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Beth laughed before falling silent again. “I...” Beth swallowed. “I’m choosing you, Robert.”

He didn’t say anything, so Beth looked up at him.

“You’re joking, aren’t you?” he asked suspiciously, his eyes narrowed.

Beth turned to face him fully. “No, Robert, I’m not joking. I choose you.”

Beth wasn’t quite sure when she’d decided that it was Robert she wanted. He watched her face for a moment, before kissing her with such intensity and passion. The fierce panther inside of him had been released.

Robert’s fingers ran all along her arms before holding onto her upper arms. Beth didn’t even notice the force with which he was holding her. As she wrapped her arms around his neck, pulling herself closer to him, his hands slipped down her sides to her waist.

Beth could feel the sharpness of his teeth and had an idea. She purposefully caught her bottom lip against his canine. It began to bleed, the blood flowing straight into Robert’s mouth. Instinctively, he began to suck. His grip on Beth’s hips tightened.

Beth tipped her head back and she didn’t even feel it when Robert bit her neck. Beth began to feel lightheaded from the delight she was feeling. Her heart was racing, her breathing was shallow, and she never wanted the moment to end. But it did when she heard the front door close downstairs. Beth panicked and pushed Robert away. He let himself be pushed.

“Don’t worry, it’s just Alicia,” he whispered to her.

“Who?”

“One of the maids.”

“At five o’clock in the morning?”

Robert shrugged. “They choose their own hours.”

“Do they know about vampires?”

“Of course.”

Beth sat still for a moment before bringing his lips back down to hers. She melted into him completely. He planted kisses along her jaw line to her ear.

“I think I love you, Beth,” he whispered.

“I love you too,” she replied, so quietly that she could hardly hear herself, but she knew he would hear her.

The words came to her so easily, yet she knew they were true. She’d never felt like this about anyone before, not even Alex. Beth suddenly realised that she needed to break up with him. She was terrible at break ups and she very much doubted that, at any point, Alex would say, “I understand.”

“He’s not that bad,” Robert said quietly, hearing her thoughts. “He never has been.”

“How do you know?”

“He used to be my best friend, remember?”

“Oh.”

Robert pulled away from her and sat back. Beth tucked herself under his arm.

“So, what do you want to do today?” he asked her.

“Um... Kiss you all day,” Beth said, looking up at him.

Robert laughed and gave her a kiss, his lips lingering on hers. “I meant, when do you want to go home?”

“Never.”

“I’d be more than happy to oblige, but your parents wouldn’t.”

Beth pouted, pretending to sulk. She laughed and thought for a moment. “I just want to stay here with you, until this afternoon. I can make up an excuse.”

“Let’s do that then.”

The End

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