and this is what I come back to:
:) Warms my heart, it does.
Excerpts from The Dark World:
He extended a hand. “My…Lady….”
She hesitated, but took it all the same. And he saw that she noticed the cold of his skin, indeed, it seemed as though she were prepared to gasp or scream, it appeared to alarm her so. But then her confused gaze met his own and his eyes flashed, forbidding her the notion of doing either. It was with relief that he saw her beautiful face break into a rather pleasant smile, instead, and he moved at once, gently kissing the back of her small hand, glad that she was not immune to a Vampire’s…charms. It would not do if she caused a scene in front of all of his guests.
As he stood and stared upon her still, releasing her hand from his own, he knew. She was different from most humans, this was most painfully clear…it was not in appearance, for she looked like any other rather beautiful human, but it was something within her skin…her interesting brown-green eyes….
“…My Lord…,” she curtsied politely as he continued to stare upon her.
“Stone. Alexandria Stone.”
“My Lady Stone,” he continued pleasantly, suddenly aware he could not smell her blood…, “it seems you are new to London. Please. May you accompany me to my quarters for a talk…as to better…educate you on the way things are done here?”
-The Dark World: A Delacroix Novel; Chapter 12: The Escort