Kendra dropped her phone into her lap and moaned.
“Okay, so now we know she’s on her way. Call Kimberly and see if she wants you to be there when your Mutter arrives,” Tobias said.
Once more Kendra dialed her phone.
“Kendra, Mom is on her way! What do I do? I called Falco and told him not to come home for lunch. I don’t want him here because he might kill her if she starts in on me again,” Kimmy said sounding frantic when she answered the phone.
“Kimmy, I called Dad,” Kendra said, beginning to hyperventilate. “She’s bringing moron with her.”
Tobias reached out and pulled her closer, calming her instantly.
Kimmy blew out a long breath into the phone. “Oh boy, he didn’t tell me that.”
“Yeah, well, I asked,” Kendra informed her. “Anyway, maybe I should be there since it’s more my problem than yours.”
“I hate to ask it of you Kendra, but I really don’t want to face her alone,” Kimberly said quietly.
“Okay,” Kendra agreed. “I’ll be there in a bit, but there’s something I need to tell you.”
“I’m Tobias’s beloved,” Kendra told her.
There was a silence on the other end.
“Wait for it,” Kendra whispered.
Tobias cocked an eyebrow up questioningly. Suddenly there was a squeal that nearly deafened Tobias even though he wasn’t the one on the phone.
“Oh, Kendra, I am so happy for you two!” Kimberly exclaimed. “You’ll be good for each other and… oh… Mom,”
Kendra gave a humorless chuckle.
He took her hand, kissing it gently.
“Yeah, if you think she was upset about you, think about how she’s going to react to her flesh and blood…” Kendra huffed and scrubbed her free hand through her hair. “I’m so not looking forward to that conversation. Then, of course, there is Moron. It will be bad Kimmy, really bad but I’ll be there in a few anyway.”
Hanging up the phone she looked at him.
He pulled her into a hug as he told her, “I’m going with you, baby, don’t think about arguing because it’s something I have to do. The possessive side of me won’t let you go alone, not with that man coming. I might have, possibly, let you go alone, possibly, if it had been just your Mutter.”
“Okay, I agree, but only because I don’t want to have to face the two of them myself,” she told him. Then out of the blue, she asked, “Shower?”
“Let’s go,” he agreed excitedly as he jumped up off the bed.
Then, pulling her up, he tossed her over his shoulder and headed for the bathroom as she laughed.
Kendra gave a deep sigh as she and Tobias pulled up in front of Kimmy’s house an hour and a half later.
“I really don’t want to be here.”
“I know you don’t, but remember, you aren’t alone in this. If I must, I’ll make him forget about you and send him somewhere, like China or something,” Tobias informed her with a smirk.
She laughed, “Okay, angel.”
Getting out of the car, they made their way to the front door. After ringing the bell, they waited. Within just a couple of minutes, the door opened.
“Oh Kendra, thank goodness you’re here!” Kimmy said as she pulled Kendra into a hug. “Um… are you sure it was a good idea for Tobias to come?
“Not really,” Kendra murmured as she pulled back. “Good idea or not though, I don’t think I would have come if he hadn’t come with me, Kimmy.”
“I know,” Kimmy said as she moved back to let them in. “Oh, and congratulations you two.”
Tobias put his arm around her and gave her a comforting squeeze. He then pulled her over to a couch, so they could sit down.
Kimmy sat across from them. She began to ask questions about how Tobias and Kendra had found each other.
Kendra found herself telling her sister everything, from the meeting of a random vampire in the car lot to being deathly ill.
“It sounds as if fate was at work when that vamp showed up and you ended up fighting him at the dealership. I mean the odds of Tobias even being there are like one in a million,” Kimmy said. “Yep, fate at work, definitely.”
“Yeah, I suppose you’re right. What about you? Did you end up sick as I did?” Kendra asked her sister.
“Yeah, I did,” Kimmy said.
A knock on the door interrupted anything else she might have said.
“Oh, boy, she’s here,” Kimmy mumbled as she stood up. Walking out of the room, she answered the door. “Mom, hello, what a surprise.”
“I want to know where your sister is, Kimberly,” Mom said. “Her boss said she’s been ill and she’s not answering her phone. I went by the motel and they said she checked out this morning.”
Kendra stood up and walked to stand behind Kimmy. “I’m right here mom.”
“Oh, Kendra dear, are you alright? You don’t look sick, so you must be better,” Mom said as she came to hug Kendra. Then she stiffened, moving back, as she asked, “Why do you reek of…?”
“Hello, my darling, Kendra,” Moron said from the doorway with a smirk, interrupting her mom. “Your mother said you haven’t been calling about a new boy toy lately. Have you finally realized I’m the only one for you?”
Kendra heard a hiss from behind her and suddenly Tobias was there. He put his arm around her, letting Moron know he had better back off.
Kendra gave Moron a tight smile as she said, “Trust me that was never going to happen. Moron, I’d like you to meet my new husband, Tobias. Tobias this is Mor… I mean Jude.”
“Husband!” Mom suddenly shrieked. “How could you do such a stupid thing as to marry one of them?”
Kendra raised an eyebrow but said nothing.
Mother turned to Moron. “Kill it, Jude!”
Wait! Moron is a HUNTER?
Jude took a deep breath and frowned even as Tobias took one.
Tobias moved Kendra behind him with a soft hiss.
“But how…?” Kendra gasped, not knowing what to say since she had been completely clueless about what Moron was.
“I smell no vampire here, Mona. I’ll admit he smells… different, but not like a vampire,” Moron objected.
“That’s because he is born vampire, not created!” Mom shouted. “Now, do the job that my stupid daughter has refused to do for the second time, and kill it!”
Moron sighed as he stared at her mom. “I cannot kill him if he has done no wrong, code of the hunter. I’m sorry, Mona, that may be how it was done years ago but that isn’t the way it’s done now,” he told her. “If I was to kill him and it is found he had done nothing deserving of death, then it would be my death and I wish to live.”
Moron turned toward Kenda then and gave her a sad smile.
“I, how… why didn’t I… I mean, you’re…?” Kendra stuttered, not knowing what to ask first in her confusion.
“Yes, I’m a hunter, just like you,” Moron admitted. “Or, at least I was born with the hunter gene as my father was. He wanted me to walk in his footsteps, but I wanted something else out of life. It made me a little crazy when we were younger, and I did a lot of stupid things in my rebellion, like stalk you. Those days are over now though, and I hope you will accept my humble apologies.”
“Um… oh… s-sure, Jude,” she stuttered again, still in shock at the revelation of his hunter heritage. “I really don’t blame you for not wanting to be a hunter. I didn’t either, yet I really wasn’t given a choice. Good luck to you.”
“Yeah, and good luck to you also,” Jude said as he looked at Tobias. “Tobias, was it?”
“Make her happy, she’s a wonderful person and deserves to be happy,” Jude said then.
“I plan on it,” Tobias informed him.
“Um… one question though. Is she your beloved? I’ve heard vampires find them hard to come by,” Jude said.
“Ja, she is, and they are. By finding my Geliebte, and my Bruder finding his Geliebte, I think it will give others hope though,” Tobias said softly.
“What are you doing, Jude? This isn’t a social gathering, and one shouldn’t be sociable with the enemy anyway!” Mom screamed, her face red in her anger. “What is it about this family of vamps that everyone seems to forget that they are monsters!”
Kendra turned to focus on her mom. “Look, mom, if you would just give them a chance, they are good people. They aren’t monsters and have done nothing to harm anyone.”
She felt Tobias tense beside her and slightly turned to look at him. His face was blank, but she could see in his eyes he was upset.
“Tobias?” Kendra asked in a whisper.
“I’m not a good person Kendra, maybe your Mutter is right,” Tobias said sadly.
“See? Even he knows he’s a monster,” Mom yelled.