Quirky means to have unusual behaviors. Many of my characters have quirks that define them or make them stand out. Probably the quirkiest one I’ve written so far is Vampire King Maximillion Vander Meer in Vampire King of New York.
Max loves Broadway shows. He thinks Mary Poppins is a vampire because she can fly. Max also finds humor sometimes in romantic moments. One of his quirks has to do with locales for romance. On one romantic evening, what began on his yacht ended up on the Statue of Liberty.
Evelyn’s eyes lit up and her smile was breathtaking. “Yes, Max. Oh, let’s do that.”
He stood and opened the door for her, noting the way she averted her eyes from the waves. Holding her by the waist, he lifted off into the sky. Her warm breath in his ear ignited his blood. Oh, how he wanted to rip off her clothes and take her in his cabin for night after night of floating love. But for her sake, he restrained himself. He’d prefer that passion’s fire consume her and make her rush at him instead. Then he would be sure of her attachment to him. Damn. Even his thoughts betrayed him. He wanted her to love him, and he couldn’t help notice that each time he proclaimed his love for her, Evelyn avoided the words. But she had claimed him as her lifemate. She just needed more time.
“Max, can I touch her eyes?”
Pulled from his thoughts, he found himself floating in front of the statue’s face. Evelyn reached out to touch her. He moved closer so she could accomplish it.
“It’s perfect. She looks so real.” Her hand caressed the statue’s eyelid.
“Are there any other parts you want to touch?”
Evelyn giggled and it was fun holding her close when she laughed. The vibration singing through her body was erotic. “Bad Max.”
“Shall we fly up to the crown now?”
“Yes, but I want you to hover so I can touch it.”
“Of course, you do.” Max smirked and sprinted upward to the crown. Everything she did and said either amused him or reminded him of sex. Her hair fluttered in his face. The scent of roses and honey filled his nostrils, and every part of him responded. Damn. If only they could be alone.
Evelyn reached out to touch the crown. He moved them closer.
“Ouch.” She jerked back her hand.
He leaped through the air and landed on the statue’s head behind the crown. With Evelyn in his lap, he took her hand, “Let me see.”
Her blood sang to him. He put her injured finger into his mouth and sucked. Her eyes half-closed and she sighed. Her taste was potent; every drop was liquid gold coursing like lava in his veins.
“Max, you’re going to make me rip off your clothes, if you keep doing that.”
He grinned, the injured digit still in his mouth. “What do I get if I suck all your fingers?”
She removed her finger from his lips. Then she turned to take in the view of city lights. “Maybe after this you should take me home.”
With a frown, he leaned back. “Are you angry with me?”
“No, I just want to be alone with you.”
“We are alone up here.”
“I don’t want to be thinking of falling off while we’re . . .”
He kissed her, moving her beneath him. “We won’t fall off. I promise.” Max nuzzled her neck. She unbuttoned his shirt. Oh, her hands on his skin felt like fire licking him, warm in its embrace, stirring him to action.
“Max,” she whispered, then whimpered in his ear, sending sparks of sheer lust through his being. “Max.” She pulled his hair. He unbuttoned her blouse and was about to dismantle her bra with his teeth.
“I don’t want my clothes flying around Long Island Sound,” she said with a giggle.
So now you know about character quirks and how to make your story even more compelling.
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