Tobias smirked at the shock on his Bruder Falco’s face.
“What shocks you more? The fact that he’s a hunter or that your Mutter-in-law arranged for him to marry your sister-in-law?” Tobias asked Falco.
Falco turned to look at Tobias wide-eyed.
Kendra’s Mutter decided then to commence with her yelling and said, “At least I arranged for her to marry a person and not a monstrous THING!”
Okay, Tobias thought, now I’m offended! I may not be much of a talker, but I’m not going to let her talk about my family or my race that way! So, he turned on her with a hiss!
“Oh? What about those who go around murdering innocent vampires? Are they not just as monstrous Mrs. Stone?” Tobias asked Mrs. Stone in an angry hiss. “We are just like you humans. There are the good and the bad, but for hundreds of years that didn’t matter. We are different; therefore, we were slaughtered!”
Tobias then watched as Mrs. Stone’s face turned almost purple in her anger. “You were slaughtered? We were nothing to your kind but walking blood bags! You killed us without a thought, then and now!”
“Oh, we thought, trust me, we did! We thought about how annoying you were and how good you tasted! How good you still taste…well, some of you anyway. I think you would be to…sour for my taste, however!” Tobias hissed at her with a smirk as he stalked closer to her, his fangs bared.
Mrs. Stone’s eyes widened as she backed up, whimpering in her fear.
“Tobias, stop,” Falco demanded calmly.
Tobias turned to Falco then and asked, “Why? It’s only the truth and you know it.”
Falco sighed. “Ja, what you say is true. The thing is, we have not one, but two hunters in our midst. So, even if you were hungry to the point of starvation, biting would not be in your best interest.”
“Always the sensible one,” Tobias snarled at his Bruder.
“No, that would be Leo. You’re usually the quiet, less argumentative one,” Falco returned. He turned to Jude then and said, “I don’t believe we have met. I’m Kimberly’s husband Falco, and you are?”
“My name is Jude. I’d heard Kimberly had found herself to be a vampire’s beloved,” Jude answered.
“Ja, she did,” Falco agreed with a slight nod. “Now, would someone like to explain why a hunter is in my home?”
“Falco,” Kimberly said softly.
Falco turned her way.
“Jude and his parents are neighbors with my parents. They moved in, I guess when I was about thirteen and Kendra was fifteen. Kendra and I, well, we tolerated Jude, although we liked his sister well enough. Anyway, when Kendra turned sixteen and started dating mom started pushing Jude on her,” Kimberly began in way of explanation.
Kimberly, always soft-hearted, gave Jude an apologetic look.
“I knew the two of you had no use for me, but as I said earlier, I was rebelling,” Jude said with a shrug. “Annoying you and Kendra became part of it I suppose.
Mrs. Stone gasped, “I thought you liked Kendra? You were always hanging around her and flirting!”
Jude shrugged once more. “Sorry, Mona. I did start to like her later, I’m just not sure it was really the feeling a man should have for a woman he plans to marry. You and mom were so sure we should be together though, I just stopped fighting it.”
“Anyway,” Kimberly continued, drawing everyone’s gaze back to her. “Kendra started trying to avoid him to the point of bribing boys to be her boyfriend. She found out by doing that, mom left her in peace about Jude. At first, it was kind of funny…”
“Then, one day, she said that her and Jenny, that’s Jude’s mom, made a contract arranging mine and his marriage when I turned twenty,” Kendra said, continuing the story. “I told mom no, not happening and well…she just kept changing my age on the contract. She said eventually I would realize he and I were meant to be because we were perfect for each other. Now that I know he’s a hunter, I understand better what she meant.”
“So, your Mutter, and his arranged for you to marry?” Falco asked.
“Even after you said no, this continued?” Falco asked.
“Yep, pretty much,” Kendra agreed.
“What about the fact that’s he’s a hunter?” Falco continued questioning.
“We found that out today when mom told him to kill Tobias,” Kimberly answered.
Falco took Kimberly’s hand then and lead her away from the group to sit on the couch.
Mrs. Stone had been quiet during the whole thing but must have become tired of not getting what she wanted. So, making a rude noise, she said, “Really? Two hunters in this room and yet neither one is willing to kill those things! I should have just brought my own stake and killed them myself, but since I didn’t I’m leaving! Not like anyone will care anyway!”
Then, Tobias watched her as she headed out the door.
No one moved to stop her, not even the hunter she had arrived with!
Kendra stood next to Tobias.
He was growling like an animal as he watched her mom leave.
She couldn’t believe it was finally over. No more fake boyfriends!
Her eyebrows furrowed then in a thoughtful frown. How did I not realize Jude was a hunter? Shouldn’t I have seen the signs? Was I so intent on avoiding him that I somehow missed it?
“Jude, how could I have missed you being a hunter?” Kendra finally asked as she looked over at him. Do you work out of the same office as I do?”
Jude still stood awkwardly close to the front door. At her question, he looked up from where he’d been staring at his feet.
“Um, no. I’m not actually a hunter, I mean, I am, I just…” he huffed out a breath. “I don’t want to be one. “So, I have a deal with my boss, that the only time I have a job is when my dad is in town. That is the only time I can’t avoid it. The rest of the time, I’m an accountant.”
“You’re a grown man though Jude? If you don’t want to be a hunter, how can your father force you to be one?” Kimberly asked.
It’s really easy to get sucked into if the hunter blood was there, Kendra though with a snort. That’s how I ended up doing the job with no way out.
“Because my uncle runs district eight and dad is his right-hand man,” Jude answered.
Kendra stared at Jude, feeling like her eyes would pop out of her head with shock.
“Oh,” Kimberly muttered.
“Your uncle is like the main man! How did I not know these things? I feel like such an idiot right now,” Kendra groaned as she shook her head in disbelief at the information. “Okay, so your uncle doesn’t make you hunt unless your dad is around?”
“Yeah. Uncle Moe knows I don’t want to be a hunter,” Jude continued. “So, he lets it slide except when your dad is there, and…yeah.”
“We need to leave now Geliebte,” Tobias said with a slight hiss.
Kendra turned to look at him and realized his face was completely morphed into that of his vampire. His eyes were now gray, with a hint of red meaning he was still angry, and his fangs were down.
“But, Toby,” she began, “I want too…”
He cut her off, as he grabbed her arm and almost yelled, “I said NOW!”
“You should go with him Kendra,” Kimmy said quietly.
Kendra tried to pull her arm from his grip as she told her sister, “No, I need to talk to Jude! This may be my only chance and…”
Tobias once more cut her off to hiss, “So, you would rather be with the hunter than me? Is that what you are telling me Geliebte?”
“That isn’t what I said,” Kendra began.
Tobias was no longer listening though. Instead, he was walking toward Jude.
“What makes you so special?” Tobias hissed. “Why would my Geliebte rather be with you than with me?”
“I-I don’t think she…” Jude began to stutter.
“Maybe it’s because she really DOES like you,” Tobias continued as if Jude had been silent. “Maybe she would rather be with one of her own kind.”
Turning then, he walked over to the coffee table. He hit it with his fist, causing it to splinter and break. He then finished ripping off one of the pieces of a leg that had a sharp point. He began to roll it around in his hand as he stared at it.
“Bruder,” Falco said then, standing up from his seat next to Kimberly. “You need to calm down now.”
Tobias turned to look at Falco, his eyes now completely gray and a blank expression on his face.
It was a look that scared Kendra.
“I am calm,” Tobias said in a cold voice. “You know, I always knew I was no catch, so this comes as no surprise to me. You and Leo were the ones the girls chased. Me? I was the one with the problem that…” he stopped speaking and took in a deep breath. “None of that matters anyway since my Geliebte doesn’t want me. My life is worthless now.”
Tobias turned back to Jude.
Kendra opened her mouth to speak, yet she couldn’t seem to get any words out. What was he going on about? His life wasn’t worthless, she loved him, and she didn’t want Jude! What even gave him that idea?
“Toby, Angel…” Kendra finally managed to get out.
“Catch!” Tobias said as he threw the piece of wood at Jude, ignoring Kendra. “Now we will see how worthy a hunter you are. To bad Mrs. Stone won’t be here to enjoy it!”
“Hey, don’t include me in your little lover’s spat! I want no part of this,” Jude said, even as he caught the piece of wood.
Tobias hissed as he stalked toward Jude. He then said, “Well, then let’s make it more personal, shall we? I have had a long morning and have worked up quite a thirst. How about we taste test a hunter’s blood?”
Suddenly, Tobias was right up in Jude’s face. He put his hand in Jude’s hair, using it to pull the man’s head sideways.
“I must say, getting past your sour milk smell will be difficult, but when you stake me it will be worth it,” Tobias muttered.
After saying that, he pulled his lips back to bare his teeth. Then he swooped in to bite down on Jude’s jugular.
Just before he could bite Jude, Kendra screamed, “NO!” at him!
Jude in that same moment plunged the stake into Tobias’s shoulder.
Tobias pulled back with a pained hiss, but never let Jude go.
“Tsk, tsk, hunter. You don’t have very good aim. This is very bad, considering how close I am to you. How do you manage to do your job with such bad aim? I’ll give you another chance,” Tobias said. He then pulled the wood stake out, letting the blood run as he pushed it back into Jude’s hand. He then moved once more toward Jude’s neck.
Another hiss came from the left of Kendra.
Falco was suddenly there, grabbing Tobias and pulling him away from Jude.
Tobias hissed and turned angrily on his brother, his eyes now glowing red. “Why?”
“Today is not your day to die Bruder!” Falco said just as angrily. Pulling the stake from his Jude’s hand, he threw it away. He then said, “I am not ready to lose you to your foolishness!”
“It could have been my day to die, might as well be,” Tobias informed Falco coldly, grabbing his bleeding shoulder. “I have nothing to live for anymore.”
Kenda whimpered at his words before saying, “You have me.”
Tobias turned and snarled at her. “Do I? Do I really?”
Tobias didn’t even wait for her answer. He just left the room, and the house, going vampire speed.
He left her standing there wondering what had just happened.
“Oh, Kendra. What have you done?” Kimmy asked as she stood and move to stand next to her.
Kendra turned to look at her sister, tears in her eyes. She then whispered, “I don’t know.”
“I’ll tell you what you’ve most likely done!” Falco snarled as he turned on Kendra. “You’ve most likely just signed my Bruder’s death warrant!”