Twenty-Three: The Most Powerful Emotion

Once one is under its spell, true love is like a raging inferno; hard to control and difficult to quell.


Contains sexual themes and language. As always.  >.>

After a few hours’ sleep, Vaclav and Aubrey awakened and chatted about Reznik. She learned that, in her absence, Vaclav hadn’t snatched the boy from the rival clan. She’d already guessed as much. Once they return home, Vaclav promised to re-hatch a plan to get Reznik.

Vaclav grew incredulous when she told him about her dream, and how their son revealed his name to her. Nevertheless, he agreed that Reznik would be his name. Why argue, when the name had distinctly ancient Czechoslovakian roots? Just like Vaclav?

It was puzzling. Who had named the boy to begin with?

Vaclav climbed out of the coffin; then offered to help Aubrey. She struggled for a moment, so he embraced her, raising her up.


Nervous laughter escaped her lips.  

A sensation of weightlessness came over her as he lifted her out.  

She held him tighter. Any further giggling expired in her throat, as another involuntary desire took its place.

Aubrey buried her face next to his neck. He smelled so good… and looked so incredibly handsome.

She should be completely traumatized from the last six weeks’ ordeal, but her mind seemed to disregard those events entirely… at least at that moment.

She wanted him to kiss her… very, very badly. What was with those sudden urges? 

Vaclav wasn’t just a vampire. Vaclav was a warlock, a magician who placed her under his spell. It was like drowning.

She squeezed him, capping the desire to plunder his neck with her lips.

How much longer could she hold off?

 She began to slip out of his arms…

“Kiss me,” she whispered.


“You heard me.”

He kissed her neck.  

A second later she stood on her own, shyly gazing at him.  

Please kiss me again, her mind begged. If only he could read minds like Riley.

 Reading her eyes but not her thoughts, he kissed her again.

This time, his lips lingered.  

Then his mouth nestled deeper into her flesh, as a hot new urgency evolved. His tongue brushed her skin. Aubrey’s breathing quickened, her heart pounding like a violent windstorm beating against her ribcage.

He withdrew, leaving her breathless and confused.  

“Feel good?” he seductively asked.

“Uh, yeah.” But why did you stop?

With the rising of the moon, Vaclav and Aubrey left the nightclub.

By foot, they travelled toward the Haas manor.

At one point Vaclav placed his hand on Aubrey’s arm, gently halting her.

“Aubrey, I’m sorry for luring you here to Shadowvale. It was a cruel thing to do.”

“I just… wasn’t thinking. It’s my fault you nearly died.”

But you’re also the one who saved my life, she thought.

“I would tell you to leave Shadowvale, but Sunset Valley is no better. Now you’re in danger there as well,” he said.

She turned to him.

“You’ll never be safe unless you move out of state. Far away from here… and far away from me,” he lamented. “I wish there were another way, but that talisman can only protect you so much. Stupidly, I never realized there’d be enemies inside the Haas Clan.”

Just the thought of leaving him and Reznik brought tears to her eyes.

With one hand he stroked her face, with the other he caressed her arm.  

“I can’t leave you or Reznik,” she said, her voice trembling. “I’m in love—with you both.”

“Do you know how long I’ve waited to hear you say that?” he asked, smiling.

“Yeah. I know all about it,” she replied.

“But you’re still not safe here. I have to do a better job of protecting you.”

He pulled her closer.

“What will you do about Shawn?” he asked.

“I’m not ready to tell him. Not yet.”

Disappointment flickered in his eyes. Lovingly, he tousled her hair.

“Before we go, I’m going to kiss you,” he said. “I want it out of my system so I can continue pretending I don’t love you… for Shawn’s sake.”

His kiss was slow and sensual… lighting a fire inside her body.

“Yeah, that’s nice.” He grinned.

Meanwhile, Aubrey’s heart was beating so fast she thought it might implode.

He lunged forward, kissing her with a fresh intensity.

Then his lips went to her neck.

Oh, God. Please don’t pull a Shawn…

“I want you so bad,” he moaned, pressing his erection against her. Gently, he nipped her neck; then glided his lips across the skin. Over and over. He was driving her crazy with desire.

“I was losing my mind while you were gone. I missed you so much,” he breathed.

He parted from her. “We have to go. I don’t want to, but… we have to.”

He pulled her close again, as though unable to let her go.

“I don’t want to go back to pretending,” he said. “Fuck Shawn.

“No, I don’t want to hurt him. I’m just not ready for that.”

“Okay,” he said looking away. “I understand.”

She looked behind him.

Stunned to see one of the Shadows standing in the distance, she stifled a gasp and just pointed.

Vaclav turned.

“He won’t hurt us, he knows better. Just turn around and we’ll continue to the manor.”

He took her hand.

As they headed to the Haas residence, Aubrey marveled how danger lurked in every shadow in Shadowvale.


“I had to kiss you one last time before we went in,” he said. “I don’t know how much longer it’ll be before I can do it again.”

Shawn stood in the foyer, as though expecting them.

“Aubrey,” he said. “Thank God you’re alive.” His tone seemed somewhat cold. Had he seen them kissing?

He stepped up to Vaclav. “Thank you for saving her life.”

“Fuck you,” he muttered.

“I missed you,” he said. “I’m so glad you’re back.”

“I love you. We’ll always be together. Always.”

Damn, she thought. I have to tell him about Vaclav… I have to! I can’t live this lie.


That night, Aubrey was startled awake.

It must’ve been a nightmare. She just didn’t remember. When she glanced over at Shawn, however, he triggered the memory.

In the dream, she told Shawn about her being in love with Vaclav. Shawn killed her; much in the same way John tried to and nearly succeeded.

So she realized the true reason why she couldn’t tell him. She was deathly afraid to.


Chapter 24 coming this Friday! Thanks for reading! ♥


22 Responses to “Twenty-Three…”

  1. Hurrah that Aubrey has finally realised she is in love with Vaclav, about time lol 😀 I love how even though he is a vampire he can still be so sweet and romantic with Aubrey, so different to Shawn. Poor Aubrey having such a horrid nightmare, but to be honest I wouldn’t put it past Shawn to do something like that. I could see him saying something like: “If I can’t have you, then Vaclav certainly isn’t going to” It would be something that he would do out of spite I think. I’m sure Vaclav won’t let any harm come to her or their baby 😀

    • 😀 yeah, Aubrey’s a little slow, LOL. You’ve hit it right on the nail, Vaclav refuses to bite Aubrey (except for love nips, lol), while Shawn can’t control it. You’re right, Shawn is pretty much that type of person to do that, hurt Aubrey to spite Vaclav. 😦
      Vaclav is trying to protect Aubrey, as best he can.

      Pretty soon, Shawn might be leaving the Haas nest. 😛 along with some other changes…. >.>

      Thanks for reading/commenting Kim! As always. ❤ Much appreciated!! 🙂

  2. 0MG can’t aubrey just dump shawn’s sorry ass and go for someone who actually loves her. But i love the chapter anyway 🙂 i have a funny feeling about the shadow that has watching. Is it true or am i paranoid? Sorry i dont know how to spell that word 🙂 hehehe

    • She wants to dump Shawn, but is afraid to at the moment. Glad ya liked the chapter anyway! 😀 so thanks! As for the shadow dude, I included that in the story because a crap load of vampires just randomly showed up on the lot, and it was spooky. I hadn’t even realized they were all there. :O So I took a pic of one. 🙂 By the way, you spelled ‘paranoid’ right. 😛 And even if you hadn’t, I wouldn’t have cared. Me no grammar Nazi.

  3. Grr to you and your cliff hangers… but really good chapter 🙂

  4. About time! Lol. I hope she musters the courage to tell Shawn soon. And I hope they find Reznik soon!

    • I know, LOL. I don’t think it’ll be too much longer until Shawn finds out… >.>


      I can’t wait to get Reznik in the story, but so much other drama is going on I don’t have time yet, haha. But it should be soon!

      Thanks for reading Sfe, and for commenting!! ❤

  5. It’s so sweet how she realised she loves them both, it means more now we know Reznik’s name :3 They are so adorable! And Aubrey is so large 😛 Not long now 😀

    Why did Shawn have to be a butt? WHY CRUEL FATE!? Ah well, we have Vaclav 😀

    Now I have another reason to look forward to Friday, and not the day of my birth 😀 Good thing to, as I’m not really doing anything (SHINY LADTOP YAY) and the first thing I did was read this :3 My guilty pleasure, though nothing really guilty about it 😀


    • Hi Rachel! I totally agree. I planned to name him Reznik since the start, so I was glad to finally mention that. I looked up ancient Czechoslovakian names, and that turned up, along with ‘Vaclav’. Pretty kewl. btw: I hate trying to spell Czech….. 😛 LOL, Aubrey is HUGE!! XD not long at all, just a few more chapters!

      Well I’m glad you really like my story! 🙂 And congrats on your new laptop! I know you’ve mentioned it before, but I never thought to congrat you. 😛 Also, hope your b-day went great.

      hehe. MY guilty pleasure is writing it. >.>

      *hugz*!! ❤

      EDIT: I forgot to say I’m sorry about Shawn turning out to be like that. It’s just that Vaclav was always in the plan to be with Aubrey. Yep, I said it. :O but I do have other cool plans for Shawn. And I always like the love triangle scenario. 🙂

      • Hehe I made you crack :3 My bday is THIS friday, and im getting 2 vamp books, plus ill have this, but I think I know what I’ll look forward to most 😉 It starts with a B and ends in lust :3

      • LOL! Oh, OK, I thought you meant it was a few days ago! Hey, 2 vamp books! Woot!! Awwww, thank you for saying you look forward to my story the most! (but we both probably know you’re just sayin’ that… hehe) but thanks anyhow! *blushes*

        by the way, my daughter’s like you. She gets 2 vampire books for christmas! I wish I remembered the names, but can’t ATM. 😛 You may have read them too!

      • They are probably the same 😉 6 series’ of them should be enough 😉 But I honestly do look forward to this most, unless Stark magically comes to life…I should make that happen hehe

        Anyway, roll on Friday, off college due to illness ¬¬ What a birthday week hehe, but I did get to re-read the whole series, so it’s all good 😉

      • Hmmm, could be. 🙂 Dang, 6 series?? :O Awww, well thank you for saying that! Wow, I really don’t know what to say. I feel truly privileged! ^.^ (privileged is another word I HATE trying to spell, btw). Anyhow, thank you again, you are the BEST. 🙂

        I take it one of your fave characters on your series died? Shoot, I forget which series you’re reading. 😛

        Just a few more days now! But sorry you’re sick, that sucks to be sick on your b-day… >.< I bet you don't mind the days off from college, though.. right? LOL hehe

        ❤ *hugz*!!

  6. All through this chapter I was just smiling… so amazing!! Vaclav and Aubrey are so good together!
    I wonder if Shawn really would kill Aubrey for leaving him to be with Vaclav… hmm, but knowing Shawn he might just let his uncontrollable emotions get the better of him because he’s a new vampire.
    Roll on Friday…
    I actually CAN’T wait!!
    xx ❤

    • awwww, thanks Emma. I know it was especially romantic this time. I LOVE writing romance and hotness. It’s a total addiction. 😛

      You won’t have long to find out about that. >.> that’s the worst thing about Shawn, is his uncontrollable (and selfish) urges, lol.

      Thanks Emma!! And 4 more days until Friday…

      xxx ❤ *huggles* 😀

  7. For god sake can’t Shawn go and die or something? (Oh how my opinions have changed 😛 ) Hopefully by Vaclav’s hand or Vaclav’s hand Via Riley mind reading of Aubrey . . . I don’t like him mucking up the Aubrey and Vaclav relationship! Which btw is getting pretty awesome.

    DEATH TO SHAWN! *cough* I mean, err, go Vaclav and Aubrey and not so much death of any of the characters as sim violence is bad <..>

    • ‘For god sake can’t Shawn go and die or something? ‘
      lol, but I agree XP
      That is really creepy though, being to afraid because he might kill her *chills*

    • LOL about Shawn dying! 😛 haha, he’s going to be in the picture for a long time, mainly because something major will happen later with him. Yep, I got some GOOD plans for Shawn!! hehe… @_@

      LMAO about the ‘by v’s hand or V’s hand via Riley mind reading of Aubrey’ bit. XD yeah, Aubrey and V’s relationship is getting intense….

      hehe, sim violence is verrrrry bad, m’kay? Even though I constantly use violence in my stories. Poor simmies. 😦

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Pixxi!!! 😀
      ❤ ❤

  8. Oh no! She’s scared to tell Shawn about Vaclav! Well, she should tell him with Vaclav there – he couldn’t hurt her then! So ha! Can’t wait to find out what happens next!!!

    • haha, good point about telling him with V. in the room. 😛 v. won’t let Shawn hurt her at least. ^^ *swoons* so romantic, LOL.

      Thanks TenderWolf!! <333

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