Edmond winced—half in jest, half in worry. "Speaking of your father…" He looked left and right, craning his head around in an exaggerated manner, pretending he was searching for someone. "He is not going to step out of mid-air and kill me if I let you come in, is he? I truly believe he is capable of it and I am secure enough in my masculinity to admit that that elf terrifies me."

Her full-throated laugh sent her aura rippling over him in waves as warm as the sun-baked waters of the Gulf of Saint-Tropez that he had visited several times with Rafe before he had fled France. "I'm not seven anymore, Edmond. I've been making my own decisions for years now."

He smiled, luxuriating in the feel of her aura against his and enjoying the way his name sounded on her lips, but even that pleasant distraction did not prevent him from noticing a shadow flit across her eyes. Perhaps she still had a hard time going against her father's wishes. But then, was it not that way between most children and their parents?

However, it mattered not at this moment and she was here standing outside his gate awaiting his answer. "Vous pouvez entrer," he said, with a small smile tugging his lips. Then he murmured the magical word under his breath that released the wards on the gate allowing her entrance.

Waving her ahead of him, he shut the gate, which reset the wards, and followed her into the house. He could not help but notice the graceful sway and swell of her hips beneath her figure-skimming skirt as she mounted the stairs in front of him. He bit the inside of his bottom lip and tried to will away the sudden erection that strained against the front of his pants.

Mon Dieu, how long had it been since he had utterly lost himself in the soft curves and moist warmth of a woman? He could not even remember. It was not as if he had been celibate during the fifteen years since he had been cursed; it was just that he never allowed himself to indulge in anything beyond casual sex and even then he could never let go and truly lose himself in the experience.

It went without saying, of course, that he had never given into the almost overwhelming urge for sex while he was feeding. The act of taking blood already forced him too close to the edge to risk tempting fate with intercourse. The fear that he would lose control of the beast tainted every aspect of his life.

Emily veered into the parlor as she entered the house and began to examine the room and its contents seeming as fascinated as if they were a part of a museum exhibit. Content to let her explore for the moment, he took the opportunity to let his eyes roam over her figure.

"The kitchen is different," she said, pulling him from his private fantasies.

He moved closer toward her as he returned his attention to her face and nodded. "My friend Rafe's doing. Over the last several years, during his visits from France, he has been slowly refurbishing it. He could not stand to cook in the previous one. 'An oasis for vermin' he called it."

"That's very nice of him. Do you like it?"

"Oui, I like the new one much better. But if I feign indifference then he does all the work."

"I see how you are," she said with a chuckle then glanced around the parlor again. "This room seems mostly the same. It hasn't changed much at all," she said. She turned towards him and ran her eyes down his body and back up to his face again. "Nor have you," she continued.

Afraid that she would ask questions that he did not want to answer if she studied him for too long, he said, "You have." He punctuated his simple statement with a gentle tug on her scarf and let the slow, potent grin that he had used with much success while hunting in the clubs slip across his lips.

And, indeed, as she tilted her head down in a bout of seeming shyness, he was certain he was not imagining her blush this time.

Author's Note: Many thanks to Dektora for helping me with the French for this chapter. Her advice has been invaluable! Any mistakes that remain are solely mine.

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26 Responses to “The Monster and the Maiden: Ch. 05, Part I”

  1. oolongteadrinker says:

    Oh HELLZ YES~!!!

  2. Gayl says:

    I have really been looking forward to this update but man was I surprised at Emily! I was really not expecting her to be all grown up! I miss the precocious young girl but really look forward to the young woman interacting with Edmond.

    Brilliant screen caps as always but the story has really grabbed me again. I want to know what happened these last 15 years.

    Edmond is yummy as ever. You have to love a man who can wear pants that look all shiny and wet…

  3. Veron says:

    Totally worth the wait! Good to see you back, Kara.

    Emily is gorgeous! It was surprising to see her all grown up, but I totally can't wait to see the interactions between her and Edmond. His tortured soul can use a jump start :D.

    And I know this is an oddball question, but do you know who made the mesh for the mystery woman's outfit in the header? Her boots are incredible. The outfit is incredible, but I've never seen a mesh with that heel.

  4. Eva says:

    YES! I'm sooo happyy you returned. I can't believe that it's been years since I found this site and have been pestering you. Now with the new update, I can drool over the Edmond. I hadn't realized how sexy he was until I was checking him out in this update.

    Why are the two of them so attracted to one another? Why does she have that pull on him? I realize she is the maiden, but why is this so important in their attraction?

  5. Kara says:

    oolongteadrinker: ;)

    Gayl:Oh, don't I know it! I adore Edmond in his sexy clothes. And don't worry, the precocious little Emily is still alive in the older version. haha

    Veron:Thank you! I was so excited to get to the point that Emily is all grown up. Now the fun stuff can start.

    That PVC outfit Emily is wearing in the header is pretty sexy, huh? You can get it from SimderZ. It is called "SynZ". There are a lot of awesome fetish outfits there.

    Eva: Great questions! You're very observant. I will actually be answering all of them as the story unfolds. :)

  6. Shera says:

    !!! YES! You did it! Kara thank you very much. It's marvelous. Emy became a beaotiful woman and Edmond….Edmond is still pretty and hot ))) I'm sooo happy!

  7. amalinaball says:

    Oh, wow. I really wasn't expecting that, you know. Way to spring a surprise on dumb ol' me. But now I'm going to go back and read the first few chapters, because I've actually forgotten lots of the stuff that happened originally! :roll:

    But yeah, it was unexpected. In a good way. I think Emily ended up gorgeous, so I'm not surprised Edmond is "pleased" to see her again. Now I keep wondering what could happen next! :wink:

    Ooh, and I like how you've written it as well. Sort of subtle, and not really tasteless like a lot of other people would have made it. I enjoyed the words, and the pretty pictures, an awful lot! Thank you!

  8. PersephoneRosenrot says:

    Hi Kara! :-) Great to see that the story continues, and haha I love the "yum, boobs" picture :D …Edmond, Edmond, you've been so horny lately! :lol:

    And to answer your question if I'm a Rammstein fan, well, I really am! 8) Are you a Rammstein fan too? :P

    Best regards, Persephone

  9. Jacqueline says:

    I loved this update, & when he was checking her out, it cracked me up. Horny little vampire cracks me up. =P & btw, I love Edmond's hair it's really nice. =P

  10. Jenny says:

    yeah!!! so happy to ses you back, and a beautiful update as well:D…….I love Emily!!!! I love her look…I am assuming GOS right? because I really need her hair and outfit now….hahahaha……..wonderful chapter, the way you captured their body language is incredible..it said alot.

  11. Danielle says:

    Uh! Edmon you horny vampire :P haha i rather have him horny, certainly, their body language said a lot, specially Edmon and his stares, I want to have him as my pet :P

  12. Kara says:

    Shera: You're welcome and thank you as well. :) I'm glad you enjoyed this update.

    amalinaball: heehee Yeah, I actually had to go back and reread everything too to make sure I wasn't contradicting myself or anything. :o And thank you for the wonderful compliments on the writing and pictures! I really appreciate them. :XO:

    PersephoneRosenrot: haha Edmond needs to get laid, it seems. ;) And, yes, I love Rammstein! Actually, I seem to be on a German music kick lately so Rammstein, Eisbrecher, Unheilig, Zeraphine and Oomph! are taking up most of the room on my mp3 player. Now I just need to learn German so I can understand what they are singing about (well, without having to look up translations, that is).

    Jacqueline: Thank you! Edmond is totally a perv sometimes. ;) And, I love his hair too. You can get it from GoS, if you're interested (not made by me).

    Jenny: Thanks! Emily was fun to dress. Actually, her outfit and hair are recolors I made especially for this chapter. Maybe I'll upload them someday.

    Danielle: haha A horny vampire pet…are you sure you know what you're asking for? I bet they can be quite a handful. On second thought, that might be fun. ;)

  13. Cadie says:

    Kara lives, and bring with her possibly the best update yet! I love this sexual tension between Edmond and Emily, so exciting. Oh and Rmily's hair is so cute, it mathces her clothes – wow i just noticed that! Edmond official crushed the fan club of Tahlvin lol (Im sorry…hes just too hot :lol: )

  14. oolongteadrinker says:

    yay! I getz a wink!
    Your sims are so gorgeous. Their expressive eyes, the noses. The skins, which you seem to lovingly customize yourself. Every detail looks so well thought out and elaborate, but natural. I am in awe of your sim-making skillz, and they make my own seem sloppy and half-assed, even though I've amassed quite the custom content collections, which I lurve dearly.

    Seriously, even their noses look great. And you somehow manage to squeeze out the most emotion out of standard sim animations. (how do you do those great camera angles btw?)

    Again, the sims. Hot hot hot. (goes back to drooling).

  15. goodbye_sun says:

    Emily still has quite the talent for managing to tie him up in knots with very little effort, even if she has gone from being precocious to being coy. Her timing is impeccable too, he looks as if he needs a bit of inspiration to keep himself going.

  16. Decorgal says:

    Woah…I'm surprised the story skipped to 15 years later. It's funny but even when you first started the story, I had a feeling there'd be sexual attraction between Edmond and Emily but she was a little girl at the time. This chapter was entertaining, as always, and I must say you've made good use of the modeling hack. I didn't conceive of it beyond taking pics for clothing downloads and fashion photos but you've used them well and naturally for the story. I'm guessing Emily's mischievous personality will come into play in the next chapter… juicy juicy! I can't wait.

  17. Dektora says:

    Yeah, 15 years leap! I have been waiting for Emily to be all grown up to see what she would look like (one of the perks of helping with translation, you get spoilers :D And as always, you are very much welcome. I just love to help you with this story!) I love her eyebrows and hair by the way, especially the bang.
    This chapter promises to lead to some interesting events, can't wait to read more along those lines. There should be some interesting interactions…

    Lil note about the intro pic: at first I though it was out of Edmond's past, turns out it seems to be his fantasies at work :P

  18. Trine says:

    Wooow, Edmond is hoot too! :XO: I really adore your sims :-)

  19. Reyoko says:

    Hahahahaha! :D I don't know whether to praise you entirely based on the incredible text you've written (which I have to say is really ear-catching, if you catch my drift :wink:) or for the incredible pictures you took.

    Emily has seriously grown up! And all those scenes you wrote between the two of them… meow! Made me just realize how much of a man Edmond was. Heheh. And as much as I love the idea of Rafe x Edmond… the new form of Edmond x Emily is seriously catching my interest. :o Kya~ I don't know which to support!!

    Aside from that… I wasn't too keen on Emily's new hairstyle at first (didn't seem to match her face to me) but as I continued reading and looking through the photos… it grew on me. Her outfit on the other hand was to die for!

    All in all, I love this chapter, am reading it again for the hundredth time! Hope to read more in the near future, but I won't push my luck. Great job!

  20. E. Black says:

    I don't know how I missed this but I'm glad I read it. Edmond has it bad. Poor soul. Emily is indeed gorgeous. Hopefully he can contain his excitement and not hurt the sweet thing too much.

  21. Tiffany says:

    Wow, I love this chapter. I especially love how Emily has grown up. She's so pretty. What skinone are you using for her? It's very nice. ^_^


  22. Kara says:

    Hi, guys! I'm neck deep in working on the next chapter so I'm going to cheat and make a group response to you all. I hope you'll forgive me this time. I do want you all to know that your comments mean the world to me. You are all so sweet and I thank you for taking the time to leave me feedback. It's very inspiring!

    I'm also glad you are all enjoying Edmond so much and that you like the way Emily turned out (she actually is the born in-game child of Brandee and Tahlvin). And, yeah, I really was happy to grow her up and get the sexual tension started. ;)

    Oh, and Dektora guessed correctly: the header images are basically meant to convey an aspect of the story or one of Emily and Edmond's fantasies. They don't usually represent an actual scene from the story. Plus, they are a chance to have fun mini-photo shoots. :D

    Now to answer a couple of specific questions… Oolongteadrinker asked how I get my camera angles. Well, basically I just hit tab and then move the camera around with Q, W, E, A, S, D, Z, X. I also tilt it up or down with the mouse. Just experiment and play around with that. That's mostly all I do.

    TiffyT asked what skintone I'm using for Emily. It is the female version of Tahlvin's skin, which is based on Enayla's Alabaster skin and then heavily modified and tattooed. I can't remember what other skins I used to modify it though. It's been awhile. :oops:

    Thanks again everyone! :XO: I better get back to simming now.

  23. Cheripye822 says:

    I have been truly waiting for an update on your writing, LOL! I started reading with WA MS and then came across this one a few weeks back. and must say it is absolutely lovely.

    Your writing, the capture of emotion is inexplicable, and I love how the maiden was unconventional along with your use of a different language. 80)

    Beautifully written and I cant wait to see the interactions between the beautiful Emily and handsome Edmond in the future. 80)

  24. Kara says:

    I'm really glad you're enjoying the story so far and I hope you continue to do so! ;) When I created Edmond, I had been watching the Count of Monte Cristo (the French version with GĂ©rard Depardieu). Once I decided to name my character Edmond (he's named after the Count), it was just natural that he be from France. Thank goodness for my friend Dektora though. I don't speak French beyond the high school level so her help has been invaluable in not making me look like an idiot when Edmond lapses into his native language. haha

  25. Cheripye822 says:

    I love that movie ;) and will most certainly keep reading.

  26. Beth says:

    I had to take a second look at this since I was still thinking of Emily as a little girl — BIG double take LOL! Wow, she's gorgeous!

    The amount of detail in your sets is astonishing, along with the angles, the color, and the way you shove things in there that I'd never think of putting together, but it all fits.

    Edmond's character is completely fascinating. Pride, yes, but he seems to be second guessing himself at the same time. and it sure helps that he's French! Love your writing — smooth as honey and then snaps right back hard.


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