A good friend of mine put a taste for butler's in my mouth and thus here we are with this storyline that popped into my head, blended with one of my favorite creatures, vampires! Plus my deep love for Asian hotties, yum.
Mind you, you should turn around and head the other way if you have the obnoxious, whiney and over brooding Twilight type of vampires in your head, blech, no thank you.
Anyway, take a read.
This story features Liliana Winters
(I have other pics if she's not your taste), daughter of the ridiculously wealthy shipping and import giant JackWinters.
Jack Winters moves his family from their England home to Japan, the great thing about being the boss is that you can live anywhere you want and be able to hop right onto a private plane at the drop of a dime if there are any issues back at headquaters... they bring all of their original household staff with them except for their elderly butler whom decides to accept a very generous retirement pension from Jack and live out his remaining years in comfort.
Thus arises the need for a new butler, preferably someone young enough to keep up with a brand new household, getting to know an unfamiliar foreign staff team, plus the foreign family hiring him.
Her father interviews many young men over the course of a week before a decision is finally made and the guy chosen... he's hauntingly beautiful... and the intense way he stares at Liliana is enough to make any red blooded female blush...
There something off about their handsome new butler and as crazy as Liliana knows she sounds, she's certain he's not normal... he convinced her father to hire him without offering a shred of his history, he never leaves the house during the day... she never sees him eat, not a single crumb...
Something is definitely weird about the new butler...
My thoughts were this is not his first time as a butler, in fact he's done it many, many times over the past few hundred years all over the world... feasting upon and killing the family each time before disappearing without a single trace... but this time is different... he feels a really strong attraction to Liliana, he wants her :)
Liliana and Isaac Winters stood in the foyer of their new home side by side with expressions of uncertainty of their faces, neither of them were all too jazzed about this sudden move, but when their father got an incredible job opportunity as the vice president of a big time shipping company... well, they really weren't given too much say about it.
Isaac turned and locked matching gray blue eyes with his younger sister “Well, I suppose we ought to choose our bedrooms and maybe explore a little bit, you know mom and dad will give us 'the speech' about 'supporting dad' if she think we're not as thrilled about all this as they are”
Heaving a great heavy sigh, Liliana nodded in agreement “Yeah, I guess you're right. Heaven forbid we pop their precious bubble, it's not like they had to leave behind schools and friends they really, really liked. I think Mark Jacobs was going to ask me out too, he always flirted with me when he came by the house...”
Isaac chuckled lightly “Dad's old assistant? Oh yeah, he would have totally just loved that... I'd keep that bit of information of the down low, sis. Mark was a nice dude, but you know dad”
“Yeah, yeah...” Liliana grumbled, stepping forward to follow her brother as he made his way towards the staircase, the bedrooms apparently were all located on the second level, she just hoped they were spread out enough to allow some privacy. At least the brochure said that each one had it's own bathroom.
“Come on, help me pick out a good room, I need to plot out space to put my computer and all my photography equipment” Isaac murmured as they reached the top of the stairs, his gray blue gaze already shifting from open door to open door, trying to decide which room would be optimal for his work “I'd really like it if there was space to set up a dark room too”
“I really love it that you follow your dreams, Isaac, not letting dad push you into the shipping and import business... whereas I might wind up getting pushed to marry one of his associate sons for whatever ridiculous reasons that exist in the business world, I really don't care” Liliana replied, peeking into a door and stopping to fully enter with a smile “Hey Isaac, check out this one, lots of space and there is a walk in closet, I bet you could turn that into a dark room”
Isaac eagerly changed direction and entered into the room after his sister, his face instantly wore a bright smile as he nodded in agreement “Good eye, little sis, this will work out perfectly. I'm gonna go down and let the movers know to bring my stuff in here. You go ahead pick out a room for yourself... oh and dad wants us downstairs the main sitting room to meet the senior staff in about twenty minutes”
“So late? The sun is already setting, I'm sure everyone would rather be with their spouses getting ready for bed right about now? How many of them actually live on the estate grounds?”
“As I understand it, majority of the senior staff lives in rather nice apartment style housing on the estate and I guess they said they didn't mind meeting us tonight”
Isaac departed from the room then before Liliana could grill him with anymore questions, she simply shrugged them and left her brother's chosen room to continue prowling for a room to call her own, she ended up choosing the one at the very end of the hallway, it felt the most cut off from the rest and privacy was something she personally valued very much. Privacy was the least she could be allowed after everything she was forced to leave behind in the United States.
She was about to turn and seek out the movers in charge of her own belongings... but for some reason, she felt compelled to go back inside and moved towards one of the large windows that offered a good view of the rear grounds where a traditional garden and koi pond was located... at first as she gazed out, Liliana saw only darkness... until two tiny shimmering specs of bright ruby red caught her eyes... she tried to squint in attempt to make out what it was in the nights shadowy veil, but she really couldn't see much of anything.
Shrugging and rationalizing that it was probably just an animal like a raccoon or something, Liliana moved away from the window and went about what she had intended to do originally and find the movers to tell them where she wanted her belongings brought.
After all was taken care of, Liliana made her way as quickly as she was able to the main sitting room... to be honest, her father could have glared a little less in her direction as she came in (two minutes late wasn't that bad!) and sat down on the smaller sofa beside her brother, their mother seated in an armchair not too far away, as vapidly disinterested in everything going on as per usual.
“The staff is a little bit late anyway, so I doubt dad will chastise you much, if at all” Isaac whispered over to her “He's just all nervous about his first day at the big office tomorrow, don't let him get to you”
Liliana nodded to her brother and sighed, she glanced over at her mom whom was currently gazing adoringly at her freshly manicured and decaled nails... Liliana had to wonder what it would be not to not have a self absorbed materialistic airhead for a mother, it had to be really nice.
She looked over at her dad whose gaze was was settled on his children, nothing really in his eyes to take up concern about “Sorry, I'm a little late, daddy... big new house, I got a little lost”
“Dad said he hired a butler around our age, isn't that cool?” Isaac piped up, trying to lighten up the tenseness in the air around them “Wanted to give the guy a shot to prove himself, I thought that was really neat. We should be meeting him tonight with the rest of the senior staff”
“Oh, that was really nice of you, daddy” Liliana replied sincerely, turning surprised eyes in her father's direction “Everyone deserves to be given a chance to prove they have what it takes”
Her father shrugged “Your mother and I will be quite busy and not often home, it made sense to employ a butler that would identify more with the two of them, given how much time you'll spend around him. He should have a better understanding to your needs and likes, being so close in age”
A thoughtful and curious expression touched Liliana's pretty face as she gazed at her father with those gray blue eyes of hers, it was uncharacteristically generous of her father to think about someone else so much for a change, even if that someone was his own children “Thank you, dad, we appreciate the thought”
Her father 'humphed' in reply as if her words really didn't matter all that much... they probably didn't either, the selection was likely made so that they would have as little to bother him with as possible while he went about his business and their mother went about her vapid shallow social life here in Japan. Once again, why did these people even both having kids again? Oh right, they needed an heir to the family business... they got the son they wanted and a twin sister as a bonus... she knew they wanted to marry her off like a bargaining chip in some advantageous business deal with some rich Japanese family. Gag, double gag, she was so not having any part of that.
Liliana didn't want to be paraded around on some rich dude's arm, she wanted to sing... she loved opera, she dreamed of the stage... but those dreams seemed so far away and out of her reach with the way her father was... but if she held out until her brother inherited the business... Liliana would be free to do as she liked, Isaac would never force some stuck up rich dillhole on her that she didn't like or love.
Isaac himself planned on hiring someone he trusted to run most of everything for him while he pursued his love of photography, he'd be there for meetings and everything, but only the really important stuff... Liliana couldn't say she blamed him either, their parents didn't care much for their childrens wishes and dreams, so it was up to them to fight for them themselves.
Jack glanced at his watch and nodded “The staff should be arriving at any time now. Everyone sit up straight and behave like the social elite you are”
Liliana gave her father an exhausted annoyed expression at that statement, but simply settled for rolling her eyes and straightening her back as demanded of her.