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#1
After the meeting with Gabriel at The Buckingham Patrick had taken her home and she had headed right up for her room. Her feet were aching from the heels she had worn and a relieved sigh escaped her as she sat down on the bed. Kicking off the shoes she used the intercom next to her bed and asked if there had been messages for her while she had been out. The female voice said that Marcus had inquired where she had been and gotten the message she had left for him saying she was with Gabriel. And that a folder had come from her from Buckingham Models, and been laid on her table.

Walking bare feet over to the table she located the folder and the two copies of what she assumed were her contract. On further inspection it was confirmed, one in Braille for her and one normal copy. Taking the papers with her she nodded to herself. She might as well go find him now and ask about it.

Opening the doors to her suite she asked one of the men there to take her over to Marcus's office, where she assumed he would be this time of the evening. As soon as the arrived outside she smiled to the guard and told him he could leave, she could manage on her own from here on. She waited until the man had left before knocking on the door. If he welcomed her inside she would open the door and smile at him as she entered.

"I am home~"


 

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#2
"Come in."

It was easy enough to tell it wasn't one of his people knocking. Kindred ears, powered by Auspex, could distinguish the difference between almost every type of knock in the house, given that it was limited to a number of specific individuals. And Marcus knew most of them for decades, while some were with him for a century or more. Loyalty was a prized trait. And so the Lasombra would surround himself with people that had earned his trust just as he commanded their respect.

The door was unlocked, so Marcus expected his visitor to come right in. In the meantime, he would continue signing the many papers that littered his desk, covering the mahogany surface almost entirely. Calm and patience appeared to ooze out of his every pore, even if on the inside, the Beast within him, was screaming.
 

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#3
The dark voice carried through the door, making her open it and step inside with a smile and a light step. Her feet were still aching, so she had decided to go bare feet and were now skipping easily over the cold spots. Having the layout of his office in mind, and using the clicking sound of her tongue she moved through the room until she came to a stance in front of his desk.

She could hear the shuffling of papers all the way from the door making her arch a brow quizzically.
"Busy night? I hope I am not interrupting."
The contracts were still resting in the nook of her arm, held close to her chest as not to lose any of them.
 

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#4
Not looking up at first, the vampire still listened to the footsteps entering his office as if the very sound of the person entering was music to his ears. At that moment, he nearly forgot all the anger he felt at Valerie having disappeared for nearly half the evening. Not even the note she left behind could quell his rage at the fact that she dared to have a life outside of her purpose here.

What purpose was that again? Blowing you on command? Come now, you should be over that crap millennium ago.

The vampire cursed in his mind, finally looking up at Valerie addressing him. Under her arm she coveted some papers but he could not make out what they were. Nostrils flared slightly, as if aching to take in the scent of her perfume, by now so familiar to him. "Not quite busy, no... How about yours; did you get done what you set out to do? Please, sit..." he indicated the chair facing his desk, even if every instinct was propelling him to pull her into his lap. Brush that soft hair away from the nape of her neck. Taste the sublime nectar within, take from her, make her one of Them.

Not yet. It is not the right time.

I agree. She is much too soft, still. Bends all too easily. Not what I personally envisioned for a ruler of shadows.

Good. Then shut the hell up and let me work my magic.

"What papers do you have there? Need any help with filling them out?" he asked, attempting to be genuinely helpful - for once.
 

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#5
No alarm came on her face when he spoke. Hearing no hidden tremor of anger in his voice she assumed her note had worked its purpose. Still smiling she turned and carefully searched the air until she found the chair. Sitting down she wrapped her feet underneath herself and put the papers in her lap.

"I did. I went over to Gabriel's estate and had a meeting about some work."

Getting situated she brushed her fingers over the papers and located the one that wasn't written in Braille. Soft nods of her head answering his question of whether she wanted his help.

"Actually I do." Taking out the normal printed one she reached it out and waited for him to take it while continuing to speak. "I met with Gabriel about doing some work for him as a model. It has occurred to me that I am staying here for the unforeseeable future, and so I might as well try building some of a life here, work, make a living, something to do on a daily basis than haunt the halls of this mansion."

A laughter came from her as she envisioned herself walking around the halls, moaning of boredom until she was nothing more than a ghost. The smile from the laughter lingered on her lips.

"About time I started settling a bit, don't you think?
 

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#6
Grabbing the sheet, Marcus looked it over, briefly while listening to Valerie talk about her evening. How timely for Villiers to offer her a job before Marcus had the chance to make her an offer of his own. Oh, well - no matter now. She seemed to be quite excited about the prospect of working for Buckingham Models.

"So - will you be modeling their lingerie, jewelry and accessories or their haute couture lines?" he asked her casually, taking up a pen and filling in the details about the emergency contact. Well, one of them. It seemed that Gabriel had already penned his particulars in the first slot, Marcus observed with derision.

Well, he would not be first where it counted most. Eyes colored completely black when he recalled taking her virginity and tasting that sweet blood for the very first time.

"Ahem. So right, of course. Settle all you want, just make sure you don't have me sending the marines out to find you. Communication is key. If you are going out, take one of my men or Gabriel's - I don't care which. Make sure you are driven wherever you need to go - never walk. This city is a nest of vipers... and you have no idea how many things out there just wait to get a taste of you. That is if you're lucky," he murmured grimly. "Most would just drain you, then toss your dead carcass to the curb."

Feeling no need to elaborate further, he returned the signed paper to her and smiled. "Do you have your schedule yet?"

So I can make adjustments to mine, accordingly...
 

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#7
Valerie's brows knitted together as she laughed and sent Marcus an "are you serious with me" look. Did he really not know her well enough to know that she wouldn't do lingerie? Shaking her head softly she laughed again before replying. Thoroughly amused by what she perceived as he being silly.

"Lingerie? Really? No, I haven't really decided yet. Think we are going to try out and see where I fit best. But I have already told Gabriel I won't do lingerie. I would be way too self-conscious."

She could hear the sound of his pen against the paper while she spoke. Assuming it was him filling out details needed in the contract. Putting her elbow on the armrest of the chair she rested her chin against her hand, listening intently as he spoke. Knowing he was serious she followed what he said and nodded from time to time to show she had understood. It wasn't like she had expected anything else. Taking the paper from him she noted that since he had made no comment about it he must have not found any problems with it.

"I am not sure about the days, but the days I have work will be from nineteen hundred hours, and back here around four in the morning. Someone will pick me up here, and drive me back here when I am done. I guess days will depend on the jobs I book, but there will be some training first." Pausing a moment she looked like she was trying to remember something before blushing embarrassed. "I don't remember if we spoke about specific dates for the training. I guess I should start writing down these things."
 

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#8
"I would attend each and every show if you were to model lingerie," Marcus pointed out with grave emphasis on 'each' and 'every'. "And how will you know if they won't put lingerie on you, anyway? With how light and wispy some of these creations are, you will hardly be able to tell the difference between a slip dress and a satin nightgown." This he said purposely, to throw Valerie off, make her blush and feel uncertain all over again. This particular line of work she was choosing for herself was essentially living and loving the limelight. Did she not understand the pitfalls? Hopefully Villiers would not take advantage of her perfect figure and toss her to the wolves... Toreador were known for such moves.

"Well, at least the contract looks sound. I'd have my lawyers look it over but I am sure you trust Gabriel at his word and I do not wish to undermine him in any way. Mister Villiers has my complete trust," he nodded with a grim smile. "Worry not; I will have my secretary get in touch with his personal assistant and get the information for you before you go to meet him next. This, I wish to do, because I want to set your mind at ease, bella..."

For a moment, Marcus imagined Valerie twisting her hair up, leisurely tying it into a knot. Her playing with those silky strands as if she knew just how it would affect him. Eyes riveted, he envisioned the Mortal baring her neck for him. His blood quickened, involuntarily propelled to his shaft, causing it to throb and harden.

"What would you like to do for the rest of your evening? Any plans?" he asked, forcing his tone to sound as careless as possible.

Marcus rubbed his tongue over a fang, then in a blinding flash of speed, moved... to stand just in front of her. Taking her hand, he drew her to her feet, then touched that small palm to the center of his chest. The contact, although gentle and subtle, nearly made him shudder. Lowering his mouth to her ear, he breathed, "Or will you be filling out paperwork all night long... bella? The good little girl that you are..."

Or used to be, anyway - the Beast laughed.
 

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#9
Of course, she blushed; a warm pink glow over her cheeks from the apparent compliment in what he said. And the realization that she wouldn't have minded modelling it for him. It was everyone else that was the problem. He posed a good question of how she would know what she was wearing and decided to reply with a shrug.

"I guess I will have to trust the people around me and Gabriel on their word."

She giggled as she relaxed again. It was one of the dangers of being blind. It was easy to trick them in many ways, a fact of life she had settled on many years ago. The mention of lawyers made her throw a look at the contracts before looking his way again.

"Actually I would like that very much. Better safe than sorry, and maybe you could show me where I am supposed to sign."

Folding her hands over the contracts in her lap she began to shake her head at his question when he appeared in front of her. Drawing slowly to her feet she dropped the papers in the chair and lifted her face. Her heart skipping a beat as her hand splayed out on his chest. The whisper to her ear made her cheeks flush and her heart to skip again. Bowing her head down she tried to hide the flushed expression on her face.

"Eeh-mm... I think I just need to sign it, shouldn't take that long..."

Standing so close she could feel how her mind unfocused just from the barely tactile contact, her entire being reacting to his presence. The smell of his cologne filled her nose, causing a sensory memory of the last time she had been so close to him. Instinctively her free hand reached out and laid to rest on his hip. Without thinking much of it she smiled, and let her hand follow the line of his torso up to his waist before stopping. Every line her fingers brushed underneath fabric had been etched into her memory, making her bite her lip gently before realizing what she was doing.

Blushing she hid her face a bit and laughed nervously at the liberty she had taken.
"I am sorry."
 

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#10
Yes, they would have to trust people. Or at the very least, keep a very close eye on Gabriel Villiers and his associates. The Lasombra would not trust a Toreador farther than he could throw one. Still, if there was anything they excelled at, it was good taste in art, design and fashion - so at least Marcus could be certain that Valerie would be wearing the very best - whatever it was she was modeling at any given time.

"As you well know, I have to do nothing - unless it is at my sole pleasure - but if you mean, you would like me to indulge you in trusting mister Villiers then I can certainly try. I can't promise anything, though."

At least she was sensible about the lawyers. Yes, he would definitely make sure the paperwork was all in order. Trust be damned; Kindred may not have been human but they were just as capable of making mistakes. His gaze washed over her again, softening. One hand releasing his hold on her to drift to her chin and lifting it up with as much gentleness as a Lasombra was capable of.

"The signature can wait... what's the rush?" Marcus murmured thickly, his gaze dropping to the smaller female hand, meandering a straight line down his torso. Taut with anticipation, he waited to see if she would dare more. Was that how their every encounter would be, from now on? Would it always come down to lust, nothing more? And not even bloodlust, but pure desire to have HER? He was an ancient immortal; what else he could possibly want in this seemingly unending life?

Energy. Surprise. Excitement.

Since the first time they met, Valerie kept him on his toes, kept him guessing. And now she was winning over the vampire's mind, as well. All the while, all she was doing was pitting her simple Gypsy wisdom against his worldly -- and otherworldly -- knowledge.

Her fate was entirely in his hands. But if Marcus wanted Valerie more than he even did Divia - revered by many to be a demi-goddess - then what did that mean for the Mortal, in the end?
 

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"Of course I want you to try and trust Gabriel. You were the one to put us together and he has quickly become my closest friend in this town. The only one I trust more is you."

As always when she was near Marcus, she could feel her mind grow hazed, foggy, like she couldn't focus it properly. Letting him lift her face she smiled and a blush came on her cheeks. She didn't need sight to know he was looking at her face. She could feel it like an electric charge down her spine, making her heart beat a little faster.

"I..."

She didn't have a better reply. He was right, there was no rush in signing the papers. There were still lawyers that were going to look them over, and he was surely going to look over them once more before she had to sign them. Suddenly she laughed and shook her head, with a shrug of her shoulders.

"I guess you are right, there is no rush. What about you? Do you have more work for the evening, or are you free to spend the rest of the night with me?"

Gentle hands lifted and one wrapped around his neck as the other hand came to rest on his cheek, her thumb gently caressing the skin as a playful smile came on her lips. Taking a step closer she rested her body against his. She felt like a moth to the flame, unable to resist being close to him. Was this her life now? She who had fought for her own independence her whole life, now felt like an addict, unable to resist him or his touch.

Is that really so bad?
 

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#12
She was asking for it.

Delicious, the Beast grinned. And knowing that, what exactly do you plan to do about it?

Marcus resisted the urge to thread his brows together, his face twisting into another enigmatic grin. Dark eyes twinkled playfully as he felt her hand wrap around his neck, the remaining palm moving to rest against his cheek. Did she like the feel of that parched, cold skin? He wondered but did not ask. No need to let he know he actually cared what she felt and when, and how... It was all getting so personal, so fast.

You fucked a human, props to you. It must have hurt like hell, the Beast taunted him. Planning to try again?

Do you have more work for the evening, or are you free to spend the rest of the night with me?

Damn it, there was that offer again, echoing in the Lasombra's brain, dulling his senses, bringing certain emotions to the surface that Marcus preferred to keep buried deep. He bent down to kiss her, pinching her chin and holding her still to make sure she did not crane her head away. The amazing taste of her filled his senses as he bit down into her lower lip, taking in a minuscule amount of vitae - but enough to drive him to the brink of ecstasy.

The deadly, wretched, friendless monster, pretty on the outside.... now feeling like a god.

I want you to be mine, for all time.

Licking the wound closed, Marcus stared deep into Valerie's sightless eyes, as if waiting for something. An invitation? A permission? Or perhaps more?
 

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In the silence that followed her question, her head got an ever so slight tilt to it. Eyebrows raised in a question as she waited for him to say something.

The answer never came. Or, it never came in a verbal sense. Instead, she felt the cold brush of his hand on her face and the press of his lips against hers. There was a ripple of a smile over her lips before she kissed him back, lifting herself up on her toes so she could reach him better.

Both the hand that held her close and his lips were cold. But it was something she barely even thought about it anymore. It was just how it was.

What stole her focus was the electric charge she felt every time their lips connected. How it consumed her mind and made her wish she could stay like this forever. How it made her crave more then what she believed possible, more then what she believed him able to give her.

You know he is going to marry that lady what's her face, that felt like a snake, and rule all the vampires. You should just save him the trouble of kicking you out and sneak off into the night. You are a nobody and he deserves more.

The sharp mean voice of her sub-conscious threw punches at her, making her feel like she was doing some wrong and ready to pull away from him, when she felt the sharp bite of his fangs. For a blinding moment as the ecstasy of the bite clouded her mind and shut up the whispers of her head. A soft moan vibrated against his lips as she made an effort to pull him closer. Only to be ever so slightly disappointed when he licked the wound and stopped. Pulling back a little she smiled and looked confused at him.

"Why did you stop?"

The more you keep encouraging him, the deeper you will fall, and the worse it will be on you when eventually moves on to someone like himself. I don't care. Maybe I will change, maybe I will be like him? Who would want you?...

The conversation in her head had only taken a moment, not long enough to really be noticed, but just long enough for there to be a sad distant look in her eyes for a second before she was back to smiling. Both hands now resting around his neck, gently caressing the skin. The tone of her voice playful and teasing when she spoke again.

"Maybe there is something else you would rather be doing? I don't know what big mafia-like bosses do. I am imagining a lot of paperwork, yelling and ordering people around. Maybe there is some ordering around you haven't done today?"
 

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#14
Why stop, indeed? Valerie's soft, yet sultry moan still reverberated in his mind. She wanted this, and him - and yet Marcus was pulling back, uncertain. This... sex thing - the physical intimacy craved by mortals - it isn't really your cup of tea, is it? Was the Beast right? Was Marcus doing it only to woo this woman, bringing her ever closer into his clutches? Did he intend on.... embracing her?

Maybe there is something else you would rather be doing? I don't know what big mafia-like bosses do. I am imagining a lot of paperwork, yelling and ordering people around. Maybe there is some ordering around you haven't done today?

Hell, yes. I'd rather be drinking you to that very point where your heart is about to stop beating--

"No, there isn't," he said quietly. Both her hands were now wrapped around his neck, coiled there in a possessive yet tender, intimate gesture. She was stroking the cold skin of his neck, playfully egging him on.

Why would you choose this one over the sensuous Tzimisce Duchess? It isn't her you want - you could think of a thousand reasons how inferior to a Kindred she is - and yet, you persist. Just because you were the first to deflower her, doesn't mean she is your 'chosen one'.

That could work both ways, Marcus reasoned silently. In her mind, I am hardly the ideal mate either? I am not the kind of man she should be with.

And what kind is that? Drunk, poor, pathetic?

Don't be ridiculous. I don't know? Maybe he has crinkles around his eyes when he smiles and tanned skin from working outdoors. Honest labor has callused his hands. They could hunt together, cook and eat big family meals together. He would marry her and create a family with her... The voice in his head having gone soft, he thought, he would give her children. A boy and a girl...

No, he won't. She will never know another but you. Now stop being all HUMANE and take her to your bed. Stop behaving as if this some kind of event. You have pleasured each other before and you will do so, again. Admit it, all you want from her in an exchange of an orgasm or two--

I may no longer be human, but I'll not treat her like trash, then make her get me off whenever I like? I have done nothing to deserve being with her.

But her honest, tanned, imaginary mate has? Consider that future for her all you like, yet in the end it will be you who wrings screams from her tonight. You can make her want you. One bite, and she will be begging for you to touch her.

"What did you have in mind, bella? You know you can tell me anything.... ask me anything..."

Marcus' dark eyes locked on Valerie's with that predatory glint, as if he were closing in on helpless prey, the object of a merciless vampire's lust.
 

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#15
"Good. Means I will have you all to myself."

She knew she shouldn't be saying things like that to him. Shouldn't sound like she thought she had any claim on him or his time. Most of the time, she wasn't even sure if he liked spending time with her or if he had some form of hidden motive that she didn't know. Suddenly she felt the crippling weight of her own anxiety and insecurities. Making her again doubt everything around her. Even herself and her own motives.

For what was she really doing here? He had said he wanted her help. But she had yet to see any evidence of that, for now, she wasn't sure if she felt like a house guest or some expensive pet, bathed in luxury. She didn't like that. The idea of herself as some pet or collector's item. Was she in all reality just being used?

So what? Are you any better? Stringing him along with soft touches and sweet smiles? You know you can't stay with him as a human, you will grow old, wither and die in what feels like the blink of an eye for him. Forgotten moments later. Unless you give up your humanity, your family and the rest of the humans out there. And aren't you the one who did not want that? So what does that make you? Just another little harlot, loving the feeling of a man desperate for her touch. Admit that you are using him just as much for your own pathetic need for validation...

Suddenly, just as he asked his question her hands dropped from him as her face knitted together in what looked like an annoyance. Then it shifted to insecurity and worry.

"What am I doing?... Am I using you Marcus?"

Her voice was clear, but holding some confusion as she spoke. Hands dropped down along her sides and her fists clenched together as her head bowed down to "look" down on her feet.

"I don't wanna be, I don't wanna be someone who uses someone else. But I can't seem to help myself when I am alone with you, sanity tells me to pull away while every fibre of my being draws me closer to you." One hand lifted to seemingly lay it to rest against his chest only to stop right before she touched him. "Tell me to stop. Tell me that you want nothing to do with a human, and that you are moving on to someone more suited yourself. Someone of your own kind, someone more powerful and worthy. You have to tell me because... I don't think I can stop on my own..." Her voice drifting and growing softer and softer as she spoke.

 

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#16
"Probably? But what if I want to be used?"

Marcus was taunting her, very clearly. Dark gaze washed over her face, her hand touching his chest, her slim shoulders raising briefly as she rest her palm against his torso. One of his hands drifted up to lift her chin and regarded her in silence. She was so lovely, so fresh, so sweet. Even after everything he had done to her and taken from her - Valerie was still like a fragrant flower at the cusp of its bud opening into a crowning glory of full bloom.

"I have some news for you - although it may not be easy to hear..."

Free arm lowered down to reach below her waist, cupping one of her buttocks while his fingertips delivered round, languid strokes to the firm yet supple flesh. So warm to the touch. So alive. Why would he want to deprive her of being as she was now? Pity the moment could not be frozen in time, he thought.

"We all use each other; relationships, even the most mundane ones, are all about the give and take. No one is truly selfless - least of all me, and especially in your presence. Although a part of me longs to be giving and gracious, to complement your humanity - the other part longs to be feral and volatile - wants to take you hard, drain you to the point of death and than make you wholly and utterly, mine. How does that thought make you feel, bella?"

Unfortunately, as a Mortal, Valerie remained his most glaring vulnerability. His enemies and friends alike were all aware of her, and the honors the Autarch did the little Mortal by keeping her in his house, on his arm - and now - in his bed. He, who had not longed for the pathetic means of intimate human contact for several centuries or more, was now subject to the whims of those delicate passions he thought dead and buried with his former self.

"And don't ever tell me what I'm looking for..." The Lasombra's hand shifted from her rump up her back, slowly tracing the spine before it came to rest on the swan like, silk column of her neck. "I know what I want - and I always get it. You must never deny me, Valerie - do you understand?" His fingers squeezed tightly like vice, though not hard enough to asphyxiate her. Marcus was merely attempting to illustrate a point and did not care what it cost him in the end.
 

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#17
As had become her usual when he decided to taunt her, she huffed amused and lifted her eyebrows, in the same manner, one would roll their eyes. She recognized it now, the small changes to his voice or the way he shifted under her hand. Small signs to tell her he was just goading her. So when he lifted her face she decided to do as the American's did and take the fifth and just smile.

Even though she could feel how his hand moved down her body, she still jumped a bit when feeling the demanding squeeze of her ass. Still so inexperienced with having him touch her like this, it was enough to make her heart beat a little faster. Looking a bit embarrassed as she listened to him speak. His question causing her eyes to widen in surprise. Feeling a warm blush grow up behind her ears at his words.

"I don't..." She paused, not sure of her own thoughts. "It doesn't scare me as much as it should."

Unsure of her own thoughts she stopped again, and this time cast her head down in thought. She could in the back of her mind feel how his hand moved up her body. But she was too preoccupied to think much about it until it lay on her neck. Getting a surprised look on her face, her eyes widened for a moment before she lowered her shoulders.

"I understand and I trust you. I know you can, but I don't think you will harm me intentionally."

The pressure on her throat was enough to give her voice a strained tone. But as she spoke her shoulders continued to sink as she relaxed some more.

"You want to push me, push my boundaries and see me grow. To see how I will take it, how I will react to the challenge. And it's okay. I like it. How it challenges me, and forces me to see things differently. You make me feel strong and confident. What I am trying to say, is I... Ehm... Dèclarer sa flamme!*. She was annoyed at her stumbling with English. But it would have to do, hopefully, her message was understood. "So if you want me. I am yours." Leaning closer she held her eyes straight ahead, so she would at least have her eyes lifted as she spoke, even if she couldn't have eye contact.


((dèclarer se flamme = To declear ones crush or strong feelings for another.))
 

Marcus Valerian

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#18
Was he taking too much liberty with her, touching her like this? Hardly, considering what they had already shared. Before meeting her, he could hardly stomach the notion of forcing himself to copulate with a Mortal. Now he could not help but visualize her pinned underneath his muscular frame, or flash back to her mouth wrapped around his unlikely erection.

"You don't know me as well as you think, bella, if you believe I would not render you harm because I feel like it. Every time we touch, it is a conscious choice I make, though a part of me longs to drink you dry and snap your neck - like a twig.... but you see, emotions are complex things - even for vampires. Perhaps...ESPECIALLY for vampires. Mortals may see us as these mindless creatures driven by nothing but bloodlust and arrogance of a typical apex predator - but there is so much more to us than meets the eye. It is an eternal struggle, to behold a Mortal and let that Mortal go. Since you have come to stay with me, I have let you go every night, bella... even though the very scent of your potent blood urges me to an action that is far more... unkind."

The declaration of her emotions did not seem to have an outward effect on him, although a diabolical sense of pleasure washed over Marcus as he heard her pronounce the words in the tongue of his former slaves. In his lifetime as a Mortal he had owned quite a number of beautiful female slaves - Spaniards, French, Germanic - more than a few of these would have made brides fit for a king. And now, after centuries of anemic, impotent existence - Marcus was awakening to the realization that this is the bride he had always wanted. As if she were hand-made... for him.

Still, he could never claim her as his eternal soulmate while she was Mortal. Would she accept the gift of immortality when he offered it with an open, true intention? Or would she spurn him and run, only to meet the same end with an eternal contempt for him, ever burning in her lifeless heart?

"Where do you see yourself a year from now, Valerie? Have you thought of your future lately? Your dreams... share them with me?"
 

Valerie Modeste

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Listening to what he said the muscles around her eyes hardened as she focused. Wanting to understand him, she made sure to hear every word. Thinking it over before she replied.

"That is just the thing. That every night you make that conscious choice not to. Every time we touch, you decide against your own instincts just for me. How can I not fall for a man willing to do that for me?"

To her, that was a strength she could not understand. All her instincts told her that she wanted him. Drew her closer and like magnetism made her touch him. Even when she knew that she should probably walk away, probably to the good of both of them. But she couldn't. Just the thought made it feel like her feet froze to the ground, and her hands wanted to hold him tighter.

Where do you see yourself a year from now, Valerie?

The question caught her by surprise and gave her face a confused look. Lately, she hadn't thought much about her future. More just settled for this being her life for now, without thoughts of it ending. One of the dangers of living with vampires. Time felt like it floated differently around them. Frozen in time themselves, it was hard to remember that time still moved. Blinking a few times she shook her head.

"I don't know. My future... It fills me with dread, and this sick feeling in my gut. I have no plan. Before I came here, all I could think about my future was getting away. Away from anywhere where I could do harm, to hide away from the world. Drifting from place to place. I don't want to go back to that...I don't want to be rootless anymore."