Camilla paced the kitchen floor after eating and stewed over what to tell her parents. She knew they would be happy for her because she loved Leo, but they wouldn’t be happy about her living with him without marriage. Vampire marriage didn’t count since she couldn’t tell them about it.
Shelly, I can call Shelly and ask her opinion, only… she sighed. I can’t tell her either. Of course, Shelly knows I went off to hunt down the vampire of my dreams, but I can’t TELL Shelly that I found one.
“Err… this is so irritating! I’m supposed to call them, but I have no earthly idea what to tell any of them!” She almost screamed as she paced.
Leo, of course, heard her scream of frustration. He came barreling into the room with a snarl on his face as he looked around. Once he had calmed, he asked, “What is wrong, little one?”
“We need to figure out exactly what I’m supposed to tell my family before I call them,” she told him as she sat down at the table. “My parents are extremely old-fashioned, and they will not allow us to stay in the same room, much less the same bed, if we aren’t married. So, we can’t go as an engaged couple, which is what I had originally planned, so my mother could plan a wedding for me.”
Leo took a deep breath. “Tomorrow I will have a judge friend of mine, and a vampire, make us a marriage license that will be filed at the courthouse. As far as the human community is concerned, you will then be Mrs. Leo Vogel. If you wish it, we can have a real wedding later, after you and your Mutter have a chance to plan one.”
She nodded, then taking a deep breath she said, “Okay, that sounds like a plan. The next thing is…”
“Spit it out, little one, we’ll work it out whatever it is that is bothering you,” Leo said reassuringly.
Running her hands through her hair, she groaned. “Leo, I kind of get the idea you’re pretty well off.”
“I am, some might even call me a millionaire.”
She lifted her head to stare at him, her mouth open. “A-a millionaire?”
“Ja. You need to remember that I am 196 years old. I’ve been working since I was eighteen, which means I’ve been working for 178 years. Plenty of time to make a lot of money. In the last fifty years or so, I’ve made some good investments that have paid off. So, your parents don’t have to worry that I want you for your money.”
“Okay… well, the only reason I even bring up finances is because of how fast we married. I know when we tell my father we were married within just a few days of our meeting, he’s going to think you’re after my money. The next thing he’s going to ask is if we have a prenuptial agreement made up.”
Leo nodded. “Understandable since there are a lot of dishonest people out there. Would it make him feel better if we had one? We can call my lawyer, and have it done if you like.”
“No, love, I don’t need one. My father, however…” she began. Then she sighed “Is there any way to prove you’re a millionaire? I’m guessing you don’t put it out there much, so he can’t just google your name.”
Leo laughed. “Nein, I don’t flash my money around. If I did, it would make people too curious about the fact that I don’t age. As it is, most of my wealth is shadowed in subterfuge, so that it looks as if it was made through about… four generations.”
“Are all of them Leo Vogel?”
“Nein. The first two generations were Lars Vogel.”
She giggled. “Lars, seriously?”
He chuckled. “Ja, seriously. It is an incredibly old German name, and the one I was birthed with.”
“So, why the change?” She asked, putting her chin in her hand, and leaning on the table.
He sighed and shifted from one foot to the other. “The family ran into some trouble with hunters. We had to leave Germany in a hurry and our family had to ‘die’. So, we came to America and started a new life. We became the family of my Uncle Leo Vogel, no one here knew that my Uncle Leo had been dead for two hundred years by that time, so it all worked out. When we did this, we all changed our first name. As the years passed everyone changed their names back to the original, except me. I liked Leo much better than Lars, so I kept the name, although Mutter wasn’t happy about it.”
“Mm… I imagine she wasn’t,” she said, thinking how her mother would react to her changing her name.
“Now, about that prenuptial agreement.”
“As much as I want to say no, I suppose we better have one. At least until you can prove to my father you aren’t after my money. I suppose I’ll make that call now.”
He left the room giving her privacy.
Picking up her phone, she dialed and waited as it rang.
“Hello, Mother,” Camilla said softly.
“Camilla, I am so happy you called. Are you ready to come home now?”
Camilla gave a soft laugh at the excitement in her mother’s voice. “Yes, Mother, I am. I’m coming home in two weeks.”
“Two weeks! Why not now?” Mother shouted.
“Well, you see, I met the man of my dreams, the man who will love me as much as Father loves you, Mother. He has things he had to take care of here though before he can leave, so… yeah.”
“So, you’re bringing a man home with you Camilla?”
“Yes, I am. His name is Leo Vogel, he owns a car dealership here in Florida, well, he and his family do. Anyway, he has to make arrangements before he can leave.”
“Oh, well, alright dear. Maybe…?”
Camilla cut her off because she knew what was coming. The “please come home now, he can follow later”, and the tears.
“I need to go now, Mother. So, I’ll see you and Father in two weeks. Goodbye now,” Camilla told her. Then she quickly hung up.
“That’s one way to keep from having to explain anything.”
She looked up to see Leo once more standing in the doorway. “Yes, well, I could hear the waterworks coming, and I didn’t want to deal with it. Sorry. That makes me sound like a horrible daughter, doesn’t it?”
“It’s alright, little one, and nein, it doesn’t. You know though, eventually, you will have to deal with it,” he said as he walked over to pull her into his arms.
“I know, but later is better because you’ll be with me,” she informed him. “I won’t have to face them on my own.”
He chuckled. “Alright, well, it’s late. Let’s go to bed, for tomorrow will be a long day.”
So that’s what they did.
The next evening found Leo and Camilla at the home of the Senior Vogel’s. Leo had introduced them as Jantis and Ingrid and everyone had come to meet Leo’s Geliebte.
“You know, Camilla is a lovely name,” Ingrid said.
“Thank you. I was named after my paternal great-grandmother, Jane Camilla Smythe,” Camilla replied.
“Smythe… I think I’ve heard that name before,” Jantis said. “Where did you say you were from?”
“South Dakota,” Camilla answered.
“Hm… Smythe… Smythe…?” Jantis grinned. “Oh, Ja, I remember now. I met a fellow once in California, we lived there before we moved here. Anyway, he was having us build his home for him. He told me he once worked for a company called Smythe Enterprises. He also said he worked there for ten years and was ready for a change. Small world, eh?”
Camilla smiled, “Yes, it is.”
“So, Leo said the two of you will be traveling back to South Dakota,” Kimberly said she rubbed her expanding belly.
“It’s like a whole different world there Leo,” Kendra added.
Camilla nodded. “Yes, we are, and it truly is. Have you been there before Kendra?”
“Oh, yeah! During my hunting days, I traveled a lot. I sure don’t miss that at all,” Kendra said with a laugh.
“I remember Leo telling me Kendra was a hunter. That seems a bit, um, awkward,” Camilla whispered.
Tobias chuckled even as he squeezed his wife. “I actually had more problems with her being human than her being a hunter.”
Somewhere in the house, a timer went off, and Ingrid stood up. As she went to leave the room she said, “Come along children, dinner is ready.”
Everyone else followed.
So, the evening was spent with Camilla getting to know her new in-laws and them getting to know her.