Kendra practically hit the door at a run, just in time to see Tobias start walking down the sidewalk. He wasn’t going vampire speed, thank goodness, but he wasn’t letting the grass grow under his feet either.
“Tobias!” Kendra shouted at him as she sprinted after him.
He never reacted to her voice. So, she ran after him and caught up just as he turned the corner onto another street. Reaching out, she grabbed his arm to stop him.
He turned with a hiss, his eyes red and rimmed in blue.
“Don’t you hiss at me, Tobias Vogel! I wouldn’t have…” she stopped talking and tensed. She then very softly said, “Push back the vampire, Tobias, we have company.”
Kendra looked around slowly as she allowed her extra senses to take over and saw a man across the street. After looking both ways, he began to cross the street with a phone to his ear.
A car turned the corner then, slowing until it stopped. Once it did the man behind the wheel got out.
“We’ve been looking for you everywhere Kendra. The boss said he had some information on our…” the man stopped speaking as he glanced at Tobias. With a shake of his head, he continued, “…suspect and couldn’t get up with you. We went to where you’re staying but you weren’t there, so we went to your sister’s house. We found her house just in time to see you sprinting down the sidewalk. We thought you might have seen our suspect and started to chase him down.”
Okay, maybe that made sense, but she had her doubts about the story. If they were just looking for her, why was one guy across the street instead of in the car?
Shaking off her doubts she plastered on a fake smile. “No, sorry, just the brother-in-law. He forgot something, and his brother sent me after him. Anyway, you’ve found me.”
He grabbed some papers from inside the car and walked around to hand them to Kendra as he studied Tobias.
Kendra saw him take a deep breath as he stepped closer.
“I’m Jarod Williams,” Jarod said as he held out his hand for Tobias to shake.
They shook hands and Kendra could almost feel Tobias shudder at shaking hands with a hunter, yet he never let it show on his face. In fact, his face stayed completely emotionless.
Jarod turned back to face Kendra. His eyes were hard as he said, “Here’s what we found. If you need back up let me know. Boss wants it taken care of tomorrow night, no excuses.”
Kendra frowned. Mr. Ripple had told her to do it quickly, but he knew she had to almost start from scratch. Why the big rush on it suddenly, and being told no excuses? Didn’t she always get the job done?
“So, why couldn’t the boss get a hold of you, Kendra? I’ve got better things to do than chase you all over town.” The other guy asked from where he leaned on the car smoking.
Kendra looked over at him and decided she didn’t like his looks much. She’d remember to steer clear of him. Still, she politely answered, “I was at my sister’s for dinner.”
“How did this keep you from answering your phone?” Car dude asked.
“Oh! My phone!” Kendra exclaimed as she put her hand down to pull it from her pocket and frowned. “Rats! Stupid skirt with no pockets. Sorry, I must have left it in my purse,” she groaned and smacked her forehead with the palm of her hand. “Which is in my car.”
The other guy scoffed. “Just like an airheaded woman. I don’t see anything special about you myself, so I don’t know why the boss brought you in. What makes you so much better to work this case than us?”
“Shut up Craig,” Jarod growled.
Craig shrugged and threw down his cigarette stub. After making sure it was out, he got in the car.
“Sorry about that,” Jarod apologized. “Craig has issues with this case and female hun… females in general. I’ll see you tomorrow after you look at the information. Goodnight.”
Then he got back in the car and drove off.
Kendra gave a relieved sigh that they were finally gone. So, turning back to Tobias, she found him walking away. She called out, “Tobias!”
He kept walking.
She once more found herself running after him as he walked up a driveway toward a house. “Please Tobias, don’t ignore me. Tell me what did I do wrong?”
He stopped at the bottom of the stairs and finally spoke. “You are a hunter and I am a vampire. When I told your sister, I would like to meet you, I never expected to be so drawn to you.”
“Okay, but can’t we look past our differences and…”
“Nein, we cannot,” he said.
“Why Tobias? I truly like you and well, I’m drawn to you as well. There’s just something about you that makes me feel all funny inside. I’d like to see where it might take us. Is that wrong?”
She heard him pull in a deep breath and let it out slowly before he turned to face her.
“I’m not the love’em and leave’em type Kendra,” Tobias growled out.
“I didn’t say you were, but I don’t see any harm in…”
Once more he cut her off to say, “Nein. Kimberly has told us of your parade of boyfriends. I will not be one.”
That said, he turned on his heel, stomping up the stairs and into his house.
Kendra stood, stunned and staring after him.
It hurt, it genuinely did, more than it should have considering they’d just met. The fact was her parade of boyfriends had mostly been fake. If he’d just given her time, she could have explained that to him.
Knowing he wasn’t going to listen, she turned and ran back to her car. Getting in, she quickly drove back to her motel. Once inside her room, she flung herself on the bed and cried.
Sometime later she stood and stripped. Pulling on the first thing she found to wear, she crawled back into bed and fell into an exhausted sleep.
Kendra woke up later sweating and shaking from a dream she could barely remember. What stood out the most was her screaming Tobias’s name and he never came.
Rolling over she glanced at the clock and seeing it was six-thirty she decided to get on up. Walking over to her desk she sat down and began looking at the papers Jarod had given her the night before. It wasn’t much, but it would help. So, booting up her laptop, she got to work.
Tobias crawled out of bed that morning with a tired sigh. What was it about Kendra that had dug deep into his psyche and made itself at home? He wasn’t innocent; he’d had girls when he was younger. As he’d gotten older, he’d even gone on a few dates, but he kept them platonic because he didn’t want to worry about his urges to bite.
Giving another sigh he made his way to the bathroom and his shower.
He had a lot to get done today. Maybe working on an engine would distract him from the beautiful hunter that was Kendra. With that thought in mind, he dressed in jeans and a t-shirt before he grabbed his coveralls and headed out the door.