(Yeah, I surprised myself)
‘Sweet…’ he said running his tongue over the hickey all the way to her chin and back, ‘so very sweet… Can I bite you?’
She was so high up in her own desire she didn’t notice that there was nothing happening in his pants when she felt him lean into her body some more. ‘Ooh, kinky! Yes, bite me… anything, just do it quickly!’ she answered, her breathing out of control.
That was all the encouragement he needed as he dipped his head and ravaged her neck. She yelped at his vigor. ‘Oh my God, yes… more mo-’
‘…I don’t want you to stop…’ she mechanically replied.
He released her gaze and she lifted her arms back around his neck as he returned to feed.
The young girl nodded absently, gathered her purse from where she dropped it and went on her way.
‘It’s pretty much closed now’ Binny said, pressing underneath the wound, making him wince, ‘yet still fragile’ She closed the bandage box and returned it to the drawer. There was no need to close the wound anymore since it was passed the risk of infection. Her voice brought him back from his thoughts and he looked at his chest…even after he ripped it open, still it healed too fast. Raven then looked at Binny getting ready to leave his room. She didn’t even glance in his direction let alone say that she was finished.
‘I’m not, I’m just cautious. It’s the normal reaction of someone who doesn’t know you. If Marina chooses to believe in you and overlook a lot of things, I will be the one to keep it in balance… I’m giving you half a chance because I don’t like to see her hurt…’
Binny thought hard and carefully over his answer. ‘There? So I do have to worry about something else…’
‘Wrong answer Raven…’
‘That’s your personal opinion’ Raven countered, meeting her stare, ‘why don’t we let time decide that hmm?’
Binny frowned for a minute and then gave him a ‘fine’ shrug and he answered with a short nod in her direction.
She stood sideways and whispered calming words to the horse and shared a giggle as if she was talking to a person. Raven just stood there watching. A twinge of sadness flooded his senses and he leaned against the barn wall. Life must’ve done a real number on her if she felt more comfortable talking and laughing with an animal than with an actual human being that could answer back, give comfort when needed. Or maybe that’s exactly why she could be herself around animals… they couldn’t answer her back or show her any unasked for sympathies… Raven couldn’t stand her throwing her life away like that. People needed people to socialize with, to love; hell, to survive even. And he was determined to bring her back to that and the sooner, the better.
Catching his movement in the corner of her eyes, Marina turned to face him and all the heart-racing feelings he awoke in her, the last time he stood close enough, returned -full force.
‘Hey’ he said, moving a bit closer.
She lowered her eyes to break the captivating stare he was trying to lock her in.
‘I uh… got you 2 new sets of clothes, so you don’t have to wear that everyday’ Marina pointed at his outfit.
There was a sparkle in his eyes. It warmed him to know that she thought about him, even if they were apart. Unknowingly a smile crept to his mouth and he looked down and ran his hands over his jacket. ‘It did not really bother me’
‘Yes, well, I, personally, wouldn’t feel comfortable wearing the same clothes over and over again and Binny is pretty much tired of washing it every day’
‘Well, Nina is giving me the stink-eye, so I’ll let you get to it’ Raven said, giving Nina a pat the head. She nudged it away playfully. Raven liked Nina; she was the only horse who didn’t judge or fear him because of his nature. In a way she reminded him of her owner; A beauty that, like the horse, didn’t seem to be able to see the bad in him. A beauty he wasn’t able to keep his eyes off…
‘Why don’t you come with us?’ Marina smiled warmly at his interaction with the horse.
Raven looked a bit unsure. Nina nudged him again firmer this time as if in agreement with Marina.
‘Beats sitting in the house with nothing to do… and it would be of great help to me. Besides, didn’t you propose to get out of the house and go do something fun for a change?’
He looked at the house… with Binny in it… and then back at Marina.
‘I did say that, yes! …Alright then’
‘She’s a bit jumpy by nature, so don’t take it personally’ Marina excused the horse’s reaction.
That’s not the only reason right now… Raven thought, approaching the fussing horse. With soft soothing words he managed to settle her down a bit; showing her that she didn’t have to fear him.
‘You have a gift… Maybe you had horses in some part of your forgotten life’ Marina said, mounting Nina.
Raven didn’t answer, but followed her example and mounted Ella.
‘Jasmine’ Marina said turning her head to see if he smelled it too and confirm that she wasn’t imagining it. She could always smell them at a certain time of the day. Winter, spring or fall, it looked as if they weren’t season-bound and forever blooming. She had looked for them on her many walks, but never found a single one. Raven did. There was one right in front of him, only to him, Marina looked more like a rose, waiting for that moment to open her petals and bloom once again.
Her voice brought him out of that poetic state he seemed to have drifted into. Must’ve been the woods… yes, definitely the woods. Raven looked at the reigns in his hands and then back at Marina with an ‘are you sure about that’ look. What if the horse leapt off the path and straight into the vastness of the forest?
‘We’ve been here so many times, they know this path better than me’ Marina answered the look he gave her, ‘and know exactly where we’re going… or are you scared you’ll get beaten by a girl?’
She looked at him daringly and he enjoyed seeing that part of her.
Raven was in awe of all the beauty around him; hidden in the unexplored woods all this time.
‘I think this place just turned into my favorite place in the world’
‘Have you seen the rest of the world?’ Marina leaned casually against the mother of trees, ‘besides, it’s already been claimed’
‘By whom?’ he asked frowning boyishly. He knew the answer to that question, but he was humoring her.
‘Well, me of course! Who else? This is one of my most favorite spots—‘she stopped her sentence a bit too quick for him to not notice it and he searched for her eyes. ‘… at least it used to be…’
‘I haven’t been here in quite a while. I stop halfway up the path and turn around. It just doesn’t have the same feeling it did when my father and I used to come here. Still, beautiful and calming, but kind of lonely now’ Marina moved away from the tree and into the flower field.
He watched her as she slowly lay down between them and had to admit it was a beautiful sight. She had a rare beauty of herself, but between the flowers, that beauty was perfectly framed.
‘Yes, I can see that everyday…’ Raven answered, lying down next to her leaning on his right arm. He moved his leg underneath her head. She lifted her head and allowed him to, but still gave him a questioning look.
‘You don’t want sand in your hair or ants, trust me. Having long hair has taught me a thing or two. Some things, like fire-ants, I learned the hard way!’
Her laughter gave a small echo on that open plain. How he savored that beautiful sound. In observing her, he also learned to have her keep doing that; she needed to be distracted with other thoughts. That way she’d have no time to sink into her sadness.
‘What does Binny think of this place? I see no weeds, so I’m sure her obsessive cleaning has reached this place too’
‘You mean no one comes here?’
‘No, the forest path is right next to our farmhouse, almost on our land, so people automatically assume private property. Binny doesn’t come here, because you can only reached it on horseback. She’s been afraid of horses ever since one of them pulled her hair…’
She already stated that no one came to this place, so why not? If there ever was a time, okay maybe not time, because this very well might be the wrong one, but if there ever was a place to go for it… this was it.
‘I have heard every word you said, but I wasn’t listening to them… I was distracted by your mouth… your lips have got me hypnotized’
Marina froze visibly at his words. Her body’s physical reactions to him were not as one sided as they appeared.
‘I’ve been wanting to do this for quite some time now’ he said, slowly pulling her up by her arms; giving her the freedom to pull back should she want to. He shifted his gaze from her lips to her clear blue eyes holding them captive. Raven could swear they were a tad darker then he remembered. Taking care not to frighten her, he carefully leveled her face with his.
To be continued…
*ducks behind the sofa*