“You heard me. Now I have to get going.” Jacques didn’t even bother to come up with a reason behind his need to exit. Why make one up if he didn’t need to. Unfortunately Nevio bounced back quicker than he expected.
“Oh no you don’t.” Nevio snagged Jacques collar and scruffed him like a maladjusted puppy.
“Ack, let go!” he gasped.
“I will when you give me a real reason.” Nevio pushed Jacques gently onto the closest chair where he bounced a bit.
“I don’t think I need to.” He gave his best superior look. The one he’d copied from the beta. That guy had a huge stick up his ass and always acted superior.
“I think you do. For example what excuse will you give your father?”
“I don’t have to give my father an excuse he will go along with my choice because he wants me to be happy and he told me I could make the decision on my own.”
“Well he obviously doesn’t understand that you need a firmer hand.”
“One more reason not to become contracted with you,” Jacques finished triumphantly.
Nevio pinched the bridge of his nose. “Are you always like this?”
“Yep,” Jacques replied in a cheery voice.
“And do you think it will prevent me from wanting your blood. All you’ll be doing while I drink is moaning.” Nevio’s wicked smile gave Jacques all ideas about why he would be making obscene noises.
“I’m sure you make it very enjoyable, but I still have to decline. I don’t know if I want to limit my future to just being a blood puppet for a thirsty vampire.” Best get all his concerns out there. Maybe if Nevio heard his explanation he would leave. Jacques ignored the twinge in his heart. He didn’t want to be some blood suckers morning, evening and afternoon meal. He didn’t. Despite Nevio’s sexy manner and handsome features.
“Why do you think you are either my food or have a career? What do ou want to do anyway?”
Jacques rubbed his chin. That was the question, wasn’t it? “I don’t know.”
“Did you go to college or receive any extra schooling?”
The only reason he didn’t snap at Nevio’s intrusive question was the curiosity in the vampire’s eyes.
“Yes, I’ve gone to college. I have a degree in Archeology.”
“Really? What did you plan to do with that degree?”
“I’d like to work for a museum but I need to get a Master’s degree to be competitive in the job market better to have a couple of degrees to be honest.” He rubbed the back of his neck. Usually about this point the guys he dated began to give him a patronizing look over his job possibilities.
“If you sign the contract I will pay for your Master’s degree no matter how many you’d like,” Nevio said persuasively.
“Yes. Of course I would have to extend the contract by a couple of years.”
“Ah.” There was the catch. “I appreciate the offer but I must decline.”
Nevio narrowed his gaze as if trying to peer into Jacques soul to determine the perfect combination of answers to get his way. “It is a good offer.”
“Yes, but it’s like taking out a student loan. As much as I want the degree I don’t think I want to pay the interest acquired.”
“Hmm, you are a difficult child.”
“I’m not a child!” Jacques replied, indignant.
“Well, definitely no tin body,” Nevio purred. “But in mind. It will take you many years to grow into a proper companion. Which is why a multiple year contract is necessary.”
“You are under the impression that I want to spend years preparing myself to be your companion? A bit full of yourself aren’t you?” Jacques grinned. He stood up and headed for the door. “Thank you for your fabulous offer but once again I must decline. I think our life goals are too different.”
He kept down his giggles until he made it out of the room and down the hall. Nevio’s bewildered expression stayed in his mind for the rest of the day causing him to burst out into laughter at random times. Used to his odd ways the other pack members just shook their heads and didn’t even bother to ask him why.