Interview with Devereux, Master Vampire of the Kismet Knight, Vampire Psychologist series.
Kismet Knight: Hello, everyone! And Happy October, my
favorite time of the year. I just stopped by for a moment to let you know that
there’s been a change of plans regarding Devereux’s interview. I was going to
do it, since I know him best, but we’ve been having discussions lately about
the fact that his ego is a little, well, inflated. His self-esteem a bit
excessive, and I’m not sure he needs even more attention . . .
Kismet: Yes. I know you don’t agree. So, you’re good
looking. And maybe your body can flame up a woman’s pilot light? Does
that mean everyone with two “x” chromosomes has to genuflect in your
presence? No way! You think because you
can dazzle everyone with your vampire wiles that we’re all at your beck and
call. Well, let me tell you . . .
Devereux: (Looking adorable.) Kismet, my love. I promise I
will think about everything you have said. Later. But for now, I would hate to
disappoint the ladies . . .
Kismet: Okay, you’re right. We can fight, er, talk, later.
(Fans self.) What I meant to say is that since this interview is for readers
who do want to know about Devereux’s physical attributes and sexy ways,
I’ve been persuaded to step aside and let him be worshipped. I’m relinquishing
the task to one of Devereux’s newest staff members, Tara, who loves nothing
more than to sing the master’s praises. It’s all yours, Tara . Bye, everyone.
Tara: (Twisting her hands nervously.) Bye, Dr. Knight. Oh, Geez.
I’ve never been alone with Devereux before. What if I lose control and jump on
him, or something? I mean, wow. He’s just so . . . astounding. Those lips, that
butt . . .
Devereux: (Smiling.) There is no reason for concern. I am
sure you will be fine. Just ask the questions we prepared. (Pause.) Tara?
Tara: Uh, sorry. You’ve never spoken directly to me before.
Your voice is so sexy. So hypnotic. It makes me want to . . . er, never mind.
Is it hot in here? Okay. Can I ask a question of my own before I read the ones
on the paper?
Devereux: (Pauses to read her mind.) Certainly.
Tara: How can Dr. Knight keep herself under control around
you? I mean, you can make her do whatever you want, can’t you? How can she just
walk away? After all, you’re the bad ass vampire.
Devereux: Bad ass vampire? (Smiles.) Yes, I do believe that
is one phrase used to describe me. But to answer your question, Dr. Knight has
a very strong mind. And lots of opinions. She has made it clear she does not
wish to be controlled by me, or anyone so – because she is important to me – I
honor her request. And since she is being assisted by the Elders, and a
technique she learned from a psychic, her mind is no longer an open book. As
you might imagine, it is challenging for me to find an equal of any kind. Not
to be the arrogant soul I am often accused of being, but I have been a vampire
for over 800 years and I have built my power purposefully. With great power
comes great responsibility. I enjoy Dr. Knight’s discussions about the state of
my ego. She keeps me from taking myself too seriously.
Tara: Well, er, that’s good. And speaking of responsibility.
What’s it like to be one of the most powerful vampires on Earth? Do you get
tired of being the boss?
Devereux: I have always had leadership abilities. There have
been times throughout my long life that I wished to be relieved of the
responsibility of keeping vampires off the human radar, but being the boss
seems to come naturally to me. Maintaining the balance between the two species
is a crucial task and neither side would benefit from the loss of that
equilibrium. Many vampires would prefer to kill and feed on humans as they did
in the past. To my mind, that would only encourage and unleash the vampire
hunters again, which made vampire lives miserable for several centuries. Humans
offer themselves to us freely. We can feed without killing.
Tara: Wow. Are you saying there are still vampire hunters?
Devereux: Of course. I have a vast network of observers –
both mortal and immortal – who keep me apprised of the whereabouts and
activities of the hunters.
Tara: (Hugging herself.) Oh, no! Vampire hunters! Will you
Devereux: (Half-shrug.) You have nothing to fear. Denver is
home to many extraordinary vampire warriors. Under my leadership, they keep all
Tara: Well, let’s move onto some of the meatier questions.
How tall are you, and how much do you weigh?
Devereux: How long have you been a vampire, Tara?
Tara: Ten years. Why?
Devereux: (Smiles.) It is rare to hear a vampire use the
Tara: Oh, yeah. I guess I still use a lot of my old human
Devereux: Charming. Anyway, you know we old vampires can
transform our physical appearances at will. I can be as tall and weigh as much
as I choose. But, for the most part, I normally stand about six feet, two
inches and weigh around one hundred ninety pounds. I prefer to remain toned and
Tara: (Staring at Devereux’s body.) I’ll say. (Shifts her
gaze to his face.) Your eyes are unusual. They’re not blue and not green, but a
unique mixture of both. And you have dark eyebrows and lashes when your hair is
so light. How did that happen?
Devereux: Actually, my hair lightened even more than it
already was when I went through the transformation process from human to
vampire. My hair originally was a darker shade of blond, so the brows and
lashes were a better match. But I’m used to the contrast now and quite enjoy
it. (Smiles.) Don’t you think my features suit me?
Tara: (Mouth slowly opens.)
Tara: (Closing mouth.) Sorry. Got caught up in a fantasy for
a moment. Yes. Your features definitely suit you. Let’s go to the next
question. You’ve lived a very long time. Can we assume you have had lots of
experience with women? Did you have a favorite lover before you met Dr. Knight?
Devereux: It is not my habit to kiss and tell – or bite and
tell, either – but it is well known by those close to me that I spent many
years with the goddess Maeve, who has a reputation for being uninhibited and
vibrantly, primitively sexual. We taught each other many things.
Tara: Yikes. You had sex with a goddess? Can you tell us how
that experience was different from being with human or vampire women?
Devereux: (Dreamy expression on his face.) It was a passionate
and amazing experience. Maeve is insatiable. She can have sex continuously for
hours – as can I – so we often went without nourishment while we were caught up
in sexual ecstasy. She appreciated my special gifts, (Glancing down at his
crotch.) and my resilience. She showed me how to use one finger in a certain
way to drive her mad with desire. That skill has served me well ever since.
Tara: One finger . . . uh, do you still see Maeve? Doesn’t
Dr. Knight get jealous?
Devereux: Maeve and I have remained friends. (Gives boyish
grin.) Dr. Knight insists she does not get jealous, but I happen to know
better. Regardless, I am very loyal and give her no reason to question my
Tara: I heard that you danced for Dr. Knight at a protection
ritual you created for her. I’ll bet that was very sensual.
Devereux: I enjoy dancing. Most pagan males do. Our
ceremonies call for movements and I am quite good at all aspects of the
physical. I spent many evenings throughout the centuries reveling naked around
a fire. Beltane is especially exciting because first we dance and then we pair
off and have wild sex. Would you like me to demonstrate?
Tara: What? (Eyes bulging.) Which part? Hey, you’re taking
your clothes off. Are you really going to dance naked for me? Oh, my God! You
are! Will there be sex next?
(A naked Devereux throws his head back, and sings loudly in
a strange language while he moves in a Greek-like dance. His platinum hair
flies out behind him as he stomps and claps along with his song.)
Tara: (Eyes still bulging, gaze glued to the firm evidence
that dancing arouses Devereux.) Holy shit. Is that thing real?
(Devereux glides out of the room, singing.)
Tara: Devereux? Wait! Can I come? Oh, man. Look at those
muscles. That ass. Hold on . . . (Voice fades as she leaves the room.)
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