Kendra Stone ran all the way back to her motel room. She didn’t know if she was running from the vampire, or from the way he made her feel!
She groaned as she let herself into her room and locked the door behind her. Flopping down on her bed she groaned again, as her thoughts continued to swirl around the vampire man.
That kiss…oh that kiss! She could still feel his dry lips on hers and his hard chest against her soft curves. She hadn’t touched it, but she just knew that under that starched white dress shirt his chest was what commercials would dub ‘abs of steel’ and she wanted to touch them!
Oh, how she wanted to touch them! Touch them, kiss them, lick her way all over them. She wanted to taste that flavor that only he would have!
She moaned as her lusty thoughts had her body tingling, yet she couldn’t have stopped her thoughts about him if she tried!
Then she began to wonder about his hands.
She had noted his fingers were long and slender, common for a man of his height. She thought he must be at least six feet two inches. Her mind continued to ramble with thoughts about whether his hands would be soft or rough. His clothes spoke of a desk job, meaning soft hands. Yet somehow when she thought of his hands moving over her, she could almost feel their slight roughness, a roughness that caused her skin to tingle and shivers to move up her spine.
When another moan broke free, she abruptly stood and headed for the shower.
“Stop it, Kendra, you’re only here for a couple of days! Besides, the odds of you ever seeing him again are slim to none! Which is a good thing considering your job,” she muttered under her breath to herself.
She stared at her reflection in the bathroom mirror, noting her swollen lips and desire darkened eyes.
“Plus, he’s a vamp, Kendra! Get it together!”
So, heaving a sigh of determination to forget him, she turned and stepped into the shower.
The next morning, Kendra had a meeting with the head of the hunters in this district, Thomas Ripple. He had called her here to scope out the problem they had been having with, what they thought to be, one vampire on his own, killing humans.
Eight bodies had already been found, sucked dry of blood over the span of a week. Thankfully they had been found by the hunters and not local law enforcement. Finding body’s drained of blood all over the city would have started something close to a riot most likely!
Mr. Ripple felt she was one of the districts best hunters, so he’d called her in to help. He also knew she had a sister here and had told her over the phone, “kill two birds with one stone. See family and help us out”.
That’s what he’d told her. Of course, he didn’t know her sister had married the “enemy” yet. She worried about how that would go over if he ever did?
Mr. Ripple had given her time off for the wedding and she knew he thought she would take part in it, being the brides only sister, but she hadn’t. The hunter blood in her veins made the Vogel family nervous. She’d wanted it to be a happy day for her sister and Falco because she found she really liked him.
No, she’d stood at the edge of the crowd feeling…well, out of place really, like she didn’t belong there.
Falco’s family had given her nervous looks when she walked in.
The mother had hissed, not knowing who she was at first.
The other brothers hadn’t been able to look her in the eye.
So, yeah, she hadn’t felt the love that day even if it was a wedding.
Kimberly had told her to give them time and Falco had been friendly enough to give her a light hug.
It didn’t matter, she’d still felt awkward around them all. She knew they were good people, she did, but the fact that she was a hunter their kind…? Yeah, if she’d been in their shoes she wouldn’t have wanted her there either.
Anyway, Kimberly had talked about her meeting Falco’s brother Tobias, but he hadn’t shown up, and she knew her sister was upset about it.
Kendra tried to tell her it was for the best and to just let it go. It would have been weird all around for a hunter and a vamp became an item if they had ended up liking each other romantically, anyway!
She gave a long sigh as she stepped from her car and walked into the building where she was meeting Mr. Ripple.
“Good morning, may I help you?” The receptionist called out.
“Yes,” Kendra said with a smile as she walked over to the woman’s desk. “I’m Kendra Daily and I have a meeting with Mr. Ripple.”
“Oh yes, go right in, he’s expecting you, Ms. Daily,” the receptionist said with a smile.
Making her way to the door on the right side of the receptionist’s desk, she walked in. An older looking gentleman, with graying hair, looked up as she entered.
“Good morning Kendra,” Mr. Ripple said as he stood. Reaching over his desk he shook her hand and waved her to a seat.
They both sat.
“I have good news. We think we have a lead on who the rogue vampire is,” Mr. Ripple said as he handed her a folder from off his desk. “His name is Martin Valdez and it seems he just came to town a couple of weeks ago. Before here, he was out in Los Angeles stirring up problems there. They were close to catching him, but he’d then just up and vanished. Not long after that our problems started.”
“Family, acquaintances, anyone who might be helping him?” She asked as she looked over the file in her hand.
“Not that we know of, why?”
“I came across a vamp last night, right before he drank a woman dry. She was barely coherent when I found her, but I managed to call 911 before taking off after him. I caught him, and he is no more, but it was definitely not this guy,” she told him as she tapped the picture with her forefinger. “I’m just wondering if perhaps he has a following.”
Looking up from the picture she sat back in her seat.
Mr. Ripple had his hands steepled in front of him, his thumb rubbing across his mustache and a thoughtful look on his face. Finally, he gave a sigh as he stood up and began to pace behind his desk.
“I hope not. For the sake of this city, and others, I really hope not. One is bad enough, but if he has gotten others on his bandwagon this could be really bad.” Mr. Ripple said, “According to Los Angeles, he’s brutal in his killings, more than one a night and usually across town from each other. It seems he was there roughly three weeks and they found almost thirty bodies,” he said, shaking his head sadly. “As you know, we ourselves have found eight bodies, but I have to wonder if we’ve missed some. Do you need me to call in a couple more hunters to help you?”
“No, not yet, not until we see if there does seem to be more than one. For now, I’ve got it covered, although, it may take me a more than the couple of days I first planned on,” she told him.
“That’s fine, but we need to catch this guy before the body count goes up more. It might be a good thing to spend some time with your sister though. I know this seems harsh, but our business is rough. You never know when it will be the last time you see family,” he told her as he watched her stand to leave.
Kendra didn’t say anything, just gave him a slight nod. She then made her way out of the office and back to her car.
Mr. Ripple was right. So maybe it was time to go visit her sister.
Kendra had gone to Kimmy’s job and found she had the day off. So here she was pulling into Kimmy’s driveway and hoping she was home since she couldn’t seem to reach her on the phone.
Walking up the doorsteps, she quickly knocked and then looked around. It looked to be a nice quiet neighborhood.
The door opened.
Kendra turned to look at the beauty that was her step-sister.
“Kendra!” Kimberly gasp out.
Then Kimmy pulled Kendra into a hug as they laughed at each other.
“Oh, wow I wasn’t expecting you to be standing on the other side of my door when I answered,” Kimmy gushed when she pulled back.
“Disappointed?” Kendra asked as she was pulled inside the house.
“No, silly I’m not. Just surprised,” Kimmy stated. “Now, what brings you to our neck of the woods?”
As they sat down, Kendra debated on what to tell her. She knew it bothered Kimmy what she did for a living, but it was a fact, one that wasn’t changing anytime soon.
“I know that look,” Kimmy hummed with a narrow-eyed look. “You’re here hunting, aren’t you?”
“Yeah. A rogue vampire has killed eight here, more in another town,” Kendra admitted. “They want them stopped and they consider me to be one of the best so…here I am. Let’s not talk about that though. Let’s talk about you and how things are between you and that hunky man of yours!” She wiggled her eyebrows.
“Are the two of you still all goo-goo over each other? Expecting any little ones yet?” Kendra asked. She then felt her face heat in her ignorance as she asked, “Wait, can he give you babies since you’re human? I mean, I know I hunt them, but I really don’t know much about them.”
“Yes, we are still very much “goo-goo” over each other. No, we aren’t expecting, though not from lack of trying on Falco’s part, because trust me, he’s trying!” Now it was Kimmy’s turn to blush. She cleared her throat. “Anyway, yes he can give me babies since I’m his beloved. I think if I was just a plain human he couldn’t though.”
“So… will they be human or…?”
“We won’t know actually know until birth. Both his parents are vampire…although, his dad’s mom was human, so we’re thinking there is a fifty/fifty chance either way. Only time will tell I suppose. Talking of my sexy husband, while you are here I want you to meet Tobias.”
Kendra groaned. “Please Kimmy, don’t start on that! I’m not…”
“Hey! Don’t okay? I know things were tense at the wedding, but I really think you and him would hit it off. Besides, it might break some of the ice if more than one of them like you, and Falco does like you,” Kimmy said as she took her sister's hand and looked at her earnestly. “Just meet Tobias okay, it’s not like I’ve arranged for you to marry him or something!”
Giving a low giggle, Kendra finally gave in because of the irony of what her sister had said. “Yeah, mom’s already done that for ya!”
“As if Moron will EVER be man enough for you,” Kimmy said as she rolled her eyes. “Seriously though, just meet him. It can’t hurt anything.”
“Okay, fine! If he hates me though, I’m never letting you set me up on a blind date again!” Kendra warned her, shaking a finger.
“It isn’t a date!”
“Whatever you want to call it,” Kendra huffed. “Just have it here though, not somewhere public.”
“Because if things go south between us, I don’t want it on display for public viewing.”
“Oh, now, he’s a great guy and quiet,” Kimmy scoffed. “I can’t see him causing a scene. Besides, he said he wanted to meet you, remember?”
“Honey, he’s a man. No matter what they say, they change their minds as often as we do. So, he might not feel the same about meeting me now, as he did then,” Kendra said. “Still, I’d feel better about meeting here. If we get along well…well, perhaps we can try a public place later. Although…?”
Kendra gave a sigh and lay her head back on the couch, closing her eyes.
“What?” Kimmy asked in a demanding tone.
Kendra rolled her head over and opened her eyes to look at her sister. “Kimmy, I’m a hunter and he’s a vampire. He’s a born vampire no less, not a created one. If one of my colleges were to find out it might not be a good thing, for him or his family.”
“But…but you came to my wedding!” Kimmy exclaimed. “Oh, wait, you didn’t tell them I was marrying…?”
“A vampire?” Kendra snorted. “Of course, I didn’t! It could cost me my job, even if our family has been hunters for hundreds of years. Although sometimes I wonder why I do it, I always have. After meeting Falco though, well, it’s become an even harder job for me to do. I know there are some bad ones out there, like the guy I’m after now, but I also know that some of the hunters don’t care if a vamp is good or not. They have the same attitude as Mom, kill them all.”
Kimmy looked sad. “Mom didn’t even give him a chance.”
“I know Kimmy,” Kendra said as she closed her eyes again. “You know she hasn’t talked to me since the wedding. She wanted me to go and stake them all and when I wouldn’t do it…,” she huffed. “I think dad’s about to leave her because he really likes Falco and his dad.”
Kimmy laughed at that. “Yeah, Falco’s dad is awesome!”
“He says he’s tired of her always talking trash about Falco,” Kendra finished.
“I thought mom didn’t know about Falco being…I mean, he erased her memory of him and everything.”
“Mom has her ways of finding things out, she always said it was a “mom thing”, remember?”
“Yeah, but I don’t want them to split over this!” Kimmy cried.
Sitting up, Kendra pulled Kimmy into her arms. “It’s okay Kimmy if it’s meant to be then they’ll be able to find a way to fix this. Now, how about some lunch then we’ll go visit that man of yours and tell him to invite his brother to dinner, yeah?”
So, jumping up, Kimmy went to find her shoes.
Then they were off to find lunch.
Kimmy took Kendra to this lovely barbeque place that had ribs to die for and after eating too much she took her to where Falco works.
“So, this is where Falco makes his living,” Kendra said as she stared out the car window waiting for Kimmy to park. Something about the building looked familiar, but she couldn’t quite place why. As she climbed out she glanced up at the huge sign that read, ‘VOGEL AUTOMOTIVE’.
“Yep, this is it,” Kimmy agreed. She led the way into the building. “Hey Jerome, where can I find that man of mine?”
The big guy standing just inside the door looked at her and smiled. “In his office of course. Now, who is the lovely lady with you?”
Kendra gave him her best flirty smile. “I’m Kendra and you’re cute!”
Kimmy huffed and grabbed Kendra’s hand to practically drag her down a hallway. “He’s married, leave him alone!”
“Hey, he flirted first!” Kendra defended herself even as she laughed.
When they reached the office, Kimmy walked right in, only to find Falco wasn’t alone.
“Oh, hey Leo, here being boss again?” Kimmy teased as she gave Leo a hug after kissing her husband.
“Hey, I am the boss!” Leo said with a chuckle.
Then Kendra, who was still standing in the doorway and hadn’t been spotted yet, saw Leo take a deep breath before stiffening.
“Chill dude, I promise I have not a stake one on me today to off you with,” Kendra almost growled as she stepped into the room.
“Sorry, Kendra. If you were around more, I’d probably get used to you enough to not react,” Leo apologized. “It really is just instinct.”
Kendra shrugged. “Well, you may get your chance because it seems I may be in town a while.”
Falco came around and pulled Kendra into a hug and she returned it.
Then pulling back from him, she frowned. For some reason, he smelled so familiar to her, but from where she couldn’t say.
So, she walked over to Leo next and leaning in close, she took a deep whiff of him also. Now that she really took the time to think about it, they didn’t even smell like vampires. How did they do that?
“Does someone smell bad?” Kimmy asked since she knew how sensitive of a nose Kendra had.
“No, I just… it’s nothing,” Kendra said as she shook her head.
Leo lifted his arm and took a whiff of his shirt. Then, with a curious look her way he said, “All I smell is the deodorant I put on this morning. What do I smell like to you?”
Kendra cleared her throat. Then answered almost in a question, “Um… like your brother?”
Leo laughed. “Was that my answer or are you asking me?”
Realizing she wasn’t going to get out of this, Kendra asked her own question. “First tell me what I smell like to you?”
Leo leaned toward Kendra and smirked, “Hunter.”
Kendra rolled her eyes and asked, “Wiseguy, but what does “hunter” smell like?”
Leo looked thoughtful.
“You smell a bit like pine, and I know this is going to sound bad, but sour milk,” Falco answered. Then cringing back, he added, “Please don’t hit me now,”
“Oookkkaaayyy…!” Kendra said while trying to control her laughter. She then asked, “So, is that what I smell like to you also Leo?”
Leo nodded and said, “Pretty much. Now, what do we smell like to you?”
“Well, here’s the thing boss man, you two don’t smell like vampires,” she muttered.
They gave her a weird look before looking at each other then back at her.
“But we are vampires,” both men said at the same time.