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Alexios & Elysia #18

18.

“He fell for it, alright,” Tommy said grinning like a spoiled brat who always gets what he want. It irked me.

“I guess so,” I muttered.

“Did you make lover-boy upset? Too fuckin’ bad. I don’t even understand how a smart, beautiful girl like you, could fall for a blood-sucker?”

“Listen, Tommy, just fuck off!” I shouted. “Take me home.”

“No, the night is much too young,” he gave me a quick glance, while fumbling for music, “plus, he’s following us.”

“But I made a renez-vous for tomorrow.”

“It doesn’t really matter.” His eyes were on the rear-view mirror, giving up on his music.

“Yes, it does. It does to me.”

“You have to come to my place. That’ll make him angry!” he smirked.

“That wasn’t the plan.” I said pissed off.

“Plans change.” His expression was blank. He was cold as ice, fuming. “I want to kiss him tonight!”

I felt uneasy, uncomfortable in this plan. I didn’t want Alexios dead…my thoughts kept on changing on me.

“I don’t care if you still have feelings for that dead fuck.”

“Stop reading my mind!” I screamed at him.

“Okay, okay, calm down.”

“No, you calm down.” I repeated.

He blasted the music like an angry teenager. It was some stupid dance song on the radio. After a minute, he shut off the music and turned to me.

“Ellie, do you want him to kill more woman?”

“No, of course not.”

“You know killing is what he does best. He is a killer.”

“So are you.” I said.

“I’m a vampire killer. That’s completely different. I don’t kill innocent people, especially women.”

“This is so fucked up.”

He slowed down the car and parked at the side of the road. He shifted his body toward me. The street was vacant, no cars in front or behind. I figured he probably lost Alexios or something.

“Listen, Ellie, I don’t want you to get hurt,” Tommy looked into my eyes and then he rubbed his head s if he had a headache. I studied him closely. His blue eyes flickered on me. “You are so difficult. You are truly stubborn, and I think that is what I like most about you.” He leaned in toward me. I didn’t move, waiting to hear what he was going to say next. “When all this is over, I want to take you on a real date.”

“Are you seriously coming onto me?”

“Yes,” he whispered and placed his hand in my hair. “Yes, I am. I’ve never met anybody like you.” I felt electricity storm through me. I liked the way his hand was caressing my hair. “You make me so angry one minute and the next minute I want to kiss you. I want to kiss you like you’ve never been kissed before.”

I looked at his lips beckoning me and his voice tingling through my body. I felt the exact same way, but I didn’t want to admit it.

“I want to kiss you right now,” he said and looked at my lips, gently caressing the side of my cheek and slowly moving his fingertips over my mouth. I was melting at his touch, entrapped by his magnetic blue eyes. I didn’t pull back. I waited. He took his other hand and stroked my other cheek, pulling me closer to him. “So can I?” he mumbled.

“Stop talking,” I managed to say and with one slow movement his mouth was on mine and his hands were in my hair, holding my head tightly. I felt the urgency in his kiss and reciprocated my need. He pulled me closer to him, but the gear shift got in the way and I instinctively jumped over it and landed on top of him in the driver’s seat. His hands grabbed my ass and pulled up my dress. I felt my insides exploding and then I heard a crash from the back of the car. I bolted upright. Tommy looked behind me and said, “Alexios is here, just as I thought he would be.”

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Alexios & Elysia #17

 

17.

As soon as Tommy and I sat down to watch the ballet, I felt that someone was watching me.

“I think Alexios is here,” I said nervously.

“I know. I already saw him,” Tommy whispered in my ear. “Show time.”

“Where is he?” I asked. Tommy ignored my question and came closer to me and kissed me. I closed my eyes and kissed him back. It was quite a sensual kiss; I felt a tingling all through my body and I definitely wasn’t pretending. He pulled away and placed his hand on my shoulder. His blue eyes warmed to mine. I lost myself for a few seconds.

“I’m sure he’s flipping,” Tommy said, cool as a cucumber.

“Do you…know where he’s sitting?”

“Don’t turn your head when I tell you. To the right, on the balcony, third row, middle section. Don’t look at him.”

“Okay,” I mumbled a little frazzled from the kiss.

“At intermission, you will go to the washroom…I’m sure he’ll be there.” He rubbed my arms up and down. “By the way, Ellie, I love the way you look in a dress.” He locked eyes with mine.

“Thank you.”

“The show will start any second. One more kiss, okay?” he spoke in my ear and his breath so close to my skin made me slightly weak. Luckily, I was sitting. I turned toward him and pulled him close and kissed him first, taking him a bit by surprise. Then I felt it, his tongue, his sweet, delicious tongue met mine. I heard a man next to me clear his throat and I pulled back.

“Sorry,” I said.

“Sorry for what? Don’t be sorry for that!” Tommy gave my neighbor a dirty look and said a little too loudly, “Sour puss.”

The lights went out and I retained a giggle. The lights went out and the music and curtains opened. It was magical. Tommy held my hand and caressed my knuckles in a way that made me lose my concentration.

“How do you like the ballet, Ellie?” he whispered ever so quietly in my ear.

“I like it very much,” I replied. I especially liked his breath on my ear.

Tommy touched the top of my knee, “I knew you would,” and smirked. “I can’t seem to keep my hands off of you…”

I didn’t look at him or reply. I kept my eyes on the stage. By the time I knew it, the lights went on and I quickly stood up.

“I’ll be back, sweetie,” I said acting like a loving girlfriend. He gave me a subtle smile and glanced at my body.

“Okay, sweetie,” he replied smoothly running his hand through his hair.

As soon as I got to the washroom, following the signs and trying hard not to fall in those fuckin’ heels, I saw Alexios. His green eyes penetrated into mine absolute anger. He had his leg up against one wall and waited for me to approach him. I practically fell into him, skipping over my own two feet and stumbling.

“I see, you have a new boyfriend,” Alexios said, holding out his hand to stop me from falling and not budging.

“It’s a date. He’s not my boyfriend.”

“Do you usually make out on your first date?” his eyes darkened ever so slowly and scared me slightly.

“What do you care? You took off and left me to fend for myself with your lies and sad puppy eyes.” Shit, this wasn’t what I was supposed to say and it sounded like a an immature rhyme. “Look, Alexios,” I leaned into him, “I still care for you.” I looked around. “Could you meet me tomorrow night?”

He grabbed both my arms and stood tall in front of me. “Why?”

I looked around nervously, pretending to be worried, “If Tommy sees you, he’ll kill you…” I was losing him. “I love you.” I figured that would get his attention.

“Where do you want to meet?” he asked coldly eyeing me closely.

“Starbucks. Seven p.m. tomorrow.” Before I could get a reply he was gone.

Fuckin’ vampires and their disappearing act.

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Alexios & Elysia # 16

 

16.

“Dima, I need your blue dress,” I said frantically on the phone.

“Okay, but, hold on, do you have a date?”

“Yes.”

“With who? Don’t tell me that gorgeous guy at the bar?”

“Yes, him, but it’s not really a date.” Or was it?

“Sure, it’s not a date. That’s why you want to borrow my dress? When was the last time you wore a fuckin’ dress?”

I couldn’t even remember.

“Who cares? Can you bring it by, or what?”

“What time is your date?”

“Seven p.m.”

“Okay, I’ll be there at five.” Two hours?

“Oh yeah, please bring your curling iron…and Dima…”

“Yes?”

“You’re a life saver!”

“I know!”

As soon as she came over she started with my complete makeover. “Okay, Ellie, let’s get to work!” She was so excited, holding onto the dress and barely through my door. “I also brought my blue pumps,” she added with a wicked smile. “Guaranteed to make his heart stop,” she smiled, “or his willie hard.”

“Willie?” I rolled my eyes, bursting into laughter. I grabbed the shoes out of her hand, “How the hell will I walk in these?”

“Trust me, they are super comfortable. Now get out of your clothes and put on a robe. We are starting with your makeup.” I did as was told and sat down in my bedroom in front of my vanity.

“Okay, now don’t move.” She did her magic, telling me to close my eyes, open my eyes, look up, look down, smile, and pucker up my lips. She curled my hair and sprayed it. “Follow me.” I got up. “Now take off the robe and I’ll dress you gently to not ruin your hair.” I put on the dress and the shoes and then she shoved me in front of the mirror whistling. “All done.”

I couldn’t believe it was me.

“You look hot…he’s gonna freak.” I suddenly felt nervous.

“These shoes are so comfortable,” I said. Dima looked at me exasperated.

“That’s all you have to say?”

“Wow. Thank you, Dima.”

“That’s better.” She patted herself on the shoulder. “I’m outta here, before the bell rings.” She glanced at her watch. “It’s almost seven.”

She grabbed her belongings and hugged me bye. “Have fun!”

I was too nervous to speak. Then the doorbell rang. Shit.

Dima opened the door and with a quick hello and back glance at me, she whisked herself off, but not until I saw her wink at me and open her mouth wide at his appearance. Tommy stood there staring at me. He looked magnificent.

“Hi,” I said.  He looked me up and down and cleared his throat.

“Hi, Ellie. You look stunning.”

“Thank you.” We stepped out of the house and I locked the door. He held out his arm for me and I wrapped my arm through his. He was solid and strong against me and I felt a slight tug in me.

As soon as we sat in the car and he started the engine, the music blared through the speakers and surprised me. He didn’t lower the volume. He continued driving as we listened to this sweet song.

“Who is this?” I asked curiously. “I’ve never heard them before.”

“Alabama Shakes. Do you like it?”

“I love her voice.”

Tommy lowered the volume. “Ellie,” he ran one hand through his hair and the other he held the wheel firmly, “we have to set some ground rules for tonight.”

“Sure.”

“We have to show Alexios that we are into each other, so don’t be surprised or shocked when I kiss you, also, you have to reciprocate.” He gave me a sideways glance that I ignored.

“Fine.” I kept my cool although I was edgy. “I know the drill.”

“When he shows up, I want you to make a rendez-vous with him for another night, and that’s when I’ll kill him. Tell him you still love him and all that other shit he’ll want to hear and make it believable.”

He didn’t give me a chance to speak. He raised the volume again and we listened to the rest of the song. He sounded irritated.

When he parked the car and opened the door for me, he gave me his hand, “By the way, that dress you’re wearing is unforgettable.” I gave him my hand and I stood a few inches in front of him. He slightly touched my hair and I felt flustered. “Just go with it, he could be watching,” he whispered.

I let him touch my hair and I reached up and touched his. He wasn’t expecting that and I felt a slight shock at my touch and then an ease as I pulled it away.

Tommy put his hand in front so I could go ahead first, “After you…” he said in a low husky voice.  “This is going to be an interesting evening.”

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Alexios & Elysia # 15

 

15.

“What do you want me to do?”

Tommy’s eyes lingered on my lips a little too long. “I think you need to go to the ballet,” he said out of nowhere.

“The ballet? Are you serious?”

“I bet you’ve never been,” he smiled.

“Why do you say that?” How the fuck does he know I’ve never been…shit, the mind reading again. “Stop reading my mind!”

“I’m not. I just figured you never had anyone take you. I’m sure vampire shithead never took you,” and Tommy rolled his eyes.

“I don’t need anyone to take me to the ballet. I’m a capable woman. I just never had the chance to go,” I replied, hating my answer instantly as I noticed the smirk on his face and  his blue eyes twinkling like a mischevious child.

“It’s a great place to wear a dress,” Tommy said jokingly.

“You’re a real comedian! So what do you want me to do as a spy?” I asked changing the subject and getting back to the point.

“I just told you what we’re doing. We’re going to the Kirov Ballet. The Russians are the best,” he added.

“But why there?”

“Because we are going to make the hellhound jealous.” He just called Alexios a hellhound. Although it was offensive I wanted to crack up.

“And then?” I quickly asked nervously playing with the ends of my hair.

“He’ll show up and I’ll kill him,” he plainly said looking at me as if I was lost. “You see, bella, if Alexios sees me with you, and this is where your acting skills come in as a spy, he’ll get angry and act irrational, as vampires are known to do. As long as you pretend to be interested in me.” Tommy looked at my attire and added, “I’m sure you can muster up some sex appeal, actualy, the way you are playing with your hair right now is a perfect example of what I want him to see.” He gazed intently at me, “you know exactly how to get a guy hot and bothered.”

I stopped twirling my hair. Part of me wanted to run out of that restaurant and his hair-brained schemes, part of me wanted to continue twirling my strands of hair.

“You-”

“Wait, don’t tell me to go fuck myself again.”

“You have some nerve, you know that? Now, when are we going?”

“Tomorrow night.”

“You already bought the tickets?”

“I love the ballet.”

“How do you know I was going to go with you?”

“I didn’t,” he looked at the waitress and waved her over.She was there within seconds.

“Two more,” he said, pointing to the empty wine. She looked at him like she wanted to jump him right there and then in front of me.

“Yes, right away,” she said hurrying off.

“I think she likes you,” I laughed.

“The only girl I have to make like me, is you, at least for pretend, that is,” and smiled at me. “He’ll be watching…and we have to pretend to be into each other.” He laid his hands on the table. “Don’t you just love the word pretend? It gives me a pang of excitement.” The waitress arrived and heard his last word and gave me a dirty look.

“Will there be anything else?” she flirted with Tommy.

“No, thanks,” he replied staring at me.

“So, Ellie, are you ready for your closeup?

I wasnt’ ready for anything. The wine made me slightly dizzy and Tommy’s eyes penetrating into mine left my belly all tingly. I didn’t like this feeling. Not one little bit.

He smiled. “You’ll be fine.”

We finished the wine quickly and we went over tomorrow night’s events. We left the restaurant and got into his car. We drove in silence. I tried to block off any thoughts.

“I told you that I won’t read your mind…and I haven’t . I’m a man of my word, Ellie.”

He stopped in front of my house. “Pick you up at seven p.m. sharp tomorrow,” he said and got out of his car and came around to open my door.

“You’re quite a gentleman,” I remarked, gtting out of the car and standing two inches away from him. I felt it immediately. Electricity coarsed through my veins. I stepped back and said a quick bye.

“Don’t forget to wear a dress,” he called out to me as my weak legs carried me to my front steps. I didn’t look back.

Shit, I needed back up.

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Alexios & Elysia #14

 

14.

“Why didn’t Alexios kill you?” I asked.

“I think he likes the game. He said to me, ‘I could easily kill you.’ I said, ‘ Then why don’t you?’ he replied, ‘Then what would be the point of your existence?'”

“This is hard to believe…we are talking about the same guy..” I stammered. My head was spinning.

“The one and only,” Tommy smirked. “Alexios wants to have a reputation as the one who got away. If he had killed me then I wouldn’t go around saying how bad ass he is. Honestly, he’s a sick motherfucker.”

“He really played me, then?”

“Unfortunately, Ellie, you were played, you were hoodwinked.”

“Hoodwinked?”

“For want of a better word…fooled,” Tommy smiled. “We were both made fools.”

“So I guess we have something in common,” I said exasperated.

“That’s why you must help me catch him. Please, Ellie, can you be a spy for me?” his eyes pierced into mine. At the mention of my name on his lips I got fucked up…he looked like a sad puppy dog, then suddenly his face changed to a serious look.

“Spy?” I needed to know exactly what this entailed.

“Yeah, pretend you still care for him and entrap him and I’ll move in for the kill,” Tommy’s eyes gleamed something scary.

“I don’t know. I don’t have some kind of on/off switch. I do still have feelings for Alexios.” I looked down and played with my cuticles on my fingers.

“Ellie, do you want him to find another vulnerable victim and repeat what he’s done to you?” I kept my head down and when I looked at him he seemed so pissed. Hold up, did he say vulnerable?

“Vulnerable? How so?” I replied angrily.

“Look, I’ve done my background check, plus, I’ve been following you.” He quickly looked away and then back at me,”You lead a pretty lonely life. You have no real family around and your best friend is married and quite occupied. I think you were a perfect victim. Also, you don’t strike me as the type of girl that sleeps around.” He winked at me.

Now I was fuming and my mind was racing…part of what he had said was true…it’s his attitude that quickened my pulse. And at that particular moment the waitress came with our food.

“Here you go, your fish platters,” and she placed the dishes in front of us, all this gave me a quick minute to compose myself. “Bon apetit,” she said and looked dreamily at Tommy. He completely ignored her and kept on trying to get my attention by staring at me. He was probably trying to read my mind, but I blocked my thoughts instantly.

“I’ll do it,” I said. I will? Where did that come from? I sounded so sure of myself.

The waitress looked at Tommy and gave him a sneaky smile. “Aren’t you lucky?” she flirted with him.

“No, it’s not like that!” I interjected, how can some women be such bitches?

“Oh, I’m sorry,” she smiled. “I was just kidding…” and she left slightly embarassed.

“Are you always such a tight ass?” He said jokingly.

“Are you always such an asshole?” I shot back at him. He laughed out loud.

“Yes, now eat up. Bon apetit, my partner.”

“I’m not your fuckin’ partner.” Partner? He’s got to be kidding.

“We’ll see about that…whatever you want to call me is fine by me.”

“Okay, Mr. Cool Vampire Hunter who can Read Minds and is an Asshole, what’s the next move?”

“So, you think I’m cool?” he smiled taking a bite of his food.

It was beyond my control…my laughter just burst and the waitress gave me a dirty look.

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Alexios & Elysia #13

13.

As Tommy pulled the chair out for me, his strong arms slightly touched my arms and I quickly pulled away.

He looked at me, “I don’t have a disease, you know,” and he laughed with a sparkle of something funny in his eyes.

“I know,” I said, but did I really? He could have a sexually transmitted disease for all I knew. I like the feeling of his skin on mine, fuck. This place was seriously tiny. I looked around and counted six other people here.

He was staring at me and then I remembered to stop thinking. “How did you find this place? You haven’t been in Montreal that long.”

“Actually…” he looked around the restaurant, “I was here before Alexios came,” he confessed looking at me intently.

“What?”

“Look, Ellie, I track vampires. That’s what I’m good at. Don’t look at me so shocked.” Tommy grabbed the menu and looked down reading it as if he had to concentrate…like what could this whole in the wall actually offer? Cheeseburger specialties?

“No, they have a real good menu,” he said not looking up. Shit! He read my mind again.

“Would you stop that?”

His head popped up and his eyes darkened.  “I really haven’t done it that often. You don’t know anything and that prick of an ass lover of yours is not revealing much. He likes to leave you hanging, doesn’t he?” He nodded to the waitress to come over. I couldn’t believe how he said such offensive comments and then continued on in the conversation like nothing was wrong.

“I’m sorry for being a bastard, I can’t control it,” he winked at me.

“You better stop reading my mind or I’m leaving.” I got up and then he stood up. “The only way I’ll sit is if you promise me to not do that again. It’s creeping me out.”

“Okay, I promise,” he said.

The waitress looked from me to Tommy confused. “Are you leaving?” she asked in French; her short black skirt revealed long legs and spiked heels. Her tight black t-shirt left nothing to the imagination.

We both sat down and Tommy replied, “No,” his eyes never leaving mine.

“Can I order for you?” he asked me. I nodded my head yes.

“Deux filet de sole avec du riz et deux verres du vin blanc.”

“Oui, merci.”

“Hold on, you speak French?”

“Yes, I speak French, I speak many languages of love,” he said as his bright blue eyes stared right into mine. He made me squirm. I quickly turned around and blocked my thoughts (just in case).

“So, tell me, what is the real story with Alexios?” I had to know everything.

“I’ll tell you what I know, but Ellie, before I start can I ask you a personal question?”

“Sure,” I said hesitatingly.

“Why do you think you were attracted to a vampire?”

I shrug my shoulders, “He treated me like a lady,” I said casually, brushing the hair off my face.

The waitress arrived with our wine and we remained quiet until she poured it. “By the time I found out the truth…I had fallen badly for Alexios.” The waitress looked at me and then at Tommy. I guess she realized we weren’t together. Suddenly, her whole composure changed.

“Would you like anything else?” she looked directly at Tommy. He completely ignored her or pretended to at least. I twirled with my hair…wow, some women can be so obvious.

“No, thank you,” he gave her a quick smile that clearly indicated he was getting annoyed.

As soon as she was out of earshot, he blurted, “So you fell for a fuckin’ blood sucker?”

“I guess so.”

“You’re cute when you play with your hair.”

“Don’t.” I put my hand on the stem of the wine glass.

“Don’t what?”

“Don’t compliment me.”

“You don’t like compliments?” He picked up his wine glass. “Cheers…here’s to no compliments.”

“Alexios?” I said, ignoring his remarks and clinking wine glasses with him.

“Well, Alexios is one of those vampires on my hot list because he has murdered many women, and not just any woman, the ones with certain powers. He lures them in with his looks, in my opinion, though, he is butt ugly. When I look at him, I see all his ugliness.” He took a sip of his wine.

“Go on…” I urged him. I needed to hear it all.

“The woman just before you, seven years ago, was a Polish medium. She knew what he was, but she fell for him anyway. He sucked all her powers dry and left her for dead,” he glanced away, “I was too late and I vowed to myself it wouldn’t happen again.” He looked so angry and hurt. “I don’t know what lies he told you…of how much he loves you and blah blah bullshit…but I saw him. I fuckin’ saw him do it.”

“You did?” I felt sick.

“I almost had him, too, but his friend Freddy, who is also on my list…trapped me.” He waited for a reaction from me.

“How did he trap you?”

“In a fuckin’ net. I couldn’t escape.” He took a swig of his wine and finished his drink. His eyes were burning with rage now. “Is that enough for you?” I knew there was more.

“What else, Tommy?”

“He made me watch.”

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Alexios & Elysia #12

The next day I woke up with a migraine that wouldn’t quit. I thought over everthing that Tommy had said to me and realized in a twisted way that what he said made sense. I knew that I had to do something to find Alexios to clear everything up, but I had no way in getting in touch with him. Plus, Tommy was waiting and watching me to see if Alexios would come over. How could I get Alexios alone?

I decided to do my own spying starting tonight. I would go out again and see if Tommy or Alexios would follow me. If Alexios knew that Tommy was watching my every move he wouldn’t show himself here, but perhaps in a public place, somewhere we used to go…that’s it! I’ll go to Cafe Laurier by myself and then go to the bathroom and wait. He was bound to show up. It sounded ridiculous, but I was out of fresh ideas.

I wore a dress…why not? Tommy may be obnoxious, but he was kind of right…I should dress up once in a while. I curled my frizzy hair and put on this blue-green dress I looked at myself in the mirror and changed my mind instantly. It’s just not me.

I was too overdressed. I put on my jeans and t-shirt and my high-heeled boots. I applied some makeup, earrings, jewellery and changed purses. Okay, now I was ready.

I saw Tommy as soon as I left my house.

“Hey, gorgeous,” he shouted from across the street. He was parked in his car, listening to his ipod and giving me a thumbs up. Has he forgotten I told him to fuck off last night?

I ignored him and turned to go the opposite direction. I had to catch the bus. I heard him start the car. I looked around to see if Alexios was anywhere, but he wouldn’t be in plain sight. My plan really sucked.

I heard another car right by my side and a blue sedan passengar side door swung open.

“Get in,” a voice scolded, “quick!” the driver had an English accent.

I peered in and saw Alexios ducked in the back seat, gesturing for me to jump in. I glanced at Tommy and saw him screech out of his parking spot with a glare in his eyes. Our eyes met briefly. I hesitated for one split second and then jumped in the back seat. Tommy was speeding up close behind as the driver screeched off.

“Alexios! Where have you been?” I shouted as I landed in the back seat.

“Sh!” he placed his hands on his lips.

“I think he’s behind us! Shit!” the driver said.

“Elysia, Freddy. Freddy is my friend from way back. Why the fuck is Athanasios  following you?” Alexios looked at me.

“Nice to meet you, love.” Freddy said and I half-smiled through the rear-view mirror.

“Is he still there?” I asked.

“You bet your pretty little face,” Freddy replied.

“What do we do?” I asked.

“I lose him like a bad habit,” Freddy smirked. “Hold on, love, it’s going to be a bumpy ride. Alexios, stay low so vampire killer doesn’t see you.”

“Yeah, yeah,” Alexios replied and looked straight at me. “Pretend you’re talking to Freddy.”

“You actually think Tommy doesn’t know you’re in the car?” I looked at him incredulously. “If it’s one thing he’s not, it’s stupid.”

“Tommy? You mean Athanasios? You met him? How?” His green eyes turned darker and dangerous.

“He just showed up at my window one day and then again at a bar when I was out with Dima.”

“Your window? A bar? What the fuck?”

“He told me a lot of stuff,” I said staring at Alexios and twirling the bracelet that Tommy had given me for my protection.

Alexios looked at my bracelet and glared at me, “Where did you get that bracelet?” he lifted his arm to touch it and it stung him back as if it burned him. “He fuckin’ gave it to you!” I saw fear in his eyes. “Elysia, don’t believe a thing he tells you. Athanasios wants to kill me. He’s full of lies. He’ll say anything to trap me!”

The car was going so fast I felt like puking. Also I was trying to have this conversation with Alexios without really looking at him and I kept on turning to see if Tommy was close behind. This whole scene had me in a hysterical state.

“I came to make sure you’re alright.” Alexios said softly brushing my arm with his hand. “I love you, Elysia,” he whispered so Freddy could’t hear.

“I lost the fucker!” Freddy hollered. He stopped the vehicle to the side and signalled for me to get out.

“Quickly, Elysia, remember I told you that Athanasios wants to kill me? His family has been killing vampires for centuries. He’s highly dangerous. He’ll do anything to kill me. The truth is, I was ordered to keep you close to me because your family has a strong connection to vampires.”

“I know, Tommy told me everything.”

“Could you stop calling him that?”

“Whatever. It doesn’t really matter.”

“It’s like you’re buddies or something.”

“Well, we’re not! ”

“You seem different. What is it?”

“First of all, why did your hand burn when you touched the bracelet? And why were you ‘ordered’ to follow me? You sent me all those letters because you were ‘ordered’ to? You don’t give a shit about me. You never loved me.”

“What the fuck?” his eyes narrowed and he appeared evil.

‘I don’t believe you.”

“Alexios, we don’t have time for drama, we have strict orders,” Freddy said. Suddenly, out of nowhere we felt a hit from behind.

“Fuck! It’s that fucker.” Freddy hollered. “You have to let her out! It’s too dangerous,” Freddy said.

“Let me out!” I screamed.

“Elysia, I have to explain,” he continued. I opened the door and I heard him say something about another time and that he still loved me, but I wasn’t listening. I felt Tommy’s hands pulling me from the sidewalk. I hadn’t even realized I was on the concrete floor. My head was spinning. He was telling me to get into his car and I was not responding.

“Babyface, if you don’t start moving that sexy little bum into my car, I’m going to lose the lying son of a bitch, blood-sucking fiend!”

I jumped up and into his car quickly and he placed the car roughly in drive. It was a small car for such a tall man. I saw his long legs under the steering wheel and I felt a slight movement deep in my belly.

“You like what you see?” his blue eyes laughed as he caught me staring at him.

“Keep your eyes on the road,” I said curtly looking straight ahead, “Where are they anyway?”

“I lost them, fuck, but at least I found you.” He glanced at me sideways and ran his hand through his dark hair. “I was worried,” he said as if he was admitting a sin.

“You shouldn’t worry about me. I am safe with Alexios. He loves me.”

“Vampires are incapable of love. They obsess, they lust, they conquer, but they can’t love as humans love. Their emotions are imblanced. Ellie, you’ve ben a fool. It’s a shame Alexios is a player. He is a vampire who has left a trail of broken hearts and limbs across the world. You are just another victim…if he kills you, he kills the connection to your grandmother, which is a powerful connection that has been known to deter vampires. Believe me, it was not love. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I could tell by the look in your eyes, I am..and we’ve fuckin’ lost him!”

It was quiet for once. He leaned back in his driver’s seat and punched some buttons from behind his steering wheel and then I heard Pat Benatar’s Treat Me Right loud and clear.

I glanced at his expression and he had this stupid grin on his face. “I think this song is apropos.” Apropos? His eyes stared into mine a few seconds too long. Fuck, he was right. This song was perfect.

“Ellie, when are you going to get it through your lovely face that vampire boy is not your ideal boyfriend?”

“Okay, tell me more,” I sighed.

“Not while I’m driving. I know a little place.” He blasted the song so we couldn’t talk so I listened to the lyrics and did the only thing apropos, I sang along.

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Alexios & Elysia # 11

#11

“He killed people?”

“What do you think? He was a vampire that never killed people? You have to wake up and smell the coffee, my dear. Your great-grandmother, Elizabeth, had a gift and  you have one too. You see, you are exactly like her, except you’ve been blocked.”

“Blocked?”

He drank from his beer and glanced around the bar. “This place is a real dive. I have to show you around. Your city has some cool bars and you choose this one?”

“I like the music.”

“That’s the only thing it’s got going for it,” Tommy looked back at me. “Yes, where was I? Blocked…and try to take a lucky guess, who has blocked you?”

“Don’t tell me, Alexios!”

He put his hands together and clapped, “Ladies and gents we’ve got a winner!” he said his blue eyes smiling at me as if he was a comedian.

“What’s wrong with  you? Is everything a joke to you?” I said angrily.

“Is everything so serious to you? You have to loosen up, Ellie, do you mind if I call you Ellie?”

No one has ever called me Ellie before, he had my head spinning with all his information. His eyes widened and he smirked. Man, his good looks threw me off. I played with my hair nervously.

“Are my looks distracting you, Ellie?”

“You are really obnoxious, Tommy. Who said anything about your looks?”

“I see you like my name,” he laughed.

“I never said that!” Shit I forgot he read minds. Block out everything, I said to myself.

“Ellie, you are quite a spitfire” he took a sip of his beer, and finished it off. He winked at the barmaid and gestured for another two. “Drink up,” he said to me.

I took a few sips trying not to think of anything then I asked him, “How could Alexios block my gift?”

“Alexios was on a mission when he met you. It wasn’t an accident. He was acting and playing a game with you because only a vampire’s presence could make Elizabeth’s spirit guide impenetrable.”

“How about when he left for all those years?”

“Didn’t he send you something? His words and scent have a magical spell around you. It is as if he is surrounding you. He left because he was head over heels for you. No longer valuable. A love-sick puppy,” Tommy rolled his eyes and gestured with his index finger to gag. “He was told to keep on sending you words, your lovely love letters you cherish so, you have to fuckin’ burn them. Stop reading them on the bus. He did this so your bond could not disconnect, and your gift be revealed to you.”

“This sounds absurd. Wait up, how do you know I’ve read his letters on the bus? You’ve been following me?”

“Ever since you’ve been wearing the bracelet I gave you, are you thinking about Alexios as much?” He ignored my question with another question. He was a fast-talker.

“Come to think of it, no.”

“You see, the connection is starting to wear off, thankfully,” he looked at my shoes out of nowhere and up my body to my face. I felt self-conscious and moved in my seat slightly. Everything Tommy said was insane, but somehow made sense. “You really should try to dress up. I’m sure you would look amazing in a dress. Why do you cover your body?”

“That’s none of your business! How I dress or what I wear shouldn’t concern you!”

“Ah, my sweet Ellie, that’s where you are wrong. I am here to catch that lying Casanova of a boyfriend you have, and you are my bait.”

I stood up and looked for Dima. She caught my look and got up. I nudged my head to her toward the exit door, shaken up. “Tommy, go fuck yourself!”

His jaw dropped and immediately his blue eyes twinkled. He stood up and hovered over me, he curtsied like I was some kind of duchess and said, “I had a lovely time talking to you, the pleasure was all mine, obviously, and now I’ll take my leave and go fuck myself, but just so you could know, I really think a dress would compliment you, but you look beautiful in anything you wear,” and he walked away before I got a chance to. I wanted to walk out on him!

He followed me? Alexios was on a mission? I had a gift? What the fuck?

Dima rushed over to me, “What was all that about?”

I looked at my friend Dima and felt my knees go weak, my head dizzy and then blackness.

I hit the hard floor to the tune of Depeche Mode’s, World in my Eyes.

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Alexios & Elysia #10

A few days went by and everything was quiet, a little too quiet. I went over to Dima’s house and she was itching to go out for drinks.

“C’mon, Elysia, it won’t kill you to go for a drink!”

“I know, I’m just not in the mood.”

“Then get in the mood!”

“Okay, okay…fine! Why not?” I couldn’t listen to her whine, and knowing Dima she wouldn’t give up till I complied.

“It’ll be fun, you’ll see. Just me and you.” Her husband was working late and she really wanted to go out.

“But first, I need to freshen up, look at my hair!” We both went into her washroom and applied some eye shadow, eyeliner, lipstick and blush. “Do you have a curling iron?”

“In the closet.” I went to heat it up and curled a few strands sporadically to give my hair some life. I checked out myself in the mirror. Not bad. I looked decent. I could have used my other pair of jeans, but these would do.

“Let’s go!” I said, “and thanks for this. I need a stiff drink!”

“You definitely need something stiff!” Dima laughed as she locked her door; her blond hair sweeping her face.

“We’re going to GoGo. I know how much you love the music there,” she said. “Look, it’s a full moon.”

I howled and we laughed. “Who knows, Elle, maybe you’ll meet someone,” she smiled.

“Yeah, right, at a bar, real classy.”

“At this point you’ll dry up!” We walked to the corner and hailed a cab from Park Avenue.

“Fuck you! I saw Alexios and we had a wild night!”

“What? When?”

“He came back.”

“And you didn’t tell me, your so-called best friend.”

“I’m telling you now.”

“And?”

“Nothing.” We got into the cab and I quickly changed the subject. As soon as we walked into the bar we headed straight for some seats at the bar and ordered two beers.

“Why did Alexios leave?” she asked me as our beers were placed in front of us and the barmaid smiled at us.

“He had to. It’s a long story. I don’t know when I’ll see him again.”

“After all these years, you still have the same feelings for him? C’mon, you really have to get a normal boyfriend.”

“What’s normal?”

“For starters, someone who actually lives here and doesn’t leave for years.”

“Duly noted.”

“You know, there’s a hottie staring right at you, three o’clock,” she knocked her beer bottle on top of mine and winked. “Start living today, not in the past.” I waited a few second to turn my head and when I did, my heart sank.

Athanasios was staring right at me with a stupid smile on his face.

“Do you know him? He is smiling at you?”

“Kind of…I met him a few days ago.”

“And, of course, you omitted that too,” she said sarcastically. She stared at him, “I don’t know how you could forget to tell me, he’s fuckin’ gorgeous.”

“Dima, forget it. He’s not for me.”

“Well, hold your horses, because he’s coming on over, whether he’s for you or not.”

“What?” I tried to not move my head and turned my back to him and stared in front of me. The barmaid looked at me and then her eyes moved to Athanasios and stayed there. I knew he was right behind me.

“So, fancy meeting you here, Elysia,” he said and I turned to face him. He was inches from my face. I pulled back and Dima moved to the side and that’s when he took the opportunity to squeeze himself next to me. “Hello,” he said to Dima and I quickly glanced up and down his body. Wow.

“Hi,” she said, widening her eyes at me.

“What are you doing here?” I said and turned my head towards him and met his blue eyes. My God he was a specimen.

“Can’t a guy have a drink at a bar?” He looked at Dima. “I’m Tommy,” he said, ” a family friend.” A family friend? Tommy? 

“Nice to meet you,” Dima said, extending her hand. He kissed her hand, “Pleasure is all mine.” She smiled, blushed and looked at me inquisitively.

“Elysia, I wanted to talk to you…to continue where we left off the other night.” I could just read Dima’s mind…the other night?

“Now is not a good time. I’m with my friend.”

He stepped back, “Oh, I’m sorry,” he looked at Dima, “Would you mind terribly if I stole your friend for a few minutes?”

She looked at me and waited for my reply. I nodded. “Of course, no problem.” She smiled, “I’ll be right over there,” and she pointed to and empty seat down the bar.

“Your friend seems nice,” he said. I lifted the bottle to my mouth and finished the beer, trying to calm my nerves.

“Would you like another?”

“No!”

“I’ll take that as a yes,” he looked at the barmaid, who was already staring at him. “Two more please,” and smiled.

“What do you want?”

“I see you are wearing the bracelet. Good.” He glanced around the bar. “Still no sign of lover-boy?” he asked.

“I wouldn’t tell you, even if I knew.”

“Pity, but it’s okay. I know you haven’t seen him. I’ve been watching you. Pretty dull life, my dear. I’m glad you finally came out to civilization. I was almost falling asleep every night watching you bored to death.”

“How dare you?” I was fuming. How could he talk to me like that? I really was starting to hate him.

“Hate is a powerful emotion. The complete opposite of love, but let’s get on with the story, unless of course, you don’t want to hear about your great-grandmother Elizabeth?” His eyes sparkled and I wanted to punch him in the face. At that second, the barmaid placed the beer in front of us. He pulled out some money and paid. “Keep the change and keep it coming. I’ve had a dull couple of days.” The barmaid laughed.

“You really have some nerve.” I took a quick sip of my beer.

“What? No cheers?”

“No. Now go on with the story.”

“So glad to have your attention.” I glanced over at Dima and she was talking to some girl that we had gone to high school with. I immediately turned away and looked up at Athanasios or Tommy. He blocked my view with his body and smiled. Fuck. I had to stop thinking.

“For your info, all my close friends call me Tommy.” He looked down at me, “and you’re welcome.” He took a swing of his beer. I waited, not thinking.

“Elizabeth was born in Greece, in 1902, on the island of Santorini. She was a smart, young girl with certain powers, unbeknownst to the villagers. Her passion was witchcraft, the goddess Selene her guide and the Gorgon her protector from evil spirits and evil beings-especially the ones known as the Night Walkers.” I glanced at my bracelet and played with it. Looking at the letters. “The letters mean Gorgon, you see, in Ancient Greece, a Gorgoneion was used to ward off evil spirits. Your own great-grandmother made the one you’re wearing. Actually it belonged to her. She made these charm bracelets for the women of the village to be protected from the Night Walkers, also known, in present day as the vampires. You know, your lover-boy, Alex, who seems so sweet and innocent…he has killed one-hunderd and twenty-six people, and all women.”

“How do you know all of this?” I was shocked.

“Because your bed-time stories were Cinderella and Snow White, while my bed-time stories were about vampires and  witches.”

 

 

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Alexios & Elysia #9

“Oh,” I mustered, completely distracted by this man’s light blue eyes and dark sweeping hair falling in his face. He looked down at me as if I was a dwarf. I felt so tiny as I buttoned up my jeans and pulled my top over my hips, wondering if I had a little bit of eye makeup still left. “Of course, I know he’s a vampire!”

“Then I gather, you like to kiss vampires?” His eyes twinkling down at me and examining my lips closely. “You know they are savages and can kill you in an instant.”

“Alexios wouldn’t kill me.” I said, taking two steps back. He was way too close for comfort.

“And how can you be so sure? I have seen him kill. I have been chasing him for years and every time I get close he disappears again.” He looked at me up and down. “What’s your name?”

“Elysia.” I said and felt a shudder go through me. Was he a vampire too? I felt this fear come over me.

“No, I’m not a vampire.”

“How did you do that?”

“Can I?” he asked and sat down without my permission. “Do what?” he placed his leg over his thigh and his arms across my couch. “Have a seat, Elysia.”

I sat in the armchair facing him. He cleared his throat, “So what do you know about me?”

 I know you’re a vampire hunter and you want to kill Alexios. “Not much,” I said.

“Don’t lie. You know I’m a vampire hunter and I want to kill Alexios,” he smiled.

I quickly got up, “I don’t know how you did that but I want you to leave.” I tried not to think of anything. He wasn’t moving and I suddenly felt scared.

“I won’t hurt you.” He place his hands on his legs and stared at me. Was he compelling me or something? “I told you I’m not a vampire and I can’t compel you. I can read minds though, as you can see. I’m telepathic, for want of a better word. In plain terminology. I like to think of myself as a mind-reader.” And he looked at my lips again. “Elysia, I suggest you don’t let Alexios into your house again. He’s bad news and I’ll be watching your house closely.” He got up. “You can block your thoughts well. That’s pretty good.”

“I think you should leave.” I started to tremble.

“Don’t be scared. I’m here to protect you from him. You may not know it now but Alexios is dangerous. You seem like a nice person.” He came close to me and pulled something out of his jean pocket. I caught a glance of his body and felt a sexual energy toward him. What the hell was going on? Why did I feel this way?

“This is for you, it belonged to your great-grandmother Elizabeth.” It was a    bracelet with Ancient Greek writing on it. He bent slightly to place it on my wrist and his touch electrified me. I raised my wrist a few inches. He looked into my eyes again and laughed. How did he know my great-grandmother? How was I involved in this?

“You are really pretty, Elysia…I will be back tomorrow to explain how you are involved. Right now I have to follow Alexios’ trail.”

I couldn’t speak and I tried hard not to think.

He stepped close to the window, looked back at me and said, “Try not to think of me while I’m gone.”

The second he left I turned on my laptop and with a shaking hand typed in the name: Athanasios. The only thing that I could find was its meaning, which  freaked the fuck out of me.

Athanasios, The Immortal. And try as I might, I couldn’t get him off of my mind.