Falco let Kendra in the house and after hugging him, she headed for the kitchen.
Just inside the doorway, in a deep, movie vampire voice, Kendra said, “Good evening, madam.”
Kimmy turned around and pretended to cower and tremble. Then in a high-pitched voice, she said, “Oh please, Mister Vampire, don’t hurt me!”
Then they both busted out laughing before hugging.
“You don’t make a good vampire, Kendra, you aren’t scary enough,” Kimmy told her.
“Yeah, well, it’s my good looks that get me close to the bad guys so, yeah,” Kendra said with a shrug.
Falco walked in and started to set the table.
“Need any help, big guy?” Kendra asked.
Falco turned to look at her. “Big guy?”
“Well, yeah, you’re a lot bigger than I am,” Kendra teased. “Well, in width anyway, since I’m not exactly short.”
“It’s fine, I just wasn’t…” Falco started but was interrupted when the doorbell rang.
“I’ll get it,” Kendra offered. Walking out of the kitchen, she headed for the door and opened it.
Outside under the porch light stood the man of her dreams, literally. She knew it was Tobias since he was expected. What she wasn’t expecting was for it to be the guy from the car lot from a few nights before. That explained why ‘Vogel Automotive’ seemed so familiar. It also explained the secondary scent she’d caught on Falco and Leo’s skin. The mystery scent was no longer a mystery.
Tonight, he wasn’t wearing a white dress shirt. Instead, he was wearing a dark blue t-shirt that stretched across his broad chest and showed off his bulging biceps.
Kendra’s gaze wandered down to see he had on a pair of faded blue jeans that were tight across his thighs, and a pair of hiking boots.
She licked her lips as she brought her eyes back up to his. “Mm, Mm, Angel. I’ll be your Buffy any day.”
Her face heated up when those words popped out of her mouth. Talking boldly was never a problem for her, it came with the job. Speaking to Tobias that way however was more personal, and slightly shocking to her. She’d never spoken so boldly to any of her boyfriends, real or fake and she most definitely hadn’t looked at them the way she was looking at Tobias.
There was just something about him that called out the women inside of her and it made her want to rub herself against him. It made her want to tell the other girls who dare to stare to hit the road! As if his looks weren’t enough, he smelled delicious. Behind the hint of peppermint was a stronger cinnamon scent. It was the whole stick kind that you pull out of the jar and almost salivate over because it smells so good. Yeah, that kind of cinnamon.
“Um… sorry, but my name is Tobias,” he said softly and with a puzzled look on his face.
“Yeah, I know, Falco and Kimmy are expecting you.” She turned slightly and pointed behind her. “I think Kimmy has dinner on the table. So, we should probably head that way.”
As she spoke, she moved back from the door to let him in. Absentmindedly, she closed the door behind her, her eyes firmly on him as he walked away. She was nearly hyperventilating watching that butt walk away in those tight jeans.
Then he stopped walking.
Her eyes slowly moved upward, over the muscular back to find his face turned slightly so he could see her. Oops! She’d been caught in the act. She almost groaned as her face heated up once more.
“Yep, right behind you, Angel.”
He waited for her to catch up, then walk past him.
No more show, phooey! She pouted the rest of the way to the kitchen.
“Something wrong, Kendra?” Kimmy asked with a smirk on her face.
“Nope, not a thing,” Kendra muttered as she glared at Tobias.
He ignored her.
They all sat down, after filling their plates, and Falco began to talk about his day.
Tobias was quiet.
That was okay though because sometimes she liked the quiet too. In the quiet of her mind, Kendra found herself daydreaming about Tobias. His scent seemed to surround her since he was next to her and it only fed her daydreams.
“Kendra?” Kimmy called, loudly.
Startled, Kendra jumped slightly in her seat.
Falco chuckled and Kimmy laughed softly.
“Huh? I’m sorry, did you say something,” Kendra asked, feeling the heat rising in her cheeks for the third time that evening.
“Yes, three times now. I wanted to know if you wanted dessert.” Kimmy replied.
“Oh, sure,” Kendra answered.
“So, did you find anything else about the vampire your hunting?” Falco asked to bring her attention to him.
“What vampire?” Tobias asked, speaking for the first time.
Kendra looked his way. Suddenly, she noticed something interesting and it caused her to swivel her head back and forth between the two brothers. “Hey, are you two twins?”
They both turned to stare at her.
Falco laughed. “Nein, there are sixty years between us. I stopped my aging at twenty-eight, Tobias stopped his aging at thirty.”
“So, you’re older?” She asked Tobias as she gave him her attention.
“The vampire?” Falco repeated.
“Yes, the vampire. No, not really. My contact in California wasn’t helpful, so I’m on my own mostly. Don’t you worry about it though, I always managed to get the guy I’m chasing. This one will be no different,” Kendra said, confident in her abilities. “If I must carry on a conversation though, I’d rather it not be about him. I would rather talk about…” she turned her head to the side, “Tobias.”
Tobias had his fork full of cake halfway to his face when he stopped and looked at Kendra. It was a look that asked, “why, just why?”
Kimmy busted out laughing.
“Oh, that is too funny. It’s almost the same look Falco gave me the day we met,” Kimmy said.
“Really?” Kendra said. “This I gotta hear, so explain.”
“Okay. So, we went to lunch and I asked him where he was from because I noticed his accent. He told me he was from Germany originally. So, when he told me he was in the car business…”
“Oooh! You asked if they sold German engineered cars?” Kendra almost shouted in her excitement.
Kimmy gave her a thumb up. “Yeah! I mean it had to be asked, right?”
“Nein, Nein, it really didn’t,” Falco disagreed. “Isn’t that like stereotyping or something?”
“Yes, it did need to be asked, big guy,” Kendra informed him. “No, it isn’t stereotyping… it’s just… breaking the ice when you meet someone.”
Kimmy nodded vigorously in agreement.
“What’s with the nicknames?” Tobias asked quietly.
Kendra turned sideways in her chair. She propped an elbow on the table before propping her chin in her hand, and asked, “Do you watch TV much, Tobias?”
Tobias shook his head.
“Oh, well, that explains it then,” Kendra said with a nod.
“How does that explain the nicknames?” Tobias asked.
“Well, Falco’s is self-explanatory. He’s bigger than me,” Kendra told Tobias.
Tobias nodded his agreement with that after a glance at his brother. “It doesn’t explain you calling me Angel though.”
Kendra giggled. “Because Angel was one extremely hunky TV vampire who was loved by a vampire slayer. Therefore, since you are one extremely hunky vampire, I have dubbed you Angel after him. There, all explained now.”
Tobias cocked his head at Kendra
Kendra heard Kimmy trying her best not to laugh in the background.
“Who is Angel?” Falco asked Kimmy in a whisper.
“Shh.…” Kimmy said.
“You called yourself Buffy earlier. Who is Buffy?” Tobias asked next.
Kendra leaned forward. Putting her mouth close to his ear she whispered, “Why the slayer of course.”
“Slayer?” Tobias asked just as quietly. His mouth was close to her ear and his breath on it caused a shiver to run down her spine.
Kendra felt her heartbeat pick up. Then, for his ears only, she whispered, “A hunter. A little heads up, Angel, this slayer always gets her man.”
Unable to resist the temptation that was Tobias, she gave his ear a slight nip before pulling back. She heard him take a sharp indrawn breath.
“I need to go,” Tobias said hurriedly as he pushed his chair back and stood. He then turned and walked out the door.
“Um… what was that about?” Kendra asked.
Falco shook his head. “That was just a typical Tobias move. Mutter says he’s shy, but I think he just doesn’t know how to deal well with people because he’s always alone.”
Kendra turned toward the door.
Oh no Tobias mine, you aren’t getting away from me that easily!
He had captivated her, and she wanted to get to know him better. They might not be able to be more than friends, but she still wanted to know him. So, she stood up, took the time to push hers, and Tobias’ chair in.
Then with a smirk on her face, she told Kimmy and Falco, “Sorry guys, I have a vampire to chase.”
They can take that any way they want, Kendra thought to herself as she followed Tobias out the door and into the evening air.