“T-that’s amazing,” I muttered. Rowan’s grin widened, his arm sleeking around his mate. “It is, it has given us the opportunity to have this coven grow, making it one of the only covens in the world that help specifically with human transformations into their new lives.”
I let out a bark of laughter, rubbing my hands up and down my thighs. This was insane, never had I thought this would be possible. The opportunities to mate with another species here on Earth? For humans to become like us? Unreal.
There had been rumors, long ago that vampires could force a chosen mate, usually done with humans. It was a practice outlawed before my parents were even born and never thought of again. Now that the Goddess had something to do with the pairing it made it more beautiful.
“And they are successful, changing their mate.” Rowan nodded, looking out the enormous windows that let the natural light filter into the room. “There is the bite of bonding and a bite of changing. The bite goes to the bone and venom is inserted through. Humans still have their agency to choose to become like us, just like any other bonding to a supernatural,” Rowan tilted his head, eyes glaring at me as I would ever do such a thing.
“Never,” I growled out. The thickness of my throat closing, appalled I would ever do such a thing. Rowan stood, pulling his mate up along with him.
“Excellent, I’ll show you around. Adaline? I’ll see you at dinner?” Leaning in, she gently pecked his lips, waving as she followed where the human women walked out previously.
The manicured lawn, and the perfectly cut bushes and shrubs had me taking in the scene. Kids still ran around, Suron was never far behind as he and another vampire helped chase them down to a large play area.
“Are there any transitions going on now?” My interest peaked as I watched a male vampire bring in a bag full of groceries, the woman inside, was obviously human. The slow kiss made me know it was something more. The hunger, the possessiveness. The way he stood in front of the doorway when he looked over his shoulder and saw me staring. Growls in his throat pushed her inside as she giggled.
“We have one, she was bitten last week,” Suron nodded to the pale blue house on the corner. “Justin, who’s been with us a long while, went on a trip to Colorado and while he was in Boulder he smelled the most alluring scent. He normally feeds on animals, but this blood called to him from one aisle over. Then he met Vanessa Clarkson, the bond was instant, even for her.” I smiled as Rowan and I stopped in front of the two-car garage. The lights were off but the movement could be seen inside.
“The first two weeks are difficult, getting a human to warm up to the idea of drinking blood. Especially when they need to pierce their mates skin.” Chills ran through my body, thinking of how wonderful it would be. Not have to hunt, to please my mate as we ate every night with each other. Both for food and sexual hunger. It was considered so intimate, so important to the foundation of vampirism.
“Still there?” Rowan chuckled as he motioned me down the sidewalk. “Now down here, we have the human houses. These areas are for those that have children that are over eighteen that can live on their own and take care of themselves.”
“That’s awfully nice,” I muttered. Two human males burst out of the house grabbing a football and tossing it to each other.
“We want the transition to be smooth, not cause tension within the humans that had no idea they would be bound by a bond. We didn’t want our mates to forget their past life, their children that they still loved. I think that was the whole reason why we turned our coven into such a transition sanctuary.” Rowan stopped at the bench that overlooked a large pond with a fountain in the middle. The water rippled until it gently lapped at the shoreline.
“Let me tell you a story,” Rowan unbuttoned his suit jacket, his arm resting on the bench. “Once upon a time, there was a vampire who was utterly lonely. Some thousand years went by, he watched the rise and falls of nations, made terrible decisions by joining the wrong crowd drinking blood from unwilling participants,” his eyes darkened. “But that all changed, the day he found her.” Rowan’s eyes trailed to his mate that was serving lemonade to the children playing by the pond.
“At first he thought he was cursed for all his evil doings because now he wouldn’t be able to claim her. She was human and she wouldn’t live but a sliver of his immortal life.” My heart sank as I listened.
“She wouldn’t feel it, the bond.” Rowan barked. “She was a human, so he thought all was lost. He didn’t know how to court her, woo her, or have her fall in love with the ways humans did it. All he knew was the bond of vampires.” Four of his heartbeats passed. “He couldn’t do it.”
“Couldn’t do it?” I almost choked.
“He left her there. But he soon realized, as much as he tried to get away from her, fate had an interesting way of putting them back together.” Rowan hummed. “He moved to another state, she was there. Some three years later when he moved again, there she was. For fifteen years this went on. There was no getting away from her, and soon he realized he couldn’t fight it, he had to have her.” Rowan smiled. “What worried him the most when he realized he couldn’t live without her was, could she feel the bond?”
Analine tickled a small girl with ringlets of dark curls, we watched as she fell back into the grass with a thump. Other children swarmed and tugged at Adaline’s dress, begging for her to tickle them next.
“But she did feel it,” his face lightened. “She felt it as soon as he wrapped her arms around her at their first hidden picnic in the forest by the pond.” Letting out a breath, my attention went back to the families that lay in the sun.
White umbrellas sat scattered around the pond, the dark shadows covering delicate vampire skin. It didn’t deter the human children, they didn’t question while they continued to play in the sun. Everything was so open, so free. Birds even dare to get close while pieces of bread were scattered across the lawn.
Vampires like to weave themselves into the dark, blending into the shadows, especially on earth. Bad impressions, rumors, and fantasy had contorted us into evil demons that roamed. Being hidden was the only way, the few devils that dare leave the shadows to feed gave us all a bad name. Humans didn’t know of a good vampire unless you had read Twilight.
“There was trial and error,” Rowan lifted his hand, waving it about. “He had to learn how to take in her life that she created before him. The children she had, the husband she left, she basically had an affair on the poor bastard, but she knew the bond she felt. It was meant to be.” Rowan smiled, waving at Adaline who blew a kiss his way. Certainly, she was born from a different era, the way she dresses, how she carries herself, and the delicate ways she had placed the tea cups on a sterling silver tray. Single human women, laid out on the lawn, tanning their skin. Not caring if the sun reeked damage on their bodies. Humans, vampires, and children sat on blankets and ate lunches being held by their biological parent. Everyone was happy, at least the younger ones were.“That is why I created this place.” Rowan interrupted. “That poor soul put himself to all that trouble, worried because his mate was to be fragile, not feel a bond, but she was far from it. She was strong.” he humm
Christine:"I'm sorry, Chrissy. You can't come into today." I ground my teeth together, wanting to stomp around like an adolescent child. This was insane. Less than two days after moving here, mom was bitten, and I haven't seen her since.A whole week had gone by, and I could only stare at them through the window if I was lucky. Apparently, my human blood reeked, and it could make her unmanageable. Justin said she was fighting it, that the thought of drinking blood was grotesque. Who can blame her? It sounded gross, but that is who she was now. She had to drink, but the human part of her mind was still there."Can I just give her a hug?" I almost pleaded. He stood at the door, blocking the way for me to catch a glimpse of her. On occasion, she slipped by the window, and I saw changes in her appearance. She looked… good. Her hair had more bounce, her wrinkles had gone, hell, she looked almost just like me. Except I was a darker blonde and had some of my sperm donor's height.My pleadi
"Now, now, I know you are afraid." My head perked up, my heart racing. "Yeah, I know about your problem." "Can you read my mind?" I squinted my eyes at him. He threw his head back and laughed, patting me on the shoulder. I was given a crash course on vampires on the drive up here, and I know Justin couldn't tell me everything. Maybe some could read minds? "Oh no, but I can read people really well." Right, so he doesn't really know about my problem then. "I got these amazing eyes, you see, I can notice when people are in distress. Every time I mention the word, 'blood," he gave the word a creepy ghostly feel like Dracula said it himself, "you wince." "Oh," I shrung my shoulders. "It's nothing to be embarrassed about," Sauron scoffed, leading me into the cafeteria. "Plus, it is kinda my job to help you out. Elder Rowan usually puts me in charge of the kids, but now he has me watching you." Great, a babysitter. "I'm an awesome babysitter," he mentioned. I swear if he can read mind
ChristineAfter some gentle coaxing, Suron left and went on with his other 'duties.' I had to promise, cross my heart and hope to die, pinky swear, and do some obscene booty shake to let me go on my own. Suron wasn't kidding when he said he was supposed to watch me. Justin wanted me far away from mom, and sitting on the front lawn wasn't even to be tolerated.I guess it was kind of lame that I would sit there, staring at the picturesque light blue 1950's style house, but it wasn't like I had tons of friends to talk to. I uprooted my life because I was worried for my mom, but Justin thought it would be an excellent idea for me to move here. In fact, he insisted. This makes me wonder if this is because mates, soulmates, and beloveds were all genetic.The problem was, I didn't believe in it. I thought Wyatt was my soul mate. I thought he was the one I was to spend my life with. I was head over heels in love with him, or so I thought. It was all one-sided, I painted him to be the perfect
"You bitch, you're cut off. Don't expect a damn dime from me in your account," he yelled again. I'm sure his phone was swimming in his spittle as he spoke. I never had the balls to talk to dad like this before, and I must say, it was pretty invigorating. Maybe it was because I was surrounded by a bunch of vampires that now hold a picture of my father's face to ensure he would never be let in.Not that he would find us, anyway."You hear me?! Not a damn dime!" I cut the call and tossed the phone on the bed. Little did he know I moved all my money to a new bank account. Justin was pretty savvy in that department. It was like he had everything planned out before I even arrived. He forced mom to not take one single dime from her now ex-husband. Justin was supposedly rich anyway and said he would take care of us.I mean, who ever heard of a poor vampire anyway? They were all rich. If I met a poor vampire, I think I might choke on my own spit. This place was oozing with money. Many of them
SebastianI wasn’t expecting to find her this quickly, far from it. I thought I had a few more decades at least before I saw her but I didn’t. The smell of her O-negative blood had the wind shift around me. If the whisps of Bergarian dared to come to the Earth realm I swear they would have led me to her. My body moved with its own motivation to wander off the gravel path to get closer to the hooded figure that at on the bench by the lake.I had taken it upon myself to go explore on my own. As much as Rowan was being a great host, showing my room, giving me this thing called a cell phone, it was all too much. Too much electronics, televisions all the fancy stuff that humans had come up with since the last time I had been here some one hundred and fifty years ago.That was all behind me, however, as I stared at the dark hooded figure that overlooked the lake. She was in deep thought, her hand going over the screen of bright colors. A picture, a picture of a girl and a boy smashed agains
“Want to hear my last name?” she purred. Dear goddess almighty. When she isn’t talking like I’m going to eat her she had the most captivating deep, feminine voice. Luckily my hands were in my pockets.“S-sure,” I stuttered.“Business,” she winked throwing her hair over her shoulder, and continued the graveled path.“Nunya Business? Nunya Business.” I repeated over and over. I smiled widely, my fangs overshadowing my lower lip as I barked out a laugh. Slapping my knee my laughter roared over the lake, echoing into the not-to-distant woods. Vampires from afar watched me in amusement, some snorting at my ridiculousness. I don’t remember if I have ever laughed that hard in my life, it felt surprisingly refreshing, it felt right. My heart did summersaults, feeling the soaring eagles run through me.I was too busy laughing to pay attention where my beloved was going until the smell of her intoxicating scent filled my lungs. Different, her blood was different than any other human’s that I ha
Sebastian"And there is also this donkey," Suron began laughing, shaking his head. I paid him no attention. My mind was elsewhere. The urge to follow Christine back to her home and watch what bedroom she went into by the windows was so damn strong. I had to ensure she was alright, especially since she went into the house with many racist bastards. She was here, though. She was here in this coven. I found her the same day I arrived. What were the odds of that? I grinned slightly, looking over my shoulder. Gods, wouldn't it be great if she popped right back out of the house and walked down the cafeteria? She has to eat sometime.The phone buzzed in my pocket. Rowan had gifted me this contraption, and I spent most of my time in my room trying to work it. It was 'the latest craze,' the humans had created. Having seen a few from when I was on the road, I had questions about how they gazed into the window, falling into a mindless trance watching cat videos.It vibrated again. Pulling it