There was a sweet looking woman sitting behind the counter. “This is Lupai and her husband Vasili the owners.” Paul said coming up behind us. I went to turn around to Paul, when a distinguished looking, older man walked toward me.
I wasn’t sure why, but I knew not to turn my back on the new guy. Something told me he would try to have me for lunch. I saw from the corner of my eye, that the woman had turned to face her husband. Without looking away from him, I saw the man give his wife a funny look. I wasn’t sure exactly what the look meant but when she turned back toward us, her eyes said one thing, while her smile said something else.
I also saw that I had been wrong her being sweet looking too. There was nothing sweet about her, and she definitely wasn’t very old either. Neither of them was what they appeared to be, I guess the woman realized I had been staring at them too long because she spoke up then.
“Welcome to our little place. It’s so nice of you to bring young folks with you Paul.” She paused while walking around the counter to where Max was now standing beside Paul. I hadn’t even realized Max had moved away from me until now, not good, not good at all. My attention is normally better than this, but something about these two struck me as different.
“And you Maxi, it’s been so long you have been to see us. Where have you been hiding yourself? It hurt me so much when you stopped coming around.” Max looked down at the floor then back up to her face. Max held his arms out then and when she moved into them, he gave Lupai the left side of his neck.
“I am truly sorry Lupai, I have been tied up with my business, I promise to make an appearance at the next full moon though.” When the woman backed away from him, Max came back over to where I was. The look he gave me when he reached my side, said he would explain later. He placed his arm around my shoulders before turning us to face Vasili once more.
“Vasili Pavel I would like to introduce Rose Jade, my mate.”
“Mate?” I asked to myself, but trusting his decision to make everything all right, I said nothing aloud. Looking at Vasili I had this strong urge to bow or something, as he held out his hand. I guess I had stood there too long. Because he suddenly took my hand in his, I was almost grateful for the hand. Almost.
The relationships here are very mysterious, Dee. But intriguing.
I love how you cleverly made her past catch up to her future. I do wonder how her husband survived, though.
The relationships were just as mysterious writing them… I had no idea what was coming around the bend and well 'Max' was only supposed to be a working buddy…
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I believe, Emerald has been running from her past since before the story began. At this point though, she doesn't know yet that Stefan has survived…
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a 300 year runaway. Lots of mysteries to be solved
Thank you for your comment. Imagine her surprise as well… 😉
Interesting. I'm not sure yet what's going on with these two, but something sure is.
Thank you for your comment. Yes, they are definitely a pair…