Once Upon a Bite So Sweet Ch. 02byDreamweaver594©
Jacob awoke to find Alicia still sound asleep and curled up against his side. Her auburn hair shrouded her face like a golden veil. He glanced over to the window. Outside the rain that started an hour earlier began to taper off to a misty drizzle and the sun, just rising above the trees was beginning to peek through the clouds.
"Hmm, maybe it will be a good day to go to the lake after all," he thought idly.
Jacob returned his attention to the beautiful woman curled up against his side.
"She looks so vulnerable now, just like a little girl. Perhaps this is what she meant when she said that she wanted me to look after her as she sleeps," he thought. "How can a woman so vibrant and powerful look so innocent in slumber? Vampires are quite a paradox apparently. Crap, for that matter all women are a paradox!"
Jacob paused for a moment and, squinting his eyes, he began to study her aura. Seeing auras was one of his gifts from early childhood. He always saw colors radiating from people, and until he spoke with his grandmother he just thought everyone saw people that way. He remembered mentioning it to his mother once after that and she immediately told him to never mention it to anyone ever again.
"I'm not having some freak as the first born son of my family," she hissed vehemently. "Never speak of this again."
Of course he was only five, and five-year olds have an open heart. Fortunately, Jacobs's paternal grandmother Anna was more understanding and supportive. A spiritual person herself, she encouraged Jacob to study and refine his gift. Over the years he was able to tell at a glance how a person was feeling emotionally and physically.
When Jacob first noticed Alicia he glanced at her aura. That was the day he pulled her away from what could have been a tragic accident. Her aura was very dark and nearly non-existent. Now it radiates a lot more color and intensity, almost as if she is recovering from a serious disease that nearly drained her energy.
He continued to gaze at her as she slept next to him. Jacob reached over and brushed a lock of her hair away from her eyes. She wiggled her nose and snuggled closer against him.
He decided to look at her other probabilities. Jacob's other childhood gift was clairvoyance. He knew that looking at her this way was fraught with misinterpretation. Any thoughts or visions of one so strongly connected to him could be easily influenced by his own desires. But he decided to look beyond this moment and see if he could see anything that might be in her path that could cause her harm.
Sometimes symbols or images would float around a person and could, perhaps, give a hint as to what lie ahead for them. It was all probabilities, of course, but often his insights proved very accurate. He learned a long time ago not to share his visions with anyone because most of the time it led to mistrust. People just don't like things they don't understand. A vision of the future filled with possibilities, that may or may not come to fruition, was something most people found disturbing.
Jacob closed his eyes and began to focus his attention inwardly on Alicia. In his mind he could see her smiling face looking up at him with such excitement. He continued to concentrate on her then he slowly opened his eyes. There, floating around her head were several images. They were like symbols, hieroglyphic in nature, which seemed to have a connection to Alicia. One was of water floating placidly in a lake or river. Another image was of a flame burning like a candle. And a third image that hovered the furthest from her was of a panther, moving slowly, lurking in the darkness.
The first two symbols seemed to suggest tranquility and good luck or hope, or even spiritual enlightenment. For the third symbol, the one furthest from Alicia's aura, Jacob sensed something sinister and dangerous. It troubled him to see it but at the same time, because it was the furthest from her, he felt that there was at least some time to prepare. For what though, he couldn't imagine, at least not yet.
Alicia stretched across him and wrapped her arm around his waist.
"Good morning," she murmured softly.
"Good morning, sleepy head," he replied in a whisper then he leaned over and kissed her on top of her head.
Alicia sat up and looked out of the window at the drizzle.
"Aw, the beach is no fun in the rain," she grumbled.
"It's letting up and I saw the sun peek through a moment ago," he replied. "You're not off the hook yet," he grinned sheepishly. "Still, it might be a bit chilly."
Alicia smiled sweetly then leaned over and kissed him on the cheek. She yawned and turned towards the window. She stretched her arms wide and yawned again. As she opened her mouth her fangs extended fully. They gave her a wild, ferocious looking, and very feline appearance that fascinated Jacob.
"Holy shit kitten," whispered Jacob his eyes open wide. "Those fangs are scary."
Alicia looked over her shoulder at Jacob with a wicked grin, her fangs continued to peek out from beneath her lip. She turned around then leaned towards him and looked into his eyes.
"Do they frighten you sweetie?" Her words drifted gently into Jacob's mind.
Her eyes began to glow brilliantly as she slowly retracted her fangs.
"Well, yes, wouldn't they scare you if you were in my place?" He whispered his reply.
"I suppose," she purred.
She brushed against his lips with hers as gently as a feather would touch a hand as it fell from the sky.
"I will never intentionally hurt you Jacob, I promise you that with all my heart," she said softly as she snuggled down against his chest.
"Thank you," he replied. Jacob wrapped his arms around her and kissed her again.
"You are so amazing, Alicia," he murmured. "So absolutely amazing."
"I'm glad you think so, sweetie," she replied softly and cuddled closer.
"I want to share something with you," Jacob started haltingly. "It's not something that I have ever told anyone outside of my grandmother Anna before she died."
"A secret?" she asked. "I love secrets," she said with a grin still snuggled against him.
"I can see auras," he said softly.
"You can?" Alicia popped up with an excited look on her face. "That is so cool. Can you see mine?"
"What do you see?"
"Well, when I first met you it was black or a deep dark indigo. I couldn't be sure because I only glanced at it. And, it was barely there at all. It was as if your life energy was nearly drained from you."
"And now?" She asked watching his face intently. Jacob's smile broadened.
"It's beautiful, it's so full of color and intensity. It seems as if it grew overnight," he replied with a look of wonder.
Alicia smiled sweetly and threw her arms around his neck to draw him into a big hug.
"That's all because of you, sweetheart," she replied softly. "Thank you."
"Is that all you can see?" she asked.
"Well, there is more. I can see things that look like symbols floating around you. They fade in and out but they're still there."
"Are you clairvoyant?" she asked.
"I guess, that's what my grandmother told me anyway."
She peppered him with questions. "What do think they mean? Are they connected to me emotionally or physically? Can you see my future?"
"I don't know for sure right now. I mean some of the symbols are obvious. There's a sense of tranquility and peace, and there's a feeling of enlightenment that's strong right now but there are other symbols that are further away and harder to interpret that I need time to consider before I tell you," he said hoping that she would not try to press him for more details.
She turned and snuggled against his chest while she considered all that he told her. Her face was filled with an intensity that Jacob had not seen before. Then her expression soften and she pulled his arms around her.
"You have beautiful gifts, Jacob," she murmured. "They are very special, just like you are to me. I'll wait until you're ready to tell me what you see. I knew you were the right person to keep me safe."
"Where did you come from, I mean, where's home for you?" he asked.
"Someplace far away," she replied then she sat up with a serious expression. "Jacob, if I tell you things about me can you promise me that you will never reveal them to anyone? Ever?"
"If you ask me I'll keep your secrets forever," he said reaching out for her hands.
"No matter what I tell you?"
"No matter what you tell me. Wait, should I be worried that the police are going to break down the door at any minute?" he asked with a smirk.
"No silly, but there are people who would like to see me dead. You can't live as a vampire for sixty years and not make a few enemies."
Jacob nearly choked. "Eighty years! I thought you said you weren't immortal?"
"I'm not. I just age slower and heal faster."
"My head is spinning. This is almost too much to believe."
"I'm here aren't I," Alicia purred. She pulled Jacob's arms around her again and held him close. "Okay, I know you have questions and I have some too. Your turn first."
"Where's home?" Jacob asked.
"I was born on the 2nd of August in 1950 in Winnipeg, Ontario, Canada. My dad was a nurse in the hospital and my mom was a secretary for a construction company. Only my mom was a vampire, actually I come from a long lineage of vampires going back for centuries through her side of the family."
"You said 'was'," Jacob whispered, "are they no longer alive?"
"My folks died when I was almost 20. It was a car accident on a country road outside of Winnipeg. It was raining and there was a drunk driver. There was an accident and somebody's car slid off the road into a ditch. My mom was driving at the time and she stopped to see if they needed help. My dad, ever the nurse, got out to check on everybody. Suddenly, this drunk driver careened into their car driving it into my dad. Mom's car crushed him against the other vehicle in the ditch. My dad died instantly but my mom lingered for several hours. She called my cousin and me to come and get them. Obviously, we couldn't let the paramedics find them."
"Fuck, that's terrible."
"When we got there mom was almost gone. She told us what happened then she passed in my cousin's arms. My cousin was a basket case after that. It was all she could do to help me put them into their car and torch it. We had to destroy everything and fire is the only way. Secrecy and safety, Jacob, it's paramount for us."
"Damn, I'm so sorry."
"It's okay. I think it really messed up my cousin as much as it did me. We cried for weeks and weeks after that."
Jacob kissed the top of Alicia's head and held her close.
"After my parents died my cousin and I sort of disappeared. I started drifting around Canada for a while, doing one odd job after another. I never felt like settling anywhere so I just wandered. Eventually, I came to the States."
"Your cousin, is she like you?"
"You mean physically?"
"She's a dhampir like me but as far as my extra equipment, I'm one in a million."
"Yes you are," he murmured softly. He felt her cock harden against his leg and as she snuggled against him. He could feel her nipples and her breasts press against his skin. She curled around to kiss Jacob on the lips then she sat up to look out the window.
"Her name is Naomi. She came to live with us after her parents died when she was fifteen and I was nearly eighteen. She's like a younger sister to me. I guess the death of my parents hit her extra hard because she lost her mom and dad as well. She drifted like I did for a while. I think she went back to Europe too. Eventually, she settled on the east coast, in a city called Northport. She's married with three kids now. They have a beautiful home on a bluff overlooking the city."
"Yup," she replied as she leaned back to fall in his lap. "Well, they will be once they come of age."
"When's that?" he asked idly stroking her hair.
"When they're sixteen. The oldest, Maria, will be sixteen next year. She's gorgeous, a real heart breaker. She has every boy in her school wrapped around her little finger."
"And your brother-in-law? What's he like?"
"He's nice. I only met him once when I went to visit them last year. He was a human before she turned him."
"What? She turned him?"
"Yeah, after the youngest child was born. Naomi didn't want to be tied to his lifespan so they both decided to look for an alternative. She did tons of research and found this ancient book that showed her how it could be done. It was difficult but they managed to make it happen. I envy her, she has such a beautiful family."
"What does he do?"
"He's a writer and he owns a bookstore."
"Wait, what do you mean tied to his lifespan?"
"If a vampire bites a human three times they become linked, physically as well as emotionally. If the human dies so does the vampire."
"Really? Why?" he asked looking a bit nervous.
"Because we can no longer bite anyone else, we're linked to one person, for life."
"Wait a minute. How many times have you bitten me?"
"Only once so far," she grinned sheepishly.
"That means you can't bite me anymore."
Alicia's fangs began to peek beneath her lip again.
"Too late," Jacob heard her thoughts inside of his mind. "I've already decided that you are the one for me."
Alicia turned around and wrapped her arms around Jacob and kissed him deeply. She leaned back and looked at him serenely, her glowing eyes twinkled in the morning sunlight.
"From now on, if I bite anyone else, it will only be to protect you or myself. You are the only one I can bite; the only one I want to bite."
Jacob gazed into her brilliant blue eyes and smiled.
"How can this girl have enemies?" he thought privately.
"What did you mean when you said you needed me to protect you?" Jacob asked as nonchalantly as possible.
Alicia paused for a moment and then looked at Jacob and smiled sweetly.
"If you don't want to tell me that's okay. I was just curious."
"No, no, I want to tell you. Actually, you need to know what you're getting into," she said honestly then she paused a moment to collect her thoughts while Jacob waited.
"In my world, I'm what you might call a ghost vampire, a dhampir."
"Just like there are many permutations of what it is to be human there are several permutations of what it is to be a vampire. What it all boils down to is that there are two types of vampires in the world. Those who take blood to ingest it like food and those who take blood to restore what we've lost through the 'cleanse'. I'm in the latter category."
Jacob looked at her in awe.
"Those who take blood to ingest it, take it as food like you do to keep your body functioning; only they can't ingest human food, only blood. They exist to prey on humans. They can take blood from other blood animals but they prefer humans. And because they ingest blood as food they need larger quantities of it and more often. This often leads to death for their prey."
"For my kind, on the other hand, we need only small amounts of blood periodically to restore what we've lost when our bodies purge old blood out of our system. And, I can eat normal human food. To be a dhampir is to be a half-breed. I was born of mixed parentage. One was a human and the other was a vampire. My mother was a dhampir actually."
"Why do you call yourselves 'ghost vampires'?"
"Because we are more hidden in your world. We leave no trace of ourselves wherever we go."
"That's right, the bite wound, it disappeared so quickly," Jacob replied touching the place on his neck where she bit him.
"Yes, exactly. Because we need so little blood, and we easily heal the wounds on the bodies of our prey, it's like we were never there. We just take what we need and nothing more."
"So, how does this relate to enemies?"
"Most vampires hate dhampirs, not all, but most of them do. They want to eradicate us. To the purists we are half-breeds, sub-vampires, impure. To the rest of them we are interlopers. When they discover us they try to kill us. Things can get ugly quickly if they were to discover me. That's why I wanted you to know what you're getting into. If this is too much for you we can part company right now, I completely understand."
"But it would break my heart," she whispered almost too soft for Jacob to hear.
"But how can I protect you," asked Jacob? "I mean, come on, against you I'm next to nothing."
"It's not about the physical, sweetheart, although I suspect that you're stronger than you appear," she purred. "There are times when I am very vulnerable, like when I'm sleeping or when I'm dealing with the 'cleanse'. And you can see things that I can't. For me that's huge! We also have this mental link between us. It's beyond me how it works but so cool that it does." She paused a moment and looked at his adoring smile.
"I want you by my side for those reasons and more," Jacob heard her thought flow through his mind.
Jacob considered her request privately for a moment. "I doubt that I can be of much use to her but I can't imagine not having her in my life. She's just amazing and best of all she likes me!"
Doubt and worry began to cloud Alicia's expression as she watched Jacob wrestle with what she told him about her life.
Then, as if Jacob finally made a decision, he smiled and kissed her cheek tenderly.
"Come on," Jacob said as he swatted her butt. "Let's go to the beach."
Alicia squealed and wrapped her arms around his neck. She kissed him on the cheek and trailed kisses across to his mouth. Then she leaned back beaming at him.
"Well first," she said with an impish grin, "my boyfriend and I have to go shopping. I simply don't have a thing to wear."
"Ha! That's what every woman says. Where's all your stuff?"
"All that I have in the world is in a locker at the bus station, but I don't have the cash to get it out of hock. But that doesn't matter anyway because I still don't have a swimming suit."
"Okay," Jacob replied, "first we'll get your stuff out of hock and then we'll go shopping."
"And maybe for a few clothes too?"
"No problem," Jacob replied as he pulled open his dresser and rummaged around. "Here's a pair of shorts and a t-shirt you can wear until we find something more suitable."
"Do you have any underwear? Mine are a mess."
"Sure, if you don't mind boys' briefs," he said handing her a pair from his top drawer.
"How can you stand this stuff?" She asked rubbing the cloth between her thumb and forefinger. "It's like wearing sack cloth."
"I know but that's what they sell us."
"Well, if I were you, I'd by girl's stuff, it feels a lot nicer let me tell you."
She pulled on his underwear with a grimace then pulled on his shorts and t-shirt. Her ample breasts, still free from the constraints of a bra, strained against the fabric. Her nipples were erect and nearly pierced the thin cotton. Jacob stood there, his mouth agape, looking at this goddess dressed in his t-shirt and shorts. It was all he could do to keep from stuttering.
"T-That's the best that shirt and shorts have ever looked," he said with a broad grin and she smiled sweetly. She pursed her lips into an air kiss.
He tossed her a light jacket and they walked out the front door of the apartment.
Jacob opened the passenger door for Alicia and she slid into the seat as he closed the door. He walked around the car and sat behind the wheel.
"So, first the bus station and then the mall. Fasten your seatbelt."
"Why, are you a lousy driver?" She asked with a silly grin.
"No, but I can't vouch for the other idiots on the road."
"Good point," she replied as she clicked her buckle shut.