I thought I’d put up a snippet from my second Federation Chronicles book, RELENTLESS for today’s theme of dark moment – Roman and Abbie are not meant for one another. They both know it, knew it going in and now they have to face it for real.
FEDERATION CHRONICLES: RELENTLESS by LAUREN DANE
Copyright 2009, Lauren Dane
All Rights Reserved, The Berkley Publishing Group
He reached up to cup her neck, her eyes locked with his and she tried not to cry. Tears wouldn’t make a bit of difference.
When she came it was deep, rolling muscle contractions that made her limbs warm and heavy. His lips opened and he exhaled softly as she felt his cock jerk inside her.
Roman kissed the top of her head as she rolled from atop him and to the side. All he ever wanted was right there in his arms.
“You’re going to need to keep an eye on Saul. I’ve got people on him now to try and protect you but I can’t stop all of it. I can’t stop the gossip and I can’t stop the speculation. I wish I could.”
She sniffed her tears away though her eyes shone with them and he wanted to howl his misery.
“I know. I’ll talk to Daniel tomorrow. Today I guess. My father…I’m afraid he’s going to try to use this. I’ll do what I can to rein him in. I’ll have Tasha keep all communication between her and Marcus or Deimos’ assistant. I know we can’t associate.”
She sat up and he looked at her, beautiful and tousled from sex. He swallowed hard. “Abbie, my Family is talking marriage negotiations. Things are so bad in inter-Family relations, infighting, lesser Families fighting to try and shove Walker and Pela out of the way to take over. A marriage would stabilize things a bit. I, I’m sorry and I want you to know I wish to gods it wasn’t happening but it will be. I love you. I want you and if the â€˜Verse were different…”
A tear slid down her cheek, her bottom lip trembled and the cold, sweet splash of the tear fell on his belly. “But they aren’t. I knew you’d marry again. I’m not ready for it. I’m not ready to see you love anyone else. But I know it will happen.”
“Abbie,” he sat up and took her chin in his grasp, “I will never love anyone else. You mean everything to me. And if it was just me, I would walk away from it all. But it’s not. It’s my children and the entire Federated â€˜Verses in such an unstable time. I’ve made mistakes and we’re already on the verge of war. There will never be anyone else in my heart. You own it. Always.”
She licked her lips, the tears flowing now. “Go. It’s very late. I know you have to go and people will be watching you. I love you. Just know that, all right? Do what you have to.”
He got up and pulled his clothes back on. “Stay here. I don’t…I can’t take it if you walk me to the door.”
His last look at the woman he loved, the way he’d loved her most, was at that last moment before he turned and left the room. Her soft sobbing echoed in his ears all the way home.