“This is the last time, Phoenix. I mean it.” Lilith purrs.
“That’s what you said last time and yet here we are.” The faerie says amusingly.
Lilith’s head rested on the faerie’s shoulder, her hand splayed on top of his broad chest. Both of their legs were tangled together in the sheets after a night of harmonious bliss.
“Well, this time I really mean it. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to go and feed.”
Phoenix groans. “Do you really have to do it right now?”
“What can I say? I’m hungry.”
“But we’re kind of in the middle of something.” The faerie utters in annoyance.
As soon as the party had come to an abrupt end, both the faerie and the vampire spent the rest of the evening arguing. An argument that has been repeated over several times. They know they can’t be together, but their love for each other could not be denied.
Throughout the night, he had worshipped her body and whispered sweet nothings into her ear, but his words will never be enough. Not for her.
“We were, and now we’re not.” The vampire separates herself from the faerie, reaches for her red robe, and sways to the bathroom.
“At least kiss me when you leave my side.”
Instead of answering him, she tuts at herself when she sees how rumpled and wild her hair looked. Her makeup was all smeared to one side, and not to mention the love bites all over her neck.
“How many times have I told you to stop leaving marks on me?”
“More than once, but I can’t help myself when I’m with you.”
She leans over the washbasin and rinses her face. “Well, this is your last warning. I won’t tell you again.”
When she brings her head up, the faerie appears behind her. He gives her a heated look and wraps his arms tightly around her waist. “I’m starting to want you to make me.”
She twirls around and thwacks his arm. “Phoenix! This is serious! Do you want us to get caught?”
He leans over and plants a kiss on her forehead. “Of course, I don’t.”
“Then, listen to me. If we’re going to carry on like this, we’ve got to be more careful. You leaving marks like this on me doesn’t help.” She points at her branded neck.
Phoenix sighs. “Look, I’m sorry. It’s just my way of showing affection.”
“Well, from now on, choose another spot to suck on other than my precious neck.” She shoves the faerie away from her and exits the bathroom.
“You’ve never had a problem with it before.” Phoenix murmurs.
She twirls around with a worried look on her face. “That was before I thought Alex didn’t know about us, and now that we know he knows, we’ve got to slow down and be more cautious. If the people found out about us...”
Phoenix shakes his head. “Alex won’t say anything.”
“You don’t know that.” Lilith whispers.
“Yes, I do. Alex has known about us for a long time and he’s kept his mouth shut. He could have told everyone about us, but he hasn’t. That’s got to mean something.”
She lowers her head and smiles. “Maybe deep down, he really does care about me.”
Phoenix comes to stand before, and brings his hands to rest on her elbows. “Lilith, you heard what he said. He doesn’t care about you or the things that you do. He doesn’t love you.”
Lilith gasps. “Why are you trying to hurt me?”
He wraps the bedroom sheet around his waist. “I’m not. It’s just the truth.”
“Well, stop it.” She shoves his hands off of her and storms away.
He frowns as he follows close on her heels. “What’s the matter with you?”
“Maybe once in a while, think about what you’re about to say before you actually say it out loud.”
“What are you talking about?” The faerie asks softly.
“Your words hurt, Phoenix.”
Although she does not see, he points to his chest. “You not returning my love hurts me.”
Ignoring the faerie, she enters the kitchen, and heads straight to the dining room table, where a human boy lies motionless on his back with his wrists and ankles bound tightly to the tables edges.
“Hello? Anyone there? Or shall I just talk with the wall?”
“If doing so will make you happy, then go ahead.” The vampire mutters as she stares longingly at the human lying on top of the table.
“Lilith, you’re not listening to me.” He closes his eyes in irritation.
Her eyes dart over. “Then, spit it out! It’s my feeding time and you know that if I do not get fed in the appointed time, I get extremely bitchy. So, get on with it.”
He opens his eyes, and gives her a half smile. “I like it when you get bitchy.”
“This isn’t the time to be funny.” She rolls her eyes and places herself at the head of the table, nestling behind the humans head. “Wakey, wakey.”
The human looked barley alive. If it wasn’t for his chest moving up and down, you’d think he was deceased. He was so thin, you could see his bones underneath his skin. His whole complete body was beaten, marred with bruises and bite marks.
He had been ruined.
The vampire strikes the human across the head. “Wake up!”
“Is he dead?” The faerie asks.
She strikes the human again. “I said wake up!”
The slave slowly cracks open his green eyes and the moment they come to rest on the vampire, he bursts into tears.
“Somebody’s not very happy to see me.” She pouts while caressing the human.
The human’s whole body begins to tremble in fear. Seconds later, the unmistakable smell of urine encircles the whole room.
Both the faerie and the vampire make a sound of disgust.
“Bad slave!” Lilith growls. “You’re so pathetic. When I release you, you will clean your disgusting mess up.”
“This is why I hate human. They’re so weak.” The faerie mutters under his breath.
The vampire’s teeth elongate. “Indeed, but without them we’d starve to death.”
Phoenix looks down at the human in disgust. “Even looking at them makes me want to kill myself.”
“But with you gone, who will attend to my every need?”
He shrugs. “Oh, I don’t know. Perhaps Alexander considering he has your precious heart.”
The vampire tuts. “There you go again, you had to ruin our moment, didn’t you? You always do that.”
“But it’s true. Alexander’s the one you truly want. Not me.”
He cuts her off. “I will never be good enough for you. You know, some days I ask myself why I bother.”
“I am not arguing with you again tonight about this because there’s no doubt we’ll end up in bed together.”
Instantly, the faerie appears in front of the vampire and lifts up her chin with his finger. “And you’ve got a problem with that?”
She shoves him away. “I’m hungry! Maybe after I’ve been fed but certainly not now. You’re so impatient.”
He searches her eyes. “But you ate earlier, didn’t you? Right after the party.”
She immediately pales. “What? No, I didn’t.”
“Yes, you did. That’s why you were gone for so long.”
“Phoenix, I haven’t fed tonight.”
The faerie growls. “Do not lie to me.”
She scoffs. “I’m not lying to you. I’d never do that.”
“No?” Phoenix points to a newly created bite mark on the human’s inner thigh. “Then, what’s this?”
Lilith swallowed. “What’s what?”
His voice lowers. “Do not act so stupid. You know exactly what I’m talking about.”
“Why are you still here?” She spluttered.
The faerie widens his eyes. “Why? Do you want me to leave?”
She huffs and sits herself down at the head of the table. “Of course, I don’t want you to.”
“Then, what is the problem?”
The faerie wondered why the vampire was so on edge tonight.
“I have a problem?”
“You’ve been in a foul mood. Since the party, you haven’t been yourself at all.”
She cups the humans face in her hands and averts her gaze from the faerie. “That’s because I haven’t.”
“What do you mean?”
“I saw something tonight. On that blood servant Alexander brought to the party.”
His expression changes to irritation at the mention of the blood servant.
“What was it? What did you see?” Phoenix asks.
She brings her eyes slowly up to meet his and exhales. “I saw the amulet. Around her neck.”
He looks at her in confusion. “What amulet?”
Lilith gives him a knowing look.
Phoenix scoffs. “The amulet?”
The faerie chuckles while shaking his head. “Don’t be silly. Nobody’s seen or heard of that amulet in thirty years.”
“I did!” Her voice rises. “I saw it with my very own eyes.”
The human jerks on top of the table from Lilith’s sudden shriek. “Ple...please le...let m...me..go.”
“Be quiet, slave!” Phoenix yells, causing the human to whimper.
“Don’t shout at my food. What has he done to you?” Lilith asks.
“He’s breathing.” Phoenix mutters.
With an amused smile, she stands from the chair and leaves the kitchen. “Come. We must discuss about the amulet.”
“What’s there to talk about? It’s gone.”
Lilith twirls around with a look of defiance in her eyes. “You’re wrong. It’s here! It’s in our grasp. That conniving little slave has it and I want it.”
The faerie could not understand. If there was something Lilith wanted, she’d take it with no problem at all.
What was stopping her from taking what she wanted?
Lilith stares intently at the faerie. “’Don’t you want it, Phoenix?”
“After what it did to my brother? No.” He seethes.
Lilith wraps her arms around his neck and showers light kisses along his jaw. “Phoenix, think about it. With that amulet in our hands, we’d be untouchable.”
“But my brother....”
She cuts him off. “Was sadly butchered because of it, but he will be avenged. Once you have the amulet, you will get your revenge and wipe out the human race. Don’t you want that?”
“Of course, I do.”
“Then, why are you being so hesitant!?”
He frowns down at the vampire. “This isn’t about me. If you want the amulet so badly then why don’t you just take it?”
She shakes her head. “I can’t.”
He gently pushes Lilith away and crosses his arms over his chest. “Why not?”
“Because of Alexander.”
“What about him?”
“No doubt if I were to take it from the slave, he’d come to her aid in seconds and banish me.”
“That’s what you’re afraid of? Banishment?”
“You know what I mean.”
“Lilith, you have abilities. Abilities that will help you retrieve it.”
“No.” She shakes her head repeatedly.
“Get in and get out. It’s not that hard.”
“Then, do it for me, Phoenix!”
He peers down at her. “What?”
“Get the amulet for me.”
He takes a step back, his hands in front of him. “Not a chance. I’ve seen my fair share of humans today.”
“Please!” Lilith pleads.
He points towards the palace’s entrance. “No! If you want that amulet, get it yourself.”
“Alex will sense me coming. If you go, nobody will see you coming.”
“Please, Phoenix. We’d rule the world with that amulet.”
“Phoenix? Talk to me.”
There’s a long pause until he speaks again. “If I did this for you, what would mean? For us?”
She leans forward and presses her lips against his ear, her voice a smooth whisper. “Get it for me and you’ll find out.”
“So, I’m just supposed to get it?”
She nods. “From the slave. She wears it around her neck. Just take it.”
“And be careful, Phoenix.”
He scoffs. “She’s a human, Lilith not a troll.”
“I know, but I really want this amulet. Do whatever means necessary to get it.”
“Can you do it, Phoenix?”
The faerie smiles widely, lifts her hand to his lips and kisses it softly. “Anything for you.”