Because I Want a Vampire's Kiss! (Book 3)

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Chapter 8

Camilla woke up groaning. Her whole body hurt, which made no sense at all considering how fluffy soft Leo’s bed was. Sitting up, she gave another moan and grabbed her head, which hurt badly. The room was so bright she had to squint.

“Girl, what is wrong with you? Did you catch the flu sleeping in all those nasty motel rooms?” She muttered to herself as she found her glasses and slipped them on. “I’ll take a warm shower, make myself some coffee, and see if that helps any.”

So, stumbling from the bed, she headed for Leo’s private bath. After quickly stripping, she stepped into the shower. A moan of pleasure escaped her as the warm water chased away the chill and warmed her. After her shower, she headed for the kitchen wearing one of Leo’s button-up shirts and a pair of thick socks.

She found a note on the table and began to read:

“Dearest Camilla,

As I was about to leave my receptionist called me to remind me of an important meeting with a man that could only meet up with me today. I had forgotten all about it, so I’m heading to work to meet him now. Afterward, I will go shopping for food which means I will be a bit longer than I planned. Make yourself at home because what was mine is now yours.

I’ll be back as quickly as I can.

Love, Leo.

Camilla whined childishly at the idea of him being gone longer. She didn’t feel well and wanted him to cuddle her, and warm her because she was feeling cold again.

“Grow up Camilla, you aren’t a two-year-old. You are perfectly capable of taking care of yourself when you’re sick,” she muttered to herself with a sigh.

So, thinking coffee might help, she opened and closed cabinet doors until she found his coffee and filters for the pot. Soon, the scent of coffee filled the air as it began to perk. Then she stood staring out the window into his backyard as she waited for her coffee.

When the coffee was done, she took it with her to the sitting room they’d been in before. Once there, she spotted the TV remote on the coffee table and turned the TV on. She pulled the throw blanket off the back of the couch onto herself, watching TV while she sipped her coffee.

The coffee was soon gone, so she snuggled into the blanket to wait for Leo to return. She must have dozed off for a moment, and when she awakened, she felt worse than she had earlier. Now she felt as if she were freezing, and her head was pounding. So, moving as quickly as possible, she headed for the bedroom, her teeth chattering. Climbing into the bed, she pulled the thick blanket up around her, hoping for some warmth. She had just managed to get comfortable when she heard the front door open.

“Camilla, I’m back.”

Camilla whimpered, debating on whether she should crawl out of the cocoon she had just made for herself. She could hear Leo banging cabinet doors as she lay shivering, wishing he would hurry.

Then all went quiet and suddenly Leo was walking through the bedroom door. “Camilla? Are you okay?”

“I-I’m c-cold Leo,” she whispered through chattering teeth.

He hurried to her side with a concerned look on his face.

“Oh, little one, I wouldn’t have left if I knew you were sick…” his voice faded, and a puzzled look replaced the concerned one.

“W-what’s wrong?”

“The bond, but it’s only been a few hours. Usually, it takes a couple of days apart for these things to happen.”

As she watched him, he kicked off his shoes before he crawled into bed with her. Next, he propped himself up against the headboard and pulled her into his lap, chest to chest. Then he wrapped the blanket over them.

She sighed with content, as she snuggled her face into his neck. Already feeling better, she asked, “What is a bond?

Leo sighed as he ran a hand over her back. “I told you about the scent, which is what initially draws us to our soulmate. Sometimes though, a vampire, the male especially, can be extremely stubborn. Sometimes we will try to deny what we have found. When this happens, we might need a little push to do right by our Geliebte. For example, when Tobias found Kendra, he tried to deny her because she was a hunter.”

She raised her head to look at him. “A hunter? Oh, a vampire hunter. I remember reading about those in a book… although, I think they called them slayers in the movies. They’re your enemies, so I think I could understand his reluctance.”

Leo shrugged. “They are only our enemies if we’re caught killing humans. Otherwise, they leave us alone for the most part. Although, there was a time that they killed us on sight because of what we are.”

“So, since she was a hunter, he didn’t want her?”

“Oh, he wanted her, badly. Sometimes though, fear takes over and we do stupid things. Like, deny what our beast wants to claim as ours. That is what Tobias tried desperately to do, deny what the fates had blessed him with,” he told her. “Since fate knows how stubborn we can be, a bond was created. If the vampire doesn’t mark his Geliebte within a couple of days, she becomes sick. Chills, head, and body aches, even vomiting.

“Little one, I will always be very protective over you, and at times so possessive you may feel like slapping me. It is who I am though and is in all vampire’s DNA, male, or female. We were created to be that way toward our soulmate. So, overprotective creatures that we are, we can’t stand back and watch our Geliebte be miserable, it goes against everything in us.”

“How did Tobias do it then?”

Leo snorted. “He refused to look at her and refuse to touch her until I forced him to. Fate took it from there.

“Mm… okay.”

“So, since we don’t deal well with our Geliebte suffering, even the most stubborn of us will cave and mark them as ours. This takes all the misery away,” he concluded before kissing her on her cheek.

“So, you think that’s what is wrong with me?” She asked as she once more pulled back and looked at him.

He shook his head. “It shouldn’t be though, even if it does sound as if it is. Camilla, these things shouldn’t happen unless we’ve been apart for a couple of days, not hours.”

She began chewing on her inner cheek as she thought about everything he’d said. When I went to sleep, I was fine. When I woke up, I was cold and sore. Then she frowned as she realized something. She was no longer achy or cold, so she told him, “I feel fine now.”

“Well, as unusual as it is, that proves it is the bond,” Leo said with a smile. “So, now I need to ask you something, Camilla.”

“What?”

He looked at her, his eyes dark with something unknown to her. Lifting his hand, he brushed her hair behind her ear before speaking. “How do you feel about me? I will admit love comes quickly for a vampire because he waits his whole life for it. When his soulmate comes, he is complete. She instantly fills the emptiness inside and soothes the restlessness. I love you, my sweet Camilla, and for me, there will never be another. So, will you accept me and be my love?”

“Oh, Leo, do you know how long I have waited to hear you say you loved me? It seems like my whole life; well, it practically has been,” she told him with a giggle. “The first time I dreamed of you, I knew you were real and not just my imagination. I knew you weren’t something made up in my fourteen-year-old mind. I was yours from the first dream and I wanted nobody else, ever, and yes, somewhere along the way I fell in love with you too.”

With a groan, Leo smashed his lips onto hers.

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