The other man shrugged. “It’s too early to tell, but her body doesn’t seem to be rejecting your blood, so that’s a good sign. Just keep her comfortable and well hydrated. I’ll set her up with an IV, so that’ll make it easier. You’ll need to alternate glucose and blood
about every four hours or so for the next day or two, at least until she wakes up.”
Kaige’s eyes narrowed as Jensen took out two bags of glucose solution from his duffel bag. “Wait a minute,” he said. “I thought you would take her back to the clinic with you.”
The blond-haired man looked at him. “She wouldn’t be any better off there than she is here. It’s blood and rest she needs, nothing more. Which means you can take care of her here.” He paused. “Even you should know one of our most basic rules: You turn her, you’re responsible for her.”
Yeah, he knew the rule. But he didn’t think it should apply in this situation. “But I don’t have any experience with this kind of thing, Jensen,” Kaige protested. “Besides, I can’t just drop everything and babysit some girl. I have classes to teach.”
His friend shrugged and reached into the bag again. A moment later he came out with some IV equipment. “You’ll need to have one of your TA’s take over for you.”
Kaige ground his jaw. “It’s not that simple.”
Jensen fixed him with a hard look. “Then maybe you should have thought about that before you decided to turn her.”
Kaige felt himself flush. “I couldn’t just let her die, dammit!”
“No, you couldn’t.” His friend sighed. “Look, whether you like it or not, you’re going to have to teach her everything she needs to know. Considering you’re a college professor, that shouldn’t be too difficult.”
“I teach Western European History, not Vampire 101, you know,” Kaige muttered.
“Now do you believe me?” Kaige asked.
He had moved across the room to stand behind her and she met his gaze in the mirror. She was tall, but even in the high-heeled boots she was wearing, the top of her head didn’t quite reach his chin.
She lifted her own a fraction of an inch. “No. If I were a vampire, I wouldn’t have a reflection. Neither would you.”
He muttered something she didn’t catch under his breath. “You’ve been watching too many movies. Of course we have a reflection. We’re vampires, not ghosts.”
Savanna spun around to face him. “You’ve got an answer for everything, don’t you?”
His mouth quirked. “But unfortunately none of them seem to be enough to make you believe me.”
“Because what you’re talking about is crazy,” she told him. “Vampires don’t exist.”
Kaige lifted a brow. “You certainly seem to know a lot about vampires considering you don’t believe in them,” he said, folding his arms over his chest again.
Savanna felt her face color. “Just because I’m into vampires doesn’t mean I think they’re real. Or that you’re one of them.”
His eyes narrowed. “What if I could give you proof?”
“What kind of proof?” she said.
Kaige didn’t answer, but simply opened his mouth. As she watched, his canines elongated before her very eyes then retracted. Savanna backed up until she hit the dresser. Holy crap!
“Where the heck did you find a dentist to do that?”
He clenched his jaw. “I didn’t have a dentist do it. I’m a vampire. They come with the title.”
She chewed on her lower lip. This guy really believed what he was saying, she realized. And while the fangs did look sexy as hell on him, the whole thing was still way too weird even for her.
“Open your mouth,” he ordered softly.
She obeyed without hesitation, her lips parting invitingly, and he gently pressed his wrist to her mouth. She was tentative at first, her lips gently closing over his wrist, her tongue barely touching his skin, but then her vampire instincts took over and she began to drink more urgently. He hadn’t noticed how sexy her mouth was before, but as she drank from him, he saw that her lips were full and pouty and perfectly shaped. The kind of lips that a man dreamed of kissing.
Kaige swore silently. Where the hell had that thought come from? But he was distracted from wondering any more about it as the girl suddenly lifted her hand to his arm, holding his wrist more firmly in place while she drank from him. A moment later, she let out a little moan. The sound was so erotic that it was all Kaige could do not to let out a groan of his own. Damn, what she was doing felt good. Actually, it felt more than good. It felt exquisite. Sexual, even. The realization made his cock immediately go hard inside his jeans and he had to clench his jaw to stifle another groan. He’d shared blood with other female vampires before, even during sex, but the pleasure had never been this intense.
Unable to help himself, Kaige slid his hand in the girl’s long, silky hair, silently urging her to take more. She didn’t need any further encouragement, but closed her mouth tightly around his wrist and sank her teeth into his wrist.
Kaige didn’t even bother to stifle the groan that escaped his lips this time, but simply closed his eyes and gave in to the pleasure of what she was doing. God, he hadn’t felt anything this incredible in his very long life.
Somewhere in the back of his mind, Kaige knew he should stop her before she took too much, but what she was doing felt too intoxicating. He couldn’t stop her if he tried.
His brows drew together. “Powers?” he asked in confusion.
Savanna nodded eagerly. “Yeah. You know…powers. Like flying and shape-shifting. Oh, and levitating and teleporting, too. And I can’t wait to learn how to read minds.”
When Kaige only stared blankly at her, Savanna’s heart sank. “You mean we don’t have any powers? I can’t fly or turn into a bat or anything?”
He gave her a small smile. “Sorry,” he said. “We don’t have any powers like that. But during the turning, certain parts of your body were optimized for…well…even though we don’t have to do it anymore…hunting. You’ll find that your hearing, eyesight, and sense of smell have all improved, and they’ll continue to get even better over the years. You’ll be stronger and faster, too, so don’t feel too bad. But as far as flying or turning into a bat goes, that only happens in the movies.”
She lifted her chin. “How do you know? Maybe no one bothered to teach you.”
He lifted a brow. “Right, that’s probably it,” he said. “They just forgot to teach me. Of course, it’s just a coincidence that in two hundred and forty years as a vampire, I’ve never noticed any of my friends turning into a bat and flapping off into the night.”
Kaige’s blood was hot on her tongue and just as intoxicating as she remembered. Savanna let out a little moan and closed her lips more tightly around his wrist, drinking deeply from him. He slid his hand in her hair, his fingers slowly massaging as she gently sank her teeth into his skin.
As his blood flowed through her, Savanna felt the tingle increase between her legs. She squeezed her thighs together, hoping to ease the ache there, but it only seemed to intensify it. Dear God, it was all she could do not to slide her hand down and touch herself. Not wanting to take too much, she tenderly pulled her mouth away. Slowly running her tongue along the inside of Kaige’s wrist, she lifted her gaze to look up at him. His dark head was thrown back, his eyes closed, the expression on his face one of pure ecstasy.
As if just realizing that she had stopped drinking from him, Kaige opened his eyes. He gazed down at her for a long moment, his eyes dark and smoldering with a look so intense that she caught her breath. The next thing she knew, she was in his arms and he was kissing her.
He nodded. “A vampire dentist. Our immune system doesn’t have anything to do with cavities. You won’t get them as quickly, but you can still get cavities.”
She made a face at that. One more vampire benefit shot to hell. As she bit into a perfectly cooked piece of bacon a moment later, however, she frowned. She’d been making a lot of assumptions about the benefits of being a vampire. She had naturally assumed that as a vamp, she wouldn’t have to worry about gaining weight. What if she was wrong about that, too? When she mentioned it to Kaige, he laughed.
“Of course vampires can gain weight,” he said. “What made you think they couldn’t?”
She thought a moment. “I don’t know. I guess I just assumed that since vampire DNA keeps our bodies in peek condition, we wouldn’t be able to gain weight.”
He gestured with his fork. “Extra calories are extra calories. Your body stores them just like it did before you became a vampire.”
Savanna shook her head. “That’s just so wrong,” she muttered.
Kaige’s mouth curved into a smile. “Only about a hundred times a day.”
Her pulse quickened. But though she was excited by his confession, there was something else she had to know. “Would it hurt if you did?”
He reached up to gently brush her hair back from her face. “No. Not when it’s done in a loving and gentle way, like you do when you bite me. Done that way, it would be the most exquisite thing you’ve ever felt.”
Her heart started to race. “Does it feel like that when I bite you?”
His eyes smoldered. “Mmm-hmm,” he said softly. “And I have no doubt you’d love it, too. About the only thing that would make it better would be if I was inside of you when I did it.”
Savanna’s pussy quivered at the imagery. God, she so wanted what he was offering. Without a word, she wrapped her hand around the back of Kaige’s neck and pulled him down for a kiss. He groaned and slid his hand in her hair, tipping her head back. His tongue invaded her mouth, claiming hers, and she sighed with pleasure. Damn, he could make her dizzy just with a simple kiss. If his mouth felt this good now, she could only imagine what it would be like when he bit her.
“Kaige, please!” she begged, the words a desperate whisper. “Bite me!”
Savanna had spoken so softly that she wasn’t even sure if he’d heard her, but then she felt a pricking sensation as his fangs sank into her neck.
Savanna obeyed his command, holding onto his shoulders as she moved up and down on his shaft ever so slowly. Lowering her head, she pressed a kiss to the side of his neck. She could feel his pulse beating strong and steady beneath her lips and she let out another moan. The urge to sink her fangs into Kaige’s neck was so strong that it almost made her dizzy.
With a groan, she pulled away to look down at him. “I want to bite you so badly,” she whispered raggedly, still moving on his cock.
His eyes glinted in the light. “Then do it. I trust you.”
When she made no reply, Kaige tilted his head to the side as if offering himself to her. Savanna stared at the pulse beating at his throat, her own going wild. She ran her tongue over her teeth. What if she did it wrong? What if she liked it so much that she couldn’t stop?
But the desire to taste his blood outweighed any nervousness she had and she found herself lowering her head. Gripping his shoulders, she gently sank her fangs into his neck.