Saturday, February 11, 2012
Chapter Eighteen: Patience Is A Virtue
A couple of nights later Emmalina was finishing up a case in an unfamiliar part of the city. She saw this funky little club and decided to go in for a celebratory drink for closing the case. She walked in to the brightly colored club and sat down at the bar. She ordered a glass of red wine and began sipping her drink. As she looked around she noticed hardly anyone was here but she soon found out why. "Hey baby, I get off at two o'clock if you want to join me back at my place." the bartender said with a grin.
"Uh, no thank you." she politely told him.
"Ahh come on, I'll show you a good time."
"I'm not interested." she said a little more firmly.
"I can't wait to get you out of those clothes, you know you want this." the bartender said as he grabbed his crotch.
You've got to be fucking kidding me! She stood up, threw her money at the bartender and walked out.
She headed down a dark ally, trying to find the subway so she could get back home. What a creep! She thought as she walked. Unbelievable! Does he think he's God's gift to women or something? Eck! She continued down the ally and was about to pass a dumpster when a rouge jumped out from behind it. Emmalina's heart stopped a few beats as she realized what was in front of her. She started backing up slowly but her high heel caught in her dress and she fell backwards, slamming her head on the concrete, knocking her unconscious.
Sebastian had been looking for his mate all over the city since night had fell. When he caught her scent mingled with the scent of fear he ran as fast as he could to get to her. When he finally found her there was a rogue leaning over her. Sebastian heard her heart beating and thanked the fates that he made it in time. When the rogue saw him, he stood up a little and Sebastian prepared for a fight.
The rogue was strong and fast but Sebastian was the one protecting his mate. That alone fueled him enough as the two wrestled on the ground. Sebastian grabbed his knife out of his coat pocket as he tried to ram it in the rogue's heart. The rogue fought back but Sebastian was enraged at this vampire who would have taken his mate's life if he hadn't been here in time to stop him. The rogue grabbed Sebastian's hand that held the knife but it was no use. Sebastian rammed the knife into his heart and twisted it. He watched as the body started to decay to it's natural age and slide over to Emmalina, kicking the bones out of the way.
He lifted her upper body gently and let it rest against him. He put his hand on her cheek and titled it towards him to he could access the damage. A small concussion but nothing life threatening. If I had been only a few minutes later... He doesn't even want to think about what would have happened. He picks her up and heads to his home where he knows she'll be safe.
When he gets home he walks back to his bedroom and lays her gently on the bed. My mate is finally in my bed. She is unconscious but I will take what I can get at this point. He walks back to the door but stops before he gets there and turns back around to look at her again. I've waited centuries for her and whether she likes it or not, I am not waiting any longer. He stills when he realizes she is starting to wake up.
Emmalina gradually comes to but doesn't open her eyes. Mmmmm silk sheets. Wait, I don't have silk sheets. What the... She starts to remember what happened before she blacked out and her eyes fly open. The first thing she notices is that this is definitely not her room and then she sees the vampire standing at the foot of the bed. She screams and scrambles across the side of the bed to get as far away from him as she possibly can. Sebastian walks slowly over to her and Emmalina drops to the floor and starts throwing her fists out in front of her. He bends down and lightly catches her arms so she doesn't hurt herself if she actually makes contact with him. "Please don't eat me." she sobs. "I don't want to die."
My God! She thinks I want to eat her! What have her parents been telling her? He helps her to her feet and she tries yet again to hit him. He grabs her hand and pins it against the wall so she can't hurt herself. "Emmalina would you please stop that. You are going to break your hand if you keep trying to hit me." he says as he leans in to her.
She stares at him as recognition hits her. The silver eyed vampire from Plasma 501. She also realizes that he is really close, too close. It's making her body feel things that her mind thinks is insane. "Why am I here?" she says.
"You were unconscious when I found you. I brought you here so you could recover safely."
"What happened to the other one?"
"I killed him."
"You saved me.....why?"
Sebastian wasn't sure if this was exactly the right time to tell her she was his mate so instead he said, "You were in trouble. Do you think me such an evil person that I would not help someone who was about to have their throat ripped out?" He winced on the inside because that's exactly what would have happened if he hadn't made it there in time. He backed off to give her some space since she was starting to calm down a little or either she was in shock, he wasn't sure which one.
Emmalina grabbed her throat to see if she could feel any wounds. Nothing, there isn't a scratch on me. He saved my life. I'm...I'm not sure what to do now. This is the man that's been haunting my dreams ever since I first saw him. Now that he's in front of me, I don't know what to do. Should I thank him? That seems kind of lame but...it's all I've got. She looks at him again, still memorized by the glowing silver eyes. "Thank you...for saving me and everything."
"You are welcome."
"I guess I should say I'm sorry for trying to hit you. You can't blame me, I know what you are."
"Does that bother you?" he says as he inches closer to her. He can't help it, his waited to be this close to her for awhile now.
"I....I don't know yet but I know I don't like the crazy ones." She shivered as she remember the rogue standing in front of her, blood all over his face.
"Listen, I am leaving the room. When you think you are ready to speak to me, come into the living room." He said and walked out the door. He couldn't stand it anymore. He was too close to her, too close to his bed. He had to get out of there before he did something stupid. Dammit! She is not ready for this but I can only be so patient. This is not how it was supposed to go. I was supposed to make her fall in love not snatch her up off the street. She can not leave yet, not until I explain who she is to me. When he got into the living room he started a fire in the fireplace and starred into the fire trying to figure out what the hell to do. As the sun rose high in the sky he started getting weaker and weaker and he cursed again.
Emmalina paced back and forth across the room. There are no windows in here so I can't escape. I'm confused at the fact that I don't even want to escape. What the hell is wrong with me and why did I want him to touch me again. Where ever his hands were it felt like my skin was on fire! I've never felt that way before but..I don't even know him, plus he's a vampire. My father would kill him! Oh shit....my father. If he finds out about this... first he will probably lock me in my room and never let me come out again then he will hunt this vampire down and kill him. I...I don't want that to happen. No, he can never know and neither can Mom. She looks at the door. I want to know more about him. I feel like I've known him and EVERY part of him for years thanks to my vivid dreams but I know nothing about him. Well, no time like the present. She walked towards the door, opens it and walks out the room to search for the vampire.
She saw him in front of a huge stone fireplace. She watched him as he stoked the fire. "Are you calm now?" He asked.
"For the most part."
"Good." He put the fire poker up and rushed to stand in front of her.
"WHOA!" She said as he came up to her so fast.
"What? You have never seen us move?"
"Not like that! If I wasn't paying attention I might not have seen you."
"Have you not met many vampires?" He said with confusion. He was sure her parents would make her train or something when she found out about them. And the only way to really learn how to fight one is to train with one.
"No, not really. My Mom's friend just recently turned into one but it's not like she was moving like that around me. The only other time I saw one was at a funeral and a boy in my class. And of course.....you." She starred in his eyes when she said the last word. Dear God, I'm insane. But he's so incredible irresistible! I just want to....OH MY GOD! I forgot they could read minds! "Oh, I'm so sorry. This is embarrassing!"
"What is embarrassing?"
"What I just thought! It's not what you think...I..." She watched him as he tilted his head to the side as a confused look washed over his face. "Well, didn't you....can't you read minds?"
"Then you heard what I just thought didn't you?"
He looked down not sure what to say. I really want to know what she is thinking. I am not use to not knowing. What could she be thinking that she could be embarrassed about? He looked over to the clock on the wall. "It is almost noon. I need to rest for the day. I request that you stay here until I get up. Will you do that for me Emmalina?" He said as he steps closer to her.
"Yes." She said before she even realized she'd spoken.
"I will awake when night falls." He left her there and headed to his bedroom. He felt so weak from the sun being up. He could hardly stand. He threw off all of his clothes and climbed into bed, hoping she would be there when he woke up.
She walked into the living room trying to figure out what just happened. Why the hell did I say yes? Why would I want to stay here with that man. Okay, so he's sexy but still, a lot of guys are just as sexy somewhere...probably...maybe. UGH! She looks down at the coffee table and see a bloody broken sword. Oh well that's just lovely. What a wonderful decorative item a bloody sword makes! Her stomach starts to growl so she walks into the kitchen and opens the refrigerator. Ewwww! There are stacks of bags of blood on all the shelves. She closes the door and looks in the cabinets. Nothing! Not even an old box of cereal or crackers. It's all empty.
After she's finished rummaging through the very empty cabinets, she takes out her cell phone and turns it on and waits for it to load. Oh Fuck! Twenty missed calls and eighteen voice mails! Oh this is bad. I need to get some kind of story straight before I call them back. When she has her story straight she dials her father's number and waits for him to answer. It only takes a total of three seconds for that to happen. "Emmalina, where the HELL are you!? Do you know how worried we have been! We've been looking all over the city for you! Where are you?" Donovan yells into the phone.
"I'm sorry! I was working late and just decided to crash at Shanta's house. I was tired and wasn't thinking. I just woke up, my phone was on silent. I'm really sorry!"
"I'm on my way."
"What? NO! I've already left. I'm working on a case right now. I'm fine, I'll be home sometime tonight."
"Fine, but don't put your phone on silent anymore. We thought something had happened. Your Mother was hysterical. Me, her and Bianca was up almost all night looking for you. When we found a skeleton of a vampire we didn't know what to think. But Bianca said your scent was no where near it. "
Well, she must have lied. I can't imagine there are skeletons all over the city. Why would she do that? "Dad, I'm fine. There isn't a scratch on me!"
"Do you want me to pick you up after work?"
"No, I can find my own way home."
"Alright then. When you are finished just come straight home okay. I want to look at you for myself."
Emmalina shook her head. Why is he so paranoid? Then again....if it wasn't for silver eyed man I wouldn't be here. Hmmm, I really need to find out what his name is.
"Emmalina are you there?"
"Yes, sorry! I got distracted. I'll be home later. Love you."
"I love you too. Be careful."
"I will, bye."
After hanging up, Emmalina walked back into the living room. There was a computer but it was password protected and she didn't know what the password was. So she walked over to the bookshelf and scanned some of the books. He has great taste in books. Holy shit! They're all first editions too! She grabbed a book and sat down on the couch, very carefully turning the pages as she read.
Emmalina read for hours until she heard some shuffling coming from the vampire's room. She quickly but the book back where she got it and sat back on the couch. She watched as the vampire walked out of his room and up to her. Holy.......damn! Someone help this man before I jump him. Good Lord!
He sat down beside her on the couch. They sat in silence for awhile. Dear God, if this man doesn't put some clothes on, I may find myself taking off the little bit that he does have on....with my teeth. "Could you go, er, put some clothes on?"
"I already did." he said as he gestured to his boxers.
Oh sweet Jesus, the man was naked only a few feet away from me! What the hell is happening to me? I've never been this aroused before. "Well, could you put some more on?"
He sighed. After living for centuries, modesty goes out the window when you've seen everything and done everything. He goes back into his room to throw on some clothes.
He sat back down on the couch and asked, "Is this better?"
Nope, not at all. "Yes, thank you." Ahh, shit did you just hear that?
Sebastian just sat there starring, not a clue in the world. "Why are you not reading my mind? I thought you said you could?" She asked out of curiosity. If I could read everyone's mind, I would all the time, just to know what they are thinking. Maybe my thoughts bore him? Maybe he thinks I'm just a silly little girl.
"I didn't say I could read yours." I guess it is now or never. She deserves to know the truth and I can not take it anymore.
"What does that mean? You can't read my thoughts?"
"No I can not." He said as he looks at her.
"Why not? Is there something wrong with my mind?"
"No, I can not read your mind because, I am not suppose to."
"What kind of reason is that!? There's something you're not telling me. Come on vampire, spit it out."
"Sebastian, I prefer to be called by my name."
"Well I didn't know it until two seconds ago. I'll call you by your name for now on."
"Now on? Do you plan to see me again?" He said.
"Well, I was just saying. In case we run in to one another again. You didn't answer my question. What are you not telling me?"
He took a deep breath, out of habit not necessity. "I can not read your mind because you are my eternal mate. Do you know what that means?"
Oh no! No, no, no, no, no! This can not be happening. What was it that Mom said when she was talking about vampire mates. Magically bond. No wonder I've been some kind of sex freak around him. It's this weird freaky vampire thingy!
"Emmalina? Did you hear what I said?"
"Are we going to talk about it?"
"I....I'm sorry I have to go." She jumped off the couch and ran out the door as fast as she could. Sebastian let her get some distance before he followed her to make sure she made it home safely. Part of him wanted to grab her and take her back home but the biggest part of him, the man who he once was knew he had to give her some space or she'd hate him forever. She needed to process this. But he would see her again...soon. He'd make sure of that.
I hope you guys enjoyed this chapter and I didn't disappoint you. It's one we have all been waiting for. Poor Emmalina, she's so confused. One minute she wants to rape the man and the next she running from him and Sebastian...His trying to make smart decisions with this but his vampire instincts for his mate are kicking into overdrive. Sebastian the man knows he needs to give her time, Sebastian the vampire is done waiting and wants her now! As always thank you all for reading and commenting. =]