Tulip felt empty inside. Like a large part of her soul was dead. She allowed Lilly and Rose to lead her back into the Keep, but her mind felt scattered and lost in a spiral of heartbreak and loss. Would this pain ever end? Would it ever get easier?
She didn’t think so. At that moment, it felt like nothing could help her feel better. Nothing but the arms of the man she loved with all her heart wrapped around her. But that was impossible. He was gone... Dead.
Vaguely she was aware that her sisters led her into Korom’s apartment and helped her lay down in the big bed they shared. It felt cold and far too big for her, but all she wanted to do was curl up into a ball and cry. Cry for days. Cry until the pain in her heart stopped tearing her apart.
Her sisters said something to her, but Tulip didn’t hear it. All she could think of was that she had lost Korom. That he would never hold her, or make love to her, or spend all night talking and laughing with her.
More tears spilled from her already aching eyes as Lilly and Rose left her alone. They turned out the lights, leaving Tulip in the darkness of the Torian night. It was late on the planet, the night at its darkest.
After the Garamore ship was destroyed, the command vessel stayed in orbit for two more days to coordinate the retrieval of the dead warriors and clean up the dangerous debris that littered the space above the planet.
Now, they were all back at the Keep, trying to come to terms with the losses they had all suffered.
Movement on the bed made Tulip open her eyes to see the small white shape of Pearl climbing up next to her. The little creature came over to Tulip, gently licking at the salty tears on her cheeks, before she curled herself into a small ball against her chest, humming softly. Tulip wrapped her arms around her new companion and closed her eyes.
Finally, feeling more tired than she ever had in her life, Tulip allowed herself to fall into a restless sleep.
She woke later, unsure of how much time had passed, from a nightmare of Korom being torn apart by the explosion. She whimpered softly, trying to curl into a tiny ball on the bed, but something stopped her.
There was something big, and hard, and warm against her back. Not only that, but it was whispering to her.
“Shhh, my love. It’s alright. I’m here. I’m right here with you.”
Tulip cried out in pain as she shut her eyes, not wanting her mind to play any more tricks on her. She couldn’t be having hallucinations of Korom, not now. It was too hard.
“Baby? Tulip? Come to me, little one.”
The big shape behind her moved again, one large, warm hand pulling her gently to turn around.
Tulip allowed the movement, too weak to fight it. She turned onto her other side and curled into the solid warm body beside her. She didn’t care if it was just her mind playing tricks on her, she needed to feel him there with her, even just for one last precious moment. She needed him to help her through this impossible time.
But the longer she lay there, the more the hallucination whispered to her.
“I’m so sorry, my love. I should have come back to you sooner. I should never have let you think I was gone for so long. Forgive me, little one, please.”
Finally, Tulip opened her eyes and blinked to focus. At first all she saw was a broad, bare, muscular chest. Looking up, she met deep, dark chocolate brown eyes so filled with pain and worry, that it snapped her out of her half asleep state.
Frowning, Tulip tentatively reached out a shaky hand and placed it onto the warm flesh in front of her. It felt real. Very real.
“Korom?” She whispered, afraid that saying his name would make him vanish.
“Yes, little one. It’s me. I’m here. Please, my love, don’t cry any more. It tears me apart to see you in so much pain.”
A surge of adrenaline filled Tulip when the hallucination didn’t melt away under her touch. She shot up, staring with wide eyes at the man in bed beside her.
“Korom! Korom!” Tears stung her eyes once more.
He smiled, “Yes, little one. I’m here. I’m alive and well and I will never leave your side again.”
A rush of emotion overwhelmed Tulip and she threw her arms around Korom’s neck, burying her face in his shoulder as she cried and cried. All the while, Korom held her to him, gently rubbing her back and whispering in her ear about how he loved her, how he never wanted to let her go again.
Eventually, Tulip pulled back, wiping at her sore and puffy eyes and called for the lights to turn on. When they did, she saw the man she loved laying bare chested in his place in their bed. There was a long, ugly looking scar on the side of his face running from his temple down to his ear and into his hairline. He also had a few new scars on his chest, but all Tulip could think was that he was alive. Alive and here, with her.
“How? How is this possible?”
“It’s a long story, little one. I will tell you and the others all about it in the morning. For now, let me hold you. Please… I need to feel you in my arms and know you are safe.”
Tulip couldn’t have refused him that request for anything. She curled herself against him, holding him tight, terrified that he would disappear in the light of day.
But the next morning, when she woke up, Tulip was still wrapped in the strong, warm arms of Korom behind her.
Joy unlike anything she had ever felt before filled Tulip. She rolled around, waking Korom with a start at her sudden movement, before she straddled his hips and began raining kisses all over his face, his neck, and his chest.
Korom chuckled, but held still, allowing her to do what she needed to do.
“You’re okay,” She mumbled between kisses, “You’re really okay… you’re alive.”
Finally, Korom pulled her back up to lay over his body, his sleepy eyes smiling at her.
“I am, little one. Allow me to prove it to you?”
Tulip smiled, seeing the glint of desire and longing in his eyes. She needed it too. She needed to feel that he was really there. Sitting up, she tore off the shirt she had gone to bed in and sat naked on his hips, allowing him to look his fill.
“God, Tulip, you are so beautiful.”
She blushed, but held still. Slowly, his hands slid up her thighs, over her hips until he was cupping her small breasts in his large hands. A bolt of pure desire shot through Tulip. She moaned, her hips moving over the hard lump she could feel growing beneath her.
With a swift move, Korom rolled them over, pinning her to the bed with his bulk. She smiled up at him, still unable to believe he was back from the dead like this.
In a quick move, he slid out of his sleeping trousers and tossed them to the floor. This had Pearl jumping up with a hiss and glaring at Korom.
“What the…” He cried out, glaring at the pale blue eyes staring back at him.
Tulip chuckled, but bit her lip when Korom frowned down at her.
“Is that another Spinner?”
She nodded. “That’s Pearl. My Spinner.”
Korom opened his mouth to say something, then closed it and shook his head. “Later,” He mumbled, bending down to take her mouth in a long, hot, loving kiss.
Slowly, taking his time to relish her body, Korom moved from her lips to place slow, gentle kisses all along the vulnerable column of her neck, down past her collar bone until he reached her small breasts. He sucked first one tight nipple into his hot mouth, lavishing it with attention, making Tulip moan and shift beneath him.
When he moved onto the other nipple, she felt like she might explode. She needed him, now!
“Korom,” She breathed, loving and hating that he was taking his time like this.
“Hmmm?” He hummed, her right nipple still firmly in his mouth. The vibration sent a bolt of pure lust through her body, exploding in her already wet and hot pussy.
With a small pop, he released her breast, smiling up at her with that devilish grin she loved to see.
“Yes, little one? What do you need?”
“You,” She moaned, restlessly shifting beneath him to make her point.
“Me? But I’m right here, baby.” He placed a soft, sucking kiss to her quivering belly, making her gasp.
“Don’t tease. You know what I want.”
“Tell me, little one. Tell me exactly what you want me to do to you.”
“Oh, God… I… I want you to, um… To lick me.”
He gave her that devilish smile again and ran his hot tongue over the flat of her belly, leaving a warm, wet trail on her skin.
“Korom,” Tulip warned, not sure how much more she could take of this.
“You need to be more specific, little one.”
Tulip groaned, knowing what he wanted to hear, but still feeling terribly shy to say it. But she knew that her mate had the patients to torture her all morning unless she gave him what he wanted.
Taking a deep breath, a hot blush staining her cheeks, she looked down at him and said, “I want you to lick my pussy until I cum. Then I want you to fuck me and make me scream. Happy?”
He smiled wider, his eyes gleaming in the faint light of the morning sun peeking in through the closed curtains.
Without another word, Korom moved lower down her body until he was settled between her legs. With quick moves, he had her thighs pinned open by his broad shoulders, his arms wrapped around her legs to hold her in place and his lips only inches away from her core. She felt his warm breath on her wet lower lips a second before he struck.
With one long, hard lick, Tulip cried out in pure pleasure. Her back arched, her hands fisted in his thick, dark hair.
Korom had no mercy on her as he licked and sucked at her sensitive clit, making Tulip feel like she might faint from the pleasure.
Inside, she was climbing that magnificent peak. The one that always brought with it a feeling of ecstasy the moment she reached it.
With one last suck, she felt herself fall over the edge. With a loud cry of pleasure, Tulip came so hard, she saw stars dancing in her vision. Her back arched, her muscles going stiff as Korom carried her through the peak with his gentle licking.
Finally, she sagged back against the bed, feeling spent but oh so good.
Korom kissed his way back up her body until he loomed over her once again.
“Is that what you wanted?” He asked.
Tulip smiled up at him, cupping his cheeks in her hands. “You are all I want, Korom. Just you.”
“You have me, little one. All of me, for always, in any way you want.”
“Right now, I want you inside me. Please, Korom, I need to feel that you really are alive and with me.”
“As you wish, my little one.”
Korom shifted until the thick head of his cock was aligned with her entrance. Then, with a smooth, easy move, Korom thrust his hips forward, burying his rock hard cock deep into her eager pussy.