Liam lay in the road, letting the rain pool on and around his body. The cool water was nothing compared to the ice of his skin. He let it collect in his hand and run between his fingers with a small smile curving his pale lips. His hair was plastered to his forehead and cheeks, but he didn’t bother to push it back as he normally did.
A shadow fell over him, and he looked up into glowing red eyes. He smiled into the brooding face of his lover and accepted the hand offered to him. Matthew pulled him up with ease and looked him up and down, from his bare feet to his drenched hair. Liam closed his eyes as Matthew reached up to caress his cheek where raindrops fell like tears.
“I still don’t understand why you do this,” Matthew said derisively, pushing his hands through Liam’s wet hair. “It’s silly.”
Liam smiled and tugged at Matthew’s now-equally-wet black hair. “You just don’t appreciate the beauty of this world like I do, love.”
Thunder rumbled around them, and the wind began to stir their hair and clothes. They stood in the road, staring into each other’s eyes, as the storm increased in intensity around them. Liam drew Matthew close, holding their bodies pressed close together.
“Just look,” Liam whispered, nudging Matthew’s chin up so that his head tilted back.
As Matthew looked up into the storm, Liam focused on Matthew. He watched the raindrops trace intricate patterns as they raced down his pale skin to disappear at the neck of his dark shirt. Liam leaned forward and kissed his neck softly, collecting the drops on his lips. Matthew’s hands tightened on Liam’s waist, but he did not move more than that. His eyes remained locked on the churning sky above them as Liam nipped playfully at his neck. He shuddered when Liam’s fangs pricked his skin enough to draw blood.
When Matthew tried to return the affection, Liam held him in place, keeping him from looking away from the dark clouds. “Look,” he instructed with more force.
This time Matthew really did look. He watched the rain fall down like quick, sharp blades that shattered on the ground. The clouds roared and surged in a stunning tempo of sound. Lighting danced through the darkness like the delicate lines of a spider web set ablaze. He shivered as Liam’s lips moved up to his ear.
“Do you see it now?”
Matthew nodded, blinking raindrops from his eyes. He closed his eyes against the stinging and opened his mouth to apologize to Liam. Before he could utter a word, Liam’s lips caressed his, silencing him. He tasted his own blood on Liam’s mouth and felt his fangs nick at his lips.
Liam broke the kiss and rested his forehead against Matthew’s. “You will learn to see it in everything around you one day, and you will learn to love all the moments like this.”
“What is it, exactly?” Matthew whispered, feeling foolish.
Liam kissed him again, smiling. “It’s life. It’s just life, and sometimes we have to take a moment and enjoy it.”
Liam took his hand and led him down the road. Matthew listened to Liam’s bare feet splashing through the water and smiled. He could see it now.