*Cain returns to the lobby five minutes later. Most of the patrons had cleared out, the front desk staff had disappeared into the back room, granting a bit more privacy between me and Cain, which as he approached, the pounding in my heart increased nearly tenfold. I focused my attention on my laptop, hoping to hide the fact that his scent alone, a rich combination of earthy raw sex and something else that was all him, had me tingling in places I just did not want to think about. God, it has been a long time since I -*
MissJenkinsBooks: Welcome back!
Cain: Thank you for your patience. My apologies for keeping you waiting.
MissJenkinsBooks: No worries.
Cain *takes a seat on the sectional*: It just dawned on me that I haven’t been much of a gentleman. Shall I order you a drink? A martini maybe? Or a glass of red wine to take some of the edge off? *He smiled, exposing his perfect set of white teeth*
MissJenkinsBooks *swallows thickly*: No thank you. I’m not a drinker.
Cain *raises eyebrows in surprise*: What? Most humans never refuse a simple indulgence.
MissJenkinsBooks *shrugs*: I am not like most humans. I’ve just never been into alcohol. I don’t like the taste.
Cain: I see. You are quite different. Very well. But you have no idea what you are missing.
MissJenkinsBooks: I can only imagine. I wanted to ask you about The Vampire Hunters Academy. It was you who helped to build it and throughout the ages, make it what is today. Why would you help build a place of refuge, with biblical ties at that, which trains new and old Guardians and alike to hunt and kill vampires?
Cain *clears his throat and casually throws one leg over the other*: I had reached an all-time low in my life. I was wanted by those in the realms of Heaven and Hell and there was a part of me that yearned for a reset… redemption even. I had brought the earth to ruin through my actions, my children and the progeny that we created through our bites. I was the reason behind the death’s of both my sisters – my precious Luluwa and even, my younger sister Aklia. My mother, Eve flooded the earth with her tears…all because of me and when the opportunity arrived for me to restore the balance, well here we are.
MissJenkinsBooks: And it was also to keep an eye out on the next Huntress right?
Cain: *chuckles* You are perhaps the bravest woman next to the last Huntress I’ve sat across in a long time. And to answer your question: yes. I am too far gone for a redemption my dear. Both sides of the game in which most humans like yourself are nothing more than pawns have laid their hands on the table of life. And it is almost time for me to show mine.
MissJenkinsBooks: You didn’t ask for this…
Cain: No. I didn’t. I was born innocent just like you. The blood in my veins was not my fault but a result of the decisions of two, very selfish individuals.
MissJenkinsBooks: You know, whatever it is that you are planning, you do not have to go through with it. There is still time for you to find redemption.
Cain: I am already damned love. There is no salvation for the damned. I appreciate your humanity, Miss Jenkins. Even as I sit across from you, a vampire, older than every religion in existence on this planet and capable of exacting pain of nightmarish proportions and still… you feel empathy for me.
MissJenkinsBooks: Maybe I am just a fool.
Cain: Yes, yes you are…but a fool that has no reason to fear me. I will not harm you. When we are done, you may live your life in peace – provided you do one thing for me.
MissJenkinsBooks: And that is…?
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