“Beth?” someone whispered in her ear. “My dear, it’s time to get up.”
“Ugh, why?” she groaned, rolling over, away from the voice.
“It’s Monday,” the voice said.
“It’s time for school.”
“I’m not going,” she mumbled.
“Oh? And when were you planning to tell me this?”
“I’ve told you now, haven’t I?”
“Do I need to go and get some ice cubes?”
Beth opened half an eye to see Robert smirking down at her, highly amused.
“No, you don’t need to get some ice cubes,” she murmured as she sat up.
Beth vaguely noticed that Robert was fully dressed.
“How long have you been awake?”
“A couple of hours. You were sleeping like the dead.”
“You would know,” she mumbled, rubbing her eyes.
He was grinning when she looked again. “Yes, I would. Now, up.”
He climbed off the bed and left the room. Beth swung her legs over the side of the bed and got up, grabbing a towel and heading into the en suite.
When she emerged, she dressed quickly and hurried downstairs. Robert had some pancakes ready for her in the kitchen. She grinned and kissed his cheek.
“Oh, I love you,” she said happily as she sat down.
“I love you too.”
“Will you be following me to school today?”
He smiled crookedly. “I might drop by and say hello.”
Beth ate her pancakes while Robert read through a small pile of letters. He was frowning and running his finger over his bottom lip repeatedly.
“What’s wrong?” Beth asked. He shook his head. “Robert, what’s up?”
“Aneska wants to visit,” he admitted.
“She’s not particularly fond of witches,” he whispered, not looking up from the letter.
“Oh. What are you going to tell her?”
“I don’t need to tell her anything; she’s coming today.”
“I might be able to keep her preoccupied. Hopefully, anyway.”
“Does she know I’m a witch?”
“Not yet, but one look at you and she’ll know.”
“How come you didn’t know then?”
“Because I haven’t been alive since time began. Aneska has reigned for tens of thousands of years. She wasn’t created; she was born. Granted, vampires are born every now and then, but one of the parents has to be a vampire. Both her parents were human.”
“Wait, vampires are born? How?”
He raised an eyebrow at her, making her realise that she’d asked a very stupid question. She blushed.
“So... we could have children?” Beth asked, looking up through her lashes.
His eyes narrowed and the look on his face revealed nothing.
“Where are you going with this?” he asked.
After a while, he replied, “Theoretically, yes, we could have children.”
Beth nodded slowly, unsure herself of why she wanted to know.
“We should probably be off now,” Robert said, glancing at the clock before his gaze resting on her once again.
Beth nodded and quickly finished the rest of her pancakes. She followed Robert out of the house, wondering what to do with the information she’d learnt.