The Thirst: First Flirtation (Book 2)

Sequel to First Encounter.
Hannibal and Jade now know each other true identities. But since the fight between them Hannibal thinks Jade is dead. Jade however is very much alive and looking for revenge. But as a vampire she knows that sometimes the best revenge, is to not attack someone. Sometimes you have to slither your way into their lives, and take away something, or someone, they hold dear.

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5. Hannibal's Party

Hannibal was in his kitchen, an apron around his waist, as he prepared the food that would be served at tonights dinner. He sliced, diced, and minced all the while he was boiling, cooking, and steaming. He moved swiftly between his dishes as he made sure everything was perfect for tonight. Earlier in the day he had asked Will to attend this dinner, he had been pleasantly surprised when Will had asked if he could bring a guest. He was curious as to who he would bring. He didn't think it was Abigail, as he would have said so. But Will had yet to mention someone in his life during their sessions. Shaking it off he once again turned his attention to the food.

Everything had to be perfect. The flavors and textures had to be in sync, otherwise it would fall apart. Everything had to be cooked all the way through, for he would not allow someone to get sick from something that was undercooked. But he also had to be careful not to overcook anything either. Once all that was done he stepped into his wine cellar to pick out the one that would be perfect with tonights meats.

After that Hannibal then made his way to his room to get ready for tonight.

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Hannibal was talking to a young lady when something caught his attention in the corner of his eyes. Looking in the direction he noticed Will walking in with a stunning looking woman. She seemed familiar to him, but he couldn't see her face clearly as she was looking at something else. Finding a pause in the conversation he was taking part in he excused himself and made his way over to Will.

"Will, I am so glad you could make it. And you brought..." he paused, taking a good look at the girl; his heart stopped for a moment. It was Jade. "Miss Moretti, what a pleasant surprise."

"Please, didn't I ask you to call me Jade," she said sweetly.

"My apologizes. Welcome to my home. I hope you find the food to your liking."

Hannibal could not believe it. How was it possible? He had killed her, he was sure of it. He remembered very well sliding the blade in his hand across her neck. She had lost a lot of blood, there should be no way for her to be standing here right now. And with Will. Why was she with Will? His eyes shifted quickly to her neck. There was no scar, no sign of what he had done to her in the alley.

He was pulled from his thoughts as Jade excused herself to look around. Everything in him wanted to follow Jade. To figure out what she was doing here, but his attention was turned to Will as he spoke.

"I hope you don't mind," Will said.

"Of course not, Will. I am a little surprised though. You never mentioned that you two were close."

Will eyes flickered to Jade; she was looking at one of Hannibal's paintings. "We are taking things slow. I wanted to figure this out on my own. I can't always run to you can I?"

"You are my friend, Will. You are allowed to come to me when you need me. I have told you my door is always open to friends."

They talked for a bit longer before Hannibal made his way around the room again, talking to other people. He was talking to one gentlemen when he felt something... off. He wasn't sure what exactly, but he could feel it. His eyes scanned the room until they landed on Jade. She had one of his meat hors d'œuvres in her hand. He knew right away that she had figured it out. She knew the meat wasn't animal as the others believed. That it was in fact human. He turned away from her then to finish his conversation. He wasn't surprised when moments later Will showed up at his side and told him that they were leaving. Will have implied that Jade didn't feel well, but he had a feeling that Jade said no such thing, rather she had said something else to convince him to leave.

"Very well, I will see you soon, Will." He nodded to him before turning his attention elsewhere.

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Once the party was over and everything was cleaned up Hannibal made his way, not to bed, to his study. He had a few books laid out on his desk, along with his tablet. He had a theory about Jade. He wasn't sure why it came to him tonight and not before, but it had. He believed her to be a vampire. It was odd to admit such a thing, even to himself. But he had seen first hand her shoulder wound heal after she had taken blood from him during the fight. He knew of nothing else that would do that. The problem was he knew almost nothing about vampires. Which was why he was addressing that issue now. He would research every piece of information he can find on them: every reference and every cross-reference will be carefully scrutinized. He wanted to be prepared if he ever come across Jade's true self again.

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