“Good evening, Your Majesty,” the well-dressed boy said. “My name is Loki; please allow me to be your host tonight. What may I do for you?”
“Loki, rise. I want you to treat me as you would any other guest tonight.”
“My friend and I would like to sit at the bar.”
Loki looked around, but he saw no one accompanying Persephone, other than a large silver-gray wolf. “You and your wolf would like to sit at the bar, ma’am?”
Persephone nodded, as Theodora stood on her hind legs and regained her human form. They each slipped a bright jewel into Loki’s pocket as a tip as he showed them to the bar.
Behind the bar tonight was none other than the proprietor herself. Raven was a an olive-skinned woman whose long, curly black hair was tied back in a scarf and covered with a wide-brimmed straw hat, as if she still needed protection from the sun glinting off the Caribbean sea. She wore string after string of pearls, in all colors from palest pink to shimmering black.
“You’d been Persephone, Queen of the Underworld,” Raven said. Then, turning to Theodora, “I am not sure of your name, mademoiselle, but welcome. I trust Loki saw you in with the utmost respect.”
“He did,” Persephone agreed. “But Theodora and I want to be treated like regular guests. Can you make us a couple of margaritas?”
“Frozen or on the rocks?”
“Rocks,” said Theodora. In a moment, Raven set two glasses down, with lime slices and the salt shaker. The women drank in silence until Raven wandered off.
“Can I tell you a secret about Jack?” Persephone said quietly.
“Of course, girl,” Theodora answered. “You and I are like sisters. You can tell me anything.”
Persephone giggled and confessed. “Jack’s a vampire, right? So he’s all about the oral thing. Even though his teeth are kinda sharp, he’s really good at going down on me. But when I go down on him . . .”
“What?” Theodora prompted, leaning in closer. “You can tell me.”
“He’s not like the human guys that I went out with in high school. When he comes, I mean. Jack doesn’t have--well, he doesn’t have cum like human guys do.”
“So—what happens? You’re blowing him, and he comes, and then nothing?”
“I wish,” said Persephone, still giggling, her cheeks glowing red. “Nothing would be a nice change. No, when I suck him off, I get a mouthful of...blood.”
Theodora almost choked on her margarita. “Seph, that's disgusting.”
“I know,” Persephone said. “If it was any other guy, I wouldn’t put up with it. But Jack is so sweet, and since I’m doomed to live half my life in the Underworld anyway, I can’t think of anyone I’d rather spend my time with. I can’t wait to see him again on the first day of spring. But lately I’ve been thinking about, just once, being with a guy who’s human.”
Raven reappeared, holding a bright pink menu. “Would you ladies like see my special menu?” she asked, setting it down in front of Theodora.
“I’m not hungry,” Persephone said.
“It’s not food,” Theodora said. “Look, Seph. These are all kinds of different fantasies you can get a guy to do with you.”
“A guy or two,” Raven corrected. “Or more. Not my thing, really, but girls these days like all kinds of things. If you’re not interested in the fantasies, though, the back page shows you the basics.” She flipped over the menu.
Theodora traced her finger along a line on the back page. “There you go, Persephone. A straight blow job is the cheapest thing on the menu. Your fantasy, and a bargain to boot.”
“None of your guys are vampires, are they?” Persephone asked Raven.
“I have several vampires, naturally.”
Persephone stared at the menu for a moment longer, and then said, “I’ll have the Number Seven...but I want a human guy. No vampires.”
“Dionysus and the pirates...very edgy,” Raven said. And for you?”
“Hmmm,” said Theodora, surveying the menu again. “I’ll go with Number Nine.”
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