Prey

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Liberty

I couldn't believe the mountain of food that arrived just for me.

Along with the cocoa there was fried eggs, thick slices of white bread with REAL butter, sausage links, cinnamon rolls covered in icing, bacon, and more, things I did even recognize.

Was Aric expecting me to eat all of this? Looking between him and the pile of food I was trying to think of a way to tell him there was no way I could eat half of what was in front of me let alone the whole thing when he let out a hearty laugh.

"You don't have to eat it all," he chuckled, sipping from his own mug of... blood. "You wouldn't tell me what you liked, so I had them send a little bit of everything they'd prepared this morning.

"After you've had a chance to taste things and decide what you like I can have that brought up tomorrow," he added, his own eyes betraying his own awe at the food.

"My mom and I are usually lucky if we have a little bit of brown sugar to add to our oatmeal rations in the morning," I said, still trying to decide what to try first. "I don't know where to start."

"Try the toast," the vampire suggested sitting down across from me, "my last pet really had a big thing for buttered toast."

"Your last pet?" I asked biting into the crunchy, slightly salty bread, my curiosity peaked by the gentle tone of his voice.

"Yeah," he nodded, downing the rest of his meal in one gulp.

Before I could ask another question, he stood and walked away from me, heading for the bathroom without another word.

Knowing I'd done something wrong, but not what it was the once delicious toast soured in my mouth. Putting what was left of the bread back on the plate, my appetite gone.

Standing, I moved back into my cage, rolling what was left of my mattress into a makeshift cushion and sat on it until the vampire told me what he wanted to do.

When he came back into the room he had changed into form fitting jeans and an intricately knitted sweater. I watched his body tensed and his head snap one way then another looking for me until his eye fell on me waiting in my cage.

"What are you doing in there?" he asked, his body visibly relaxing when he saw me.

"You should be eating," he continued, moving towards my cage.

Afraid, I pulled my knees to my chest to my chest trying to become as small as I could.

The vampire stopped moving towards me apparently seeing how scared I was.

"Liberty," he said softly, swatting down so he was at my eye level, "please come out of the cage. I'm not going to hurt you."

"What happened to your last pet?" I asked, not sure why I was pursuing the issue.

"She died," he said with a sigh, seeming to realize I wouldn't feel safe until he did.

"I killed her," he sighed, looking at his hands, "I had to."

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