As he turned away from the ladder, his intruder rounded the corner and then, with an odd little yelp, stumbled over her own feet in her haste to back away from him.

He blinked at the woman a few times before he would allow himself to believe his eyes were not playing tricks on him. "Emily?" he said, his voice breaking as disbelief wrung her name from his mouth. A red haze descended on his vision as the anger that had been bubbling below the surface erupted like a volcano leaving him grinding his teeth from the violence of the emotion.

It was not until Emily whispered, "S-stop," that Edmond realized he had stalked after her into the room. Fear rolled off of her in waves. His nostrils flared relishing its scent, but her fear also fanned the flames of his rage.

What was she doing here?

The harsh growl of his own voice shocked him and made him realize he had voiced the question aloud. When she remained silent he fought down the sudden impulse to lunge forward and throttle the answer from her. Though his muscles twitched with the desire to follow through with the attack, he forced the urge away and deliberately took a step forward closing the distance between them. "Answer me," he said in as cool a voice as he could muster.

"N-nothing, Iā€¦" she stuttered as she again scrambled away from him only to be brought up short when she crashed into the worktable in the center of the room.

"'Nothing?' Breaking into my house—breaking my trust—is 'nothing'?" He felt his lips peel back from his teeth as he snarled his anger at her betrayal. Her brown eyes widened in alarm, causing a thrill of delicious heat to course through him again as he realized he could do to her what he had planned to do to the unknown intruder.

But then, the full import of what he was contemplating became clear to him and, with a shiver of trepidation, it was as if he stepped into the eye of a hurricane. All around him swirled the raging storm, but he stood in a center of calm as his rational mind, free for the moment of the virulent emotions, reasserted itself.

There was no way he would ever allow himself to harm Emily. Had he not vowed the same to her father all those years ago? How could he even contemplate such a thing?

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45 Responses to “The Monster and the Maiden: Ch. 07”

  1. BanSidhe says:

    Best chapter yet! And Rafe with long hair? Can't wait.

  2. HydraKitten says:

    Tightest ass on a sim yet, that man hits all the right buttons. And yay! Julian's appearance! I wonder if he'll notice the mark on his neck even though he has no recollection of the incident.

  3. Stephanie says:

    Holy Cows! That was utterly fantastic. I swear, this story just builds up so perfectly every chapter. The beginning is just soooo…
    I wonder if Emily is going to tell her father about this….oh god no. I can just picture what Tahlvin would do if he found what happened *shudders*.

    Great job, I'm already itching to see what'll happen next!

  4. E. Black says:

    Oh Edmond. That was brilliant. I love where you're taking this, Kara. It just keeps getting better and better.

  5. TheLunarFox says:

    Wonderful update! To see things from his point of view– how frightful.

    Also, your pictures are so beautiful. I love Edmond's home. There are so many details to gather in each shot. It really does look lived in.

  6. Trina says:

    Edmond, oh Edmond! What must you struggle with you beautiful demon? I loved this chapter Kara! I don't know why but I think The Other might be more frightening than we think…..

  7. Kara says:

    BanSidhe: Thank you! šŸ˜€ Rafe won't be showing up in the story again for a while yet, but that doesn't stop me from trying to figure out what hairstyle I want for him. I like this long one on him. He looks piratey. Arrrr! šŸ’”

    Hydrakitten: haha I had to work in a bare ass sooner or later, and I'm sure Edmond's will make a reappearance sometime in the story. šŸ˜‰ As for Julian, I'm sure he'll notice the bite mark, but chalk it up to some wild, drunken, sexual encounter, which will make him sad that he doesn't remember it.

    Stephanie: Thank you so much! And, yes, I think Emily would be wise not to tell Tahlvin what happened. Unless, of course, she doesn't mind Edmond being dead, which may be the case after he bit her.

    E. Black: Thanks! I really feel like the story turned a corner here. Plus, this was a mega-chapter. I usually split chapters that are this big into at least two parts, but there was no good place to split it, so I just decided to post it in one big chunk.

    TheLunarFox: Thank you! Yes, I thought it was important to see the events of the last chapter from his point of view so that you could see the conflict he was going through, especially since it introduced the concept of the Other.

    Trina: Oh, the Other is very terrifying. It's still very weak at this point but slowly gaining in strength, which makes it even more scary. And, thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it. šŸ˜€

  8. Veron says:

    Kara, you never fail to amaze me. The way you describe Edmond's internal fight with The Other shows off your intense writing talent. I mean, wow… And it was awesome to see the other perspective of that very powerful little scene. I cannot wait to see where this goes. As always, you have me on the edge of my seat.

    And thank you for naked Edmond ass. That was lovely.

  9. Kara says:

    Veron: Wow, thank you for the wonderful compliment! I was a worried that this chapter may not work as I was retreading ground mostly covered in the last chapter. But, I'm glad I managed to get across Edmond's feelings without bogging the story down.

    As for naked Edmond: after all the drama of the last two chapters, I thought a little fan-service was warranted. haha

  10. graphicity says:

    WOW :up:

    This was an amazing chapter. We really got into more detail into Edmund's inter turmoil with what he is and his feelings towards Emily. I'm quite anxious now to find out how Emily is taking in all that has happened and how her and Edmund's relationship will change after this encounter šŸ˜Æ

    Btw I love Edmund's house. It has such a great balance between elegance and grunge :XO:

  11. graphicity says:

    I just realized I spelled Edmond's name wrong :vangry:

  12. Eva says:

    OMG! I'm so intrigued! I love you and the way you effortlessly pull me into the story. I…just wow. I never noticed just how sexy Edmond is. I love the color of his eyes…sigh..never in real life will someone as sexy exist, ahha. And Rafe…next to Tahlvin…i'm on cloud nine.

  13. Mesha says:

    šŸ˜Æ WOOHOOO! :XO: I think I'm in love with Eddie's buns of steele :XO: That was a great chapter! I can't wait to find out what happens next.

  14. Kara says:

    graphicity: Thank you! We'll be seeing Emily's reaction to all this in a couple chapters. As for his house, I tried to make it reflect his personality: a bit old-fashioned with a tired elegance, and cluttered with the extra baggage (i.e. worries) that he's been carrying around.

    Eva: Thanks! Edmond is indeed a sexy man…I'm biased, of course. šŸ˜€

    Mesha: haha! Thank you! I'm happy the story is progressing so well. I hope I'll be able to work on the next part soon.

  15. Cadie says:

    Oh my, Edmond's toosh sent shivers down my spine! The storyline gets better by the chapter, I am in awe of your talent in fictional literature. The Other is indeed one sinister being, I think Edmond should just swallow his pride, go to Koryll then steak Emily from the clutches of her fiancee šŸ˜›
    Ugh, now I'm all frenzied up…can't wait 'til the next chapter!

  16. Trista says:

    Kara, I just loved getting to see Edmond's perspective on the unfolding events. This chapter was well worth the wait! I'm always amazed at how well you are able to capture the expressions and various poses. Very cool! šŸ˜€

  17. Eva says:

    Oh and i meant to say this yesterday, but I was sidetracked and my mind was jumbled in many different directions. Basically, I felt like this chapter was sorta erotic. Like Edmond's biting Emily was slightly impure…i dunno. Not saying this is a porno, but i hope you understand what I'm saying. Thanks and sorry for posting twice.

  18. Decorgal says:

    Nice chapter. I really liked how you demonstrated Edmond's inner turmoil with the 2 versions of himself. I have a feeling that Emily will play a big role in that component of his character development. I also agree with Eva about the chapter being erotic and my guess is that was your intent. I think vampires and the 'bite' have almost always been portrayed that way and rightly so.

  19. Kara says:

    Cadie: Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed Edmond. šŸ˜‰ I can't wait until I can start on the next chapter, although I'm not sure when that will be.

    Trista: Thanks so much! The Freezer Clock from MTS2 has become invaluable to me in doing poses. I'm not sure how I got a long without it. haha

    Eva: Yes, I was trying to get across the erotic, slightly perverse nature of biting the neck. Plus the fact that Emily's blood effect Edmond in a way that none of his other victims' had before. All this is important and will make sense later on. šŸ™‚

    Decorgal: Thank you! And you're right, Emily does play an important role in Edmond's character arc. I can't say too much without giving anything away though. šŸ˜‰

  20. Violet_Placebo says:

    That butt shot is epic..yummo
    Great story loving every chapter and look forward to the next.

  21. Sarah says:

    I just have to tell you I loved loved loved this chapter. My favorite so far.
    I just loved how I got lost here and then and then you get that 'ahaaa' effect when you start getting it XP.

    Poor Edmond, hope he 'gets well' soon. I really like how you built his character, I really have no words. The sets are amazing, poses and the graphics. I really like how you don't edit your pictures(or at least, you make it looks like it wasn't edited). It's a good choice not too cause… I dunno, I can't explain it , it just that the rich but simple pictures suit the story.

    Love M&tM to bits. Can't wait for more, :XO: .

  22. Kara says:

    Violet_Placebo: haha! Any excuse to show some nekkid butt… šŸ˜‰ And thank you so much!

    Sarah: Thank you! I've been throwing out clues as to what is going on with Edmond so I'm glad that it's starting to make sense.

    I do edit my pictures but I do it more so to enhance the lighting (a lot of the pictures are really dark without editing) and to get rid of the yellow cast that so many of the pictures seem to have. However, I want them to still look natural and not like they've been 'shopped a lot so I'm really glad you had that reaction to them.

  23. Karen says:

    I'm emotionally linked to Edmond (I even dreamed three times in the last three nights that I was dating him šŸ˜Æ ), and I fear for him…I don't know what is worse, if the increasing strenght of the Other or the possible reaction of Tahlvin if he knows what Edmond did to Emily šŸ˜ …I'm anxious to see what will happen!Keep up the great work, Kara! šŸ˜‰

  24. Stacey says:

    OMG!!! You showed his butt!!! *Faints*
    This chapter was the BEST!!! I can only anticipate the next one!!! šŸ˜•
    Keep doin wha you do! :XO:

  25. Gayl says:

    First of all, I am totally blown away by the way you showed Edmond warring with his Other self. I think I not only stared at those shots for several minutes longer than I should, I re-read that bit a lot. What a struggle he has going on and I think this was the first time I realized exactly what went on when he changed. And it was scary! I almost thought Edmond wasn't going to come back!

    I was delighted at Julian's appearance! Poor guy, left in an alley like that…

    I liked seeing these events from Edmond's POV. It explains why he came back before he was completely sated and discovered Emily. Very erotic, sensual scene by the way. Stunning the way you wrote it and the way you shot it.

  26. Erica says:

    OMG!!! I was just about to give up on getting an update! I was cleaning up my bookmarks and decided to come and check up on the story..and wow an update! I love it Kara! Great Job! Poor Edmund he seems so conflicted ..and i cant wait to see more of the "other" :up:

  27. Silky says:

    Wtf? I can see your banners and stuff, but the pictures in this post aren't showing up. And seeing as I've been left wondering whats gonna happen after last chapter for MONTHS and now its finally here, I can't see it!

    Any clue whats going on?

  28. Kara says:

    Karen: Oh, you lucky dog! I'd love to dream of Edmond. haha

    Stacey: I'm glad Edmond's butt has been such big hit. šŸ˜‰ Thank you!

    Gayl: This is the first time that Edmond has actually "encountered" the Other. Before, he always thought it was some part of himself that had become a beast and he was trying to keep that part caged off. But the Other has gained strength and is now actively fighting Edmond for control of his body. I'm so glad that the scenes worked for you. I was afraid that they might be confusing.

    Erica: Glad you didn't give up! Yes, I'm slow with my updates, but I come through sooner or later. šŸ˜‰

    Silky: Well, I'm stumped. I have no idea why the pictures aren't working for you. Is it just the pictures in this post that aren't loading? What browser are you using?

  29. Silky says:

    Yeah, its just the ones in this post. I have both Firefox and Explorer, and I tried veiwing it in both and there was no change. But, I am on another computer and I can see them. Its crazy, I can't think of anyhting that could do this.

  30. Kara says:

    Silky: That's so weird. I'm really not sure why it's doing that since there is nothing different about these pictures from the pictures in other posts. Maybe it's just some fluke and will work itself out. *crosses fingers*

  31. Karen says:

    Haha yep, I'm a lucky dog! šŸ˜† The first dream was of both Edmond and Julian, the second of Edmond, Tahlvin and Rafe and the last one just of Edmond…now my goal is to dream of Alec too šŸ˜› And I must thank you for such resources of wonderful dreams, your gorgeous sims! šŸ™‚

  32. Simnamin says:

    I have to say, WOW! I have read a lot of stories, some very good d but you totally amazed me; WOW'ed me times 10. Your pictures were flawless. Your writing flowed so easily and I couldn't stop reading it when I started it an hour ago.

    I can't wait for the next few chapters. I'm really excited. Thanks for sharing!

    :halo: Simnamin

  33. Shelby says:

    Loved it! Loved it! Loved it! Took me a little while to get back to reading stories – the Wrath of the Lich King has been holding me back – just a little bit! Awesome update – can't wait to see what's next! I can wait for you to get Ulduar on farm….I think….. šŸ˜€

  34. Aoibhgreine says:

    BRILLIANT chapter… As some others have said, I love that we see the same scene again from his perspective… Love it!

  35. Kara says:

    Karen: Oh, I'm so jealous! I want to dream of my characters too. haha

    Simnamin: Aw, thank you so much! What nice compliments! I'm so glad you're enjoying it so far.

    Shelby: haha I totally understand. I just got sucked back into WoW by WotLK. Evil, addictive game! šŸ˜‰

    Aoibhgreine: Thank you! I'm glad the chapter worked out so well.

  36. Chellebells says:

    Wow!!!!! I love this!! Love this!!! At first i thought it was a movie site but I love reading it and feeling out the story for myself. I cant wait for the story to continue!!!

  37. Kara says:

    Chellebells: Thank you so much for the lovely compliments! I'm so glad that you like the story so far. I hope you continue to do so.

  38. jenny says:

    Lovely update Kara! beautifully done as always.

  39. Caity says:

    Oooh I got shivers reading this chapter! (mostly from seeing Edmond's tight ass. I think this might be the first case where I actually fell in love with a sim :XO: ) But really I feel like this chapter has opened up a whole bunch of new possibilities for Edmond as well as problems. I can't wait to see what Emily's reaction will be like. We've heard Edmond's side of the story but now i want to hear Emily's. All in all great chapter šŸ™‚

  40. Kitty says:

    Ha Rafe looks like Jesus šŸ˜€

  41. Kara says:

    Kitty: haha He does!

  42. Rachael says:

    Is this story over? I miss it very much please say it's not so. :roll:

  43. Ariadne says:

    Say it isn't so, you beautiful writer, you. I'm classified with the rest of the people who have never commented. I'm also in the category of 'if you don't update this by the time I return to your website (which will be in the next 24 hours), then I will steal Edmond from Emily and your story will be over anyway — and then I can do my own real LIFE story like a pimp because I wouldn't be a virgin anymore if Edmond was real.'
    Longest category ever.

    LOL @ KITTY. Rafe does look like Jesus. Rafe is Jesus.
    And Edmond is Jesus Jr. who has partly converted to the Dark Side.
    Red lightsaber for you, Edmond. Red lightsaber for you.

  44. Katie says:

    I really hope you plan to continue this story – it's amazing, and I actually care about the characters (which is quite an achievement, considering they're batches of pixels in a simulation game). Pleeeeeasssse carry on with it! You're too good a writer to let something this good be abandoned.

  45. Caity says:

    I remember when I first stumbled upon this gem in 2008, I was so captivated by your story that over the past six years I still check back occasionally hoping to see a new chapter. I still really hope you finish this story so some day when I check back I can fall in love all over with Edmond again. You're so talented!


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