Thursday, April 4, 2013

Pet: Chapter One

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H.S. Kallinger

Book two of The Lost Humanity series

Chapter One


I yawned and stretched out, bumping into the soft, naked redhead next to me. I sighed, rolled over and cuddled into her. My wife. Thinking the word just thrilled me. I buried my face in her hair, and she rolled toward me with a smile.

Hi, you,” she said, stretching. I ran a finger down the center of her body while admiring the view.

How did you sleep?” I asked.

Fine,” came a voice from the other side of my wife. A beautiful blonde head popped up from the other side of Sarah to smirk at me.

Good morning, Jamie,” I said.

Afternoon, Zack,” she said, rolling back over to have Sarah spoon her.

Morning, Sarah,” I said, pushing a shock of red hair behind her ear.

Good morning, sweetie,” Sarah said, kissing me before she snuggled down against Jamie.

I don't think any of us has seen this side of a morning in years,” Jamie commented in her usual, contrary manner.

Technicalities, honey,” Sarah said.

Lukas doesn't say 'good morning,'” Jamie pointed out.

Lukas has had, like, a thousand years to get used to being nocturnal,” Sarah said.

You've had over three,” Jamie said.

Good afternoon, Jamie,” I said, rolling my eyes and reaching past my wife to poke her in the ribs.

Thank you,” she said, smirking at me again over her shoulder. She squealed when Sarah bit her, and I tickled Sarah, who shrieked with laughter. She collapsed onto her back, giggling, and I crawled on top of her to kiss her.

Hey, guys, give it a rest,” Jamie said. “You're going to hurt yourselves.”

I was just kissing my wife,” I told her, and Jamie rolled her eyes and shook her head.

Newlyweds,” she muttered and sat up.

I've got to pee,” I said, moving to sit next to her. “So it's not like we can do anything anyway.” Jamie looked down at my lap and then back up at my face, her eyebrow raised. “Despite appearances.”

If you say so,” Jamie said. “And I don't care if it's your honeymoon, I get her tonight.”

All to yourself?” I asked, trying to look cute and sad at the same time.

Yup. You've had her for three days. I'm sure Lukas misses you,” Jamie pointed out. I perked up at the thought.

You're right. He's back from Portland tonight, huh?” Lukas was our missing fourth. He seldom stayed in the bed all day with us, since it creeped out all three of us humans to wake up to him in his 'sleeping' statewhich very much resembled death—but he still liked to fall asleep with us. “By the way, I am glad to have you back, Jamie. How was Hawaii?”

Not as much fun without you guys,” she admitted, kissing my cheek. “But still a lot of fun. I've got to get to class.”

She leaned down to kiss Sarah. Sarah took Jamie's hand and kissed the ring on it. She couldn't legally marry Jamie, but that didn't stop her from putting a diamond ring on her finger and calling Jamie her wife. Jamie only had one ring, unlike Sarah and I.