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To say that she was scared was a huge understatement. She had gone from a quiet town where nothing like this ever happened, to being seduced into a world of sex and danger and she was not sure that she would ever be able to get out of it if she agreed to let him take her home. She was shivering uncontrollably at this point and the jacket that he had pulled over her shoulder was offering her no relief from the chill that swam through her body. It was clear from that point that she was not cold, she was absolutely terrified. Having another woman break her skin with the blade of a knife was so far from what she had expected by the end of the night.
Daevas wanted to take her to dinner and instead, because of his power and influence she had found herself kidnapped and taken to a warehouse. She didn’t want to think about the fact that she might not have made it out of there and even though she was still alive because of Daevas, that didn’t make up for the fact that she was also in this situation because of him. He wasn’t even trying to deny any of his words of tell her that he was sorry for what he had caused. All he seemed to care about was getting her to the car quietly. When the officer looked over them both she wanted so badly to shout; to refuse to go anywhere with Daevas and had a police officer take her home instead but her quaking lips would not let her say anything.
She watched as the officer departed and her eyes began to feel heavy. Daevas came into view now that they were left alone and she glanced up at him, trying so hard not bring her hand up to collide with his face. Not that she had the energy to do so in the first place. There was the apology she had been waiting for but it did not do much to relieve her anger. She was not quite sure if she was more angry with herself than she was with him but she was not about to put her energy into arguing with him now, especially since the shivering at managed to make it down to her knees, making her feel weak.
Ruby looked up at him, weighing up her options. She doubted he would let her go with the officer and never see her again if that is what she chose to do. She looked up at the car and then looked back at him, nodding her head in agreement. She would allow him to take her home so that she could get her wound treated and she would allow herself to get some rest because she was sure that she was minutes from passing out and even though her trust for him was slim, she did not feel like she could trust anyone right now and the thought of being alone scared her just as much.
[b “Take me home.”] She said, her voice coming out in a whisper as she leaned on him so that he could help her to the car. When she was inside she allowed her head to settle on the seat behind her and closed her eyes. Ruby had tried so hard to block out the pain and not to let the tears fall but she had used her last bit of energy walking to the car and she allowed herself to break down. Tears fell freely from her eyes now.
[center [font “Times [size12 Daevas had been waiting for this rush of emotion from the moment that he pulled her from the scene and wrapped his jacket around her shoulders. It was nothing but a matter of time that his own words would catch up to him and this was the moment. Would he had rather it be with someone else? Absol-fucking-lutely. He couldn’t react to her now. This was based on fear and having been hurt because they thought they could get to him through her. Pressing his lips together, he tried not to react back to her emotionally as well. ]]]
[center [font “Times [size12 [b We can discuss this in the car… I just want to make sure you’re home safe…] He said softly, turning away from the chief. Not many knew the softer side of Daevas, just the really rough edges. They knew the sharp jagged sides that could tear them open and leave them bleeding for days.]]]
[center [font “Times [size12 The wind was starting to pick up again. The settled dust began to make its rise again into the air. Daevas wiped his eyes and looked at the concern chief. [i If she doesn’t--] Daevas shook his head. [b I will take care of this, thank you.] The chief nodded and began to walk away. He knew that she wasn’t happy with him in the slightest.]]]
[center [font “Times [size12 [b I am really sorry that this happened...I didn’t know that they would track you down and take you. I thought who was watching you were on my team, but clearly as you see, they were not. I have to be more careful, while they call me a steel man...I clearly have some rusty cracks and bends.] He said, his eyes falling over the curvature of her face. Seeing her high cheekbones and the fullness of her lips. It was beautiful, and all he wanted to do was having his fingertips run over them. She was still mad at him though. He would have to continue working.]]]
[center [font “Times [size12 [b I am not asking you to believe anything I have to say or even really trust me, but please, for the sake of yours and mine, let me take you home. If you choose, as reluctant as a I am, I will leave you be. Let you live on your dreams in this big windy city if you so desire.] He said, glancing at the car that he had them pull around from around the block. It was waiting there, running. The rest of the crews were finishing their arresting, and getting their information that soon they were going to be headed out soon.]]]
[center [font “Times [size12 It was all in her vhoice now and what she wanted to do. Wait for one of the police officers that she doesn’t know take her home or him...despite his steeliness. It was in her decision to do so. And while she thought on her decision, he made sure that his coat was tight around her shoulders. Her cut made him even more worried. The blood that had dried in dribbles along her neck made him shiver. He in no way wanted her to get hurt. That’s why he tried so hard to get here before they could do anything to her...And he failed.]]]
[center [font “Times [size12 Miserably.]]]
[center [font “Times [size12 It was killing him from the inside out and to watch her was not easy just move around with exposed skin...the raw edges… He moved his eyes away from her wound, looking back to her beautiful face as he waited for her response.]]]
Before today, Ruby had never considered herself to be weak. In fact, to be a woman who moved away from home to start a new life in a big city, especially in this era, she had considered herself to be strong. To ignore the doubts of those around her and to be courageous enough to venture into a world unexplored showed a lot more than bravery. Or, at least, she thought it did. Yet she had only been here for a short time and she found herself whimpering at the mercy of another woman. [I She] was the brave one, although she did question the woman’s sanity. This woman did not see the boundaries that many of her sex saw. No, she seemed to want power and not just any kind of power, but autonomy. In a man’s world, to be granted such would relinquish any constraints that might have prevented her in the past.
Ruby was nothing in comparison to her, and now she might find herself leaving this world without ever having achieved anything she set out to accomplish.
The thought passed through her mind as her eyes met with the one holding the blade dripping with her blood. She wished that she had not been filled with fear, that she was strong enough to fight her way out of this. Yet, the sight of her blood on a blade that would find her once more made her sick to her stomach. Perhaps this is what happened to women who tried to step out of their societal role. They become unhinged and desperate for what little power they can cling onto. How a woman could seem to be pleased with herself in such a scenario was beyond Ruby. Even if Ruby [I did] manage to get out of here alive, she was sure that she would never understand the hunger that drove her to this.
Her breath caught in her throat as she tried to force the pain aside and she noticed that she had started to shiver. Jayne had not cut her deep enough to warrant a significant amount of blood loss, nor was the wound life threatening. However, the initial agony coupled with the growing dread of the unknown caused involuntary shudders to rip through Ruby’s body. She did not expect Daevas to come for her but knowing that he was here did not make her feel any better. This man was dangerous too, more so that Jayne was. However, she was confident that Jayne’s kidnap of her was not his motivation for being here. He felt threatened, nothing more. That’s what she kept telling herself, even when the woman started to communicate with Daevas through the speaker system. Whether she believed he would be able to save her life or not, it was clear that her life depending on him.
His voice caused her adrenaline to spike and her eyes found him in an instant. A rush of emotions overcame her, and she couldn’t quite pinpoint what it was she was feeling now. Everything was overwhelming, and she wanted to scream but she wouldn’t give Jayne the satisfaction of knowing that she had got [I under] her skin as well as scarring the surface of it. Ruby found that she could not keep her eyes trained on him for long. Instead, she forced her eyes to the floor, not wanting him to see her distress.
She could tell by their exchange and the sudden desperation in Jayne’s tone that she was not getting the reaction she was hoping for. Ruby did tell her that she meant nothing to the man, just an evening of passion, nothing more and this only confirmed what she had said. It did not even occur to Ruby that he was confident for another reason.
All of this for control over the future.
Ruby looked up from the floor now, watching how the woman placed herself seductively against the man. She wanted more than power and control; she wanted the man who could grant her that. Whether she had him before, she did not know but Ruby was here because of the woman’s desire. It was not just to draw Daevas here, but she was jealous that he had chosen to spend an evening with her. She bit the inside of her lip as she waited for this to play out, the uncertainty still forcing her heart rate into an erratic state.
Then Daveas confirmed with his words that Ruby meant nothing to him. She could not deny that hearing him say such things did not make her feel used. Ruby knew it in her heart but that did not mean that hearing it did not hurt. He was certainly made of steel and she would do well to remember that.
What happened next played out in a blur. Men swarmed the building, removing the weapons that had been trained on Daevas only moments before and although it seemed impossible, her heart beat even faster. The blade stained in her blood fell to the floor, the sound of metal colliding with concrete echoed in her ears, even with the commotion of the raid. When she pulled up eyes away from the metal that had caught her eyes, she noticed that Daevas was nearing her and her face hardened slightly. With her arms free she started to massage at the reddened skin, surprised at how inflamed the skin around her wrists had become.
She looked up at Daevas as he told the chief that he would be taking her home and without a word she shook her head as the chief took his leave.
[b “I’m not going anywhere with you.”] She said, her voice faltering as she shivered once more. Was she cold or scared? She did not know the answer to that but as she rose to her feet she tried to show what little bit of strength she had left. Blood swam from her collarbone to her chest as she breathed in deeply. [b “I do not need the pity of a steel man.”] She said, using his words against him.
[center [font “Times” [size12 The sun had begun to set. The oranges, reds, and purples were beginning to take over the sky. Shadows stretched, and the wind howled through the empty storage buildings. Wood was clattering near the docks, and the boats were beginning to line up at the docks for the night. The city was beginning to gather up for festive activities. Night time in Chicago was a time for celebration of life, of making it through the day, through the week, and through the wrecks that we called life.]]]
[center [font “Times” [size12 Daevas was trying to move as fast as he could without being noticed. He was unsure if he was actually going to be able to make it inside without someone trying to stop him. It was without a doubt very strange on what was happening. As he made his way through the different obstacles that were placed around the area, he could have sworn that some of the ‘protectors’ were able to look at him, but they turned their head and headed inside....]]]
[center [font “Times” [size12 He didn’t feel as if he was getting the right message across...what the fuck was going on?]]]
[center [font “Times” [size12 ---]]]
[center [font “Times” [size12 Jayne’s eyes traced the female. Her youth was bright, her skin was supple, her hair shiny and full of life, and here Jayne was holding on to the very little life that she had. She had pushed herself to the limit with her business issues, and now it was starting to show. Late nights, lack of sleep and energy was hitting her hard. She was not old by any means, but she was not a young spring chicken either. Pursing her lips, hearing the squeal from the female as the blade sliced through the delicate skin layers. The blood dribbled, staining the fabric of the female’s attire. She waited. A signal was taken and the men were beginning to gather on the inside of the building.]]]
[center [font “Times” [size12 The showdown was about to begin. Superman versus Poison Ivy. A mix of the comics, but Jayne wasn’t about to correct her thoughts. It felt nice and fit.]]]
[center [font “Times” [size12 Yet...as they waited....]]]
[center [font “Times” [size12 ---]]]
[center [font “Times” [size12 Daevas stopped, his brow furrowing. This was weird. He couldn’t see into the building. He couldn’t tell what exactly was going on. The men had disappeared, and there was a screeching sound from inside the building. He knew it was Ruby’s. It hurt him to stand there, still lost in the decision of what to do, but he had to make an entrance. He had to make it to where he would be able to get her out. Yet, he was without a thought as to how he would be able to push forward without making it too obvious….]]]
[center [font “Times” [size12 Until speakers began to play outside the building…]]]
[center [font “Times” [size12 Jayne held the microphone to her lips now, her fingers still holding onto the blade, covered in Ruby’s blood.]]]
[center [font “Times” [size12 [u The longer you wait sunshine, the more she will endure.] The words were spoken, the intent was clear. Ruby was going to die if something wasn’t done and Daevas was without a way out now. ]]]
[center [font “Times” [size12 They knew he was there.]]]
[center [font “Times” [size12 He dropped his coat where he was and he continued his way toward the building where the doors slowly opened. [b Jayne.] He said. His eyes casting up on the woman who was standing next to Ruby in the chair. Her perfect skin marred by the female that couldn’t control her thirst for the luxuries in life.]]]
[center [font “Times” [size12 [u Daevas Black. We meet again.]]]]
[center [font “Times” [size12 He nodded, stepping forward, his eyes on Ruby. [b Why a pond such as she?] He asked. Jayne shook her head, holding the bloody blade in the air and pointing at him. ]]]
[center [font “Times” [size12 [u You don’t get to ask the questions. I have 10 guys with guns pointed at your head right now. Better shut up and hear what I have to say…] When he didn’t even blink in her direction, her palms began to get clammy. [u Anyways… Daevas, I am in need of your signature of approval to move forward in this industrial revoultion. The push for electronics, for mobilized engines, for more recyclable energy is here. You have connections all over the world. Why are you hiding it?]]]]
[center [font “Times” [size12 [b You. Right now. People like you are why I haven’t decided to move forward here.] He lifted a brow. Untouched by her desire to push against him. [b Naive people like you are the reason why I haven’t even decided to come this far. Pulling innocent people into the cross fire to hurt me? Darling, you must know me better than that…]]]]
[center [font “Times” [size12 Jayne faltered. [u She was with you---] Daevas shook his head and stepped closer. The guns were still pointed, but Jayne didn’t move. [b Darling, why do you try and break my arm like this? I’m made of steel my dear.] His eyes glanced toward the men. ]]]
[center [font “Times” [size12 The guns began to load as the men were beginning to cock their guns until they were hot and ready to explode when Daevas looked up, letting each one of their gazes reach his own. [b I can see your loyalty is strong Jayne, so what is it that you want besides my signature…]]]]
[center [font “Times” [size12 [u I want your di---] Doors began to fall, windows were breaking, and the wind came rushing in with the police force that were entering the scene. A rush of people, all in their protective gear to stand beside them on the other side. A march of 25 against her 10 looked at each other, confused as to what was going on. It wasn’t long until the men were overwhelmed and Jayne was ripped from her weapon and arrested. [b You will get nothing.]]]]
[center [font “Times” [size12 Daevas looked at Ruby, his eyes pleading as he came to her and unlocked her tethers and took the jacket from the man who came up behind them. [b A man never leaves his coat in the middle of the intersection.] Chief of police stood there, a smirk on his face. [i We have been trying to catch her for weeks now.] ]]]
[center [font “Times” [size12 [b You’re welcome chief. I’m going to take Ms. Ruby home. I do appreciate the help.] The chief nodded before asking to see if she wanted paramedic help. Daevas shook his head. [b I’ll nurse her, it’ll be fine.] He said and hoped to have wrapped his arm around her hsoulders and helped her navigate back to the car…]]]
[center [font “Times” [size12 He waited for the rush of anger and emotion…]]]
Although she was aware that there would have been dangers associated with a woman moving to the city alone, she had never expected that she be caught in this kind of danger. All it took was for her to spend the night with one man and it seemed that her world had been turned upside down. At first, she just thought that she had become a woman of sin by simply giving herself to a man and that was all that had changed but it was so apparent that there were other things at play here; other players in a game she had not known that she was a part of. Her plea did not matter to the woman before her and deep-down Ruby knew that it wouldn’t have made a difference. For her to have her here and tied up suggested that she did not have a conscience in the first place.
Ruby’s spine tensed up as she tried to move her head back as the woman neared her but no matter what she did, there would be no change to her fate. For all she knew Daevas had no idea where she was or even cared enough to come looking for her. It wasn’t until that blade came into contact with her neck that she gained control over the flinch. If she made one wrong move she could cut her own throat by trying to avoid the blade. She even tried to steady her breathing as she took note that the blunt side of the blade was being used at that moment, but she had no doubt that the woman could turn it in an instant.
Her eyes were trained on the woman’s as she spoke and pressed the blade into her throat. Now she knew she couldn’t move or even talk. The woman spoke as if she knew everything about Ruby, but she knew nothing. She wasn’t wrapped around anyone’s finger. She had given herself to Daevas and she was going to dine with him but that was all there was to it. Perhaps given a few weeks of the same routine she might have been but she had been seduced, that didn’t mean she was completely wrapped around his finger. She allowed herself a moment to breath as she released the metal from her neck.
“I have nothing to do with Black Industries and I think that you have miscalculated how important I am. He won’t come for me, he’s not that stupid. He wouldn’t risk everything for some jazz singer.” She said, knowing that the strength she feigned within her voice would not have fooled anyone. As if to respond without words, the woman clicked her fingers, and someone brought forward the tray of knives. Her eyes widened as she saw the light reflecting from the metal as she picked up a bigger knife and within a matter of seconds her previous words had been disproved as the woman confirmed that Daevas had made his way here.
A scream ripped through her as the woman pulled the knife across her collar bone. The wound was hot and seemed to sting more than any pain she could remember in her life. She had already been sweating but now it was cold and linked to the pain that was radiating from her new wound. A part of her knew this wouldn’t be the end of it, she knew that there was more pain to come, perhaps more so now that Daevas had arrived on the scene. Although, there was no way of knowing if she would have been safer if he stayed away. The woman before her seemed to have a very clear agenda and might have got what she wanted anyway.
She remained unable to do anything but allow hear tears to fall as she processed the pain.
[center [font “Times” [size12 Daevas held the payphone’s hand-held tightly to his face. His lips were tightened the moment that Kelly had brought up the Rink. It was a name for one of the warehouses that they had. It had been a while since he had given directions to go to that specific warehouses, mostly because it was not in their territory, but it was his property. It was in the middle of other warehouses that many different companies and other CEOs owned. No one would have even looked their way if they were to go there. Black Industries was respected, but he knew that his enemies were growing stronger with each minute.]]]
[center [font “Times” [size12 He didn’t expect that this woman would be the catalyst for this entire domino effect. He ran his fingers through his hair and sat the hand-held back on the hook and looked around. For a moment, he touched his face, gripping his jaw for a moment. No one would recognize his vehicle. It was his grandfathers that he had kept close to his heart. They had worked on it, and it was passed down to his father, and there it was a piece in the family that he planned on keeping with. Not many had known him before he was a CEO except for the people in the corporate status because that was how often he was within the stacks of the business side of things. He was constantly trying to get in with the higher ups that he had to work like them, but only spoke of the things that he wanted them to know about. That did not include his car…]]]
[center [font “Times” [size12 Pressing his lips together, he walked out of the phone booth and walked to his car.]]]
[center [font “Times” [size12 Sitting in the driver seat, he tapped the steering wheel...trying to figure something out.]]]
[center [font “Times” [size12 The woman, her face slowly coming into the light as the sun was setting, held the bone knife close to her face as her fingers glided along the dull edge of the blade. She noticed how the female was starting to sweat a little more and how she was starting to get a little nervous. The real pain was about to start, but the woman standing in front of her knew that the woman knew nothing of the man that she was going after.]]]
[center [font “Times” [size12 She was simply a pond within the game of chess.]]]
[center [font “Times” [size12 Coming closer to the female...the Ruby Grant… the singer and dancer that had the dream of making it in the Chicago cityscape. The glittering look of the bone knife came close to her face, where she glided the dull edge against her throat. [u My dear, you have lost yourself in the lights. From now on, from a woman homegrown in this city, you can never trust the men that have the glittering diamonds for eyes.] She said as she let the steel just touch her skin, indenting just slightly, but not leaving as much as a red mark just yet. It was there, and if she were to jerk, it would cut deeper than expected.]]]
[center [font “Times” [size12 [u But because, us women, ones who fall for those that have the dedication and ambition we could only dream of now have us wrapped around their finger. No matter how little time you had to know them.] She said softly, pulling the steel away from her skin. She let it fall down to her side. [u You have came across the stage at the right time though, you will be apart of the biggest change in history. The industrialization has begun, and Black Industries is a big part of it. Daevas Black is holding the key to the future, but all he is doing is hiding and biding his time.] She snapped her fingers and immediately the tray of knifes was rolled closer and she set the knife down gently. ]]]
[center [font “Times” [size12 Daevas put his hands in his pockets, out of his normal attire. The gym attire that he had in the back seat helped him blend in to the scenery and dressing of people that lived around the area of the warehouse. He wasn’t even sure if they were there, but it was the best thing that he could do to figure it out. He had a good hunch that Kelly had given him the right information. Marx was close to her, and if he was smart, he wouldn’t say anything too conveying of information, but at this time, he had nothing else to go on. He didn’t know who was in charge of this escapade. ]]]
[center [font “Times” [size12 The gates were closed, the lights were starting to turn on as the sun was setting, and he was failing to see where he was going to be able to get over without setting some security alarms off. Coming up to the side of the building, he grabbed on to the ladder that was there for maintenance guys had accidently left down when performing tasks. He smiled and climbed up quickly and reached the top of the building. He would use this as a vantage point to take a look at the ware house district, looking to see where there would be a group of dark vehicles, clearly meant for business.]]]
[center [font “Times” [size12 As he walked to the edge of the building, he could already see the glint of the dark vehicles, one of them with his symbol on it. He shook his head quickly as the vehicle that was parked behind his reminded him of the woman that had come up to the club when he met Ruby. It was the female that had supposedly been in love with him, but decided to get married to someone else.]]]
[center [font “Times” [size12 He pursed his lips and knelt down, looking around the area. He was a few building rooftops away from getting to the one that he needed to. Yet, he knew that if he wasn’t careful, the ones guarding the actual tower they were in, he would get shot and Ruby would be hurt even more than she was already. He knew that the time was ticking.]]]
[center [font “Times” [size12 Jayne smiled as she now held a meat carving knife. The edge seemed sharper than the last. It wasn’t but a few moments later, there was a few whispers around them. Jayne was immediately brought to the edge of the light, one where the darkness was now surrounding them, but she could only see where the light bulb above her was reaching. [u He has made his way here. He has figured it out. As our associate was able to point him in the right direction.] ]]]
[center [font “Times” [size12 She held the blade close to her collar bone and pressed downward, letting the sharpness cut through the delicate skin of her collar bone, exposing the flesh underneath and revealing and entire stream of blood that began to dribble. It wasn’t close to anything vital...as the woman herself was a nurse...A long, drawn out history was enveloping the person standing over the woman now.]]]
[center [font “Times” [size12 She longed to hear the girl scream, and to make Daevas squirm and try to be the hero.]]]
Ruby couldn’t quite understand why the man laughed when she told him that he had made a mistake; that she meant nothing to the man she had spent the night with. She wished that she had the nerve to tell them that was all there was to it but they knew where her destination was supposed to be. If she was to dine with the man, sex was not all their night together had been but it was not as though she had any idea where things might have gone this evening. All that was clear now, was that plans had changed and she began to wonder if she would make it through the night. This was the first time she found herself wishing that she had listened to her parents and stayed home to find a husband and become an obedient wife like her mother. Chicago probably wasn’t the best idea in hindsight.
Soon enough the car had come to a stop and she was being pulled out of it with a force that would surely leave a bruise where his arm had been. Of course that would be the least of her worries when she found out what was in store for her. She looked around as he pulled her into a building and she looked to see if any of the faces had been familiar from the night before. She silently cursed herself for being too wrapped up in Daevas to take note of his men. None of them spoke and word towards her but surrounded her as if she might try and run. It wasn’t until she heard the sound of footsteps coming towards her that she looked up. The woman before her was shrouded in mystery and she could feel that she was dangerous. The way she spoke her name sent a shiver up her spine and her heart beat to quicken out of fear of what this woman might be capable of.
She shook her head slightly as she claimed that Ruby was standing in the way of her control over the city. She had spent one night with this man and now she was a tool in a game between the two, trying to claim power over the city. Power for themselves. Ruby was just a jazz singer a few hours ago and now her importance seemed to have been elevated by others she did not know. Before she could say or do anything her body was being forced down into a chair when the woman neared her. She could see the sudden anger in her eyes and from the way she spoke she couldn’t help but wonder if this woman had been a lover of Daevas’ in the past. The thought was only emphasised by the way she spoke about him in a way far more intimate than a woman should speak about a man.
Ruby felt her fingers run through her hair and she grimaced slightly, knowing that she couldn’t see her face from the position she was stood in, tying her hands behind her back. She had no strength to fight her off and even if she did, there were at least a dozen men surrounding them. She would be dead in an instant. At least now the woman gave some indication as to why she was here. Whether she had Daevas in the past or whether it was just a desire hardly seemed to matter now. All that mattered was that she had made the mistake of getting involved with him, even if it was for one night.
Ruby’s fear only increased when she spoke over the phone about bringing in a package. It could have been anything but the last thing she expected to see was a range of recording equipment. Her brows knotted in confusion as she allowed her eyes to travel over to the case full of objects that were evidently used to torture a person. It was then that things started to make sense and her breathing was beyond control as the woman picked up a knife and allowed the light to reflect off it. She shook her head and tears began to form in the corner of her eyes.
“Please…” That was all she managed to get out before she saw the smirks of those surrounding her. Soon she would know [I real] pain and fear.
[center [font “Times” [size12 Daevas was fighting against the clock. He knew there was only a certain amount of time since the phone call that he would have to get to her before they could do any more damage if they haven’t done so yet. His hands tightened on the wheel as he pulled away from Marx’s house. It was desolate, so quiet on the drive. So many different areas were on his radar from where she could be with them. He wasn’t even sure if they had even taken her to one of his places. If they were apart of something else, they were probably in a different territory…]]]
[center [font “Times” [size12 [i You are mistaken. I am nothing to him. I don’t know what kind of statement you plan to make out of me, but I can assure you it won’t work. He barely even knows me. Why would he care about a jazz singer he only just met?.] The words were bouncing in and out of the figure’s ears. The laugh escaped his lips as she was simply oblivious to the fact that Daevas had a weakness….The weakness wasn’t just the woman, but the fact that his business was in jeopardy.]]]
[center [font “Times” [size12 Pulling her out, he jerked her forward. The security detail were filing into the warehouse under the radar without much attention. Inside, there were other men standing. Very few of them now were surrounding her, as she was the only woman there, except for one.]]]
[center [font “Times” [size12 She stood apart from the males, up on the stairs, where she walked down, her high heels clicking. [i tap, tap...tap, tap...tap, tap…] The sounds echoed as she took her time coming down the stairs, her delicate and manicured fingers glided down the handrail. [u “Ruby Grant.”] Her lips parted and the venom escaped in the shape of words. Her brunette hair fell in waves, her hazel eyes jerked from side to side as she studied the female. This was the woman that caught Daevas’s attention? ]]]
[center [font “Times” [size12 Daevas was still white knuckling the steering wheel as he was driving through town. All the men that were apart of his detail were in on this. He even doubted calling security around the warehouses. He was on his own. He didn’t have the police in his pocket anymore. He didn’t have the service in his pocket...somebody else did, and he was in the process of figuring it all out.]]]
[center [font “Times” [size12 [u “You are what stands between me and ruling this city my dear.”] She said, her voice spitting out the words with an eastern thick accent to hint over her words. The darkness of her eyes as she dug a hand in her pocket, surrounding the edge of a locket that she had gotten so many years ago.]]]
[center [font “Times” [size12 She came up close to the woman, smelling his cologne lingering across her skin. Her face twisted and she shoved her down into the seat, anger filling her face and causing her heart to race with the flush of emotion. [u “The man is addicting. From the rippled muscles…”] She let her fingers run through the female’s blond locks as she did so, as in she was a trance while she spoke. [u “To the smirk that he has when he looks at something he wants. He is without emotion, Ruby. A raw beast.”] She pulled her arms behind her and tied them easily, the manicured nails not even touched or scratched. ]]]
[center [font “Times” [size12 [u “He was meant to be mine, and your pretty little face came across the big stage. It won’t last long, but I’ll make it last long enough that he’ll be begging to do anything to keep your pretty self alive. While he is unemotional, once he has his dick inside of you, you become a piece of that man’s steel heart--”] ]]]
[center [font “Times” [size12 The phone began to ring…]]]
[center [font “Times” [size12 Daevas had already searched 2 out of 4 of his warehouse sections. Everything looked normal. Cars weren’t misaligned, there wasn’t a single thing out of place anywhere. He was still searching, and he was still coming up short.]]]
[center [font “Times” [size12 Pulling up to a payphone, he began to dial and letting the ringing continue. It rang three times before the person picked up. [u “Hello?”] She spoke.]]]
[center [font “Times” [size12 [b “Kelly, this is Daevas.”] He said. He could hear the familliar sigh happen on the other side of the phone. [u “Daevas, Marx said you would be calling.”] She said in response. He was slightly a bit confused. [b “What?”] He asked confused.]]]
[center [font “Times” [size12 [u “About accents for your biggest victor darling.”] Daevas chuckled slightly. [b “No maam, I am not calling about that. Have you heard from Marx recently about anything else here recently?”] She smiled into the phone, and he could hear how her words just lightened. [u “Sir, he spoke about going to the rink earlier this week, but I didn’t know the man would even have the strength to get out on that floor. I’d fall anywhere else.”] She laughed and Daevas laughed nervously. [b “Yes maam, I feel the same about it. Well thank you for the information.”] Saying goodbyes, they hung up and Daevas was on the run again.]]]]
[center [font “Times” [size12 [u “Yes, come on in. Bring the package.”] ]]]
[center [font “Times” [size12 The woman slowly smiled as the man walked in, his carrying case next to his hip. It wasn’t long before he was setting it up on a nearby table. It was a recording machine. Moments after opening, he was pulling out microphones and all sorts of cords and wires. Next to it, the men began to gather, a leather case being untied and opened. There, shiny objects began to glitter in the setting sun light. [u “Let the fun begin.”] She spoke softly, picking up a boning knife, thin and precise.]]]
Ruby had felt uneasy the entire journey here. She had put it down to the fact that she was nervous about seeing Daevas again. He had done quite a number on her and she wasn’t sure that she would be able to tell him that it would be best for the two to keep a distance for the time being, especially since she was unsure of her feelings towards his lifestyle and business. She did not understand that her unease was caused by the whispering in the front of the car. She just passed it off as though they were talking about their work and they had to keep the noise down in case she overheard private matters, but she had not realised that they were talking of a plan that would mean her meal with Daevas would not be happening this evening.
She looked down at the attire she had chosen and wondered if she had chosen something appropriate for their evening, especially since she knew that Daevas came from money and that was something she didn’t have. Fancy dresses and the glamourous jewellery was not amongst her possessions and that was just another reason that she felt that she might have been a little out of place in his company. Their lifestyles were completely different, and it was clear to her that she did not belong here. Ruby let out a sigh and tried to distract her thoughts away from the differences in their existences.
Ruby looked out of the window and observed Daevas’ men while the engine of the car humming quietly. She had been so distracted by the figures walking past the car that she had barely noticed that a figure had slipped into the car next to her. She had not even noticed Daevas coming out of the house, but she plastered a smile on her face so that she could show him something other than the nerves that had surfaced within her but as she turned to face him, her smile dropped in an instant and the car had started to make a move again. The man beside her was not Daevas and it became apparent that her dinner with him was no longer part of the plan.
Her nerves were now replaced with fear and she began to piece together why she had felt so uneasy the moment that she had stepped into the car. The driver and the figure next to him had kept their conversation quiet because they had clearly been going over their plans with regards to Ruby. She looked the figure over trying to see if she could place him somewhere, but she did not recognise him, she didn’t know that he had been following her since the moment she had left Daevas’ house. Her heart started to race as he spoke and she kept her eyes on him as he spoke, simply shaking her head. Her hands moved to the seatbelt and went to unclip herself in hopes that she could find a way out of the car but the moment she moved her hand the figure grabbed hold of her wrist with such force that it caused her to cry out in pain.
Ruby locked eyes with him as the tears began to sting at the corner of her eyes and her lips parted to speak. “You are mistaken. I am nothing to him. I don’t know what kind of statement you plan to make out of me, but I can assure you it won’t work. He barely even knows me. Why would he care about a jazz singer he only just met?” She was expecting him to say something but instead he simply laughed as though she had no real clue what she was talking about and soon enough the car was pulling up to their destination and he was pulling her out of the car with a similar force. Her arm was already bruising and she was sure they wouldn’t be the only bruises inflicted upon her before the night was over.
Daevas was a man in confidence, one that showed no insecurities. He walked with pride and he made sure that he was in charge of the room that he stood in. With years and years of experience, he was not going to let anyone come before him without his notice. He was not a man just in power, he was one with wealth and put money where his mouth was. Pressing his lips together now as he stood in the middle of his corporate office. His power lingered there, he knew that some people feared him and he knew by the way that their eyes met his frantically that some were scared to know what his expectations were of them.
“Read me the numbers.”
As he dove into the numbers of the company, he was in the middle of the meeting when his landline was beginning to ring. He picked it up and walked to the corner of the room, overlooking the city. “Yes.”
“I have your princess.”
And the line went dead.
The figure that had paid attention to her as she stepped into the familiar car, Marx walked around the other edge of the car. There he slipped on his sunglasses and pulled himself into the driver’s seat. Another figure climbed into the front seat and the privacy curtain between the driver and the passengers in the back was drawn. There they whispered the beginning marks of their plan.
It was instructed of hers that she was not to get out of the car when they supposedly pulled up to Daevas’s. It was at his residence that some of the men that had looked to protect her now walked with another figure. Inside his own reachings, the men that he had looked over and paid for were now turned against him and he was within the house without knowing anything.
The man slipped into the car beside her, and before the woman could say anything, the car was pulling away. “The call was already made by the time they made the way down the street.
Daevas stormed downstairs to find his maid tied to the chair in the closet. Her mouth was duct taped, her eyes were covered, and she was without any words. She had been blind folded before she was left there alone in the dark. He had only found her when she made desperate pleas through the duct tape.
“What the hell happened?”
“I don’t know sir! I was taken a back and blinded before I could do anything. They-they tied me up and threw me in here before I could even scream.” She said and he held her closely to settle her nerves. “Come on, let’s get the car—”
She shook her head. “Your men are in on it, sir. They took the car.”
“Not both of them.” He said, knowing exactly how to drive and he always kept a second car in case something were to happen to his first. The Ford Duesenberg stood there in the garage under a sheet. The brilliance of the blue coloring made it completely stand out from the typical black vehicles he drove. It was an impulsive drive, but he did it on a whim one day. He was grateful for his opportunity to do so now that he needed it.
Walking with her to the garage, they made their way through the bushes and soon he was pulling off the covers and together they slipped into the vehicle. Pulling out fiercely out of the garage, he drove her to her place as well as he could remember. Her husband was waiting outside when he saw the two pull up. He ran out to the vehicle. “Mister Black, what has happened?” As he saw the tears on his wife’s face he was about to grow angry with the white male.
Daevas shook his head. “I am ensuring she made it home safely. Since she is not apparently safe in mine anymore. Get your kids and get out of town right now. I don’t know how safe you are. “
The male surrounded his arms around his wife and walked with her inside without a single glance backwards and there he was driving a lone down the streets of Chicago. Racing through the crowds, and the traffic, he had no clue as to where they were. He drove to the office, knowing exactly where he would find out.
He knew where Marx lived. He knew where a lot of his security guard lived. Driving up to the house, he found it empty and there he was walking inside hoping to find his wife or kids, but they were gone. He knew that Daevas would come to his house looking for them.
The figure sat next to the female. “Daevas is very particular with the company he keeps, but this time he won’t be able to figure out where his most precious gem is until he finally surrenders to the bigger dog of the competition.” The man said to the woman.
They were pulling up to the warehouse completely on the otherside of town, completely under the radar. Daevas held many different areas that he owned, and the towncar with the familiar security faces, people didn’t even look at them twice. The plan was moving flawlessly.
“Soon…you will be made a statement.” He said.
Ruby was concerned with upsetting Daevas with her request to return home but it was unlikely that the two of them could have enjoyed the rest of their day while she was still dressed in the clothes she had worn the night before. She was also still feeling rather cautious about perusing something with him. Last night she had been intoxicated by him and now that he was out of her system, her brain was working again and she felt the need to take some time to think about this. That did not mean that she regret the time they had spent together, she merely needed space and an opportunity to think without Daevas getting under her skin in the way that he did.
“There is no need to apologise. I just…need to get home.” Her hands held on tightly to the sheets that covered her and she looked over to her clothes and maneuvered skilfully so that she could pick up her dress and when she had it in her hands, she pulled it over her head and slid out of the bed, stepping towards Daevas after she gather whatever she needed from the room. He guided her through the hallway towards the men that worked for him. It was still strange for her to spend her time with someone who seemed to have such power and influence. Even now she avoided their eyes as he instructed his men to take her home. Two of them moved out towards the car, giving Daevas some time to wish her well for the rest of the day. His words did not seem to pose a question but simply asserted the fact that he had intended to see her again that night. She nodded gently as he pressed his lips to her forehead and she felt that urge to kiss him start to build up again. This time she had more self-control and was able to stop herself from doing so.
As he led her to the car, she continued to avoid the gaze of those around them and when they arrived at the car she nodded and smiled before saying goodbye to him. Ruby swallowed and climbed into the back seat of the car and soon enough it was pulling away from him and towards her home. She looked back towards him as the car gained more distance and she let out a sigh before bringing her eyes back to the front of the car. His men were respectful and did not ask her any questions or even try to converse with her in any way and she was grateful that she did not have to figure out what to say to them.
By the time she arrived at her home she was more than ready to bathe away their evening of love-making and she did not hesitate to disappear into her house. A home that was significantly smaller than the one she had spent her evening in and a home that she herself did not own. Perhaps Daevas would have a different opinion of her if he had the opportunity to see where she lived and observed the kind of life that she led in comparison to him. A man with money could quite literally do whatever he pleased and live a life that was fit for a king. Ruby did not know a life of wealth, instead she had spent most of her life living in poverty. Not that one would know if they were to take in the appearance she had given herself now that she had started to perform.
She peeled off her dress and went about her normal morning routine and found herself some more suitable clothes for her daily activities. While she would have to change later for their dinner, she had to pull together some ideas for her next show so she spent some of her time sitting at her dining table and making notes about songs that might be appropriate for her upcoming shows and even spent some time signing to herself as she normal did. Ruby barely even noticed it now. Not once did she notice a figure lurking outside of her home, but she might have if she had not been so wrapped up in her work.
Several hours had passed and she realised that it was about time she got herself prepared for her dinner and as she changed and applied her make-up she couldn’t help but feel a familiar wave of nerves overcome her and she found herself checking her appearance several times before she was satisfied enough to stop reapplying make up of changing her clothes. It was the sound of a car pulling up that finally pulled her out of herself and towards the door. She had no more time to mither and even now as she walked to the car, the door of which had been held open for her, the figure still lingered, taking in her appearance and making a mental note of anything that might be important. It was not long before the car was pulling up in front of Daevas’ home but she was instructed to stay in the car. He would come out to her and they would be on their way soon enough.
Dabbing the fabric across his forehead, he heard her question and he was taken a little aback. He knew, clearly, that he was going to have to have her return to her place to get new clothes for the day, though he was still thinking that she would stay and be lazy with him all day, but that was only a dream. Reality had already set in and there was a look like a deer lost in headlights in her eyes. She was frightened it seemed to be there, and he was fighting the urge to be crushed by her look.
Facing the immediate fact that she wanted to go home now and that she didn’t know where she was, he knew that he would have to have someone take her home. Pressing his lips together and facing the music that she was no longer singing, he lifted his eyes to hers and nodded, squeezing the towel before he set it down briefly. A smile slipped at the corner of his mouth as he nodded. “I can have that arranged. I have forgotten my manners, I apologize.” He said, concerned that she was thinking how society would look at her now that it was morning and she was still wearing last night’s makeup and wardrobe.
Yet she was the most beautiful thing he had ever seen in his life.
He guided her through the hallways once she had gathered her things and he led her to the gathering area that he had dedicated to his security guards while he was at home. One of them lifted their head and glanced at Daevas for direction. He nodded once and added curtly. “Take her wherever she needs to go. She can come back if she wishes, but if she tells you to leave just come back.” He wanted to make sure that she had a way out. He didn’t like to corner anyone that he was trying not to make feel uncomfortable.
The men nodded once and only 2 stood to walk her out to the car that was pulled up to the car. He motioned them to go warm it up on this chill Chicago morning, and he touched her shoulders gently. “I have to get some work done while I’m able. I’ll see you for dinner later tonight.” He said softly, kissing the top of her forehead.
His usual encounters did not include dinner the next day after their escapade. His men were a little confused as they looked at him while they spoke to her. Their engagement was something they were not used to seeing their boss engage in. With a simple look up, their gazes scattered to different areas of the room. He smiled, shoving a hand in his pocket as he walked her out to the car that had been warmed up for her to go home in. “If they give you any trouble, let me know.” He smiled at the two men who just shook their heads and stepped into the driver and passenger seats, waiting to take the woman home.
He wished to kiss her more, but he was unsure how she was feeling at this point if she would allow him.
It wasn’t until the pair of eyes that had watched them from the shadows in the night reappeared from around the corner, not too far from the residence. The shade continued to move and he moved in a little closer, zooming in with his binoculars seeing that it was just the woman getting into the car…Perhaps this was going to be a little too easy. The men sitting in the front seat from what the shadow could already tell was discussing where they were going to go after dropping the woman off or how the game was the night before.
The shade waited until the car was moving away from the residence before he moved… moved in the direction of following them to the woman’s home.
Daevas let out a very long and steady exhale as he stood there in the brisk morning that was in the city of Chicago. There were souls walking around on the sidewalk already at this early hour of the morning. The sun was peeking through the clouds and the trees were trying to hold their leaves from the bastard wind, but some still failed to hold strong. He glanced around and shoved his hands in his pockets and walked inside, and there he would retire to his study, sending some of his men home to get some rest while he finished work and wasn’t in need of extra guard.
A few hours later, Daevas was tied up in a phone call about the account that he had thought he had settled the night before with the woman…His graciousness was met with blood. He ran his fingers through his hair and shook his head as he pressed the phone to the side of his face. “What do you mean, he’s dead?” He asked. Jack on the other side of the phone, sighed heavily. “We found him in an alley. Apparently the deal that we had made with the gentleman was taken in a different context. He shot the man in cold blood and ran off. There is suspect that there is someone who had paid him off to do this. My connections tell me that he had such good recommendations until now”
Daevas shook his head and turned around for the 50th time and looked at the window, hoping to see the car would be leaving to go and pick the woman up, but he hadn’t been able to free up the line in case that she was trying to get a hold of him. He squeezed his temples slightly and groaned. “Well then, we must find him. I need what he has to go through with this deal. It is going to break if I have my integrity shot down.” Jack made a nervous sound. “Yes sir. We will see what we can do.”
Setting it on the hook a little roughly, he walked over to his desk and let his head fall as he leaned over the large stack of papers lining out what all the deal entailed and what he was going to be able to do once they all agreed on the terms. So much was riding on this deal, on this agreement for trade business as well locations to open just for their manufacturing. They were riding the line of the technological reboot of this century and he wanted to be on the forefront of it. He had worked too damn hard to stop now.
Peeking around the corner, the woman was watched…the woman was scanned and practically drawn in the shade’s head. She would make an easy target just with a single shot. He hung around the edges of the residence, sure to not make a loud enough move that would disturb the neighbors. Some friends of the shades lived close enough for an alibi if they needed one. Moving their eyes over the residence, he found weak spots easily and laid it all out in his head, he moved with the building until he was able to watch the woman from the outside in a no convincing serial killer way…
A part of her knew that this was not something this man would normally do but she craved to know what made her different. In her mind, he could have any girl he wished and he could do whatever he wanted with them, yet he seemed to want her and she couldn’t quite understand why that was. Ruby had never considered herself to be any special and she would not consider herself to be anything more than plain if she had not be dressed up for her show. Perhaps if she were to stay the night, he would realise just how ordinary she was by the time morning came.
Even though her eyes were tracing the contours of his face, he avoided her gaze as he admitted what she already knew to be true. Even though she had no idea whether she was emotionally ready to figure out where she might fit in his life she was not about to leave in the middle of the night. She was comfortable in his arms and for tonight, Ruby had no intention of thinking about what life Daevas led. She had already given herself to him so she might as well allow the night to unfold however it may. As he kissed each of her fingers and wished for her to stay she nodded. “I will not leave tonight. I cannot promise you that I know how I feel about all of this but I do not wish to think about any of this tonight.”
Ruby lowered her head to his chest and breathed steadily until sleep claimed her. While they had not fallen asleep straight away, the fatigue of their love making had made it impossible for her to stay awake much longer. It was not until the next morning when she felt a light kiss press against her skin that she began to stir, but it was not enough to wake her up entirely. She simply moved her body into a comfortable position and allowed herself to continue to sleep, especially since she did not have an awareness of where she was right now.
She did not sleep for much longer but when she woke up, she was alone as she had expected. It took her a moment to realise that she was not in her own bedroom and that her naked body was covered in sheets that she could not afford herself. Ruby brought her hand up to her eyes and allowed herself a minute to adjust to her surroundings and when she began to sit up, she remembered the night before just as Daevas walked back into the room. Ruby allowed her eyes to drink in his form before smiling towards him and wishing him a good morning much like he had. She only pulled her eyes away when he began to undress entirely. It seemed that her shyness returned now that the intoxication of his seduction had worn off. When he took himself off for a shower she pulled the bed sheets around her so that she did not expose herself to him and wondered what they were going to do with the day.
All she had with her was her dress from the night before and it was not exactly appropriate for the daylight of Chicago. Now she was beginning to regret her decision to go home with him, especially since it would be so obvious to observers that she had gone home with someone she had only just met and that was not exactly something women usually did. “I think it’s best if I go home this morning. I need to shower and change into something that doesn’t tell everyone my profession.” She laugh lightly, still slightly fatigued from the night before. “Would you mind taking me home? I-I do not exactly know where I am.”
Daevas looked at the female, She was more than just a woman, she was a puzzle piece within the grand scheme of his life at this point, and he was wondering what her part of the picture would be like, and he was bound and determined to figure it out. His face had traced her features as she laid within his arms. Her words were not surprising to his ears, she was a very intelligent woman no doubt. Her mind had figured him out rather quickly, at least that is what he thought, but sitting with her now, he wanted to know more about her.
“You’re right.” His eyes did not meet hers as his fingers traced along her collar bone and shoulder. He couldn’t meet her gaze as he spoke. “I am not a man who would keep a woman after a sensual encounter if it was just for sexual satisfaction. However, you intrigue me. I wish to see where this goes and what part of my life you become. If you choose however, to leave, the door is open and nothing will hold you back.” He said honestly. He had learned from a young age that stopping people and begging for attention was going to get him nowhere in life. Hew as not going to hold her back if she didn’t want to have a place in his life.
His breath was finally steady enough where he could talk without taking a deep breath. After his words were spoken though, he finally lifted his eyes to meet hers. “I wish for you to stay and there I could spoil you in memories and adventures.” He said, running his fingers down her arm to lift her hand where he brought her fingertips to his lips where he kissed each one individually. Each soft lips touch, he watched her carefully.
Little did they know, eyes were watching them, eyes were upon his residence and even though his men were on the look out, no one would catch the pair of eyes that would burst their bubble of happiness. Outside on the street, outside of the view, outside of the range that many could see with their own pair of binoculars. Her face was imprinted in the imposters mind…It would only be a matter of time before his own revenge was to be taken on the man who had beat him…who had threatened to kill him, and ruin his name. With a spit of a few sunflower seeds, the man moved into the night, disappearing from the area quickly and untraceable.
Hours later, the sun was peeking into the room. Daevas moved, his arms still around the woman and there he watched her carefully. Her face calm and peaceful, he didn’t want to disturb her. He wanted her to be comfortable. He wanted her to remain peaceful as long as she pleased. Her smiled, kissing her skin softly before removing himself from his bed and gathering his wits as he pulled himself out of the sheets, he let his naked body walk across the room and there he pulled on some trousers, walking from his room with his chest bare. Down the hall, he had a set of weights and places for strength and endurance training. His muscles rippled through sets of pushups and pull ups on the stand he had built himself.
He did curls and squats with a weighted belt, sure to keep his body firm and stout to handle any attacker that would come his way, he would run in the heat of the day to keep his endurance strong in the middle of a Chicago heat and against the strong wineds it always produced. He could go farther in the morning, but he didn’t want to leave the woman behind. He wanted to remain close to her while she was in her slumber.
After his workout, he walked back into his room with sweat dripping from his brow. He touched a towel lightly against his forehead as he walked close to his bed, unsure if she was awake or still slseeping between the sheets or if she had come and snuck around to watch him workout. He was curious to see how today would go and he wished to show her more of the city during the day, if she hadn’t already seen a lot of the city itself.
“Good morning darling.” He had said, his towel tight in his hands as he dabbed his forehead and around his neck and arms to wipe away the sweat before he would steal away to shower. After saying good morning, he grabbed a towel and pulled of his trousers and walked into the bathroom where he slipped into a hot water shower that didn’t take long to heat up .
It didn’t take him long to shower, but he was still wanting to crawl back into bed so he could be lazy with the woman all day, but then a part of him growled for food. Brunch would be fantastic.
It didn’t take long for the man to lead her towards the stairs and out of the attic. They both knew what was about to transpire and every movement they made seemed to be in desperation to fulfil their desires. There was only a moment when there was any distance between their bodies and that we merely to close the door to the attic. When he was satisfied it was closed properly he turned towards her again, engulfing her in his arms and pulling her into his kiss. Frantic and rough, the kisses told of promises that would be fulfilled the moment he had her out of her dress for the second time that evening.
His words had more of an effect on her than the first time. The words he spoke, the way he said them encouraged a wetness that would act as proof of the effect that he had on her. She let out and aroused moan and bit her lip as his hands found the zipper of her dress. Her mind blurred as her hands started to unbutton his shirt, removing his clothing as quickly as she possibly could. With every desperate tug at the material, they etched closer to the bedroom. There was a moment when she thought they might not make it to the bedroom at all before they fell in to each other. She wanted him and it didn’t matter where.
Soon the two were completely naked. Naked of clothes. Naked in their desires and they spent several hours pleasuring and fulfilling the arising needs that had become so apparent between them. This time it was much more fluid. She had been less conscious of the fact that she was naked with a man and less concerned about her virtue being destroyed. It was already too late for that.
By the time they had finished pushing each other as close to the edge as possible, she was left breathless and desperate for oxygen. They were still wrapped in each other and he was tracing his fingers along her bare skin. If it were up to her, Ruby would have him touch her all the time. It was an intoxicating feeling and she was beginning to feel as though she might not be able to live without it. Her breath still hitched every time she felt a shudder caused by his touch. Whatever she was feeling for him and for this moment would not be ruined by thoughts about what he did for a living. She would worry about that later.
Ruby smiled when he spoke towards her, practically whispering as he did. He hadn’t come across as the type of man who would keep a woman around after having sex with her. Yet, she remained lying in his bed with his body wrapped around her own in a way that she thought only couples did. She thought that the smile on her lips would never disappear and she felt more than content in this moment. The silence that followed his words was one of comfort. The only sound coming from the fan and the breathing that escaped the two. Her heart was still racing but it was slowly beginning to slow to a steady pace.
She had been lying on her side, resting her head on her hands with her eyes closed until she felt Daevas shift next to her. Slowly, she opened her eyes and watched as his eyes found her own. She couldn’t help but smile and let out a sigh as his fingers drew patterns upon her naked skin.
“Honestly? I was just thinking about how perfect this moment is and how I am surprised that I am still here. I thought that you might have asked me to leave by now.” She moved her hand to rest on his chest and felt his heartbeat. It was steadier than her own. “You do not strike me as the kind of man to do…this.” She said, referring to the closeness between them that remained.
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