This week's story is called Valentine's cousin and is based on the idea of what else could be hidden behind the red roses and chocolate celebration.
It had been a nice evening he would give her that much credit. As they walked side by side, hands entwined, through the winter-wilderness he could at least appreciate that tonight might turn out to be a good memory for him, something that he could hide at the back of his mind and recall glimpses of on a rainy day. Julia was the perfect candidate for a future wife and only the knowledge of what would become her later this evening pushed away that sweet pink feeling of her being “the one.” He hoped that it was just the Valentine’s mood that was tugging at his heart. Julia was smart, fairly pretty but not high maintenance like some of the others had been and most importantly she adored him. Of course he knew that this would eventually be her downfall but she would never be aware of this until it was too late. He had met her through a friend of a friend after suggesting to various people that it might be time for him to start dating again. Most of them agreed that he deserved it after being left at the alter on Valentines the year before. Of course they didn’t know the whole truth of things and he preferred that it stayed that way. The last couple of months he and Julia had grown very close and the public opinion seemed to be that they were made for each-other. She would look at him over the coffee cup or while she thought he wasn’t looking with eyes full of love that would only make his heart sink even further. He would never love her back but of course she didn’t know this. The years of doing this had taught him how best to lie and he prided himself with the fact that he could deceive even the best judge of character.
He sensed that the creature was near them now growing impatient as the clock drew closer to midnight and it had still not fed. Jared didn’t quite know why he wanted to delay the inevitable, maybe he was consciously living on a hope that they could somehow shake off the creature that lurked in the shadows or maybe it was the general feel of the season. Deep down inside he knew there was no putting it off any longer.
Julia squeezed his hand as if she was aware that his thoughts were on longer occupied with her.
“Do you want to call a cab and go home when we get to my place?”
He shook his head in the darkness between them. He wanted to feel her skin against his one last time before it was too late. Drawing her close he kissed her passionately. When they broke apart he noticed her white teeth in the pale moonlight as she grinned.
“Alright cowboy, let’s get home then.”
Again he nodded and she grabbed his behind with a giggle. Behind them yellow eyes followed the scene with great interest. The creature had been hot on their heels all night waiting for the right moment to pounce. It licked its black lips as it felt the passion rising between the man and the woman. Oh yes this man knew what the creature liked best. It followed them through the landscape and back into the city on the other side of the park. It knew where the woman lived, it had watched them and seen how the love between them had grown deliciously rich. It felt the confusion of the male who was unsure of how their deal was meant to play out. But it would remind him tonight that he was far off from paying his debt and the creature was very unwilling to let such a good servant good that easily.
Jared had lost any sense of where the creature had gone and again he felt that flicker of hope that maybe this time he would be left alone. Julia lived in the posh area of town on the other side of the park. If things had been different maybe he could have lived here too someday, but that dream was too farfetched to take any hold in reality.
They both knew how this night would play out although he was the only one with the knowledge of how it would end. First they would share half a bottle of wine while Julia snuggled up against him, then they would start exploring and finally they would end up in her bedroom. Julia would make sure that her dress was folded neatly over a chair or put back in the closet. She liked things to be done in a certain order and knew that it was teasing when she could withhold that most intimate moment a bit longer. When they made love she would quietly give herself over to being under someone else’s control for a little while. Patiently she would lie there waiting to be pleasured by him enjoying the feeling of his weight on hers. He knew this was the only time she would ever lose control over anything in her life and he understood the importance of her own little sacred ritual.
Maybe she felt some of the urgency that had been riding him all night but something between them changed the moment they stepped through her front door. Maybe she felt the presence of the creature as something driving her wild to the point that she couldn’t control her actions. As he closed the door behind them her hand found his belt and she kissed him hard and demanding. In no time she had managed to undress them both and thrown their clothes in a messy pile on the floor. He felt urges that could not be pushed away surge through him as she pushed him down on the couch. For a little while he could forget himself and his troubles in their lovemaking but he was cruelly interrupted in his bliss when the creaking sound from the window announced that the creature was present. He saw the yellow eyes growing wide with pleasure at the scene it had arrived to. Slowly and slithering it came nearer the couch and Jared felt the cold stench of its breath drawing nearer. Julia was too engaged in her own pleasure to sense anything. The creature slowly licked her shoulder as if it wanted to savor the flavor of her as some sort of perverse memory. Closing his eyes Jared tried not to imagine what it was doing to her but the images in his mind were probably far worse than anything he would see tonight. As he opened his eyes he gasped slightly at the sight of the creature’s hands now moving up and down the body of the oblivious woman who seemed to become more passionate with every touch.
Trying hard to not focus on the hands of the creature which now moved into a cold embrace with both its claw-like hands over her heart, Jared made the mistake of looking into her eyes. He had made this mistake before with another woman and the sight had haunted him for months. But once he had locked his eyes into Julia’s the little part of him which was curious to when the moment occurred couldn’t quite look away. He watched in horror as the loving light in her eyes slowly diminished and turned first into confusion and then indifference as she rode him harder. With a last sigh she let go of their love and closed her eyes while their bodies exploded in pleasure for the last time together. A single tear ran down the side of his face as he turned away from her knowing that it was over. He felt the effect of another part of his debt being paid off with a staggering pain in his chest as if a piece of his heart was left behind with her.
After this Valentine’s cousin would only require another 95 goodbyes of him. 95 times his heart would break a little and then we would be left to die alone forever excluded from both heaven and hell having lived out both in multiple life-times on earth.