Friday, 29 April 2016
Darius looked across at his brother, Dimitri, “What was that all about?”
Dimitri shrugged, grinning, as he placed the telephone receiver back on its cradle, “I get the feeling that trouble’s brewing.” He said, “And in your old stomping ground too.”
Darius stared at him, his heart thumping in his chest. He hadn’t felt anything for the last sixteen years and to feel the sensation of blood pumping through his body again was a little odd to say the least. Most of the time he tried his best not to think about his old ‘stomping ground’. It really didn’t do to dwell on what couldn’t be changed... Still, his curiosity had been piqued now – and his body had reacted quite alarmingly. “What do you mean?” he asked.
“It was Draven,” Dimitri said, “He called. Says he wants a little job doing – I said we might be interested – if the price was right.”
“You did what?” Darius felt his temper rising – never a good thing between first bloods – the fighting was brutal and often to near death. It was a right pain to heal afterwards, too. Vampire skin was tough – but it could be a bitch to get back to normal – whatever that was... Actual death was a little more difficult to achieve, but not unheard of.
Dimitri grinned, “Relax, Darius – I’m not after wreaking carnage on your loved ones – or on anyone else. I’m getting too old for all that nonsense.” He said, “I just agreed to his request because when the opportunity for a second chance comes your way – you have to grab it with both hands. And this, my dear brother, is you chance to go and find her again.”
Darius shook his head sadly, “It was over a long time ago.” He whispered.
Dimitri rolled his eyes, “Yeah, you’ve said all this crap before – and forgive me for pointing out the obvious – but you’ve been living a half-life ever since we left Bernside – and something tells me that you two have unfinished business.”
Darius scowled at his brother. The interfering bastard could wind his goddamn neck in... And he probably had a hidden agenda of his own too – he always had... “She didn’t want to come with me.” He couldn’t help pointing out, and still managing to sound a little on the petulant side about the whole thing, which made him cringe on the inside. If only she’d have come with him – they could have had the best life, away from the pack...
Dimitri sighed and nodded. The pull of the pack... It was an age-old argument between them, “She wasn’t allowed to come with you – she was little more than a child – remember?”
Darius closed his eyes and nodded; his brother was right of course – he always was somehow… “I know that – and that was why I left her – she would come to maturity and realise I wasn’t the right one for her – she needed to find a man from her own kind.”
Dimitri snorted rudely and shook his head, “When are you going to wake up and live in the real world – people don’t always find someone from their own kind – some people fall in love with people from ‘other’ kinds – some even fall in love with the wrong sex – completely unimaginable to that pack of dogs.” He grumbled.
Darius nodded. He was perfectly aware of that. He was still in love with her – but it had been years… Surely she’d have moved on?
Dimitri stood up, “Are you coming with me – or are you gonna pretend that you no longer care about the only person you’ve ever loved and turn to dust in here instead?”
Darius smiled, his heart feeling lighter than it had in years, “I’m in,” he said.
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Wednesday, 27 April 2016
Friday, 22 April 2016
Why did I feel like this? We were best friends - nothing more. We never had been… but he was looking at me and I was looking at him and I wanted nothing more than to be kissed by him and to kiss him… but why? This had never happened before…
he leaned in, uncertainty all over his face - well, I couldn’t blame him - I felt absolutely the same - this could completely ruin our friendship. Something we both valued above everything else…
My heart was pounding. This couldn’t be happening. He was straight… had been in all the years I’d known him… and I had known him… hadn’t I?
But the way he was looking at me, and licking his lips… and the way his eyes were raking my body… Holy hell.. that was hot…
It was my only chance - if he was going to punch me in the mouth for making a move - then so be it… I had to give it a go. I leaned in - and against all the odds and making my heart soar - he leaned in with me. Our lips met and fireworks went off in my brain...
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“Mr Draven, sir.”
Draven looked up at the newest member of the team, Natalie and smiled. He had hired the young woman a couple of months ago, seeing something in her that hadn’t been obvious in the other candidates for the position – a strong sense of discretion and something more that he just couldn’t put his finger on. His PA was on holiday this week, having some kind of family emergency and Natalie was proving to be a worthy replacement, albeit temporarily. “Oh, good morning, Natalie; found anything interesting for me?”
She swallowed convulsively and suppressed a shudder. Mr Draven was a little intimidating to say the least and she wasn’t at all sure that his latest project for her was legal; still, that was his business, “Um, yes sir. Mr Riley Byrnes would seem to be now residing in a small town called Fernley. He’s been there for around six months now, he’s recently married a woman called Brie – her surname was already Byrnes, incidentally – although I haven’t been able to find if they’ve remarried or if it is simply by co-incidence that they share the same surname – records don’t seem to go back very far on any member of the family.”
Draven nodded. Well of course they didn’t – vampires couldn’t very well appear on records – they lived for too damned long…
She looked at him for the go ahead to keep talking. He nodded to her. She smiled nervously; as intimidating and downright creepy he was at times, there was something about Mr Draven that was incredibly attractive. She guessed he was around ten years older than her and had sort of assumed that he was looking up a former lover, or worse – an ex-partner when he’d asked her to investigate Brie and Riley Byrnes. Once she got started though, she began to doubt herself – because once she saw Jonah and Adam Byrnes, she couldn’t ignore the resemblance between them and Mr Draven… but if it was his family he was looking for, then he could only be an older brother of the three young men that lived with Brie Byrnes – because, seriously, the eldest was only a few years younger than him. She ended up with more questions of her own than answers for him.
She sighed, pushing all of her questions to the back of her mind – she was his PA, nothing more after all, she concentrated on her notes to stop herself from looking at him again. “He has moved into her home by the looks of it – and there are three teenage boys living with them too. Their names are Jonah, Adam and Oscar Byrnes. There are a couple of photo’s in the envelope – but having to take them at a distance, some of them are a little fuzzy.” It was true that the photos were fuzzy – but she’d gotten a really good look at them all and had been amazed at the likeness of the two eldest boys to Draven. It hadn’t even occurred to her for a few minutes to get photos, in her shock, and they’d moved away from her before she’d gathered her thoughts properly.
Draven felt the blood pounding in his ears as she rattled this information off at speed. Forcing himself to appear completely calm and relaxed he smiled at his employee. “That’s excellent work, Natalie – can you leave your report on my desk – I should like to refer to it again.”
Natalie nodded. As attractive a man as he was, she really didn’t like Mr Draven all that much and was counting down the days when she could go back to the office and leave Julie, his usual PA, to it. Having a rather active imagination, and a penchant for reading books about all sorts of dark creatures of the night, she often likened him to the vampires in her books. It was his pale skin and dark hair – and those freakishly pale green eyes – although, she had to admit – if he really was a vampire, surely his eyes would be red…
Suppressing a shiver she got up from her chair and made her way back to her own office, leaving him with the report.
Draven turned away from his desk and looked out of the huge floor to ceiling window that gave him a fantastic view of the city. He had the envelope in his hand and was already reaching for the documents she had left.
He pulled the envelope open and scanned the photos within.
“Playing happy families with my wife and kids, huh?” he murmured as he perused the photos.
He came across one of Oscar and Riley and a feeling of such pure hatred coursed through him so violently he could barely focus. “This means war,” He growled, “I’ll find out who released that bastard from where he belonged and I’ll kill him myself…”
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Monday, 11 April 2016
I fished out my mobile and scrolled through the contacts until I found the one person who would be able to sort my head out… My nearest and dearest cousin, Madison.
“Well, hello gorgeous.” Came his almost immediate response to his phone ringing.
“I need you. I need coffee and I need chocolate.” I blurted out desperately.
“Mm-hmm.” I could see him in my mind’s eye nodding and stroking his chin thoughtfully, “Do you also need a big fluffy pillow, a foot massage and a box set of Ugly Betty?”
“Yes.” I wailed down the phone.
He chuckled, “Come on over, I’ll put the kettle on.”
I knocked on his door and he immediately answered, gathering me in and fussing over me, “Oh, babe.” He said, “You look so stressed out – what’s the matter?”
I allowed him to usher me through to the kitchen and I pulled out one of the chairs at the large kitchen table which dominated the room, “Oh, God.” I put my head in my hands and groaned.
Madison came hurrying back across the room, armed with two hot chocolates – with extra marshmallows on mine to give me a boost – and sat down opposite me, “You’re freaking me out now, babe,” he said, “What is it?”
I shook my head and looked up at him, “I may have a crush – on someone I have no business having a crush on.”
His eyes almost popped out of his head, “A girl?” he asked incredulously.
I nearly spat my chocolate across the table, “No!” I spluttered, “Don’t be ridiculous!”
He grinned, “Well, who then?”
“Lachlan O’Shea.” I breathed, “He’s gorgeous.”
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I blamed my mother.
What sort of a name is Angel for a guy anyway?
She’d set my future in stone with that decision.
And no. I wasn’t gay... I just liked guys, that’s all. I liked the way they looked. I liked their bodies... It didn’t make me gay.
“You coming, Angel?”
I looked up. Harry, Justin and Brad were stood looking at me with perfectly matching frowns on their faces. I shook myself and nodded. Shit. I really had to stop zoning out every time we came to watch the ice hockey. “Sure, sure.” I said as I gathered my belonging and followed them out to the foyer.
Harry grinned at me, “Lusting after the captain again, huh?” he asked quietly.
I snorted rudely, “Get lost,” I hissed at him, “I told you I found him attractive in confidence.”
He nodded, “I know you did – I haven’t told either of them – chill out.”
I sighed, “I’m not gay.” I said. I was beginning to sound like a broken record...
“Sure, sure.” He nodded, “I never said you were, mate – but you might want to consider being bi-sexual if it’s less abhorrent to you, but you know ,we are in 2016. It’s no great surprise to people anymore when guys come out – sooner or later no one will have to come out. It’ll just be normal – because it is normal, Angel. Anyone who says otherwise is just ignorant.”
I nodded. I did know that – and I was sure I wasn’t homophobic... “Yeah, maybe.” I acknowledged. “But I really do love Kayleigh...”
I did really love Kayleigh. We’d been best friends since we met in school when we were twelve. We’d decided to give being a couple a go at the end of school when we went to prom together and ended up kissing. It was great kissing her and feeling her up. She was all soft and lovely...
“Have you guys, you know... done it, yet?”
What sort of a question was that? I raised an eyebrow, “And that’s your business because?” I asked.
Harry blushed, “God, sorry – yeah – you’re right, it’s none of my business...”
“No.” I said quietly, “We want to wait until if feels right.”
Harry nodded, his face grave, “Let me give you a tip.” He said, “If you were really into her like that – it would feel right. Your problem is that you’ve chosen the wrong team, mate – you’re into guys whether you like it or not.”
Shit. Why did Harry always have to voice my worst fears...?
Angel... Looking for Trouble... Coming soon