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Desire

Eric's features were visibly more relaxed than before, and I couldn't deny that I liked what I saw. He really was a beautiful man. I laid down next beside him … letting my mind wander …

Actually, if I was truly honest with myself, I had been (physically) attracted to Eric since the first time I'd seen him at his bar Fangtasia. Surely at the time, he'd scared the crap out of me, but I'd been able to conceal that fact from him as well from any other vampire in the bar … at least I hope I'd been successful. Of course at that time I hadn't known much about vampire or their relationship to humans or each other. But it had been very obvious to me from the beginning that Eric stood higher up in the vampire pecking order than Bill. Besides that, I'd quickly realized that Bill wasn't very fond of Eric in general. Even now I couldn't fully comprehend the reasons behind Bill's aversion … apart from the obvious fact that Bill saw Eric as his rival, who was trying to take me away from him. God, I hated their possessive behavior sometimes … like I was a prize or something.

Only two days ago I would have thought that the possibility of this happening at all was simply preposterous, that Eric would never win me over … but now …

Of course, I'd always been aware that Eric desired me … my blood, my body and not to mention my gift … and most of the times I' been only amused and maybe a little flattered by that fact, but I'd never considered the possibility that my feelings of dislike and distrust towards Eric would ever change. But since he'd tricked me into drinking his blood and I had this disturbing … confusing … and totally incredibly arousing dream about him, I couldn't deny my (sexual) desire for him any longer …

Bill had warned me, that I would feel sexual attraction towards Eric and at the time of course I'd dismissed the warning, because it was simply improbable to me. I loved Bill and I saw no chance in hell that I would actually feel anything for Eric … besides my usual annoyance and distrust.

Oh boy, had I been wrong. If it simply was physical attraction, that would be only half as bad, but after tonight … after witnessing a totally new, and most important an unexpected side of Eric … a side of him that was vulnerable and sweet … a side that not even Bill had allowed himself to show to me … I was simply confused. I knew I had to fight this, whatever this was …

But then I also knew these were special circumstances that had allowed me to witness this side of Eric. I expected that it won't take Eric long to return to his former self, a ruthless, mean, vindictive vampire who despised humans. But a small part of me hoped that this sad event had some effect on his personality … which was probably just wishful thinking.

Anyway … I still had a lot to learn considering the fact that I was still a newbie in the vampire society, but the information I'd already been able to gather in these past few days made it a little easier to see reason behind some of Bill's or Eric's decisions as well as their reactions. Of course, it was a lot to take in at once for a mere human like me … and as fascinating and illuminating as it all was, at the same time some of the facts had frightened me.

Bill had never mentioned his maker before, so he had never felt the need to explain the special relationship between a maker and his children (and vice versa) to me. Come to think of it, Bill had barely told me anything about his kind and vampire rules … only when he'd had no other choice.

So much for truthfulness in our relationship …

Maybe he'd meant well, by not scaring me away … but by now he should have known that I was able to deal with pretty much everything … from surprises to threats. I was tougher than I looked. But I had to admit, that I sort of understood why he'd never told me about Lorena … meeting her was enough to comprehend his distaste for her, even though she was his maker.

His maker …

I still couldn't fully comprehend the fact that Eric of all vampires had such an intense relationship with his maker. To see Eric with Godric … and recognizing the depth in their bond (even before tonight), the true devotion … it had surprised me to no end. Who would have thought that Eric was capable of feeling something like love?

Not me!

I suddenly flashed back to me dream from last night … Eric and me … naked on the bed … talking … and then …

But it had been only a dream. I reminded myself. My mind playing tricks on me, making me hope for something that is simply impossible. Or isn't it? Maybe we both have undisclosed desires in our hearts … desires that will come out eventually … but even though … I'm with Bill …

I didn't know how long I had been lying there next to Eric … I was just glad that I hadn't fallen asleep. I pulled myself up in a sitting position, taking a look at Eric. There was still blood smeared all over his face, and even his shirt had gotten stained. I didn't know exactly why … but I wasn't going to leave him like that.

I went in the bathroom to retrieve a clean towel and a wet washcloth. I carefully slid back on the bed, thus trying to avoid disturbing Eric in his sleep. But he didn't budge or twitch … like he was actually dead (which he technically was). I still wasn't used to be close to a sleeping vampire … so far Bill hadn't allowed me to spend his nights with him at home … only here in this hotel he obviously felt save enough … as did Eric for that matter.

He really must trust me … letting me stay here with him … while he's sleeping … while he's helpless … Weird!

I moved closer and began to wash his face very gently. I was just about to take of his ruined shirt, when I hesitated for a moment.

What am I thinking? Taking off Eric's clothes … well … I'm not doing this to see him naked … of course not … just being considerate …

With that rational reason in mind I gently pulled off Eric's shirt, thus exposing his perfect chest. Right in this moment I was so glad that Eric was unconscious, because I surely was gaping at what I saw. Before I could stop myself I traced the muscles of his chest with my fingers …

Stop that … I scolded myself, and quickly pulled the eiderdown over him, covering his body up. But even though I knew it was wrong … before I slid of the bed, I placed a quick, but gentle kiss on his lips.

Maybe my mind was playing tricks on me again, but I thought that I'd heard him sigh. There even was a little, sort of sweet smile on his face. Had he noticed my slip in self-control? I truly hoped that he hadn't.

Hey, I'm a woman … and I'm not blind … and I'm entitled to have sexual fantasies … as long as I don't act on them … again …

I draw in a gulp of air to steady myself and I almost reluctantly left Eric's bedroom. I quickly returned the washcloth and towel back to the bathroom, and then I was out of his hotel room.

By the time I finally made my way back to my own hotel room … to my boyfriend Bill … I was pretty tired. It had been a very long day … for so many reasons. Fortunately, Bill was already deep asleep when I entered the bedroom. There weren't any signs (no blood stains) that he'd tried to stay awake, to wait for my return … I sighed in relief.

I was not sure what to make of it, but I was simply too tired to ponder over this right then, or even to take a shower, so I just took off my dress and slipped under the eiderdown, to join Bill. Seconds later, I fell asleep.

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