the time being.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 The empty places were for the male to fill in. Like the company name, and whatever else. When the cover letter was done, she worked on some interview questions, along with some type of rules for the company. Dress code, and how to treat your other co-workers. When all of that was done and saved, she finished eating, and then made her way to the bedroom. She made sure to shut off the lights as she went. She kept her music playing to help keep her mind busy. When she was in the bedroom she sat on the edge of the bed.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 Her eyes then turned to the huge bathroom, and a small smirk passed over her lips. She pulled her phone towards her, and found the messages she had sent to Julius, and sent him a quick one. [#DDA0DD [i I hope you don't mind, but I did borrow your shower again, along with some of your clothes.]] She read the message over before sending it. She then stood and stripped out of her own clothes, letting them fall to the floor. She went over to his dresser and pulled out a pair of his boxer's, and a t-shirt.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She then made her way to the bathroom, took a quick shower and then got dressed. The shirt smelled like Julius, and it helped calm her down a bit. She then made her way back to the bed. She climbed in under the cover's, plugged her charger in and let her phone charge. She turned off the music, and sat there for a few minutes. She was safe. She had to keep telling herself that she was. She then reached over and shut the lamp off, before snuggling down into the blankets, letting sleep wash over her.]]
Silas was curious about this human schedule Julius was keeping now. They walked their rounds around the warehouse and Silas kept up a near constant stream of questions. Asking if it was hard staying up so much during the day, how much sleep he was getting, and how well he was blending in.
Julius answered the questions, but rarely elaborated on the simple responses he gave. He wasn’t getting much sleep, he didn’t much like daylight, but he assured the other man that he was blending in just fine.
“So how much food are you eating to blend in? That just doesn’t sound appealing at all. It’s all like eating cardboard now, only worse because you [i can] taste it, it just doesn’t taste [i good]. Right?”
Julius peered behind a forklift then kept walking,”I avoid it when I can. Coffee is actually pretty good, and a lot of the time you can get away with just a cup of coffee.”
“Really? Oh wow. That’s interesting. With as much as humans eat I’d expect you to have to be getting a good couple meals or so a day. Ugh, just thinking of that makes me feel sick.”
Julius stopped walking and checked his phone to see the text from Kenley. He tried to not react, but the other vampire caught the small movement of Julius’s eyebrow twitching up just a little. Her text made the idea of returning to his apartment insanely appealing. But he couldn’t tell Silas that.
“Oh, what’s on your phone?” Silas made a grab for it and Julius moved it out of the other man’s reach.
“None of your business.” He wasn’t interested in anyone finding out about Kenley. At least not yet.
“A human? Why is a human texting you? I’m the only one that texts you.”
Julius raised one eyebrow high at Silas,”Don’t pout. It’s undignified. Are you jealous? She’s a classmate.”
“Oh, a girl! You’ll never speak to me again!” Silas was being over dramatic and flung himself on Julius while making another grab at the phone.
Julius shoved Silas off and tucked his phone back in his pocket,”Get off. You’re being ridiculous. We’re working on a project together.”
“Do tell! I want to know about this girl texting you. Helana is going to be furious. She’s got her eye on you!”
Julius rubbed his face with one hand,”I’m not interested in what Helana thinks. We need to finish our rounds.”
“Fine, fine. Then do you want to play cards? It’s always so boring here.”
“It’s our obligation to the clan.”
“I want a more exciting obligation.” Silas protested, but he followed Julius back to the security room.
Julius took the chance then to send a response to Kenley, [i I don’t mind. Make yourself at home.] The vampire hesitated, considering adding more, but then Silas caught him and he quickly hit send and put his phone away.
“You’re texting her back! Must be important. Who is she?”
“A classmate. Did you want to play cards or not?”
“You’re actually agreeing? Something [i is] going on, isn’t it?”
Julius rolled his eyes,”Or I’d like the distraction to stay awake. Get the damn cards and get ready to lose.”
The rest of the shift was mostly uneventful, though Silas still had the odd question about Julius’s new schedule and life. He didn’t manage to pry any information about Kenley out, at least not during work.
It was after work when he insisted on going home with Julius all the way to his apartment to ‘catch up’ that he got more information. Julius tried to open the door and slip in fast before Silas could notice anything. Unfortunately with the door open Julius could hear the soft sound of Kenley sleeping, shifting in her sleep possibly. He tried to cover it up by telling Silas goodbye,”Well, we’re here. You better get going. Wouldn’t want to be wandering around once the sun is up.”
The sun would rise soon, and few vampires liked to be up and about much past dawn. His plan [i almost] worked, except there was still the other signs of Kenley’s presence lingering. Her scent, and some extra belongings inside the apartment. Silas poked his head in and asked in a whisper,”Is she here? [i Now]?”
Julius gripped the doorknob tighter. Silas was a friend, more or less, but he could run his mouth. “For the project. It’s easier with the odd schedule.” His answer was equally quiet, barely voiced. He hoped Silas would leave it at that, but he tilted his head one way, then another, and took a step in, then was blocked from going farther by Julius putting a hand on his chest.
“She’s in your bed.” Silas looked a little surprised.
Julius looked away towards the hallway that led to the bedroom,”Where else is she supposed to sleep?”
Silas eyed the man he considered a friend,”Hm. Still a gentleman. But the council won’t like it. The King especially won’t.”
“I know. I… I’ll talk to you later. Keep your mouth shut, Silas.” Julius shoved Silas out, and took a moment to stand at the door, considering his situation. Kenley’s presence would likely be tolerated, barely, if he could convince them it was to help blend in. But he could not tell her about the vampires, that was a death sentence for them both. He would just need to keep her in the dark.
Though there was one other option. If she discovered the truth on her own he would be in the clear, or get a small punishment, while she wouldn’t necessarily die. She could be turned in that situation, becoming a vampire and in on the secret. He couldn’t just turn her without permission, but by the old laws he could get that right if she discovered the truth about what he was without him or anyone else telling her.
He’d need time to think this through, formulate a plan. For now, she was waiting in bed… wearing some of his borrowed clothes. The thought of that was enough to calm his anxieties and excite him as he slipped into the bedroom where she was asleep under the covers. Julius took off his shoes and shirt before sliding into bed under the sheets. Without any hesitation he cuddled up to her, wrapping one arm around her waist. She [i was] wearing a shirt of his, a simple t-shirt. Julius breathed in her scent and pressed his lips to her neck. What was this feeling that washed over him? He felt affectionate, and all at once calm just having her here. “Good morning.”
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 The sound of voices seemed to stir the woman out of her slumber, but then the voices seemed to silence themselves once more. She felt herself slowly relaxing more into the bed. She slid one of her arms under the pillow, snuggling down into the blankets. She felt at home. She felt comfortable, and she felt like she could let her guard fully down. That's when she heard the bedroom door open, and felt Julius slip into the bed with her. She felt his arm around her waist, and his lips on her neck, sending a shiver down her spine.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She shifted a bit so she could see him. She slowly opened her eyes and smiled sleepily towards the male. [#DDA0DD "Good morning to you as well. Welcome home"] she said lightly. She then shifted onto her side and curled up against the male. Her head leaning against his shoulder. She felt even safer than she had before. She let herself fall back asleep, which she hadn't intended on doing, but her body was screaming at her that it was too early to do anything. She was just glad the male was back safe and sound.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She had slept for a couple more hours until her body finally woke her up. She untangled herself from the male, and the sheets and hurried to the bathroom. She shut the door quietly behind her, just in case the other had fallen asleep shortly after he had come home. She took her time doing her morning business, and when finished she flushed, and moved towards the sink. She turned on the water and washed her hands, and splashed some cold water on her face. She then looked up at herself in the mirror.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She looked slightly different, and she couldn't really understand why. She was still wearing Julius's clothes, and a small smile slipped onto her face. It's been ages since she's slept in any man's clothes. She wondered if he would be okay if she kept them. She would ask him about it later. Right now she wanted to get back into the warmth of the bed. She shut the water off a couple seconds later, dried her face and hands on a towel, and then made her way back into the room. She slowly padded back towards the bed.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She thought about opening the curtain's to let in some sunlight, but she wasn't in the mood for that right now. She slowly slipped back into the bed, and watched the male with silent eyes. She honestly didn't know how she had pretty much snagged his attention. What was it about him that drew her in? She felt like it was the air of mystery around him, she wanted to know everything about him. She could tell he wasn't being fully honest with her, but she hoped that would change throughout getting to know one another better.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She snuggled down into the blankets and moved towards his side once more. She rested her head on his chest, wrapping her arm around his waist slowly. She laid there, feeling herself getting more and more comfortable. She knew sooner or later she would end up falling asleep once more. She was enjoying the silence, and the feeling of his body against her's. She made sure to keep herself silent, letting him rest. Sooner or later they would both be ready to get out of bed, and she would be able to show him everything she had done the night before.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 For the time being, she wasn't going to worry about that. They had the whole day to do that. For now she just wanted to enjoy the silence, and his company. She kept her head against his chest, her body relaxing against his, the silence washing over them both. She let her eyes drift closed, took a breath, and blew it out slowly.]]
He could get used to this, he thought. Her waiting in bed for him. That sleepy smile. Julius didn’t go to sleep right away. It took a few minutes with his mind racing for the sound of her breathing and the steady beat of her heart to lull him to sleep.
Yes, this was something he’d be quite happy to get used to. He got a little bit of sleep before he was aware of her getting out of bed. It woke him, but he wasn’t in any hurry to get up. It seemed he never got enough sleep lately. He didn’t need a lot, but he did need some. He was still mostly awake when she returned to bed, though his eyes were closed. He held her against him and after a while mumbled,”Planning on getting up soon? Is class today or tomorrow?”
He couldn’t recall, he’d come to rely on his phone giving alerts and alarms to remind him when things were. With his odd schedule the days bled together making it hard to tell when something was happening day to day. Hour to hour was much easier to manage, or longer term in the weeks, months, or years ahead. Julius peeked one eye open and tightened his arm around her,”I can think of ways to spend time before class that might be more fun than sleep.”
He wasn’t sure she’d take him up on the offer. It was likely enough they didn’t have time if there was class this morning, they had the project to get the first draft finished before the next class meeting. Plus she would want to eat breakfast. At least the kitchen was stocked now.
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 When she heard the male's voice she shook her head lightly. [#DDA0DD "Class is tomorrow. I do have to work this afternoon well into tonight though. So we should get some more of it done, and saved to the hard drive, so that way it's easier to pull up tomorrow"] she muttered lightly. She would kill to just stay in bed all day, but she did have other adulting things to do. That and it was only Sunday morning, so they had a whole day to do whatever pretty much. She was getting comfortable once more.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She perked up a bit at him mentioning something about more ways to spend together besides sleeping. [#DDA0DD "Well, whatever you have in mind, then do it. Don't stop yourself on my account in the least"] she purred lightly. She shifted a bit against him, sliding one of her legs over his. It was still pretty early, so she didn't have to leave right away. She could spend a good couple of hours doing what he had in mind, then save everything to the hard drive, and make sure all of her shit was together before leaving.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 It was strange to think she could get used to this. Sleeping in another man's bed, waking up to find him there. Knowing that she wouldn't have a care in the world. That's all she really wanted these days. A simple life, coming home taking a shower, relaxing with loved ones. She let out a small sigh as she realized she was getting more and more wrapped in her thought's. Something she shouldn't be doing at the moment. She had other things to worry about. She tilted her head back a bit and looked at his profile silently.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 [#DDA0DD "I'm sure you've heard this before, but your profile is amazing. You should let me draw you sometime"] she said softly. She then shifted and pressed her lips to his cheek lightly. She hadn't had a good muse to draw for awhile, but seeing him laying in bed like that, made her fingers itch for a pencil and the feel of a sketch pad under her finger tips once more. Something she didn't think she would ever want to do again. She made a mental note to start doing it again anyway, even if he wouldn't let her draw him.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 [#DDA0DD "I am curious though. What are these ideas you have in mind?"] she asked lightly, as she slowly trailed her fingers lightly along his chest, down to his stomach, then slowly back up to his chest, letting the silence wash over them for the time being.]]
“Mmm, I see.” So a busy day and class tomorrow. Julius ran his hand down her side, feeling her curves,”Sometime, maybe.” So she was interested in drawing. He’d be curious to see, but right now he was much more interested in the fact that she was right here, in his arms. Laying in his bed. Her fingers felt like they were leaving little trails of fire behind.
“The ideas are… flexible.” Julius mumbled, moving in to press his lips to her neck. She smelled so good. His hand gripped her hip,”But they involve you, and me. And the bed. And it isn’t sleep.” What was it about her that he found so intoxicating? It wasn’t as though he hadn’t seen a woman before. He’d been with other women. But rarely did he find himself interested in more than one encounter. Let alone craving it.
It was only after his proposed activities did he feel at all like leaving the bed, and then he was off to shower, with an invitation for her to join him if she liked. She’d most likely want breakfast after. He’d take the opportunity to hunt and feed while she was at work, and mull over the idea that had occurred to him last night. If he could get her to discover the truth he could turn her with minimal repercussions.
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 The female licked her lips lightly and smirked a bit. She liked the ideas he was having. She wouldn't mind spending all day in bed with him, living in sin pretty much. She enjoyed the feeling of his lips on her neck, and a small shudder ran down her spine. A small moan escaped her lips as well as she arched up to meet him. She wanted to be close to the male, and she wasn't close enough. She turned her eyes to his and nodded. [#DDA0DD "Do as you please"] she whispered, as she leaned into him.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 Pretty soon her lips found his once more, and her body screamed out to be touched. She wanted nothing more than to have him touch her, please her, do whatever he wanted to her. She would gladly return the favor as well. She didn't want to leave that bed quite yet. They still had quite some time, and she was going to make every second count. She then moved her lips to his jaw, and down along his neck slowly. Her fingers hooked into the belt loops of his pants, and pulled his hips against her's tightly.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 Her breathing was getting quicker, and she was slowly losing her control. If he didn't do something soon, she would be the one to do it. She locked her eyes with his once more. [#DDA0DD "Don't be gentle this time"] she breathed out. She then bit down on his neck gently, just enough to cause an effect on the male. He had such a hold over her, that it wasn't even funny. She didn't fully understand this hold he had over her, and she didn't want it to end either. She kept wanting more, and more of the male.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 This was a whole new world for her. She wanted to explore it more, and it scared her. She was stepping out of her comfort zone, at least she felt like she was. She just hoped that if she did fall, the male would be there to catch her. There was something special about him, and she wanted to know what it was. She moved her lips to the spot she bit, and then moved lower. She didn't say anything more, as she let the male do as he wished with her.]]
Not be gentle? That was impossible. She was far too delicate. Too human. But her teeth on his neck was certainly enough to drive him more than a little wild. He still needed to hold back to not hurt her, but he was more forceful and insistent with his affection. He had to have her. Not just now, but longer. It might have been reckless, but it was something he felt certain of in a way he could not articulate. She was not simply another human to him. She was more, somehow.
After such an intense morning in bed it was eventually time to get up and deal with the day. There wouldn’t be any lazily falling asleep in each others arms after, not this time. Instead he was forced to get up and get ready, and made an offer to fix her breakfast. “Anything you like. Well, as long as it’s in the kitchen. I also can’t guarantee the quality, I have very little experience cooking.”
He grinned, running the back of his fingers along her cheek. The moment was ruined by the buzz of his phone alerting him to a text. Julius sighed and picked it up. What on earth did Silas want in the middle of the day? “Hm. One of my coworkers. I’ll… meet you in the kitchen.”
Only once he was safely away did he read the message. [i Tell me about the girl! Where did you sleep last night? You can’t leave me hanging!] Julius rolled his eyes. There was only so long Silas was going to keep his mouth shut. Julius texted back.
[i I told you I’d explain later. What are you doing awake?]
The reply was almost immediate. [i I can’t sleep! Thinking about you~ Well, you and that girl. Do people really have sleepovers for projects?]
This conversation was not going well, and Kenley would need breakfast. Julius tucked his phone in his pocket without answering the latest message. He’d deal with Silas later.
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 This go round was different, but it still felt amazing. This time it didn't feel like he was holding back, and soon enough they were both pleased, and she wanted nothing more than to sleep. She knew it wouldn't happen that way though. When he offered to make breakfast a small smile passed over her lips. [#DDA0DD "That sounds amazing, but toast is fine with me"] she said lightly. That's when she heard his phone buzz, but she ignored it. She wasn't the nosy type of person, but she was curious anyway. When he said it was a co-worker, was all she needed.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She then grabbed her clothes, and slipped out of the room. She dressed in the hallway the best she could, and then made her way into the kitchen. She put on the water for some coffee, and then popped some bread into the toaster. She leaned against the counter for a moment letting the past events catch up to her. There was so much she had to do, and yet she didn't want to do any of it. She then remembered she had to show him the cover letter she had gotten typed up.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She went into the living room and grabbed her laptop. She booted it up and carried it back to the kitchen. She placed it on the table, and let it finish booting up. She then opened up the cover letter, and left it on the table. The toast popped up and she walked over and pulled it out. She buttered it, and then took a bite. It wasn't much of a breakfast, but it was enough for her. That's when the other walked into the room and a slow smile spread over her lips.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 [#DDA0DD "If you want to take a look at that letter, it's pulled up. You are more than welcome to change, or add anything if I missed something as well. Be honest about it though. I feel like it's missing something, but it could be my perfectionist side showing"] she said lightly. When the water was done for the coffee she made the coffee, and then poured it into two mugs. She then handed him one, and she kept the other for herself. She sat in one of the chairs, and pulled her knee to her chest.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She finished off her toast, and took a sip of the bitter tasting liquid. It did the trick and helped her wake up a bit more. She then stood and added creamer into it. She then sat back down, and waited for the male to rip into the letter she had done. She was waiting for some bad feedback, or any sort of feedback that was. It was kind of making her nervous, but she waited silently for his response to it.]]
Just toast. That was still more than he’d have, he only planned on a cup of coffee. Once he was fully dressed and his hair brushed through Julius made his quiet entrance into the kitchen. He was still mulling over the situation. While his plans were permitted, and with them the inevitable connections with humans he would have to cultivate for the business, he had no such permission for a longer term personal relationship with a human. It wasn’t that what they’d done so far wasn’t allowed at all, the trouble was for him to stay within the rules he’d have to cut her off and soon. Brief flings were allowed, but they had to stay brief.
For a moment he just looked at her smile at him, and telling him about the project. “Sure. I’m sure it’ll be fine.” No, he couldn’t really see himself ditching her. He couldn’t keep her around if she was human though. She’d have to become like him, and he’d have to make sure to invoke the old law. If a human discovers the truth they may be turned as an alternative to death.
Julius took the cup of coffee and set it by the computer, then sat down to read the letter. He’d have to figure out how to go about letting her discover the truth so he could turn her without getting himself in too much trouble because of it. That was for a little later, but for now he had a letter to edit. He went over it a couple of times, then set about fixing a few small errors and inserting information in the spaces she had left. Details about the company, the technology, and the financial side of things were where his expertise came in, but with her laying out a format it was easy to do.
“There, looks perfect now.” He took a sip of the coffee. He’d have to hunt later, but in the meantime coffee would distract him from his hunger. Julius looked to the woman who had so quickly charmed him,”Today I’ll work on the accounting side of it. Get the costs and projected profits all calculated and laid out. Then it should be ready to turn in.”
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 As the male was reading over the letter, she sat there watching him. She was kind of surprised at how quickly things had taken a turn. Was it really that hard to let someone get close enough? She hadn't known the man for long, and yet she felt like she could let herself be open with him. She wanted to trust him, and she still had a small feeling of doubt in the back of her mind. She then realized she had gotten really silent, and shook her head lightly as he spoke. It took her a moment to catch on.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 [#DDA0DD "That'll be perfect. It's all saved on the drive, so you are more than welcome to hold onto it for tomorrow. Or I can keep my laptop here, whatever is easier"] she said with a small shrug. She didn't know if she would be coming back after work or not. If she didn't, at least she knew her stuff would be safe. She stood and took her plate and coffee cup to the sink and washed them by hand. She then dried them off as well, and pulled her phone out of her pocket to check the time.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 It was getting closer and closer to her having to leave, and she didn't want that. She didn't want to leave the man's side, but she didn't want to come off as too clingy either. She bit her lower lip lightly as she finally made up her mind. [#DDA0DD "Since everything is still pretty much on the laptop, and pulled up, I'll leave it here. I'll stop by first thing in the morning to gather up the rest of my things as well for class tomorrow"] she said with a small smirk.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She was kind of hinting at something more, but didn't know if the male would catch on fully, or if she was just playing into something that wasn't going to turn into something more. She put the plate and mug away, before she made her way back to the table. She stepped up behind the male, and slid her arms around his neck hugging him gently. [#DDA0DD "I'll see you in the morning"] she said as she pressed her lips to his cheek. She then pulled away, and went to gather up her items for work.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She managed to find everything in little to no time, and slid her phone into her pocket. She then slid the key ring onto her finger, and looked towards the male one last time. She felt like if she didn't, she wouldn't see him again. She knew she would see him in the morning, but something in the back of her mind was telling her to take one last look. Whatever the feeling was, she knew it was bound to leave sooner or later. She then ducked her head, opened the door and made her way out.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 The apartment building was huge, and it took a little time to remember the way they had come and gone. She then found her parked car outside of the building. She unlocked it, slid in behind the wheel, shut the door and started the car up. She then pulled away from the curb, the nagging feeling that she was going to end up losing everything still on her mind. She shoved it aside for the time being, because she had a job to focus on.]]
“You’re welcome to leave it.” Julius watched her, his head tilted to one side slightly when she said she’d return in the morning. When did her shift end? He couldn’t remember, or even remember if he knew in the first place.
He relaxed into that sweet, casual display of affection. It was too short, but she clearly did have to leave his apartment sometime. They both had obligations. Just before she left he offered “You are welcome to come back as soon as you’re off work. I’ll probably be awake.”
Unless she didn’t want to? He wasn’t sure. Maybe she did miss her own place. His apartment was admittedly rather plain and bare. Probably not very comfortable or welcoming.
Once she was gone he frowned and ruffled the hair at the back of his head. He had plans, things to do. This business plan of his wasn’t just something idle for a class. He intended to make it a reality from the start. School was a good place to recruit fresh talent, people driven, eager to work, and willing to tackle the seemingly impossible. Many jobs would be fairly straightforward to recruit for, but he thought he had his first recruit. That was all he needed to get going, wasn’t it?
There was also the matter of his vampiric nature. He wanted her to find out eventually, but perhaps one issue at a time. Either way he had a busy day ahead. He wanted to get the financing worked out, both for the project and the real thing. Then there were papers to file, making the business legitimate. Would she appreciate a surprise like that? He wasn’t sure, but he got to work on it anyway, pulling up the necessary files on his computer. He’d argued for and earned the starting money from the main vampiric treasury, along with deals for supply lines. After that he was expected to sink or swim on his own. It was a good beginning to what he fully expected to be a glorious future.
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 Before she had left, she had heard the male saying that she was welcome to come back after work. Honestly didn't didn't know if she would or not. She was kind of nervous that she was going to overstay her welcome. Then again it was kind of nice not having to go home, and being alone. She bit the inside of her cheek lightly as she made her way into town. Was she really getting hooked up on the guy? She had promised herself she wouldn't let something like that happen. At least not with a classmate anyway.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 Then again he wasn't really a classmate anymore. He had seen the most intamate parts of herself. She was letting her guard down, and she honestly didn't know how to really feel about it. She felt like she was getting way into the deep end. She wasn't about to stop now though. She wouldn't let herself. She might be in too deep, but it was a risk she wanted to take. When she pulled into the parking lot a few minutes later, she shut the car off and climbed out. She shut the door behind her and locked it.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She made sure she had everything and made her way inside. As she entered one of her co-workers greeted her. [b "You look like you are on cloud nine. What's been going on with you?"] she asked with a grin. Kenley let out a small sigh, and knew sooner or later she would have to spill everything. She took a breath and shrugged her shoulder's lightly. [#DDA0DD "Not a whole lot honestly. I just left a drop dead, gorgeous man's apartment, whom said I could go back there after work"] she said with a small smirk.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 That seemed to perk the woman's interest. [b "What's going on with that?"] she asked. [b "Have you two slept together?"] she added. Kenley couldn't help but laugh at the woman. [#DDA0DD "In all honesty yes we did. I'm not going to go into more detail than that"] she said. She went and clocked in and then pulled her phone out of her pocket really quick. She scrolled to the male's name and thought about the message she was going to send him. She was nervous, and she didn't want him thinking she was bailing on him either.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She finally got the courage for what to send, and started typing away. [#DDA0DD [i Depending on how late I work tonight, I might come back over. I might just leave you be, because I don't want to over stay my welcome either. It'll stay up in the air for the time being, and I'll keep you updated.]] She read it over a couple times before sending it. She bit the inside of her cheek lightly as she then turned her focus on the duty at hand. She didn't know what his response was going to be either.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She couldn't help but wonder if he would want her to come back, or if she should stay home. She was at a loss at the moment. She sighed inwardly as she let herself get lost in her work, trying not to really think about anything else at the moment.]]
Several emails were sent, forms files, and he kept himself busy until he heard his phone buzz. He paused in the work to look and pondered her message. Did she want to back away a little? Julius wasn’t sure, but he did know he enjoyed her company. He’d like more, and then there was the plunge he was taking. He [i could] scramble to find someone else, but it would not be so satisfying. He wanted her. But was she really interested?
He was having some doubts, but the ball was already rolling. He tapped out a message on his phone before getting back to work. “[i You’re most certainly welcome. I might even have a surprise for you.]” He hit send and stared at it for a moment. Would she be disappointed if she came and found out what he was doing? Or might she not come at all? Julius scratched his head, antsy at the possibilities he could think of.
He’d have to wait and see. In the meantime there was plenty to do. He went back to his computer and started compiling numbers. It would take him most of the rest of the day, but he got the paperwork filed, expedited due to some connections from the clan, money was in the account, and he had an offer letter drawn up for Kenley to work for the company.
He had it all compiled in a folders showing everything, which he considered might not be a very typical surprise gift. He wondered if he should do something else. Women liked flowers, didn’t they? Or chocolate? He considered going to the store, but she’d be off work, wouldn’t she? What if he wasn’t here if she came by the apartment? He tapped his fingers on the counter where he stood in the kitchen. He was on pins and needles, dying to know what Kenley would think of all this.
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 As the hours ticked by, McKenley was getting more and more into her work. Letting herself not really think of Julian. Something about him scared her, and she couldn't really put her finger on it. Were they moving too fast? Was she getting too clingy? She didn't know. When it was getting closer to the end of her shift, she finally pulled her phone out and read his message. A surprise? She was curious to know what it was, and wondered if she should head back over to his place. Was he getting tired of her?]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She'd never felt this kind of connection with anyone before, and it scared her. Was this a sign that she was meant to cross path's with this man? She sighed lightly as she hit reply. [#DDA0DD [i I will be clocking out shortly. Let me stop by my apartment and grab a quick shower, and some clothes and then I'll be back at your place. So say an hour, to an hour in a half. What's this surprise you have in mind?]] She didn't know if he would tell her, but she could at least try to get it out of him.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She hit send and then finished out her shift. When she was finally able to clock out, she grabbed her things from that back. Said goodnight to her co-workers and was on her way. She went straight to her apartment, took a quick shower, and packed a bag. If she was going to crash at his place, she would need clothes and her other products as well. She still hadn't heard anything from the male, and wondered if he had gotten busy. It wasn't a bad thing if he did, she was just curious.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 When she was done packing up her things, she changed into her pajama bottoms and a t-shirt. Might as well be comfortable. She bit the inside of her cheek as she checked the time. It was pretty late, and she was curious to know why she hadn't heard from him. She sent another message. [#DDA0DD [i On my way right now. I'll see you soon.]] She then hit send and slid her phone into the pocket her of bag. She then slipped back into the car after locking her apartment up, and started the car.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 A rush of butterflies came into her stomach as she headed back the male's apartment. She couldn't stop thinking about this so called surprise he had in mind. She wanted to know what it was, but she would have to wait a little bit longer. She let out a breath and pulled into the parking lot of his apartment ten minutes later. She shut the car off, grabbed her things, climbed out and locked the car behind her. She then made her way the way she remembered, and was standing outside his door. She stood there in her pajama's, and knocked.]]
[google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Noto+Sans][noto+sans [size12 She then wrapped her arms around herself as she waited for the male to answer. She hoped he wasn't sleeping, because of how late it was. Maybe she had made a mistake, she should have come back in the morning. It was too late now, she was already here and waiting.]]
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