Annnnnnnd Rosie is about to get the chance to head up a new Black Swan unit, D.I.T., The Department of Interdimensional Trespass.
Twenty years ago Sir Simon was a vampire hunter. He took three month’s bereavement leave to go wild camping in the far north of Scotland following the death of his team leader. He expected solitude and fresh air to clear his mind and heart. He did not expect to fall in love. While picnicking on the stark landscape of the Orkney Islands, she disappeared into the standing stones. He turned just in time to see her fading into nothingness, a look of panic frozen on her face. As she reached out and silently called his name, he lunged to grab her an instant too late. She was gone. But her memory has haunted him every hour since. Simon channeled his sorrow and loneliness into work until he eventually rose to the most powerful position ever held by an ex Black Swan knight. With tireless dedication, he built a congregation of talented misfits, watching and waiting for the one who could find Sorcha.
“You’re a very good cook, Simon. Some woman is goin’ to be lucky to have you for a mate.”“I don’t know. I think perhaps on balance my less desirable qualities might outweigh my cooking skills.”“What are your less desirable qualities?” Simon opened his mouth to answer, but she changed her mind. “Ne’er mind. I do no’ want to know. For tonight I want to believe that you’re perfect. A god fallen to Earth from that star,” she looked up in the sky and pointed, “right there.”“Suit yourself,” he smiled.“How old are you?”“Twenty three. How old are you?”“Twenty nine. You seem much older. I would’ve guessed that you’re closer to my age.”He smirked. “Vampire hunting ages a person.”“You’re stickin’ with that vampire huntin’ business, are you?”“That’s my story.” His casual nonchalance would never be taken as cover for the truth about his occupation.She rolled her eyes. “How long are you on holiday?”“I’m not exactly on holiday. A friend died. He was a close friend, more like family really. So I’m out here to…”Watching him struggle to find the right words, she offered, “Clear your head and free your heart?”If Simon had spent a year contemplating how best to answer why he was there, he would not have been able to come up with a more perfect and concise description of his reasons. He didn’t answer, just reached over and pulled Sorcha close enough to him so that he could kiss her the way he’d been thinking all through dinner. With the firelight reflecting on her face, she had him believing that she was the goddess who likely fell to Earth from the brightest star in the heavens above.It took little urging to get her to scoot closer a look of sensual anticipation on her face.“You done this before, human?”Simon smiled sardonically. “Couple of times,” he said just before pressing a soft kiss to her mouth. When she deepened the kiss, with an unmistakable flavor of demand and insistence, he chuckled. He’d been thinking sweet and slow. She was apparently thinking eager and faster. He was just as cool with eager and faster. So he let her set the pace.Flanked by the Atlantic to the west and North Sea to the east, the Orkneys enjoyed a surprisingly mild climate. At least that’s what the travel brochures say. But forties didn’t feel mild if a wet wind whipped up after the sun finally set and sleeping arrangements are outdoors on the ground.It took a few minutes to figure out how to reconfigure the sleeping bag zippers so that they could take advantage of the combination of modern fiber technology and body heat.“How can it be so hard?” She laughed.“It’s like a puzzle,” he replied. “We’re both reasonably bright, well educated persons. We’ll figure it out. Just be patient.”She growled. “I’m no’ feelin’ patient. I’m feelin’ eager.”