Rebecca giggled at his words.
Opening one eye to look at her, Felix asked, “What?”
“You are so cute!” She said just as her tummy growled. “Um, perhaps we should take him up on that offer of dinner and... oh! I need to call my mom!”
So, jumping off his bed, she found her phone and quickly called her Mutter. When she hung up she stood in the middle of his room for a moment in silence.
“Rebecca?” He called out questioningly.
She turned to look at him, a puzzled look on her face. She then huffed slightly and asked, “How do I tell my mom that the guy I just met is my...soulmate, boyfriend, husband…? What do I even tell her you are?”
Felix stood up to stand in front of her. “I really don’t know kitten. You can’t tell her WHAT I am, but maybe you could start by saying you now have a boyfriend. In the two weeks until your birthday she can get to know me and so can you. Then...well, then we’ll figure out the rest okay.”
“Come on let’s go eat before Bruno eats it all,” he suggested.
So, after they had both put their shirts on, Felix took her hand and led her downstairs to the kitchen.
“I was beginning to think you two weren’t coming.” Bruno said, wiggling his eyebrows.
“Bruno! Behave yourself,” Veronica scolded lightly as she gently smacked his arm. She then turned to look at Rebecca as she said, “Hello, I’m Veronica, this goofballs wife.”
“Hi, I’m Rebecca. I met Bruno at the shop earlier and you’re right, he is a goofball,” Rebecca said.
Bruno poked his lip out in a pout and Veronica laughed as they all sat down to eat.
“So, Rebecca, you look young...er then Felix. If you don’t mind my asking, how old are you?” Veronica asked.
“Yeah, I guess I am since I’m only eighteen,” Rebecca agreed, “although I’ll be nineteen in a couple of weeks.”
Veronica gave Felix a wide-eyed look and cleared her throat. “I see.”
Bruno just laughed.
“Ja, just like the rest of us. Robbin’ the cradle and making Vater proud,” Bruno said wiping a fake tear.
Felix hissed at Bruno and he just laughed again.
Rebecca looked from one to the other before turning to Veronica and asking, “Are they always like this?”
“Sadly yes,” Veronica answered with a sigh.
Rebecca turned to look at Felix as she said, “Wait, you told me you were twenty-four...although you didn’t sound too sure so...”
Felix cleared his throat and told her, “That is my human age.”
“Human age? By how many years exactly ARE you robbing-the-cradle then Felix?” Rebecca asked.
“I’m eighty-five,” Felix told her and watched as she swallowed hard.
“That’s...that’s...sixty-seven years Felix!” Rebecca stuttered, looking a bit pale.
“I know. As vampire we can stop our aging,” he explained.
She turned to Bruno then. “Then how old are you?”
“One hundred, seventy-six, although I stopped aging at thirty-seven,” Bruno replied.
“And Tobias?” Rebecca whispered that question.
Felix sighed. “He’s one hundred, and fifty-nine.”
“Oh boy!” Rebecca whispered as she sat back in her chair. “Um...so... you said you stopped aging. Does that mean when you were bitten that the aging process stops?”
“Kitten, we weren’t bitten, we are born vampires. Both of our parents are also born vampire,” Felix told her.
“Now that I have found meine Geliebte, she has chosen to become as I am after we have a babe or two,” Bruno added as Veronica nodded in agreement.
“So, vampires can be born and can turn their Beloveds into one also? I really need to stop reading fiction, it really didn’t prepare me very well for the truth!” Rebecca murmured softly.
Veronica must have thought Rebecca had enough to digest at that point and changed the subject. She started off by asking, “So, are you still in high school?”
So, the evening went until time for Rebecca to head home.
The next morning Rebecca awakened slowly as was her habit. She slowly stretched out in her big bed and worked all the night-time kinks out. Then she gave a big yawn before stretching out her senses.
She heard the birds singing and the soft sounds of her mom fixing coffee. She also heard her brother singing in the shower, well, more like croaking!
Suddenly she frowned.
Blinking her eyes open she looked around her room, something was missing, but what? She sat up, continuing to think about what was missing as she moved her hand up to rub her neck. It just felt as if something was missing this morning, but no matter how hard she thought about what it could be, she couldn’t figure out what that something was.
So, she gave a defeated sigh, shaking the feeling off as she got out of bed. Quickly finding clothes to wear, she headed for the bathroom. Once there she quickly showered and dried before dressing. Running a towel through her hair, she pushed it back and noticed something on her neck.
Stepping closer to the mirror she gave a shocked gasp, Felix’s mark! Felix had told her it was there, but she hadn’t looked at it until now. It was truly lovely.
Rebecca had expected it to be a black outline of a falcon, but it wasn’t. Instead, it looked like a real falcon with one bright green eye showing that seemed to follow her every move in the mirror. The falcon was perched on a short branch, his initials written underneath it in lovely red cursive letters.
Reaching up she rubbed it gently and smiled as she thought, Ah Felix. I already have such strong feeling for you. After seeing the mark, you gave me it makes me want to see you.
Yanking a comb through her hair she left the bathroom and yanked on some shoes before racing down the stairs.
“Morning mom! Morning Ben!” Rebecca said as she grabbed herself some juice.
“Morning Becks.” Ben said.
“Morning Rebecca, how did you sleep? You came in pretty late last night.” Mom said turning from the stove with a plate. She sat it down in front of Ben before turning to fill another plate, placing it in front of Rebecca.
Rebecca felt her face flush, and she said, “Um, yeah, about that mom. I met this guy yesterday when I went to get my tire fixed.”
“Oh, you did, did you? Well then let me hear about him, and this flat tire,” Mom said as she sat down with her coffee.
“Okay. On my way to school yesterday I ran over a board with a nail in it, so I had to change the tire. Only I found I have no spare!” Rebecca exclaimed, waving her fork around. “Anyway, then I walked about three blocks to that new place, Vogel’s Parts and Tire Repair.”
“Why didn’t you have a spare?” Ben asked.
Rebecca shrugged and said, “I don’t really know, but I’ll be getting one, you can be reassured about that!”
“So, the young man?” Mom asked.
“His name is Felix Vogel, and his family own’s the place,” Rebecca told her. “He’s a really nice guy mom, and cute. Oh, and he’s German!”
“With a name like Vogel that isn’t really surprising,” Mom stated with a nod. “So, do you know how old he is?”
Rebecca cleared her throat. “Um...yeah, he’s twenty-four.”
Rebecca turned to glare at him.
“Got yourself an old man, did you? Tired of little boys?” Ben asked.
Rebecca smacked his arm, but he continued to laugh. Continuing to glare, she muttered, “You and his brother Bruno would get along great! He accused Felix of robbing the cradle.”
“Now Ben, it isn’t that bad. Your sister will be nineteen in a couple of weeks and it’s only six years’ difference. Your father was eight years older than me, of course, I was twenty-two when we met, but still,” Mom said as she stared into space.
Ben looked down and Rebecca concentrated on eating because they knew she was lost in her thoughts of dad.
When mom finally shook her head and began to eat, Rebecca continued, “Anyway mom, Felix asked if I’d like to do something later and I said yes. I hope that was alright.”
“It’s fine Rebecca. You can’t get to know a boy if you don’t spend time with him. I’d like to meet him soon though.”
“Thanks mom, and you will,” Rebecca agreed. “Oh, I almost forgot, graduation practice is today, so I’ll be at the school for a couple of hours.”
“That’s fine. I’ll be working, and if you and Felix grab a bite for dinner just let me know, before I fix enough food for you,” Mom said.
“Okay,” Rebecca replied. She then dashed off to her room just as her phone chirped.
Picking it up, she glanced at the caller ID, Felix!
“Hello Kitten, are you coming to see me this morning?” Felix asked in a husky tone.
His voice sent shivers down her spine, and suddenly that empty place inside was filled. She no longer felt as if something was missing in her day.
“I have to go to the school for a couple of hours this morning,” she told him. But after that I’ll be free, and all yours if you like.”
“Do you have time to come by here first?” He asked.
She glanced at her bedside clock. “Um...maybe, if I don’t stay too long. Although, I’d be pushing it because, as usual, I’m running late.”
“That’s fine then, I’ll be okay until I see you,” he said softly. “Go on to school and I’ll see you when you finish.”
She frowned at the floor in front of her as she asked, “Felix, is there a reason you NEED to see me this morning? If there is I’d like you to tell me, don’t be hiding stuff.”
“My beast is hungry,” he almost whispered.
“Hungry? I don’t understand,” she said, slightly puzzled.
“He needs you, but I’ll be okay until you get here Rebecca. I... sorry someone just walked in I have to go.”
“O-okay. I’ll see you later,” she said, then hung up.
Then, she just sat, staring at the phone and wondering what he had meant by his beast needing her. Next, she tried to remember everything he had told her last night. He had given her so much information though, so no matter how hard she tried, she couldn’t remember anything that would account for his beast needing her.
She huffed and glanced at the clock once more. She really didn’t have time to go see him, yet she felt like she really should. If she were honest with herself, she wanted to see Felix anyway, and maybe get a few kisses from him!
Once more that strange feeling of emptiness hit her, and she found herself rubbing the mark on her neck.
Finally deciding, she jumped up from the edge of her bed and ran for the door. Getting into her car, she made her way to Vogel's Parts and Tire Repair, and Felix!
Felix hung up the phone, and quickly waited on the customer.
Then with a hissing growl he walked to the back. He really needed to see his Geliebte this morning. His beast was in a foul mood because he was hungry, and she was the only one who even stood a chance at calming him.
“Who bit your tail and ran this morning?” His Bruder Falco asked as he walked into the back room where Felix was standing.
Felix hissed at him.
“Whoa! Felix, your eyes are red. Did you not eat this morning?” Falco asked.
Felix hissed again and said, “No. Just the smell of it turned my stomach. I need...”
“Ja you do, so call her and ask her to come,” Falco stated.
Bruno must have been talking this morning already, since Felix hadn’t told Falco about finding his Geliebte. He planned to take her to meet his parents today, if she agreed to it.
“I did, and she doesn’t have time to come she said,” Felix informed Falco.
“Didn’t you tell her you would need...” Falco started.
Felix hissed again, curling up his lip and baring his fangs.
Falco shut up.
Felix may be the youngest of the five, but his temper was not to be messed with!
“I’m not STUPID Falco! I did tell her, but I don’t think she...”
“Yo Felix! You have a visitor!” Bruno yelled from up front.
Felix took a deep breath and he smelled her, his sweet Geliebte. Turning he saw her standing in the doorway.
“I’ll just find somewhere else to be,” Falco told him softly, turning toward the door. “Felix, use the office and lock the door.”
“Hi.” Rebecca said shyly as she moved forward. “I don’t have a lot of time, but you seemed like you...”
Felix cut her off by speeding to her side, and after picking her up he sped to the office. Once inside, he locked the door and sat her down on the desk.
She was here, she was really here, and it made him so happy!