Camilla and Leo lay quietly as their bodies cooled.
Her head was on his chest, his arms wrapped tightly around her.
“Little one, have you spoken to your parents since you’ve been here?” He asked her curiously. He felt her shake her head no.
“No. I only call once a week because that’s all I can take of Mother crying for me to come home,” she answered with a soft sigh. Then she leaned up to look at him. “Leo, I…”
He pushed her hair back before gently cupping her cheek. “Tell me little one.”
She looked down, her finger nervously drawing circles on his chest.
“I’m a Smythe, of the South Dakota Smythe’s. My father is a big name in the business community. Plus, I’m an only child, and expected to take over Smythe Enterprises, or marry someone who will.” She looked up then. Her eyes were sad and glittering with unshed tears.
“Oh, little one, don’t cry,” he said pulling her down, and holding her tight.
“Leo, your family is all here, and you have a business of your won to run!” She mumbled, her face in his chest.
“Is that all you’re worried about?”
She pulled away to look at him once more.
He smiled reassuringly as he told her, “Camilla, I have four Bruders, three of them who are perfectly capable of running Vogel Automotive. Now, I don’t know what running Smythe Enterprises entails, but, I like to think I’m a smart enough man that, with a little guidance, could figure it out. So, don’t worry, I’ll be fine.”
“But…but you would have to leave your family!”
“Yes, but what bird doesn’t leave the nest eventually?” He asked her gently as he gave her a kiss. “If Mutter misses her baby bird to much she knows how to get on the family jet and come see me.”
Camilla giggled. “Family jet?”
“Ja, the family jet, you will be seeing it soon. Now, all better?”
“Yes,” she answered. “I’ll call them soon.”
Leo shook his head at her. “Nein, little one. You will call them tomorrow and tell them you will see them in two weeks. That will give me time to get my affairs here in order. Tomorrow you will meet my family.”
Her eyes were wide by the time he finished speaking, but she nodded in agreement.
“Are we sure the bond is complete this time?” She asked softly.
“Well, let’s check, shall we?” He asked, then said, “Sit up bitte (please).”
Camilla sat up and he sat up also, slightly behind her. Moving her hair aside, he froze.
“What? What’s wrong? Don’t I have one?” She asked him worriedly as she looked at him over her shoulder.
“Ja, you have one, only it isn’t where I thought it would be,” he answered.
“Oh, well, that’s alright,” she told him with a relieved sigh. “I’m just happy that your beast is happy and that it’s there this time.”
“Camilla how do your parents feel about tattoo’s?” He asked then as they lay back down.
She raised her head and looked at him. “My mother is a very proper woman, and wouldn’t be caught dead with one, but…” she gave a slight giggle. “I remember her telling me about father, and his bad boy stage.”
“Bad boy stage?”
“Yeah. It seems he thought it would make her swoon over him faster if he got a tattoo, and I do remember her telling me it was sexy on him. Ew! Like I wanted to hear that my father is sexy!”
He chuckled at the face she made. Then, clearing his throat he told her, “Well, my marking is on your neck, but unlike Kimberly’s and Kendra’s it’s a bit more noticeable.”
“Oh? How noticeable?”
He sighed and said, “Go have a look little one.”
Getting off the bed, she walked into the bathroom and he heard her gasp.
“Oh my! It’s where you bit my neck Leo!” She exclaimed as she came back into the room. “It is lovely though.”
Her marking was a falcon taking flight with his name under its uplifted wing.
“So, what is the difference between mine, and your sisters-in-law exactly?”
Reaching out, he ran a finger along her hairline on the back of her neck. “Kimberly’s and Kendra’s marking are right about, here.”
“Oh, so it’s hidden unless their hair is up,” she murmured. “Mine can’t be hidden that easily in the middle of my neck to be sure. Well, what of your mother’s? And why a falcon?”
Laying back against the headboard, he replied, “I don’t think I’ve ever seen my Mutter’s mark since she always has her hair down. It is the falcon because that is our family symbol.”
She nodded. Then, standing up, she went to digging in her suitcase. “I’m hungry, how about something to eat?”
He shrugged. “I could eat I suppose, but I’m not really hungry. I’ve taken enough blood from you to be physically satisfied, food isn’t really needed.”
Camilla paused, halfway finished in buttoning up her shirt, to look at him. “So, you don’t actually need food?”
“Nein,” he answered, standing up to stretch. “We eat mostly publicly because humans tend to ask questions if they never see us eat though.”
“Huh, well, I’m gonna go see what you have to eat,” she told him as she headed for the door. “If you change your mind, you can always join me.”
He kissed her cheek.
“I’ll probably just dress and do some work in my office,” he said. Then as a slightly stern look overcame his face he added, “Oh, and I’m going to call my mutter about tomorrow, you need to call yours.”
“Alright, fine, I’ll call my parents Leo!” She huffed as she walked from the room.
Camilla paced the kitchen floor after eating and stewed over what to tell her parents. She knew they would be happy for her because she loved Leo, but they wouldn’t be happy about her living with him without marriage. Vampire marriage didn’t count since she couldn’t tell them about it!
I can call Shelly and ask her opinion, only…she thought with a sigh. I can’t tell her either! Of course, Shelly knows I went off to hunt down the “vampire” of my dreams, but I can’t TELL Shelly that I found one!
“Err…this is so irritating! I’m supposed to call them, but I have no earthly idea what to tell any of them!” She almost screamed as she paced.
Leo of course heard her scream of frustration!
He came barreling into the room with a snarl on his face as he looked around.
“What is wrong little one?” he asked once he’d calmed down.
“We need to figure out exactly what I’m supposed to tell my family, before I call them,” she told him a she sat down at the table. “My parents are extremely old fashioned, and they will not allow us to stay in the same room, much less the same bed, if we aren’t married. So, we can’t go as an engaged couple, which is what I had originally planned so my mother could plan a wedding for me.”
Leo took a deep breath. “Tomorrow I will have a judge friend of mine, and a vampire, make us a marriage license that will be filed at the court house. As far as the human community is concerned, you will then be Mrs. Leo Vogel. If you wish it, we can have a real wedding later, after you and your Mutter have a chance to plan one.”
She nodded, then taking a deep breath she said, “Okay, that sounds like a plan. The next thing is…”
“Spit it out little one, we’ll work it out whatever it is that is bothering you,” Leo said reassuringly.
Running her hands through her hair, she groaned. She then said, “Leo, I kind of get the idea you’re pretty well off.”
“I am, some might even call me a millionaire.”
She lifted her head to stare at him, her mouth open. “A-a millionaire?”
“Ja. You need to remember that I am 196 years old. I’ve been working since I was eighteen, which means I’ve been working for 178 years. Plenty of time to make a lot of money in. In the last fifty years or so, I’ve made some good investments that have paid off. So, your parents don’t have to worry that I want you for your money.”
“Okay then! Well, the reason I even mention finances is because of the quickness of our marriage. I know when we tell my father we were married within just a few days of meeting, he’s going to think you’re after my money. The next thing he’s going to ask is if we have a prenuptial agreement.”
Leo nodded. “Understandable, because there are a lot of dishonest people out there. Would it make him feel better if we had one? We can call my lawyer, and have it done if you like.”
“No love, I don’t need one. My father however…” she began. Then she sighed before asking, “Is there any way to prove you’re a millionaire? I’m guessing you don’t put it out there much, so he can’t just google your name.”
Leo laughed. “Nein. I don’t flash my money around. If I did, it would make people to curious about the fact that I don’t age. As it is, most of my wealth is shadowed in subterfuge, so that it looks as if it was made through about…four generations.”
“Are all of them Leo Vogel?”
“Nein. The first two generations were Lars Vogel,” he said.
She giggled. “Lars, really?”
He gave a chuckle. “Ja, really. It is a very old German name, and the one I was birthed with.”
“So, why the change?” She asked, putting her chin in her hand and leaning on the table.
He sighed and shifted from one foot to the other. “The family ran into some trouble with hunters. We had to leave Germany in a hurry and our family had to “die”. So, we came to America and started a new life. We became the family of my Onkel (Uncle)Leo Vogel, no one here knew that my Onkel Leo had been dead for two hundred years by that time, so it all worked out. When we did this, we all changed our first name. As the years passed everyone changed their names back to the original, except me. I liked Leo much better than Lars, so I kept the name, although Mutter wasn’t happy about it.”
“Mm…I imagine not,” she said, thinking how her own mother would react to her changing her name.
“Now, about that prenuptial agreement.”
She sighed. “As much as I want to say no, I suppose we better have one. At least until you can prove to my father you aren’t after my money. I suppose I’ll make that call now,” she told him with a pout.
He left the room giving her privacy.
Picking up her phone, she dialed and waited as it rang.
“Hi Mother,” Camilla said softly.
“Camilla! I am so happy you called. Are you ready to come home now?” Mother asked.
Camilla gave a soft laugh at the excitement in her mother’s voice. “Yes, mother I am. I’m coming home in two weeks.”
“TWO WEEKS! Why not now?” Mother shouted.
“Well, you see, I met the man of my dreams, the man who will love me as much as father loves you. He has things he had to take care of here though before he can leave, so…yeah.”
“So, you’re bringing a man home with you Camilla?” Mother asked softly.
“Yes, I am. His name is Leo Vogel, he owns a car dealership here in Florida, well him and his family. Anyway, he has to make arrangements before he can leave.”
“Oh, well, alright dear. Maybe…?”
Camilla cut her off because she knew what was coming. The “please come home now, he can follow later”, and the tears!
“I need to go now mother, I’ll see you and father in two weeks. Bye now,” Camilla told her. Then she quickly hung up.
“That’s one way to keep from having to explain anything.”
She looked up to see Leo once more standing in the doorway. “Yes, well, I could hear the water works coming, and I didn’t want to deal with it. Sorry. That make me sound like a horrible daughter, doesn’t it?”
“It’s alright little one, and nein, it doesn’t. You know though, eventually, you will have to deal with it,” he said as he walked over to pull her into his arms.
“I know, but later is better because you’ll be with me,” she informed him. She then added, “Then I won’t have to face them on my own.”
He chuckled. “Alright, well, it’s late. Let’s go to bed, for tomorrow will be a long day.”
So that’s what they did.
The next evening found Leo and Camilla at the home of the Senior Vogel’s. Leo had introduced them as Jantis and Ingrid.
Everyone had come to meet Leo’s Geliebte
“You know Camilla is a lovely name,” Ingrid said.
“Thank you. I was named after my paternal great-grandmother, Jane Camilla Smythe,” Camilla replied.
“Smythe…I think I’ve heard that name before,” Jantis said. “Where did you say you were from?”
“South Dakota,” Camilla answered.
“Hm…Smythe…Smythe…?” Jantis grinned. “Oh ja, I remember now! I met a fellow once in California, we lived there before we moved here. Anyway, he was having us build his home for him. He told me he once worked for a company called Smythe Enterprises. He also said he worked there for ten years and was ready for a change. Small world eh?”
Camilla smiled, “Yes, it is.”
“So, Leo said the two of you will be traveling back to South Dakota,” Kimberly said she rubbed her expanding belly.
“It’s like a whole different world there Leo!” Kendra added.
Camilla nodded. “Yes, we are, and it really is. Have you been there before Kendra?”
“Oh, yeah! During my hunting days, I traveled a LOT! I sure don’t miss that at all,” Kendra said with a laugh.
“I remember Leo telling me Kendra was a hunter. That seems a bit, um, awkward,” Camilla whispered.
Tobias chuckled even as he gave his wife a squeeze. “I actually had more problems with her being human then hunter.”
Somewhere in the house a timer went off, and Ingrid stood up.
“Come along children, dinner is ready,” she said as she left the room.
Everyone else followed.
So, the evening was spent with Camilla getting to know her new in-laws and them getting to know her.