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Excerpt: Perpetual Light
“You love me. I knew it.” He grinned, sending fire shooting to my bellybutton and lower.
“AAAHHH! Why are you doing this?” I marched to the bed. “Don’t you understand? What is wrong with you?” I slammed my hands on the mattress and frowned at him.
“Lucia, I know exactly what you have to do.” Faster than I could register, he sat on the edge of the bed, pulling me between his legs. “I know you must kill me. I’m well aware that because of me, you have not been allowed to rest.” His hands held my waist. “From the instant I learned what was happening to you, I began searching for you. For more than three hundred years I have searched, preparing for the moment we would meet, knowing what you’d have to do.” His eyes darkened slightly.
I squeezed his shoulders. “You want me to kill you?”
His voice deepened. “I didn’t say I wanted you to do it today. When you’re ready, I’ll be ready. We’ll get there together.” His head dipped and he blinked his eyelashes against my cheek. I squirmed, same as always. “Besides, you couldn’t do it today if you tried. You don’t know how to call the power or control it.”
“How do you know?” My hands slid to his chest.
“The last time I saw Samuel, he was feeding from you.” His fingers caressed my neck where Samuel had bitten me, and I winced. “One would think that if you could have called on your own abilities, you would have.” Little worry lines appeared around his eyes as he frowned. “You really are defenseless.” He turned my chin to examine the bite. “There’s no mark, but he ripped the muscles below. That’s why it’s sore.”
Beneath my palms, I felt his chest vibrate as a low growl rumbled.
“You must practice.” He moved me to the side and stood.
“What? How?” My stomach grumbled, and we both looked down.
“First, you’ll dress and eat, then we’ll practice. The shower’s behind the door on the right.” He pointed. “Clothes are behind the door on the left. Elizabeth built a wardrobe for you. I’m sure you’ll find something you like. When you’re ready, come downstairs. I’ll be in the kitchen.” He kissed my cheek and left me alone.
I stood staring after him. Practice? Practice killing vampires? How? How does one practice killing something? You either kill it or you don’t. And what way is nice? A stake, an ax, lethal injection? How? I flopped onto the bed, my face sinking into the pillow.