'So are you like Penny then?' I looked up at Leo who was looking at me intently.
'What do you mean?'
'Do you have powers? You know, ones that stop you drinking blood?' I could see the real motivation behind these questions, Leo's nervous aura being the biggest telltale sign, his anxious face being the other.
'I do have powers, but they don't stop me from drinking blood.' I tried to make the pause between the end of that sentence and the beginning of the next as short as possible and almost blurred them together in my haste. 'I can see people's auras, that's my power, and I'm starting to learn how to alter them, so I can make people feel less nervous or happy or sad-'
'Have you killed anyone?' Leo was being very blunt, a characteristic I wasn't familiar with in him.
'No I haven't.' There was a long pause. 'Unless you count deer as people?'
'I'm serious India. I need to know if you are the same person I was in love with before you were...'
'Before I became a vampire you mean.' I got up out of my chair and walked over to Leo, kneeling beside his chair. 'I'm the same person you knew before, except I have a slightly different diet and will never age or die. Apart from that I am the same India, and this India loves you.' Leo was sitting frozen in his chair not quite sure what to make of me.
'Why is everything with you so complicated?' He sighed, leaning down and resting his forehead against mine, one of his hands beginning to stroke my hair.
'Because if I was simple everything would be a lot easier.' We both laughed as we remembered how things used to be.
'Gotcha!' He grabbed me around the waist and swung me round laughing. My long blonde hair flew around my head like some sort of halo and my dark eyes shone with laughter.
'Stop! I give in, you win!' He put me back on my feet and let go of me. I turned to face him and wrapped my arms around his waist and gave him a big hug. His shirt smelt like him. He smelt of cigarettes and petrol. He'd been working on his bike again.
'I love you. You know that right.' I looked up at him.
'I know.' I kissed him.
'I wish we could go back,' I mumbled.
'I don't.' I looked up at Leo questioningly. 'I don't care how hard this is going to be. If we are together at the end of it, then it proves we are meant to be together.' He mut one hand on my face, tilting it so he could lean in and kiss me.
My arms automatically went around his neck, pulling him towards me hungrily. His hands felt so warm against my cold skin as I stood up, pulling Leo with me. I was losing all control, letting myself get lost in the moment. It wasn't until Leo's hands strayed to the back of my dress and pulled on the zip that I pulled away.
'Leo, I can't. Not here.' He looked disappointed. 'It's not that I don't want to but-'
'I know. Dom. His home, his family. I understand, things are complicated.'
'Way too complicated,' I sighed as Leo pulled me so my head rested against his chest. I breathed in his scent. Petrol and cigarettes. At least some things never change.