“Liz, I’m off to school!” Brooke called up the stairs.
“Ok, learn lots!” Elizabeth called down. “See you this afternoon!”
“See you later,” Hudson looked at Brooke with a smile and an intensity that made Brooke’s stomach flutter.
“‘kay. See ya.” the teen smiled shyly and then looked down at her shoes while leaving. The sun didn’t hurt her yet. It wasn’t until she became an adult vampire that she had to worry about the sun burning her. Brooke was glad because the sun was warm and inviting on her pale skin as she walked to the bus stop.
She was going to miss the warmth in a few weeks when she wouldn’t be able to enjoy the sun anymore.
Elizabeth bounced down the stairs into the family room in time to see the door closing softly. She noticed Hudson staring out the window as Brooke walked down the sidewalk.
The two youngest of her coven had arrived nearly three weeks ago. Things had transitioned relatively smoothly and they were preparing for the arrival of two more any day now.
Elizabeth moved to the new sofa, style courtesy of Vladislaus. She patted the cushion near her and motioned for the young vampire to take a seat near her.
“I’m glad you and Brooke brought all of that extra jewelry Hudson. Being able to discreetly pawn it has helped out wonders around this place as well as making improvements over at the stable.”
Hudson glanced at Elizabeth and nodded vaguely. “Yeah, ol’ Gabriel will never miss those things that Brooke and I stole. I’m pretty sure Stanley and Daisy are bringing even more!” Hudson said with a hearty deep laugh.
“I need to write Gwen again. She cannot bring anymore of those jewels when she, Duane and Spencer come. Stanley and Daisy have to bring the last of it. Gabriel will begin to notice!”
“Relax Liz, I doubt he even knows we’re gone!”
“I hope you’re right about that. However it’s not going to be too long that he notices eight of his coven have gone! I can only hope he dislikes me enough to not bother coming looking for us!”
Elizabeth turned from the young man. “You and Brooke did a great job of helping me clean up this place. I’m surprised you were even able to repair the bigger of the holes in the walls.”
“YouTube. You can learn just about anything,” Hudson shrugged. “This place was a dump when we arrived Liz!”
Elizabeth had the grace to look embarrassed. “Well, I didn’t have a lot of time to be researching things did I? What with preparing the house and getting our food supply in place. I’m just glad my art is really starting to sell and we can continue to make these improvements.”
Hudson held up his hands, “Hey hey now, I wasn’t complaining! I am glad to be here. I know Brooke is too!”
Elizabeth heard the slightly possessive way the young man said Brooke’s name.
“Oh, I am glad about that new young women and the two young men you and Brooke have gotten to join the stable. I appreciate you both being discreet about things too.”
“Well, those plasma packs are disgusting,” Hudson wrinkled his nose. “Anything to help improve our chances of fresh human blood.”
“Yeah, I agree. I have no clue how these vampires around here do it. Including my Godfather. Caleb won’t feed from humans at all. He exists almost completely on those vile little bags.”
Elizabeth looked over at Hudson and narrowed her brows. “I’m going to need to start choosing humans to turn to join our coven. I want them trustworthy though. I want really good additions. Start keeping an eye on that ok?”
Hudson nodded without really paying attention. He had a far away look in his eyes.
“Also, Hudson, I mentioned this to Brooke, but rotate who you feed on at the stable, and don’t let them get too attached to you. Ok?”
“Hmm?” Hudson shook himself a bit.
“I said, I don’t want the humans getting too attached so rotate who you feed on, male and female alike ok? You know the attachments that can form by frequent feeding.” She looked at him with an eyebrow raised.
“Yeah, got it Liz. No problem.” the young man said with his usual deep laugh.
“Good, I’m going to see Naoki at the library I need an inventory of what the Stable needs for my next order. Ugh, Alfred may be there too. I need to talk to him soon. He keeps wanting me to turn him.” Elizabeth wiped at the corner of her mouth without thought. Almost as if she had begun salivating just thinking of Alfred.
Hudson didn’t appear to be paying attention again. Elizabeth sighed and dropped it. “I’ll be home before Brooke returns from school. I think Stanley and Daisy are arriving tonight or maybe tomorrow. We need more humans in the stable. They seem to need a day or two to recover after a feeding and we don’t want to use them too often.” She stood up and headed for the front door. “Hey Hudson? Maybe look for a job today ok?”
“Hmmm? Ok Liz.” he waved halfheartedly as she walked out the front door.
After Elizabeth left. Hudson made his way downstairs to the corridor of bedrooms Elizabeth had made ready for their arrival.
He and Brooke had helped her put finishing touches on everything. Most of the doors were locked, waiting for their new occupants. All of the rooms would be filled before too much longer. Two more rooms would probably be filled tonight.
He gravitated to Brooke’s room, opened the door and flicked on the light.
It was a teenager’s space for certain and she’d already put all her favorite posters on the walls as well as decorated in her favorite colors. He picked up a sweater she’d left laying on the chair near her desk and held the cloth to his nose.
He felt her scent wash over him and felt the saliva pool in his mouth. She still smelled so good to him. He felt a firmness in the front of his jeans and tossed the sweater back on the chair.
He spread himself across her bed and buried his face in her pillow. He stuck his tongue out and touched the tip to her cool cotton pillow case. His tongue seemed electrified with her scent. He couldn’t help it, he knew he was obsessed.
He was only a few years older than her though even in vampire years he wasn’t much older than the girl. It was becoming so hard for him to play it cool with her. She was so shy and soft, even in her burgeoning vampire strength. Hudson had enjoyed watching her grow and change these last few weeks since they had joined Elizabeth in Forgotten Hollow. Brooke had always been so bashful in their old home within Gabriel’s coven. She had found adjusting to this new life as a vampire so difficult at first.
Hudson had noticed that Brooke had only fed from the humans in the stable a few times since coming here. He noticed nearly everything about her. She didn’t seem to have the same reservations as he and Elizabeth did about the plasma packs.
“It’s sorta like a juice box!” Brooke had laughed when Hudson asked her how she could drink the packs. “I used to take juice boxes every day in my lunch to school!”
Hudson just smiled. He enjoyed seeing Brooke happy. He had of course seen her a few times after feeding from humans and recognized the same longing for fulfillment after feeding. He could see the pink stain in her cheeks and the brightness in her eyes. She wanted something…more. He knew what her body was craving. It was always there for him, sometimes even while feeding but the longing increased when he’d finished.
He knew it wouldn’t be much longer before he could show Brooke everything and give her what she was craving.
|BtB: 06 – Accusations!|