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The tall man's voice resounded through the small room. Austin's arms instantly went slack and dropped to his sides. Mariah froze in her tracks as though cast in concrete.
"You two are embarrassments," the tall man said in his bored voice. "Back away from our guests."
The Beazers obediently retreated to the far corners of the room. The tall man took a graceful step forward.
"The girl's audacity has changed my mind. I would rather she was here to witness this."
He approached Thomas and peered closely at his neck. Thomas's stomach was a block of ice, and the overpowering smoky smell choked off his breath.
"You are the half-breed's pet," the man stated. "But she has not bitten you." He smirked. "Or perhaps she has done so in a more intimate location. No matter."
In a blink, his bored blue eyes flashed to enraged silver. His thin lips curled back to reveal upper and lower fangs curved to wicked points.
The vampire lunged toward Thomas's neck.