“Who are the lion and the dragon?”
He pulled back. “What?”
“Mistress He, the other fire vampire?”
“She said, ‘Who is this human who is protected by the lion and the dragon?’ Was she talking about you and Baojia?”
Giovanni chuckled. “Yes, she’s quite dramatic, isn’t she? She always has been.”
“So, are you the dragon?” she teased, pulling at the back of his shirt as she walked backward toward the silk-covered bed beyond the arched doorway. “The dragon that breathes fire?”
He bent down and hitched up her legs around his waist, carrying her toward the bed and laying her on the red pillows. “We’re in China, tesoro, the dragon is a water symbol here.”
“Oh?” she asked as his warm hands teased along her waist. “So you’re the lion? Why are you the lion?”
“I’m from the West, and the lion is a symbol of the sun,” he said as he kissed along her neck. “The sun is the mother of fire.”
“But…” She sighed when she felt the quick lick of his energy wherever his lips touched. Her heart began to race. “That seems kind of cruel. You can’t go out in the sun.”
He only grinned, and she could see the length of his fangs gleaming in the low light of the candles that lit the room.
“Tesoro mio, the lion may be a symbol of the sun…” He bent down, lifted her body toward his, and gave one long, slow lick from her collar bone to her ear. “But he hunts at night.”
Hope you enjoyed reading that as much as I enjoyed writing it. Have I mentioned how much I love this book? I’m so excited for you all to read it. And your playlist peek this week? Cosmic Love from Florence + the Machine. I’m addicted to Florence right now, and this song is one of my favorites. Also, her videos are amazing. Check it out…
Thanks for reading!