Straining her sensitive ears, she tried to pick up any other slight noise that might hint of another person in the house besides her. Her nervous, ragged breathing sounded loud to her ears, but still, no matter how she strained, she couldn't hear anything that made her think Edmond had returned. She exhaled a shaky breath and laughed quietly at herself. The house was settling that was all. Old houses had a lot of creaks and groans.

She realized her hands were shaking and she clenched them into tight fists. Maybe it would be best to just call it a night. She had at least discovered the main source of magical energy. Perhaps she could just come back next month and explore the upstairs.

Her legs were wobbly as she pushed herself away from the bookshelves. She scanned the book-covered worktable once more to make sure everything was as she found it and then turned into the short passageway that led to the ladder.

With a startled squeak, because the scream that she wanted so desperately to let loose wouldn't pass through her tight throat, she stumbled back into the room.

Edmond lurked in the shadows at the foot of the ladder. But…but there was something wrong with him…with the way he held himself, more like an animal than a human, crouched and coiled waiting to strike at its prey. "Emily?" he asked, his voice rough with what sounded like disbelief and anger. He lurched after her, his eyes glowing and reflecting light like a cat's as he entered the room.

"S-stop," she whispered, her eyes riveted on the scarlet splash of blood that leaked from the corner of his mouth and trailed down his chin. Was he hurt or…or…? Her stomach cramped in fear even as her mind shied away from the other possibility.

But, because she had to know, she opened a small fissure in her defensive psychic wall. Gales of chaotic magical energy blasted off Edmond and buffeted against her with a burning cold until her bones almost ached with it. There was something familiar about the cold. She knew it…had felt it before. She struggled to remember as the terrible, hot, icy gales continued to batter at her until she wanted to scream.

Then she realized it was the same sensation she'd picked up off the grimoires, but on a much larger scale. Gasping, she slammed her defenses back into place and the buffeting stopped as surely as if she'd shut a door against a blizzard. She wrapped her arms around herself trying to stop a belated shivering that wracked her body. My God, Edmond, what's wrong with you?

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40 Responses to “The Monster and the Maiden: Ch. 06, Part II”

  1. Cadie says:

    Eeeep! Its here. I love the introdctory picture and this has to be the best chapter yet, wow! Does this mean Emily is a vampire now?

  2. karen says:

    All i could say or muttered is wow. It breaks my heart seeing Edmond in such pain and frustration in the last few pages.

  3. Lisa says:

    Wow! That was creepy & hot all al the same time!

  4. Decorgal says:

    I was just thinking yesterday how much I wanted to read a new chapter and then saw some pics on flickr which I thought indicated you were working on it. I'm so glad to see another chapter up.

    I think up until now, we're seen mostly the 'human' side of Edmund but in this chapter I must admit he was quite creepy. I first thought I knew where the Edmund-Emily dynamics would go but now I'm not so sure. Yes, there is still this uncanny connection between them but I'm not sure my guesses are correct. That's good though- it'll keep me on my toes. :up:

  5. Lani says:

    There are a few pictures that I really enjoyed:

    the 1st one on the 4th page
    the 2nd to the last one of the 5th page
    and – the 3rd on the 6th page

    I also liked Em's back tattoos.

    :XO:

  6. Erica says:

    I love the Vampire side of Edmund..and I was scared when he caught Emily. I loved the pictures and the outtakes are always my favorite. You did an excellent job on this chapter..I love how Edmund speaks french sometimes..so romantic :XO: imo! I can't wait to see what happens next!

    Bravo! 8)

  7. Trista says:

    -Love- the intro picture! This story is turning out great, and this chapter was well worth the wait. :) :XO:

  8. E. Black says:

    Absolutely beautiful, Kara. I was happy to see this on my RSS feeds. <3
    The outtakes are delicious.

  9. Trina says:

    Great chapter! I just know that when/if these two get together, it will be incredibly HOT! The header shots are proof enough of that…

  10. Eva says:

    Oh no! Now she knows his secret. However…I doubt this will keep her away. This only makes it harder for him, though…he seemed so defeated, it was sad to read. This was beautifully written…the emotions that she felt were readily expressed in the your beatifully crafted sentences.

  11. Kara says:

    Thank you, everyone! This was an extremely hard chapter for me to Sim since it relies heavily on conveying emotion and it's hard to get the Sims to do that convincingly–especially when it comes to drama and not comedy–so I'm ecstatic that you all are enjoying it. You guys are the best! :D

  12. Shelby says:

    Wow – this is really getting good! Can't wait to see what happens next – these two seem destined to be together but detirmined to make it as painful as possible getting there. And where do you get all those wonderful clothes?!? The header shots are fantastic!

  13. jenny says:

    Kara, that update was beautiful…..I am just about speechless…..

  14. Shera says:

    Кara you're the best too!) This chapter so…emotional and…full of something that I can't explain/ But it was brilliant. It's pitty but I don't understant french (( And I don't understand what Edmond says. (
    Keep waiting for another chapter ;)

  15. Kara says:

    I'm so glad you all are enjoying it! Phew! This one was hard for me to to post and I was so paranoid about it.

    It's not so important that you understand Edmond as that you notice that, in his distress, he's reverted back to his native language. However, if you're curious about what Edmond says when he pleads with Emily in French (as I would be! haha), here's the translation:

    • "Je vous en supplie! Laissez moi tranquille."
      I am begging you! Leave me alone.
    • "Allez-vous en immédiatement!"
      Go now!
  16. Shera says:

    Kara, I so glad that you ungerstand my bad English))) Thank you for translation. I like to lern something new about all languages)
    Yes I notice that ) And in makes Edmond more reall)
    Good Luck )

  17. Reyoko says:

    Oh my… 8O

    I was expecting in one of the chapters, sooner or later that Emily would be bitten by Edmond. It wouldn't be much of a vampire story if he didn't, but… this chapter sent my heart racing in every page! Every paragraph! Saying it would be amazing isn't enough! And even though I understood only a little of the french (the rest I guessed) it suited each paragraph so precisely I think I might just faint!

    To see Edmond lose control as much as he did was… breath-taking. ::-*: I don't even know what to expect anymore. The story has turned in a way I cannot predict, nor do I want to. I enjoyed it so much and I'm SO sorry my comment is like, seriously late but… oh my gosh! :o I'm just going to die now! Bye!

  18. Kara says:

    Oh, no, Reyoko! Please don't die! ;) And thank you so much! :XO: Next chapter will delve more into Edmond's psyche and P.O.V.

  19. Gayl says:

    OMG…well I am really surprised that Edmond managed to reign himself in before he went too far in biting Emily. That really surprised me although it shouldn't have. He certainly found her in a most inopportune time. And now I am curious over the aftershocks this will cause not only for him but for Emily as well.

    Your descriptions of their emotions was perfection. I could really feel her utter fear and helplessness as well as Edmond's anguish. I really don't think this will be the last that he sees of Emily. I doubt she is going to let this go. And if her father finds out what happened…that won't be pretty…

  20. Reyoko says:

    Ooooh~ ::-*: About time! Heheh. Any chance of an appearance of that roughishly handsome man from France? :wink:

  21. Kara says:

    Thank you, Gayl! You have Tahlvin pegged. I definitely wouldn't want to stand between him and Edmond if he ever found out what Edmond did to his little girl. ;)

    Reyoko, Rafe will once again make an appearance later in the story. I promise. :)

  22. Reyoko says:

    Oooh! :XO: I can hardly wait! Finally!

  23. May says:

    tranquill => tranquille!
    Au plaisir de t'aider!

  24. kiwi says:

    Oh wow I love this story o.o Edmond is such an amazing character: so conflicted by emotions, trying to be strong, yet sometimes giving way to despair. I think you captured the emotions very well! And the pictures are, as usual, beautiful. I should not have read this right before coming to tell you my news >.< But I have decided to just break down and make a SimsStory. I have quite a bit of it done and the first update will be around January 4th, and I am so nervous :o … and yet I am so excited…
    And now that I know what a pain in the butt it is, I wanted to compliment you some more on the way you capture so much emotion in your stories! Now more than ever, you amaze me. :XO: Keep writing!

  25. jacqueline says:

    i loved this chapter, it was really good. I can't wait to read the next one. && I love the other headers they all look nice, i can see it probably took a while for you to decide.

  26. Kara says:

    May:Thank you for pointing out the typo. I've fixed it.

    Kiwi: Awesome! I look forward to reading it! :)

    Jacqueline: I actually had to have my sister help me pick out the header since I couldn't choose myself. :P

  27. soleil says:

    I could help you too for your french if you wanted… cause I am french :) ouioui c'est bien vrai! Anyhoo, your story is AMAZING !!

  28. Kara says:

    soleil: Merci! I'm glad you're liking the story so far. I didn't realize I had so many French readers. Yay! :D

  29. Shera says:

    ((( Where is the next chapter ?((

  30. Stitches says:

    Ohmigosh. I love this story. I think your ability to build sets and pose the sims naturally is probably the most impressive I've seen.

    Did you make the dress Emily is wearing in the preview shot?

  31. Kara says:

    Shera: I'm slowly working on it. It's a difficult chapter and I haven't had much time to devote to it.

    Stitches: Thank you so much! :) Emily's gorgeous dress is by Sherahbim.

  32. Stephanie says:

    You're awesome dude, seriously just…. awesome at writing this8O !!!
    Anyway, I hope the writing is coming out smoothly:-) , as I'm reeeally looking forward to reading the next chapter:wink: !!!
    Good luck, soldier:idea: !

  33. paganpoetry says:

    I'm truly amazed with this story, I love the way you describe so strong scenes and characters with both amazing words and pictures! :? :up: I'll stay tuned for more, and I can't wait for this! :-)

    And may I ask you which skintones are Emily and Edmond sporting? I guessed Tahlvin's skintone was one from Enayla, did I guess right?

    Anyway, keep on the gorgeous job! :XO:

  34. Kara says:

    paganpoetry: Thank you! Yes, you're correct. Tahlvin does use a version of Enayla's skin (I edited it heavily though). Emily wears the same skin as Tahlvin, just the female version. And Edmond…hmm…I can't remember but you can download it with this sim (the sim that Edmond is based on).

  35. CharlieRayne says:

    You are incredible, most vampire stories bore me by now because the storyline's too monotone, but yours is so different from all the others that I can't help but sit here a little sad that there's not a chapter more.

    Anyway, where did you get Emily's shirt? I'm pretty sure the pants are from Clup Crimson, but I looove that shirt :XO: … please tell me where you got it :halo:

  36. Kara says:

    CharlieRayne: Thank you so much! I love vampire stories, but I'm trying to do a little different spin on mine. I'll be working on the new chapter soon. Right now, I'm finishing up a story I did with my ball-joint dolls.

    Emily's sweater and jacket were done by me. The sweater is a texture by Aikea_Guinea (of Club Crimsyn) and the jacket takes textures from the Maxis leather jacket. If you'd like, I can upload it for you.

  37. Trina says:

    Kara – if you do decide to upload that outfit I will definitely be downloading!

  38. Anelle says:

    Ooh I'm loving your story through and through! You're a wonderful story-teller and I adore your characters! Very lovely-written every chapter! Keep it coming and stay awesome! :-)

    Ah yeah…one more thing, how did you work on putting tears and blood on your sim? I know, honestly, I'm kind of a beginner. Also, I can't find any more working sites having that kind of costume make-up… :( can you help me?

  39. Flo says:

    Superb.
    Une Histoire magnifique, un très beau travail.
    On en veux encore et encore.
    A quand la suite avec les sims 2 ?

  40. Kara says:

    Flo: Merci beaucoup! I will eventually be coming back to the Sims 2 to work on this story. The Sims 3 has been distracting me lately though. :)

 

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