“What do you want?” Elvira certainly was the beauty when riled up, and it was clear that her feelings for him had not changed in the slightest. This just made the game all the more fun for Charles. He bowed for Miss Sally, and then turning his attention toward Elvira he stepped into the door way, and with a wolfish grin said.
“I have actually come to offer my congratulations on your upcoming nuptials with my brother, Virgo. He just informed me after I came back from the hunt. I must say, I am shocked he is actually even considering this, but…he is such a romantic buffoon at times, wouldn’t you agree, Lady Roxburg?”
Charles was now so close to her, it would be unsettling. The differences between Charles and Virgo were astonishing, but one thing was for sure, they both fancied the same woman. That was now abundantly clear. Coughing, he then asked. “Virgo has given me permission to escort you to town to start…wedding dress shopping. I know the trip can be lonely at best, SO I thought I would keep you company and warm in my carriage. What do you say? Hate to disappoint old Virgo. He cares so much about your welfare.”
She snorted at that. If there was one thing she was sure of, her mate was no ‘buffoon’.
“I thank you for your kind words, Lord Charles.” And how she wanted to choke on those words rather than thank the cad. “And yes, I find your brother a very romantic person. I don’t know why you would be shocked at his actions, considering who he is.” she stated.
She backed away a few paces as he tried to insert himself into her personal bubble. She was not comfortable around him at all, and only the presence of Sally was what probably kept him at bay…such as it was.
“Virgo has given me permission to escort you to town to start…wedding dress shopping. I know the trip can be lonely at best, SO I thought I would keep you company and warm in my carriage. What do you say? Hate to disappoint old Virgo. He cares so much about your welfare.”
Elvira grit her teeth and made a note to herself to talk to her mate about his brother at the earliest opportunity. The last thing she wanted to do was be stuck in a carriage alone with this man for any length of time.
“I won’t be completely lonely, sir. Sally will be accompanying me as will Peter and David.” she stated, mentioning the two hulking brutes she had met the night Virgo had given her his locket. They had taken a shine to the enticing succubus and had appointed themselves her personal guard when she was out and about. Who knew they would have to protect her from The Count’s own brother and his lecherous advances?
“Tweddle dee and Tweddle dum? They are your guards?” Charles said with a look of apprehension, as Elvira removed herself from his personal space. “So you would be willing to have those two shop with you? How…fascinating.” He was not at all keep with those two meat giants packed into his carriage, like sardines in a can.
But, he was still keen to corner her in one of the boutiques, possibly some small fitting room, as she was between dresses. He was almost salivating at the idea. Undettered, he bowed and then said with a cheeky grin.
“I look forward to you joining me in my carriage. If it gets really bumpy, you can ride my lap into town.”
With that he walked out her room and back down to the foyer. Getting down there, he thought to himself how to get rid of the guards and Sally, so he could have his way with Elvira and make her his mate. He was dying to pissing off Virgo, and make him believe that Elvira was just another dog after his bone.
If she had known what he was planning to try, she would have spoken to Virgo immediately.
“Mmhm. They keep the more curious at bay with just a look so that I may shop in peace. I get so tired of the gentry asking after my family. It gets annoying sometimes.” Elvira sighed, remembering the last time she’d gone shopping alone and had practically been mobbed in the sweet shop by the Gossip Circle.
“I look forward to you joining me in my carriage. If it gets really bumpy, you can ride my lap into town.” He left the room before she could reply and she scowled darkly.
“What was that about?” Sally demanded after he’d gone.
“He tried to take advantage of me once, right behind Virgo’s back. It caused me such pain, I was nearly ill. I do not think he knows we are mated.”
“That snake!” Sally growled. “You need to tell Virgo about him immediately.”
“Will you fetch him for me? I want to have this out before I go anywhere with that man. And find the twins too. Let them know I have need of them shortly.”
“I most certainly will.” Sally frowned. “Lock this door until Virgo comes for you. I don’t trust his brother not to return while you are alone.” She stepped into the hall and waited for Elvira to lock the door before going in search of The Count.
Next thing Sally came into the den, and she appeared to be angered, or annoyed by something. Virgo toured around his desk, and walked over to kiss Sally’s cheek.
“So, excited about the wedding plans. I hope you are okay with the idea you are out bridesmaid. I know how Elvira feels about you, and Gerald.”
He waited for her to speak, since she seemed to have something on her mind.
Sally was in no mood for niceties. She had witnessed first hand what The Count’s brother was trying to do and she was not keen on keeping a civil tongue in her head.
“Elvira wishes for your presence in your rooms before she goes out, m’lord. It’s very important.” she stated without fanfare. “And I would suggest you make haste, sir or it could make all the difference between living and dying.”
She turned on her heel and left the room, hoping he was following.
Virgo looked at Sally oddly, and wondered how they could have gone from wedding talk to a matter of life and death? Even for him that was a bit extreme. Sally turned and left without even giving him an opening as to what was going on. With a face like thunder, he took off up the stair case after Sally and practically ran to Elvira’s door, pounding on it for her to open. The door was locked.
“Open this door!” he roared. Clearly misunderstanding the situation entirely.
She was trying to think of some way to explain to him about his brother without sounding like a complete idiot.
She jumped in surprise when someone pounded on the door and had every intention of ignoring whoever it was until she heard her mate roar.
“Open this door!”
Breathing a sigh of relief, she unlocked the door to her mate and threw herself into his arms, trembling like a leaf in the wind.
“I am so glad you’re here.” she whispered, breathing in his scent to calm her emotions.
The way Elvira threw herself into his arms, had him wonder what the devil was wrong with her. He held her with a creased brow and searched the room as his hand rubbed her back in comfort. Course, he couldn’t see anything, and then he released her and asked.
“There is nothing in here to be scared of? Love, what has you so troubled? Are you feeling sick?” he placed his hand to her forehead to check her temperature. The only thing he could gauge was her heart was racing. He walked past her into the room and then looked over his shoulder. “All seems in order. You don’t look sick.” he was trying to eliminate the causes to her worries.
“Has this wedding arrangements been too much too soon? I can give you more time if you need.” He said to reassure her.
“I know he offered to take me into town in his carriage…but I fear no good can come from being alone with him for any amount of time. He is your brother, and I know of such bonds between siblings. But he frightens me. I don’t frighten easily as you well know, being what I am. If he seeks to harm you, through me…” she let her voice trail off to give him time for her words to sink in.