Good, the Bad, and the Vampire

By: Sara Humphreys

“I saw her leave with that meathead last night after closing. I figured she’d ditch him before sunrise, so I locked up and went downstairs to sleep. Then tonight, right after sundown, I go run an errand, and when I come back, I find her in the middle of the club with her boy toy.” Olivia looked past him and through the door at Maya, who was cleaning up the bar. “She obviously brought him back here just before sunrise and messed with him all day long. I’m not sure why she’d do that,” she murmured.

“My guess is that she wanted to get a rise out of you. Want me to talk to her?”

“No.” She shook her head. “I’ll speak to her again before she leaves tonight. She’s my…”

“Responsibility,” Damien finished for her. He sighed and shook his head. “Not everyone is your responsibility, you know.”

“No, but she is.” Olivia patted his shoulder wearily. “I hear the last song of the night.” Sadie always played The Strike Nineteens’s “Forever in Darkness” as the final tune, and the irony was never lost on Olivia. “Time to go inside and clear out the stragglers.”

As she turned to go back inside, an oddly familiar voice floated over, and the scent of the ocean filled her head.

“Excuse me. Can you tell me where I can find Ms. Olivia Hollingsworth?”

Olivia stopped dead in her tracks, and the tattoo on the nape of her neck burned. Her fangs erupted, and little licks of fire skittered up her spine, as one note of that smooth, velvety voice banished all self-control. She closed her eyes and willed her quaking body to settle.

It can’t be.

Terrified and hopeful, Olivia steeled herself with courage she’d forgotten she had. She turned around, excruciatingly slowly, and found herself face-to-face with the man of her dreams and the love of her life.

The problem was he’d been dead for almost three hundred years.

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