Her breath in his ear formed soft words that kicked him in the gut with a stiletto heel.
“… When I was in Neriak, I used to have sex for money.” Anyah pulled back slightly, grinning as he turned his eyes to meet her mischievous gaze, close.
Rakhanar stared at her silently for a long time, stunned. Sex for money? I never would’ve imagined. The idea didn’t appeal to him at all. If I want a female, I want her to want me, not my gold.
Amused by his reaction, she smirked up at him, reached up to stroke his hair. “You’re just too cute! You had no idea, did you? What, have you never been with a female?”
Instinctively, he yanked his head back, startling at her touch like a high-strung stallion. He took a step back, disentangling himself from her, and grabbed her wrist. He forced a laugh.
“I’ve been with lots of females,” he lied.
He didn’t think she was buying it. “Right. I see.” She pursed her lips, nodding sagely as she extricated her wrist from his grip and slowly dropped her hand. He caught her quick glance at her bracer, as if he might have … damaged it?
“How old are you, anyway?” she said, her one revealed eye narrowing, the other still hiding under the veil of her white hair.
“Si – Eighteen.” Damn. Blew it again. I really suck at lying.
“Mhmm .” She crossed her arms under her breasts, again pushing them up in a tantalizing display of cleavage. He could barely keep his gaze from dropping.
She said ‘used to.’ Maybe she doesn’t do that anymore? Maybe she’s making a new start and she just wants a friend after all? He licked his suddenly dry lips and opened them to ask her, hoping …
“I know another game I’m sure you’ll like…” Slowly uncrossing her arms, she drew her hands over her own flesh in a caress, then slid them up to cross again, higher, stroking over her collarbones. She slipped her fingers under the straps of her dress at her shoulders and watched him from that one intense blue eye as she teased them down ever so slowly.
His heart went into overdrive. A shadow of red broke at the corners of his eyes. Dangerous. His body started responding, in spite of his resolve. Does she just want money, or does she really want me?
Her blue-black fingers moved ever-so-slowly, revealing her smooth flesh, until her dress slipped down over the top of satiny bits of clothing that cupped her breasts magically, sans straps. She let it fall lower, exposing a flat stomach and a tiny waist with such a sweet curve inward. Lower, over her hips… And then she was standing with her dress piled at her drop-dead sexy stiletto heeled boots, in nothing but tiny white satin panties and that matching magic creation that lifted her breasts to his hungry gaze. And those silver bracers, shining against her skin.
Anyah stepped closer, and he stood frozen as she slid her arms around his neck and brought her face so close to his, he felt her sibilant breath on his lips as she spoke. “Like what you see?”
He just stared at her, silently, red throbbing at the back of his eyes.
“I’ll let you do anything you want to me. I’ll even let you … finish inside me…” She whispered, barely brushing her lips against his.
He moaned. His black vanguard greaves were suddenly binding, as his shaft pulsed with heat. Why is she doing this? I don’t want a female who just wants my gold. I want her to want me. She doesn’t even have to do that for me, if she doesn’t want to. I’d give her money for nothing if she needs it.
It came to him then, how he could find out what he wanted to know without revealing his ignorance to her. He narrowed his eyes, gave her a slanted smile and managed to speak in a low, casual tone. “How much for that trick?”
Anyah chuckled, low, sexy. “I’ll let you decide that.”
Damn. Damn, damn, damn. I was really hoping she’d say she didn’t do that anymore. He reached up and grabbed her wrists from the back of his neck, prying her off of him as he stepped back. “Wrong answer.”
It was her turn to stand gaping in shock as he flicked her wrists away and headed for the stairs. Maybe he was just a romantic, but he didn’t want his first time to be with someone who didn’t care about him, didn’t really want him, just his money. As he headed up the stairs, he looked down to see her watching him, pouting as she pulled her dress up over her shoulders again.
“Well, my dear berserker, if you change your mind, I’ll be around …”
“Right.” He scoffed. He was so disappointed, he nearly went on up without another word, but he paused. “I don’t need to pay for it, Anyah. If you needed money, all you had to do was say so.” Meeting her stunned gaze for a moment, he saw something flash across her eyes. He hoped it was regret, but in all honesty it looked … darker. Anger? Shame? Or humiliation? Rakhanar continued up to his room, not waiting for her answer. He thought he heard the click of the door as he tugged at the straps of his new cuirass, then peeled the heavy dark armor from his chest and tossed it in his war chest. His body was raging, burning for release, but he knew how to handle that. He stretched and sighed heavily, preparing himself for a long, lonely night, the red still humming behind his eyes. It’s for the best. No telling what might have happened. I might have lost control, and hurt her. I need a friend, someone who understands, someone I care about, someone I know and trust. Otherwise, I might mark her as a threat if I black out…
He turned, and …
Anyah was there, in his room. She pierced him with hot, dark blue eyes, her beautiful black body nearly bare again, so enticing with that stark white wild hair matching her panties and bra. Heat flared in him instantly as she jumped up, wrapping her arms around his neck, and slung one leg up to hook around his still armored hip. Her satin sheathed breasts pressed against his bare chest as she spoke, breathless.
“I don’t want your money, Rakhanar. I just want you.”
Rakhanar didn’t have a chance. Flashes of fire spiked through his body, red flared in his eyes, throbbing with his quickening heartbeat. Her hands were deft and demanding, hungry. She knew how to strip him of his vanguard greaves, and the next thing he knew she was writhing under him in his bed, naked but for the silver flash of her bracers.
“Take me, NOW!” Her eyes were wild, her voice demanding.
The red …
… flashed white.
And then, everything went black.
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Wizard of Wildfire & Shadow Walker Wordsmith ((a/k/a The Real Me ))