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Dangerous Part 12

January 28, 2009

A knocking at the door woke me up and it took me a moment to remember where I was. Out of the corner of my eye I saw Kale standing up, the blanket sliding off him. He had taken off his shirt but left his pants on. He growled at the door. The sound took on a whole new meaning to me after last night’s experience.


“It’s just me.” I heard Judi say through the door. “Come on you sleepy heads and come get some breakfast.”


Kale stopped growling and stepped back from the door. He yawned as he reached down and grabbed up the pillow and blanket, then straightened and looked at me. He walked to the end of the bed and dumped his stuff there.


“Do you want to shower first or should I?” He asked.


It seemed like such a normal thing to say or do except that I was still his captive in this nut house.


I shook my head negatively. “No thanks. I’m fine.”


Kale arched his back in a stretch and looked at me. “Okay, but sooner or later you’ll have to trust me enough to do what you have to do.”


And with that he walked into the bathroom. The door closed but I could tell he left it unlocked as he started the water in the shower. Because I might escape while he was gone? Probably not. The door out to the stairwell was still locked and the lower rooms packed with his so called family members even if I got that far. With a sigh I stood and walked around.


The room was very sparse I noticed. Hardly any photos. I picked up the one on his dresser of a large group. In the photo I picked out Kale, Candace, Judi and Mike. A few others might have been some of the other people downstairs. It looked like a family reunion type photo with everyone crowded together. A few people smiled in the photo but I noticed Kale and a good portion of the men had a wry twist of the lips.


Setting the photo down I glanced around still not finding much outside of the clothes on the floor. The closet had a full length mirror where I saw myself and how rumpled I looked. My blouse was wrinkled and my hair needed brushing but the jeans had come through the night unscathed. I found Kale’s hair brush on the dresser and with a glance at the bathroom I started brushing my own long hair out. He was right that I needed a shower to really look my best but I would make do for now.


Minutes later I was looking out a window when Kale came out of the shower. He was still minus the shirt but I was happy to see he had pants on. He glanced at me and then went to his dresser where he put on cologne and pulled a shirt out of one of the top drawers. He pulled on the T-shirt with a Harley Davidson logo on it done in fire. Next he went for his hair brush. I was watching as his look changed and his gaze flew to mine.


“What’s wrong?” I asked.


“You used my brush.” He said simply.


I felt the need to defend myself. “Come on, it’s only a brush. I would have asked you but you were showering.”


His lips twisted up in a kind of surprised smile. “You think I’m mad? Not at all. I like the fact that you wanted to use something of mine. That our scents are now mingled.”


And with that he smiled at me and started pulling the brush through his own long wet hair. I didn’t know what to think of Kale. One minute he could terrorize me, another minute he was being sentimental. It made me nervous that he was so unpredictable.


Dangerous Part 11

January 10, 2009

My curiosity got the better of me and with shaking, reluctant hands I touched Kale’s arm. He let me run my hand over his skin where I felt his upper smooth arm turn into a hairy one. Tufts of black fur brushed my fingers. I thought the feeling of the fur would make me gag but instead the fur was silky soft. I found my hands working down to his palm and over his fingers. All of the fur was real, the raised pads on his palm and finger tips were real too. I tugged on the claws and they were connected. I suddenly felt light headed.


“Kale?” I asked in a surprised yet calm voice.


He caught my arms and gently lowered me back into the chair next to the desk. I had a moment’s thought for that clawed hand catching me but although the claws brushed my skin, he didn’t hurt me. Kale stood beside my chair looking down at me thoughtfully.


“I didn’t want to scare you but I had to do something to make you believe me.” He said. “I’m sorry. I wish there had been a simpler way.”


I heard him but didn’t answer. My mind was racing. If Kale was a werewolf, a real live werewolf, then what else was there out there? It was all so much to take in.


Kale sighed. “Okay, I think I made my point. Now it’s time for you and I to get some rest.”


My eyes flashed up to his as my thoughts turned toward the bed. I was still locked in the bedroom with him. There was only one bed in the room.


“You don’t have to look horrified.” Kale said, kneading his hand and shaking it slightly.


“I won’t sleep with you!” I said.


Kale finished with his hand. A glance showed it was back to being a human hand once more. Kale’s eyes had softened too, the glowing dim.


“Well if you think your sleeping in this room alone, guess again.” Kale told me. “I might let you take the bed and be nice enough to sleep on the floor but I cannot leave you alone in here.”


“Why?” I asked numbly. The fight in me spent after hearing he would sleep on the floor.


“You are my mate Kheri.” Kale sputtered. “Whether you want to be or not. And since I haven’t claimed you, I’m going to be a walking time bomb ready to fight and protect what’s mine. So I stay in the room because to be honest, I don’t think I can bear to be separated from you right now.”


“You won’t come into the bed?” I asked.


Kale sighed. “No. I can promise you that I’ll leave you to sleep in peace. Okay? You feel better now?”


I nodded. It was better to show I was grateful for what I got then to play the part of an angry captive. The werewolf thing was real and I really didn’t want Kale mad at me right now. He said he didn’t want to hurt me but mistakes could always happen.


“Okay, well, as you know I didn’t bring anything for you to change into.” Kale said. “But you could borrow a nightgown from Candace if you want. Do you want me to go ask her?”


I shook my head no. “I umm…I’d rather sleep like this.”


Kale’s eyes went to my clothes. A blue blouse and black jeans. He knew I wouldn’t be as comfortable sleeping in them but knew why I opted as I did. He nodded his head.


“Okay.” Was all he said.


Getting ready for bed didn’t take long. Kale grabbed a blanket and pillow and threw it down on the floor in front of the door. I just kicked off my shoes and socks before climbing into bed. Kale turned the light off. The moon cast shadows in the room. I heard Kale shifting around on the floor getting settled.


“As odd as this will sound Kheri..” Kale whispered into the darkness. “I’m glad you’re here. I’ve been alone for a long time.”


I wondered at his statement with so much family in the house but didn’t have time to ask about it. Despite thinking I’d never get any sleep, I was out in about two minutes.