By: Marian Tee

The vampire was still whining. “I can’t get my cock up when I have an audience.”

Troll A snickered. “Doesn’t matter if it stands or not. It’s still gonna look like a piece of shit next to our dicks.”

Troll B laughed. “That ain’t no way to speak to our rich friend here…even if it sure is true.” They began shoving at each other in jest as they trudged out of the room, the door closing behind them.

She opened her mouth to speak, but instead she ended up swallowing several drops of blood. Her eyes darted up, and that was when she saw the vampire had his wrist above her lips, his flesh ripped open and blood trickling out of the wound.

Zari choked, but it was too late. The metallic taste of the vampire’s blood was flowing down her throat.

Easy, pet. There is nothing to be afraid of. I had to do this so we can share a blood bond.

Her eyes flew wide open at the voice inside her mind.

I’m sorry I had to do that suddenly. It was the only way to communicate with you without the others knowing.

Zari stared at the man still half-lying on top of her. His face remained impassive, but a gentle, quiet sense of strength shone from his bright green eyes. We may be watched, so do not say anything out loud, he continued inside her head. It is best to be careful.

Was this really happening, Zari wondered dizzily. But then – after everything that had happened, surely this one shouldn’t seem so unbelievable?

Can…you…hear…me? She asked the question haltingly, unsure if this strange form of communication was two-way.

Yes…I…can. He deliberately mimicked her halting tone and, after a short stunned pause, Alexandru was rewarded with a murderous glare. Her fiery response pleased him since it meant her captors had not succeeded in breaking her spirit.

I’m going to get you out of here, but I need your help.

How? Zari asked the question warily while determinedly squashing the spurt of hope trying to blossom inside her. She wanted so much to be free that false hope would kill her at this point. She didn’t think she’d be able to handle the disappointment if that happened.

Here comes the fun part, Alexandru thought. You need to pretend that I’m having sex with you while we’re talking. Otherwise, they’ll think that we’re too quiet inside here.

The way her cheeks puffed and her lips formed a perfect O in surprise like a cartoon character nearly made Alexandru slip. Dammit, that had almost made him grin. Did this girl know how ridiculously expressive she was? It was extremely cute, and usually, Alexandru hated anything that was “cute”.

Did you just say—

—that you should fake sounds that would make them think we’re having sex? Absolutely. They expect me to do it to you and if they don’t hear any sound coming out from you anytime now—

Almost on cue, they heard the noise from outside the door suddenly dropping, as if the trolls had thought of listening to the door and making sure they were still inside. Realizing that the trolls were once again suspicious, Alexandru reached out to the soul seer and pinched her cheeks. Hard.

She yelped.

He winced. That didn’t sound like good sex, but in situations like this, that was probably a good thing, his reputation in the bedroom be damned.

That hurts!

Really? Then I should do it again, I guess. He pinched her cheeks again, applying greater pressure.

This time, though, instead of shrieking in pain, she growled. A loud, angry growl that rumbled from the deepest part of her stomach, making her sound like someone suffering from a demonic possession.

It was a frighteningly realistic sound. It was a cute sound, and damn if it didn’t make his cock twitch inside his pants. His body’s reaction to the soul seer’s cuteness made Alexandru pause and stare down at his body in amazement. It had been a long time since he had found himself this sexually affected by a woman, and it was just his luck that his body had chosen to be attracted to a woman he was honor-bound to keep from harm.

That definitely made having sex with her out of bounds since he was notorious for being the bed ‘em and leave ‘em type.

Zari stiffened when she realized that the vampire on top of her was looking at her like he wanted to devour her. Which should have been a good thing – if he didn’t live on human blood. She did her best to cross her arms over her chest even though it was silly.

Ah, pet. Why are you covering yourself? I was just enjoying the sight of your naked body.

She gaped at him, irked, frustrated, and just plain confused at the same time. How can you joke at a time like this? Don’t you realize that this is a dangerous—

I do, of course, which is why I told you that I needed your help. I need you to distract them a while and buy me some time. He stroked her cheek. Now, how about doing better this time? Scream for me please.

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