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Nathan could tell he was getting too close to her boiling point, and right now he couldn’t handle being sent to an unemotional Gen. He was afraid the bleak interaction might actually crush what remained of his soul this time. Lowering his feet to the ground, he sat up straighter and attempted to look contrite. He knew she wasn’t buying it, but at least she found the situation comical. Letting out a sharp laugh, Reena lowered herself back into the chair.
Reaching across her desk, she picked up a small handheld computer and tapped the screen several times with her dark red painted nails before she evidently found what she was looking for. In her now calm, even voice she informed him, “I have a new assignment for you, Companion 96. This is an important one, and you will be on your best behavior, or so help me I will have you taken back to BioGen for more mind adjustment.”
Stiffening in his chair, Nathan couldn’t believe his Handler had just threatened him with another mind-fuck. When she had gotten him back from the one and only punishment he had ever earned since being in her service for crossing the line, she had actually apologized to him after seeing the condition he was in. The fact that she was actually threatening him with that kind of treatment now meant this loan purchase was truly significant.
Evidently satisfied she had made her point, Reena went on. “You have been purchased for loan for a trial of one month. If successful, you’ll be kept on retainer for another six months. I’m not sure myself who the Gen is you were purchased for, but she must be a relative to those in BioGen. BioGen actually paid for you, and I can tell you the amount was substantial.” She clasped her hands in front of her on the finely ingrained wood of her desk and smacked her lip-glossed lips. “I could actually retire if I wanted to.”
Nathan doubted Reena would ever retire. She enjoyed the game of ownership and loaning too much. She would grow old and die before she would ever retire. Knowing this, he leaned forward and absently touched the diamond stud in his ear, one of the few things he refused to give up because it was a symbol of his youth when he was wild and free. He knew his Handler hated it, but on some level she liked the additional level of roguishness so had allowed him to retain the style.
The Source Excerpt:
Right before his lips touched hers, the sound of the evening fifteen minute curfew warning went off. Crystal jumped and Nathan instantly pulled back.
“Damn it. I’m sorry, Crystal, I was so caught up in the moment I lost track of time.”
Grasping at his jacket, Crystal cried, “Nathan we have to get back. This is all my fault. If we get caught after curfew, they’ll take you away and maybe punish you. I should have never talked you into this.”
Tears streamed down her face and she swiped at them in fear for Nathan and for her. BioGen would probably punish her as well, and the things they could do terrified her. She choked, her body shaking, and her pulse rate went through the roof. Nathan seemed to try and calm her brushing the tears away but there just wasn’t any time and she fought to get a grip on her runaway emotions.
“Listen. I can get us back in plenty of time but you need to calm down. Do you trust me?” he asked while he pulled her hood back up over her face and followed up with his own to hide his.
Still gripping his jacket and feeling shaky, she nodded and whispered, “I do trust you, Nathan.”
With an encouraging look he reassured her, “Good. Just hold on tight and I’ll get us back to The Inspire. You just be ready with that magic necklace of yours to get us back into the building so no one will suspect we were ever gone. Ready?”
Crystal took a deep breath and nodded. It was the only acknowledgement Nathan appeared to need and after he grasped her hand in a firmer grip than earlier, he led her back out of the circle of bushes. Once on the path, he sped up into a fast jog and she had to push herself into a full out run to keep up with him. He was fast compared to her and she was panting before they even went a few feet but she was determined to get him back to her condo safely. Together they covered quite a bit of distance even making it to the large crack in the blacktop they had passed earlier. Nathan eased them both around the gap and Crystal began to breathe easier.
Just when she was sure they were going to make it in time, Crystal saw two Nul guards approaching with BioGen uniforms on, evidently making their last rounds. Pulling back against Nathan’s forward progression, she urgently whispered, “Nathan, BioGen guards.”
Immediately, Nathan steered both of them off the blacktop and over to one of the large trees bordering along the path. As soon as they were under the large spread of branches he spun her around and pushed her back against the trunk. The bark was rough but Nathan’s body surrounding and pressing against her was rock hard. He felt good and she felt protected but the Nul’s were getting so close and she could see them watching. She started to shake with nerves because she was sure they were going to get caught.
Nathan shifted slightly blocking her completely from the guard’s view. He leaned against his arm which he had positioned above her forming a protective cocoon around her. He leaned down just enough so he could push her hood back with his free hand and put his lips near her ear. Crystal could feel his warm breath brush against her and the sensation made her shiver for a different reason.
“Crystal, I need you to relax. You’re just a Gen with her purchased Companion enjoying an intimate moment together. The Nuls won’t know any different unless we give them a reason to,” Nathan whispered, his voice vibrating through her body as he pressed his body against hers.
Perhaps it was to distract her, or to convince the Nul’s they were enjoying an intimate moment, or just because he wanted to, but Nathan was suddenly kissing the sensitive spot just below her ear. She closed her eyes gasping at the incredible sensation, her body tingling from the point of contact all the way to her core. She fisted her hands in his jacket trying to keep her legs from buckling from the weakness he was causing. He didn’t stop there, oh no, he continued in his exploration with those wonderful tingling kisses until he reached her collarbone where he gently nipped and then kissed her again. She whimpered and her legs would have buckled if not for his strong arm around her waist supporting her.
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