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Blood Exchange 1 The Drierge Brothers Angelina Canley has been blind from a very young age. She is saved from mortal i njury when Lucan Drierge removes her from the path of danger. Lucan Drierge is a vampire and knows Angelina is mate to him and his brother, Trey. He invites her back to his home for dinner, and they begin to court their woman. They have to convince Angelina they love her and would give their lives to keep her safe. The ir mate tries to run from them but can't take the last step to leave. Just when their relationship begins to settle and their mate is more accepting, evil stalk s their woman. Will they be able to protect the love of their lives, or will the y be too late to save her? Note: There is no sexual relationship or touching for titillation between or among siblings. Genre: Ménage a Trois/Quatre, Paranormal, Vampires/Werewolves Length: 37,999 words
THE DRIERGE BROTHERS Blood Exchange 1 Becca Van MENAGE EVERLASTING Siren Publishing, Inc. www.SirenPublishing.com
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He wanted nothing else to dist ract him from her. He shook himself from his trance when another pedestrian b umped into him. but now nothing mattered except the woman before him. she looked completely calm and composed. If he tried to talk to her. Like him. he wa s going to make a fool of himself. he imagined her eyes were blue. but he wanted to see them fo r himself to be sure. and why did the sight of her move him so deeply? Lucan had come out onto the nocturnal Portland streets to feed. Her eyes were covered with dark glasses. Unlike him. But I must know her name. Since h er hair was blonde. he hid himself from view. she didn’t need the brightness glowing from the streetlights. Her cane swished back an d forth in front of her. His heartbeat accelerated as she approach ed. keeping his gaze fixed on the blind woman. Who was she. and he moved out of the way. With a thought. He wanted to know what color they were. and not being able to see them frustrated him. . The woman walking down the sidewalk toward him was like poetry in motion. flowing and elegant even though she was impaired. He watched the graceful way she m oved. THE DRIERGE BROTHERS Blood Exchange 1 BECCA VAN Copyright © 2012 Chapter One Lucan Drierge felt like he’d been struck by lightning.
taking her into his arms. to make sure she arrived home safely. he was hav ing trouble containing his inner beast from rushing over to her. He could float amongst the clouds. Yet none of those powers could hel p him now. she turned her head toward him. he was afraid to approach her. He inhaled deeply and pulled her scent into his nostri ls and lungs. he brushed against her mind. and he could use his mind to compel others to do his bidding. He knew without a doubt in his mind that she was his and his broth er’s mate. He could move so quickly he c ouldn’t be seen by the naked eye.The Drierge Brothers 9 Using his preternatural senses. He could read minds and heal another by exchanging bloo d. He knew where she lived and intended to follow her. Not being mortal . as if she knew he was there watching her. Her scent called to him. Cloaking himself so none of the humans would be aware of his presence. and he had to follow her. he had powers beyond the imagination of a human. she found the wal k invigorating. would she even gi ve him the time of day? Lucan wasn’t used to feeling unconfident. The scent of her blood pumping from her heart and through her veins called to him. and her name drifte d into his mind. and he had the streng th of more than ten men. He coul d just imagine the sweet. sinking his fangs into a . The scent of her blood running beneath her skin was so sweet. he moved away from the brick wall he was leaning against . What good was being a vampire when all he wanted was to talk to the w oman of his dreams? When she walked past him as he hid amongst the shadows. could dissolv e into tiny particles and reemerge in the blink of an eye. Lucan had never reacted to another human being the way he was reacting to her. He knew she was on her way home from work after a long day and even though she was tired. such an apt name for her. Forming fireballs and electrical sparks was a breeze to him. Angelina Canley. She looked so angeli c. If he dared to speak to her. pure taste of her lifegiving fluid as it flowed over h is tongue and filled his organs.
She hesitated at the corne r of the street and cocked her head. Adrenaline ran through his body. His preternatural senses kicked in. and the scent of her blood running beneath the surfac e of her skin called to him. She smelled of honeysuckle and vanilla. weak with desire. He felt his gums beginning to itch and knew he was in danger of losing control. Not when he’d only just found her. my gosh. He could hear her rapid heartbeat. I didn’t even hear that car until it was almost too late. She placed a foot forward. The breath froze in his lungs and his heart stuttered as she spoke for the first time.10 Becca Van vein. and he leaped forward. “Oh. She was so small compared to him. but at the same time. His muscles had grown taut at the first sig ht of her. He clasped her arm and pulled her to a halt. standing aroun d five foot nine. and the top her head only came up to his chin. Thank you s o much. When the pedestrian si gn turned green. but she wasn’t hefty. about to step off the curb. making him feel s o strong and masculine. He had never fel t such excited desire before. She had an hourglass figu re with abundant breasts and nicely rounded hips. He didn’t want to scare her away. and tasting her sweet essence. from w hat he could see beneath her denim blue jeans. just as an out-of-control cab careened through the red light. The noise of the vehicle coll iding with another was so very loud to his sensitive ears. He cringed as metal c onnected with metal and glass exploded into the air and onto the ground. appearing to listen. Then th e sounds surrounding him diminished as blood roared in his ears. But he wouldn’t allow that to happen. and he was shaking with the need to be close to her. but to the normal mortal she was a good height. He wondered if that mus cle tone came from working out or walking everywhere. muscular.” . the signal sounded that it was safe for her to walk. Her legs were long and. She wasn’t petite.
He didn’t want to scare her off. He wondere d if this woman would react the same. he went thro ugh the motions of courtesy. “An angel.” she replied. She would be very cautious of a strange man she couldn’t see coming on to her. but I’m fine. Thank you.The Drierge Brothers 11 Her voice was light and feminine. You look like you should have wings. I couldn’t live with myself if you didn’t make it home safely when I am here with you now.” . “My name is Lucan Drierge. You are. and he held his breath. He shivered as it washed over him. And you are?” Lucan asked as he tucked her arm around his and pul led her in close to his side. “Let me escort you. He heard her heart rate pick up even m ore. Mr. “You’re welcome . It’s such a pretty name.” he replied as he stood staring down into her upturned face. “Please . “I am what?” she asked.” L ucan said as he waited for a police car and paramedics to come to a halt before sweeping her safely across the road. and she had been very nervous around him almost to the point of being afraid.” she said. Even though he already knew her name.” “Thank you. I only want to see you home safe and sound. or if that nervousness was a personality t rait. call me Lucan. and he wanted her now.” “Okay. hoping she wasn’t afraid of him. since they had only just met. flirting with h er. He couldn’t very well call her by name if he hadn’t ask ed her what it was. Maybe it was just a reaction to her near miss.” she answered him. you know. “Angelina. He touched her shoulder and slid his palm down her ar m and took her hand in his. “Angelina Canley. He wanted her. but he knew he would have to take care with her. capitulating. I wouldn’t be able to rest well if I didn’t know you were sa fe. Drierge. He had approached another blind woman once before in his long life.
“Yeah right.12 Becca Van His beautiful angel threw her head back and laughed. He wondered what pushed her buttons and made her angry. She had been blind since s he was a teenager. creamy skin. He smiled down at her even though she couldn’t see him. He had lived for over a hundred years and had waited for this moment for so long. he wanted to pull her into his arms and claim her immediately. She had no need f or them other than to hide. She obviously had a sense of humor. It had been done before. an angel who k eeps tripping over her halo. b ut a full-bodied sound that came from deep inside her. His desi re only increased when he realized that Angelina. exchanging some of his own with her . She was a t eacher to blind students. Her . Not a titter or a giggle. If he took her life’s blood into his body. He wanted to see her with all her emotions laid bare. would benefit from claimi ng. he could repair the damage to her eyes. to know every little detail about her. He was looking forward to getting to know his sweet angel. His breat h caught in his throat when she turned her head toward him and he saw small dimp les indenting her white. She was so caring and patient. and he felt so unworthy o f her. He wanted to spend as much time as he could with her but knew that just wasn’t possible. She had scarring around her eyes. and that’s why she hid behind her dark glasses. Engorged.” she replied dryly. too. Other vampire s had exchanged blood with mortals over the years and the knowledge of the incid ents had been passed from one of his kind to another. His cock twitched with excited interest. and he couldn’t wait for the layers of her personality to be revealed to him. it press ed against his metal fly as the sound of her voice wrapped around him. Lucan intended to woo her gently. Helping them learn to read braille and how to deal wit h living without sight. An accident had rendered her unable to see. He wanted to claim her for all time and kn ow she would never want or be able to leave his or his brother’s side.
Lucan could hear her counting in her mind and knew s he was aware of their closeness to her apartment. he also knew the decision to get to know him mu st be hers. While he could see the effects of that attraction. His heart lifted as he re cognized that her attraction was rolling off of her in waves. She was attracted to him. he would force nothing upon her. Angelina was no more bother ed by darkness than he was.” “Oh yes. When she had resolved h er inner dilemma.” Lucan replied and let her lead him up the entrance steps. but . Frustration curled through him. Luc an. and he damned h is genes for the first time in his life. “We are here. He took note of the lack of security in the building and mentall y cursed a blue streak when he saw the dark hallway. He wanted to spend every minute of ever y day and night with her. I believe I will.” Angel ina asked.The Drierge Brothers 13 waking hours were when he slept. he exhaled quietly as the tension eased from his body.” Lucan replied adamantly. If this woman was his mate. Brushing her mind wi th his. “Would yo u like to come in for coffee? It’s the least I can do after you kept me safe. He stop ped when she did just outside her apartment building and then cursed as the smil e disappeared from her face. I look nothing like an angel. you do. “I think you have been watching too much television. So sweet a nd innocent. he smiled when he heard the inner conversation she was having with herse lf. “Thank you. You are so beautiful. He wait ed patiently for her to decide what she was going to do.” she stated. “How would you know? You don’t even know me.” Ang elina replied with a smile. She turned to him and frowned. She wanted to ask him in for coffee but was debating how that would look giv en their short acquaintance.
This corridor was as dark as the entry. Angelina had gone inside. that’s strange. He didn’t want to delve deeper into her mind unless absolutely necessary.14 Becca Van he disliked the idea that anyone could hide in the shadows and hurt an unsuspect ing female. . The man disappeared. He stepped over the threshold and closed the door beh ind him. but she stopped and turned toward t he other apartment.” she said quietly. Even though he could ascertain everything he needed and wa nted to know by pushing farther into her subconscious. and he wondered about her family. seeing everything. He nearly growle d out loud when the male watched Angelina until she was standing at her front do or with her keys in her hand. “Please. come in. “Mark? Are you there? Well. He felt a bit guilty about chasing her protector away. I wonder what happened. Inside the elevator he stood back from her. The elevator stopped on the fourth floor. slamming his door in his haste. H e could have used his voice to compel her to invite him in. A vampire was unable to enter another’s home without an invitation. he was free to enter her home whenever he desired. He looked around at her sparse but comfortable furniture. There were no knickknacks or photos around. Mark always greets m e when I get home. Lucan heard a tiny sound and looked do wn the hall to see a man stick his head out his apartment door. but he didn’t want to force his mate in any way. heari ng everything. Lucan wo ndered if she had forgotten he was with her. leaving him in the hall. A ngelina had unlocked her door and opened it. but then she turned to him. Humans could take that kind of thing personally.” And just like that. He’d gleaned enough from her memories already. he didn’t want her to feel betrayed or violated once he told her that he’d been in her thoughts. and he followed her out . He stepped around her and blocked the stranger’s vie w of her and glared hard.
She would have had to map out where everything was in her mind . “What are you doing. “Would you like tea or coffee. I want to taste the sweetness of your lips. “Nothing. Though she held her ground.” she said. The muscles in his body tautened as if her hot.” He was pleased she was willing to get to know him over a cup of coffee. . It must have taken her a lot of time and frustration to become as independent as she was. When h e was a hair’s breadth away from her. Since she was his mate. Tell me now if you don’t want my k iss. and he cupped her face in between his hands. Watching h er move around as if she could see was hard for him to fathom. he stood still and inhaled. angel. Usually he had to p ush further into a human’s mind to read their thoughts. He’d never experienced anything like it before. The sweet sound of her voice pulled him from his thoughts. Lucan? I only as ked you in for a drink. “I hav e some soda or just plain old water if you would prefer. He pulled his mind from hers and followed her into her small kitchen. and her thoughts had just floated to him when he had brushed his mind against hers. He moved his hand s up.” Lucan said quietly. moist breath was her hand on his skin. her thoughts came at him fast and hard. ang el. once more taking her sweet scent into his nostrils. since he had neve r lost his sight.” he replied and moved toward her. She stood with her head cocked slightly and facing him.” she said breathily. “I need to taste you. thank you. nothing else. but he would never touch the stuff. She was just so open. He made sure to make noise so she could hear him coming. and he wasn’t about to make himself sick. Lucan?” “No. he could hear her rapid heartbeat and feel her breath as it passed her lips and caressed the skin at the base of his neck. Human food an d drink were poisonous to his kind. thanks .The Drierge Brothers 15 Not that he did it on purpose. She didn’t move away from him. making sure the sleeves of his shirt rubbed against the side of his body.
“I want that. She reminded him of a fox frozen in the headlights of an oncoming car. stood up straight. making him crave more of her taste. He couldn’t stand not having all of her. heating his skin. He lifted her face up for his kiss. He felt his gums begin to itch again. He wanted to confirm his suspicion that Trey . He felt her stiffen in his arms. Lucan groaned when her lips parted on anoth er moan. Her sweet flavor explode d on his taste buds. his hands still lightly holding her face. Hunger such as he’d never known before surged through his body and through his blood. no. He tangled her tongue w ith his and savored her honey flavor.” She whispered her reply. resting his forehead on top of her head. then gently removed his mouth from hers. and he caressed her face with his fingers. as he gained control once more. He want ed her to meet his brother. He brushed his lips back and forth over hers. Throughout the brief time he’d known her. He wanted. He slowed the kiss down until he was sip ping at her moist. and released her. letting her feel his breath brush over her lips. Trey. and then leaned down the last inch to connect their mouths.” he stated and watched as she stood still. He stepped back. He was nearly afraid of w hat he would feel.16 Becca Van He held his breath for an interminable moment and let it out with a sigh of reli ef when she answered him. He slowly lowered his head. too. the desire to tak e her lips had almost crippled him with its intensity. His heart was beating fast at the first sweet contact of her mouth on his. warn ing him the he was pushing his control. needed her in his house. all owing her room to breathe and taking temptation from his own hands. He heard her breathy sigh and k new she was going to refuse him. and his balls drew up tight as she softly moaned agai nst his mouth. He h eld still. He had to move. “Have dinner w ith me tomorrow. plump lips. and he swept his tongue into her moist cavern.
giving her a chance to get to know him.m. He and his brother had agreed on this long ago. They want ed her to accept them for who they were and to agree to exchanging blood with th em. Once the third exchange had taken place. “Ye s. she blew him away with her next words. . Vampire.” “Until tomorrow. Lucan thought. thank you. but he strengthened his resolve. I’d like that. at 6:30 p. If she didn’t accept his invitat ion. surviving off blood as they d id. Is that enough time for you to get home from wor k?” “Yes. didn’t think it fair to do so. She would join them in immortality. Braced for disappointment as he was. too. Winning he r heart.” It was just as well she couldn’t see him smiling. “I will be by to pick you u p just after dusk. she would transform and be as they were. Even though he had the power to compel her to his will.The Drierge Brothers 17 felt it. A slow. should they ever find their mate. my angel. Sleep well. He probably looked like an idiot. and she would have abilities beyond her imagining.” Lucan said. His heart sank. A new plan unfolded in his mind. I’ll be ready. He gave her on e last lingering look and left. They would talk over dinner. he would meet her every evening on her walk home from work. knowing that she truly wanted him was worth having to do it the hard wa y. gentle approach was necessary with humans who had no knowledge of vampires. even though he was sure she was the one they had been waiting for.
She hurried to the door and stood listening. but instead. “Who .” “Mark. His cool hands on her hot face had felt heavenly. Were you out?” “No. w ithout realizing she was doing it. She had never be en so careless before. she w as lost. He stayed in the corridor. Angelina. was blocking him from coming into the apartme nt.18 Becca Van Chapter Two Angelina heard the door to her apartment close. open up. I saw you had company and didn’t want to interrupt. she had found herself ask ing him in for coffee. and anyone could walk right on in through her unlocked door if they so desired. burning out of c ontrol.” she greeted when she opened the door. She had been about to go inside to the sanctity and security of her apartment and leave him on the sidewalk. trying to relieve the ache in her p ussy. Angelina flinched at t he loud knock on her door. When he’d kissed her. her blood had heated to a raging inferno. In fact. She slumped against the counter and wondered what the hell she was doing. her hands on the handle and lock.” Mark replied. Angelina. the action only seemed to make matters worse . She had never let a stranger into her home before. It didn’t help at all. “I missed you this evening. What the hell? From the moment she’d heard his voice. Just thinking about that deep voice made goose bumps erupt all over her body again. She hadn’t moved since Lucan had left. She squeezed her legs together. “Who is it?” “It’s me.
It was just a very long day. sounding like his usual self. He looks dan gerous.” Did he miss the part about her almost gettin g flattened while crossing the street? Angelina realized that Mark hadn’t even rea cted to her description of her near-death experience. He stopped me from getting slammed by a car. “Thank you for the offer. though this time for a different reason. He reminds me of a li on after his prey. She made herself answer patiently.” “He’s a friend. I don’t like the look of him. honey?” “Um. Sure. “Did you have a rough day. You’ve never brought a nyone home before. What is wrong with me? I don’t even know the man. Mark.” Mark dropped the disagreeabl e tone. Angelina. Angelina was surprised by her neighbor’s offer . Angelina? You shouldn’t associate with the likes of him.” . but that was as far as things had gone. He had only ever treated her like a friend. not really. but I already have plans. but she didn’t think of him in that w ay. The least I could d o was to offer the man a cup of coffee after he saw me safely home. “Damn it. Mark’s peevish tone of voice and prying questions wer e unlike him.” “With him?” And just like that. Who was he?” Angelina felt herself frowning again. I am so tired I just want to fall into bed. You could be putting yourself up fo r a world of trouble and hurt. his voic e turned aggravated again.” “Have dinner wi th me. “I’m sorry. he looked out each night to make sure she’d made it home safely and they sometimes chatted when he did.The Drierge Brothers 19 was the man. She frowned. no. “His name is Lucan Drierge and he saved my life. Angelina. He had never asked her out before.” Mark said suddenly. “What about tomorrow night?” M ark asked.” she found herself explaining. He was nice enough. “I’ve never seen him before. but not tonight.
but he was her neighbor. Blood was still coursi ng through his veins. I’m just looking out for you. “Thanks.” “I’m here if you need me. His footsteps receded.” Angelina repl ied coolly. in the blink of an eye. Good night. Mark. but he couldn’t hold back his excitement. as Trey’s eyes widene d. Lu can was the one who interested her. and looked him in the eye. Trey looked up at him and stilled . I appreciate it. Just give a holler. She sighe d with both frustration and relief. How can you tell that? You didn’t even meet the man. and she locked the door. “What is that?” “That wonderful scent would be our mate. His brother leaned back on his heels as though about to fall over. Maybe he’d give up when he realized she wasn’t interested. joined him across the room. I’d better be going. but I’m a big girl. “Look. I’ve been looking after mys elf for a long time. inhaled again. **** Luca n arrived home moments after leaving his angel’s apartment. so it wasn’t as i f she could avoid him. “I’m not trying to upset you. Angelina.” Mark pleaded. so to speak. and she wasn’t sure she was comfortable with it. Mark had never asked her out before. she wondered what had ma de her so popular tonight. He leaned closer to him.” Angelina replied.” “Well.” “Good night. . He sniffed the air and. Angelina. Mark. He looked at his older brother sitting on th e living room sofa watching the football game. You’re a good friend. Lucan woul d have liked to milk Trey’s reaction a little longer.” Lucan watched. and his cock was so hard he was going to have to take matt ers into his own hand.20 Becca Van “Don’t be ludicrous. Smiling to herself. satisfied. I should almost get hit by cars more often. Mark.” Mark said .
She’s so sweet. She has curves and the longest. I stopped her from getting hurt from a runaway cab.” “That was fast. I had to fight my inner beast from stripping her n aked. and biting her.” “What color are her eyes?” “I don’t know. . She has hourglass curves. though. Tomorrow night isn’t going to come around fast enough. still recovering from his shock. She’s coming here for dinner tomorrow night. She has long blonde hair. she is definitely the one we’ve been waiting for. and her mouth…Fuck. She has scars around her eyes and doesn’t like people to see them. and the rest. She kissed me back of her own free will. “W hat does she look like? What’s her name? Where does she live?” Lucan laughed and too k a seat on the sofa. and she’s tall for a woman.” Lucan sighed. sweetest legs I’ve ever seen o n anyone. She has a woman’s body. she is so gorgeous. Good work.” “Are you sure.The Drierge Brothers 21 “God.” Lucan stated on a wistful sigh. as they say. She’s blind. She could be the one we’ve been waiting for. She wears these big dark glasses to hide her eyes.” “E ven though she was hesitant at first. I can’t stand the thought of her being hurt. in ou r home. though. Trey. is history. though?” Tr ey asked. plunging my cock into her wet pussy. and she’s so soft. Trey. not that of a waif or a child. We could heal her so easily. You still haven’t told me her name.” “How did you meet her?” “She walked past me on her way home from work. “She’s our mate?” “Ninety-nine percent sure. “She is so beautiful. “You say she was injured? God. I can’t wait to have her here. she finally let go and asked me in for cof fee. She was injured as a teenager and hasn’t been able to see since.” Trey stated. No. I want your confirmation. Trey. Luc. I could nibble on her mou th for hours.
Lucan’s body. the man obediently offered his neck to him by tilting his head back. allowing him to infiltrate the min ds of the three men walking and chatting through the park and call them to him. H is hunger was more than he’d ever experienced before. but a melding of souls. Lucan was filled with a hunger s o fierce he knew he was going to have to feed well this night. His brother growled in arousal and app roval as her saw their angel for the first time. Someday he knew he would share that with Angelina. reveling in the sensation of the blood nourishing him. admired her perfect body. In a daze and under the control of Lucan’s mind. Trey said. . and he didn’t want to hurt the young men by taking too much. H e compelled them to stand before him.” Through their mental link. “Le t me see her. He would have to be careful as he fed. life-giving vein and drank. our very own angel. too. It was not just a base satisfaction of hunger.22 Becca Van “Angelina Canley. the particles joined together and re formed into solid flesh. Lucan followed suit. He pictured Angeli na in his mind. pulling him close. Trey. and he grasped the first young male by the arms. than he dematerialized with a thought. his desire to feed also sparked by the sight of his perfect angel. He cleared his mind. and Lucan‘s dick and balls ached even more as he. flew through the night sky in search of prey to s atiate his raging hunger. Lucan wasted no ti me and sank his fangs into the rich. His mind vibrated with the awareness that his brother was doing the exact same thing. When he lowered ov er Forest Park in his hometown of Portland. No sooner did he feel his brother withdraw from his m ind. now a mass of floating particles.” Lucan felt the brush of his brother in his mind. Lucan had heard it said that feeding from one’s mate was like n o other experience. It seemed Trey wa s in the same predicament. and Trey inhaled sharply.
The Drierge Brothers 23 He withdrew his fangs and swept his tongue over the wound. They would sleep the deep. but he knew he would hunger unti l he had his angel in his arms and her blood running through his veins. It would n’t be tonight. H e erased the memory of his feeding as he once again dematerialized. His d isembodied spirit rose and raced through the air. His saliva seeped int o the gash. closing it and leaving no evidence of his existence behind. . restless for the night to pass. Tonight he and Trey would watch sports. Usu ally he was sated after feeding from one human. and when the sun set he would go to her and bring her home for the first time. heading for home with the thou ghts of his angel in the forefront of his mind. He reach ed for the next young man and then the next. healing sleep of their kind. Still his hunger wasn’t appeased. he thought sadly. releasing th e men from the spell and leaving them to wonder where their time had gone.
” Lucan reproved gently. just let me get my purse. trying to calm her nervousness. . but she felt the need to be in his presence. “Are you read y to go. about to take a plunge into the unknow n.” she replied breathlessly. “Hi. I was expecting you. Lucan. “I knew it was you. dangerous. “Hello.” she replied. Besides. She couldn’t prevent the shiver of desire that raced over her as he took her by the arm and led her to the elevator. She hesitated with her hand on the doorknob. She took a deep breath and wondered what had possessed her to accept an invitation to dinner from a stranger. angel. She wa s excited yet nervous about the upcoming evening.” “Still. to be close to him. There was something about Luc an Drierge that pulled her in. her nipples harden . angel . feeling as if she were standing on the edge of a pool. I never get visitors. baby?” “Yes.” Lucan stated. retrieving her purse and stepping out into the hall. She opened the door on an exhale. “You shouldn’t open your door unless you know who it is first. making her breasts swell. please promis e me you will find out before you open your door. There was a dark.” His deep voice wrapped around her.24 Becca Van Chapter Three Angelina had just slipped her feet into her comfortable flat shoes when a knock sounded at her door. menacing quality to the man. She released her breath and wa lked toward the door. and her pussy clench with need.
Then Lucan began to lead her into the next room.” She heard a gasp and wondered what w as going on.” Lucan said. Although she couldn’t see. Trey. She could fee l cool draughts and hear the creaks from settling timber. but he seemed to care so mu ch.The Drierge Brothers 25 “Okay. this is Angelina Canley.” she replied.” Brot her? Angelina’s thoughts swirled with confusion. and the rest of the car ride passed quietly. over her chest. and judging by the sou nd of the engine. Trey Drierge. What the hell. Angelina was too nervous to make conversation.” Part of her just agreed to change the subject. I am ve ry pleased to make your acquaintance. He took h er hand. lusting after two me n. we are nearly at my car. “Thank you. “Welcome to our home. “Good girl. I’d like you to meet my brother. He barely knew her. Lucan answered simply that he was going to cook for her. girl? You’re turning into a whore. Twenty minutes later he slowed the car and then stopped. but she had to admit privatel y that his concern was touching. He powered up the car. then pushed that thought to the back of her mind. the house felt old to her. Why was Lucan’s brother hanging aro und? Maybe he’s just helping with the cooking and then he’ll leave. He helped her into his v ehicle so she wouldn’t hit her head. too? Or had she ju st zapped him with static electricity? Way to go. Come. though it did finally occu r to her to ask where they were going for dinner. “Angelina. “Angel. Was it possible he had felt that electric spark. raspy voice. Nice to meet you. He helped her out and l ed her inside. .” Trey said in a deep. Somehow the idea of going to Lucan’s house heightened A ngelina’s nervousness a little more. he drove a powerful sports car. and brothers at that. and tingles of electricity shot up her arm. She sighed and wished she could see the place. and down to her pussy. Then he pulled out into the tr affic.
” “How old are you. I was just curious. “I work with sight-impaired children. raising her chin in defiance. Let us feed you and th en we can listen to some music and talk.26 Becca Van “Dinner is ready. not a chance for her to hang out with him and his brother. I t’s hard work but a very rewarding job to teach them how to read and to become ind ependent with their impairment. She cautiously felt for the glass with her fingertips and picked it up. tak ing a sip. angel.” “Do you like working with children?” he asked. grateful it held water. I teach them to read braille and how to cope with everyday life. The kids work harder than anyone I have known. “No. She couldn‘t figure out wheth er or not she was disappointed. Trey is th irty-eight.” “You’re not married?” “No.” Angelina noticed that he said “we. “Twenty-five. She was happy to let Lucan guide her while she tried to figure out what the brothers had up their sleeves. On the one hand. “Thank you.” “Have you ever been?” Angelina asked curiously. They are so innocent and easy to please. Angelina?” Trey ask ed. “How old a re you?” Angelina asked. I’m sure you’re hungry after such a long day. She was seated at a table. and the arom a of food wafted to her nostrils. something about Trey’s presence was just as deliciously attractive as his brother’s.” Angelina said and relaxed into her ch air. .” Lucan replied. “What do you do for a living. Lucan had given her every sign that this was a date. baby?” Lucan asked. “I am thirty-five. Why ?” “You’re such a babe in the woods. “Yes.“ So Trey wasn’t going to just disappear once dinner was served. Then again.
“Being impaired sort of puts me at a disadvantage. “Do you have a boyfriend. what is wrong wit h you? You’ve only just met and already you feel possessive of both of them. You’re letting your imagin ation get away from you. What are they do ing? Are they staring at me? The hair on her nape stood on end. “That’s their loss. Both of them? Now there was a thought. They are obviously blind to you r beauty and wonderful qualities.” Lucan suggested. She heard the sounds of cutlery on plates from the men’s seats.The Drierge Brothers 27 Angelina sighed with relief. She couldn’t for the life of her fathom what it was. Angelina began to eat. A plate thudded softly to the place before her just before his footsteps moved a way from her.” “Why would you think that. They talked about inconsequential things as they ate. The food was wonderful. rich drink and listened as silenced prevailed. She took several sip s of the fruity. “No one is interested in courting a blind woman. keeping the mood light. baby?” “No. though. though it raised a whole host of other questions.” Angelina replied with a mel ancholy sigh. She had been holding her breath until he answered a nd hadn’t even realized it until she breathed out. Already she was able to discern him f rom Trey because their scents were different. baby. honey?” Trey asked from across the table. Before she could bring herself fully back down to earth . Th en we can go into the living room where it is more comfortable. angel. They don’t see beyond the surface. but something was off. Trey asked. She placed her cutlery on her plate and picked up her wine. She knew it was him by his unique scent. Lucan . God Angelina.” she replied. Eat. What if this date was with both of them? That would solve the question in Angelina’s mind of which of them she found more compel ling. though . and she felt Lucan beside her . She heard a swishing sound. and she shifted in her seat nervously. and she ate everyth ing on her plate.
instead of just hours. and the cushion on her other side compres sed as Trey sat down. “Ange lina. We want to begin a relationship with you and see where things end up. Soft music filled the air. and now it tur ned out to be a date with both of them. For a minute there. angel. Trey and I are both very attracted to you. and his voice washed over her a s he spoke. Knowing they were as attracted to her as she was to them made her yearn e ven more for their attention. I don’t know what to say. “Let’s go to the living room and get comfortable. “Um. and her nipples elongated. the urge to have a close. She had never really had a relationship before and even though she knew she should be cautious and not plunge into anything with b oth feet. “Honey. and she shivered when Trey took her other arm. She didn’t know if they would begin a . she couldn’t pass up this opportunity and dis regard what she felt.” Lucan placed his hand on her shoulder. intimate relationship was too good to ignore . Her areolas puckered. It was as if she had known them for yea rs. she felt connected to Trey and Lucan on a soul-deep level.28 Becca Van smelled of the earth with a hint of pine and Trey had an aroma of sandalwood abo ut him.” Th ough stunned that both men were interested in her. she’d been thinking this wasn’t a date at all. She felt the cushion beside her dip. She rose when he pulled her chair back. She could feel their eyes on her. Why did these two men turn her on so much? She’d never felt desire for anyone before. she was also a little thrille d. She debated about whether to answer truthfully but couldn’t lie to them or to he rself. Having been so lonely for so long. Goose bumps rose where t heir sight touched her.” Lucan stated. indicating Lucan was a t her side. are you attracted to us?” Trey asked . Even though she had only just met them. They led her into the other room and seated her on a comfortable sofa. Lucan took the wine glass from her hand.
honey. She wanted to burrow her way under their s kin and into their hearts and never leave. “Hm. We have so much money we wouldn’t b e able to spend it all in one lifetime. . “But you’re so young.” Lucan explained. to her surprise. we don’t really work. “Will you let us pleasure you. but she also wanted to know she had s ome control over the situation. Taking a deep. because Tre y asked.” Trey stated quietly. but before we start anything I would r eally like to know more about you both. She craved to feel their mouths and hands on her body. Angelina?” Luca n asked. I can accept th at. Angelina f ell a little more under their spell. but if you don’t work.” she stated with bewilderment. but if she didn’t give them a chance she may forever wonder about what could have been.The Drierge Brothers 29 relationship. They must have fe lt her relax or somehow understood that her curiosity was satisfied. but we don’t want to overload you with too much informati on too soon. She ignored her inner voice’s warning that this was a dangerous idea and decided to le t things happen and see where they led. We are retired. Their reticence ought to have made her susp icious. She wanted to get closer to them on a ph ysical as well as an emotional level.” Despite herself. r ight at that moment. fortifying breath she turned toward Trey and answered.” Angelina wanted that more than anything else in the world. much less if it would last. what do you do with your time?” “There is so much you need to know about us. “That’s very intriguing.” “What would you like to know. but she found. “Yes. “We made some very lucr ative investments when we were younger. angel. honey? Lucan and I would very much like to make you feel good.” Tre y answered. okay. “What do you do for a living?” “Honey. that she trusted them.
30 Becca Van “If I let you touch me and I don’t feel comfortable or don’t like something you do. then will you?” “Yes. and they met in the middle. the other at the botto m.” Lucan replied. honey. Fingers slid through her . The hand in her panties glided down until it cupped her pussy. an d I ask you to stop. He tasted so good that sh e never wanted the kiss to end. and Lucan’s and Trey’s hands s tole to the buttons of her shirt. One started at the top. with her breath rasping in and out of her lungs. but their free hands reached up at the same time and cupped her breasts. The zipper was lowered. want ing. heedless of the bra and shirt covering her flesh. A small tug to her bra and her aching breasts were bare.” Trey answered. Her stomach quivered when she felt a hand caress lightly over her belly and deft fingers undo the button on her slacks. ma sculine fingers slid beneath the waistband of her panties. She leaned her head back on the sofa. They leaned closer to her. I would like t hat very much. Angelina arched into their touch. and cool. giving it access. “I will sto p immediately if that is your wish. Her pussy clenched and dripped her juices as two tongues slid over he r sensitive skin. She was on fire. sifting through the c urls that covered her mound. She sobbed with frustration when Lucan removed his hand from her left breast. Cool air wafted over her skin as the material of her blouse was pulled away from her body. They never released her hands. I promise. Her nipples hardened ever further as the cool air kissed her skin. She slid her tongue along his and groaned as he tangled his with hers. “Then yes. and she whimpered as he covered her mouth with his. and then they began kissing along the sides of her ne ck. Trey urged her to turn her hea d. Her hands were released. needing more from them. and she didn’t know how to quench the flam es. angel. then cried out as he took her nipple into his mouth.” She jumped when each of her hands was enveloped in one of theirs. and she ope ned her legs more.
swee ping her up in its tempestuous embrace. What have I done? Angelina pulled her clothes back into place. White-ho t pain stabbed into each side of her neck. She wanted to run home and hide away forever. massaging her.” “Why. the storm roiling around her.” Lucan whi spered into her ear. rapid breathing was loud to her own ears. craved it. ba by?” Lucan asked. Her harsh. Is that okay. throwing her into the vortex once mor e. I can’t believe I let you do that. p leasuring her in tight. but didn’t know what she was reaching for. She bit on her lip nervously and jumped when sh e felt large male hands clasp hers. a ngel? If you’d like it. She cried out as two warm mouths c overed her nipples and suckled them. But now I think you should take me home. too. we’d love to spend more time with you. gathering her cream. Her body was shaking. . honey?” Trey asked. an d she became aware again of the two men at her sides. and then she was swept up in the maelstrom and flew through the air. trying to hide the vulnerability she felt. “Oh God. She was only vaguely aware of the two men at her sides until finally the last contraction ebbed away. She had never let anyone touch her so intimately before.” “Did you enjoy it. let alone two. “You’re beautiful when you come. berating h erself for letting her libido rule her mind.The Drierge Brothers 31 wet folds. and then they touched her clit. “I’ve never had one man touch me.” she said. light little circles. Oh fuck. covering her nakedness. A finger sl id into her wet pussy hole and began to move in and out of her sheath as a thumb flicked over her clit. he r whole body trembling as wave after wave of pleasure crashed over her. Something was happening deep inside her wom b. She arched her hips up as her limbs shoo k. “How can you as k me that? Of course I enjoyed it. She scre amed as the walls of her pussy clamped down on the finger buried in her cunt. angel. She liked it.
She hated being alone. and she was confused over why they both want ed her. I f eel like I’m losing myself. but her head protested. Although she had learn ed to ignore her body’s urges and had buried them deep. She had filled her life with her students and had no social life at all. She had become independent and self-sufficient out of necessity. The skin there was smooth an d unbroken. held no appeal. She wanted to sta y and experience more of what they had just given her. but she remembered a pain there. He placed his free hand over hers reassuringly. . You will always be who you are. That’s weird. how can you make me want you? I feel like you’re taking over my body and my mind. She wanted to stay. of being alone and lonely again. There was something s trange going on… Lucan took her hand again as soon as she lowered it from her neck . stay the night with us. The thought of being held in their arms was just too tempting to ignore. she didn’t know if she would be able to do that again. or to write it off to the whirlwind of sensat ion she’d been feeling.” Angelina replied with uncertainty. she craved adult contact. S he had only just met these two men.” Trey stated. His big hand squeezed hers “Baby. “Please. She didn’t want to go home to her empty apartment.” “We don’t want you to feel that way. She slipped her hand from Lucan’s and touched the side of her neck.32 Becca Van “Yes! No! I don’t know. momentary but intense. God. No one can change that.” Angelina was torn. Were they just playing with her and her emotions as well as her body? Or were they genuine and really felt a connection with her? The thought of going b ack to her empty apartment. Wouldn’t you like to explore this…connection between us?” “I don’t know. But she trusted what she remembered. bu t while she loved her students. that was only a taste of the pleasure we can g ive you. She was incl ined to doubt what she remembered.
” she replied qui etly and hoped she just hadn’t made the biggest mistake of her life. “You won’t regret it. Stay.” Lucan stated and swept her up into his arms.” Lucan whispered against her ear. but the thought was in timidating. She was about to do one of th e most insane things she had ever done in her life. “Angel. baby.The Drierge Brothers 33 Angelina took a deep breath and let it out slowly. we will never crowd yo u or make you do anything you don’t want to. She prayed he was right. causing her to shiver as his warm breath caressed her flesh. . She agreed to stay the night because she wanted to have sex with them. “Yes.
climbing on beside her with Trey on the opposite side. He withdrew his tongue. a nd he tangled his tongue with hers. He carried Angelina t o the large bed and gently placed her in the middle. He moved his hand beneath the material of her shirt. He gently scraped . he turned her head to ward him. His balls tightened at the sound of the whimpers emerging from her throat. One taste of her would n ever be enough. She was so beautiful. deepening the kiss. Cupping her cheek in his hand. and he entered the room he and Trey had prepared a long time ago for their mate. Her nipple touched the roof of his mouth . He t ook the stairs two at a time. Lucan reached up and released the front catch of her br a. Her skin was tinged pink with her desire. leaned over. with her passion sim mering beneath the surface. his brother following close behind. and Trey took her mouth. released her lips. and Lucan groaned as she tentatively respond ed. so lush and ripe. He nibbled and nipped on her lower lip until her flesh parted and he tasted her sweet breath. and covered her mouth with his own. and opened his eyes t o look down at her. and her nipples peaked in the cool air. Trey swept hi s hand in front of him.34 Becca Van Chapter Four Lucan lifted his angel up into his arms and strode purposely from the room. dispelling the dust from the room. He bent his head and took one of her ripe berries into his mouth and sucked. from her breasts all the way up her neck to her cheeks. and he growled as he tasted her sweetness on his tongue. He released the buttons on her blouse and parted the f abric. His ton gue slid out and pushed into mouth.
producing more of her sweet cum. and he gently spread her legs. He undid her pants and hooked his thumbs into the waistband. He couldn’t wait another minute. As he thought of any other man touching his precious angel. warm skin. No one else would touch . Moving his free hand to the top of her cunt. Lucan sl owly. gently slid them over her soft. he lightly ca ressed her clit. and shucked his jeans and briefs. but this ti me he made room for his body between her legs. and then he. Lucan pulled back and stood to the side of his bed. let alone two. His tongue moved between her l abial lips again. Then he remembered what she said. His angel bucked her hips up. Her salty-sweet essence coated his tongue. He climbed back onto the bed. be gan to remove his clothes. Trey pulled her shirt and bra from her torso. His tongue glided through her folds and pushed into her crea mfilled hole. pulling them and her panties down her legs and off o ver her feet.The Drierge Brothers 35 one of his now-elongated fangs over the hard nub and caged her soft. all the while attending to her engorged bundle of nerves with his tongue. heedless of the buttons ripping from the mater ial. His palms smoothed up the inside of her thighs. Placing the palms of his hands on her shins. He m oved his body down between her limbs until he was lying on his belly. a flood of possessiveness washed over him. He p ulled his shirt up over his head. She was so damn tight that he wondered if she was a virgin. He had to have her now. silentl y begging for more. That she never had one man touch her. trying to hold his inner beast back when the scent of her pussy reached his nostrils. He lowered his head and kissed the top of her pubic mound then slid his tongue into her de w-moistened slit and licked over her clit. too. He gently thrust his digit into her cunt and growled as her musc les clenched around his flesh. His angel was as pure as her name. He took deep breaths. Lucan pulled his finger out and pumped it back in . flicking and laving over her clit as he slowly rimmed her hole with a finger. and he lapped it up and swallowed her fluid. fleshy moun d with his hand as she bucked up into his mouth.
and he knew that she was close to release. teasing his cock with the delicious moisture s eeping from her cunt. “This is your first time.” On a shuddering breath. still obscured by the dark glasses. Her inter nal walls rippled around him. he eased his way into her wet cunt until his balls were against her as s. He weaned his mouth from her s as he rocked his hips back and forth. blood-engo rged dick and held still when he was through her tight muscles. I need to know. angel? I need to hear you say it. taking her mouth with ravenous carnality. baby?” She nodded and wriggled her hips. Please. I’m ready. He aimed his cock for her pussy and stayed still with hi s flesh kissing hers. Nudging Trey a side. she said. She cried out with pleasure and bucked her hips up toward his. appearing hesitant for a moment. He halted before pressing into Angelina and looked into he r face. Tentatively. He brushed against h er mind with his own and felt how much she needed Lucan and Trey to put out flam es burning inside her.36 Becca Van her. pushing his cock against her wet fo lds. her muscles contractin g and releasing around his hard rod. and he twisted a little. and she moaned in response. “Are you ready?” he asked.” He groaned as her flesh separated around the head of his hard. His fle sh slapped against hers. She screamed as she clamped down on him. Ag ain and again. isn’t it. and clasped her hips. He withdrew his finger and mouth.” She nibbled on her bottom l ip. making sure his pubic bone sli d over her clit. When her muscles relaxed. but then her resolve returned. craving a sweet taste of her blood. sat up between her legs . He would never let her leave for the rest of eternity. “Yes. savoring her wet heat enveloping him. over and over again. . He glided his cock out to the tip and surged back in. he covered her body with his. he raised one hand and brushed the hair away from his angel’s face.” “Yes what. he surged into her. “Baby. “Yes.
” .The Drierge Brothers 37 He was so close to his peak but needed to feel her life’s essence on his tongue. baby. I need to feel connected with you on a deeper level. If she accepted them and agreed to bond with them for eternity she would need to learn everything she could about their species to keep her safe. She had felt that there was something different about him from the beginning. angel. Her face was still flushed pink from her orgasm when she tilte d her head in toward his. holding still as he waite d for her answer. he answered her. “No. baby. Pushing those though ts aside. I need to taste your blood. Their mate was a clever one. and you are our mate. we would be able to heal your sight. “Angel. Will you let me sink my fangs into you?” Lucan asked through panting breaths. he stayed connected to her as she processed what he had told her. Some of it was factual. I wouldn’t do that to you without your consent. H e pulled her up into his arms. But i f you allowed us to exchange blood once. and t he bite he and Trey had slipped in back on the couch swirled in her thoughts now . He was surprised when he found ac ceptance of his species in her mind. He smiled down at her. He couldn’t stop a grin from forming when he found bits of mythology running through her mind. “We are vampires. though other thoughts were fiction. He and Trey would have to set her straight later. and if I t aste your blood our union will be more soul deep than you could ever imagine. Making sure not to push too deeply into her thoughts.” “Will I change if you bite me? Would I end up like you?” she asked and he brushed again st her mind to ascertain her level of anxiety. “Fangs? You have fangs? What are you?” she asked him with a tremor in her voice. growling as his cock slid in a little farther int o her now-dripping cunt. We would need to exchange blood with you thr ee times for that to happen.
” “Yes. He felt her lonel iness and empathized with her emotions.38 Becca Van “You could heal me?” she asked in an awed whisper. “You will be linked to us for all your life if we do this. you won’t even know what you are doing until it is over. I would regain my eyesight?” “Yes. baby. “I can help you with that if you will let me.” “Oh my God. “Yes. but I don’t know if I can stomach drinking your blood. the both of you. by just exchanging blood with you and Trey once. Even though he had never been totally al one with Trey by his side.“ Lucan was stil l in her mind as his angel thought about what it would mean to see again.” “Will it hurt?” “For a brief moment but then the pain will turn to pleasure. I want to see again. you will climax every time we bite you. but then her logic kicked in and she wondered if she would s till be able to teach her blind students.” she whispered. “I want you to bite me.” “Are you certain. At fir st she felt elated. Sin ce you are our mate. no matter whether she could or couldn’t see. He knew what it was like to yearn f or the other half of his soul. Do it now. “Yes.” “Yes. He pulled her in tightly against his chest and hu gged her. it wasn’t the same.” she commanded. . honey?” Trey asked. If you allow it. But underlying all her thoughts was th e need to be loved. and Lucan saw a single tear track down her cheek. and I also want to exchange blood with you. but he didn’t want to throw too much at her at once. angel. I can use my mind to make it easier for you. Please. You are telling me. She felt so right in his arms that he wanted to tell her to come and l ive in his house with him and his brother.” his angel blurted out. an gel.
His coc k shot load after load of his cum deep into her body.The Drierge Brothers 39 Shifting her in his arms until they were chest to breast. **** Tr ey took Angelina from his brother and pulled her onto his lap. “Trey. Her head slumped back onto his shoulder. He elongated one of his nails into a razor-sharp claw and sliced open his wrist. and he held still. and soul. She looked like she was intoxicated from his essence and from the passion th ey had just shared.” she panted out and reached up to clasp his shoulders. which was still buried the depths of her hot. He pull ed his wrist away and closed the gash with his own tongue. he looked down into her face. He groaned when her pussy pulsed around his rock-hard cock. and his balls drew u p tight. forever entwining them. but he didn’t want to frighten her by removing her dark glasses. body. He held her hea d gently but firmly and compelled her to take his blood into her body. She cried out again as her muscles spasmed around him. His heart clench ed as she drank his blood. mind. Her lips were smeared with remnants of his blo od. wet cunt. I need you. and pulled her head down to his chest. His roar of release was muffled against the skin of her throat. He wanted to see the color of her eyes. He felt the heated tingle at the ba se of his spine and thrust his hips up. bathed the wound with saliva from his tongue. he bent down. Holding her against h im. licking over the skin of her neck. He gently lifted her up and passed her over to Trey. and she smiled up at him. Lucan moa ned as her mouth and tongue glided over the flesh of his wrist. He withdrew his fangs from her neck. His teeth sliced through her skin like a hot knife in butter. pushing his cock to butt against her cer vix. He bent his head and . savorin g the carnal rapture.
He deepened the kiss. He had already removed his c lothes. and he turned her in his lap. his voice unusually raspy. and now he just wanted to sink his erection into her wet pussy. His cock pulsed and throbbed as she moaned into his mouth. sweeping his tongue into her depths and tangling it with hers.” She ran one hand up and down his arm s. The sensation of her delic ate. Trey began a slow.” A lump of anticipation formed in Trey’s throat. “Very. “Now. He clasped her hips and lifted her until his cock was aligned with h er vagina. He wanted to connect with her on a deep emotional level as well as the physical.” He scooted up the bed until his back was resting on the pillows against the headboard. and a slow s mile spread across her face. He wanted to savor her body and their lovemaking. but he did n’t want his first time with her to be over too fast. very much.40 Becca Van brushed his lips over hers. and her cunt was touchin g his dick. wet flesh separating and then enfolding him was nearly too much to bear. “With you. “In fact I’d like to do it again. Now that he was inside her. easy rhythm and helped her to move wit h his hands at her hips. honey? Did you like that?” She twisted languorously in his arms. as if seeing him by touch. An gelina mewled as she used her legs and hips to help impale herself on his cock. “How was t hat. She was now straddling his hips. and he . and he could smell her arousal climbing once more. He growled as the walls of her pussy clenched and released around his now fully embedded shaft. “With me?” he asked.” she whispered. He sucked and nibbled on her lower lip. he couldn’t get e nough. The walls o f her cunt fluttered around his hard rod. and then he slowly began to penetrate her. He wanted to burrow his way inside her heart and never leave. His first instinct was to pump his hips and slide his cock in an d out of her sheath hard and fast until they both reached completion. loving her.
his deflating penis still buried in her. . making him go deeper inside her than he had before.” she begged. and pulle d her up over his lap. She was so beautiful. He sat up between her splayed thighs and held on to her hips firmly. He shuttled his cock in and out of her pussy. He leaned back over her and licked along the skin of her neck. “Please Trey. Her internal walls ripp led around him once more. knowing he needed more. bre athing in the intoxicating scent of woman and blood. He levered up onto his arms and began to move faster. Her del ectable life’s essence filled his mouth. and he felt the connection with her strai ght away. honey?” he asked just to be sure she knew what she was asking. and he knew she was nearl y there.” “Are you certain. massaging his flesh. She was wrapped around his heart and soul almost instantly. He scooted down the mattress until he lay flat and carefully rolled until he covered her with his body. He wanted to stay buried inside her forever. Bite me.” she sobbed. getting tighter and tighter. crying out with pleasure and passion. He yelled as his cock palpitated inside her. Take control of my mind and make me drink from you. spewing his sperm deep. inc reasing the speed and depths of his thrusts.The Drierge Brothers 41 groaned. just like Lucan. I need more. and then he slid them into her vein as she screamed with her climax. “I want to feel connected to you. She arched her hips up to him. Pleas e. and she arched her neck. His balls crawled up into his body in response to the sounds she made in the back of her throat. propelling his erection in an d out her faster and harder. He scraped his fangs over h er. Her pussy contracted around his dick. “Yes. He felt the head of his cock touch against her c ervix. He moved back . He wit hdrew his fangs from her skin and laved his tongue over the wound. sitting between her thighs. and drew the cum up from his ba lls.
42 Becca Van Trey was still breathing heavily but concentrated on lengthening his fingernail into a talon. He slashed a wound on his chest and gently brought Angelina’s head d own. “Drink my blood, Angelina,” Trey commanded, using the power of his voice to com pel her. She gave in to him without a qualm, and his cock began to harden once m ore as her mouth moved over his flesh. Her tongue lapped over the wound he had c reated, and his body clenched tight. He gently tugged on her hair, removing her mouth from his chest, and looked at the already-healing gash. Gently he removed his dick from her cunt, tenderly lowering her to the bed. Trey heard her sigh, a nd she rolled over onto her side. Her breathing deepened and evened out, and he knew their mate had fallen asleep. He covered her with the quilt, and he and Luc an dressed and retreated from the room. He and his brother had to make sure Ange lina was safe while they were sleeping in the hours of the day. They hadn’t planne d to love her body and claim her. It had just happened. Now, he wanted to make s ure she stayed within the confines of the house. He didn’t want her out amongst th e humans. They could not be trusted. He needed her to stay because now that they had exchanged blood with her, she was going to begin healing and even though sh e had consented and wanted the exchange he was worried that when her sight retur ned, she was going to freak out. He just hoped she didn’t become too frightened or disorientated once her sight returned. What the hell am I going to do if she ru ns?
The Drierge Brothers 43 Chapter Five Angelina stretched out her muscles as she awoke. Her body was sore, but not in a bad way. The soft sheets and quilt slid over her naked body as she moved, and s he froze. What the hell? Why am I naked? Memories of the previous night came cra shing through her brain. She’d had sex…with two men. What the hell was I thinking? S he opened her eyes and gasped as her world spun on its axis. She could see! They had told her they could heal her, and even though she had wanted that more than anything, she hadn’t believed them. She closed her eyes and opened them again slo wly. The images before her were blurry, but she could see! She put her hands to her face and felt that the skin on the outsides of her eyes was unmarked. Even h er scars were gone. Acting on instinct, she reached out to grab her dark glasses , but then realized she wouldn’t need them. There was no longer any reason to hide her unseeing eyes or the unsightly scars from the world. She looked around the room and gasped again. She was alone in an unfamiliar room. The bed she lay in w as an old four poster with navy-blue velvet draping from the frame. Oh. My. God. I can see! Angelina pushed the covers aside and stood. She looked about curious ly and saw a mirror attached to an antique-looking wooden dresser. She moved slo wly toward it, almost too scared to look, but drawn nevertheless. She looked at the strange woman in the reflection and looked for the child she remembered. Her eyes were the same strange violet color. Her hair was longer and thicker than s he remembered, but still
44 Becca Van the same strawberry blonde with gold streaks. Her body was trim but voluptuous. She had wide hips and a narrow waist, and she was topheavy. Nothing special, but oh, what a joy it was to be able to see herself. The last time she had looked a t herself in a mirror, she had been teenager. The explosion of the stove in her parents’ kitchen had taken her sight as well as her parents’ lives. She remembered h er mother and father dancing around her in the kitchen. They had just found out her mom was pregnant again, and they were all celebrating. There had been a funn y smell and then a loud explosion. Angelina had been thrown across the room and had been blind from that moment on. She studied the skin around her eyes and kne w a miracle had happened to restore her eyesight and to make her scars disappear . Even though she could see, the images were hazy and she felt a little queasy. She felt as if her balance was off. She turned away from the image and looked ab out the room for a connecting bath. Her gut clenched. The room wasn’t just unfamil iar, it wasn’t hers. She was still in the Drierges’ home. More of the previous night came flooding back to her, but her mind recoiled from the memories. They’d said t hey could heal her, and now she could see, but how was any of that possible? The y said they were vampires, too… Angelina closed her eyes and took a deep breath. S he wanted to go home. At home, she could figure out what was happening to her an d what she wanted to do about it. After finding both her clothes and the bathroo m, she stepped into the opulent room. The bathroom was nearly as big as her whol e apartment. Who would need so much room? She gave a negligible shrug and steppe d into the shower. Once she was washed, dried, and dressed, she crept to the doo r of the bedroom and opened it, peering out along the hall. When she saw no one, she stepped out. Keeping her hand on the wall for balance, she walked along at a quick pace. She grasped ahold of the banister on the stairs and began to step down, holding her breath until she was nearly at the bottom,
She turned and walked back into the living room. she traced her way back to where she remembered leaving her purse. the thought of walking out that door and n ever seeing Lucan and Trey again devastated her. unable to enjoy the radiant colors of the sunset . She found it exactly where she expected it. Okay. A ngelina picked it up and headed to the front door. so it’s a black purse. She was going to have to wait to questi on them until they deigned to put in an appearance. She wondered where the two brothers were. but couldn’t stand the thought of walking out that door. By feeling her way around the room as she would have when she was blind. then choked the noise of f. There was so much she needed them to explain. She stood a t the window for a long moment. Sighing. As much as she feared them showing up an d stopping her from leaving.The Drierge Brothers 45 expecting Lucan or Trey to make an appearance and stop her. She sobbed out loud. she closed her eyes. Why aren’t they here with me? What the hell is going on? Angelina sat down on the sofa and curled up in the corner. She looked around. For some reason. After she realized she didn’t even know what col or her purse was. she also wanted them to be here. When her hand clo sed around the strap. The house was bigger than she’d originally though t. and she had no idea where they were. . Soon she would be expected back at work. She’d missed a whole day. Could she go back to work? How would she explain her sight? She wanted to go home. and as she turned it. she opened her eyes. Her hand was on the doorknob. trying to reconcile her mental map of th e space with what it looked like. She couldn’t do it. the thought of leaving Lucan and Trey rushed into her hea d and pierced her heart with pain. Angelina walked into the large living room where she had left her purse. The sun was going down and it would soon be night. When no one appeared she felt a little disappointed.
but the next thing she knew. Angelina straightened. She ha d just enough time to wonder if these two were the Drierge brothers. w e are connected for all time. “Angelina. are you all right?” She sighed. His pectoral muscles were large. baby. and then th eir scents reached her nose. and had dark. Her recognition was cemented w hen one of the men stepped closer to her and spoke.” Lucan said as he sat down on the sofa next to her. on a more subconscious level she hadn’t bel ieved them. uncertainty in her voice. we won’t want to b e apart for very long. but then you walked past me and I knew. She looked up at Lucan and studied him. two men stood before her. and then his torso tapered down to slim hip s. She wan ted answers. “Angel. He ha d broad. You are the only woman for Trey and I. collarlength hair and dark eyebrows and eyelashes. Sandalwood and pine. He was very tall. You complete us in a way you will never be able to understand. muscular shoulders and biceps which bulged from beneath his black T-shi rt. She perused his length again until she was looking into his eyes once more. feeling a little less conflicted already. and even though she had accepted what they had told her on the surface.46 Becca Van She had no idea how long she sat there staring into space. We have been looking for you for more yea rs than we can remember. and long legs encased in black jeans. I can’t. “What did you do to me? I wa nt to go home but… I don’t want to. His irises were nearly black. We told you this last night. “Baby. you are our mate. What don’t you understand?” . She couldn’t blame either of them for what s he was feeling. Now that we have exchanged blood. We never thought we would find the woman of our dreams. She’d know Lucan’s voice anywhere. and she wanted them now. muscular thighs.” she said. her mind awhirl. They had both tried to explain to her what was involved if she l et them make love with her and exchange blood.
careful not to touch Trey. Trey was the complete opposite of his brother in coloring. She swung her legs to the floor. Vampires aren’t real.” “What? Are you for real? No way. and lashes were blond. What the hell? It was easy to open a door and step out. Whenever either of them touched her or she them. “Angel. She moved away from the sofa and the Drierge brothers. you didn’t really believe him. on another lev el she wanted to stay by their sides and never leave. She blinke d as tears pricked the back of her eyes. On one level she wanted to run and hide in her apartment.” Angelina stated adamantly and withdrew her hands from theirs. which means you are our wife. her body went up in flames and she could think of nothing but maki ng love with them. He knelt down in front of her. Angelina gave a moan of despondency and an xiety. pic ked up her purse. “We would give our lives to keep you safe. She was confused about what she felt fo r them. Once again.The Drierge Brothers 47 “What do you mean. but she co uldn’t make herself go through with it. brows. I know Lucan told you this last night and even though you accepted his declaration at the time. and stood. and she didn’t f eel nauseous anymore. his body was leaner than Lucan’s. You can’t be. Even though he was muscul ar. she couldn’t do it. and there’s no way I’m your mate or wife. wrapped her . then turned her back to the door and slid down the timber until she was s itting on the cold tile floor. I am your mate?” Angelina flinched when Lucan took her hand in hi s and Trey moved closer. His eyes were a sky blue and his hair. You are o ut mate. Her sight was getting better and wasn’t so hazy. Lucan and I are vampires. whatever you want to call it.” Trey stated quietly. and headed out of the room without looking back. did you? We have lived on this earth for over a century. She placed he r hand on the doorknob and tried to make herself open the door. She brought her legs up to her chest. and she couldn’t help but stare.
” L ucan stated from across the way.” Lucan reassured her hastily. She didn’t wan t them touching her. She clutched her purse tightly. “I think I know what’s going on. She felt them nearby. If you want to go home we will take you. the one thing t hat was real in an unfamiliar world.” The little smile he offered her went some way toward dispersing her fear and irritation. “We wanted to make sure you’re safe. “It’s among our powers. and she didn’t even know why.” . “No. “Oh. She knew t here was nothing keeping her here except her own conflicted desires. “So you didn’t control my mind. Tears seeped from her eyes.48 Becca Van arms around her knees.” Lucan said. “Last night Trey and I put up a protection spell around the property. She snuggled into the masculine chest and inhaled. Trey said. Angelina. “Protection spell?” she repeated. but didn’t look up. b ut she kept her head and eyes lowered. Trey sat down and cradled her on his lap. Angelina na rrowed her eyes. We w ould never do that to you.” Beside her. Muscular arms slid around and beneath her.” Trey interrupted.” Angelina looked between them in con fusion. The warm scent told her that Trey’s arms enfolded her. “Are you compelling me into not being able to leave?” she asked and waited with trepidation for the answer. but you put a spell on me?” “Not on you . but she felt as if her heart would break if she left them. “It’s there to protect you—” “What my brother is trying to s ay. She didn’t want to answer. and rested her head on them. but to admi t that aloud seemed like a confession of weakness. “is that we might have cast the protection spell kind of stro ng.” he answered. lifting her from the floor and startl ing her. I don’t unders tand why you feel you can’t leave.
“We’ll have to recast it so th at it doesn’t affect you. and she sighed with relief.” She watched as Lucan chanted under his breath and waved his han d in the air. but it might make you feel better.The Drierge Brothers 49 “Let me remove the spell. His eyes were nearly totally black. “Look at me. they were the window to a person’s psyche as far as sh e was concerned and even though he tried to hide his emotions. . She loved his eyes.” Trey requested of her gen tly. Lucan was wearing a guilty expression. “We’ll never kee p you here against your will. You didn’t do it intentionally.” “If she stays.” “It’s okay.” Lucan said. angel. “I feel almost normal again. “I’m not saying it’ll fix things.” Trey said. “If you want to go. drowning in the depths of hi s soul. She kne w he and Lucan had made themselves vulnerable to her by telling her what they we re.” Lucan said.” Trey explained. Funny.” At Trey’s words. but you should know that we sleep during daylight hours and are awake all night. honey. She dropped her gaze to the floor. she could see tha t he was worried or concerned. “Of course you can stay. Angelina looked up into his eyes and was lost. Angelina felt her body go tigh t.” “I don’t like tha the protection spell is disarmed. honey.” she stated. though. She was honored that they trusted her with their secret after knowing her fo r such a short time and vowed she wouldn’t betray that trust. Nothing visible happened. As soon as I’m able to leave. I want to stay… “I’ve decided to stay another night if that’s all right w ith you both.” she sa id. You don’t ever need to ask us. We didn’t mean for it to make you feel so sad. “I’m sorry. but immediately she felt the grip of des pondency leave her.” She watched Trey open his mouth and saw that his ey eteeth were sharpened and elongated. you may. I would like more time to get to know you. Lucan.
” Angelina went back upstairs and flopped onto the bed. you will be protected even when we are at our most vulnerable. Thank you for thinking of my safety.” She wanted to ask him how he could weav e spells. and how shocked she still felt at r egaining her sight. “When the spell is up again. or were all their feelings because of their claim t o be her mates? . “Is it okay for me to be alone f or a little while? I need to think. but decided to wait and deal with the issues one at a time. She would never suffer w ith loneliness again and she knew eventually she could learn to love them. I don’t think you will come to any harm. angel. but do you think it’s really necessary? Who w ould want to hurt me?” “We have enemies. Excitement permeated her body a t the thought of being with these two men for eternity. What innermost dreams and desires they had.” Lucan added. angel.50 Becca Van “But don’t worry.” “Of course. She’d woken up only hours a go. At first she could think only of the difficult ies she might encounter with Trey and Lucan. Slowly. What scared them and what their abilities were. But w ould they learn to love her. Call us if you need anything .” Angelina nodded. but she felt exhausted again. She wanted to learn ever ything there was to know about them. baby. her anxiety faded. but it’s better to be safe than sorry. There are those of our kind who have no compunction about harming humans. however. “All right.
They had never made Angelina feel so cold. so helpless. nearly de afening her until it finally faded away and she felt the presence leave. She didn’t think she would ever feel warm again. She wan ted to leave. The air was cold. her heartbeat racing. and her teeth chattered even behind her pursed lips. Icy. bangin g against the wall. so cold. Her senses were still better attu ned without the use of her newly healed eyes. and a cold sweat covered her skin. but the cold froze her in pl ace. and she couldn’t stop the shudder racing through her body. but she didn’t trust her newly reborn eye sight to interpret the images that would play upon her retinas. but was certain someone was in the room. her body shivered. like she had never felt before. gasping in breaths as she tried to calm her emotions. Her limbs were sti ff and cramped. She wanted to leap from her bed. but all she saw were . An evil laugh assailed her ears. She screamed when the door to her bedroom crashed open. She opened her eyes. Ev erything was icy. Her bones ached. Her heartbeat sounding overly loud to her. chilling the a ir. She didn’t open her eyes. Keeping her brea thing even and deep and her muscles relaxed. she lay still in hopes of deceiving whoever was in her room. but she was still too cold. she listened for a presence in her room and wanted to see. A frozen finger brushed against her cheek. to escape the room. Something had woken her from a deep sleep. so af raid. She knew it wasn’t quite dawn but al so knew it wouldn’t be long before the first rays of the sun would chase away the last of the night.The Drierge Brothers 51 Chapter Six She listened intently. It couldn’t be Lucan or Trey. An evil malevolence floated around her.
he should not have bee n able to get in. He and his kind take great delight in harming the innocent and also tur ning other unsuspecting humans into vampires. and they learned from us in . “Are yo u all right.” “I’m sorry you were frightened. Her brain finally cooperated with her frozen body. He might have found you here when I lowere d the protection spell yesterday evening. He just stood in this room and watched me. That’s what I don’t understand. “Nothing. I could feel the evil rolling off him in waves.” Angelina sat up on Lucan’s lap and looked up into his eyes. and she buried her head against Lucan’s chest. I have never felt so cold in my life. We have so many protection s pells around the house and the perimeter of the property. it’s okay. but I don’t think he bought that. We learned a great deal from them. His finger was so icy . “No. and she opened her eyes. honey. and tears streamed down her cheeks. What the hell is going on? Who was he?” “He is one of our enemies. Her tears slowed. “He is in league with the humans who hunt us.” Lucan explained. Then she was in their arms. W ho—what was that?” “He is like us but evil. shivering and shaking uncontrollably. I don’t know how he was able to pene trate our defenses. Her sobbing breath was loud even to her own ears. and she scrambled up the bed. findi ng herself on Lucan’s lap with Trey wrapping her in his embrace from behind. I’m okay. We will have to look into that. but also out to destroy everyo ne else. Th ey wrapped her in their warmth. “How is any of this possible? Why would that man be after me?” “Shh. What did he do to you?” Trey asked. baby. We won’t let anything happen to you.” Lucan answ ered. God. angel? Did he hurt you?” Trey whispered against her ear. I tried to pretend I was still as leep. and the co ld. “We studied with the white witches ma ny years ago. inh aling his familiar scent. He touched my cheek.52 Becca Van two blurs.
” Angelina replied with a smile. baby. but when we refused he became an adversary. “We sleep in our bedrooms just along the ha ll. Angelina. “I think we should arrange more protec tion for you. He tried to hide from her how stunned he felt by the attack against her. bab y. We cannot be with you during the day. There are movies in the cabine t in the living room to while away some time. stay in the house for safety’s sake today. The vampire who got in. I had images of you bo th sleeping in sarcophagi. Ange lina rolled out of bed and began to dress. We will have to be more aler t from now on. She blushed the whole time as Trey an d Lucan watched her. “That doesn’t sound very co mfortable. Please. “We must leave you now and rest. At first he wanted us to join his league.” Lucan said and held a hand out to her. When I knew you were coming I wanted to make sure you had nourishment.The Drierge Brothers 53 return. and then she took Lucan’s hand and let him lead her to the li ving room. Paulo Harold. that’s a relief. we wi ll call in a few favors and have you guarded during the day. Nodding. . We have roll-down shutters on the windows to keep any light out as wel l as heavy drapes covering the inside. There is plenty of food in the refrigerator and pantry. Make yourself at home.” Trey stated. and when we rise at dusk.” Lucan glanced at his brother. but his mouth was working independently of his brain.” Trey teased. **** Trey showed Angelina how to navigate their entertainment system. and he kills when he feeds. We sleep the deep sleep of our kind when the sun is out. turned evil when he began to study with dark magic. and I will show you how to u se the entertainment center.” “Well. Come. and we don’t won’t you alone and vulnerable. “Where do you sleep?” Angelina asked tremulously.
He cursed his ambivalent ignorance now. and women. Everything she did and said only deepened his resol ve to protect her. her eyes alight at seeing the faces of the actors for the first time in years. too. Trey knew other vampires liv ed in the city. Trey felt a renewed interest in protecting the inno cents of the world. Now he curse d that they hadn’t made an effort to find out more about their own species. for he had often sensed their presence in the streets as he sear ched for prey. Trey and Lucan had always interrupted and shunned h im in their naiveté. but when he had tried to advise them a bout the way of the vampire. Trey and Lucan had just been on the edg e of adolescence. love.54 Becca Van Not only had the protection spell failed to keep out one of the evil ones. They had known their good friend since they w ere young. and Vladimir had been the one constant throughout their long lives. and their parents’ violent murder had impacted them deeply. but had instinctively mistrusted others of their kind. H e was the one who had trained them and taught them to control their powers so th ey could help in the battle against evil. But he and Lucan had avoided the rest of their kind. that they had paid more attention to the time s Vlad had begun to talk of mating. They had vowed to steer clear of any other vampires. but t he vicious creature had gone straight for his mate. The exce ption to all of that was Vladimir. He wished. Trey and Lucan had become so sick and tired of the f ighting that they withdrew from the battle of good versus evil. In time. . He knew that not all vampires w ere evil or bad. He watched her face as she ran her fingers over the shiny co vers of their DVD collection. they had closed themselves off to all discussio n of the subject. Now that Angelin a had come into their lives. Lucan and Trey had withdrawn from vampire society ninety years ago when their parents had been killed by one of the evil ones. Thinking they would never b e so blessed to find their mate.
she decided to attempt to wander outside. Her movements were slow. and patience to get that skill back. She had often tried to visualize what the characters had looked like back then. they each kissed her on the temples and ascended the stairs to their bedr ooms. She walked t hrough room after room and imagined what the old-style mansion must have looked like when it was filled with guests in their evening finery. Angelina t urned off the entertainment system and meandered through the house. and she wiped the tears from her eyes. as if the air around her were viscous. This time. knew it would take time. but after reading only braille with the tips of her fingers for so long. now that she could watch sto ries come to life on a screen. She loved to read. In the mean time. but once she made her way . she didn’t want to miss out anymore. After admiring the bluestone walls and marble floo rs. **** The credits rolled over the screen. and to imagine the men and women living here under the strict rules o f nineteenth-century society. it was easy to push the feeling down deep and pull her self through the front doors. She remembered how to read in her mind. It was so wond erful to watch people’s expressions and the colors on the TV. She imagined this house playing host to a ball.The Drierge Brothers 55 He pushed his speculation aside and concentrated on Angelina once more. When he and Lucan were confident she could spend the day comfortably and safely in their home. She had watched a romantic comedy which had made her laugh and cry. and sh e planned to watch all the movies she had found in their entertainment cabinet. but she’d been frustrated just trying to read the titles of the movies. She had read her fi rst historical romance not long before she lost her sight and then had found som e in braille at the library at the school. because she knew why sh e couldn’t leave the house. practice. and to see emotions rather than imagine them was just too good an opportunity to pass up.
In her peripheral vision. though. She turned back and hurried toward the house. She made herself a small sna ck and had just begun to eat when she felt that evilness seeping in through the walls of the house. but she was fr ozen with terror. she felt the need for the comfort of food in her belly. the cold seeped into her body dow n to her bones. The black came nearer and began to gather into a solid lump. S he finally managed to push herself to her feet and slowly backed away. She ran through the front doors and slammed them behind her and slid the lock i nto place. The protection spells i n the gardens mustn’t be as strong as the ones near and in the house. she couldn’t see anything. She kept right on walking. She knew it was t here all the same. She didn’t tur n to go back inside. It was getting close to suppertime. There was a tall brick w all in the distance. She was getting used t o feeling heavy and tired as she traversed the estate.56 Becca Van outside. and she assumed that it marked the edge of the grounds. A malevolent presence crept over her again . sending a shiver down her spine. maybe what she imagined Aphrodite to look like. A black shadow crept through a small crack in the win dowsill. Though she stared hard. in the middle of a circle of hed ges. she caught movement near the kitchen w indow and turned her head. She looked around but couldn’t see anything. the more the feeling of despondency left. She rubbed at the gooseflesh on her arms and headed for the kitchen. She wal ked out onto the gravel path to study the fountain statue of a beautiful woman. As it had the night before. She thought she caught movement in the shadows at a corner of the wall. and she gasped with dread. She bumpe d into the doorframe with her elbow . she admired the vine-covered facade and the landscaped gardens. but the farther she got f rom the house. and even though she wasn’t really hungry. She moved around the fountain and followed the path. She wanted to scream and run.
Her head rolled to the side. That was her last sight as she slowly sank into unconsciousness. he c ursed and sprang up from the bed. She could feel his hand squeezing her throat. the black f og finally coalesced into a man. He wasn’t the same one who had invaded her room p reviously. but he was just as evil. trying to release the constriction around her throat. She opened her mouth to scream. **** With Luca n’s first waking breath. She didn’t know how such a thing was possible. T hough the evil warlock stood . just smiled maliciously and gripped her neck even tighter even as his hands re mained at his sides. Black spots fo rmed before her eyes. filling her lungs with life-giving oxygen. When she was about to step out into the hall. She could see the certainty of her own death in his black. but then the band tightened around her throat again. pink. he sought out his angel with his mind. She gu lped in a much-needed breath of air. When he felt her fading from him rapidly. bu t she only ended up scratching her own skin. and yellow. He followed t he faint trail of his mate. and she stared out the kitchen wind ow as the last of the sun’s rays diminished with a burst of red. moving with preternatural speed. He didn’t say anything to her . The pressure eased slightly.The Drierge Brothers 57 but didn’t make a sound. soulless eyes. but the sound was a rrested before it could form. She could feel his malicious intent toward h er rolling off him in waves. How is this possible? She clawed at h er neck with her nails. He brushed the edg es of her consciousness with his. finding her in the kitchen with a man who was dresse d in designer tuxedo. even though he wasn’t close enough to reach her. A gray stripe of silver ran down the middle of his head.
“Are you all right. That man was a warlock practiced in the art of black magic. taking her hand in his. The blue tint around her mouth an d on her lips finally faded. “Don’t try and talk. Cursing silently but eloquently. the warlock was dissolving into smoke. but Lucan paid him no mind. Lucan mentally cursed when he heard her husky voice rasp even more than normal and she winced with pain. By the time he tore his gaze from her face. he had Lucan’s mate dangling by the hold around her throat. a ngel?” asked Lucan. “Yes.” . though even as he felt his brother wake.” Lucan stated.58 Becca Van motionless.” Trey rep lied. She licked her dry lip s but ignored his suggestion. but I do know what. He took hold of her mind with his and made her take a deep breath. he remembered the fear and rage he’d felt at finding his woman near death.” “Why was he here?” “We don’t know. “Who?” “I don’t know who it was. honey. Before Luc an could react. flung by the warlock through the kitchen door. He kissed the back of her hand. instead keeping a hold on his mate’s mind until she was breathing on her own. Seething. baby. Lucan was just in time to catch her. preoccupied by the danger he had found her in. “I don’t want to lose our angel just when we’ve found her. I don’t want to cause you any more pain. He carefully placed Angelina onto the sofa in the l iving room. Even no w she still felt weak from her horrifying experience. Lucan called for Trey in his mind. Ange lina.” she replied. T rey knelt at his side. and her eyelids fluttered open. “We are going to have to tal k her into completing the mating bond with us. the warlock was slip ping out the kitchen window. We are going to have to try and find out what is going on. Lucan stood back.” Trey stated firmly through his men tal link to Lucan. Angelina flew through the air.
Lucan sigh ed. “I can’t. I don’t want her to fear what she would become. Trey. It seems our enemie s are targeting you. Luc an sighed with frustration when she pushed away from them and sat up. “We would need to exchange blood with you twice more for the exchange to be f inished.The Drierge Brothers 59 “I don’t know if she’s ready to accept everything that goes with the bonding. but I do know that I could never survive by living off other human beings. though he still wished there was more time for them to explain everything to her. baby? We just want to know you’re safe.” Angelina groaned. honey.” Lucan watched her intently. your life is in danger. They will come af ter you again and again. you are in danger.” Trey answered. . but you cannot fight them yourself.” “What happens when the exchange is complete? Will I be like you are?” Angelina asked. When she didn’t speak or grimace he contin ued. You are mortal. if I thought she would a ccept everything that goes with the mating bond I would have suggested it alread y. Please.” “Why are you frowning? What’s going on?” Angelina asked in a raspy voice. “You think I don’t know that! God. but when he tried to help she slapped his hand away.” “Oh God.” Trey explained. “Yes. “Angel. but we won’t do that without your permission. you will. “You’ll live as we do. We will do everything in our power to protect you. honey.” Trey explain ed. The only way we can keep you safe is if we complete the blo od exchange.” “Angelina. sleepi ng during the day and living off the blood of humans. The only way to keep her safe is to complete the blood exchange and make her immortal. It seemed they had no choice. She rose o n unsteady feet. They are not. I do n’t know anything about what you are.” “We can’t allow her to be in danger. Luca n.
and I can’t make sense of anything when you are here. controlled façade. She was made for them. He wanted to be there for h er when she needed help. “I don’t know. She’d had to be so indepe ndent when she couldn’t see. so I’m going. So much has changed. If she was in trou ble. but he was afraid that she wasn’t prepared for life as a sighted person. but you can’t keep me here. Lucan opened his mouth to try once more to persuade her . I’m sorry. He co uld keep her safe during in the dark hours of night. It de pends. That independence was showing now. that connection would be the only way to sense it. “You said I can go.” S he lifted her chin bravely. His angel grabbed her purse from the side table near the door and left without a backward glance. “Will you come back?” Trey asked. but she would be vulnerable throughout the day. He only hoped that the first blood exchange had established enough of a connection that they would be able to track her. .” Lucan could hear the de termination behind her statement and knew he couldn’t stop her from leaving. I need to go home. S he was so passionate beneath that cool.60 Becca Van “Then that’s just a chance I will have to take.” Angelina stated. But Angelina turned away.
Now if you don’t mind. “I told you he was dangerous. She’d put the glasses o n again when she was outside the building. but until she figured that out. He wasn’t tall for a man. “You could have let me know you weren’t going to come home. partly in anticipation of seeing Mark . I’ve been worried about you. She wasn’t sure how she was going to explain her sight to her friends and cowork ers.The Drierge Brothers 61 Chapter Seven Angelina had just unlocked her door and was about to enter her apartment when Ma rk’s whiny voice halted her in her tracks. He wasn’t handsome. but he wasn’t ugly. where the hell have you been?” S he turned toward him. “I’ve been visiting friends. but I do appreciate your concern. weren’t you?” Mark whined. Angelina. but he was a nicelooking man. only an inc h or so taller than her. She got her first look at her neighbor. and he wasn’t muscular. she didn’t mind pretending. “Angelina. He look ed soft somehow. If she had to describ e him she would have called him nondescript.” . “You were with h im. there was no need. You don’t know what you’re ge tting yourself into.” she stated and stepped into her apartment.” she answered coolly. He had brown hair and brown eyes. I’m tired and wou ld like to get settled. and his face wasn’t anything to rave about.” “As you can see. Mark. eyeing him through her dark glasses. Not feminine. but definitely not in the league of Lucan and Tre y.
T o feel the touch of their hands and mouths on her body. pleas e.” “Oh my God. He looked down as if he hadn’t realized he was holding on to her and causing her pain. and then he was gone. Mark. I didn’t mean to hurt you. On the other hand.” he stated and stepp ed back. Will I go back? She wasn’t cut out for the kind of excitement that seemed to surround the Drierge brothers . Angelina? What the hell is going on?” Mark bit out and grabbed her arm to stop her from leaving his side. Angelina. and she knew it was because she had left Lu can and Trey behind. “Let me go. I appreciate your concern. Mark. The first tear trickled down her cheek. glanced at her over his shoulder. Angelina. A ngelina met his gaze automatically. She thought back to how Trey had asked her if she would ret urn. Her heart felt as if it had been ripped out of her chest.” Mark scurried to hi s door. can’t you.62 Becca Van “Look. how the hell was she going to survive when she felt so damn lonely and despondent? Her whole body ached with the need to have them close. “I’m sorry. The sad expression on his face still bothered her. She had a bad fe eling about her neighbor. but then shrugged off her paranoia and stepped inside. He looked up and down the dimly lit hallway and then looked at her nervously. Then he smiled at her maliciously and gripped her arm harder before he removed his hand. peering at her face over the tops of her glasses.” Angelina cried out as his fingers dug viciously into her fore arm. But she could tell by the malevolent look in his eyes that he was lying . I don’t need you to look out for me. I have something I have to do. followed by another and another. She made herself a cup of tea and sat staring into space. However I am an adult an d have been looking after myself for years. realizing as she did so that she’d been caught . “You can see me. as I said before. “I’l l talk to you later. you’re hurting me. Oh crap. until she was crying incessantl y. No matter .” He stood on his toes.
but she felt compelled to search anyway. The y were resting on stone pedestal altars. The room illuminated. She had never been so scared in her life. She stood at the top of the stairs to the dark basem ent and took the first step. lighting the room. She slumped against the wall when she reali zed her bedroom was empty and slid down the wall to the floor. She cried herself to sleep. She was so torn up inside she couldn’t think straight. and even though she didn’t want to see wh at was inside. covered in sweat. she couldn’t prevent herself from continuing on. She was running through their house searching for them. let alone two. She didn’t want to see what was in tha t damp. she was goin g out of her mind. for . As she stepped onto the bluestone floor. She felt as if she were grieving for a spou se she’d never had. the y were nowhere to be found. She s crambled from her bed and flicked the light switch. and he r eyes rapidly scanned the interior. She sat up in bed gasping for breat h. and crying. What the hell am I supposed to do? How am I supposed to deal with this stuff? She couldn’t cope with the depth of her desire or handle the emot ion coursing through her. but she couldn’t find them. old-world flame torches sprang to life. She had never been so deeply enmeshed in another perso n. She screamed until she was hoarse and gasped with terror as the two cadavers lifted paperythin arms and reached for her. she couldn’t stop. craving their presence. no matter how hard she tried. She dreamed of them.The Drierge Brothers 63 how hard she tried. No matter how hard she tried or where she looked. dark room. Even in her sleep their separation tormented her. Once she started. God. and it felt as if she would die if they didn’t come to her. she couldn’t stop from walking toward them. She called their names ov er and over in her mind. Angelina screamed with horror as the mummified bodies of two male corpses burnt themselves on her retin as. She had been a virgin. She saw the two open coffins resting side by side in the middle of the room. She finis hed her tea and climbed into bed.
It wasn’t just her imaginati on. She covered her mouth to contain the sob of delight . girl. and two warring emotional faction s began to argue within her. and the despondency she had been fighting left her in a rush of warmth. You have been dreaming of your prince charming coming to your rescue and sweeping you from your feet for years.m. I don’t want to hear this. you know that’s not true. the idea terrified her. their heated gazes pinning her. What if they didn’t care for her as she did f or them? But you know they do.64 Becca Van God’s sake. She had never been so emotional in her life. that may be so. It wa s only ten p. She placed her fingertips on her braille watch. but you know it’s true. You don’t have to anymore. it was alm ost like they were there in the room with her. having no one but yourself to rely on. You’ve hidden from yourself out of necessity. There they stood. and she had given her body over without a qualm. Angelina pushed her inner voice aside and rose to her feet. Bu t I like being independent! Those two men want you to be their mate. That was so unlike he r. Well. The truth of that thought clenched her heart. Their scents and the warmth of th eir bodies surrounded her. If she concentrated. I’m not in love with them. It felt so much later. She was abou t to pour water into her cup when she felt them. Do I feel th em because they’re thinking about me? They seemed so close. It was as if she could feel their arms around her. And as for a dmitting it. but they would be awake now. so why not admit it. Shut up. She was always so independent and analytical. Just shut the hell up. You know yo u’re in love with them. She drew her dressing gown on and headed to the kitchen. She placed the kettle back onto the counter and turned arou nd. Now.
She felt complete since the first time she had left their house hours earli er. just waiting for Trey an d Lucan to satiate her hunger.The Drierge Brothers 65 bubbling up in her chest and felt tears leak from the corner of her eyes. and he licked along the seam of her mouth. c raving his touch and taste as if she had been starving.” “Angel. Her eyelids fluttered closed as he leaned in t oward her. She looked up and drowned in the depths of his bottomless blue eyes. But she knew she had to be with them. “Shh. even to sustain her own life. seeking entrance. t ake a deep breath. They enveloped her in their warmth. Angelina didn’t hesitate to open to him.” Trey stated. and then closed the distance. She wanted to go home with them. She groaned as he swep t her away into heated passion. and she leaned into him. if only to herself. Her blood warmed. The thought of drinking blood.” Lucan whispered into her ear. back and forth. Everything is going to be all right. and she sighed and never wanted to leave again. She sobbed with relief when their arms closed a round her. it’s okay. Lucan’s front touched along the length of her back. pulling her up against his chest from behind. There were still things she didn’t kno w if she could deal with. . She di dn’t ask them how they had gotten into her apartment. She was finally able to admit. Trey eased her back from him so he could see her face. I don’t think I can survive without either of you at my side. that she was in love with them. her arms slipping around his waist. We’re here now. She caught fire as she fell into his gaze. “I missed you so much. She moaned as he thrust his tongue between her lips and teeth. His lips brushed over hers. She took one step toward the m. honey. and cr eam began to leak from her pussy. He stared at her with such heat that her body began to respond. and she sighed when his lips finally met hers. still repelled her. She clu ng to Trey.
She wanted them both naked so she could touch. He lifted her into his arms effortlessly and slanted his mouth over hers. She wanted more. unimpeded by any b arrier. shades darker than t heir normal sky blue. wondering how she had gotten to her room so quickly. She rubbed her tongue along his. So much more. Trey and Lu can tensed at the intrusion. so gentle and poignant that it made her tear up. She gripped the lapels of the shirt in her hands and was about to rip th e material open when a knock at the door interrupted her intentions. He pushed his tongue into her mouth and tasted eve ry inch of her interior. masculin e flavor exploded onto her taste buds. and arouse to her heart’s content. She wrapped her arms around his neck and legs around his waist. She only had the first two open. He kissed. and then she was in her bedroom. He sucked her earlobe into hi s mouth and nipped at her tender skin with his teeth. She gulped air into her oxygen-depleted lungs and opened her eyes to look at Trey. l icked. Tr ey moved in behind her and pushed her hair to the side of her neck. Angelina looked up into L ucan’s deep. She moved her hands from around Lucan’s neck and frantically began to tug at the buttons on his shirt. She was abou t to ask Trey. She blinked her ey es into focus. He stood up straight again and turned her by the hands he had on her waist. He cupped her face in his hands and placed a kiss against her lips. explore. drawing a cry of arousal f rom her. His eyes had turned a deep blue. dark eyes and reached for him just as he bent down to her. and his dark. but that was just enough for her to slip her hands inside the parted material so she could touch his warm. clinging to him as if her life d epended on the close contact. and nibbled his way up her neck to her ear. hard flesh.66 Becca Van She clutched at Trey’s shoulders as he devoured her mouth until she had to pull aw ay in order to breathe. but he . She buried her fingers into his hair and held his mouth to hers as they ravaged each other with animalistic carnality.
I sense animosity toward you coming off him. His eyes kept shifting to Lucan. “Hi. “Angelina. She didn’t like the way he was glaring at her. She and Lucan stopped a few yards a way from Mark.” Lucan said again. He bent down so they could speak to each other without being heard. that can’t be. Angelina turned in Trey’s arms and hugged his waist. When Lucan wrapped h is arm around her shoulders.” Lucan called through the bedroom door. “I think your neighbor has feelings for you. and she could tell he was intimidated by his presence. He could be dangerous. angel. He has had years to ask me out. honey. what can I do for you?” she asked. I’m worrie d about you.” she whispered. “Shh. Your ne ighbor is at the door. “Baby.” Trey whispered. Mark would like to talk to you. Mark swallowed ne rvously and cleared his throat before he could answer. He pulled her back to his front and he ld her wrapped in his arms.” “No.The Drierge Brothers 67 placed a hand over her mouth to stop her. I don’t want anyone to know I’m here.” Trey whispere d in her ear. and he wishes to speak with you.” Mark stated and shifted from foot to foot. “Angelina. you have a vi sitor. “Are you sure we’re talking about the same man?” she asked. “Be careful what you say to him. He took her hand and led her into the living room. “Why would Mark resent me?” she asked quietly. angel. Mark. Trey released her and gave her a gentle push toward Lu can. I’m sure he would have if he had wanted to. she leaned against him and felt so secure and comfo rted from his touch. where she could see Mark waiting just inside her apartment entrance. She noticed he had one of his arms bent up behind his back and wondered if he was . You’ve not been yourself lately. He doesn’t like it that Lucan has come into your life.
but I’m perfectly fine. If you do see her.” Mark said with a high-pitched squeak in his voice.” Lucan commanded in a low. Lucan steppe d in front of her and hid her from view. He was a danger to us and to you. A ngelina could feel the power behind Lucan’s voice. Leave now and forget you ever saw me. and will fear being near h er. you will run away from her. As if in slow motion. and he turned back to her. The door snapped closed. To her horror. . hoping Mark would keep his attention on her. “I altered his memories and coerced him into leav ing. “I appreciate your concern. “Step away from him. “Yo u don’t know that. Lucan’s muscular arms around her gave her c omfort and the shaking lessened. You will avoi d her. even voice. Just when she was about to speak. she watched his arm come out f rom behind his back. She shivered as his deep. Lucan stiffened by her side. “I beg your pardon?” An gelina asked incredulously. Pushing that thought aside. I have never been so scared in my life.68 Becca Van hiding something.” he replied.” Angelina stated.” “Honey.” “No. he pointed a gun at her. he is obsessed with you and he was suspicious of Lu can. mascu line timbre caressed over her body. she concentrated on what he’d just s aid.” Trey explained as he came up behind her. I don’t think you are. Angelina. I had no idea he had feelings for me. She did hear what he said though. but he was so tall and muscular her effort was futile.” he stated through clenched teeth. Sh e was shaking and couldn’t seem to stop. “Yo u will leave Angelina alone and seek help for your mental problem. “Thank you. She moved away from Lucan slowly. You are supposed to be with me. “What did you do?” Angelina asked in a whisper and stepped into his arms. but made no sudden moves. She tried to see around him.
we do. His mind was all but yelling at us.” Lucan explained. “You can read minds. Have you been reading mine. My.The Drierge Brothers 69 “Yes. actually. “Oh. God. He was so easy to read.” Angelina whispered as she slid out from between them and backed away. too?” .
. I can show you what I say is true. you can re ad my mind. “How do I know what you let me see would be real?” she asked.” “How can I believe that? How do I know if I c an trust you?” “You can trust us with your life.” Lucan declared.70 Becca Van Chapter Eight “Yes. She wanted to belie ve that he was telling the truth. She looked up at Trey and then Lucan. I have not done so at any other time.” she whispered.” he explained.” Lucan said. believe me.” Angelina squeaked and walked over to the sofa. Angelina nibbled on her bottom lip.” “Shit. she was going to need to know that he hadn’t controlled her before.” Lucan replied.” Angelina whisp ered with trepidation. too. haven’t you? Oh God. angel.” Lucan said. Please. “I don’t know what to think anymore. We would do anything to keep you safe. I gave you my body. but after seeing what he did to Mark. “We can read your mind. “You’ve been controlling my mind. “Don’t you remember? You asked me t o. baby. her mind working at a fast pace as she tried to remember everything that had happened si nce she had met Lucan. “Angel. You’ve been somehow mesm erizing me with your voice. “The only time I have taken control of your mind was when y ou accepted the first blood exchange. I would neve r do anything you haven’t consented to. “How?” “If you let me near you. She sank down into the seat because she had no idea how long her shaky legs would continue to hold her.
She gave him a small nod and waited. She knew then that even if she was questioning her resp onse to these two men. honey.” Lucan explained. it was a startling tho ught. “Lean back and relax.” Trey stated. “Good girl. Trey sat on the sofa beside her and then pulled her onto his lap. doing what they had to do to survive. She’d never felt this way before and was pet rified it wouldn’t last. “We wil l need to sit close.The Drierge Brothers 71 “Vampires’ memories can’t be changed. I promise I won’t go searching through your mind a nd I would never do anything to hurt you. and comforted her. If Lucan lets you into his head. “How do I know I can trust you?” “Angel. Otherwise she would never have let them make love with her . more than anything.” he said. some part of her did trust them implicitly. She was terrified of becoming dependent on them for her happiness. Angelina could see the sinceri ty in his eyes. “How do we do this?” she asked. but didn’t like being away fr om them. Havi ng been independent for so long. “Honey. you are just going to have to have a little faith. but j ust remember why we’re doing this. you need to try and s tay relaxed. I will need to get into your mind so you may delve into my memories.” s he answered immediately. She wanted to trust them. Her body trusted them on a subconscious level. Now don’t try and block Lucan. Will you let me hold you and help you through this?” Trey asked. She had never let anyone as close to her as she had Lucan and Trey. She was leaning on his arm and resting her head on his shoulder.” Trey said and pulled her more firmly ag ainst him. only relying on herself.” . honey. “Yes. She loved the way they held her. kept her safe. then wha t you will see will only be truth. She hadn’t even finished the blood exchange with them yet. You may feel his presence in your mind. She just didn’t know if she could be like they were. They had crawled their way into her heart and she was running scared.
72 Becca Van Angelina closed her eyes and breathed deeply. and even though her first reaction was to tense up and push him out.” Angelina stated. but she bit down on her lip instead. but might never get the chance to meet . She concentrated on keeping her mind open and her body r elaxed. nostalgia in his eyes as he looked at her with longing. brought it to his lips. That he had controlled himself and astounded her. She felt the deepseated need to claim her as his. she didn’t. ge ntly pushing her back from his mind to her own. She took a deep breath and reached out to him. “I’m sorry. She wanted to cry out as emptiness threatened to consume her. He had told her the truth. He brushed against her once more . but she also felt his emotions. She opened her eyes and found Lucan s taring at her. He took her hand in his. She exhaled and loosened her muscl es as much as possible. That was the only way she could describe it. She watched his memories of h er from the first time he had seen her walking by on the street. but he had mastered his urges. She was aware of a slight brush against the corner of her mind. baby. and then he left her. It was unlike any yearning she ha d ever felt before. S he felt the loneliness he and his brother had endured. She experienced his elation when he had first seen her. Once he had shown her what she wanted to see. He began to recede.” . Lucan pul led her into him. He had wan ted to exchange blood so she could not leave him. She felt like he was drawing her spirit from her own body into his. It was like wat ching a home movie as the images flashed by. It’s our fault for not telling you so much about our kind. “You have nothing to be sorry for. and kissed her skin. he pulled her in deeper. He wanted her to come to him and Trey of her own free will. They had lived for over a century and knew they had one true mate.
she closed the lid on her small suitcase. she remembered what it had felt like in their presence. She hoped to never feel so scared and cold again. and I did when I let you make l ove to me. baby?” Lucan asked from the doorway. Angel. and right now I think our home is the safest place for you. “We missed you.” “Good. We’ve updated all our protective spells. sighing as he held her. Hoping she had everything she neede d for an extended stay. “Are you ready . and we can’t walk the distance.” “Don’t beat yourself up. “Angel.The Drierge Brothers 73 “And yet I do. Shuddering.” “Will you come and stay?” asked Trey. let m e go and pack a bag. She was going to have to contact the school and resign from her teaching position. The idea of staying with them just made her fee l safer. She felt in h er heart that she was doing the right thing. moist breath caressed her ear. The idea of being with them warmed her all by itself. The last th ing she wanted was to put innocent children in jeopardy by staying.”. maybe s he never would. I have always trusted my instincts. especially if she was being targeted by an evil vampire and a warlock. If she stayed with Trey and Lucan. are we going by cab?” . and I don’t want to be out on the street s where anyone can get to you. Your reaction was natural. Are you willing to trust us to get you to our hom e safely?” he asked. “Okay. Besides…” Lucan paused. That’s all we ask for now. “Um. It’s too far. we didn’t travel here by car.” Trey said.” she replied and hurried to her bedroom. but stay w ith us. I–It’s just when I saw what you could do to Mark. honey. Angelina shive red when his warm. “Yes. “We know you still have a lot to think about. Lucan’s and Trey’s voice s rumbled in her living room as they talked quietly to each other. I began to doubt myself . you aren’t safe here.
baby. and leaned her weight against him. and we live f or eternity. He passed her bag over to Trey and pulled her in close to his big body. but she felt light as a f eather and if she were floating. Wispy clouds passed her to one side.” she queried. Far below. The temptation to see was too m uch. and he took it from her and led her from her room.” he reiterated. tightening her arms around his neck. to know we live forever?” he asked. “How is this possible?” she asked breathlessly. She felt the brush of his mind against hers and d idn’t dare open her eyes for fear of what she would see. .” Lucan said against her ear . She closed her eyes. rel axing into his muscular frame. She felt vertigo surround her and had to close her eyes for a mome nt. baby. Does that scare you. “We have many powers. angel. bu t surely you can die somehow. the lights of Portland were spread out. angel. Come here. “I want you to close your eyes and relax. She pulled her jean-clad legs up and wrapped them aro und his hips. She opened her eyes and squeaked when she realized they were somehow flying . We are much stronger than any mortal. wrapped her arms around his waist. she made the mistake of looking down. yet she didn’t feel t he wind as they travelled.” Lucan sai d and held his hand out toward her. angel. We will be traveling in the way of our kind. and cars the size of toys m oved along the streets. “No.74 Becca Van “No. you’re safe. angel. We can d issolve into tiny particles that float through the air. Her brain felt disconnected from her body for a moment and then a breeze blew against her face. and we can move our bodies through the air without any effort. Then she very carefully moved first one arm and then the other unt il she was clinging to his neck. She walked over to Lucan with her case in ha nd. “Shh. As she spoke. We can control humans wi th our voices and wipe memories if necessary. Just remember I won’t let you get hurt.
angel. He took her mouth beneath his. because she had a pretty good idea that her body wasn’t whole. and the n he leaned down slowly toward her. If we bleed out. baby. and I don’t want you to become afraid. but mostly she didn’t think she wanted to . He kneaded the mounds of flesh. just like a human. She mewled in the back of her throat when Trey came up behind her.” “Why? What are we going to do?” she asked nervously. but kept her eyes closed. but we have rapid healing abilities and blood helps speed up the healing process so we can survive other grievous wounds. She moaned as his tongue tangled with he rs. He reached down and tilted her face up to his by cupping her cheek. we can’t sustain life. He gave her a squeeze with the arm he had wrapped around her w aist. Clos e your eyes again. She sobbed with relief as he began to kiss the side of her neck and his hands reached around to cup her breasts through her sweater. pressing hi s body along the length of her back. We’re home. we can die . If we are decapitated or our heart is pierced.” Angelina closed her eyes and gripped her arms around Lucan’s neck a little tighter. Take a deep breath. Every time he and Trey were near her.” Lucan said soothingly. “Just trust me. Finally her feet touched the ground. She wasn’t quite r eady to find out what Lucan had done to her. and then she felt him more firmly entrenched in her mind.The Drierge Brothers 75 “Easy. and then . “Yes. slanting it t his way and that in a rapacious hunger. but he kept her in close to his b ody. and I’ll have you ins ide in a moment. I’ve got you. and she felt so hungry for his touch. She released her t ight hold on Lucan and was about to step back. angel. She felt that fl oating. we die. the passion inside her built to an almost painful level. shaping and weighing her with his palm s. and she opened he r eyes to find she was now safely ensconced in their kitchen. disconnected sensation again. She didn’t know if she co uld keep them at arm’s length much longer.
Lucan lifted his head. “We want to make love with you .76 Becca Van he took their hardening peaks between his index fingers and thumbs and squeezed. and she opened her eyes to look at him. Will you let us?” Lucan asked in a deep. . angel. rumbling voice. She could see th e fire and need he had for her glittering in the depths of his dark irises and k new she probably looked just as ravenous as he did.
He pulled her into his arms and ravished her mout h. He ached acutely to have his cock buried in her dep ths and the taste of her sweet blood on his lips. “Do you still want us to make love w ith you? Do you want us to bite you?” “Yes. and he removed his clothes with the sweep of a hand.” she answered on a breathy sigh. It seem s to go hand in hand when we make love to you. Once she stoo d before him naked. warm body against his took precedence over talk. This craving for your blood durin g sex has never happened before. His h eart clenched when he saw the trust in her eyes. you ne ed to know that I don’t know if I can contain my need to taste your blood. He moved them to the bed with a thought. he looked his fill. In the blink of a human eye he carried her to her bedroom and lowered her feet to the floor once m ore. He didn’t know how much longer h e would be able to hold back from her.The Drierge Brothers 77 Chapter Nine Lucan waited with bated breath for his angel’s answer. “Then let’s go and fly to the stars. She was gorgeous and so damn sexy. Never had he felt such intense starvation for anybody in his entire life.” Lucan rasped. soft. She clung to his shoulders as if he were the only anchor in a wild storm. She blinked and looked at him with wonder. He craved to have her skin beneath his hands and mouth. He held her eyes with his as he and Trey removed her clothes. “Angel. but the need to feel her silky. angel. teleporting them and covered her body .” Lucan said and lifted her into his arms. He could see th e question in her face.” She groaned her reply. “Yes.
and Trey suckled at her br east while pinching the other nipple between thumb and finger. Lucan licked and slurped o n her pussy until she was writhing beneath him. Her skin was so soft beneath his hands and mouth. She cried out. and he looked up the length of her body to watch her as he caressed the sensitive bundle of n erves again. Lucan inhaled her sweet. His gums itched and his fangs exploded from them as he got closer to her mound. Lucan moved his a rms around her thighs and spread her legs wider. He pushed the tip just inside her entrance. Using his thumbs to gently open her labia. dips. She was s o damn tight. sati ny belly. and he was so fucking hungry. and valleys. feminine body. The bed dipped. he lowered his head to her pussy. and he felt as if the top of his head were about to blow off when her internal muscles rippled along his finger. and his hard cock jerked with anticipation when she grabbed hold of his finger. S he was so damn delicious. He lifted his mouth from hers and began to nibble and lick his way dow n over her soft. Her head moved restlessly on the pillow. He began a slow pace of advance a nd retreat while caressing her clitoris . He released one of her thighs an d rimmed her cunt with a digit. Licking his way down over her taut. Once her body released him. and he had never felt anything so exquisite.78 Becca Van with his. he began to gently push farther into her cunt. He slid h is tongue from the top of her cunt down to her dripping-wet hole. He desired the taste of her es sence nearly as much as he needed blood to survive. He flicked his tongue into h er drenched folds and grazed her clit with the tip. He loved the differences between them and traced his hands over her curves. an d Trey moved in close to Angelina’s side. She was so responsive to his touch that he had to take hold of her hips to keep her anchored to the bed. He massaged her inner wa lls and growled when she released more of her juices. musky arousal. He thrust his muscle into her depths and groaned as more of her cream coated his taste buds.
but he knew she wanted to be joined with him as desperately as he did because she begging him silently in her mind. He could see the questions she had. “Ho ney. so he couldn’t see her face. causing her pussy muscles to clamp on his cock and release more of her delectable cream. “Good. giving her time to adjust to his penetr ation. because the arousal in her mind triggered a bodily response. we want to make love with you together. He found her hot spot inside her pussy and massaged the pad of his finger over it again and again. he portrayed to her in images how he and his brother would take her together. “Yes. Lucan felt the need to be connect ed with Angelina by more than just their bodies. His arousal notched up another level. Her muscles fluttered and wavered around his pulsing flesh. Will you let us?” Trey asked from beh ind her. aching cock at her pussy entrance. Tr ey released her mouth and looked at him. but you will feel a little pinch and burn the first time I take your ass. He growled as his cock inched in farther and he could feel the head of his erection touching the entrance to her womb. and he followed her thought process since he w as still in her mind. Okay?” Trey asked.The Drierge Brothers 79 with the tip of his tongue. just say the word. He removed his finger and m outh from her cunt and moved up between her thighs. so instead of answerin g her verbally. and he was in danger of shooti ng off because he could now feel her desire as well. honey. If it gets to be t oo much and you want me to stop. Lucan gave him a nod and then picked hi s angel up and pulled her onto his lap. He carefully entered the edge o f her mind. and when she released him again. Trey was kissing her. . he slowly surged forward until his balls touched her ass. Don’t you. She must have liked what she saw. He grasped her hips in his hands and touched the tip of his hard. “Our baby likes that idea.” she answered with a sob. Lucan felt her hesitate. He groaned as he pushed in and held still. I won’t hurt you. angel?” Lu can rasped.
She trusted them without any apprehens ion. and he knew it wouldn’t be long before his fangs erupted and lengthened. justifying his query. and as her muscles relaxed. got some more lube. Trey stayed connected with her mind the whole time he was stretchi ng and preparing her for his throbbing cock. “Just lean on Lucan and relax. he withdrew from her. he began to withdraw again. His gums were itching. He started pumping his digit in and out of her ass. but when she did.” Trey whispered. he began to penet rate her anus. When he divined that his mate was ready for the next step. He wanted to know she was okay with everything he did to her and needed to feel connected to her on a more soulful level. **** The l ube was in the drawer. Once she accepted his digits and he had scissored them a few times. She didn’t trust easily or have many friends. Angelina. and squirted some of the gel onto his fingers. will you let me into your head? I want to be able to feel what you’re feeling so I don’t hurt you. but Trey brought it to his hand with a thought. She gasped when his finger slowly inched its way into her dark en trance. slowly increasing the pace of his thrusts in increments. he knew . He could feel what he did to her and g round his teeth together to control his barely leashed libido. “Yes. and began to push two fingers in to her canal.80 Becca Van “Okay. and when he came to the end of his reach. popped th e top. she w as almost loyal to a fault.” She answered him without hesitation. She was so open and honest and pure that he almost felt that she was too go od for them. Trey brushed against the edges of her mind and groaned at the sweetness he found there.” Trey said.” she sighed. “Honey. He lowered his hand and be gan to massage the viscid fluid into the skin of her anus. He could feel her excitement at what he did to her.
“Please move. The friction his thrusting hips caused on his hard. He stilled. and gradually. a short moment lat er. a nd moved in close to her back.The Drierge Brothers 81 she was ready. His hips pumped in a slow. One hand held on to her shoulder while the other held the base of his penis.” Angel ina whimpered breathlessly. He wanted to stay buried in her body forever. He and his brother began t o advance and retreat from her body with the slow pumping of their hips. As one surged forward. . by degrees. and he knew he was about to lose control. slathered his aching cock with lube. “Please what. Lucan withdrew from her cunt. but he also felt how the er oticism of the act turned her on. “Please. Trey uttered a guttural growl and began to pull his cock back out of her ass .” she cried o ut. He froz e again. and his mate surprised him by her thoughts and then. and knew she was ready for more when she fi nally relaxed around the head of his hard rod. pinching pain thr ough her mind as he rested inside her back entrance. baby?” Lucan asked. her actions. gentle motion until he was through the tight ring of muscles of her sphincter. Trey had never felt such joy and completion as he had loving his mate. He gradually began to pene trate her anus and couldn’t prevent a groan of pleasure spilling from his lips whe n her muscles gripped the head of his cock in a tight clench. He withdrew from her body. She used her muscles to push him out and surged back against hi m until he was embedded in her anus balls-deep. The scent of bloo d drifted to his nostrils. they began to spe ed up the pace. As he could also feel what Angelina felt. his pleasure was twofold. Trey groaned as his fangs erupted into his mou th and pierced his own flesh where he bit his lip for control. giving her time to adjust to his invasion. and he aimed for her ass. She moaned as her body clamped a nd released around his cock. He could feel the slight burning. the other withdrew. aching rod was absolute nirvana. As he pushed back in.
Will you let me feed from you. He gently cupped Angelina’s chin and tilted her head back so he could see her . and he knew he wasn’t going to last m uch longer. Trey continued to thrust his h ips. His gums and fangs were achin g. His beast was just begging for the exquisite taste of her life essence on his tongue as she climaxed. He wanted to make sure she went over into bliss before he did. and his gaze connected with Lucan’s. baby. “Sh h. He leaned down and licked along the side of her neck. I want to taste you. “Honey.” Lucan rasped. His brother’s eyes were such dark pools of desire. He surge d forward and held still while his cock jerked and shot load after load of semen into her back channel. and then his fangs receded. and then he growled against her skin when he slid h is fangs into her life-giving vein. and her body cla mped and contracted around his pulsing cock. She screamed with pleasure. I want your life’s essence on my taste buds. We’ll give you what you need. too. bite me. He roared wi th pleasure as she milked the cum from his balls while he fed from her. Angelina?” He gasped with another p ump of his hips. He lifted his head. He wanted to sink his fangs into her blood-rich vein an d feast on her sweetness. He swallowed her essence and felt t he loneliness and coldness of an eternity leave his heart and soul. The t hought of taking his pleasure first was untenable. Please? I need you to bite me!” she cried. gliding his cock in and out of his mate’s ass in countermovement to Lucan as his brother shuttled his dick in and out of her pussy. He was vaguely aware of Lucan’s shout as his brother also climaxed. had j ust fed from their mate. and he had a rosy hue to his cheeks as he. yes.82 Becca Van She clenched and released on him repeatedly. He wanted to gorge himself on her but knew he couldn’t put her life in d anger. “I—oh God. and he closed the two small puncture wounds with the swipe of his tongu e. He only took enough of her blood for a true exchange.
Do it! I w ant a part of you. “I can compel you. selfless person and knew he was beginning to fall for her. Will you do this for m e?” Trey asked and held his breath. . if you allow me to take control of your mind. released his hold over her mind.” she replied. to reside in my blood. both of you. and then their angel cried out once more as she tipped over the edge into rapture. He had never met such a kind. He brought his free hand up and watched as his fingernail elon gated and sharpened.” “Then yes. She was so goddamn beautiful with her rosy cheeks and passionglazed eyes. His brother copied his previous movements.” Trey pushed into her mind and took control. and turned her toward his br other. “Honey. honey and you won’t remember a thing about it. he closed the woun d with his tongue. When she had taken enough of his essence for a true exchange. easing his nowsemiflaccid cock from her ass. but I don’t know if I can do it. “Oh God. He slashed across his wrist and held it against her mouth. I want to feel you drink my blood. I want to please you so much.The Drierge Brothers 83 face. “Oh God. she is so perfect. loving.” Tr ey whispered. He lifted his sleepin g angel into his arms and carried her toward the bathroom.
Lucan then Trey rose and moved toward her. and images of her drinking their blood af ter they had fed from her assailed her mind. “How could you do that to me?” she demanded heatedly. . that’s all. She scoffed at hersel f. “Just shut the hell up. She remembered having sex wit h Trey and Lucan. Irritated. She delved into her hazy memories. her temper beginning to heat up. You want them as much as they want you. or will you find some of that backbone and accept that they only did what you want ed them to do? Angelina stood and squeezed her eyes shut. She threw on her shirt. thumping harder than necessary to smooth them. She searched for her clothes and f ound them on an antique chair near the side of the room. Shit. Yeah. She hurried down the staircase and found them sitting on the sofa i n the living room. They wormed th eir way under my skin. I can’t think when they’re near me. No . but she also remembered the metallic taste of blood in her mou th. since that worked so well last time. My body reacts to their presence. She stood just inside the living room door with her hands on her hips as she stared at them with ire. sh e flung the covers up the bed. Are you going to be a coward again. Why did I let them exchange b lood with me? I need to go home so I can think rationally.” s he muttered.84 Becca Van Chapter Ten Angelina jerked upright and looked about her room.
and empty without you. Don’t you dare back out now. “Honey. giving a gentle tug so they sat down beside her. “Look. We w ere so lonely. “It’s just that the blood itself bothe rs you. The thought of drinking bl ood to sustain my own life is totally abhorrent to me. “I understand how revolted yo u feel about feeding from fellow humans. and tha t inner voice sprouted loudly in her mind. took one of their hands in each of hers. are you angry with us or yourself?” T rey asked. I’m sorry I got so incensed. we would so we could have you stay by our s ide. You are very precious to us. if we could change what we are. we asked for your permission to exchange blood with you. What is wrong with you? There was no sense trying to argue with herself.” she cried. we have just existed. Please tell us what we can do so you can accept that part of our nature. but in that time. and that makes me very nervous. girl! Here are the men of your dreams and you are running scared.” Lucan said quietly. it seems like you want the closeness of drinking from us. But that’s totally impossible.” Angelina eyed them warily and was ab out to take a step back.” “I don’t know. We were just waiting to meet you. but her conscience got the better of her again. either. what if we continued to .” Trey observed. But if that’s the case.” “An gel.The Drierge Brothers 85 “Angel. How can you be angry with us?” Lucan asked. angel. and led them back to the sofa. We have lived for over a century . baby.” she explained. She sat in the middle. lost. “I know ou want to change me. You accepted. I do n’t think I could survive without you by my side. “I felt your acquiescence when I was in your mind and you verbally aske d us to bite you and exchange blood with us. I don’t think I can ever acc ept that. I don’t think I can do it. It’s just that I’m…scared. “Whenever you ask us to compel you. Angelina took a deep breath and realized she didn’t want to argue with Trey and Lucan. She met them in th e middle of the room.
but I want you to take the ti me to think things through before you reject us. I don’t know.” she answered with conflicted emotion. you will be connected to us within our minds as well as our bodies. If you want us to leave you alone. baby. Even though she abhorred the thought of drinking blood. I love you. Ple ase. If you decide to go through with it. gravelly vo ice full of emotion. She was overcome and overwhelmed by such actions. and soul. “I love you. You may never know how much. honey. we will give it to you. don’t say no. not being with these two men pierced her heart with pain.” Trey said in a deep. and stay out of your life.” Lu can said huskily. which will tie us together mind.86 Becca Van feed you while we’re having sex? Do you think you could accept the change then?” “I…Yes. Trey’s heartfelt declaration had filled her soul as no one else ever had. The se lflessness of their love and care and their acceptance of maybe having to let he r go did more for her than mere words. The moisture she’d held at bay spilled and trickled out onto her . She shifted on the sofa and looked at Lucan when he nudged her face around. Angelina. But at least we will know wh ere you are at all times and be able to keep you safe.” Lucan stated. is that once the change is complete. She was so full of love and hope she didn’t want to walk away from them and wonder for the rest of her life what could have been. “Baby. Angelina felt the last empty space in her heart fill.” “What Lucan is trying to say . Angelina felt moisture prick the back of her eyeballs. then you will be with us al ways. Oh. then we will. we have exchanged blood with you twice already. body. No. You will have our blood humming through your v eins. One of us will be at your side every minute of every day if that is what y ou wish. If you want space. “It will only take once more for the c hange to begin. I’m not forcing an answer from you. but I don’t want you to do anything you couldn’t accep t.
” “Angel. When it’s time. Angelina shifted on Trey’s lap a nd looked at him intensely. honey. you mak e us so damn happy. baby. but that didn’t help at all. “Talk to us. wrapping her i n his embrace. “I’m sorry . You won’t be able to eat food anymore. If you agree to the change. You will have the powers we have. but as long as I know I will only be feed ing from you two. “for you we would wa it for eternity. There’s so much I still want to know about yo u.“ She smiled tremulously. “Just give me a little time.” she whispered and then kissed her fingers and placed them on his li ps. but I promise we will take care of you and make sure you feed without any knowledge if that is your wish.” she declared and gently kissed his l ips. you will have to compel me to drink your blood. I love you so muc h. . I feel so full of life and joy. you will become a vampire.The Drierge Brothers 87 cheeks.” Lucan reiterated his feelings and then plucked her from Trey’s lap and placed he r onto his. Lucan. “I would very much like to spend eternity by your sides. and then she was wrapped up in their love and warmth. I want you to change me…but I want to wait a little longer. but remember you won’t be able to go out into the sunlight and will sleep the deep sl eep of our kind during the day. about being a vampire. Trey. I think I will be able to handle that part of my new life.” Trey said. She turned to Lucan and placed the palm of her hand against his cheek. you w ill be like us. “I love you. you don’t know how happy you’ve made us. She sobbed. Tell us why you’re crying.” “Honey. “You take such good care of me and you love me.” she explained with a sniffle. She took a deep breath.” “God. I know I’m not explaining very well. angel. about how my life will change.” Lucan requested gently and Trey pulled her onto his knees. It’s just too much to comprehend. You mean everything to me.” Trey whispered into her ear. “I lov e you. but it’s hard to put into words.
opened them. Only knowing her men were safe and not hurt would calm her. He ate her up with such hunger t hat she felt the embers which had been simmering beneath the surface flare to li fe.88 Becca Van He leaned down and slanted his mouth over hers.” Angelina gasped with awe when both Trey and Lucan began to dissipate before her very eyes. If it will make you feel b etter. He looked at Trey. you can lock yourself in your room. angel. “Angel. She sat on the sofa grip ping her hands as they disappeared. “But we must go now. She spun on her heel and headed to the kitche n. reminding her of fog swirling in a breeze. She coul d see the concern on his face and was about to ask him what was wrong. He stiffened and then removed his tongue and lips from hers. The frames of their bodies became obscured and then shimmered int o small dust molecules. and stepped outside. Back and forth she went until she felt dizzy. I want you to stay here and be very quie t. we’ll protect you.” “That won’t stop them!” Angelina whispered.” Trey said. She moaned as she tangled her tongue with his and reached up to thread her f ingers through his hair. She stopped and took a deep breath and exhaled slowly. .” Lucan whispered. but he pl aced a finger over her lips. “What…?” “One of our enemies has returned. She flinched when she heard a yell of pain from elsewhere in the h ouse and couldn’t stay still another moment. and then he placed her on the sofa beside him. She wanted to follow them and make sure they came to no harm. It didn’t help to diminish her anxiety. the direction from which the yell had come. Their particl es became so small they were barely visible to her eye. She jumped up and began to pace. but didn’t because she knew she could end up more of a hindrance than a help. She didn’t want them to leave her. “Shh. She rushed over to the glass doors. She entered the dining room and h eard a bloodcurdling scream of agony.
the warlock shook a gray-streaked lock of hair from his eyes and bared his teeth in an evil grimace. she couldn’t keep standing here. their expressions fixed between rage and horror. Both men seemed to have forgotten about him. She had never seen him clearly. and with a ga sp of shock. b ut the cold that permeated her body was unmistakable. her heart in her throat. Angelina made out the tuxedo the intruder was wearing. Pla nting his feet. She clawed at his hand with her nails. Her mates moved like sleek predators. and black spots began to form before her eyes. She beseeche d them with her eyes. she recognized the warlock who had attacked her in the kitchen. She whimpered with fear. Though she had no idea how to help them. They were standing in the middle of the g arden. the evil vam pire. the evil vampire lowered her feet to the ground and loosened the hold he had on her neck. who lay moaning on the ground. It was the evil one who had firs t slipped into her bedroom. Lucan had a gash in his shoulde r and Trey had one on his arm. in relaxed stances as they faced t heir enemy. t hey seemed frozen. and neither seemed overly concerned with the figure stalking toward them across the garden. She didn’t get to take more than one step before an icy-cold hand wrapped ar ound her throat and squeezed. Her feet left the ground. Trey and Lucan moved slowly closer. but that didn’t seem t o faze him at all. As they watched her. They stood near the warlock. Paulo Harold. Angelina sucked in great gulps of air. The dagger in Trey’s hand seemed too small to protect them. Angelin a watched. but sh e wanted to scream for them to run. she sought out her mates. and when her vision cl eared.The Drierge Brothers 89 Her eyes lit onto Trey and then Lucan. seemingly without a care in the world. begging . nor could she now. When she thought she was about to pass out from lack of oxygen. had her in his grip. Both of them were hurt and bleeding. Their cavalier attitude didn’t match their wounds.
She wondered why he thought so little of humans. we will settle our differences. couldn’t eve n make a sound with no oxygen coming through her constricted throat.” Paulo snarled. Why not join wit h us. “We have more food than we could e ver want and more power than these mere mortals can comprehend. and the pressure in her brain was excruciating as blood barely flowed to her head. We are so much more powerful than these sheep. We will prevail. You should have joined our side when you had the chance. but he didn’t let her. Her tongue felt like it was swelling in her mouth. “Come. Ang elina squeaked when the grip on her throat tightened to the point of unbearable pain. You cannot defeat us . She scratched at his hands again. . Paulo. We have the dark warlocks on our side now. She coughed and tried to push awa y from Paulo. “Let her go. she felt herself flying through the air.90 Becca Van them to forgive her for getting into harm’s way. As she was about to pass out.” Trey snapped through clenched teeth. If you want a fight. then fight me. “Ha! You and your brother are so self-righteous. Lucan. calm voice. Do you think you are strong enough to stop us all from getting what we wan t? You are so full of yourselves you can’t see what is right in front of your face . Paulo.” Lucan sai d in a clear. but th at thought left as he began to speak once more. but didn’t release her. Drierg e.” Paulo sa id. and together with the dark warlocks we can rule the Earth?” “You know we canno t allow that to happen. He squeezed her throat in warning and eased h is hold once more. We don’t want to have to hide our existence any longer. She couldn’t scream. indicating Angelina. You will be tried and decapitated if you do not l et the woman go. and there is nothing you can do to stop us. You think you can tell everyone how they should live their l ives.” “I think not. Don’t be a coward and use a defenseless woman as a shield. using her nails to dig deeply into his f lesh.
but she felt so weak. clearly visible. He was battling with the dark warlock. and she couldn’t scream when agony ripped through her shoulder. leaving her depl eted of energy and strength. Consciou sness was slipping away from her. Her sluggish heart be at loudly in her ears. She could feel lethargy traversing her body. down her arm and side. She wanted to go to them and help them. and what little air she could capture wasn’t enough to fill her lungs. aimed at each other. The tip of the spike protruded through her shou lder. . They stood at least ten yards apart. She heard an evil chuckle and moved her eyes toward Lucan. Her breath was rasping in and out of her crushed esophagu s. and she knew she was dying. What little air she had managed to pull into her lungs went rushing out. and her vision was hazy. blood seeping from another slash on Trey’s chest through his white T-shirt. She looked down at her shoulder and felt a weak shu dder of fear move through her. and sparks and fire shot out of their hands. A wooden peg pierced her flesh.The Drierge Brothers 91 She saw stars as her body slammed into the house’s brick wall. and her blood was flowing rapidly from the wound. She saw Trey fighting with Paulo .
Trey clenched his teeth on a roar of fury. In his haste to eliminate the first thre at he sensed. His mate was in dange r. but h e didn’t dare move in case he put Angelina in more jeopardy. He had been about to leap on the warlock when the circumstances of the battle had changed. Paulo had only shown hims elf moments ago. He leaped toward him and slashe d his claws down his side. he hadn’t thought to scan for anyone else. . trying to heal the wound quickly. but none of them would be safe until they dispatched with the evil one. He wanted to dispose of the evil vampire until there was nothing of him left but dust. He stabbed the tip of the metal blade d eep into Paulo’s chest and yelled with satisfaction as it gouged the bastard’s flesh . Paulo w as distracted.92 Becca Van Chapter Eleven Trey had been so wrapped up in his battle with the warlock that he hadn’t seen Ang elina coming out until it was too late. He hadn’t seen or felt Paulo’s presence and cursed himself. Bruises were already forming on h er white skin where that motherfucker was squeezing her throat. and now Trey wondered if the warlock had only ever been a decoy . afraid of goading his enemy into h urting his woman any more than he already was. ripping him open from chest to hip. Paulo flung Angelina aside as if she were no more than a bug beneath his foot. Fear permeated his body as Pa ulo sped up behind his mate and wrapped his hand around her throat. Trey pulled the silver dagger f ree from its sheath and plunged forward. Every cell in Trey’s body cried out for him to go to her. Snarling.
She was slip ping away from them. “There’s no time. He sped through the house and gently laid her down on h is bed moments later. You go first. His enemy burst into ash that dispersed on the night’s gentle breeze. Trey carefully l ifted her into his arms. his face conflicted. for the one thing that had occupied his thoughts throughout the fight.” Lucan snarled. Angelina. Lucan entered the room right behind him and took her hand into his. “We have to change her now.The Drierge Brothers 93 A full-body shudder ripped through the evil one. He hoped she stayed unconscious until he could pull the wooden spike free from her. then the garden was silent. Trey heard Lucan’s snarled c urse. but before he could pitch even one. his heart clen ched at the thought of the pain she would feel if she woke. Only the gift of immortality could save their mate now. . Angelina would be in no danger now.” Tr ey urged his brother. and his knees nearly buckled when he beheld his mate. Trey panted. It seemed agonizing to remember that they had been about to complete the last blood exchange right before the attack. She’s dying. as he thought Lucan must know. You’re right. He pushed into her mind and could only feel a small trace of her soul. Lucan m et his eyes. and she was making an a wful rasping sound as she tried to get oxygen in through her crushed throat. Trey jumped back. already looking around for his fo remost concern. exultant. the bastard disappeared in a shimmer. He spun around. She was covered in blood.” Trey whispered in torment. If only they’d had more time. He summoned fireballs and lightning from his fingers and hand. “Yes. He was by her side an instant later. They had no other choice. and looked away. He turned to help Lucan defeat the dark warlock. The silver dagger had pierced Paulo’s heart. Though he wanted her to open her eyes again. Trey waited for his brother’s a greement. and he groaned with the anguish and fury bubbling up in his chest.
Trey felt himself relax a little. Trey had no idea what to exp ect as their mate went through the transformation. When Lucan had completed the exchange. He pushed deeper into her subconscious and f orced her to swallow his life-giving blood.94 Becca Van Lucan’s attitude didn’t upset Trey. The b leeding stopped. He cursed his ignorance and w ished he had taken the time to listen to their good friend Vlad when he had trie d to explain the transformation process to them. Once he had taken enough blood for an exchange. about sharing every facet of their lives wi th the one they loved. He knew it was because his brother was afraid fo r their mate. Once their woman was tucked between the cool. and her breathing eased slightly. As long as it work s. He sat on the bed and pulled Angelina onto his lap. about how their mate would join them in immortality. Hindsight was such a wonderful thing. She screamed. The wound began to close as the healing properties of Lucan’s sali va worked in concert with the transformation Angelina’s body was undergoing. He slashed her shirt with an elongated nail to reveal the wound. The sound was so bloodcurdling that the hair on the back of his neck rose on end . He gently passed her over to Lucan a nd watched as his brother repeated the ritual. he lapped over Ang elina’s shoulder. wishing she were awake. clean shee ts. He had dreamed about this moment. Trey was just debating on whether to call on Vlad when Angelina sat bolt upright in bed. Lucan mimicked his actions on the other side of Angelina. Though it would take her torn muscles a little longer to heal. Please let it work. her eyes wide open. Lucan placed their woman onto the bed. Trey sat down with his back propped against the headboard of the bed. he bit his wrist and held it to her mouth. and together they cleaned the last of the blood from her and put her to bed. and then he placed his mouth on her damaged shoulder. Trey watched Angelina‘s face throug hout. He hadn‘t dreamed it would be like this.
he wasn’t sure he would have asked her to go through the blood exchange. he became frigh tened. Vlad was tr ue to his word and burst through his bedroom door five minutes later. hoping to make her more comfortable.” Lucan snapped. and he called upon it now. Trey pressed back into her m ind.” Trey stated h oarsely. we have great need of you. Had he known what she would have to endure. . He was about to pull her into his arms a nd try to soothe her. Her body broke out in a film of sweat which covered her silken white skin. He took in the scene before him at a glance and stopped beside the bed to stare at their a ngel. Wh en she began to convulse and blood began to seep from her pores. It was excruciating. and Lucan move d to the foot of the bed to hold her legs and hips. He wondered if she’d had a nightmare and prayed she didn’t suffer too much. All he knew was that her body was transforming and he r internal organs restructuring so she could digest blood to sustain her life. He leaned over her and placed his han ds on her shoulders to hold her still so she wouldn’t hurt herself.” Vlad replied. and he could feel he r organs reshaping. “Vladimir. but she flopped back onto the bed. White-hot fire spread throughout her body. Come at once. and perspiration began to run in rivulets from her brow down her face.” “Five minutes. and her pain filled him at once. “I think we should contact Vlad. “Yes. neophyte. H e adjusted the bed covers. Trey and his brother had formed a mental connection m any years ago with the wise vampire. her eyes once more clos ed as she drifted back into sleep. I need to know she isn’t dying. Her back bowed off th e bed.The Drierge Brothers 95 and chills raced up and down his spine. but his heart would do anything to spare her this pain. His mind knew that the pr ice would be worth it for he and his brother to be beside their mate for eternit y. but she began to move restlessly. Like nothing he had e ver felt before. and then she began to thrash.
almost translucen t look to it now. Then. Her skin had a creamy-white. Then Vlad pointed to Lu can’s shirt. She looked s o peaceful as she lay on his bed. She took a deep breath of air and then expelled it. “Do you want to tell me what’s been going on? Who did you battle?” Trey wondered for a moment how Vlad knew they’d battled anyone. He nearly forgot Vlad was there until his friend thumped a hand on his shoulder to get his attention. Trey nodded again and felt Vlad’s presence in her brain. Her cheeks weren’t as rosy as they had been. which was torn and bloodied where he had been attacked even though th e wound beneath had long since healed. “Let me touch her mind. She won’t awaken until you do. Trey and Lucan took turns explaining all that had occurred and describing how their mate had been at death’s door. His heart was beating out a rapid tattoo. She was so beautiful. and because you didn’t want to listen to me. I need to see what is happening. . She continued to wri the and convulse.” Vlad stated. but her lips seemed to be tinged a deeper hue of red.” Vl ad explained. His tens e muscles relaxed when their woman continued to sleep without pain. “All will be well now. and he wanted to be able to change places with her so he could endure her pain for her. Her mind isn’t fighting the change anymore. an d she once more lay quietly on the bed in a seemingly peaceful slumber.” Vlad said. her body went lax. and he was so entranced with her that his friend’s voice faded into the background. He felt his teacher and friend compelling her body t o accept the transformation rather than try to reject it.96 Becca Van “You have gone through the blood exchange. you are scared for your mate. to his immense r elief. Trey pulled his lips in tight and nodded in confirmation as he turned back to watch Angelina. She will rest comfortably for the rest of the night and well into the day.
Trey shared his brother’s frustration. All t he more reason for me to find out what the dark warlocks are up to. he turned his gaze to Angelina. “I think I know the one you described to me.“ Vlad said. I hope you have told her everything she needs to know a bout becoming one of us. That sounded so mu ch like Angelina that Trey began to feel nervous.” Lucan said. she nearly died. i f you ask me. The woma n so abhorred feeding from humans. and it seems the battle is not yet over. We have only ski mmed over some of our powers.” “This isn’t the first time they got in.” “The asshole in the tu x?” Lucan asked drily. They h ave been weakened by a counterspell. His name is George Kite.” he said . but Vlad said. Of course she has a lot to learn.The Drierge Brothers 97 “She’s going to be fine now.” Vlad replied. She has told us already she won’t be able to drink from humans and therefore has accepted that we will have to compel her to feed from us alone.“ Vlad paused. You need to redo your protection spells. “But we can’t die that way.” Vlad stated. We have battled long and har d. and they have access to spells that you and I would not stoop to use. my friends. Trey looked up at his friend to answer. “That’s the one. and it seems we will have to fight him again. “Right?” “A vampire who goes too long without sustenance will weaken. “Our enemies are determi ned.” Somberly. we won’t. I’d say that was how the warlock and evil one were able to breach your perimeter. “Th ose who refuse to drink eventually slip into a coma. Then I will leave you to see to your woman. “Angelina is going to let us feed her . but she knows she will have to ingest blood to sur vive. and then went on. “I hope you won’t have to go through the same thing.” “It’s been many years since I’ve seen a human turned and it wasn’t pretty.” Lucan sna rled.” “No. Little better than death. I . I’ve encountered him be fore. “She knows some of what to expect.” “Good.
For now I will leave you to settle your mate into our way of life. You stay here with our angel. By the time he climbed into bed beside Angelina. then returned and urged Trey to do the same. Reluctant to leave his angel. he could feel the reinforced energy of Lucan’s protection spells. and he also wanted to know why the dark warlock and the evil vampire had targeted Angelina.” Vlad said. but I’d rather one of us was with her if she d oes. I will organize a meet to discuss the problems we are f acing when I gather the information I need. He could feel the pull of the earth an d sun. . he f elt like a much younger man. I don’t think she’ll awaken.” Lucan spat out. to protect the innocent and rejoin the fight against evil. He still had bouts of impatience. Sighing. eager to learn everything about his love. an arm over her waist. a trait he had cultivated with some difficulty over his long life . Lucan left to feed. “Shit. Glad at least to hold h er while they slept the deep sleep of his kind. I’m going to reinforce our perimeter. Trey fed quickly and returned to the house at onc e. “Let me know if you need any thing. he let his mind and body be pull ed into the darkness. He wanted to know that their woman was amply protected from their enemies. The night passed slowly.” Lucan was gone a split second later.” Vlad’s bo dy began to disperse until his body had turned to small dust particles which str eamed from the room. and his eyelids became too heavy to keep open. He moved in close to their woman until he spooned her body. his brother was already lyin g next to her and the sun was scarce minutes from rising. Call me if she so much as twitches. but now that he had a wife at his side. Trey reached over and brushed the hair away from Angelina’s face. and as Trey sat on the side of the bed watching over their mate. he resigned himsel f to patience.98 Becca Van would be grateful if you would join us again. “I can’t believe I didn’t detect the breach i n our protection charms.
Trey was awake and in her head as well. tracing the dips and curves of her form. He watched her face as he cupped her breasts. He coaxed her into kissing him. keeping his eyes on hers. and her pupils were so condensed they we re barely a pinprick. monitoring their mate as well. her head moving slightly as if she were trying to get closer t o him. Their mate was going to wake up with a voracious hunger. and then he took the now-turgid peak between his finger and thumb and gently squeezed. and she mewled and arched up into him. She reached up with one hand and brushed her . She sighed and sn uggled up to him. Her eyes were a deeper shade of violet. He gently pushed her until she was lying on her b ack and leaned over her. He wanted to be buried in her body balls-deep when she bit him. He savored the sensation of her in his arms and pulled her in closer to him. His dick pulsed and stiffened even more as he imagined her newly formed fangs sliding into his flesh. His cock harden ed quickly at the thought of his woman feeding from him.The Drierge Brothers 99 Chapter Twelve Lucan was aware of his angel draped across his chest when he took his first waki ng breath. She didn’t disap point. so he placed his thigh over hers to anchor them. Lucan slowly lowered his head and brushed his mouth over hers. His angel moaned and her eyelids fluttered open. They dilated when Trey began to caress her belly. He rubbed his thumb back and forth over her nipple. he moved his hand up and down . Her legs began to move restlessly. and with long sweeps. and then his brother’s hand moved lower. Lucan began to ca ress the length of her body. He brushed against her mind and knew she still wasn’t quite awake.
warm belly. His gums began to itch . He had to love her now.100 Becca Van fingers into his hair. Lucan made himself comfortable between her thighs. and he knew he was in danger of losing control. be cause I want her hot. Trey. He thrust his tongue into her a s far as he could and curled the tip to collect her cream. His teeth scraped over her hard nub. He li cked.” Lucan said telepathically. He flicked his tongue over her clit. and when he was above her moist sex. . and she bowed so high he had to hold her hips to keep her from bucking him off. and then h e began to nibble his way over to her neck. and he moved up on the bed until he was at her back. nibbled. He laved the peak with his tongue and delighted in the sounds she made as he and his brother inci ted her passion. He tasted every inch of her depths and knew he would never ge t enough of her. He kissed his way down to her chest and sucked one of her dark. He opened his eyes and looked up her body to see his brother kissing her passionately whi le cupping both her breasts and pinching her nipples. and he swept his tong ue into her mouth. and lowered his head to her vagina. She now faced Trey. wet cunt. “Good. and the scent of her blood called to the beast always on alert inside him. He couldn’t hold off anymore . and then he continued his journey down her body. rosy nipples into his mouth. feminine arousal. The flavor of her ess ence exploded on his tongue. He groaned deeply when she opened up to him. “I want her ass. He licked from her engorged nub. musky. He slowed the kiss until he was sipping at her lips. and thrust into her until she was writhing beneath him. usin g his shoulders to keep her legs splayed.” Lucan released his hold on Angelina’s hips and help ed his brother to turn her onto her side. She released his hair as he kissed and licked over her so ft. he inhaled her delectable. and he growled as he delved back in for more. down through her slick folds until he was at her pussy hole. He inhaled deeply. She clutched a handful of his strands and lifted her head to meet him.
loosening her muscles. She mewled softly as his brother slid into her body. He withdrew his cock to the tip. That’s my angel.” Trey said. and hel d it up in the air. keeping their angel occ upied and her fires burning. preparing her for his aching cock. He held still . When Trey was in their woman to the hilt. and when she was used to one digit. “You want to hear what we have in store for you?” “Sur prise me. Lucan conjured a tube of lube and popped to lid open. he went back for m ore lube and began to penetrate her with two. Smiling. giving his brother the signal it was time to love their woman. He slowly bu t surely began to push a finger into her back canal. and Lucan began to prepare her ass. He pumped his digits in and out of her body. Trey began to pull from her cunt. When he was buried bal ls-deep into her tight channel. When she sla ckened her hold on him even more. and as he pus hed back in. He and his brother were still in her mind and could feel . and then he lay beside her. He and Trey loved her at a leisurely pace. His gro an joined Angelina’s as he forged through her tight ring of muscles. moist cunt. and when she stopped clamping down on his dick so hard.The Drierge Brothers 101 “We’ve got a plan. He coated his e rection with the more gel. Trey grimaced with pleasure. Trey released her mouth and placed a hand at her hip and beg an to penetrate her pussy. and Lucan remembered what it felt like to be buried in her tight. angel. He massaged the cool gel into her anus and smiled when she sobbed into Trey’s mouth. His breath rasped in and out at a rapid pace. he began to invade her ass farther. giving her time to adjust to his intrusion.” she murmured. He wanted to go slow and savor th e exquisite sensations of loving their woman and not to have it end too soon. he aimed hi s cock for her little pucker and slowly but firmly began to push inside her. Trey was kissing and caressing her. spreading them apart. lifted her thigh. he nodded at Trey. making sure she felt nothing but pleasu re. and his heart beat franticly. He wiggled his finger aroun d. he knew she was ready for him.
His littl e woman let her instincts take over. and she began to keen in the back of her throat. but it quickly melted into joy as the blood filled her mouth. In her mind. She licked along the length of his neck. She was sobbing constantly now. and Trey stayed with him every step of the way. W ith no other woman had he ever felt the connection he had with Angelina. but she had no idea that she was craving the taste of their blood. He picked up the pace of his pumping hips. her mind didn’t know what to make of the sensati on. nurturing nature. Lucan was prou d of her. He began to surge into her harder and faster.102 Becca Van what she was feeling. and he knew she wa s getting close to climax. He and Trey advanced and retreated in counterthrusts. but it didn’t affect her pleasur e. he felt her pleasure heightening with every thrust of his hips. making sure the friction of their flesh sliding together only gave her pleasure. slowly spe eding up. When she tasted Trey’s blood on her tongue. and he would do anything to keep her safe. and then she bit down. and she reached out. being able to sense what she fe lt as they made love to her. . Lucan withdrew his cock and surged back in again. sharp digs. that was one of the things he liked most about her. She had such a loving. He could feel the hung er in her as he made love with her. He pushed further into her mind. Even if she was too willfully independent at t imes. He ch anged his thrusts from long and deep to short. intent on compellin g her to drink from Trey and then himself. but he didn’t get the chance. bringing Trey’s head clo ser to her. making sure she was filled w ith one of them at all times. even give up his own life. She was the love of hi s life. Her muscles squeezed and rippled around his hard cock. She was getting close to climax. She screamed with pleasure and climaxed at the same time she began to feed. It was a heady experience. Her body was conflicting with her mind.
The Drierge Brothers 103 Her muscles clamped down onto his cock, and she screamed against his brother’s thr oat as she flew into nirvana. Trey groaned as he climaxed and let her take her f ill from him. He finally pulled her from his throat and, using his mind, told he r to close the wound. She did so with the flick of her tongue and then took Luca n’s hand in hers. She brought his wrist up to her mouth, and he growled deep from his chest as her incisors sank into his vein. He thrust his hips one last time a nd held still as he reached his peak and filled Angelina’s ass with his cum. His m ate continued to climax around him and his brother as she took her fill from him , too, and then closed the wound without being told to. Lucan stayed in her mind as the last tremors of her orgasm faded away. The only sound left in the room w as their harsh, rapid breathing. He could feel her conflicting emotions as she p rocessed what she had just done. He slowly withdrew his semierect cock from her ass, and Trey pulled out of her pussy. He got off the bed and scooped her up int o his arms. Striding toward the adjoining bathroom, he could see the turmoil in the deep pools of her eyes, but she didn’t say anything. She wrapped an arm around his neck, clinging to him as if he were her only lifeline in a raging storm. Lu can stepped into the shower, and Trey followed. Trey washed her hair, and Lucan became concerned when she didn’t react. She stood docilely until she was clean. He turned off the shower and stepped out, waiting for her until she stood before h im on the bathmat. He dried her off, and Trey led her back to the bedroom. He si ghed, because he knew once she got her head around what had happened, the questi ons would begin. He only hoped Angelina didn’t become hysterical. Her clothes lay waiting for her on the bed, conjured by the power of Lucan’s mind. She pulled her clothes on, her movements jerky, her hands shaking. He wanted to pull her back i nto his arms to hold and comfort her, but knew she needed to keep her distance f or now. She
104 Becca Van was the one to lead the way from Trey’s room and down the stairs to the kitchen. S he went straight to the kettle, filled it with water, and put it on to boil. He let her do the mundane task, knowing he was going to have to stop her from actua lly drinking anything. If she did, his angel would end up very ill. Lucan claspe d her wrist gently when she reached for a mug in the cupboard and gently guided her to the kitchen table. He sat down on a chair and pulled her onto his lap, wr apping his arms around her waist. “Angel, you don’t need coffee. If you try to drink or eat anything you will get violently ill,” he explained quietly. He waited for the eruption, but it didn’t come. He looked down at her, and pain pierced his hear t when he saw the tears streaming down her face. “Nothing? I can’t eat or drink anyt hing at all?” “Honey, you are like us now. So no, you can’t exist on anything but bloo d,” Trey replied as he sat next to them. “Shit.” She rubbed her hand over her face. “I k now. I mean, I remember parts of it. And I feel different, now.” She lowered her h and and looked at it closely, as though expecting to see some outward sign of th e change. Lifting her gaze to Trey, she went on, “Why did you do it?” “You were dying, baby. You wouldn’t have lasted long enough to get you to a hospital if we hadn’t do ne it. Once the transformation began, your body was able to heal.” “And,” Lucan added gently, “you already agreed to the change. You said you wanted—” “I know what I said,” she interrupted, through clenched teeth. “But I was wrong. I’m not ready. I don’t want to have to drink blood to survive.” Lucan tried to take her anger calmly. “Baby, I can’t even imagine what you’re going through right now. We’re here for you while you go th rough this transformation, but your natural instincts are going to make you do s ome things you may
The Drierge Brothers 105 question.” He hesitated and looked to Trey before continuing quietly, “We didn’t have to compel you to drink our blood this time.” “No! I couldn’t have. I would never have done such a thing,” she replied, vehemently shaking her head. “We didn’t force you int o feeding from us. Think back and remember, Angelina. You know in your heart wha t we’re saying is true,” Trey stated gently. “Oh God, I’ve turned into a leech,” she whisp ered. Lucan felt pain stab his heart at that statement. Her words hurt him more than he would have ever thought. He knew deep down she didn’t mean to wound him wi th her thoughtless words, but to hear her say such a thing tore him up. He saw t he flash of pain in his brother’s eyes and knew he was just as upset. But then he realized she had just gone through one of the most traumatic experiences in her life and was understandably upset because of the transformation. “How the hell am I supposed to live a normal life?” Angelina snapped and rose from his lap. She beg an to pace back and forth over the floor in agitation. “You can’t, angel. From now o n, your life as you know it doesn’t exist,” Lucan replied. He knew he was being hars h with her, but she had hurt him and he wanted to lash back. At least he spoke t he truth. She spun back to face him, and he could see the pain he had caused her . He couldn’t stand that he had offended her with his words, so he stood and moved toward her. He took her upper arms in his hands and pulled her into his body. “I’m sorry, baby. I know that was harsh and probably too much for you to hear right n ow, but you have to face the truth. You can’t go back to your life. You will be aw ake during the hours of the night and sleep through the day. You can’t eat or drin k because it will make you sick. You will have to feed from us every day to sust ain your life and you will have more powers than you ever dreamed of,” Lucan expla ined.
I know you told me. “You can’t hide from the truth. But he felt no alarm. we know it’s going to take y ou time to adjust. We have a guest and I would like you to meet him. I want to go back to the way things were. angel. They wer e my whole world.” Trey said as he rose and pulle d her from his arms into his. We had to change you. I didn’t know I woul d crave your blood. there is nothing to forgive. He could feel her resolve to tr y to accept what she had become. I don’t know if I can handle that. honey. Don’t push us away. This is just too much. he felt the vibration of someone entering through the protection spell place d around the property. Only one person besides the three o f them in the kitchen could get through now. and sinc e she’d had no one to rely on. I know you didn’t mean to hurt us. just give us a chance to help you. . Angeli na. and I can only say that I’m sorry. She’d had to be so independent.” she said in a tor tured whisper. but words are nothing compared to re ality. Oh.106 Becca Van “I don’t want any powers. baby.” “Ah. Lucan knew she had a reserve of steel she call ed on to get her through difficult times.” Trey said and began to lead her from the room.” she said in a tormented voice. “Why? Why did you do this to me?” “Honey. His mate t ook a deep breath and pushed her shoulders back. his brother s miled. Please.” Lucan said quietly. Even though their woman was a delicate little thing compared to him and his brother. only herself. “Angel. Forget it ever happened. I can’t even see my kids anymore. He was so proud of her in that moment he wanted to shout from the rooftops.” Lucan replied. When he met Trey’s eye. It w as never my intention to cause you pain. As he spo ke. You are going to need us now more than ever. she had pulled on that inner strength to get her through. “I’m sorry I hurt you.” she said and took one each of his and his brother’s hands. You were dying. “I know my words weren’t nice. Can’t you understand that?” “Saying I accept something is di fferent than actually having to do it. “Come into the living room.
He had long. “Lucan. He was handsome in a har sh.” Vlad said and sat in an armchair. “Can we sit down? We have a fe w things we need to talk over. this is our mate. who was standing at her side. I would like yo u to meet a very good friend of ours. Angelina turned. A ngelina Canley. intent on leaving the room to give the men some privacy. Vlad.The Drierge Brothers 107 Chapter Thirteen Angelina followed Trey into the living room and wondered how he knew they had a visitor when she hadn’t heard a knock at the door. “Y ou need to stay. You seem more settled and content. dark hair which hung around his shoulders . then turned his browneyed gaze to her. but I know with the gui dance of these two you will acquire the necessary knowledge. but Vlad stopped her.” Lucan introduced them to each other. She came to a standstill in the center of the room as Trey greeted the man.” “Baby. and he was dressed in what appeared to black leather. and she could tell just by watching him that he was very powerfu l and confident. He was taller than her two men and much bulkier with muscle.” the man said. rugged way. What I have to divulge involves you. “You have much to learn. She felt nervou s in the other man’s presence and . it’s good to see you and your brother…complete. neophyte. and Trey and Lucan sat on either side of her. He returned Trey’s greeting with a longtime familiarity and then turned to Lucan.” She moved to the sofa and sat down. neophyte. Vladimir Trance.
but the first exchange is enough for eter nal life to be given. I have others out on the streets trying to gather information. It could have been passed down by one of the evil ones. “The dark warlocks are working in conjunction with the evil ones trying to get to our mates. . “It’s okay.” “What will happen if the y get ahold of me?” Angelina asked.” “Why would the evil ones be working with the warlocks?” Luca n asked. She clutched her hands in her lap and waited for the men to talk. Who knows how the d ark warlocks got their hands on the information. Vlad shr ugged. She took each of their hands. “They only ever do something if they are to benefit. but we will eventually. It seems they have found in ancient texts that the b lood of a vampire’s mate can give warlocks eternal life. “We have lost many scribes and scrolls throughout time. so a m ate’s blood will give everlasting life to them.” She looked between her two men. he low ered his eyes. He sounded confused to Angelina. “Why have we never he ard of this? Does that mean we don’t need to make three blood exchanges to complet e the transformation?” Trey asked.” Vlad explained. “I still wish we knew this before. “No. the transformation has already started. Lucan was more stoic.108 Becca Van hoped her discomfit didn’t show. Make sure one o f you is with your mate at all times and be on full alert. Once you have joined blood. but nothing has come to light yet.” she said. but when he saw her looking at him. It doesn’t matter whether a mate has gone through the full blood exchange or if only one exchange has been made. Lucan sighed. “You did what you th ought you had to do. The ritual of three exchanges is still necessary. Trey squeezed her hand reass uringly.” “We haven’t been able to ascertain the why yet. if the mate’s blood is ingested.” he said to Vlad.” Angelina watched shock pass over Trey’s face.
” Trey stated. That ability may be the difference between life and death. “No. She jumped at the unexpectedness of the light touch and then realized he hadn’t left her mind since she had first come back into their ho me.” Lucan explained. There will be certain times when you have things to do and you can’t take h er with you. “I thought I was dreaming. To hear another telling them to teach her such skills both a wed and humbled her. At least give her some skills to be able to defend herself. “Yes.” Vlad suggested. angel. it was real.The Drierge Brothers 109 “Honey. It’s better if you teach her how to use her powers. Just think about what you want to say and use your mind to push th ose thoughts toward us. don’t worry. teach her how to co mmunicate with you. M aybe teach her to throw a few fireballs and sparks. Of course Trey and Lucan had told her she would have powers.” he said. “You can communicate telepathically?” “Yes. you know. It’s just not possible.” she re plied and looked from Lucan to Trey. . we really did those things. “There will be times when we can’t be together. but she had been in so much pain and losing blood so quickly that she thought she had been h allucinating. “You didn’t speak.” “Angelina’s right. but she had been skeptical. but be realisti c. I know you will do everything within your power to keep me safe. an d so can you.” Angelina stated.” she whispered and frowned. She turned to Lucan to ask if she had truly seen that and felt him brush against her mind.” Trey asserted. Just do as we say and everything wi ll be fine. “You can’t be with me all the time. She remembered seeing sparks shooting from the tips of Luca n’s fingers as well as seeing him hurling what looked like fireballs. baby. honey. and for God’s sake. We won’t let anyone near you. Angelina was astounded.
and propelled the thought in their direction. You learn fast. conjured an im age of Lucan and Trey in her mind. but you will learn to control y our thoughts and block them from others. “Envisage a wall in your mind and build it up so it becomes impenetrable. “No problem. “Can you hear me?” “Yes.” “Ooh. “Oh. angel. this is just too cool. youngin’.” The wall of water stretched around her mind. “Make it a s wide as it is high. just r emember you have to learn to block your mind as well. “Can you hear me?” “Yes.” “Yeah. and I like what you have used to make your w all.” “You could hear me?” “Yes. What else can I o?” “We’ll get to your training soon. Vlad. Now make sure you keep it in place at all times. . and she closed her eyes. Just let us finish up with Vlad first. Instead of bricks or a mirror. but if yo u want to speak to your mates.” Angel ina tried to see the wall in her own mind.” “How do I block you out then?” she ask ed. she sa w her wall as a giant column of water. I could also hear your men’s replies sinc e you haven’t yet learned that particular skill. I would never have thought to use water.” Lucan sta ted admiringly.” Angelina apologized sheepishly. It does the trick nicely.110 Becca Van A few small words entered Angelina’s mind. baby. Give it a try. honey. sorry. You don’t want all and sundr y to hear your conversation. She nodded for Vlad to continue. and she reached out through the liquid barrier and tried to speak to her men. honey.” Tre y said. just picture them and then talk to them without u sing your mouth.
Come.” Trey encouraged.” Vlad admitted . Angelina. I’ll be in touch. Angelina stood at the top of the stairs in a doorway which h ad been concealed in the kitchen. “Are you ready to open your mind and your heart to us. She had been totally wrong. we will go into the basement and begin lessons.” Vla d rose to his feet. She had watched as Lucan keyed in a code and t he back of the pantry wall slid open to reveal the doorway. “To an extent. Lucan. yes. baby? You have to let go of everything as you know i t and believe what you would deem impossible.The Drierge Brothers 111 “I’m very proud of you. then asked.” Trey stated and help ed her to her feet. She turned to Lucan when he squeezed her hand.” She hesitated. “All the more reason to listen to your mates and practice as much as you can.” she replied wit h a sigh. “Very good. and that quickl y. he may return. “Will that warlock come b ack for me?” “It’s hard to know what they intend. “I need to be g oing. She shivered as she looked down the dark staircase. It was nice meeting you.” “You. but there wasn’t an altar or coffin in sight. guys.” “Haven’t I already done that?” she asked in return. I didn’t even hear a murmur. But you have so much more to explore and learn. you have. remembering her dream of moving cadavers. But yes. “Trey. The walls were made of bluestone. honey. Angelina. She pu shed her fear and trepidation to the back of her mind and followed Lucan down th e now-lit stairwell. She wished she had kept her eyes on him so she could see how h e’d left.” Angelina blinked. The room was . Vlad was gone. She nearly laughed at what she had imagined their basement to look like. I have a few appointments before I can rest with the sunrise. too.” Vlad said. “Thanks. I don’t think you will have any trouble learning other skills required to protect yourself.
then see if you can do it. and then I want you to t ry. He brushed her mind with his. She took a d eep breath and tried to clear her mind of clutter. She knew she was going to nee d a clear head to learn what they had to teach her. “I am going to show you how to shoot sparks of electricity from my fingertips.112 Becca Van well lit with fluorescent lights. “There’s only one way to fin d out. Take a deep breath and relax. The fine hairs on the back of her neck and arms felt like they were standin g on end. “You’re a natural at that. Lucan halted in the c enter of the room and turned toward her. honey. “Did you feel that. It was an awesome sight and experie nce. and the concrete floor was painted a light-blu e color. It felt as if Lucan wer e gathering all the charged atoms in the air and pulling them into him. she aimed for the stone and pushed it from her body and out her fingers. “Yes. Do you know how fucking sexy you are when you laugh? I want you to do that mo re often.” she replied circumspectly. angel. and she f elt Trey come up behind her and place his hands onto her shoulders. . the basement was just like any other. Angelina had expected him to literally sho w her.” Trey sugge sted. but he also showed her in her mind.” Lucan declared. Angelina did what Trey recommended then began to gather the charged partic les from the air into her body. She felt as if she were about to get a large jolt of static electricit y. Okay?” Lucan asked. When she felt electricity pulsing throughout her frame and she didn’t think she could continue to contain it. baby?” Lucan asked. ange l. but I s till don’t know if I can do it. She laughed as blue sparks shot from the t ips and seemed to be absorbed within the brick wall. and then he pushed them out the tips of his fingers. which he did. but that sensation waned as the blue jolts shot out of Lucan’s fingers to bounc e harmlessly off the stone wall. She felt her hair moving and wondered if it was standing on end. All in all.” she replied. “Yes.
” Trey replied. It’s like I’m a part of you and you’re a part of me. angel. His blue irises wer e nearly indistinguishable from his pupils. angel. He gathered those particles together until he had a ball of fire in his h and.The Drierge Brothers 113 “I’ll try. but closed it again with a snap as he shook his head. And as much as I would l ove to spend time making love with you. relaxing her muscles. She inhaled and used her mind to vibrate the unseen pa rticles. but I feel so connected to you bot h. He flicked his wrist. let Trey teach you how to form fireballs. they turn black when we change forms. She opened her mouth to speak. don’t say anything. I haven’t had much to laugh over lately. we are going to end up in bed. and if you speak of anything other than your lessons. baby. Angelina. and she wondered why his palm and fingers were n’t getting burnt. We still have too much to do. The color seeped away. Now. and the flaming orb shot t o the stone wall to be absorbed and disappear.” Angelina turned toward Trey and gasped when she saw the heat in his eyes as their gazes connected. I think I’ll be able to come to terms with everything soon. “No. causing atoms to heat. and then he was literally vibrating the air in front of them. honey. Take a breath and see if you can do it. He let her feel what he did. Just concentrate. “Your eyes…” “It’s okay. leaving huge black pools instead. the need to protect you is supreme. She could feel warmth in front of her as the . “The ball isn’t touching my skin.” Trey answered her unspoken question.” She rolled her shoulders and shook her arms and hands o ut. It’s hovering above it. honey. “I love you. “We’ve spelled the wall to absorb any of our powers so we can practice without getting hurt.” Lucan professed and then placed the tips of his fingers on her lips to prevent her from replying.” she stated. She felt him brush against her brain .
” Lucan state d.” Lucan suggested. “Okay.” Lucan said and took her hand to lead he r from the basement. baby. “Using shield of liquid works better than mine. Just imagine the wall in your mind but surrounding your body instead. but she was proud of the fact she had succeed ed in the task.” “It’s pretty simp e. shoot me. Once you’ve mastered that you can rest. “You need to know how to block. Let’s see if you can make a bigger sphere this time. “What?” she asked. “That was fantastic. The last thing she wanted was for Lucan to be injured. “Will a shield of water keep out electricity sparks?” she queried. No soon er had she completed that thought than blue sparks shot toward Lucan.” he explained. You just need to wait a bit longer before y ou aim and fire. but let’s find out. I was rather surprised b y the results myself. “Show me. The sparks seemed to wrap around him without touching his body. baby. “I’m not sure. and nothing should be able to penetrate it. She moved them faster and fa ster and gathered them near her palm. she was utterly exhausted.” Trey said with a smile. She flicked her wrist and watched as the orb disappeared into th e wall. By the time she thought they were finished.114 Becca Van molecules near her now-upraised hand began to heat.” Lucan declared. “There is one more skill you need to learn. Angelina tried again and again until she could use her two new powers without having to think about the process. baby. . honey. N o one else will be able to see it. The ball which formed above her skin wasn’t as large as the one Trey had made. I expected the sparks to continue in a never-ending circle since they were being absorbed by water.” Angelina hoped like hell t he shield worked.” she replied. These three skills will keep you alive if the need arises. but I want you to try it again. then dissipated into nothi ng. “Trey.
The Drierge Brothers 115 Angelina was warmed by his praise. but privately. she hoped like hell she never found herself in a situation where she would have to use her new skills. .
It had been over a month since Vlad had told them what the dark warlocks’ g oals were. She didn’t cringe when she fed from her mates now. They were a mix between karate.116 Becca Van Chapter Fourteen Trey and Lucan made Angelina practice daily and introduced more skills for her t o get a handle on. She hadn’t mastered how to wipe thoughts f rom a human mind. The memory of her weird neighbor trying point ing a gun at her still made her cringe. she ha d organized to complete the lease of her apartment with her landlord and had als o moved her things into her mates’ house. In the past few weeks. Lucan or Trey would have told her. In fact she looked forward to it. and another martial . anyway. but she knew she would eventually. She was sure if the oppo site were true. not that she knew of. Down in the basement. and she was beginning to think she was safe because they hadn’t tried t o get to her again. tai chi. They had made it a par t of their love making. She also learned how to make her body float and travel through the air. She was glad she hadn’t seen Mark when she was at her old home with her men. Her previous life was wrapped up efficientl y. and to her it was just a part of their sensuality and pa ssion. Well. She had also typed up a let ter of resignation to the school for the blind and sent gifts for each and every one of the children she had taught. Angelina went throu gh the moves Trey and Lucan had wanted her to learn in what had become her night ly routine. and she now embraced her new world. She learned how to break her body down into dust like particl es and move between small cracks and though the air with ease.
She stopped her whir ling and took a deep breath. and when sh e had them down pat. so she had urged them to go. She cried out when the heavy wooden door flew open and connected with her wrist. It was very rare they left her alone. It was no longer empty. but she knew Trey and Lucan hadn’t yet returned. she knew she would have a better chance defending herself if the need arose. and she felt jealousy pierce her heart. He was busy feeding from a young woman. She also realized. She had had enough for the present and wanted to sh ower and change before her men came back. but she didn’t mind having some alone time. Angelina reached the top of the stairs and placed her hand upon the door handle. Vlad had called Trey to meet them at his house. white-hot pain stabbe d deep into her bones. She hadn’t been fast enough when she pulled back. The metal felt different. She withdrew and gulped in air to c ircumvent her pain. . but it had been several day s since they had answered their bodies’ needs.” She laughed exuberantly an d spun in a circle with happiness. “After weeks of practice everything has finally clicked into place. and she knew her wrist was broken. she didn’t like the feel of the house. She concentrated on perfecting her moves. it would heal on its own and she would be able to use it again. and thanks to her men. but she didn’t like that he was feeding from a female. giv en enough time. Just a s Lucan had left. She was moving a lot faster now than when she had starte d out.The Drierge Brothers 117 art called tae kwon do. Excruciating. and she pul led her hand back. She had no ide a where that was. and then she reached out for the door handle once more. she picked up the pace. I can’t wait to show Lucan and Trey. All of a sudden.” Her men would soon return from feeding. She sought them out with her mind and immediately wished she hadn’t been able to connect with Lucan. She knew they needed to get their nourishment f rom humans so their blood didn’t deplete too much when she fed from them. “I’ve got it. They would have let her know.
George Kite. The bastard grinned at her. waiting to see wh at he would do. She bumped into the cold. Even though she’d thrown him. She gasped as she felt her invisible shield begin to wrap around her.” George stated.” “W hy are you doing this?” she asked.118 Becca Van She jumped backward. she flicked her wrist before her shield p inned her body and sent the spark out toward him. He came to a bone-jarring halt as his body connected with the stone wall. “They can try. hard stone wall and stayed still. She watched him warily and kept stepping back until she could go no farthe r. I hate it when it’s too easy to take what I want. “You’d better get out of here. landing at the bottom of the stairs with an agility she had n’t known she possessed. Whe n she felt like she was fully charged.” Angelina said in a quavering voice. then straightened the lapels of his tuxedo. trying to distract him so she could figure out a way to get out of his stranglehold. “Because I want everlasting life. of course. Angelin a stared at the dark warlock. She screamed for Trey and Luca n in her mind and watched as the warlock went hurtling through the air. and then he la ughed and rose to his feet again. hoping and praying it was enough to prevent him from harming her. When they are too old and decrepit . I’m glad. and then he began to mutter under hi s breath and waved his hand at her. I love a challenge. and I want to keep them under me for t he rest of their natural lives. They will kill you. constricting her body in a tight vise. What warlock wants to face death when they have learned so much? I have ruled o ver my minions for quite a few years now. she was still wrapped tightly in his hold. “I see you have been practicing. She backed away and covered herself in he r invisible shield. The figure at the top of the stairs smoothed his hand ove r hair streaked with silver. Angelina concen trated on gathering the electrodes in the air and pulled them into her body. He desce nded the steps and stalked toward her. He had finally come for her.
The Drierge Brothers 119 to serve me I will cast them aside for new servants. filling her with blessed relief and energy. but there he stood. She was almost at the door when it slammed shut. She kept ga thering the molecules in front of her and pulling them into . did you? Come now. his face contorted with rage. She was about to ru n to the front door and leave the house. Just as she closed her eyes to the inevitable. “You didn’t th ink you could get away from me that easily. she couldn’t get oxygen back into her depleted lungs. The air in her lungs left in a whoosh. He tried to dodge. but she heard evil.” he taunted. She saw the shimmer of heat just before she collected the hot molecules into a flaming orb and hurled it tow ard him with her mind. She punched in the code and watched as the open panel swept across the entrance and closed with an airtight seal. She streamed through the air and up the stairs. and air rushed into her lungs. She turned around slowly and faced her nemesis. She gathered herself and m oved the air in front of her rapidly. She slid through the cracks and ma terialized in the kitchen. She opened her mouth. Pinpricks of light formed before her eyes. you are only a no vice. but s omething slammed into her and pinned her to the front door. She didn’t let that stop her. and you are going to give it to me. She caught hi m in the shoulder.” Angelina muttered and dissolved down to the smallest of dust molecules. I want your blood. because that action would have warned him what was to come.” “I don’t think so. but he wasn’t fast enough. She called on her last reserves and hurled electricity at him. She didn’t know how he had escaped. sh e felt them coming to her. and he howled in pain and fury. She didn’t see it coming. and no matter how hard she tried. You are no match for one such as me. My superior species will ru le the earth. He screamed with pain. raucous laughter ec hoing behind her. She didn’t bother to lift her hand. and she thou ght she was about to pass out. woman. but she didn’t stop.
He felt her revulsion and jealousy as she withdrew and he growled with frustration against the female’s neck . He finished up. He checked . He felt an urgency to get to Angelina. He was less than a mile away when she scr eamed inside his head. He could hear her heart beating steadily in her chest.120 Becca Van her in a never-ending cycle. thank God. He yelled in agony. he was at the front door s econds later. Using his preternatural speed. He brushed against Angelina’s mind. She was alive. She gave one last burst and shot th e bastard with bolts of electricity from one hand and a fireball from the other. and now he had some ground to make up with her. He was full of ra ge by the time he had extracted her recent memories. She could feel the energy draining from her and kne w she only had moments before it dissipated. closed the wound. He wondered if he had imagined her cry for help. He saw her slumped against the front door. She tried to get to her hands and kne es to move away from the entrance. Just as he placed her on the sofa. and then he disappeared into thin air. Angelina slid down t he door and landed on her ass with a thud. **** Lucan felt his angel enter his mind as he slid his fangs into the young woman’s vein. her eyelids flutt ered open. He hadn’t thought to block his mind from his mate while he was feeding. and he reformed his body. Tension increased within him the closer he got to his home. but she couldn’t move. She closed her eyes and succumbed to the blackness pulling her down. and fl oated into the air. He delved into her brain and saw what had happened. but he dematerialized his bo dy into minute dust molecules and slipped through a crack in the front door. but it felt like she was sleepin g. He bent down and lifted her in his arms.
It’s like I feel…almost drained of energy. We thought only the white warlocks and witches had that skill. Even though you were scared. It didn’t work. “So he could come back at any time?” “Yes. Lucan. you kept your wits about you. baby. We should have known better. “I thought I was going to be safe when I closed the secret panel and locked him in. I’m so sorry you had to defend yourse lf. I promise. You fought so hard. “Ah. It seems we were wrong.” she replied with a sob. Angelina. Lucan. but we will n ever leave you alone again. “Yes. Angelina . “Yes.” “I’m so proud of you. anguished.” “He was crazy. angel?” he whispered again st her ear. I’m just really ti red. He wants his kind to rule over the humans.” Lucan explained.The Drierge Brothers 121 her wrist and was pleased to see it was already healing.” he said. and then he sat down be side her and pulled her onto his lap. I’m sorry we left you alone. Lucan. “It was n’t your fault. Are you sure you’re okay?” he asked and looked down at her. You just saved your own life.” “What does that mean?” “It means he can disappear and reappear elsewhere wi th a thought. I was so scared. Y ou used a lot of energy keeping that bastard at bay. Oh God. “But you shouldn’t have had to. it looks like the dark warlocks have learned to appar ate. baby.” Lucan said and pulled her in tighter t o his body when she began to cry. baby. and it will help get your energy back. “I don’t doubt it.” Lucan said. I can feel your hunger. You need to feed.” she whispered. “Are you all right. Somehow he was able to appear in front of me.” she explained.” . baby. You didn’t know Vlad would call Trey away. “He defini tely sounds like he has plans of grandeur.” “Shit.
ba by.” he stated a brief moment before his brother materialized before their eyes.” he replied and felt her relax against h im once more.” Lucan said. “You’re going to have to learn to delve more deeply into our minds. He didn’t get to talk to me. “Fuck. “We don’t give or get any pleasure wh en we drink from the humans. You have nothing to be jealous of. It’s just another bodily function to us.” she replied emphatically and tried to get off his lap “Angel. instead of my hands.” Trey explained. I know you were up set because you saw me feeding from a female. truly.” he re plied and gave her a hug and kissed her head. but she held her tongue. honey. I forget that we are linked and can read each other’s thoughts.” “Truly?” “Yes. Luckily I worked out how to shoot elec tricity and a fireball at him with my mind. Are you okay? God . That bastard was able to man ipulate it and constricted my whole body. I’ll try not to j ump to conclusions again. baby. I don’t think water was such a good idea as a shield. She looked a t him with wary eyes. I’d only just arrived. angel. and he held her to prevent her rising.122 Becca Van “No. I’m sorry. as soon as I heard you screaming I left Vlad. Now. but this is all still so new to m e. you wouldn’t have gotten jealous and you would have realiz ed what I just told you was fact. “Trey’s back. just listen to me before y ou pass judgment. For now you’re too tired. . What do you sug gest I use instead?” “We’ll work that out tomorrow.” “Look. If you had done so. I promise. but you are going to have to be patient with me. Please. He kne w just how his sibling felt. The only time we get any pleasure is whe n we feed from you. I don’t think he’s very happy with m e. baby. Lucan handed A ngelina over to Trey and watched his brother wrap their mate in his arms. He had wanted to hold her and never let her go agai n.
“It seems all the warlocks and witches practicing the dark arts are trying to get to our mates. “The warlock who tried to get to Angelina knew how to appa rate. “We are going to have to more than vigilant.” “You can see to your mate’s needs in a little while. He was getting too complacent. At least then they w on’t be the only ones with that skill and it could help us get out of trouble when the need arises. we know.” Vlad explained. Angelina. They become obsessed with li ving an eternal life. Lucan sighed. “Yeah.” Trey stated. . Go and feed your mate.” Vlad sai d and then dissolved into tiny particles and left the room. “Me. Angelina.” Vlad said to his mate.The Drierge Brothers 123 “You’re hungry. We will also begin sharing any new skil ls we have acquired and practice them regularly. “Good idea. We are also going to need to organize regular meetings with others of our kind. It is imperative we keep our women safe. I’ll see what I can do to arrange it. we can’t go on this way. I’ll let you know when the first meeting is called.” Vlad said as he strode into the ro om.” “Shit. to o.” Vlad spat out.” Lucan suggested. that’s the last thing we need. “Come on upstairs and let us take care of you. Maybe we coul d learn to do the same from the white witches and warlocks.” Lucan replied. Do you agree?” “Yeah.” she replied. He hadn’t even felt his friend ap proaching. “I’m glad to see you safe and well. Not just a select few.
124 Becca Van Chapter Fifteen “What are you doing?” Angelina asked Trey when he scooped her up into his arms. “We ar e going upstairs to feed you, honey,” he replied. She didn’t protest as he sped up t he stairs and carried her into his room. She rested her head on his shoulder and let out a weary sigh. He lowered her feet to the floor and held her waist, maki ng sure she was steady, and then began to remove her clothes. Lucan entered the room and started on her jeans while Trey worked on the buttons on her shirt. Onc e she was naked, he lifted her and placed her in the middle of the mattress. Tre y practically tore his clothes from his body in his haste to touch his mate and reaffirm his love for her. He needed the physical contact with her now that he k new she was safe. Her hunger was beating at him, which seemed to build his own t o a higher level. He leaned over and her and kissed her. The kiss was so hot and wild it was a wonder they didn’t set the bed on fire. He delved into her mouth de eply with his tongue and groaned as she responded just as hungrily. She reached up, grabbed a handful of his hair, and held him to her. He glided his tongue alo ng hers and growled in response to her whimper. He explored every inch of her mo uth, caressing the inside of her cheeks, the roof of her mouth, over her teeth, and back to dance his tongue with hers. He was in the edge of her mind and felt her undisciplined need. He slowed the kiss and then licked and nibbled across he r jaw and cheek until he came to her ear. He traced the rim of her ear’s shell
The Drierge Brothers 125 with his tongue and licked behind her ear. She mewled at the carnality of the ac t and shivered beneath the hand he had placed on her abdomen. He caressed his wa y up over her warm, silky skin and cupped her breast in his hand. He weighed it with his palm and began to knead her soft mound. He licked his way down the side of her neck and inhaled the scent of her blood, which was stronger now that she was aroused. His gums itched, and his fangs exploded into his mouth in preparat ion of tasting her. He ignored the yearning to bite his mate and taste her essen ce. Their loving needed to last. He lifted his head as Lucan got onto the bed an d then took their mate’s mouth with a rapacious need that matched his own. Trey ni bbled and nipped his way down her chest until he reached her breast. He held the heavy globe of flesh up and suckled on her nipple. His woman arched up and crie d out into his brother’s mouth as he laved her turgid peak with the tip of his ton gue. He moved to the other breast and gave it the same treatment. He was about t o lick his way down to her pussy, but hesitated on a groan when Angelina clasped his hard, aching cock in her hand. The light touches she gave him as she explor ed his throbbing erection were driving him insane. He covered her hand with his and showed her how to stroke him. He tightened his hand around hers and pumped t heir hands up and down his length a few times. That was all he could stand. He g ently took her wrist and pulled her hand away from his body. He was in danger of coming too soon. His brother groaned, and Trey saw she was giving him the same treatment. “Angel, you have to stop,” Lucan panted. “It’ll be over too soon if you conti nue.” Trey began to kiss his way down over her torso and belly, until he came to t he apex of her thighs. He smoothed his hands up her legs to part them. His cock throbbed and his balls ached, because he could smell her musky feminine scent. H e began to salivate, the need to taste her sweet cream a yearning he couldn’t igno re. He shifted his body farther down the bed until he was lying between her spla yed
126 Becca Van thighs, his shoulder wedged between them, giving him the access he wanted. He st ared as the soft, pink, wet folds of her sex and then began to lower his head. H e licked over her cunt, gathering all her juices and swallowing them down. Never had he loved or craved a woman the way he did Angelina. “I love you, honey,” Trey w hispered into her mind. “I love you, too, Trey,” she replied with a sob. Trey glided his tongue up and down the delicate labia of her pussy, making sure the tip of his tongue grazed lightly over her clit. He slid it back down, sucked more of he r cream into his mouth, and continued on to lick her ass. He was connected with her mind the whole time, and even though she was hesitant about what he was doin g, she still wanted him to continue. Once her initial hesitation was gone and as her pleasure increased, she began to buck her hips up, giving him better access . He moved his mouth and tongue back up to her cunt and flicked his tongue over her clit as he began to penetrate her ass with a finger. She cried out with exci tement, and he didn’t know if he could last much longer without being buried in he r cunt. He looked up at Lucan, and judging by the pained expression on his broth er’s face, he was in the same boat. He flipped Angelina over onto her stomach and helped her into a kneeling position. He pulled her farther down the bed, giving Lucan room to maneuver near her head while he grasped the base of his cock and a imed for her pussy. He groaned with relief as her body’s tight, wet heat closed ar ound him. Once he was buried up to his balls, he held still and waited for Lucan to get in position. His brother projected a mental image of Angelina sucking hi s cock, and she reached up to pull Lucan’s cock to her mouth. Trey’s cock jerked ins ide her as she wrapped her lips around Lucan. She was so fucking sexy that just looking at her turned him on. He watched as she began to bob her head up and dow n Lucan’s length and pump him with her hand. He couldn’t stay still any longer.
His balls drew up tight. He changed his motion from long and deep glides into short. and he picked up the pace of his pumping hips. though Lucan’s hard ro d muffled the sound.The Drierge Brothers 127 Trey clasped her hips with his hands and pulled back until the tip of his cock w as all that remained inside her. He wanted to pound in and out of her fast and hard. When he had her stretched. until he could feel his c ock butting against her womb. He roared into her neck as he shot spurt after spurt of cum deep into her body. steady pace as she sucked off Lucan. She drew a growl from Trey’s throat when she tightened ar ound him. He covered her body with his and sank his fangs into the side of her neck. and he knew she was on the precipice. She screamed as her cunt clamped down on his dick and contracted ar ound him over and over again. and he didn’t hesitate to penetrate her anus. His hips and fingers thrust into her harder and fa ster. and then massaged over the pucker of her ass . He didn’t try to stop the urge whi ch came over him. He licked his finger. He kept up a slow. but he also wanted to go slow to savor the experience of making love to their mate. He watched as she pleasured his brother with her mouth. She’d milked his balls until they were empty. He wrapped an arm around her hips and tilted them up even m ore. and the slurping sounds she made o nly seemed to enhance his own passion. sharp digs. The pleasure inside her escalat ed. Angelina mewled around his brother’s dick as he repe ated the action. He growled as he sank deeper into her wet depths. making sure it was coated with his saliva. he added another finger and began to fuck her rosette in counterm otion to his cock. He knew she was getting close to climaxing because her breath panted in and out of her mouth faster and she was keening. She opened up to him. . making sure the head of his cock massaged over th e sweet spot inside her. and he was rewarded when her internal walls rippled around him. He thrust back in and moaned at the exquisite f riction his movement created. and he surged into her de eply and froze.
and then he shot load after load of semen into her cunt. he handed her back to Trey. body. As her fangs slipped into the flesh at his neck. and commanded her to drink. **** Lucan was an aching mass of need. She clamped down on his c ock and released. His brother sat on the edge of the bed. He licked over the side of her throat and penetrated her skin. taking his angel with him. mi nd. He looked up just in time to see Lucan withdraw his cock from her mouth and pick her up. he lifted her slight ly and then brought her down onto his hard. They were connected to each other. His angel made the se xiest noises as she fed from Trey. His lim bs were shaking with weakness and satiation. Trey carried her . It was such an erotic sight th at Lucan felt his just-satiated cock twitch with interest. as they fed together. When the last rippl e faded. but he was determined to see to her pleasure first. They were joined more fully and deeply than ever before. He groaned along wit h his mate at the slide and glide of flesh on flesh. aching cock. and he knew he was a goner. It didn’t take much for him t o hover on the edge of his release. Wh en she was done. his balls drew up. When she wrapped her arms and legs around him. He held her hips and began to lift her up and down on his hard rod. She leaned forward and began to kiss him with wild hunger. He stopped her from feeding. He had never felt anything like it. only to repeat the action over and over again. His balls drew up. She screamed just before he yelled. He groaned when his bal ls connected with her buttocks and held still. tilted his neck. and she automatically closed the wound. and soul.128 Becca Van Trey slowly withdrew his cock from her pussy and collapsed onto the bed. giving her time to adjust to his penetration. He picked his angel up f rom the bed. Once she had finished. No woman had ever done that to him before. He did the same to her. he collapsed onto the floor.
Lucan knew the rest of the night would be spent lovi ng their woman. baby. “I love you. He followed them into the shower and helped Trey wash Angelina.” she replied. . too. “I love you.The Drierge Brothers 129 into the en suite bathroom.” he whispered into her ear.
Lucan and Trey led her to a sofa. and she sat in between them. drawn-out battle. too. He also told them he thought they were headed for a long. . I will show you all how it is done before the night is over. It had been a month since George Kite had attacked her. because she could see the curiosity in the eyes of some of t he men when they looked at her. We h ave much to plan and discuss. Please make yourselves comfortable. “I have learned the complexities of how to apparate from the white witches. She gripped their hands and fidgeted nervously. She felt more secure when she was between the loves of her life.130 Becca Van Epilogue Angelina followed her mates into the opulent mansion.” Angelina sank d eeper into the sofa and listened as Vlad explained about the evil vampires and d ark warlocks joining forces so they could try to take over the planet. handsome men and only a few women. He had such a confident presence about him that all eyes turned to him. She jumped when Vlad appeared in the middle of t he room from out of nowhere. She had spent the last month perfecting her battling skills and powers and was g rowing more confident with her abilities every day. She was really nervous about being in a room full of vampires and bit her tongue when a nervous giggle tried to surface. and this was the first meeting Vlad had called. The room was full of tall. She couldn’t believe the lux ury surrounding her. She kept for getting she was a vampire. He told t hem how their enemies were upping the ante and trying to get to the vampires’ mate s.
Not only had her mates brought sight back into her life. She had never felt so complete and content.The Drierge Brothers 131 Angelina wasn’t worried though. minds. t hey gave her more than she could ever ask for. THE END WWW.BECCAVAN-EROTICROMANCE. and she knew they would do everything within their power to keep her safe . her happiness was forever. No matter what else the future bro ught. a nd they were in hers. and souls. She had two men who loved her more than their own lives. She was in her mates’ hearts.COM .
But once I started I knew writing was what I wanted to continue doing. as well as my two children.com/becca-van .bo okstrand. from histori cal to erotic romance. whi ch I found in the school library. Also by Becca Van Ménage Everlasting: Terra-form 1: Alpha Panthers Ménage Everlasting: Terra-form 2: T aming Olivia Ménage Everlasting: Terra-form 3: Keeley’s Opposition Ménage Everlasting: Elite Dragons 1: One for Three For all other titles. please visit http://www. I love to escape from the world and curl up with a good romance. ABOUT THE AUTHOR My name is Becca Van. It is so wonderful to know that love is still alive and strong when there seems to be so much conflict in the world. didn’t follow my dream for many years. I live in Australia with my wonderful hubby of many years. I dreamed of writing my own book one day but unfort unately. I read my first romance at the age of thirteen. and haven’t stopped reading them since. I am a sucker for a happy ending. to see how the characters unfold and conflict is dealt wit h. I have read many books and love all facets of the romance genre.
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