Would You Like Brains With That?

Currently re-writing.

Portal Keepers Book 1.
A job at a café for the Undead, a ghost best friend, and an annoying handsome vampire protector. Danira has it all.

Danira isn't your average girl. For generations her family has looked after the portal that links the Realm of the Undead to the Realm of the Living, by running a cafe for the Undead that are travelling through the portal. Then news reaches Danira and her parents that the Vampire Lords want to take over control of the portal and wreak havock amoung the Realm of the Living.
An adventure of hot vampires, zombies, ghosts, mummies, and life-threatening danger is thrust upon Danira, and she must try her best to protect the Realm of the Living, by preventing the Vampire Lords from obtaining the Infinity Blade, which has the power to change the portal. As well as saving her world can Danira resist the dashing vampires that cross her path? Some are more dangerous than others.

Cover by Zillah Designs.


7. A Confession and Bertie's Update


Cool breath tickled my ear. My fallen camisole strap was carefully moved back into place on my shoulder, and cold fingertips hovered for a moment too long on my warm skin. Opening my eyes I found myself staring into a pair of blue nearly silver irises.

“Xavier,” I breathed, a smile creeping un-summoned onto my face. “What are you doing here?”

“I’m here to see you of course.” he chuckled, brushing rogue strands of hair from my cheek. “How are you? How is college?”

I was surprised at his interest and sitting up I replied. “I’m fine thanks. College is ok, but boring.”

Xavier pulled himself up as well. Our shoulders were touching making my skin tingle. Xavier gave a laugh and I arched an eyebrow in confusion.

Seeing my expression he said. “Oh yes, I’m sure it must be very boring fighting off your many admirers all the time.”

It was my turn to laugh. “Many admirers? You’ve got the wrong girl.”

Xavier’s blue-silver eyes glinted as he took my hand in his. “Are you sure?”

My heart lodged itself in my throat as I stared at our joined hands.

Xavier lifted my chin with a dainty finger so that I was looking into his eyes. “Let’s go somewhere.”

“Where?” I asked, feeling a mixture of excitement and nervousness.

He leaned closer and my heart skipped a beat. “Anywhere.” Xavier grinned, tracing patterns on the back of my hand with his thumb.

For a moment I nearly agreed, but I shook my head. “I can’t, Dad would never let me.”

“He doesn’t have to know.” Xavier murmured staring at me intently.

Tearing my gaze away from him, I replied. “Xavier, I can’t. Anyway, Dad comes and checks on me.” I glanced back up to see disappointment flitter through his eyes. I felt bad, so I suggested. “Why don’t we do something here, in my room?”

“What do you suggest we do?”

The way Xavier spoke those six words made my skin feel like it was on fire. Any thoughts that had formed in my head were instantly wiped away. Taking a deep breath I closed my eyes. “What do you want to do?” I spoke quickly so that the words couldn’t get caught in my throat.

There was only silence and I was about to open my eyes when something silky brushed my forehead, as light as a feather. Xavier’s lips. I inhaled sharply as Xavier looped an arm around my waist and kissed my jawbone. His lips hovered there before colliding with my own. In my chest my heart felt like it had exploded into millions of pieces. Pulling me closer, Xavier deepened the kiss, making me forget everything except how to breathe. His passion surprised me and a small gasp escaped from me when our tongues brushed. Goose-bumps formed on my stomach when Xavier’s hands slipped under my camisole top.

“You’re so beautiful.” he told me, his voice husky as his lips worked their way down my neck.


It was lucky that the next day was Saturday because I woke at midday.

Rolling over in my bed I stretched. What had happened the night before? I remembered seeing Ridge and then... I sat up and opened my eyes wide. Oh my God... Xavier... he had... we had kissed... I felt myself swoon as I recalled the feel of his lips on mine. Hearing a low whine I turned to see Rex looking rather dejected where he lay on the floor.

“What’s the matter?” I asked him, scratching behind his huge satellite dish ears.

Rex seemed really down so I made a big fuss of him before I eventually got up and dressed in jeans and a navy shirt.

“Why did you sleep so late? It’s not like you.” Mum asked when I sat down in the kitchen with a bowl of cereal, Rex trailing after me looking sorry for himself.

I gave a shrug and chomped on my brunch.

“When you’ve finished stuffing your face you can start working.” Mum said not unkindly.

Wiping my mouth on the back of my hand I asked. “Where’s Dad?”

I wanted to tell him that I knew about the Vampire Lords plan. It had taken all that time for me to pluck up the courage to do so. I was interested to see if Dad would answer my questions, because it seemed Ridge wasn’t going to.

“Why do you want to see your father?” Mum was preoccupied, pouring out some soup.

I thought quickly, not wanting to tell her the real reason. “It’s about Rex. He’s not his usual self.”

Mum nodded. “I noticed. He usually loves the rabbit I put in his bowl.”

Hesitantly I peered over the table at Rex’s food bowl hoping that I wouldn’t see a live rabbit. I sighed in relief when all I saw was lumps of brown meat covered in sauce.

“Where is Dad then?”

“He’s out the back by the portal. Take this to the mummy at table four before you go.”

I grabbed the bowl of foul smelling soup from her and quickly took it to a newish looking mummy who thanked me pleasantly.

“Come on, Rex.”

Walking out of the back door I strode into the rear garden where the portal was located. Dad was standing next to the raised stone in front of the portal. I stopped short of the stone not wanting to get too close. The portal freaked me out a little bit.

“Hey Dad, can I talk to you?”

He turned surprised to see me and pulled me into a hug. “Danira, how are you?”

“I’m fine, but Dad I need to talk to you about something.”

“Sure, what about?” Dad released me, looking at me expectantly.

I eyed the portal warily. What if the Undead on the other side could hear what we were saying? “I think we should talk about it inside.”

He saw where I was looking and nodded. “OK, let’s go then.”

I led Dad inside the house to the living room where we sat down on the sofa.

“What’s wrong with Rex?” Dad asked leaning back into the cushions.

Glancing down at Rex who was laying on his side staring at the wall, I answered. “I don’t know.”

It wasn’t until much later on that I realised Rex’s behaviour had something to do with Xavier. At that point in time, the idea didn’t even occur to me.

“What’s the matter boy?” Dad asked, leaning down and stroking Rex’s back.

Rex’s tail thumped once on the floor.

Dad frowned. “Hmm I will have to talk to...”

I interrupted him, wanting to get it over and done with. “Dad, what I need to tell you is important.”

Transferring his attention to me immediately, his eyes were alert.

I took a deep breath to calm myself and gave my confession. “Look, I know about the Vampire Lords plan. I know that they are after the Infinity Blade and intend to use it to change the nature of the portal so that they can go on a rampage or whatever. And I know that they need a human sacrifice.”

Dad didn’t speak for a while and I sat there silently, twisting my fingers in Rex’s shaggy fur.

“How did you find out?” he cut me off before I could answer, saying. “It doesn’t matter. Your mother and I agreed not to tell you, because we didn’t want to worry you.” this translated as ‘I made your mother promise not to tell you.’

“I understand. Do you know anything else about their plan? Like who is worthy of wielding the Infinity Blade without needing to give a blood sacrifice? Oh and if the sacrifice can be any human?”

“I wish I knew more, but I don’t Danira.” Dad said grimly, wrapping my hand in his giant one. “Please be careful. We don’t know who they intend to sacrifice. It could be anyone. Don’t be alone with a vampire at any time.”

“I’ve got Rex.” I silently cursed myself for ever letting Ridge into my room. I didn’t feel so bad about letting Xavier in though.

“Thank you for telling me, Danira.”

Dad stood up and I did too, wrapping my arms around him in a hug.

“Don’t worry about it, Dad. I’m sure it will all blow over.”

He sighed. “I hope so, I really do.”


I spent the rest of the afternoon and most of the evening serving in the café. Unfortunately there were lots of vampires again, but I think Rex put a stop to any ideas they might have had about mocking me.


“God, why can’t anyone knock?” I cried turning to find Bertie hovering nearby.

He floated over to where I was sat in bed and smiled sheepishly. “Sorry about that.”

“That’s ok.” then noticing that Bertie was staring at my neck, I asked. “What? Is there something on my neck?”

At his nod I jumped out of bed and ran over to my mirror. I flinched when I saw the purple patch of skin. Love bite? I wondered. It was the right size for a love bite, but there were two marks that looked a bit like...

I shook my head. No, Xavier had said that he would never hurt me. I felt my cheeks grow hot at the thought of him.

Bertie raised an eyebrow at my blush. When I didn’t offer an explanation he asked. “Was it Ridge?”

My eyes grew wide in shock. “Ridge? No it wasn’t him. Hang on, why did you think it was Ridge?”

Shrugging he muttered. “The way he looks at you sometimes.”

“Have you been spying on me?”

Bertie shook his head. “No, but some of the times when I’ve been coming to see you, he’s been here with you.”

I got back into bed wondering what Bertie had meant about the way Ridge had been looking at me. He had probably seen Ridge looking at me hungrily and mistaken it for something else.

“So did you find anything interesting out?”

Bertie hovered back over to my bed. “I asked around and the first people had heard of the Infinity Blade was when the Vampire Lords started asking around about it. The Vampire Lords are offering a big reward for any information on its whereabouts, so I saw lots of vampires looking around for it.”

“At least they haven’t found it yet.”

Bertie was silent and I looked up dreading what he was going to say next.

He was apologetic as he said. “At least one vampire has come forwards claiming to have information. I’m afraid that it is only a matter of time.”

I chewed my lip wondering if I could persuade Ridge to tell me more about the Vampire Lords plan, but I didn’t think he would give in. He could be so stubborn when he wanted to. Just like me.

“Ok, thanks Bertie.”

He gave me a weak smile. “I’m sure that the vampires will just be making stuff up hoping to get the reward. I’ll see if I can find out anything else. See you soon.”


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