They’d been sparring for a while now. Nikola would never admit it but he enjoyed the challenge of fighting another vampire. Even if said vampire was Ashley Magnus in full possession of her abilities. She was vicious, underhanded, and as sharp as a tack. Every time she goaded him she’d bring up her mother, how she would be meeting delegates at a swanky restaurant, or just asking if he’d noticed her mood that day.
It always did the trick. Rarely did those sessions end well. But she’d offer her hand, grin, and say, “Aww, try harder next time, old man.”