Chapter15: Guilt Like A Fountain
Even after her show of lethal abilities I had chosen Dani over her.
Mr. Hannez’s voice was as strained as a foghorn “And no word of this to anyone?” he warned us with an farewell gesture just as empty as the witch’s face was contortioned with disapproval as she watched me leave her left hand.
Dani waited until we had just stepped outside of the room before she spoke.“We’re embedded in loyalty and you seem to have misplaced yours. I will tell.....”
Abruptly the witch grandly swished from her seat charging toward us in determined hard purposeful steps as she recited a mumble poem in a whisper that echoed and sooner than you can ever suspect it had Dani chocking on her own words, eyes bulged wet as she fell painfully to the floor on bended knees.
The witch’s eyes swirled with eery red and silver specks as her gaze followed with scornful pride my best friend’s wriggling weak form on the floor.
Desperately I fell to the floor to help her anyhow “What are you doing to her!” I cried when my efforts proved to be in vain.
Mr. Hannez retreated from the door and slowly padded to take a seat in the chair next to where the witch stood.
“Funny how she remembers loyalty now when she went against ‘that important code’ for five years. Tell me superstar where was this nobility when you traded your loyalty for fame?” the red in her iris filled as she pressed harder.
Dani’s whole body fell to the floor, writhing as though she was epileptic before she turned into her wolf form “Please, we won’t tell. I promise.” I begged. Her complexion was paper pale, she was barely gasping for breath anymore and her eyes...she was going blind I could tell.
“Please! I’ll do anything ,just stop!” I cried.
The witch’s compulsion on Dani stopped.
She tilted her head side to side considering my mine and Dani’s transforming wolf form before she smiled down at me with a wide gleeful smile that was devoid of any emotion and offered me her hand “I want your blood for insurance.”
“Never mind, I’ll take hers.” She lit a fire speck at Dani’s foot extracting blood “It’s called safekeeping and if you tell anyone what happened here I’ll curse your friend.” she drained the blood she’d collected from Dani in a vial and finished “I’ll make sure she’ll live out the rest of her days on earth as a wolf...well basically a dog..a bitch really.” She gracefully swirled and went back to her seat.
Rage filled me.
Beside me I heard Dani struggling to turn back into her human form.
Fear filled me.
Mr. Hannez assisted Dani to her feet “The issue at hand is of grave importance, we trust you to keep this secret. We trust you have practiced skill in sealing lips, isn’t that right kids? Dani?”
The witch’s eyes gleamed with a fierce challenge.
The door closed behind us leaving Dani naked in a long corridor with tattered clothes and a very shaken me. “You can stop staring, c’mon gimmie that.” Dani crossed her legs, one arm over her exposed bosom and leaned forward to help me out of my jacket.
“I am so so so sor...” Dani cut my apology by pecking me on my cheek “I’m sorry too, I could’ve been a better friend and pushed you harder into fessing up sooner but..” she rolled her eyes, “I was too busy chasing fame so ey...we’re class A idiots huh?”
I followed Dani’s trail, as we discussed the witch and Mr. Hannez’s treason through our mind link on an otherwise quiet walk to Brady’s wing. Which is why I was startled when I actually heard her voice when she stopped “I have to go find Tyler I need clothes and I’m sure Brady and his family are in there.” She nodded her head to the mahogany door on my left.
In all honesty the thought of Brady’s whole family being in there tending to his injuries daunted on me, as guilt cemented it’s weight on my shoulders and soul.
I was pregnant with worry and fear in that moment so much that I didn’t care for the judgement I’d receive as long as I saw him and apologized.
At the fifth knock the door was opened by a shirtless Brady who seemed genuinely surprised that it was me at the door. We both stood there staring back at each other before I reached out my hand to feel his skin.
It felt softer than I thought it would. There were no visible burns on him “I heard you got burned?” I asked hesitatingly because maybe, maybe he didn’t want me there since I was the cause of his suffering.
“I did, by a kid no older than sixteen can you imagine?” he stepped back and allowed me to enter as he finished “Sir Isaac treated me with your blood.”
“Sir Isaac has my blood?”
“No. But your parents do, I’m exhausted though; mind if I lay down?” he asked as he lowered himself on his wide king sized bed.
I shook my head as I searched the room with my eyes for somewhere to sit.
“You know.” Brady lifted himself to rest is weight on his elbows facing me, his voice was hesitant and apologetic “I get it. Why you hate me but...”
I surprised myself by interrupting him.
For the longest time I wanted him to apologize yet right in that moment in that room I felt I was the one who owed him the most in apology. I felt the world’s weigh on my shoulders and it killed me that even after getting the vibe from him that he was sincere I was going to go ahead with the mate-bond-wrecking because I honestly had no option anymore.
It was either Dani or me losing out on love.
What would anyone do?
I had to live with my choices, just as I’d made sure Brady lived with his and Dani? Well no one deserves to be cursed by creatures that were supposed to be myths.
“I’m sorry.” I told him
Brady arose from his bed and took steps towards me to cup my face in his strong, calloused and warm hands “Can we start over?” his voice was a breathy gravel that fell in my ears like a symphony, his touch sent waves of desire through my blood stream and his offer was definitely everything my wolf wanted-everything i wanted-for some reason that surpassed the physical attraction.
My heart pounded in my ears as my emotions went haywire wanting to agree with him, but it wouldn’t have been fair to give him false hope.
His blue eyes were so blue and they sheltered a gentleness that was offering me hope.
A storm cloud gathered itself in my eyes and fell wildly down my cheeks, there were no words to express my frustrations without giving too much away so all I managed after he asked me if he’d upset me was to wrap my arms around his neck and kiss him on the lips.
I made sure to kissed him with enough fervor to ignite feelings in my vulgar parts that I hadn’t felt in such a long while, or ever really. He kissed me agonizingly slow and pushed me closer onto his lap, his warm hands slid under my shirt. He threw it on the bed and proceeded to pull me back in by my hips as though i was forgiven.
I grew as harder as I felt his equally equally excited groin rub against mine creating an delicious friction that send shivers down my spine.
Brady’s hold on my hips tightened,I could smell the heat thickened with human desire in the air. Paired with Brady’s groan it served me as an aphrodisiac and need had me fumbling with his zipper.
In that moment he was all needed and he was all I felt and heard. I wanted all of him.
Brady flipped me to be under him,his teeth nibbled on my neck as his hands traveled over my hips and ass urging me to wrap my legs around his hips as continued the hair raising foreplay on all my erotic zones and dry humping.
My hands explored his divinely built torso, it seemed the pressure I was putting on pulling his hair drove him to dominate me seeking pleasure with my body in ways I couldn’t get enough of.
An erotic groan escaped his throat.
Reality struct my conscious.
Under normal circumstances I’m sure would it have thrown me over the edge but at that point all the groan managed to do to me was remind me that I was being epically selfish, utterly pathetic and fucked in every witch way except the one that mattered.
I was giving him false hope.
False hope wasn’t healthy for me either.
I slid out of the body molding; picked my shirt up from the floor “I have to go.” I said heading toward the door.
“Hey. hey. hey...” He grasped me by my elbow “the room next to me is empty you can sleep in there. It’s late right now and besides it was agreed that you’ll be staying here until after we deal with the witches...it may take months.”
I accepted the key from him without meeting his gaze or replying.
Our fingers touched, the spark of electricity tat sot up in my veins made it very clear , beyond doubt that the gods were right. Brady and I had sizzling chemistry-the gods were right!
A lump settled in my throat.
Regret sank at the pit of my stomach.
I wanted to cry.
“Sorry I took it too far, I don’t know what came over me. I’d hate if you were to think I was taking advantage of you Malik.”
He was lying he wasn’t sorry. I could practically smell the heat off him, he was so fucking horny and so was I. But if I were to give in to my desire, I wasn’t sure what the cost would be.
If the witch would know?
What it would mean for Dani?
I left is gasp without another word or glance at him.
I had never felt worse my entire life.
It was of no use to stand there and swoon when I had the obligation to challenge what was written in the stars.