Ambrose managed to park the car in The Cardboard Box’s parking lot. It was a terrible parking job – so crooked it was almost straight. But he didn’t crash into any of the other cars or wreck the building.
He considered it a triumph.
He unbuckled his seatbelt.
She was still asleep. Her head was turned away from him.
He leaned into her space and whispered soft words into her ear.
“Good morning, beautiful.”
“Mmm.” She stretched her arms out. “Are we there?”
“Yes. Are you ready?”
He chuckled. Sounds like me when I’m tired.
His pupils widened. What if she were like me? My days would be her days. My nights, her nights.
He carefully unzipped her coat, exposing her neck.
Such a lovely neck.
Lovely blood hidden inside.
He leaned towards her.
She turned her head.
He saw it.
Two white marks.
And not from me.
She was scared.
If I bite her, would that scare her too? Or would she welcome it?
He touched the cyst-like marks. She would think of him. Of this.
She’d be terrified.
He kissed her neck.
She woke up.
He retreated to his seat.
She noticed the unzipped state of her coat.
“I didn’t do anything.”
“But you were thinking about it?”
I could lie. “Yeah. Big surprise: Ambrose Smith is a blood-sucking jerk.”
“I don’t want to hurt you. I don’t. I don’t want to change you. But it was so tempting. I wanted it. Just one bite.”
She fell silent.
“What are you thinking?”
She pushed up her coat’s sleeve and offered her wrist to him.
He shook his head.
“If all you want is one bite and you don’t want to change me—”
“It will hurt you.”
“I know. Just one bite.”
He shook his head harder.
She put her wrist right in front of his mouth.
He closed his eyes.
Her scent entered his eyes, his nose, his mouth, his ears.
His mouth watered.
His breathing grew faster.
He grabbed her hand to hold it in place.
He pressed his open mouth to her wrist.
“Just do it, Ambrose.”
He licked her wrist in one wet line.
His fangs grazed her skin.
Maybe it was fear.
Maybe it wasn’t.
He opened his eyes, looked up at her, and smiled. “I’m not hungry.” He kissed her wrist.
Then, he let her go.