Genre: Contemporary Romance
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I take a good look at myself in the bathroom mirror. I’m not gorgeous by any means but I do find myself pretty. My long dark locks hang loose before I throw it into a messy bun to get it out of the way. There is minimal makeup on my face with just a touch of powder and some mascara to make my eyes pop. The freckles splattered lightly along my cheeks seem to make me look younger than my 23 years. However, as I stare into my dark brown eyes, they tell a different story.
I grew up too fast after losing my parents when I realized the world wasn’t fair. My grandmother did her best to care for me but she was old and frail. I always assumed I would have lost her years earlier but I was lucky for the time I did have with her. I had to help care for her though, just as much as she cared for me. I learned how to cook not long after moving into her house, and I had to do every chore there was because it was too difficult for her. I made sure she took her pills on time everyday among other things. By the time I had been with her a year, I felt more like her parent then she was to me.
When I lost her years later, I was devastated just as much as I was losing my parents and at the time I only had Sean and his family left. I had no other family as I took care of myself. I went to college, got a great job, and was well on my way to living the life I always imagined. But it had always felt empty somehow. Like there as a missing piece and I could never figure out what it was that was missing from my life.
I loved Sean. I still do. He will always have a piece of my heart but Brad has always had my soul. Sean just filled some of the void that Brad had left behind when we were younger.
I am shocked to realized that after all this time Brad has felt the same. Now that he is here claiming me, making me his irrevocably, and filling everything I never realized was missing in my life, I am scared. It was one thing to lose Sean. I knew eventually I could move on with my life and look back on the memories of him with a smile. If something were to happen to Brad, I would become shattered. Forever broken and I would wither away into nothing. I would only ever just exist.
Life has a way of taking everything that I love and care about away from me. It is inevitable that I will lose Brad and I cannot let that happen. As much as I want him, my need for him to remain safe and keep me from being completely shattered is to push him away. I just hope I am strong enough to do it.
Once I step back into the living room after cleaning myself up and getting my emotions in check, Brad is already waiting for me with determination in his eyes.
“I see the wheels turning in that pretty little head of yours but I am not leaving here until we hash this out. You’re mine, Lainey. Every piece of you is mine; always has been and always will be. I let Sean have you and that was my first mistake. I almost lost you to him. I loved Sean. I would never want to disrespect him. But I know he would want you to move on and be happy. He would want someone to love you just as much as he had. I can guarantee that nobody, not even Sean, has ever or will ever love you as much as I do. You’re my only reason for living. After today, you will know whom you belong to. I guarantee it.”
Not once did Brad show an ounce of insincerity in his speech. He meant every word and it sent tingles down my spine with his declaration. I wanted him again. What’s more is I wanted in his embrace. However, I was still scared at the thought that I would lose him eventually.
“I can’t. If I lose you, I will never recover. And I can guarantee that I will lose you. Everyone I love and care about is taken from me.”
“I’m not going anywhere princess. You’re mine and I am never letting you go and I sure as fuck ain’t going anywhere.”
“You can’t promise me that. Anything could happen to take you away. It’s just easier if I put distance between us before I get too close.”
“Let’s say you’re right. Would you rather take the chance of losing me and regretting never taking the chance to see what we could have been? I think you would regret never taking the chance to make memories of us and missing out on everything you ever dreamed of.” I contemplate his words and know that he is right. But I am still fearful. He doesn’t get that I will become a shell of my former self if I lost him.
Brad stalks towards me with heat in his eyes, but there is something more pronounced. Triumph dances along his features as he realizes he’s winning this battle of wills. As much as I hate the idea of losing him, the thought of never having taken a chance to see where this will go hurts even worse.
“Take a chance with me. Let me show you how to truly live. You’ve hidden away in fear for far too long and it’s time to start living.” He pulls me too him and I give no resistance. What’s the point? He’s right that I need to stop living in fear all of the time. Maybe this time I won’t lose someone I love. For once in my life, fate may give me mercy and let me keep this one man to live my life with instead of taking him like my parents, my grandma, and Sean.
I close my eyes as Brad glides his fingers along my cheek and jaw before gripping the back of my neck giving me chills with his dominance.
“Ok.” I whisper. “I’ll take a chance. I’ll live for you, for me and for everyone that has been taken from me. I’m yours in every way. Promise me I will never lose you?” I chew my bottom lip with nervousness.
Brads lips turn up in a smirk making my insides quiver in anticipation. “You bet princess. I’m not going anywhere now that I’ve finally got you in my arms.” Pulling me into his embrace, his hard body creating warmth and safety among other things, to flow through me.
I suck in a breath from his words knowing he means every one before he lands a soft kiss on my lips. Slowly he deepens the kiss, applying more pressure before licking the seems causing me to open for him before plunging his tongue inside creating a moan from deep inside my chest.
Before I know it, he has me pinned to the couch, stripped me completely for the second time and has me straddling him as I set the pace giving long, deep strokes, chasing our release slowly before finally cresting over into bliss. My heart soars and somehow I know I will never get enough. I just hope fate doesn’t swoop in and ruining everything.