I went for a head nod to older horror comics from the 80s, because I'm cool like that. Oh, and not super lusty with my words. And a bit dorky. And kinda awkward. In my mind I was thinking "Hell hounds, those will work". What I ended up with was a flat piece about an actual dog. Hey - it worked with the song.
I didn't win (because, hell hound) but I did place 3rd. Make sure you check out Lizzie and Miranda's piece (winner and 2nd) plus all the great writing of lust and love.
GuardedShe padded across the room, her claws clicking on the teak-wood floor; click-clack, click-clack as she paced around the bedroom. He should be home by now. Her keen ears perked at the sound of a car starting down the drive. The familiar purr of his engine set her mind at ease. He was late but at least he was back before dawn. A door slammed, and then another. He wasn't alone. Female laughter trickled in on the warm summer breeze as he opened the front door. His scent drifted along the humid air, mingling with the smell of sweat and desire. She bristled and her senses heightened; he'd brought home a companion.
She moved into a dark corner of the bedroom, her yellow eyes watching each move as the couple entered. Clothes were abandoned to the floor. Hands caressed smooth skin. Bodies blended. She stayed hidden in the corner, waiting. Finally, she heard a muffled groan followed by an enticing rip of skin. The aroma hit, a sweet metallic tang filled with iron, salt, and water; her stomach growled involuntarily. She eased out of the darkness and moved silently to the end of the bed.
"Hello, Jasmine." Acknowledgment was all she needed. She jumped nimbly onto the bed and stepped over the limp body cooling next to her master. She nuzzled his arm, hoping for additional attention.
"Watchful as ever, I see." He rubbed her ears lovingly. She licked the blood from his chin.
"Is it almost dawn already?" he asked. Jasmine whimpered.
"You shouldn't worry so," he chuckled. "Vampires can feel the sun in their bones just as easily as their hell hounds do." She licked his chin again then circled three times before laying next to him.
"I suppose we will clean up this evening," he said as he gave her one last scratch. She blew air out her muzzle in agreement.
Her eyes focused on the bedroom door and she settled in to guard her love while humans roamed in the sunshine outside.