RoYds Part 20 - Nature

Present Day

Elizabeth sat bolt upright. Her heart was racing and she fought blindly to focus her eyes. Grispheran was sitting nonchalantly in the passenger seat beside her. His presence unnerved her to such a degree that she struggled to regain any semblance of composure.

“You frightened the Living daylights out of me, you bloody idiot! What the hell are you playing at?” As she recovered from the shock of his sudden appearance and physical contact, she began to boil with anger and her green eyes flashed.

He laughed softly. “Tut tut, Bess! There's no need to shout -– you'll wake the Living. You wouldn’t want to draw attention to us now would you? Or is that what you want? Attention?” He moved closer, lowering his eyes to her mouth for a fraction of a second and then raised them to meet her own.

Elizabeth looked into their black watery depths and felt herself drifting. There was something so physically attractive about him and yet at the same time her instinct warned her against him.

“Just what is it you want?” she asked, anchoring herself by looking away and concentrating on the light and noise travelling towards them from the wine bar over his shoulder.

“Oh, you know exactly what I want, Bess. Why don’t you stop pretending otherwise.” He leaned forward to whisper this seductively into her ear, and then gently bit the pearl teardrop of her earring. Elizabeth half closed her eyes as a sensuous thrill washed over her and Grispheran traced his mouth down the length of her neck and towards her collarbone. Elizabeth couldn’t help but be carried away in the moment just briefly until the siren of a passing ambulance brought her back to her senses.

“I’ve absolutely no idea what you are talking about!” She pulled away, clutching her car keys like a crucifix. "Are you going to sit here plaguing me all night?" she asked, staring out through the windscreen in order to avoid looking directly into his eyes. She then stated more calmly, "I for one have better things to do with my time.”

“Whenever you're ready, Bess,” he replied confidently and vanished.

Elizabeth was visibly shaken and tried to compose herself. The encounter with Grispheran following hot on the heels of the terrifying experience with Linus had taken its toll on her. She took a few moments to calm herself and then asked aloud, “Do you always have to be so bloody dramatic?”

"It's not in my nature to be otherwise."


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  • At 1 November 2009 at 01:46, Anonymous Melissa said…

    LOL!! I love it!! I can see this so clearly as a film! Great new scene -- so many gems ...

    "Just what is it you want?” she asked"
    "Grispheran traced his mouth down the length of her neck and towards her collarbone." (whew!)
    Personal favorite: "She pulled away, clutching her car keys like a crucifix."

    And that last exchange is super!

    Thank you for a Halloween thrill!

  • At 1 November 2009 at 11:42, Anonymous Miladysa said…

    Melissa - "Halloween thrill!" - Oh!! I LOVE it!

    I'm glad it came over well and you enjoyed it :)

  • At 1 November 2009 at 12:40, Anonymous M. Jones said…

    Great sexual tension here. I'm liking the stresses between Grispheran and Elizabeth--Good sharp dialogue, and I can easily envision this.

    Next chapter, already! :D

  • At 1 November 2009 at 16:37, Blogger Charles Gramlich said…

    Bloody dramatic. I like that element of the character. Never boring when he's on stage.

  • At 2 November 2009 at 14:01, Blogger Miladysa said…

    M. Jones - You should have seen the smile on my face when I read your comment & also your response on twitter.

    Thank you for all the feedback - really appreciated :)

    Charles - LOL - Glad you think so! It feels great to hear that I am not boring the pants of you - especially as I enjoy your own writing so much :)

  • At 4 November 2009 at 16:36, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Bimbimbie said:

    phwarrrrrrrrrrr!!! just read roYds latest - talk about steam rising from a car!!!!!!!!!

  • At 6 November 2009 at 17:26, Blogger Vesper said…

    Bloody erotic! :-) What a thrill, right after the one in the previous chapter, so different, so similar... Now I have to take a deep breath and reread this... :-)

  • At 6 November 2009 at 17:33, Blogger Vesper said…

    Just a small thing on the second read... I know what you mean when writing "black watery dephts" but the adjective "watery" suggests to me more tearful eyes than a deep, black water...

  • At 6 November 2009 at 18:09, Anonymous Miladysa said…

    "Bloody erotic! :-) "

    *squeal* Can I quote you? LOL

    "he adjective "watery" suggests to me more tearful eyes than a deep, black water..."

    "deep, black water is what I want" - all suggestions welcome :)


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