I've been working with my two friends, Kelly Martin and Wendy Knight, on a pass-around writing experiment. And this story has definitely taken some surprising turns already.
Need to catch up?
Read Part One here.
Part Two here.
Part Three here.
And without further ado, Part Four:
I knew I couldn’t. No matter what the Cooperation said. Not with him this close. Not with the memory fresh in my mind.
“They want you back, Raif.” I whispered it, but I knew they were listening. “They aren’t too particular about how they get you.”
His eyes betrayed no emotion.
“Why now?” It came out a growl that reverberated deep in my own soul. “Six years, Tabitha. That’s how long you’ve been watching me. Why now?”
“I-I-I don’t know.”
He stepped closer.
I couldn’t breathe. I could only stare into his eyes and hope he heard the things I couldn’t say. Not with the Cooperation listening. And shouting. So much shouting.
I knew they were sending back up. I had failed in my task. But I didn't care. I was under Raif's spell. Exactly where I'd wanted to be since the last time he'd held me.
His breath was warm on my forehead. He lifted his hand slowly to my face. I closed my eyes in anticipation of the familiar touch.
The touch I had craved for the last six years.
But it wasn’t familiar.
Instead of the velvet warmth I remembered, the cold distant texture of a black leather glove caressed my cheek. Raif gingerly pushed my hair behind my ear. My eyes shot open the moment I knew, but it was too late. He ripped out the earpiece by its roots before I could react, sending me spiraling into darkness.
I heard a blood curdling scream, then just as I fell into the thick haze of black silence, a whisper that sent a jolt down my spine.
“I’m sorry, my love, but justice will be served.”
Stay tuned for Part Five, coming next week from Wendy Knight.