The Source – Meme #5 – They will defy a futuristic society to reclaim the freedom to love.

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Here is the next meme from The Source for your enjoyment.

As the elevator lifted him to the upper level of the main Courtyard building, Nathan buttoned up his jacket and then checked to make sure there was no lint clinging to the softest of silk fabrics.  Expensive and rare, it was only the best for Nathan.  His Handler would have it no other way, as he was the best in her corral of studs and wanted him shown off in the finest.  He was her money maker since he was in his prime by her clients’ standards.  Personally, he would have been happy with a nice pair of jeans and a comfortable shirt, but his owner would hear none of it.

Smoothly coming to a stop, the elevator doors opened and Nathan exited, striding over to the first artificial wood door that stood straight in front of him.  Not bothering to knock or give any kind of warning, he jerked open the front door and pushed his way inside.  His Handler, of course, was sitting at her large, polished redwood desk, looking already agitated from waiting from his tardiness.  Again, he really didn’t care, but the sight of her red face – which almost matched her red hair – was satisfying.

Stalking over to the leather chair positioned in front of her desk, he didn’t even bother to say hi.  With an exaggerated sigh, he sank down into the chair and throwing caution to the wind swung his feet up, propping them right on the top of her desk.  Crossing his legs at the ankle, he gave her one of his winning smiles and sarcastically greeted, “Hi, Reena.  How’s tricks?”

Reena’s eyes bulged, and if possible her face turned even redder.  She shot up from the desk and in a screeching voice screamed, “Damn it, Companion 96.  How many times do I have to tell you to call me Handler?  Do you think I’m your buddy or something?  And get your damn feet off my desk.  Just because you’re my highest earning Companion, don’t think you can take advantage.”

Ah yes, there it was.  Another rush of adrenaline coursed through his system and made his body hum.  Being constantly yelled at was the only drawback, but at least Reena didn’t physically abuse him like other Handlers did their property.  She could be mentally abusive, though, with her sharp Gen tongue, and she knew how to cut him deep when she thought he was being bad by sending him to the most detached unemotional Gens she could find.  Most Gens had very little emotion anyway, but when she sent him to those who had none at all he came away from the experience feeling dead inside; hence, his new hobby of seeing how pissed off he could make her without crossing the line.

If you enjoyed the meme, please enjoy another excerpt from The Source. Enjoy!The Source_Version 4 Flat Med

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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