“Ready for this interview?”
I know why she’s asking. My last interview with a vampire detective hadn’t gone according to plan.
“Yes. It’s fine.” I smile and reach for the folder again.
I turn and look at my friend. She’s discarded the outfit for a more sedate yet festive outfit, like the dress I wore.
Adhamh quickly appeared behind Tina catching both of us off guard. His chocolate brown hair was pulled back into a tight ponytail behind his head. His eyes were a dark midnight blue, almost black, and he was tall. Adhamh towered over me as he walked into the room.
I rose and tried to remember I didn’t find men with long hair attractive. “Thank you for joining me tonight. Please, have a seat.” And be still my fluttering heart. If those jeans were any tighter….and that sweater didn’t conceal anything from me.
Adhamh smiled at me, fangs flashing in the flickering light from the fireplace. Tina had already dimmed the room lights to make our guest more comfortable.
“Are you ready to get started? Can I offer you some refreshments? Food and beverage, name your desire and my super-efficient elf Tina will be delighted to bring it.” I ignore Tina’s glare and smile at my guest. I wasn’t offering HER blood.
“No, thanks. I’ve already eaten.”
The way he said it, I was afraid to ask what he’d had. I knew vampires feasted on blood, and I didn’t need to know where he’d found his supply tonight.
After Adhamh settles into his chair, I raise my pen and smile. “I know you’re a vampire, but what’s it like to be one?”
“I hate it. I hate every single waking minute.”
I immediately by pass all my other questions that had to do with being a vampire in today’s world. Obviously, he’s not a happy vampire.
“So what do you do for a living, and do you enjoy it?”
“I’m a private investigator. I try to help the less fortunate, and those in real need of assistance. I’ve amassed enough wealth over the years that I don’t even need to work. I just work to keep busy.”
“That’s still very generous of you. What do you do for fun?”
“Do you have any hobbies or interesting information about yourself you’d like to share?”
“Okay.” I shift uneasily in my chair. Why did he agree to the interview if he didn’t want to talk?
“Something made me come here tonight. I had a feeling. It seemed important to meet you.”
I don’t know how to respond to that so I smile. “What are your plans for this holiday season? Which holidays do you celebrate, if any, and how do you celebrate them?”
“I do not celebrate the holidays. Christmas is when I lost my true love.”
Crap. Guess I need to read his story in the Anthology if I want to find out more. By the angry light in his eyes I know it’s time to change the subject.
“Is there anyone special in your life?”
“I told you no. She died centuries ago.”
Dayum. I discard my other questions so I don’t hurt him further. The poor man was really devastated over the loss of this woman. Would he ever get over it? I really want to know what happened.
“Read Heart’s Desire in the Babe’s in Toyland II Antho. It’s all in there. Every gory detail.”
I wince. Damn mind reader.
“Thank you so much for joining me tonight. I really enjoyed getting to know you.”
He smiles, his fangs lengthening. “I enjoyed getting to meet you, too. If it wasn’t for your past experience with a vampire I’d ask you to come out dancing with me.”
“I don’t judge all vampires by him. I can’t go with you anyway, I have two more interviews to conduct.”
“Damn shame. I’d hope you’d be able to make me forget about her for a few hours.”
“It doesn’t work, and you know it, Adhamh.”
He looks at me funny, then smiles and rises. “Oh well. Nice to meet you, Michelle.”
“Nice to meet you to.”
As I watched Adhamh leave, I turn to ask Tina for a drink. She hands me a Screaming Orgasm and holds up another. We toast the holidays, and then sit back to wait for the next guest.