Baby Steps – A scene from the Ink World.

Those who’ve read Blood & Ink and Ink Bound can probably guess who this pair is.

It had taken me days to build up the courage, and still my heart fluttered in my chest and my feet threatened to carry me far, far, away. I swallowed down my fear and began the game we’d played many times before. Trailing my fingers over his fingertips I stepped into his personal space and gave him my most seductive smile. He turned and pressed me against the wall at my back, his taut body made my heart stutter and the fear almost overwhelmed me. Maybe I was wrong, I couldn’t do this.

His leaf-green eyes met mine and certainty conquered fear before he leaned in and whispered, “you shouldn’t play these games, one day you’ll choose the wrong predator and get hurt.”

With that he pulled away and turned to leave me alone in the hallway, as he’d done so many times before. My heart was in my throat as I stepped in front of him and went to reach for his cheek, my tongue froze in my mouth and I stuttered.

“I want more,” the words were barely louder than my breathing.

He frowned his eyes searching my face before I finally reached out and lay my hand on his cheek.

“I want more,” I whispered desperately hoping I’d been right.

His smile lit his entire face before he turned and brushed his lips over my inner wrist.

“Then you shall have more, at a pace you dictate,” he said.

“I love you,” the words tumbled from my lips before I realised I admitted it.

I’d loved him for years but I had lacked the strength, I had needed to heal from my wounds before I could tell him. He ran his long, slender fingers through my hair, his smile was a thing of true beauty.

“I love you too,” he whispered.

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