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“Reena, they can’t do that to you. Can they?” No matter how entrapped he felt by being owned by a Handler, there was no one better than Reena. Although she could be a bitch, there was no other Handler of her caliber, and if at all possible, she took care of her own with a vengeance.
Her hazel eyes narrowed at him and he fully expected to be chastised for not only using her first name again but for showing any form of caring towards her. Especially caring, which could set her off in a heartbeat when someone crossed her professional line. Instead of yelling at him, she simply tossed her red hair over her shoulder and said, “It doesn’t matter. Our meeting is done here. You have your assignment Companion 96. I’ll expect a call-in from you tomorrow as to your progress. If there are any unforeseen issues that come up, you’ll let me know immediately.”
Opening the drawer directly in front of her, Reena removed an earpiece phone and a small piece of paper from the drawer. After closing it with a slam, she stood up and moved around to the front of the desk and leaned against it. Nathan reached out for the two items when she shoved them at him. He pocketed the earpiece but retained the piece of paper opening it so he could quickly scan the contents.
As soon as he saw the address his heart started pounding and he broke out in a light sweat. His hands started to shake and he was sure Reena saw his reaction before he had a chance to shove his hands in his pockets. Stiffly he commented, “The Inspire building in the Denver Theater District. Really? How perfect. I should have known.”
His Handler crossed her arms across her chest and gave him a stern look. “I understand your consternation, Companion 96, but the address is on the far side of the complex of The Inspire. It’s as far away from the BioGen Headquarters and the medical facility where you were mind adjusted you can get. The Gen you’ll keep entertained lives in the community housing side of The Inspire. You’ll find you won’t even realize you’re near the BioGen leadership den within the all-inclusive community. The Gen lives in the top floor of the housing building and evidently owns the entire top floor.
Nathan’s mind blanked for a moment from the overload of shifting from the panic of being anywhere near where he had been punished, to the hatred of the leadership of the UNS which would be basically sitting within the same city block with him, to the amazement of the assignment he had just been placed on. Crushing the small piece of paper in his fist which was still shoved in his pants pocket, Nathan’s mind refocused as he considered all the implications. This Gen was more of a mystery than ever after Reena’s explanation. The woman had to be kept happy, entertained, controlled, kept away from the outside world, and most importantly never ever touched. There was a mystery here and Nathan couldn’t help but be drawn into the web. He was intrigued and he had a suspicion there were secrets here which might just end up getting him killed. Either his soul would shrivel and die or he would do something stupid and BioGen would decide to terminate him, literally.
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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