This hesitation cost me because someone then wrapped two significantly enormous arms around me from behind. Fortunately, I am on the smaller side, and as I demonstrated to Elder Miles, I could exploit this to wiggle out of practically every hold the guys tried to keep me in. So I wiggle and struggle in his arms, causing him to reposition them in an attempt to get a better grip on me, which is exactly what I wanted because it gave me a bit more movement.
I toss my head back, hitting his nose, and then I throw my elbows back, hitting both sides of his ribs at the same moment, loosening his grip on me even more and allowing me to slip down and out of his arms. When I get to the ground, I crouch and then kick out my leg, rotating as I do so, sweeping his legs backward and causing him to fall hard to the ground.
I smile and rise back to my feet, but it's not for long since I'm suddenly surrounded by three more beasts, the first of whom I manage to avoid. I know I've been lucky thus far, that I've gotten the better of them because they aren't expecting a small girl like me to fight back, but I know that won't last long before they don't hold back, so instead of facing the three males, I turn and escape. Elder Miles taught me to assess the situation around me in one of his private classes, and that there is a time to stand and fight and a time to run in the opposite direction so that you can fight under better conditions the next time.
I move fast, avoiding the beasts who tried to capture me as I rushed past, and then the trees, branches, and shrubs that snatched at me as I ran through the woods. I’m not sure where I was headed, but there had to be another little village or town nearby, or maybe one of the larger cities mentioned by the blacksmith and healer. Hearing a howl coming from the village’s direction, I take a moment to glance around.
I’ve never gone this deep into the woods before, but some of it still looks familiar; suddenly I hear two or three loud growls and the sound of something running. I take a brief look around, choose a path, and resume running; however, I hear a sound behind me and turn to look back, tripping over a downed branch in front of me. I smash to the ground hard, but I remember my training and use my momentum. I roll, scraping my arm, but I get back up and keep running.
As the night grows darker, it becomes increasingly difficult to see where I’m going, so I slow down to avoid tripping again. When I reach the point when I have no option but to stop, I put my hands on my knees and try to take deep breaths to slow down my pounding heart. When I straighten my arm and glance down, I gasp a little as I see a long shallow cut from when I tripped over.
I don’t get to look at it for long, though, because I’m attacked by a monstrous form that pushes me backward until my back collides with a nearby tree. I gasp once more, as pain spreads across my back as a result of the force with which I struck the tree; this also causes me to glance up and into the cold grey eyes of the beast from my dreams.
His eyes captivate me, and it isn’t until he breaks the connection that I realize he has twisted and trapped one of my hands to the tree over my head and the other behind my back into the tree. He moves my hair away from my shoulder with his free hand, then repeats the gesture from the basement, running his nose over my shoulder and up my neck while taking a significant breath. This causes me to tremble once more, as his eyes meet with mine again, and he smiles, making it difficult for me to breathe.
I take a shaky breath as he glides his hand down the side of my cheek, down my neck, around my shoulder, and then down my side, resting it on my hip, as he pulls me tighter against him while keeping my hand and arm locked between my body and the tree. As he presses me against the tree tighter, I close my eyes as he leans down, gently putting his lips to mine and then growling low, deepening the kiss before drawing back and reconnecting our gaze as I open them again.
Our intimate moment is disrupted by someone as the guy holding me blinks his eyes and breaks the connection as his attention is diverted to someone approaching us from the side. Feeling as if I am coming out of a trance, I drop my head as he turns to look at whoever interrupted us. As I regain my composure, I realise where I was and began to struggle, dragging him out of the conversation he appeared to be having with the newcomer.
I try to relax his grip on my hand, which he has trapped over my head, and when that doesn’t work, I fight slightly harder, hoping to shift just a little so I can have a better shot at him, but that doesn’t appear to be working either as he returns his gaze to me. He tightens his grip on my wrist and waist as he presses me farther into the tree behind me; he drags his nose down my neck to my shoulder, once more growling lowly,
I can’t stop the scream that escapes my lips as he bites down hard on my shoulder. I struggle and try to push away from the tree, but he simply moves and twists my hand from being pinned above my head to being held tight with my other hand behind my back so that he could wrap his other arm around me and pull me in tighter against his body as he bites down even harder, making me scream even more. He takes a step back without removing his teeth or his grip on me, while I resist as hard as I can until I feel two more hands contact mine.
I didn’t like the way these felt on my hands, but they didn’t stay on for long because they seemed to put something over my hands and then lay it on my wrists, tightening them. The beast holding me tightens his arms a little further, as he gently lifts his head from where he bit me; I shudder as he glides his tongue over my skin, up my neck, and then looks back into my eyes.
He smiles as he leans back, and I wait for him to relax his arms before resuming my struggles. I smile as I manage to escape his grasp, but I don’t get very far and can’t suppress the surprised scream that escapes my lips as he grabs, turns, and slings me over his shoulder. He then quickly makes his way back out of the woods, without pausing until he reaches the village’s centre. I resist, but it doesn’t seem to matter to him because he lets out a very powerful howl, which seems to summon all of the beasts back to the village’s centre.
Some of the beasts are carrying additional young adult villages, and from what I can tell, they all have their wrists tied. The only difference is that the guy holding me never put on the collar that appears to be on everyone else they have taken. I keep struggling to get loose from his shoulder, but he still has a firm grip on me as he spins around in a circle, howling again as he yells
As he walks out of the town centre and back into the woods, I raise my head and gaze over to where my house is; the last time I see my grandmother, she is quietly sobbing in the shattered doorway of our hut, as the leader of the beasts carries me off into the woods and an uncertain future.I continue to fight despite the fact that it appears to be accomplishing nothing except exhausting me; I groan and, for the first time, attempt to communicate with the beast that is holding me captive.“Do you believe you could help me walk by putting me down?”“NO!”So, since that didn’t work, I’m going to try something new. “When you claimed I was yours, what did you mean?”“You're Mine!”“You already said that... Where are we going?”“Quiet!”“NO!”This appears to surprise him, as he stops for a second, leading me to believe that he
I return to the room and re-examine everything; the only door I haven’t tried must go to a corridor within the building; approaching the door, I lay my hand on the handle and attempt to open it. I repress a chuckle when I discover the door is locked, but I didn’t really expect it to be unlocked, so I groan in disgust and return to the balcony. I know I did a lot of fighting yesterday, and my muscles are quite sore as a result, but I’m not going to sit here and wait for Zachariah to determine what he’ll do to me.Shifting to the side where the railing meets the side of the house... or whatever place I’m in. I lean over the edge, look down, and shudder; I’ve never been a big fan of heights, but I’m not going to let it get the best of me and prevent me from getting away from here. There aren’t many places to hold, but that hasn’t stopped me before, and it won’t this time either. I take a big breath and climb over
I am still a little shocked at what’s going on, so I don’t realize what the one he pushed me into is doing until I feel something tighten around my wrists again. I then start to struggle, but the guy grabs my arms, pulls me into him, and whispers.“You would be better off keeping still my dear, you are already in enough trouble..”I freeze as he runs his nose up my neck; they seem to enjoy doing that a lot but it just creeps me out except for when Zachariah does it. I continue to struggle a little against the ties around my wrists and his hands touching my upper arms, but I have no choice but to watch as Zachariah moves and approaches the one that was holding me.He doesn’t say anything and I gasp in surprise as he punches him in the jaw sending him to the ground. He then moves up to him and pulls him back to his feet just to punch him in the abdomen, chest, and nose. I stop struggling and do what I do best. I study him as he moves.
He holds and pulls me tighter into him as he deepens the kiss; I tense and freeze as I feel the hardness of his excitement pressing more against me. Smiling against my lips before pulling back and looking me in the eye, moving his hand from my neck up into my hair. He then grips my hair and tugs lightly, making my head tilt back. He breaks the connection with my eyes as he leans forward just a little to run soft butterfly kisses down and back up my neck.I can’t stop the soft moan as I relax and pleasure spreads through me, Zachariah smiles against my skin as he pulled on my hair just a little more allowing him to move his kisses further down my neck and onto my chest, another soft moan escapes my lips as he trails his kisses over the tops of my breasts. He continues to smile as he kisses his way back up my neck to my lips, saying,“Such a fiery little thing, but so soft and responsive to my touch...”He then kisses me again.
Whoever it is, knocks again, but this time a soft girl’s voice comes through the door.“Hello? Um... I was wondering if you were hungry?”As if right on cue, my stomach growls loudly and I hear a giggle from the other side of the door. The girl then says,“If you step away from the door, I will bring in something for you to eat!”I haven’t eaten anything since the meal I had with Charles at the celebration, so probably against my better judgment, I move away from the door and go and sit on the bed. I don’t know how she knew I was no longer standing by the door, but I then hear the door unlock and open; I watch as a very tall, gorgeous girl walks in with a tray in her hands.I glance behind her and see a guy standing just outside once she is all the way in. He reaches in and then closes and locks the door behind her. I then return my attention back to the girl who is now standing in front of me, but with no
I don't realize how long I was sitting at the desk until I hear a commotion coming from outside. I look down and notice that the doodles I have been doing since I sat down were all of Zachariah, both his human and his beast. As I hear the commotion getting closer to the bedroom door, I quickly pick up the contracts that I had moved and place them back where they were, covering the paper with my doodles on them.I move closer to the door and hear someone is yelling. The door then unlocks and swings open and in walks Zachariah, half yelling, half growling."Stay out of it Jade...." I then hear Jade's softer voice come from behind him, "But Zach... She..." "NO!!! I SAID STAY OUT OF IT!!!"I hear a slight whimper as he then grabs the side of the door, slamming it behind him. There is a soft click telling me that it was relocked, but Zachariah just goes straight past me and into the bathroom, slamming that door behind him
I wake up in the morning with a moan of pleasure as I feel soft kisses along the back of my shoulder and up my neck. Added to that were two hands running slowly up and down my body but under the shirt, I am wearing; I jump a little as one of the hands slides down my body and then under and into my underwear. I take a sharp intake of breath and let out a low moan as he moved his hand and then his fingers; I have never felt this before. There are tingles running all over my body where his other hand is touching, adding to what the one in my underwear is doing.I moan again and arch my back a little as he increases the movement of his hand and fingers; he tightens his other arm and uses his hand, snaking it out of the top of the shirt I am wearing so that he can turn my head and part of my body to kiss me. He deepens the kiss as he increases his hand and fingers, even more, making me whimper a little into his kiss; he moves his kisses from my lips along my cheek to my ear and wh
Once I am dressed, I go over to the balcony door window and test to see if he had found that I had actually unlocked it last night. I smile when it opens. I move out onto the balcony, closing the door behind me. I move over to the railing and look down to see Zachariah in the middle of a circle, facing another man.I lean on the railing and just watch for a few minutes as they seem to chat, and then they both remove their shirts and start fighting. I am fascinated by how they both move and the different fighting moves they were using. I then shift my gaze and look around at the men encircling them. As I return my gaze back to the centre of the circle, I see a quick flash of something and turn my attention back in the direction it comes from.I study the scene in front of me and it isn't long before I catch a glimpse of that flash again and the stubble movement of one of the men very slowly making his way to the inner edge of the circle. I don't like this, as a very bad