said, “I’m sorry, miss, this is a private family matter and I just couldn’t
possibly stay. You understand, don’t you?” He said this dismissively as if
speaking to a servant; polite, but not sincere.
was irritated by his uncle’s rude behavior and was about to say something, when
Blake jumped out of his chair and said, “Sure, Dominic. They understand.”
table and gave Devon
an imploring look, all the while helping his uncle with his coat. “We’ll speak
in the front yard, Dominic. Go back to your meal, enjoy! We’ll only be a
minute,” Blake said rather apologetically to Darby still standing, stunned, in
front of her seat.
people at the table and said, “I’ll get some champagne flutes, to enjoy our
lovely gift.” She excused herself as Devon
and Blake led Dominic to the front yard.
limousine, when Dominic turned to the boys. “I’m in need of your help, boys.
Anton is terribly sick and I would like you both to come to Connecticut
to help me determine what is ailing him.”
but that does not excuse your…” Devon
is trying to say, Dominic,” Blake interrupted, “is that we are not boys any
longer. We have lives here, jobs, commitments, significant others. We can’t
just up and leave.”
a lively bunch of hooligans. Eating at a table with witches and werewolf swine.
How could you? So what, you with your Darby girl, and you with the werewolf
crossbreed creature? Both witches, I presume?”
don’t understand, Dominic,” Blake said.
despicable, boy! Didn’t I teach you anything? Didn’t you listen to a word I
told you? Your mother must be turning in her grave in shame. We are a family of
noble vampire blood. What a disgrace to your heritage. Vile. Disgusting!”
wrong about werewolves, like many are wrong about vampires. You are mistaken…” Devon
of science. I most definitely am not mistaken. I saw, with my own two eyes, the
horrific act of a werewolf. They are animals, not people.”
wrong. These are good and decent people. They’ve risked their lives for us on
numerous occasions…” Blake tried to explain.
He won’t change his mind. He has his view, and that is the only view he’ll ever
severely degraded by the company you keep. I demand you come to Connecticut
immediately. Maybe you’ll find your manners there and remember your place in
most definitely not for Anton,” Devon
ago. Let bygones be bygones already. I won’t take no for an answer. You will
both march in there, pack your things, and come home.”
is not our home. This is our home, Oljone,
Right here, with a bunch of great friends who are waiting for us to continue
our Thanksgiving feast,” Devon
said as he turned and headed back to the house.
Blake said. Devon
stopped and slowly turned. “Dominic, won’t you please join us for dinner. Get
to know these people. They are family to us.”
said, “Don’t bother wasting your breath, Blake. Like I said, he’s already made
up his mind about them.”
Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for family, friends and loved ones.
Dominic and Anton are our only blood relatives.”
say that. Dominic, would you please join us for dinner?”
I can’t. No, I won’t sit at a table with two werewolves. I am staying at the
Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco.
Here are your tickets. We are leaving at 10:50 AM tomorrow. I
expect to see you on the plane.” He handed each of them a first class ticket.
Dominic. I have to work. I have a project due, deadlines, I just can’t up and
leave,” Blake insisted.
are done with your commitments.”
This is my home, here with Darby. There is no love lost between Anton and me.
I’m sure he doesn’t want to see me any more than I want to see him. I’m sorry
he’s sick, but for God’s sake, he’s a vampire, he’ll heal. I’m sure he will be
He won’t. He is rapidly declining. You must help me. I demand that you help
There’s nothing I can do for him. I’m not a doctor; you are. I’m a software
engineer. So is Blake. What could we possibly do for him?”
his family. Maybe he will confide in you.”
hasn’t confided in you, that he would do such a thing with me or Blake?”
speak his language. You’re more understanding, like your mother.”
muttered under his breath.
yelled and turned red in the face, pounding a fist into his other hand, tears
welling in his ferociously angry eyes.
both need to cool off a bit. Dominic, you’re going to blow a gasket. Relax. Devon,
if Darby went with you to Connecticut,
would you be willing to go and at least talk to Anton? See if maybe he would
confide in you? You never know. And if he’s really that sick, don’t you think
one of us should be there? We’re family, after all.”
to come, and treated appropriately, yes, I may consider going to Connecticut.”
accept Darby as a guest in your home, treating her as such, for Devon?”
longer than Devon
would have liked, but he reluctantly agreed.
does not come. Yes, I would accept the witch as a guest in my home providing
she behaves in a proper manner.”
started. Blake saw he was about to blow his top and interrupted.
out. Now, would you at least join us for a glass of champagne and invite Darby