The dark shadow was still playing at the corner ofVi’s eye. She was holding down to herself. Weak and sad. She did not know how much time has passed and already thought that she’ll just collapse here, once the sun comes up.
The door of the apartment opened andWilhelm entered the room. He went about and sat down. He has spoken very little since his death. His face almost always of cold sorrow.
“I forgive you.” he said. The words startled her. This was the first time he addressed her first.
“That’s, that’s” she couldn’t find her voice after the horrors she has just seen, but managed to finish the sentence “kind of you.”
He looked at her. “Want to talk? You know that I’ll keep everything between the two of us.”
“I’m fine” she stood up and pretended to be herself again “just shocked after all the events we’ve had tonight.”. Trying to cheer the atmosphere she conjured the classical music in the background.
“These past several nights, have indeed been strange. I’ve h… drank today.” he still couldn’t just say hunted easily.
“Drank blood or alcohol?” she asked confused, not used to Wil starting conversations.
“Blood. Alcohol tastes ugly now. Who could have thought that something can taste that bad.”
“Hopefully you didn’t leave the person dry, did you?” she asked worried, that now she won’t only need to control herself, but look after him.
“You don’t need to worry bout him. He’ll live.”
“Good, I’m scared to think that will happen when your beast gets loose, I, I..” she looked at her hands “won’t be able to stop you, like you stopped me.”
He smiled. “Thanks, but… you have bigger things to worry about than me. I’ll take care of myself.”
She smiled, all the worries aside, she kept him alive after all “Sorry for being a terrible sire so far. Welcome to world of kindred. Oh, and of course 3 main rules of Masquerade are: to never let mortals see that you are, to not embrace others” she paused and flickered a smile“ I failed that one, but think it was a right choice.” she paused for few seconds remembering.
“Oh, and the last one, don’t eat another vampire.”
“Yeah. Alright.” he nodded, although it didn’t seem like he heard anything new from her at this time.
“Wilhelm, you don’t seem interested, have you heard about this before?” she asked while the music in the background started getting faster and lower tones.
He turned to her. “I’ve been around you for quite a long time. Seems quite obvious, doesn’t it? All three basically roll into self preservation. If mortals know – they’ll kill you, so don’t. If you breed too much, it will be hard on the first one, so don’t. And killing each other get’s us killed, so don’t. Sounds obvious.”
Vi seemed pleased with an answer “How did it go hunting? Do you need coaching on how to do effortlessly?” she asked.
“I’ve seen you do it a hundred times… “ he shook his head. “Really, you have more important things to worry about. Like Tesoro. Or that dude who’s messing with your family.”
“That dude can’t be removed easily right now, so it will have to wait. Also, I’ve actually already reserved a meeting with Ms. Weber to help Tesoro for tomorrow 22:00. Or did you have in mind something else instead of the vote?” Vi asked.
He shook. “Nah. It seems that if he wins without sacrificing too much – we’ll be a force in this city.”
“Yes. By the way, how is your blood addiction after embrace? Do you still want vampire blood or is human one satisfactory?”
“I don’t feel the craving anymore. I remember how well it tastes, but I try not to dwell on it.”
She smiled and clicked her fingers while correcting her hair which dropped on the eyes “So you prefer not to be attached anymore?”
“The craving, it clouds the mind. I’d prefer not to have that. When in the day you’re torn in your own head between wanting to open you up to reach for the blood and knowing that you have to be protected. I’d rather not feed that temptation.”
“Ah, sweetheart.” she went in and hugged the bearlike man.