Welcome to my blog site and the Book Hooks Blog Hop Book Hooks is a weekly meme hosted by the MFRW Authors Blog. It’s a chance for all you great readers to check out samples of author’s WIPs or previously published books. I am Christine Murphy, romance author and creator of the Sphinx Warriors Series, The Source – A Wild Clan Saga Novel, and the Midnight Rider’s Series.
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“Handler Reena, have they indicated the hours of presence required so I may tend to other clients you have me assigned to?” He had to ask the question because with the BioGen female to serve he wasn’t going to be getting much sleep at all. He wasn’t sure how he was supposed to look his best for his Handler if he wasn’t getting any sleep.
Reena leaned over the table, bracing herself on her crossed arms. “There won’t be any other clients for you. I have redistributed them to my other Companions. You’ll be at the beck and call of this special Gen twenty-four-seven, so I hope you brought enough clothes to last a few days because you’ll be living in her home.”
Shocked, Nathan leaned back in the chair. This was unprecedented. He had never heard of anything like this happening before from any of the other Companions. To be with one Gen for a whole month, twenty-four hours a day, and perhaps up to six months, was unheard of. This Gen must be an artificially birthed offspring of one of the BioGen leaders. To be able to afford him as a Companion for that long and exclusively had to mean the woman was of some importance. Swallowing roughly, he prayed she wasn’t completely without emotion; otherwise, he had a long several weeks of misery ahead of him. Yes, he could see the rest of his slowly shriveling soul perishing.
A pounding on the desk in front of him had Nathan refocusing on Reena and the information she was trying to communicate to him. Waving the silver handheld computer, his Handler glared at him. “Companion 96, are you listening? There are some important rules you must follow. First, as I said, you’ll be there twenty-four-seven. Second, you’ll abide by any security rules they may have and only escort her within the grounds of the building she lives in. Third, you’ll keep her occupied and out of trouble. Evidently, she has been restless and they can’t afford to have her unhappy and out of control. BioGen made this clear. If you fail in this mission, you’ll be immediately removed, and if you fail I’ll have your head on a platter.”
Nathan rolled his eyes at Reena’s theatrics. The thought of being beheaded actually intrigued him for a moment before his curiosity about the mystery Gen got the better of him and he asked, “Anything else?”
Tapping the top of the desk with her fingernail, his Handler answered, “Yes, she isn’t allowed outside the walls and grounds of the building she resides in unless she gets special permission from BioGen.”
Jerking up in the chair, Nathan shot back, “What!? How in the fuck do you expect me to keep her entertained if we’re trapped inside a building or restricted to limited grounds?”
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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