“Never.” Rebecca had answered her mom’s question looking down because she knew it wasn’t a tattoo.
“I’m afraid it’s my fault, Mrs. Hartmann,” Felix had spoken up to say.
“Oh, and why is that?” Mom had asked, crossing her arms over her chest.
“I wanted a tattoo and took her with me when I went to get one. When I saw this one, I just thought it would be perfect for her and told her so. I thought she should get it, and surprisingly she agreed. Since she did, though, I suppose I must have been convincing in my argument,” Felix calmly mentioned while smiling at her mom.
“Okay, so where is your tattoo?” Mom asked him, then added as her eyes widened, “Although I honestly don’t want to know if it’s in an embarrassing place.”
“If what’s in an embarrassing place?” Ben asked as he walked into the kitchen.
“Felix’s tattoo. It seems he and Rebecca thought it would be a cool thing to get one together,” Mom answered Ben’s question.
“Oh... So, what kind did you get Becks?” Ben asked, rolling with it as was his way.
“A falcon with Felix’s initials,” Rebecca told him, dropping the hand she’d been holding over the mark.
“Cool,” Ben said as he looked it over. Then, after giving her a thumbs up, he looked at Felix. “Let’s see yours now.”
Felix rolled up the shirt sleeve on his left arm to show the Kitten’s outline with bright blue eyes curled up in a ball. Her name was underneath it in cursive.
Ben snickered. “A kitten? Seriously, Felix? How manly is that?”
Felix had shrugged. “I like it because it reminds me of your sister when she isn’t with me.”
Mom smiled. “He’s a keeper, Rebecca. Any man who would put a kitten on his arm for you is more worried about being a loving man than a manly man.” Mom gave Ben a ‘take that’ look before leaving the room with him.
Rebecca and Felix stayed to finish the dishes.
Coming out of her memories of last night, Rebecca turned from the mirror. Stepping over to the bed, she picked up her purse and headed downstairs. Since she wasn’t sure where her mom was, Rebecca called out, “Mom, I’m ready to go!”
“So are we, Rebecca. Your brother is already in the car waiting on us,” Mom called back.
So, Rebecca headed for the front door, meeting her mom there. Together they headed for the car where Ben was waiting.
Rebecca looked around the gym where the graduation was going to be held and saw that it was completely packed.
“Wow, Rebecca, you’d think a hundred people are graduating today instead of just thirty,” Mom muttered as she looked for a seat for herself and Ben.
Rebecca glanced around, giving a sad sigh when she didn’t see Felix anywhere. Just then her phone beeped, looking down she saw she had a message from Felix. It said, “I walked through the double doors. Come find me please, there are girls everywhere.”
“Why are you laughing, Becks?” Ben asked.
“Felix needs saving, possibly from the cheerleaders. I’ll be back. Mom, save a seat for Felix, please,” Rebecca requested.
“Sure, just hurry because you need to go with the others soon,” Mom answered as she and Ben sat down, leaving a seat between them for Felix.
So, Rebecca hurried out to save Felix. She was correct; it was the cheerleaders who had him surrounded. Weaving her way through them, she managed to get close enough to grab his hand and said, “Sorry, girls, this one is with me.”
“Seriously? Why are the good ones always taken?” One of them asked. Then they all stood, pouts on their faces as Rebecca and Felix walked away.
“Thank you, Kitten,” Felix murmured as he kissed her shoulder.
“Anytime,” Rebecca replied.
Then she led him back to where her mom and Ben were seated. Giving him a quick kiss, Rebecca left Felix there and went to take her place with the rest of her class.
Two hours later, she was officially high school free!
“I’m free. I’m free. I’m free!” Rebecca sang in a silly fashion as she spun in circles on the way to the car.
“Stop that, Becks, you’re making me dizzy!” Ben laughingly fussed.
“You’re going to fall,” Felix added protectively. He then picked her up, throwing her over his shoulder and carrying her as she continued to sing.
“Please spare us your caterwauling, please, Becks,” Rebecca heard someone say.
Turning, she found Nick and his parents. Giving a wave, she said, “Hi Nick, Mr. and Mrs. Nick!”
Nick and his parents laughed at her silliness. Felix put her down, but Rebecca noticed that he glared at Nick the whole time they were there. Felix also kept her held firmly against him.
“I keep telling her people that can’t carry a tune should never sing in public. However, Rebecca insists on embarrassing me,” Ben said.
“Hey!” Rebecca yelped as she reached out and smacked Ben on the head. “That’s no way to be talking about my angelic voice.”
Everyone laughed at her.
“Just be that way! Goodbye, everyone. Felix promised to take me to dinner. So, I will leave you, meanies, to your meanness, and I’ll see you when I see you,” Rebecca told them as she grabbed Felix by the hand and began to tug him toward his car.
“Does that mean you’ll be late coming home, Rebecca?” Mom asked.
Rebecca looked at Felix, and he shrugged.
“It’s up to you, Kitten,” Felix said softly.
Rebecca turned to her mom, who now stood alone, and asked, “Would it be alright if I stayed with Felix?”
Mom sighed. “You’re eighteen now, Rebecca. So, all I can say is, be safe.”
“Thanks, Mom, and I will,” Rebecca said. After giving her mom a kiss and a hug, she let Felix take her out to eat.
Felix took Rebecca to the steakhouse and then out for ice cream. When they pulled into his driveway, Rebecca loudly yawned. She was yawning again when he opened her door so she could get out.
“Are you tired, Kitten?” Felix asked as he helped her out.
“Yeah, I didn’t get much sleep last night,” Rebecca murmured as she leaned against him.
“Oh? Were you that nervous about today?” Felix questioned as they made their way up the walkway to the porch.
Rebecca yawned once more before answering, “No, I was lonely. It’s getting harder to sleep alone, Felix.”
“I know,” Felix said. Felix knew precisely how hard it was because, as a vampire, it was even harder on him. Felix felt the bond so much stronger than Rebecca did since she was human.
Reaching his front door, Felix unlocked it and gently nudged Rebecca inside. Once she was in, he shut and locked the door before leading her to his room.
“I’ll find you something to wear to bed if you’re serious about staying tonight. If not, then maybe it would be best if I took you home now,” Felix told her as they entered his room.
Rebecca turned to look at him. Then, stepping forward, she put her arms around his neck. “I was serious, Felix, if you want me to stay. I just...I want to lay with you, feel your warmth next to me when I sleep, and wake up beside you. I want to be able to kiss you good night and have you wrap me in your arms. I want to see your sweet face first thing in the morning and have you kiss me good morning.”
“Oh, Kitten, I want those things too,” Felix told Rebecca as he pulled her tight against him. He kissed her before adding, “Let me find you something to wear then.”
Pulling away, Felix walked over to his dresser for something that would fit her. Rebecca headed for the bathroom. When she came out, Felix saw she had removed her makeup and taken her hair down. He handed the clothes he’d found for Rebecca to her.
“Thank you,” Rebecca whispered before returning to the bathroom.
Felix walked back to the kitchen and grabbed a bottle of blood from the fridge. He didn’t even bother to heat it. Instead, he just quickly drank it down. Then Felix stood staring out the window at his dark backyard.
Turning around, Felix saw Rebecca standing in the doorway, lit from behind by the hall’s light.
“Is everything alright?” Rebecca asked in a whisper. “If you don’t want me to stay the night, I can go home.”
“Oh, Kitten, I do want you to stay. I promise I do,” Felix told her, and he walked over and picked her up. He then carried her to his bed and lay her down. After kicking off his shoes, Felix lay down next to Rebecca, pulling up the cover. “I’m just struggling with not taking what my beast and my body so desperately want. I know we’ve done a few things, but with you staying tonight, all night, for some reason, it just seems different.”
“Yeah, it does. It makes everything seem more real somehow,” Rebecca stated and yawned. “Although I don’t think there will be any ‘playing’ tonight, ’cause I’m too sleepy.”
“That’s fine,” Felix stated. He let out a deep sigh, which caused her to look at him questioningly. “You know, it’s kind of funny in a way how little control I seem to have around you because I never really went through the whole ‘ruled by my cock’ stage.”
“You didn’t? I thought all guys went through it at about sixteen,” Rebecca murmured.
“I suppose most do, but I never did. Now I seem to be getting a double dose of it,” Felix informed her as he rolled onto his side to face her. “Rebecca, you will be my first. You realize that, right?”
Rebecca nodded. “Yeah, and you’ll be my first too. I think that’s why I’m so scared. My feelings have become so strong for you in the short time we’ve known each other. Sometimes I fear they aren’t real.”
“They are real, Kitten. Trust me, they are.”
Rebecca lay there, staring at him for the longest time. “I do trust you, Felix.”
When Rebecca yawned once more, her eyes drooping, Felix dropped a kiss on her forehead. He then softly said, “Schlafe mein Geliebtes Kätzchen.” (Sleep my Beloved Kitten)