I thought he’d forgotten. I was so sure of it that I put on my pajamas, and went to bed when the sun set, denying that I even cared one way or the other. “I’ll come to you in three days’ time,” he’d sworn to me, his soft lips tickling mine with the closeness of his words. At the time, I’d wanted him to stop talking, and keep kissing me, but tonight I would settle for either, even though I expected neither.
So much had happened to me since he had bid me goodbye just before daybreak to seek shelter from the sun. Maybe I was projecting my own anarchy onto his existence, when in fact, he had simply been waiting, still and complacent for our moment of reckoning.
I tossed and turned for hours, my frustrations mental and physical. Didn’t he know I needed him here, right now? I rolled over and into his arms, suddenly and completely enveloped in the vampire I was starting to think of as mine. “You’re dressed,” he observed, sounding amused, as though I had challenged him with my Hello Kitty pajama’s.
“I…I didn’t think you were coming,” I told him, dropping my gaze to his stubbly chin.
“I wouldn’t miss this for the world,” he told me, and though the phrase was commonly used, somehow it sounded bigger and broader falling from his lips.
“Is being with me a danger to the world?” I asked, breathless. I knew it was complicated, but maybe I didn’t understand know how complicated it actually was. One of his hands tangled itself in my hair, his fingers flexing as he tugged my head back to make me look him in the eye.
“It’s a danger to my world,” he told me, repeating the warning in a kiss that took my air, and fanned my fire. I should have worried that I was destroying him, his words had begged me to consider it, but he tasted too good to let him scamper away before I had taken everything I needed.
Happy Valentines’ Day from me to each of you. Appreciate all the special people in your life today, especially yourself! Give yourself a hug from me!