I felt alive for the first time in my life as I followed him down the slender hallway, lined with red walls and lanterns. The way he moved, with slow but confident strides, was hypnotic and my heart knocked inside my chest with excitement and nervousness. My heart rate only sped up when he glanced over his shoulder at me. He was gorgeous; dark brown tousled hair, broad shoulders, bright green eyes. I was helpless over my body as my legs carried me toward him, even though I didn’t know who he was. It felt like I did, though. Somehow. I just couldn’t place from where.
Music played from within the building and vibrated against the walls. There was heat in the air and it made my skin damp beneath the short leather dress I was wearing. It was strange because I never wore dresses. But I never walked down empty hallways with strangers either.
He turned to face me, walking backwards, his tongue slipping out of his mouth and wetting his deep red lips. I swear to God I almost died as the urge to lean forward and bite his lip rushed through my body. I’d never felt this way before. I’d never felt much of anything before, until now.
“Are you sure you want to do this?” he asked, pausing at the door at the very end of the hallway.
I nodded eagerly, even though I had no idea what he wanted me to do. “Yes.”
A slow smile curved across his lips and the muscles of his arms flexed as he shoved open the door. Inside was a small room, with maroon walls and floors the color of ash. There was a dresser in the corner, a room divider against the back wall, along with a metal-framed bed.
I pressed my lips together and crossed my arms over my chest, wondering if I was getting in over my head.
He motioned for me to step in as he held the door open. “Ladies first.”
Tentatively I entered, fiddling with the bottom of my dress, struggling to keep my balance in my high-heeled boots. “Are you sure they won’t find us here?” I asked, turning in a circle to examine the room.
He shut the door and turned around to face me with his hands behind his back. He watched me in silence for a while and his penetrating gaze made me squirm. “You know, you’re not like I thought you’d be,” he said, taking a step forward. “Yet, at the same time you are.”
“That makes no sense.” I took a step back, trying to blink away from his gaze, but I was trapped by feelings I couldn’t control.
“It makes perfect sense.” He took another step and then another and I matched his moves until my back brushed the wall. He placed a hand on each side of my head, pinning me between his arms and leaned forward until his lips were a sliver of space away from mine. “You just don’t know it yet.”
I could smell the faint scent of his cologne and feel the heat emitting from his body. “Are you sure we shouldn’t be running? They won’t stop until they find me.”
He shook his head, eyes focused on me. Up close, I could see the little specks of blue inside the green and the largeness of his pupils. “We’ll be fine. I promise I won’t let anything happened to you.”
Conflicted with whether or not I believed him, I swallowed hard. “Are you sure, because…”
He placed a finger across my lips and shook his head. “Shh….When I promise something, I mean it.”
I nodded my head, struggling to keep my eyelids open from the feel of his skin on my mouth.
“I won’t let anything happen to you.” His finger trailed down the front of my neck to my chest and I shivered as he leaned in, closing his eyes.
The first touch of his lips brought a sensation of heat to my skin that flowed down my neck, my chest, hitting me straight in the stomach, and coiling downward, causing me to let out an embarrassing moan. I started to recoil, but he only seemed more eager to kiss me as his tongue slipped deep inside my mouth.
The taste of him was familiar and comforting, yet full of danger, want, and need. I felt the back of my neck grow hot and a fire ripped through my body as a hunger possessed me. My head raced a million miles a minute with thoughts of getting closer to him.
I clutched onto his arms, digging my nails into his skin and I pressed my body against his. What the hell was happening to me? I’d never felt this way before. I needed to breathe—I needed to run… God, but I wanted to stay.
His hands wander down my body, across my breast and to the bottom of my dress. As his fingers grazed my bare thigh, he sucked on my tongue and pulled me closer. Gripping my legs, he scooped me up, and urged them around his waist. The feel of him pressed up against me made the fire burn hotter. I was burning up. I swear I was literally on fire.
He groaned against my mouth, biting at my bottom lip as his hands roamed upward beneath my dress and cupped my ass. My legs constricted in response and tightened around his hips. His tongue kept searching my mouth, entangling with my tongue, tasting me, turning me on in ways I didn’t understand. God, I wanted to understand, though. So badly.
“Gemma,” he breathed as his lips kissed a path down my jawline, to my neck where he sucked on my skin, nearly driving me crazy.
“How do you know my name?” I asked as my fingers tangled through his soft hair and my head fell back.
He shook his head, pulling away for just a second, and his eyes were glazed over. “I don’t.”
I didn’t understand what he meant, but as his fingers moved between my legs, I forgot about everything. The spark of heat his touch brought on caused me to suck in a sharp breath. My chest heaved as I shut my eyes and dug my fingernails into his shoulder blades as more intense emotions surfaced inside me. I slid my hands underneath his shirt, feeling the lines of his stomach muscles and the smoothness of his skin.
He laughed softly against my lips and then his tongue slipped back inside my mouth, but something felt different. His lips… they didn’t feel the same. And there was something on them that felt like cold metal.
I opened my eyes and my breath caught in my throat. He’d changed into someone else. His brown hair was now blond with blue tips that swept across his forehead and a silver ring looped through his bottom lip. His eyes were bright blue, like the sky, and his skin as pale as snow.
“Who are you…” I breathed, but I think I knew.
The stranger stayed silent and inclined forward to kiss me. I wondered if there was something wrong with me as his tongue urged my lips apart and I only clutched onto his lean arms, instead of pulling away. He tasted different and exciting, and my whole body felt like it was going to explode from the heat. His hands gripped my waist and drew me closer, crushing my body against his, and my skin began to bead with sweat. He muttered my name, before threading his fingers through my hair and tugged at the roots until my head was tipped back and then his mouth moved for my neck. His teeth gently nicked at my skin and it stung a little, but felt amazingly good at the same time.
As his hands felt across my body, the warmth slowly shifted and instead of heat, I felt cold. His hands searched up the front of my dress, his palms gliding against the leather until he was cupping my breast. I let out a moan, but I felt numb. Cold. Why was I so cold?
My eyes snapped open. Towering behind him was a tall figure wearing a black cloak with the hood pulled over its head. The eyes were yellow and flashing fiercely as it stepped forward with its hand out.
I jerked away from the guys arms and lowered my feet to the ground. “Oh my God,” I stuttered with my eyes locked on the monster.
His eyebrows knit. “Why, what’s wrong?”
Before I could respond the monster unhitched its jaw and opened its mouth. My scream echoed through the room as its ice-cold breath suffocated both of us and we fell to the floor--
The lyrics of “Closer” by Nine Inch Nails filled by head. I rubbed my eyes and blinked the tiredness away. The cold and the heat still lingered in my body, just like it did ever damn morning because I couldn’t shake the dream.
Hope you enjoyed the teasers. I'm going to go calm myself down now. Laters x