Seventeen year old Nikki and her twin brother, Nathan, move to the small town of Shore Lake to start over after their mother is brutally attacked. When a missing teenager washes up on shore during their first night at the cabin and there are whispers of vampires in Shore Lake, Nikki begins to realize that there are things roaming in the darkness that are far more sinister than what they left behind in the big city.
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My cell phone began to ring and I rushed to my bedroom and grabbed it out of my purse. When I saw who it was, I sat down on my bed and smiled.
“I just wanted to say good night, again,” said Duncan. “I…um miss you already.”
I laughed. “You’ll be seeing me, soon enough.”
“Believe me, it won’t be.”
“You’re sweet,” I said.
He sighed. “Look, this isn’t easy for me, so I’m just going say it. I think I’m falling in love with you. Actually,” he said. “I know I am.”
“I think I’m falling in love with you, too,” I said softly.
“Okay, I just wanted you to know that I can’t stop thinking about you.”
“Was that before or after I attacked you in the truck.”
He chuckled. “Both.”
I laughed again.
“Can I pick you up every night?” he teased. “I figure we’ll be at third base if this keeps up.”
“Oh, my God,” I said. “Just for that I’m sending you back to first base.”
“I’ll take what I can get. We don’t even have to play the bases, we can just wander the fields.”
I burst out laughing. “Look, it’s late and I was just about ready to take a bath.”
He sucked in his breath loudly. “I’ll be right over.”
“Wait, are you naked yet?”
I groaned. “Good night, Duncan,”
“Just give me something to fantasize about.”
I looked down at the uniform I was still wearing. “Yeah, I’m totally naked.”
He groaned. “You’re killing me,”
“Night,” I said.
“Night,” he whispered.
He waited for me to hang up and I smiled. Duncan was definitely the guy making my toes curl right now.
I got up and eyed the balcony. There was no way that I was going to unlock the door, even for Ethan. The conscious side of me knew that my feelings for him weren’t real. The truth was he scared the crap out of me, crazy sexy or not.
I checked the lock on the balcony door to make sure it was secure, then went back into the bathroom and got undressed. Seconds later I had the jet streams going in the tub and my back was getting a water massage. I closed my eyes and soon began drifting off.
A loud tap from outside jolted me awake and I looked towards the window only to find myself alone.
Sighing with relief, I checked the time and noticed I’d been in the tub for a half hour and the water was too chilly to enjoy anymore. I stood up, put my robe on, and emptied out the tub.
I padded into the bedroom where I stopped dead in my tracks. Ethan was on my balcony, leaning against the railing, watching me. He reminded me of a predator studying its kill before striking.
We stared at each other for what seemed like forever and then he pointed to the door. I stepped over and opened it.
“Aren’t you going to invite me in?” he asked softly.
My heart was hammering in my chest and I bit the side of my lip, trying to decide what to do.
“Well?” he asked, smiling devilishly. “I promise, I won’t hurt you, Nikki. In fact, I imagine you’ll enjoy my company, tremendously.”
I let out a ragged sigh and nodded.
He stared at my mouth. “I’d like to hear you say it.”
I cleared my throat. “Come in, Ethan.”