Not much has gone right in twenty-two year old, Victoria's life in recent years. Losing her parents in a tragic accident meant leaving college to pay off their debts doing a job she hates. Life is mundane with a capital M. This all changes when she literally bumps into a sexy and mysterious stranger walking home from work one evening. Her instincts tell her to run as fast and as far from him as possible, but she can't. She doesn't know who or more importantly what he is, but she can't deny the desires his presence awakens within her as he introduces her to pleasures beyond her wildest dreams.
Victoria sighed as she walked out of the grocery store at which she worked as a cashier. She had just finished a tedious ten hour shift, her fifth and final for that week. Her feet were sore and the never-ending parade of rude and ignorant customers that had come through her line-up tonight had put her into a foul mood. It was a typical night at work.
At the age of twenty-two, her life couldn't be more mundane or depressing. She was alone and admittedly lonely. Her parents had both died in a car crash several years ago and she had no close relatives. As a result of her parents' death and their lack of life insurance, but abundance of debts, she’d been forced to quit college due to lack of funds. Her friends seemed to come and go, getting married, going away to college, moving for work...
However, for Victoria, life seemed to stand still. Even relationships with men seemed like a rarity nowadays. She'd read in a book - Dr. Phil perhaps, she couldn't quite remember - that you attracted positive people when you radiated positivity. For Victoria, positivity wasn't a strong suit, not after all of the sorrow she'd had to endure in recent years.
Her apartment was within walking distance, just a couple of blocks from the grocery store. Despite the time of day and the fact she lived in a not so desirable part of Jersey City, NJ, she still walked home each night. She told people she liked to walk for the exercise, and that was part of the reason she kept in such good shape. If the truth be known, it had more to do with the fact that she just couldn't afford a car right now. There seemed to be too many bills and not enough money to pay them.
There was a sudden loud, sharp bang off in the distance. A gunshot? It wouldn't be the first nor the last time she'd heard one go off in her neighborhood. She jumped quickly looking back over her shoulder in the direction of the noise, her eyes scanning the darkness behind her but she saw nothing out of the ordinary.
That was when she felt the impact!
She walked straight into what felt like a brick wall. She yelped as she was knocked off her feet and onto the pavement. “What the hell?” she muttered under her breath, as her rump hit the cement, sending a shot of pain through her backside.
Looking up she saw the reason for her tumble. He stood at close to 6’2, nearly a foot taller than her, with a powerful build. His dark hair fell to shoulder length and he had the most alluring blue eyes... She’d never seen anything quite like them before - mesmerizing. She was certain she could easily sit there basking in the power of his presence while staring deep into those eyes the entire night if she let herself. It took all her strength not to stare. However, it was close to a minute before she was able to pry her eyes from him and avert her gaze.
He was beautiful. She’d never before considered the word beautiful would suit a man, but it did for him.
Giving her a soft smile, he extended his hand to her, “I apologize, let me help you.”
She took his hand, which was soft, yet cold to the touch and he effortlessly pulled her to her feet. She allowed herself to fall against him and was greeted by the most erotic scent she’d ever smelled. He smelled sweet yet musky, it was intoxicating. Leaning in even closer to him, her mouth grazing the base of his neck she closed her eyes and took a deep breath in.
Mmmm, Oh God! I want this man!
A soft, nearly inaudible sigh escaped her lips and Victoria felt the juncture between her legs growing wet. What was it about this stranger? She wasn’t certain if it was seconds, minutes or hours that passed before she finally noticed she was standing in the middle of the sidewalk caressing him. Her palms were flattened against his chest, tracing the rigid lines of muscle beneath the tight black t-shirt he wore.
She came to her senses, froze and quickly stepped back, averting her gaze once more, looking anywhere but into those piercing blue eyes. She could feel her face redden from embarrassment. When she finally worked up the nerve to look up at him, she could see the amusement in his gaze as he regarded her inquisitively.
“No worries, Miss,” he simply stated as if knowing what she was feeling and why. She found herself caught up in his gaze again. It was as if he could see into her; into her heart, her soul, stirring up her desires. She found herself yearning to step forward again into his arms once more. Her body wanted him, demanded him. She was alarmed to realize that if he were to advance on her, she would gladly give herself to him. Then and there, for the world to see.
What's wrong with me?
A tiny voice in the back of her mind screamed its warning. Run! Now! The voice was right. Victoria knew she needed to get away from him and whatever influence he had over her. Immediately, before it was too late.
She listened to that voice.
"I'm sorry, I have to go," she muttered. While she still had the strength she quickly apologized, and brushed past him, taking care not to look back up into those hypnotic blue eyes. Making haste she scurried off down the sidewalk attempting to put as much distance between her and the stranger as possible. The stranger nodded, a slight smile still lingered on his face as he watched her rush off, the warm wind whipping her long blonde curls around her head as she went.
Victoria could feel his eyes on her as she walked, and it sent a rush of anticipation through her. She wanted him. Wanted him so badly her stomach was in knots and it scared her immensely. Before turning the corner onto her block she dared to look back, but the street behind her was empty. She didn't take the time to ponder it, but picked up her pace, nearly breaking into a run in an attempt to make it to the safety of her apartment as quickly as possible.