Kendra ignored her and turned to fully face Tobias. Then she took his face in her hands. “Don’t think that way, angel. You made mistakes; everyone does but it doesn’t make you a bad person.”
“Person? He isn’t a person! He’s a… a thing! What do I have to do to make you understand this? Kendra, you are my flesh and blood, I only want what is best for you!” Mom proclaimed loudly.
Kendra turned on her with a sarcastic laugh. “What’s best for me? Please, all you have ever done is push a man on me that I never wanted! You pushed me to the point that I was making up boyfriends just to keep you off my back. You didn’t even have a problem when you caught him in my bed after he crawled in it in the middle of the night. So, no, don’t even say you want what’s best for me because Tobias is what’s best for me. He makes me feel good and loved.”
Mom’s face paled. “Made up boyfriends?”
“Yeah, Mom, made up,” Kendra said with another humorless laugh. “Did you seriously think one person would have that many boyfriends? Besides, it was the only way to make sure you didn’t send Jude to my motel room again. Look let’s just forget it and move on.”
“I really pushed you that far?”
“Yes, Mom you did, but no more. I have the man of my dreams and he is mine forever. There will be no other for me.”
They all turned at the sound of the door opening since they’d never even made it out of the hall.
“Kimberly?” Falco said as he looked around, his eyebrows raised questioningly. “Um… hello?”
Kimberly cleared her throat. “Falco, you remember my mom, and this is Jude. He grew up living next to us, he’s my sister’s arranged marriage and it seems he’s also a hunter.”
Falco turned to look at Kimberly with a shocked look on his face. “He’s a what now?”
Tobias smirked at the shock on his Bruder Falco’s face.
“What shocks you more? The fact that he’s a hunter or that your Mutter-in-law arranged for him to marry your sister-in-law?” Tobias asked Falco.
Falco turned to look at Tobias wide-eyed. “How did he hide that from me?”
Kendra’s Mutter decided then to commence with her yelling and said, “At least I arranged for her to marry a person and not a monstrous thing!”
Okay, Tobias thought, now I’m offended. I may not be much of a talker, but I’m not going to let her talk about my family or my species that way. So, he turned on her with a hiss, his fangs descending.
“Oh? What about those who go around murdering innocent vampires? Are they not just as monstrous, Mrs. Stone?” Tobias asked in an angry hiss. “We are just like you humans. There are the good and the bad, but for hundreds of years that didn’t matter. We were different; therefore, we were slaughtered!”
Tobias watched as Mrs. Stone’s face turned almost purple in her anger. “You were slaughtered? We were nothing to your kind but walking blood bags. You killed us without a thought, then and now!”
“Oh, we thought, trust me, we did. We thought about how annoying you were and how good you tasted. How good you still taste… well, some of you anyway. I think you, however, would be too sour for my taste,” Tobias hissed at her with a smirk as he stalked closer to her, his fangs bared.
Mrs. Stone’s eyes widened as she backed up, whimpering in her fear.
“Tobias, stop,” Falco demanded calmly.
Tobias turned to Falco and asked, “Why? It’s only the truth and you know it.”
Falco sighed. “Ja, what you say is true. The thing is, we have not one, but two hunters in our midst. So, even if you were hungry to the point of starvation, biting someone would not be in your best interest.”
“Always the sensible one,” Tobias snarled at his Bruder.
“Nein, that would be Leo. You’re usually the quiet, less argumentative one,” Falco returned. He turned to Jude then. “I don’t believe we have met. I’m Kimberly’s husband, Falco. Who might you be?”
“My name is Jude. I’d heard Kimberly had found herself to be a vampire’s beloved,” Jude answered.
“Ja, she did,” Falco agreed with a slight nod. “Now, would someone like to explain why a hunter is in my home?”
“Falco,” Kimberly said softly.
Falco turned her way.
“Jude and his parents are neighbors with my parents. They moved in, I guess when I was about thirteen and Kendra was fifteen. Kendra and I, well, we tolerated Jude, although we liked his sister well enough. Anyway, when Kendra turned sixteen and started dating mom started pushing Jude on her,” Kimberly began as a way of explanation.
Kimberly, always soft-hearted, gave Jude an apologetic look.
“I knew the two of you had no use for me, but as I said earlier, I was rebelling,” Jude said with a shrug. “Annoying you and Kendra became part of it I suppose.
Mrs. Stone gasped, “I thought you liked Kendra? You were always hanging around her and flirting.”
Jude shrugged once more. “Sorry, Mona, and I did start to like her later. I’m just not sure it was really the feeling a man should have for a woman he plans to marry. You and Mom were so sure we should be together though, I just stopped fighting it.”
“Anyway,” Kimberly continued, drawing everyone’s gaze back to her. “Kendra started trying to avoid him to the point of bribing boys to be her boyfriend. She found out by doing that, Mom left her in peace about Jude. At first, it was kind of funny…”
“Then, one day, she said that she and Jenny, that’s Jude’s mom, made a contract arranging mine and his marriage when I turned twenty,” Kendra said, continuing the story. “I told Mom no, not happening, and well… she just kept changing my age on the contract. She said eventually I would realize he and I were meant to be because we were perfect for each other. Now that I know he’s a hunter, I understand better what she meant.”
“So, your Mutter, and his Mutter arranged for you to marry?” Falco asked.
“Even after you said no, this continued?” Falco asked.
“Yep, pretty much,” Kendra agreed.
“What about the fact that’s he’s a hunter?” Falco continued questioning.
“We found that out today when mom told him to kill Tobias,” Kimberly answered.
Falco took Kimberly’s hand and lead her away from the group to sit on the couch.
Mrs. Stone had been quiet during the whole thing but must have become tired of not getting what she wanted. So, making a rude noise, she said, “Really? Two hunters in this room and yet neither one is willing to kill those things? I should have just brought my stake and killed them myself but since I didn’t, I’m leaving. Not like anyone will care anyway!”
Then, Tobias watched her as she practically stomped out the door.
No one moved to stop her, not even the hunter she had arrived with.