Evermore 19

When I showed up outside of Aiden’s cellar door crying and covered in blood, I almost expected for him to turn me away. Without saying a word, he let me inside and motioned for me to follow him to the bathroom. He kept his eyes on the floor as I stripped out of my ruined dress and muddy heels then I stepped into the shower. After lathering myself up with half of a bottle of scented body wash, I scrubbed at my skin vigorously. Then I just happened to glance down and see a clump of Lance’s hair circling the drain. A small wail escaped my lips. “I’m a monster.”

“Ever…are you okay?” Aiden’s muffled voice came from the other side of the shower curtain. I cleared my throat and lied. “I’m fine. I’m almost ready to get out though.” He clattered around noisily as he tried to exit and give me some privacy. “I’ll be right outside if you need me and there’s something clean for you to wear hanging on the back of the door.” I took my time toweling off then I put on Aiden’s robe and went in search of him. I found him pacing back and forth near the stairs…he smelled like smoke.

10

“I burned your clothes and checked the news…no one has been reported missing yet.” I walked up behind him and wrapped my arms around him. He stiffened at my touch then seemed to relax. “I really don’t deserve you.” I whispered into his ear. “Do you want to talk about what happened?” He sounded concerned. “No. Just hold me. I don’t want to think about anything else right now besides being here with you.”

11

He turned around so that we were facing each other and his dark eyes searched mine. “Do you know how long I’ve waited to hear you say something like that?” He asked in a husky tone. He ran his hands through my hair then his mouth was on mine. Then I bit his lip too hard causing it to bleed. “Sorry.” I mumbled. Aiden winced in pain but didn’t jerk away from me, instead he led me to the bed and pulled me on top of him. I was worried that once I tasted him I’d crave his flesh but as I devoured him with feverish kisses I realized I didn’t feel hungry at all…the only thing I felt was arousal.

12

Several hours later, I was drifting off to sleep in Aiden’s arms. The sound of his soft snores were soothing to me and the way he rested his hand over mine filled my cold dead heart with joy. I knew my troubles were far from over but at least now I wouldn’t have to deal with them alone.

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