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Beth and Robert were in the car, driving back. The memory of getting back to the car was slightly fuzzy in Beth’s mind. It involved a lot of kissing, which was about all she knew. And he had bitten her at some point, from the mark on her neck.

Their fingers were entwined as Robert easily controlled the car with one hand.

“You know, you’re going to have to choose eventually, dolcezza,” Robert murmured.

“Between what?” Beth asked.

“Alex and me.”


“I won’t force you to choose, but Alex will. I’d rather share you than not have you at all,” he whispered.

“I... I don’t know, I’ve never thought about it. I never thought you’d be coming back. I’m glad you did though.”

“That doesn’t matter right now, Beth. You just need to choose. Not now though, let’s just enjoy this.”

She nodded slowly. She’d never thought about having to choose between them. She didn’t really know Alex anymore; she’d been avoiding him over the previous two weeks because of her guilt over kissing Robert. Yet she kept kissing him, over and over again. Beth knew she would just keep avoiding him until she chose him instead of Robert.

Alex was kind and sweet, but secretive. Granted, there were things she hadn’t asked Alex about, but Robert had just told her when she’d asked him. Robert had promised her that he would never lie to her. Alex had made no such promise, and Beth knew that he never would.

Robert would take her anywhere she asked and she knew that Robert was the one that would be able to protect her. There were still things about his powers that he hadn’t told her, but she hadn’t asked and she wasn’t going to.

What have I gotten into? Beth thought. Why had this happened to her? Why had she fallen in love with Robert? Beth stiffened when she thought that. She hadn’t admitted it to herself before, but she had fallen in love with Robert. She loved Alex too though. But Robert was the one who gave her everything she wanted, whether it was a kiss, a smile, an escape.

“Robert?” she said quietly.

“Hm?” he responded.

“When we first spoke, you told me that a kiss didn’t mean anything to a vampire.”

“Only those of us without a soul,” he said quietly. “Of which, I was one until I met you.”

Beth squeezed his hand and turned back to the window. Resting her forehead against the cool glass, Beth closed her eyes.

“Do you want me to take you home?” Robert asked her quietly.

“No. I don’t want to go home; I don’t want to see all the missed calls on my phone.”

“Why don’t you come back to mine then?”

Beth turned to look at him. “You have a house?”

“Of course,” he said, smiling. “Just because I spend most of my time in the trees, doesn’t mean I live there.”

Beth smiled. “Okay, let’s go to yours then.”

The End

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