Lila had always been intrigued by the supernatural, but never in a million years imagined she’d find herself on a blind date.

With a vampire.

Talk about batshit.

She had been quite nervous at first, not knowing what to expect, but as soon as she saw him, all her worries melted away...giving ample room for brand new ones to arise.

He was tall, built, and handsome with piercing gray eyes that seemed to stare deep into her soul. No exaggeration. Which is precisely what she was afraid of.

They met at a trendy bar in the city, and Lila couldn’t help but feel a bit underdressed in her simple frills and flats. He, on the other hand, was impeccably covered in a crisp white shirt, black suit, and a classic black coat that he carried over one arm.

They exchanged introductions and Lila fought the urge to fidget in her seat as the waiter took their orders. She forfeited her usual bloody Mary—for obvious reasons—in favor of sparkling water even though she felt like nothing short of homemade Tequila would quell her nerves right now. Her heart raced as she tried to imagine what kind of person he was even as he sat right across from her. In the immortal flesh.

Despite her jitters, conversation flowed smoothly, and to her surprise, Lila found herself drawn to him. He shared stories of his life over the centuries, describing the things he had seen and the experiences he had lived through. Lila’s eyes widened in amazement as she listened, completely engrossed in his tales. She couldn’t help but be fascinated by the perspective he offered, having lived through events that she had only read about in history books. He had an easy charm about him that put her at ease. And seemed rather approachable despite his remarkably good looks. His deep voice was smooth and velvety, and without meaning to, she found herself hanging on his every word.

As the night wore on, Lila couldn’t help but notice the way his eyes sparkled in the dim light, and the way he seemed to move with effortless grace. It was then that she realized that she was crushing on him, despite her better judgment.

The vampire noticed her staring, and he smiled. “Are you afraid of me?” he asked, taking a sip of his drink.

Lila shook her head. “No, I’m not afraid of you. I’m fascinated.”

He leaned in closer, and she could feel his cool breath on her neck. “Good,” he whispered. “Because I find myself quite taken with you.”

Lila felt a shiver run down her spine, and she knew that she was in trouble. She had already developed a massive crush on a vampire in under thirty minutes, so she also knew that it was only a matter of time before she completely succumbed to his charms.

But for now, she was content to sit back, enjoy the night, and let herself be swept away by this gorgeous vampire.

Lila sat across from him, taking in his every word with a mix of curiosity and amazement. As he spoke, she watched as his features softened, revealing a depth of emotion that she had not expected. His eyes twinkled with a playful glint as he recounted his youthful escapades, and his laughter filled the room, warming her heart.

As they delved even deeper into their conversation, Lila found herself opening up to him, sharing her own thoughts and feelings about everything from music to art to their favorite books without reservation. It was as if she had known him for years, and yet she couldn’t help but marvel at the fact that he was a creature of the night.

Despite his supernatural status, he seemed genuine and kind, with a sense of humor that made her genuinely laugh. She felt a sense of comfort and safety in his presence, as if he would protect her from anything that threatened her. A thought she couldn’t exactly wrap her mind around.

As the night wore on, the bar grew emptier, and the she found herself lost in his stories and experiences, fascinated by his age and wisdom. She couldn’t help but wonder what other secrets he held, what other tales he had yet to tell.

As the bartender signaled for last call, Lila and the vampire realized they were the only two patrons left in the bar. Lila’s heart began to race as the vampire turned to her with a sly smile and suggested they move to a quieter place.

She probably shouldn’t accept an offer like that.

She normally wouldn’t accept an offer like that.

But she didn’t want the night to end just yet.

Eagerly agreeing, they walked outside and were hit by the cool night air. The street was mostly deserted, and the only sound was…holy shit, the soft flutter of a bat’s wings as it flew overhead!

No. Freaking. Way.

Lila refused to be believe it was just coincidence, but she dared not ask what she thought in that moment. And in the next moment, she couldn’t think at all when the vampire led her away, his hand on the small of her back, sending shivers down her spine.

As they left the bar, Lila couldn’t help but feel a bit disoriented. She had never been on a date quite like this before, and she wasn’t sure what to expect next.

The vampire noticed her unease and took her hand, giving it a gentle squeeze. “Don’t worry, my dear. I won’t bite… unless you ask me to.”

Lila laughed nervously, unsure if he was joking or not. “I think I’ll pass on that offer for now,” she replied, trying to sound casual.

They walked in silence for a few moments, the only sound the clicking of Lila’s heels on the pavement. She wondered where they were going, but she didn’t want to ask. It was risky not to. Hell, this whole thing was risky. She knew. Yet…a part of her was content to let the night unfold as it may.

After a few minutes, they arrived at a small park nestled in the heart of the city. It was quiet and peaceful, the only sounds the rustling of leaves and the distant hum of traffic. They walked through the empty pathways, surrounded by tall trees, and Lila felt a chill run down her spine.

“Are you cold?” the vampire asked, sensing her discomfort.

“No, I’m okay,” Lila replied, trying to sound casual.

The vampire chuckled. “You don’t have to be brave with me. I know I can be intimidating.”

Lila couldn’t help but feel a bit more at ease with him after he said that. “You know, I’ve always been curious about vampires. Is everything they say about you true?”

The vampire smiled. “What have you heard?”

“That you can’t go out in the sun, that you drink blood, and that you can’t be killed by anything but a stake through the heart,” Lila said, reciting what she had heard in movies and books.

The vampire laughed. “Some of that is true, but not all. We can go out in the sun, but it weakens us. And while I do need to drink blood to survive, I don’t kill anyone for it. I have a few donors who willingly give me their blood. And as for the stake through the heart, that’s a myth.”

Lila listened intently to him, amazed at how much she was learning. “So what’s it like to live for so long? Do you ever get bored?”

The vampire smiled, looking thoughtful. “At times, yes. But there’s always something new to discover, someone new to meet. And besides, I don’t age, so I never have to worry about running out of time.”

The vampire led Lila to a bench in the center of the park, and they sat down together, watching the stars twinkle above them.

“It’s beautiful here,” Lila said softly, taking in the serene surroundings.

The vampire nodded in agreement. “Yes, it is. I like to come here when I need to clear my head.”

Lila turned to look at him, studying his features in the dim light. “You seem so… human,” she said finally, voicing her thoughts.

The vampire smiled wryly. “I suppose I’ve had a lot of practice pretending to be one.”

They fell into a comfortable silence, enjoying each other’s company in the peaceful stillness of the night. Lila leaned her head against the vampire’s shoulder, feeling strangely safe and protected in his presence.

As the night wore on, Lila knew that she should be getting home. She had work in the morning, after all. Even if she found herself wishing she called off right now.

“I should probably be going,” she said reluctantly, standing up from the bench.

The vampire stood up with her, taking her hand once again. “Will I see you again?” he asked, his steel eyes searching hers.

A beat. And then a single nod. “Yes…yes, I’d like that. Very much,” she replied softly, her lips curving into a shy smile.

As he leaned in closer, Lila’s heart fluttered with anticipation, and a rush of warmth surged through her body. Suddenly, an eerie sense of familiarity swept over her, as if she had experienced this exact moment before. She couldn’t shake off the uncanny feeling. Yet, despite it, she found herself unable to resist his advances.

With a gentle touch, he pressed his lips to hers. Lila’s mind went blank, leaving only the sensation of heat. Of lust. Of a vampire’s kiss. Lila felt herself melting into his embrace. Her eyes closed as the world around her faded away, leaving only the two of them, savoring the intensity of the moment as his hand cupped her cheek with a sense of familiarity that left her breathless.

Every sensation was heightened: the softness of his lips, the warmth of his breath on her skin, and the electric current that seemed to pulse between them. For a moment, nothing else mattered except the intensity of their shared passion.

When they finally broke apart, Lila knew that she was in trouble. Even without admitting it to herself, she felt it in her still racing heart, longing for more of the dizzying rush that he had just ignited within her. In a matter of mere hours, her massive crush on this gorgeous vampire had morphed into burst of lust. And actual like. Then…more. Much more. She was…falling for him. Already.

And there was no turning back now.

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