“Please, we don’t have that much time. I need to tell you something before those two returns. To your room, we cannot risk being overheard by anyone either,” Zakira says impatiently.
“You need to tell me something?” I ask, frowning at her.
“Yes, come with me,” She says.
Hmm… maybe she wants to talk about the thing that’s troubling her. Yes, this must be it.
“Okay then, let’s go,” I say, standing up.
Zakira seems a bit relieved by the fact that I have agreed rather quickly, without wasting time in questioning her here. Quickly turning around, she starts to move towards the stairs with me following behind. I can see that she’s keeping an eye on the kitchen, in case Layla or Rebecca decides to come out.
Wait a second…
“How do you know that my room’s upstairs!?” I ask in a whisper, starting to climb the stairs along with her.
“The same way I knew that this is your house,” Zakira answers immediately.
“A slav— I mean, a master can always detect their slave’s scent on things. It’s much more concentrated upstairs than the rest of the house,” she says.
For real, did Blood Bond made her my slave or my pet dog?
Following the pattern, Zakira correctly guesses my room as well and we enter inside— closing the door behind.
“So, what do you want to talk about?” I ask, sitting down on my bed and looking up to Zakira.
“I will tell you, but just one thing more,” She says.
The next moment, her hands move forward and she starts unbuttoning the white shirt she’s wearing.
“You remove your clothes as well, Jacob,” Zakira says hastily.
“Wait, you want to have sex!?” I ask, surprised.
“I mean, I am all for it, but at least give me a hint beforehand. I thought you really want to talk about something important,” I add.
“No! I do want to talk about something really important, this is just an extra precaution. Even if those two come upstairs looking for us, we can lie, telling them that we came here to have sex— after the meeting we just had, I am sure they won’t question or doubt us,” She tells me while pulling down her skirt as well, stripping down to her sexy blood-red underwear.
Damn, the curves…
“Wow, great plan! Brilliant!” I say excitedly, quickly taking off my shirt and pants.
“Wait, no need to do that!”
Though Zakira stops me from taking off my underwear.
“Hmm? Why? We cannot have sex with them on, you know?” I ask, confused.
“I know, but we won’t be having sex, Jacob. At least not until I tell you what I want,” she says seriously, sitting next to me.
No sex? Oh, man…
“Well, I am all ears,” I say with a sigh.
Zakira closes her eyes for a moment. I can tell that she’s growing anxious by the second. In fact, somehow, the atmosphere in the room is growing tense as well, as if her mood is affecting it directly.
Fuck, even my heartbeat is starting to rise…
What does she want to tell me?
“Come on, Zakira! Speak!” I say, irritated from her silence.
“I am going to die with you,” she tells me, opening her eyes with a flash.
“What… What did you say?” I ask, not daring to believe my ears.
“I am going to die with you,” she repeats, in a littler lower voice than before.
“I never knew, Zakira,” I say with a sad smile.
“How could you? I never told you about this,” she says, looking down sadly as well.
“No, I should have. As a man, it’s practically my duty to realize when a woman starts to like— no, you are surely past that point now— when a woman falls in love with me,” I say passionately.
“What are you—”
“But listen to me, Zakira!” I say loudly, drowning her voice unintentionally.
“There is no need for you to commit suicide because of my premature death. You are too young to— damn, you’re not that young, my bad. Never mind, I just want you to live and remember me by for your whole life, keeping me alive in your memories,” I say dramatically, tearing up a little.
“Wait a second, what the heck are you saying!? Me, commit suicide!? Are you mad!? Why would I do that!?” Zakira asks incredulously.
“Eh… Because you love me? And you cannot live in this cruel world without me?” I ask, frowning.
“HUH!? From where are you even getting this!?” Zakira asks, turning a little red.
“Hey, you said that you will die with me— what am I to make of that?”
“Yeah, but— but that doesn’t mean that I will commit suicide! You should hear me out completely before jumping to a conclusion! And anyway, I don’t have a choice in this, you see!? If you die, I will die. Simple as that,” Zakira says.
“If I die… Hold on, so, you are saying that in fifteen days, you will die as well!? Why!?” I ask, shocked.
Suddenly, Zakira’s face falls and she looks down sadly.
“Because of the Blood Bond,” she answers with a sigh.
Blood Bond!? Here as well!?
What the fuck!?
“As I already told you, Blood Bond is a really rare and powerful bond between two individuals— a vampire and a person from another race. So powerful that, in fact, their whole lives become heavily intertwined together.
“Especially that of the slave’s— s-sorry, I mean, the master’s. A-And it might sound a little weird to you, but the master’s life is solely dependent on the slave’s life. A-A slave can live without their master, but the master cannot,” she continues, stuttering a little while looking away.
A master’s life is dependent upon their slave, huh?
You seriously think anyone would believe that?
“Oh, really? Don’t you think that the master, despite the higher position, gets the worse end of the deal? Isn’t that totally unfair?” I ask, raising my eyebrows.
“W-Well, that’s how it is. Believe me, I am not lying,” she says desperately.
“Fine, I will believe your bullsh— Ahem, I will believe you. Anyway, the thing that I need to understand is that you will die together with me, correct?” I ask.
“Correct, but well, even that’s not the most worrisome part about this whole ordeal,” she says, a helpless expression coming to her face.
What is she talking about now?
“Eh? Excuse me, but my death is the most worrisome thing for me. And I think it should be the same for you as well,” I say, raising my eyebrows.
“No, you don’t understand, Jacob. It’s not our death that’s worrisome, but what comes after it,” she says seriously.
“I am the sole princess of the vampire kingdom. If I die anywhere except in my own homeland, especially during such an important foreign trip like this, it will be a huge international matter. And also, you have seen how my dad is, there is no way he will take that calmly,” She says.
Her daughter-con dad and one of the 10 most powerful beings on the planet… shit.
“True, he won’t,” I agree wholeheartedly.
“In fact, I won’t be surprised even if that guy declared war on our country,” I add.
“Of course, he will do that— without even conducting any proper investigation first, for sure. And I don’t think I need to explain what will happen if two large nations wage war against each other, right? Especially when the human country is involved?” Zakira asks.
“The international peace treaty will be broken and all the other countries will start taking sides— resulting in another inter-race war after around 200 years of peace,” She gives the answer herself before I could.
“But this time, among the system-dependent countries themselves…”