Ailis awoke the next evening encircled in Kenneth’s arms with his legs wrapped around her. She was so confused. She didn’t know what to do. Monolo could still be alive and she knew he wouldn’t stop until she was either dead or joined him. She would sooner die. Kenneth must have felt her anxiety because his hold on her tightened. He sleepily turned his head and kissed her cheek.
“Don’t get yourself upset about things that you cannot change.” He said.
Ailis knew there was nothing that could be done but she couldn’t seem to control her feelings. Kenneth’s hands were slowly, absently circling her stomach. She knew that she should tell him but couldn’t bring herself to do so. What if he was angry? She could not bear the look on his face when he found out. She could smell his arousal in the air and it warmed her that he had not acted on it knowing that she was a mess. She smiled to herself. She however could act all she wanted to. “Kenneth.” She asked.
“Hmm.” He responded absently.
“I want you to make love to me.” She said.
Kenneth’s eyes flared with longing before he shook his head. “You have been through too much and are not thinking clearly.” Ailis grabbed the side of his face in each hand and kissed him long and hard with as much passion as she could put into a single kiss.
“Please.” She asked. “Just make me forget for a while.” Kenneth wanted nothing more than to do just that but he didn’t want to take advantage of her being upset and confused.
Ailis wasn’t taking no for an answer. She slowly kissed the side of his neck and began to move lower and lower. Kenneth lost all self control as Ailis took him into her mouth. She knew exactly what and where to touch in order to throw every ounce of chivalry he had left right out the window.
Kenneth could take this no longer. He had her turned over and was in her before she even knew he was going to move. He didn’t want to frighten her with the beast that lay hidden within him but all she did was gasp and then smile at him. Kenneth couldn’t believe the feelings cascading through him. His blood was rushing way too fast and he felt like he would explode. What was it about this woman that made him feel like he was on the verge of loosing all of the self-control that it took him close to one hundred years to perfect? He could feel every inch of her smooth skin pressed tightly against him. He knew if he didn’t regain some of his control soon that he would change fully right in front of her. The last thing in the world he wanted was for her to see him in his true form.
Ailis was alive all over. She could feel everything a hundred times stronger than normal. She felt like her skin was on fire and it was scaring her a little bit. Kenneth slowed his thrusts and leaned down close to her ear. “Don’t worry love.” He soothed. “You’ll get used to it. Your senses are stronger now that’s all.” Ailis relaxed a little and Kenneth sped up again. She could almost feel him getting larger by the second. He was covered in sweat and she could tell he was close to losing a battle of some kind that he seemed to be having with himself. She could hear and smell his blood coursing through his veins. Oh, God what a turn on that was. She couldn’t help it when her fangs pushed forward. She wanted his blood and she wanted it now.
Kenneth could hold out no longer. He was doing fine until he saw her fangs unsheathe themselves. Now the only thought running through his head was the way it would feel if she used them on him. Just when he was going to pull away, Ailis grabbed his arms. Her eyes were blood red and her voice was deep from her arousal. “If you leave me like this right now, I swear to God I will kill you myself.” She growled at him.
“I can’t…” He said through clenched teeth. “I can’t control myself.”
She looked up at him. “I want you and you want me. So, what’s the problem?” She asked seriously.
“You know what I’m capable of.” He answered, fearing he might scare her away if she saw the real vampire within.
Ailis cupped both sides of his face. “Relax.” She said as she leaned up and began to kiss him. First slow and gentle. Kenneth began his thrusts slowly at first but sped up as she deepened her kisses. Ailis stuck her tongue out and scrapped it with the tip of his fang just enough to prick. At the taste of her blood, he went wild thrusting like the beast that he was. Ailis was crying out in ecstasy now, unable to hold it in any longer. She kissed down the side of Kenneth’s neck and teased the sensitive nerve endings with her tongue. Kenneth was now calling out as he was thrusting. Ailis could smell and hear his life force running through his veins. She could only think of one thing. She bit down and with the first taste of his blood; all rational thought fled her mind. All she could think of was the feeling of pure ecstasy running through her entire body. He tasted coppery, like blood of course. But beyond that it was like she was taking into her his very essence, his every feeling. It was like his soul was merging with hers.
Kenneth was moaning and thrusting like a caged animal. Ailis licked the pinpricks and looked up into his eyes before she turned to the side to give him access to what she knew he needed. Kenneth wanted this so badly, he could already taste her. This was the most intimate thing that vampires could do with each other.
“Are you sure?” He asked, hoping for her sake, she would change her mind.
She turned, looked into his eyes and smiled. “There is no way I would cheat you out of the pleasure that I have just felt.” She answered and again turned her head to the side. Kenneth looked down at her lovely neck for a few moments, a war raging within him before he finally leaned down and teased the sensitive nerve endings at the base of her neck, driving Ailis higher and higher before he sank his teeth in. Just as he did they both broke into orgasm so strong, he wouldn’t have been surprised if one of the neighbors called in an earthquake. Kenneth came down next to Ailis and pulled her into his arms. They stayed that way; entangled in each others arms breathing heavily.
Kenneth suddenly sat up smacking his tongue like he had a bad taste in his mouth. Ailis was shocked for a moment. But then she laughed. “What? Does my blood taste bad?” She asked chuckling a little.
“No…it’s just…something funny.” He leaned back over and rubbed some blood droplets from her wound that he purposefully neglected to heal. Ailis lay down watching him with a bad feeling in the pit of her stomach as he first smelled and then tasted her blood. His eyes widened before he leaned over and placed his hand on her stomach. She jerked and shoved his hands away.
He looked up at her with a shocked expression on his face. “You are pregnant.” He accused, stating a fact that he knew was true but had no idea how. He could see on her face that she was upset. “You knew!” He stated getting angry.
“I did.” She answered with her head down.
“Why did you not tell me?” He was nearly yelling now.
Ailis lost it at the tone of his voice. “I…don’t know. I knew you would be mad. I didn’t feel like adding this to the rest of the crap that I’m dealing with right now.” She stated as started to get out of bed. Kenneth reached out and grabbed her arm to stop her progress. “I didn’t know this would happen.” She said on a sigh, not looking at him; a lone tear sliding down her cheek. Traitor. She thought to her body before finishing. “I thought that vampires couldn’t have children.”
“Shit.” Kenneth cursed out loud. He’d made her cry again. He was such an idiot. He could tell she was just being tough and was probably cussing out that tear at that very moment and here he was, acting like a first class jack ass. He pulled her into his arms. “I’m sorry. I’m not mad, I was just shocked. I have never heard of a vampire having a child.”
Ailis looked up at him. “Monolo said it’s not the men that have the problem; they are perfectly healthy. It’s the women. He said that the change renders them sterile. But as I was born a hybrid, I am still able to get pregnant.” Kenneth was looking at her with a stern expression. “I didn’t tell him.” She said. “He just knew.”
Kenneth shook his head. “If Monolo wanted you before he will never rest until he has you now.” Kenneth said.
“Why.” Ailis asked, not sure if she really wanted the answer.
“Now that he knows you are fertile, he also knows any children you have with a vampire will be fertile as well. Imagine being able to have children that are born like us and not made. It would be great for normal vampires but Monolo would think of what he could do if he was able to train a vampire from birth.”
“Oh.” She stated. “We are so screwed.” Kenneth looked down at her stomach. He reached over and spread his hand out on it. He could feel the baby now. He started to chuckle.
“What?” Ailis asked.
He looked up but kept his hand on her stomach. “Last night I though that I heard two heart beats. Then the other was gone.” He answered.
“I don’t get it.” Ailis said confused.
Kenneth chuckled again. “She was hiding from me.” He said. “She wasn’t ready for me to know that she was here yet.” He finished.
“She.” Ailis said sitting up.
“She.” Kenneth confirmed with a smile. “And she’ll be every bit as powerful as her mother. You are the only person I have ever met that can cloak her presence from me.” Ailis had tears in her eyes.
“What’s wrong baby?” Kenneth asked.
“This just isn’t happening the way I always imagined it would.”
Kenneth took her into his arms. “Listen.” He said. “We are going to have a baby. We are going to be parents. This is the greatest day of my life.” He assured her.
“You’re not mad.” She asked.
“Of course I’m not.” He said. “I always wanted to have children.” He continued. “I knew that by becoming vampire I was giving up my chance to ever be a father.” He told her. “But you did it anyway so that you wouldn’t have to leave my grandmother alone.” Ailis asked him.
“If I called off the wedding because of her indiscretion it would have ruined her. I knew what I was going to do and I thought that at least I could raise the child as my own. My greatest dream has come true today. I thought I would never be a father.” He finished.
“I guess.” Ailis said. “If you can’t pick the mother you want, you can at least have a child.”
Kenneth cupped her face with both of his hands. “Ailis, do you love me?” He asked as he looked in her eyes.
“Well…Uh…we haven’t even known each other that long and…” She started.
“Ailis.” Kenneth cut her off. “Do you love me?”
Ailis looked away for a moment and Kenneth thought that she was going to say no.
“Yes.” She said as if she was ashamed. “I know it’s stupid and I know you don’t….” He cut her off by kissing her deeply with all of the emotions that he felt.
“Ailis, you stupid woman, how could you think that I don’t love you? I love you with all of my soul.” He answered when he raised his head.
“But you told me to marry Collin.” She said totally confused.
“Yes.” He said. “I didn’t think that you could ever love me back. I love you so much.” He said in between kissing her, “and now we are going to have a baby, we will be a family. We can have lots of babies, a whole house full of babies.”
Ailis laughed. “Don’t get ahead of your self now. Let’s get this one here first.” She laughed.
“So you’ll do it?” He asked excitedly.
“Of course I will.” She replied. “I knew from the first moment I saw your face that I wanted to spend eternity with you.”
Kenneth felt like he would cry. (If that were something he did of course) He kissed her repeatedly and gathered her into his arms. After a few minutes Ailis looked up at him. “I want you to take me home with you.” She said. “I need to see my uncle.”
“Your uncle?” He asked. “You mean Julio?”
“Yes.” Ailis stated. “You know him?” She asked.
“Yes, I look after him. Why do you need to see him?” He asked.
“My grandmother told me to go and see him.” She answered. Kenneth cocked an eyebrow at her.
“It’s crazy, I know but she talks to me sometimes.” She stated pointing at her temple for emphasis. Kenneth smiled. He already knew that Carmelita wasn’t dead, so it wasn’t that crazy to him. Besides, she said. “That’s where your home is right?” She asked.
“Well, yes.” Kenneth answered.
“That’s where you belong right.” She added.
“Of course.” He answered with indignation.
“Then that’s where I belong.” Kenneth looked into her eyes. “Where you go, I go.” She said.
Kenneth hugged her tightly to him. “I love you so much.” He said.
Ailis smiled. “You have just made me the happiest woman in the world. I love you too.”
Kenneth covered them up and kissed her on her forehead as he pulled her into his arms. “Get some sleep my love. Tonight we go home.”
Ailis awoke in Kenneth’s arms. She felt wonderful. The feeling didn’t last however, as she and Kenneth both felt an enormous urgency to get back to Miami, so that Ailis could wrap up her life there. Ailis suggested that they take a plane, as it’s faster that driving, Kenneth had other plans. “What do you mean time travel?” Ailis asked. “You mean that you can go forward and back in time?”
“No.” He stated. “We can manipulate the time line laterally and move from one place to another swiftly.” He answered.
“We can all do that?” She asked. “Sure. You will learn in time.” He stated.
“Is it safe…for the baby?” Ailis asked nervously, placing her hand on her belly.
“Yes.” He said as he kissed her on the forehead. “The baby will be fine.” He stated. “Are you ready?” He asked.
“I’m nervous.” She stated shaking a little.
Kenneth smiled down at her. “Just relax and hold my hand.” She did and immediately felt a pull in her stomach. She felt like she was being pulled through a wormhole. As suddenly as the feeling started, it was gone. When she opened her eyes, she was in her grandmother’s house.
The living room was a wreck. You could definitely tell that a war went on. It took her all night to clean things up. It was getting close to sunrise when she finished with all that could be cleaned and repaired without calling a contractor. She and Kenneth went to the attic to watch the sunrise. Kenneth stood behind Ailis and wrapped his arms around her. He loved that he could see the sun again and it was all because of her. He kissed her on the top of her head. “I’m putting you in charge of getting all the windows in my house fitted with this stuff.” He advised her.
“That reminds me.” She said. “I was wondering.”
“Uh Oh.” Kenneth teased. “What’s going on in that pretty little head of yours?” He asked.
“Don’t tease.” She said. “I was wondering if I could still go into the sun.”
Kenneth’s eyes enlarged. “Don’t even think about it.” He said seriously.
“No. No. Listen for a minute.” She interrupted. “What would happen if say, the sun touches my hand for say just a second?” She asked.
“It would be like massive sunburn.” He responded.
“I was thinking; I have always been able to go into the sun, Why not now?” She reasoned.
“I don’t think that this is a good idea.” He said.
“I need to know.” She told him. “I can just crack the window and see if it burns my hand.” She said.
“Okay.” He said. “But at the first tingle or sign of pain, you better close the window.” He warned.
“I will.” She promised. Kenneth went over and hid behind the long billowing curtains. Ailis took a deep breath and reached up to unlock the window. She was shaking. She stepped to the side and cracked the window. She closed her eyes and reached out her hand so that it was directly under the sunlight. She felt the warmth immediately but that was it. No pain. She opened her eyes and looked at her hand. It looked normal. She looked back at Kenneth. “Nothing.” she said.
His eyes were wide. “What do you mean nothing?” He asked.
“I mean that it feels normal. No burning.” She answered. She closed the window back. “Do you want to try?” She asked.
“No. What do you mean? I can’t go into the sun.” He said.
“Well I was thinking also that if your blood gives me more strength then maybe; my blood passed some things on to you.” She answered.
“I don’t think I want to try that. No I don’t.” Kenneth answered while shaking his head. He’d just found his reason for living and was definitely not ready to die yet.
Ailis crossed the room and grabbed his hand. “You don’t have to do it now if you don’t want to. I’m sure the pain is rather bad.” She responded.
“It is.” Kenneth agreed, “ I try to avoid it when I can.” He finished.
“I need to call a Realtor, a contractor and go see Collin.” Ailis suddenly stated as if she were simply going to go to the grocery store.
“Now!” Kenneth nearly yelled. “No you can’t go now. Let’s wait until tonight and I can go with you.” He pleaded.
“Don’t be silly.” Ailis answered shrugging off his concern. “It’s perfectly safe. Besides, Monolo can’t go out until after dark.”
Kenneth thought about that for a moment. She had a point. It wasn’t like she couldn’t handle anything else that came up. She was capable and didn’t need his mothering. Relinquishing some of his control was going to give him a heart attack. “Okay.” He agreed. “But be back before dark.” He tried to make it an order but knew that with Ailis that it didn’t make a difference.
“Don’t worry.” She said. “You go sleep and I’ll be back before you know it.” After Ailis left, Kenneth took a shower and went to try to get some sleep. There was nothing to worry about. He kept reminding himself. Monolo can’t be of any danger until after dark.
Ailis stopped by the real estate office and put her house up for sale. She advised the agent that she was leaving the country and arranged for the agents to advise her of everything that was going on. After that she headed to the police department to see Collin and make her report. Collin was very frustrated and had a ton of questions. After she finished her report, Collin had his own line of questioning.
“Who is this guy?” He asked.
Ailis improvised. “He is a friend of my grandmother’s family. I met him when she died. He was sent as a representative of his family to see if I needed any help.” She told him.
“And he just decided to stick around?” Collin asked suspiciously.
“We hit it off really well and he decided that he needed a vacation.” She answered.
“Why did none of us know about him?” Collin asked.
“I like to keep my personal life personal.” Ailis answered sounding a little annoyed. “Okay. Okay.” He said holding up his hands in surrender. “One last question?” He asked.
“What?” She said in the middle of a sigh.
“Are you happy?” Collin asked quietly.
Ailis sat there for a moment and then smiled. “Yes, I am happier than I have ever been.” She answered.
“Okay.” He said after a few moments of silence in which Ailis held her breath. She hated the awkwardness she felt between them. She’s always really liked Collin. Just not romantically. “I really am happy for you. I just wish that you didn’t have to leave.” He finished sadly.
Ailis looked up and placed her hand on his knee. “Honey, do you think that it would be the best idea for me to stay?” She asked him honestly.
“Probably not.” He answered. “Will you at least keep in touch?” He asked.
“Of course I will.” She assured him knowing that it was probably a lie. After Ailis formally put in her resignation and said all of her goodbyes, she headed for Kraze to see Maya. She couldn’t leave without saying goodbye to Maya. She and Tito were very happy for Ailis. She and Ailis cried heavily as they said their goodbyes. They’d become fast friends upon her arrival in Miami and Ailis knew she would never be able to replace her. She really hoped Maya could come to visit one day. They were both now immortal and Ailis knew they had plenty of time to visit back and forth. It had been a long day and she was ready to go home. Well, not home yet. Madrid was her new home. She was so excited and was so busy with her thoughts that she almost didn’t feel his presence when she entered the alley her bike was parked in.
When Ailis looked up, Monolo was standing at the end of the alley right in front of her bike. She just stood there like an idiot, staring at him. She was suddenly pissed that in her rush to leave the house to set her affairs in order, she’d left The Twins hanging by her bed. How careless. She was never that careless. Not that they would kill him but the slowing him down part was a perk.
“Surprised are you?” Monolo asked.
His voice was exactly the same as when she watched him attacking his grandmother. Low, yet menacing. As if her were picturing exactly what he was about to do to you in great detail and was in anticipation. “Of course I’m surprised.” Ailis answered proud that her voice didn’t waiver once. “It is daytime.”
“Your blood has done amazing things to me.” He answered.
“Really, like what?” She asked. Stupid question. She thought.
“Like the fact that I am able to stay in the sun for short periods of time. Not direct sunlight of course but it’s a start. I just know that if I drink more the effects will only get better.” He answered.
Ailis only stared at him. “Come on Ailis. Why don’t you join with me? I’m not all that bad. Think of the great things we could do. All the power we would wield. I would treat you like the queen that you are.” He tried to bargain with her.
“Why would I join someone who wants to enslave weaker vampires and humans alike?” She asked obnoxiously. “You are evil and I want nothing to do with you.”
That made him angry. “Suit yourself he said. Either way I will have your blood.” Then he launched himself at her. She closed her eyes tight and willed herself to her bedroom. She felt the pull and when it stopped, she opened her eyes and Kenneth was at her side looking her up and down hysterically for damage. “What’s wrong? What has happened?” He asked.
“I did it.” She said amazed.
“Did what?” He asked. Not having any idea why she just appeared and what made her even attempt.
“I did it.” She said again. “I wanted to be here and poof. Here I am.” She said excitedly.
“Okay. I get it.” Kenneth said impatiently. “But why did you “poof” instead of just drive?”
Ailis’ eyes enlarged to the size of saucers. “Oh yeah, I forgot. I saw Monolo right out in broad daylight.” She said looking up at him.
“What!” Kenneth yelled. “How is this possible?” He asked.
“He said that thanks to my blood he could stay in the sun. He said not direct light but he said that if he had more, he thinks the effects will only get better. Then he tried to beg me to join him. And when I refused he launched himself at me.” She answered. “That’s when I poofed in.” She finished.
“That son of a bitch!” Kenneth swore as he started to pace the room. “I will drain him myself.” He turned around to face Ailis. “We need to go home. I need more help.”
“Who will help us?” She asked.
“I have a lot of friends on my side who think that Monolo is a fanatical freak.” He answered.
“Well.” Ailis said. “I am done and ready to go when you are.” She told him.
Kenneth looked at his watch and calculated the time difference. “It will be daylight there soon, so we can go to my house. I am sure you’ll want to be rested when you meet your uncle for the first time.” Kenneth told her.
“Okay.” Ailis said and in the next moment they were standing in the middle of a huge library with thousands of books.