Adam drove down the lonely stretch of road, heading home after his father’s funeral. Howard had fought a hard battle against the cancer that grew in his brain. He had lasted two years longer than what the doctors had given him so he could spend as much time with Ivy’s and Eric’s son who they had lovingly named Christopher Howard. The baby had brought him great joy in his time of suffering. Adam had moved one state over after talking with his father about getting a fresh start. He decided to give Luke full control of the ranch and be his advisor instead. He loved the ranch, but he needed a breather.
Hannah ran through the dark woods, covered in blood and dirt. After years of abuse she had finally summoned the courage to escape from that place. She had been there since she was sixteen. She had been victimized over and over, passed around by the guards while the scientists experimented on her. She had developed the ability to take over the minds of those around her and could heal at an incredibly fast rate. It was why the guards abused her and didn’t worry about leaving marks. When one of the guards had come in to hurt her again she had made him shoot himself. She ran out of the woods and into the road, headlights bloomed to her left and she froze.
Adam managed to slam on the breaks, getting the car down to ten miles an hour before it hit the woman in the road. She hit the ground and he was out of his truck in an instant and rushing to her side. She had blood all over her. He checked her pulse, relieved when he found one. He needed to get her to a hospital in case something was broken. He lifted her in his arms and put her in the passenger seat of his truck, buckling her in and running to the driver side. About fifteen minutes later she jerked awake, startling him.
“Thank god you’re okay.” He said with a shaky voice. “What were you doing in the road?”
“I was running. Where are you taking me?” She looked terrified of him.
“To the hospital.”
“No please don’t.”
“I have to, I just hit you with my truck.”
Tears swam in her grey-green eyes and she started to cry. “Please don’t make me go, please. I’ll do anything, just don’t take me.”
“Okay, just calm down. You can stay with me then and get a shower. I have some clothes you can wear and plenty of food.” He smiled as best as he could. “What’s your name?”
“I’m Adam, I’m so sorry I couldn’t stop. ” Hannah didn’t say anything more for the ride. Tears just poured from her face as she stared at her lap. Adam wished he could take her to the hospital but couldn’t bring himself to drag her there against her will. She seemed so broken and sad. He wondered why she’d be running at night. It was a question that could wait until she was calm and relaxed. When they made it to his house she followed him inside. She still looked absolutely terrified of him.
Adams heart was breaking with how terrible he felt. He unlocked the door and showed her where the shower was. “I’m going to cook somthing for us to eat. Take as much time as you want in the shower.” Hannah nodded and stepped into the bathroom. She was happy to take a shower without a perverted guard watching her. Hannah locked the door just incase Adam decided to walk in on her and try somthing. Adam just went to the kitchen and started making bacon and mushroom fettuccine.
He worried about Hannah in the shower but knew he would hear her fall if she did. When the plates were served he grabbed a tshirt and pajama pants and knocked on the bathroom door. “yes?” Hannah said with fear in her voice. “I forgot to leave clothes. I’m putting some right by the door that you can grab when you are done. I’ll be in the kitchen. I hope you like fettuccine.”
“Thank you” With that, he returned to the kitchen. He sat down and waited on her. He heard the bathroom door quickly open then shut so he knew she was coming soon. She walked into the kitchen and he asked her to sit and eat. She did and nervously took a bite. “This is good”
“Thank you, I live alone so my cooking has to be good” She tried to smile but didn’t quite form one. They finished their food and Adam spoke again “I don’t have a guest bedroom so you can have my bed and I’ll be on the couch. Don’t hesitate to wake me if you need anything atall. Nothings too small to wake me for if you need or want it.”
“I can’t take your bed”
“I can’t let a woman take the couch. Please sleep in my bed. I don’t mind the couch atall”
“As long as you’re sure.” He nodded. “Thank you for helping me. I’ll leave tomorrow. I don’t want to bring trouble your way.”
“You should stay here until you’re all better. You look like you haven’t slept in days and I honestly don’t mind the company.”
“Thank you, you’re very sweet.”
“I wasn’t always. I used to be a real piece of work.” He frowned at his words. “I’m just going to change and grab a blanket and pillow then you can rest. If anything happens and you can’t get to me, there’s a shotgun in my closet. It’s loaded so be careful.”
“Okay, thank you again.” He went into his room and changed into a pair of sweats. He was still in shock that he had nearly killed someone and a very beautiful woman at that. He didn’t need another reason to hate himself. He had tried to make amends where he could, but guilt still weighed heavy on his heart. Everyone had forgiven him even when he had not deserved it.
Hannah wandered around the house looking at the pictures hanging on the walls. She liked the ones of Adam smiling with who she presumed was his family. The older man standing behind him and a younger boy had Adam’s face. There were other photos of a man and a woman, about her age with a baby. She missed her family and wondered if they had given up looking for her. She felt tears spring to her eyes again and she had to look away from those pictures before she completely broke down.
“Are you alright?” Adam asked as he came back into the living room.
“Yes, I’m sorry.” She wiped at her face.
“Do you want to talk about it?” She shook her head. “Is it okay if I check your ribs before you go to bed? I want to make sure I didn’t break anything.”
Her heart hammered loudly in her chest and she suddenly felt her stomach knot. She was terrified of him touching her after what had happened. He was a lot bigger than she was and could easily overpower her. “I can’t.” She whispered.
“Please, just a quick once over.” She didn’t know if she could trust him with her secrets yet and he looked really sincere in his attempts to help her. She swallowed and nodded. He put his blanket and pillow on the couch and then slowly lifted her shirt. She watched his face as he ran his fingers gently over her ribs, looking for any signs of perverse enjoyment. There were none. He dropped her shirt and looked relieved. “There see, no harm done other than a couple of bruises, but they look like they’re disappearing fairly quickly. Maybe tomorrow we can talk more about what you were doing in the woods alone at night, covered in blood.”
“maybe” she said shyly looking at him. Hannah went to his room and Adam got on the couch. He hated how afraid she seemed. He guessed she must have actually been running from someone. He wouldn’t let anybody hurt her though. He’d keep her safe here as long as she needed. The long drive had worn him out so he fell asleep quickly. Hannah was up and down all night. Every noise startled her. She kept thinking she was back in her cell and a guard was coming to rape or beat her. She feared Adam too but it was minimal. He seemed so genuine and kind in everything he had done so far.
When morning woke Adam he went in the kitchen to cook breakfast. He didn’t know what she liked and didn’t like so he made a little of everything he knew how and set it on the table. She still wasn’t out so he went up and lightly tapped on the door. He heard her jump and catch a scream in her mouth. “I’m so sorry” he said wuickly then continued ‘I made you breakfast but I’ll never knock again, I’m so so sorry.” She jumped out of bed and answered “don’t be sorry, thank you for making breakfast. I’ll be down in just a minuet.’
“alright” Adam said still feeling bad. He should have left her alone. She looked really tired. He sat at the table hanging his head with sadness from scaring her. She came into the kitchen and sat down. “you made a lot for two people.”
“I didn’t know what you like or dislike so I just made everything I knew.”
“That was very sweet Adam. It isn’t your fault you scared me. I thought…I thought you were somone else..”
“Can we talk about it after breakfast?” Hannah shrugged “we’ll decide it then. I don’t want to force you. I just want to help you.”
“I can see that. I’ll try, as long as you don’t mind more tears.”
“I’d hate for you to cry but talking about things is always better than keeping it to yourself.”
Hannah ate so much her stomach hurt. She was never given real food at the compound. Adam just stared at her with a smile on his face and she averted her gaze, blushing a deep red. “Don’t be embarrassed, I eat like that too.” He said and she covered her face. He reached slowly over and pulled her hand away. “Please look at me.” She raised her head and his smile widened. “There you go. You’re way to beautiful to hide yourself.”
“I am not, I’m ugly and broken.” The words were out of her mouth before she could stop them.
“Why would you think that?”
“I was hurt a lot. When I was sixteen I was kidnapped by these men. They took me to a compound where they did things to me. I was…I was…” She started crying and he pulled her into a hug.
“You don’t have to talk if it hurts to much.” He said as he stroked her hair.
“I need to. I haven’t had anyone to talk to in a long time.” She wiped her face. “The guards raped me every day and I was experimented on. I was in pain every day, I was afraid to sleep. I finally got away last night.”
“You’re just like Ivy and Eric and my brother Luke.” She pulled back and looked up at him.
“You know someone like me?”
“Ivy controls electricity and is telekinetic, Eric can read minds and can heat up his body, and Luke is a fire starter. Ivy and Eric escaped a compound and then destroyed it after my brother was kidnapped. They work on my brother’s ranch.”
“So you don’t think I’m crazy?” He shook his head and she cried harder. She had been so afraid someone would have her locked up then they would come for her. “They’ll be coming for me. I should leave.”
“No, I’m not letting you go out there alone. I know how to use a gun. I’ll kill anyone who comes for you. Just stay here and rest. “I’ll call Ivy and Eric, they’ll know what to do.”
Adam left her to find his phone. He pulled it out of his jeans and found their number. He hit the call button and waited as it rang. Ivy answered, “Adam, is everything okay?”
“Sorry to call you guys while you’re working, but I need to talk to both of you.” He replied.
“Let me call Eric.” He heard a door open and then Ivy yell Eric’s name. A few minutes later he heard footsteps. “I’m going to put you on speaker phone.” She switched it over.
“Hey man, what’s up?” Eric asked, sounding winded.
“I uh kind of hit a woman with my truck last night.”
“Oh my is she okay?” Ivy asked.
“Yeah, she’s fine. The thing is…well…she’s like you guys. She escaped from a compound last night. I don’t know what her gifts are, but I needed to know what to do.” There was silence for a moment.
“First, find out what she can do. You need to know in case her gifts are like Ivy’s and can take out a whole city block if not directed properly. If you need us make sure to call and we’ll come right over. You remember the soldiers that came for us so keep a look out and don’t let her out of your sight.” Eric replied.
“Okay, thank you.”
“We’re serious Adam, call us if you need us.” Ivy said. “We don’t want either of you to get killed. I know you’re stubborn, but call.”
He walked back over to the once again crying Hannah. He picked her up and sat holding her on the couch. When she stopped he asked “do you want a drink or anything?”
“water please” He set her down and quickly fetched her a glass of water. She drank some then he asked “what can you do?”
“I can control peoples minds and heal quickly. It’s how I escaped. A guard was coming to hurt me again and I made him shoot himself.”
“Good, he deserved it” a slight smile showed on Hannahs face briefly. “Thank you so much. I’m glad others like me have escaped.”
“well you should really stay here. They are probably already hunting you like they did Ivy and Eric. I’ll keep you safe so you can relax. Tonight I’ll sleep on the floor by the bed if it’s ok. That way I can be close if sombody tries to get in my windows or somthing.”
“You’ve been so kind Adam, don’t sleep on the floor. I trust you to lay next to me and not hurt me.”
“are you sure? I don’t want you to be uncomfortable.”
“I’m sure, I think I’ll feel safer if you’re there.”
“Ok, we’ll share my bed tonight then and every night until I’m sure you’re safe. Then I can set you up a guest room. I’m sure you wont want to sleep with me forever.”
“Do you have to leave me for work?”
“No, my father just died so i have bereavement time for two weeks.”
“If you’re still scared I’ll take you to work with me when I have to go back.”
“thank you, I’m so sorry about your dad…I don’t know if my parents are still living…I doubt they are still looking for me.”
“How about after we know those goons aren’t hunting you we search for your mom and dad?”
“There are many ways and I have a lot of money. I’ll find them for you if they are still living” Hannah hugged Adam tightly “I can’t thank you enough. I’m glad you hit me with your car”
“I’m glad I met you so I can help but still not glad about hitting you.”
“It’s the only way you would’ve found me. I’d run out in that road all over again” Hannah said beginning to cry. Adam ran his hands down her haird and back while shushing her and trying his best to let her know everything would be ok. Hannah fell asleep from crying so hard and waking up so much the previous night. Adam just sat there, he didn’t want to risk waking Hannah by moving. He turned on the TV then made sure the volume was low. He found somthing to watch so he wouldn’t fall asleep and leave her unguarded from whoever may come. Nobody was taking her out of this house no matter what he had to do.
Hannah’s head filled with nightmarish images. She screamed and cried, begging the men to leave her alone or just kill her. She felt sick, her stomach twisting as bile rose in her throat. She woke screaming, strong arms held her close to a rock hard body. She pushed as hard as she could, not wanting to be hurt again. “Hannah wake up.” She blinked, bringing Adam’s face into focus. His lip was bleeding. She had hurt him.
“I’m so sorry.” She said, shaking.
“It’s okay, I’m fine.”
“Where are your rags?”
“Don’t worry about it, I’ll take care of it.” She shook her head and he sighed. “They’re in the closet at the end of the hall.”
She got off his lap and hurried down the hall, pulling a rag out of the closet and getting it damp in the bathroom sink. She went back to him, sitting on the couch next to him. He turned to face her and she grabbed his chin and gently wiped away the blood. “You’re lucky you woke me. I could have accidently used my power on you.”
“I’m not scared of your gifts. My brother almost sat our barn on fire.” He grabbed her hand and she dropped the rag. “I think that’s good enough.” He said with a half smile. She swallowed nervously and looked away. She didn’t know why she was so afraid of him. He had been so kind. He cupped her cheek, turning her face back to him. “Please don’t look away from me. I love your eyes.”
“Am I allowed to go outside?” She asked, trying to change the subject.
“We’ll go out tonight just to be safe.” He brushed his thumb over her cheek, marveling at how soft she was. He wanted to kiss away that haunted look off of her face, but didn’t want to make it worse. She had already been through so much.
“Is there something we can do around here until then?”
“I don’t really have much in the way of entertainment. I’m a single man in a house with to much room. It needs a woman’s touch honestly.”
She smiled excitedly. “Can I pick out some furniture and stuff for your house? I won’t go crazy.”
“Go as crazy as you like. My dad left me a lot of money. As you can see I haven’t used much of it.” He grabbed her hand and took her to the computer room. He switched on the computer and let her sit down.
“Will you stay here with me?”
“I’ll do anything for you.”
Adam enjoyed watching actual joy spread across her face as she talked to him about different things and furniture. He just would nod and smile. He’d be happy with anything she bought or did to his home. The only thing that made it a home atall were the pictures. It felt so lonely here but now she was brightening the place up. He wondered if she might stay, even as just his friend after they knew she was safe. He felt himself growing more attached to her than just a friend but he knew he could manage it. He definitely would never let himself be the ass he was with Ivy. Adam didn’t think he’d ever get over the shame of how he was then.
“I think I shoudl stop. I’ve done both your bathroom, your living room and even this room.”
“Why stop? Why not do my whole house?”
“you’d want that?”
“Yes” he said softly with a look in his eye that made Hannah look away. She didn’t know how to react to such a caring look after having such mean, evil eyes on her so long. He turned her face slowly again “I hate when you do that.”
“I’m sorry, you make me nervous with how you look at me.”
“I’ll try to stop, I’m sorry”
“No, it’s sweet…I’m just not used to being treated kindly”
“well you’re going to get used to it as long as you’re staying with me. I hope that’ll be a long time. I would love for you to stay even after we know you’re safe but I’ll understand if you want me to set you up in your own place.”
“I don’t want to leave”
“Good, lets have some lunch and then we can get back to you making this empty house into a home.”
“Can I help cook this time? I knew before I was kidnapped. I want to try”
“Sure, what can you make?”
“Homemade?” Hannah nodded “I’d love that. I think I have plenty to make it. If not we will just go to the store.” Hannah gave him a real smile that about knocked him down. He did have all they needed and she got to work. he helped when he could but she wanted to do it on her own. Hannah started going on again about ideas for the house. He could listen to that happy, beautiful voice forever. When the lasagna was in the oven they sat at the table talking until the timer went off and they could eat.
“Do you have anything to drink?” She asked.
“Let me check.” He looked in the refrigerator and frowned when he found nothing. “I need to run to the store.”
“You don’t have to do that.”
“Sure I do. Stay inside and don’t unlock the door for anyone.”
He threw on a shirt and sandals then grabbed his keys and wallet. He leaned in to kiss her on the cheek then pulled back when he realized what he was doing. He blinked in confusion then left. They weren’t together, they were barely even friends. He drove quickly away, worried he may have crossed a line. He went to the closest store, a farmers market. The cashier waved at him as he entered and he went back and grabbed a jug of milk and carton of orange juice. He took them up to the counter and was surprised when he saw a picture of Hannah taped to the top.
“Someone came in and said she was missing.” The woman behind the counter said.
“Really? I guess I should keep an eye out for her.” He replied.
“Oh I’m sure you will. She’s just your type, pretty and innocent.” He glared at her and she took an involuntary step back.
“I’ve only been on a couple of dates since I’ve been here and neither of them worked out.”
“Well you sure broke Megan’s heart. She thought you two were going to get married and have babies. Anyway, if you see this girl, the men who brought in her picture said to call the number underneath.”
He grabbed the milk and juice and left. He got home as quickly as possible, wanting to warn Hannah that her pursuers had made it into town. When he walked in the house the smell of lasagna hit his nose, making him instantly hungry. He locked the door behind him and went into the kitchen, putting the milk and juice in the fridge. Hannah was sitting in the living room watching TV.
“Hey, I need to talk to you about something.” He said as he sat down next to her.
“They found me already didn’t they?” She looked at him sadly.
“They just left your picture at the farmer’s market. They don’t know your exact location.”
“They will find out and then they’ll kill you. I don’t want you to be hurt because of me.” She started crying and he pulled her onto his lap.
“It’s okay.” He rocked her, his hand rubbing her arm soothingly. “I’m not afraid of those men. I’ve killed a few of them. I also have a lot of shame when it comes to them. I betrayed my family, Ivy and Eric once. I nearly got my father killed because of my selfishness. I have a lot to make up for.”
“Were you forgiven?” He nodded. “Then let it go. I’m sure they did.”
He suddenly laughed. “Here I am whining to you when you have been through much worse. I have a lot of regret. It kills me sometimes.”
“Don’t let it, whatever you’ve done in the past doesn’t matter as long as you atoned for it. Especially since you are such a good man now. I’m so happy you found me running”
“You ready to eat?”
“Yep” They sat down and ate their lunch “we need to get back to making this house a home.” Adam said as he stood. Hannah almost ran to the computer room. Adam knelt beside the computer chair “what room are we doing now?”
“Can I change your kitchen a bit?”
“Go right ahead, my house is your canvas.” Adam kept his eyes on the computer screen as much as he could. They kept glancing over to Hannahs face. When she got everything she thought his kitchen needed she said “Before I got kidnapped I liked to play card games and board games. Can we get some?”
“That sounds fun, I have regular playing cards but please buy anything else.”
“do you have any you like?”
“I’m happy to try anything” She searched through and bought more games than she intended “that’s too many”
“No we’re buying them all”
“are you sure”
“ok, once we order these can we watch TV together?” Adam completed the order then they went into the living room. “can we watch some sort of animal show?”
“How’s Animal Planet?”
“Great” Adam changed it to Animal Planet then the two just sat there. Hannah started talking about the show again. She couldn’t stop herself. It was amazing having sombody to talk to who cared about what she thought. He just took in every word, giving her a sweet smile. He still felt tense and was ready to run for his gun if needed though from earlier. They would come any day for her and he had to make sure they didn’t take her. He decided in the morning it might be best to call Ivy and Eric to help him. They were very good with their powers. He thought it might help Hannah to see Ivy and Eric having a happy peaceful life after their ordeal so that she’d know there was light ahead of all that darkness she was running from.
Hannah really enjoyed the way he looked at her. It made her blush uncontrollably. She was sure he noticed because a smile flitted across his lips. He looked at her like she was beautiful. She found herself staring into his eyes, unable to look away. “Yeah I know I can’t believe I look this good either.” He said and she immediately started laughing. “What a beautiful sound. I could listen to it all day.”
“Oh shut up, I bet you say that to all the ladies.”
“I’m not like that anymore.” He frowned and she moved closer, grabbing his face in her hands.
“I was just kidding, don’t look so upset. I don’t care about your past.” She brushed her thumbs over his skin.
“You have no idea how bad I want to kiss you.” He grabbed her hands and pulled them away. “I’m afraid it wouldn’t just stop there and you have only started to trust me. I don’t want to break that trust.”
“You still have to sleep next to me tonight. Are you going to be okay with that?”
“I hope so. If I find myself doing anything that makes you uncomfortable then I will sleep in my truck. I want you to like staying here.”
She sighed, hating her fear. “Can we go outside now?”
“Yes, of course. Some fresh air will be good for both of us.” He made sure he had his house key before they left. He took her hand and pulled her as close as he could. They walked all the way to the park so she could enjoy being free. Her smile warmed his heart and made butterfly wings brush his insides. He had to force himself to look away from her before he did something stupid.
“I really like it here. I wish I wasn’t scared the whole time. I keep looking over my shoulder expecting to see one of the men who hurt me. If they catch me they will keep me sedated for the rest of my life. The idea of not being able to fight back scares me.” She said softly.
“I won’t let them have you. Tomorrow I’m having Ivy and Eric come over. You’ll love them. They’ve been through a lot of what you went through, but Ivy wasn’t you know.” He replied.
“I’m glad she didn’t have to go through that. I would never wish it on anyone.” She wrapped her hands around his arm, suddenly feeling very exposed. “Can we go home?” He swung her into his arms and turned back around. “You don’t have to carry me.”
“Yes I do. You look tired and it’s faster.”
“Thank you” He smiled at Hannah making her cheeks turn red again. He found himself wishing she’d let him kiss her at sompoint. He’d keep himself under control until she was ready. She had been through too much for him to be selfsih and kiss her without her telling him first it was ok. When they got back he set her on her feet and locked the door then checked the windows. “Next thing we need to do is buy you clothes. I’ll ask Ivy to bring you somthing then when her and Eric are here we can all go to the mall. Would you be fine with that?”
“You’ll stay close to me?” Adam smiled “Yes, you’ll really like Ivy, Eric and their son Christopher. Chris is just a two year old and Eric is madly in love with Ivy so you wont have to fear them.”
“If you say so then I’ll try not to be too jumpy.”
“They’ll understand if you are.”
“Can we play cards until bed?”
“what do you know how to play?”
“well, I thought we coudl play war while you tell me more about yourself. I think I could trust you easier and be more relaxed if I knew more about you. Even the bad stuff because I can see how good you are now.”
“I will tell you everything you want to know. You just want me to just spill out my life story?” Hannah nodded “then let me get my cards and you’ll hear all about me until you’re bored.” Hannah smiled. He came back and they sat at the kitchen table. He shuffled then began talking as he delt out the cards. Hannah just listened closely to his each and every word. She really did want to know everything about him. She wished she had more to tell about herself than just horror stories.
“Damn you beat me again.” He said as he picked up the cards and reshuffled them.
“What’s your favorite color?” She asked as he dealt them again.
“I have multiple. I’m a winter color man, how about you?”
“I’m not a man at all.” He laughed and she grinned. “I like fall colors. I hope that’s okay since I used them when I was picking out everything.”
“I like whatever makes you happy.” They placed their cards down and she brushed his hand with hers. He looked at her for a moment as he grabbed the cards and then played the next one. Their cards came up the same and they laid out their cards.
“If I win then you have to kiss me like you wanted to.” She said as she flipped over her fourth card and sat it down. He flipped his over and they both looked down. He couldn’t help but feel a little upset that he had won.
“Damn.” He said out loud and she smiled. “I guess we go to bed.”
“You can still kiss me if you want to. I trust you.”
A thrill ran through him and he stood, pulling her to her feet and gently against him. He pressed one hand into her back while he tangled the fingers of his other one in her hair. “Are you sure?” She looked nervous, but said yes. He bent down, brushing his lips lightly over hers. When she didn’t pull away he deepened the kiss, his teeth tugging at her lip so she tentatively opened her mouth. She whimpered and he pulled back, apologizing.
“No, I’m sorry. I’m so torn. I get these flutters in my belly, but at the same time I start to panic.” She touched her lips, still feeling his there.
“Just give it some time.” His voice was husky with desire. She pulled him down into another kiss, her arms around his neck. Her heart beat out a fearful rhythm and she forced herself to ignore it. He would not hurt her. He had promised to protect her, felt deep regret for his past. He was a good man with a big heart. She found herself pulling at his sweats and he stopped her. “Trust me, you’re not ready for that. Don’t rush things.” He kissed her one more time then lifted her and carried her to bed. He lay her down then retrieved his shotgun and propped it against the wall. He climbed in after her and she rested her head on his chest.
“Thank you for being so good to me.” She whispered as she drifted off. He was too worried to sleep so he just held her and stared up at the ceiling, enjoying her soft breaths.
He started replaying their kiss in his head. He loved it so much. He had never felt like that kissing a woman before. He could easily fall madly in love with Hannah. Adam was happy she trusted him enough to sleep on his chest. Everything felt right with her there. He wanted her to sleep on his chest every night the rest of their lives. Even thought Adam was only laying there time went by quickly as he stayed awake to make sure Hannah was safe. Her every breath a comfort. When morning came Adam stretched and said good morning to Hannah. She smiled at him and said good morning. “Can I cook again?”
“sure, I loved that lasagna” She got up happily and Adam called Ivy and Eric. Ivy was more than happy to give Hannah some of her clothes and go shopping with the two of them. They would be there in a few hours. Adam ran downstairs to join Hannah. “They are on their way.” Hannah turned from what she was doing and met their lips softly. Adam smiled when Hannah pulled back “thank you”
“No, thank you for being so nice to me. Even stopping me when I went to take your pants off.”
“I care about you too much to let you do somthing you’d regret or you might get upset doing” Hannah smiled and went back to breakfast. Adam sat down, just admiring Hannahs every move. She was so breathtakingly beautiful, her skin and lips so soft, he began to wonder how it would feel to press his lips on the rest of Hannahs body but quickly reprimanded himself. She wouldn’t be ready for that for a long time
“I know you would be gentle with me and I could never regret you. I don’t know what came over me. Kissing you just felt amazing.” She turned red at her own words and focused on cooking. He stood wrapping his arms around her from behind and rested his chin on the top of her head.
“If I had been a weaker man, I would have taken you in an instant.” He buried his nose in her hair and inhaled her scent. “You smell absolutely delicious.” Goosebumps crawled up her arms. She didn’t know what to say to that. It made her feel good to hear him say things like that. Her heart did a little flip flop and she felt a smile tugging at her lips. “That wasn’t to forward was it?” He asked.
“No, it was perfect.”
She finished making breakfast and he grabbed two plates. She dished out the egg and sausage mix and handed him a tortilla. He took a bite and sighed happily. “You are not leaving ever.” He said and she laughed. She filled every corner with that wonderfully bright sound.
“I’m glad you like my food. I didn’t think it would be that good.”
“You make the best food.” He ate while she talked about how amazing his house was going to look when everything was delivered and she could start decorating. He finished his food then pointed out she had barely taken a bite. She blushed and quickly ate. He rinsed off the plates and they went to sit on the couch and watch TV. He lay down and rested his head in her lap. He was tired after not sleeping. She stroked her finger down his nose. His eyelids grew heavy and he finally drifted off.
Hannah smiled down at him, studying his face more closely now that he wasn’t distracting her. He was incredibly handsome and very rugged looking. She loved his messy hair and thought that it needed a cut. She wasn’t sure if he kept it a little longer or if he had been to distracted by grief to worry about it. She hated that she was taking away from his grieving time. She stroked his shadowed jaw, her fingers moving lightly over his skin to keep from waking him. She was letting herself fall in love with him and was doing nothing to stop it. She slipped her hand under his shirt and rubbed her fingers over his chest then lower to his abdomen to trace his happy trail. He grabbed her hand his eyes flying open.
“Sorry, I wasn’t going to do anything.” She wished he wasn’t laying on her. She felt trapped and embarrassed.
She was blood red and and very startled by him grabbing her like that. “I’m sorry, I’m sorry” she said her tone gaining height as she freaked out more. He got up quickly “calm down, you don’t need to be sorry”
“I do, I shouldn’t have been running my fingers along your body. You’re so handsome. I’m sorry”
“I know I’m irresistible. It’s alright.” he went to hug her and she flinched. A frown tugged at his lips “Please calm down.” he said sadly. “You obviously need sleep. Go to your room adn I’ll stay here”
“I can sleep here or just stay awake. Everythings ok.” She shook her head and began to cry with all her conflicting emotions. She wanted him and found herself already falling in love with him but she was still scared. Now she had egg all over her face. Hannah wasn’t sure how to feel about anything. Adam now felt bad he stopped her. If he would’ve left Hannah alone she wouldn’t be like this. They’d still be having the best morning of his life. He could’ve just kept still but when she got that low he got afraid again she’d regret it.
Adam tried to hug her again and this time she about leaped into his arms. “Please don’t cry Hannah”
“I love you” slipped out of her mouth when she meant to say sorry. Adams heart fluttered “I love you too Hannah. Very much. It’s why I stopped you last night and I stopped you now.”
“You really love me?” she said looking at him with her tear soaked eyes. “yes, and I’d love you to live here with me. I think we should wait awhile before we have sex but I want to be your boyfriend and help you get over everything you went through. Will you let me?” She nodded into his neck as she cried again. Adam sat down on the couch, just holding and soothing Hannah.
He wanted her more than he could say. Her hand moving over him had felt like a dream. “I want to get you used to being touched by me first. Kissing is one thing, but actually having my hands on you is another.” He brushed stray tears off her face.
“We could try a little before your friends get here.” She wanted to be better for him, braver.
“You have to be willing to trust me completely.”
“I do, I know you won’t hurt me.” He carried her into his room and lay her down. Her breathing had already become rapid. He sat down next to her and pulled off her shirt and sweats.
“All you have to do is tell me to stop and I will. Don’t feel ashamed.” He traced his fingers slowly over her abdomen and she gasped. He watched her face for any signs of discomfort. He moved slowly up, his fingers brushing her nipples and then going back down. His hand moved down past her belly button and she whimpered. “Do you want me to stop?” She shook her head and he moved around to her hip. She let out a sigh of relief. “Turn over, let me rub your back.” She flipped over, seeming to relax more now that she wasn’t so exposed. He massaged her back, leaned in and kissed her shoulder. “See what I mean about taking it slow?”
“Yes, I understand.” She sounded so sad and he kissed his way slowly up her spine.
“I want you to be absolutely comfortable with me touching you everywhere. There are a lot of things you have to be comfortable with before we have sex. I know your body wants me, but your mind is not ready.”
“What about you? What if you become frustrated with me?”
“I won’t, I promise. Besides there are ways I can take care of that.”
“Can I touch you too or would that be to much?” He laughed and she looked up at him.
“Sorry, I’m having a hard time deciding of that would be good or bad.” He said, trying not to smile.
“It might help. I’ll be in control. I’ve never had control of anyone or anything.”
“Then you can if you want. You can stop at anytime and I’ll finish myself.” She nodded and Adam took off his pants. “Please stop if you’re uncomfortable. I won’t get upset I promise” Adam grabbed a shirt that he could go into. “I’ll tell you when I’m about to release. Just let me go so it wont get on you.” Hannah nodded, she was in a full blush at the sight of his erect penis. She grabbed him and began moving her hand up and down. Adam began to breath heavier once she got a steady motion going. He moaned deeply.
Adam being so pleased made her happy. She was actually enjoying doing this for him. “I’m about to go Hannah.” he said when he felt himself heading towards the edge. She let go and he grabbed the shirt letting himself flow into it. He put the shirt on the floor and hugged Hannah. “I’m glad I was good at that” Hannah said softly “Thank you. Are you sure that wasn’t too much for you.”
“I enjoyed it, we can try letting you touch me again tonight when your friends are sleeping.”
“ok, we’ll try as much or as little as you want. Do you want to cuddle with me until they get here?”
“Sure, lets go into the living room together.” Adam smiled happily and got off the bed. He guessed she felt more comfortable in the living room than being in his room with him. They put clothes on then settled themselves on the couch. Adam handed Hannah the remote so she could decide what she wanted to see. He would have her make as much of the choices as possible so she’d get comfortable in her new freedom.
A couple of hours later there was a light rapping on the door and Adam got up, checking out the peephole before opening the door. Ivy hugged him tightly with little Christopher. Eric hugged him too and he moved aside to let them in. Hannah stood, hands behind her back and head ducked. She looked like a little lost orphan. Adam moved to her side and took her hand in his. “It’s okay Hannah.” He said warmly and she looked up at them.
“Hey Hannah, I’m Ivy and this is my son Christopher. This wonderful man next to me is Eric.” Eric was frowning, horror dancing in his eyes. He pulled Hannah into his arms, holding back his tears.
“I’m so sorry.” He whispered and her eyes widened when she realized that he had seen her thoughts. He let her go and backed up. “Those monsters are going to pay.” His eyes blazed with fury and sorrow.
“Calm down love.” Ivy said and Eric took a deep breath. “We want to help keep you safe Hannah. Eric and I have not been bothered in awhile so they shouldn’t be looking for us. Eric will scan the thoughts of everyone we can get to.”
“I don’t know if I can get you back to the compound. It was dark when Adam hit me with his truck.” She said it so calmly and Adam looked so shame faced that neither Ivy or Eric could stop themselves from laughing.
“It’s not like I was trying to hit her.” He said under his breath. Hannah squeezed his hand and smiled up at him. He couldn’t be irritated with her standing there looking innocent and sweet.
“Don’t worry about taking us back. We’ll find someone who knows, trust us.” Ivy said with a smile. “Oh I almost forgot. Can you go out and get the clothes we brought?” Eric left and quickly came back with a plastic bag. He handed it to her and she thanked them.
“Why don’t you go get dressed then we can go to the mall.” Adam said and she disappeared into his room.
“Well you look happy.” Ivy said and he smiled happily.
“I am, she’s amazing. I’ll let Eric tell you what happened to her while you’re out. I don’t think I can tell the story.”
“We understand.” Eric said and squeezed his shoulder. “We’ll be back for dinner.”
“Thank you, both of you.” He hugged them again and then they left to get to work. They would have more time to talk later.
Hannah came back out nervously. “do you like how I look?’
“always” Adam said with a smile. “I can’t wait for you to pick out your own clothes. I’ll go change and we can leave” Adam went to his room quickly to put on clothes to go out in. When Adam came out he grabbed Hannahs hand then they walked to the car where he opened the car door for her. She smiled as he got in. “what?”
“You’re just so sweet” he smiled back and pulled out of his driveway. When they made it to the mall Hannah felt nervous. “I forgot how many people are at the mall.”
“we could try somwhere smaller. I just thought you’d have plenty of selection here.”
“Just don’t let go of my hand please.”
“I wouldn’t want to” Adam said bringing her hand to his mouth so he could give it a comforting kiss. They walked inside and went in store after store. She’d take things she liked in the dressing room then show off for Adam. He made it so fun, she forgot there were even other people around. Every outfit he’d tell her how beautiful she looked. He made Hannah blush almost every time. Their last stop was Rue 21. “I love these clothes” she said excitedly. “good, get everything you want.” Hannah hugged Adam “Thank you so much”
“Just thank me by being happy” Hannah kissed Adams cheek then looked around at the clothes. They put her bags in his car then started for home. Adam hoped Ivy and Eric found somthing today. He wanted to know Hannah was out of harms way. Adam looked over at her and she seemed really happy. “I’m glad you had so much fun”
“You made me forget anybody else was even at the mall.”
“When things are settled down would you like to pick a new wardrobe for me?”
“sure” she said with excitement creeping into her tone.
Ivy and Eric arrived a few minutes after they did. Eric didn’t look happy. Adam carried the clothes inside while everyone else sat down. He came out of the bedroom and sat down next to Hannah. “So did you find anything?” He asked.
“We found plenty. I was scanning thoughts outside the farmer’s market when I came across a man with memories of doing things to Hannah. I almost threw up. They have a compound six miles from where you hit her. The cashier at the market told him about your reaction to her picture. I don’t know when they’ll be coming here unfortunately. I rented a room for Ivy and Christopher since her focus must be on our child. I’m going to stay here and erect a psychic barrier around the house that should warn people away.” Eric said, barely containing his anger.
“Good plan.” Adam replied.
“I’m sorry I have to stay out of this.” Ivy said a little sadly.
“Don’t be just take care of my nephew.”
“Alright, we should get out of here.” Ivy hugged and kissed Eric who hugged her back and kissed his son’s forehead.
“Be careful babe.” Ivy smiled and left.
“Why don’t you get him a blanket and pillow while I start dinner.” Adam said and kissed Hannah’s cheek. She nodded and he went into the kitchen, Eric following him.
“She’s been through a lot.” Eric said with a frown.
“I’m almost glad I hit her.” Adam defrosted some fish then preheated the oven. “She has a lot of fear, but I’m helping as much as I can. I really love her.”
“I know you do, I can see it.” Adam put the fish in a cake pan and seasoned it. He put it in the oven and grabbed a box of pasta and a can of green beans. He cooked and heated everything and called for Hannah when dinner was done. He made plates for everyone and they all sat down, chatting as they ate. Eric told her as much as he could about his life with Ivy. When they were done eating Eric told them to go to bed and he’d rinse the dishes. Adam carried her into the room, lowering her feet to the floor. Hannah pulled him into a kiss, tugging his t-shirt off. She let her hands move over his chest and down to his jeans.
“I need to be close to you.” She whispered and he helped her out of her clothes. Once they were naked he pushed her gently down onto the bed, slowly exploring her body. Her breathing increased, but she said nothing. He cupped her breasts, making her moan. He slid one hand lower, stopping just below her belly button.
“I’m just going to rub you first and if you’re okay with that I’ll do more.” He said softly.
“Okay.” He rubbed his fingers slowly against her and she gasped his name, her hands gripping his shoulders. She felt a dampness between her legs at his touch. “More, please.” He slid two fingers slowly inside her tight heat, his mouth sucking and biting at her breasts. Her soft moans and whimpers of pleasure were nearly his undoing. He was having a hard time fighting the urge to bury himself deep inside her.
Adam kept his control though. It was amazing she could even do this with him. Even if she said it was alright she could freak out once he was inside of her. Adam just enjoyed the sweet sounds of her pleasure as he became harder and harder until he was as erect and stone like as possible. He kissed Hannah when she began to orgasm which made him come even closer to losing control but how much he loved her kept him back. He parted their lips so she could breath once her tension was released. He wanted just to hold her but he had to relieve himself. When he grabbed himself Hannah said breathlessly “no let me please”
Hannah got up and gripped him tightly. “Will you kiss me while you do it Hannah?” Hannah locked their lips again before setting her hand at a fast pace. He moaned loudly into her mouth. A few times it made her smile. He grabbed a dirty shirt and she let go so he could pour into it. When he was wiped off he got under the covers with Hannah. “I love you” Adam whispered to her as he held her close to him. “I love you too. Maybe we can try you being inside of me tomorrow.” Adam was worried, it would break his heart if she started panicking while he was making love to her. “if you want to try we can. Lets just be very very slow about it. I will make love to you at a very slow pace to make sure you’re alright”
Hannah kissed Adam, she pulled back and looked deep into his eyes for awhile. “you have such pretty eyes Adam”
“Nothing compared to yours.” Hannah smiled placing another happy kiss on his lips. Hannah nuzzled up close to him and they slowly drifted off together. Eric could barely sleep, pictures of what Hannah had been through kept streaming through his thoughts. What they did to her was repulsive, those men couldn’t have any humanity in their hearts. If they had hearts atall. She was a strong woman to be put together as well as she was. He wanted to just break down and cry and he hadn’t been through those memories. Eric was grateful nobody ever did those things to Ivy.
Hannah woke feeling relaxed and well rested. She had never slept so well, not since being kidnapped. Every night had been filled with nightmares or staying awake so she could see her attackers coming. She stretched and Adam shifted in his sleep. She looked at him, smiling at his peaceful face. He had been so good to her, so understanding and gentle. She was going to let him sleep in this morning. He deserved it. She slipped out of bed, going into the bathroom and switching on the shower. She looked at herself in the mirror, not recognizing that smiling face. She stepped under the warm water, just letting it run over her.
Adam jerked awake, feeling like something was off. He turned back over and was surprised that Hannah wasn’t there. He sat up, feeling worried until he heard the shower going. He went into the bathroom and stepped in behind her, his eyes widening when he saw water sliding over her skin. He reached out and touched her and she jumped. “Sorry.” He said as she turned around.
“I didn’t hear you come in. I was in my own little world.” She wrapped her arms around his neck, pulling his head down to kiss him. “Someone is happy to see me.” She said as she moved against him.
“I can’t help it.” He slid his hands down to her bottom, holding her tightly against him.
“Can I wash you?”
“You can do whatever you want. You have all the power.”
Eric got up and called Ivy, wanting to make sure she and Christopher were okay. She let out a light contented sigh when she answered and he felt his heart beat pick up. He could hear his son giggling while she tickled him and talked at the same time. He had not slept well because he now shared Hannah’s nightmares and missed being next to his wife. She told them they were okay and loved him very much. He hung up and folded his blanket then decided he was going to make breakfast for Adam and Hannah.
Hannah slowly washed Adam, she just enjoyed the feel of his body. Adam was once again struggling. She looked so sexy with the water running down her body. He wanted to trace his tongue along every inch of her form, wanted to lift her up and thrust himself inside of her. He kept control by remembering her tears over the past. He couldn’t cause the girl he loved to cry by going too far too fast with her. When she finished he rinsed then asked “would you like me to wash you?”
“Please, we should wash eachother every morning” He kissed her “yes we should” Adam put body wash in his hands and scrubbed Hannah. He wanted to take his time but feared loseing control. She rinsed then the two got out. Hannah excitedly looked through her clothes. She wanted to wear everything. “I can’t decide Adam. I’ve never had such pretty clothes. My parents couldn’t afford a whole lot for me. Will you pick?”
“No, you should pick Hannah. I want you to make all your own choices so you’re comfortable with it. Take your time, nobody is rushing you” Hannah looked through all her clothing a few times and finally decided on jeans and a very comfortable, solid purple tshirt. She liked the way it was cut and thought it looked cute on her. They went downstairs and thanked Eric when they saw breakfast was waiting. “You’re my guest Eric.”
“I wanted to cook for you two. How’d you sleep Hannah?”
“Perfectly, Adam makes me feel so safe.” Eric smiled, he wanted to hug her again. Her memories were so horrible. Eric just sat down with Adam and Hannah. “How did you and Ivy escape?” Hannah asked “Ivy took a lot of abuse so they’d think she was weaker than she really was. Her security ended up not being half of what she needed so she escaped then freed me.”
“That was brave of her. I’m guessing you saw how I got myself free?”
“I did” Eric said sadly then added ‘you should have made that monster do a lot worse to himself”
“I just wanted it to stop. I wasn’t thinking of anything else but not letting him hurt me again” Eric and Adam were both speechless with sadness. Adam was glad he couldnt see peoples thoughts. He’d hate to see first hand what Hannah had been through. He didn’t know if he’d be able to handle it if he could. Adam felt a lot more respect for Eric. It took a strong mind and soul to see whats hiding in peoples heads.
“Am I allowed to go outside?” Hannah asked and the both looked at her funny. “What, did I say something wrong?”
“There is no allowed Hannah, you’re free to do as you wish.” Adam answered. “If you want to go somewhere just say so and we’ll take you, but you must stay close. That’s the only rule I will ever give you.”
“Can we go to the park?” Adam and Eric both nodded and they finished their breakfast. Adam grabbed his keys ans wallet then carried Hannah to his truck while Eric locked up. Eric climbed into the back and Adam pulled out of the driveway. Both he and Eric felt tense the whole ride and it didn’t help that Hannah practically jumped out of the passenger seat before he was completely stopped.
“Please don’t do that.” Adam said and she ducked her head. He had not meant to sound so upset. He tipped her head back and she looked at him sadly. “Please don’t cry, I’m not mad.”
“Sorry, I just like being outside.” She said softly.
“I know, but I don’t want you getting hurt.” He gave her a hug then took her hand and walked her down to the lake where a couple of people were fishing. They walked along the bank, Adam and Eric keeping an eye out so she could enjoy her freedom. He was worried someone would recognize her.
“We’re being watched.” Eric said, keeping his eyes straight ahead.
“Oh no, they’ve found me.” Hannah started shaking and Adam wrapped an arm around her shoulders, pulling her close.
“Don’t panic baby or they’ll know.” Adam kissed her cheek and they kept at a leisurely pace.
“There is a group of trees ahead. They’ll follow us inside. We’re going to hide in the trees until they pass us then we will run back to the truck.” Eric sounded very sure of himself. They made it to the trees and Adam lifted Hannah up into one then climbed up after her. Eric got in the one across from them and they waited. Ten minutes later three men in suits came into view. Hannah recognized them and had to cover her mouth to keep from screaming. She felt tears on her face and looked across at Eric who was also crying. Eric had to force her thoughts away. She was so scared that she was projecting them very loudly. The men went deeper into the woods and they dropped out of the trees, running as fast as they could to the truck. Adam drove as fast as he could to get her home. She was far to quiet, tears streamed down her face and she had a haunted look in her eyes. He wanted to kill those men. He touched her hand and she yelped, jerking it away like he had burned her.
“I’m sorry” Hannah said and cried harder. “Don’t be sorry Hannah” Adam said, letting a few of his own tears slip out. He was trying to be strong for Hannah but the way she looked right now was heartbreaking. When they got home Hannah couldn’t get to the door fast enough. Adam hurried and unlocked it. As soon as she could get in she bolted to Adams room. Eric came in with a deep frown. “The more I see the harder it is to bare. She has so much pain and horror in that head Adam. Those men are so cruel, so heartless. There aren’t words made to describe what horrible lowlifes they are”
“do you think I should go up? She seems scared of even me right now.”
“You could try, she’s not really scared of you. It’s the memories in her head. When you went to touch her” his voice broke and he cried as he saw her memories again. He wanted to wash them out of his brain forever. Adam went up the stairs slowly. When he reached his door he pushed it open and he saw Hannah curl up into a ball under the covers. “Hannah, it’s just me. Could I hold you or do anything else for you?” Hannah didn’t respond for awhile, she spoke in a shakey voice. “you can hold me.” Adam slowly walked over to the bed. He was afraid of scaring her again. He took off his shoes then wrapped his arms around Hannah slowly. She whimpered like he may hurt her so he asked again “are you sure you want me to hold you.”
“Yes, please don’t let them get me again.”
“Nobody will take you away from me. Eric and I wont let that happen Hannah. They will never hurt you again.” Adam spoke with a mix of anger and sadness. Hannah turned towards Adam, clinging to him like she might die if she didn’t. He held her back gently. Adam wanted to kiss her but was afraid it might scare her or bring back more bad memories.
“The scientists didn’t even care what the guards did to me as long as I stayed alive. They put me on birth control when they found out. They never told them to stop. I begged them to kill me. I fought every time in hopes that they would, but they just laughed. I should have made that monster kill me when I had the chance.”
“Stop it, stop talking like that. None of this is your fault. You didn’t deserve to be hurt, you don’t deserve these nightmares.” He wiped at her tears. “Let me love you and push away the darkness. I can protect you from everything evil in this world, I’m strong enough.” He tangled his fingers in her hair, his lips moving gently against hers.
Images of her abuse flashed in her head, but she forced herself to ignore them and enjoy being with him. She pulled at his shirt and he stopped her. “I want to be skin to skin.” She said softly.
“I don’t want you scared of me.” He replied.
“Please, I need you.” He couldn’t say no to the desperation in her voice. He pulled both of their clothes off, his hand moving over her. She moaned into his mouth when he pushed his hand between her legs. He had her gasping and begging, her legs shaking as he built her up. “Make love to me.” She said nervously.
He pulled back to look into her eyes. “Are you sure?” She nodded unable to speak. He moved onto his back and pulled her on top of him. “All you have to do is stop. You have complete control.” He lifted her and then lowered her slowly onto him. She gave an involuntary whimper and he paused, letting her get used to the invasion. “Just take your time baby.”
She took a deep breath, pushing down the panic. He flexed his hips, going deeper and she threw her head back with a loud cry. He lifted and lowered her slowly until she started to relax and enjoy. He laced his fingers through hers and let her ride him. She ran her nails over his chest, covering him in goosebumps. He sat up, kissing her and moaning into her mouth. He marveled at how amazing she felt, his heart thundering loudly in his ears. Her back arched, her nails digging into his shoulders as she orgasmed. He rolled her beneath him, moving in her slowly, bringing her over the edge again so she was panting. He found his own release, pressing his forehead against hers and whispering how much he loved her.
Adam held her close “I hope you enjoyed it more than it scared you Hannah.”
“I did, I didn’t know sex could be enjoyable. I hope one day i can make love to you without those horrible memories.”
“Me too, I’ll let you always ride me until we can have sex without you having flashbacks. I want you to be able to quickly just get off of me if you need to.”
“Thank you Adam” Hannah said and kissed him again “You are such a sweet man”
“You deserve to be treated like a queen Hannah. I promise nobody will hurt you again. Nobody will take you from me” They just laid in their room holding eachother. At lunch Eric decided to cook for them. He was sure they didn’t even realize it was lunch. He made grilled cheese and got out some chips. He set the food on the table and gently tapped the door. Eric heard her thoughts and felt bad at how much he startled her. Eric called inside “I made you two lunch.”
“Thanks Eric, we’ll be right there”
“lets get dressed and I’ll carry you to the kitchen. You can eat sitting in my lap if you want”
“Thanks, I want to stay as close to you as possible.”
“well I guess it works out well I want to keep you as close as possible” Hannah smiled and hugged Adam before putting her clothes on. When Adam was dressed he picked Hannah up and carried her to the table. He sat down with her than pulled her plate towards his. “Thank you Eric” Hannah said after she finished hers. “You’re very welcome”
“I’m sorry my head makes you so sad. I saw you crying before”
“It’s nothing for you to be sorry over. Those memories shouldn’t be in anybodies head. I’m so sorry that all happened to you Hannah. When they do come they will pay, it wont be what they deserve but I’ll sure as hell will make them pay.” Hannah pillowed her head on Adams shoulder as he quickly finished eating. “I wont be offended if the two of you want to go be alone upstairs.”
“No, lets watch tv so I dont think” Adam and Eric stood and went into the living room with Hannah. Adam sat on the love seat and leaned it back so Hannah was laying on him. Eric handed Hannah the remote and she flipped through until she found somthing interesting. Between the horrible memories and having sex with Adam Hannah was spent and fell asleep in about fifteen minuets. Adam looked down at Hannah sadly. Eric whispered “you should get Netflix Adam so she can have more choices. She’ll be able to read descriptions rather than guessing by whats playing if she’ll like it.”
“will you order it for me?”
“You’ll need a Roku box, I’ll order a box for you online. Until then you will only be able to watch from your computer.”
“that’s fine. Pay for overnight shipping if thats an option. My wallet is on the bedroom dresser.” Eric stood and left. Adam rubbed Hannahs arm and kissed her head. He pleaded silently in his head for her not to have any bad dreams while she rested. Eric purchased a Roku box quickly then purchased Netflix. When he was done he put Adams wallet back where he found it then went back in the living room. Adam was now sound asleep aswell.
Eric shook his head and had to smile at them. He found it a little amusing that the man he had once hated for being a pervert and a playboy had finally found someone to make him happy. Adam had not necessarily been a bad person back then, but he had not been happy. Him and Howard had fought like cats and dogs. He was glad that had changed, that Adam could have life with someone as sweet as Hannah. He grabbed a blanket and covered them then decided he was going to go and look for the men they had seen. If he could get his hands on at least one of them he could get real answers. It would be a preemptive strike. He borrowed on of Adam’s hoodies and pulled it on. He pulled the hood up and left the house. Since he and Adam were the same height and build maybe the men would think he was Adam.
He let his mind expand out, a satisfied grin touching his lips when he realized his plan had worked. They were following him which meant they had been watching the house. He lead them farther into town and into the park, heading for the trees. He bent down and picked up a nice sized stone, keeping it out of sight. He heard footsteps moving quickly toward him and spun around, smashing the stone into the face of one of the men. The other two looked shocked. He pulled his hood back, letting them see his face.
“This is not him.” One of them said.
“My name is none of your concern, but you are all going to die.” Eric spat and threw up a psychic barrier around them. One of them took a step toward him and started screaming, grabbing his head and falling on the ground. Eric lifted the first man into a fireman’s hold and left his friends inside the psychic bubble. It would go down once he was far enough away, but they wouldn’t know that. He carried the man back to Adam’s house, taking him into the guest bathroom and finding a roll of duct tape to bind and gag him with. Now he needed to let Adam know. He went into the living room and gently shook him.
“Is everything okay?” Adam asked, his voice startling Hannah awake.
“Sort of. I brought you back a present. He’s in the bathroom tied up.” Eric answered and Adam looked confused for a moment. Realization dawned and he lifted Hannah off of him.
“Stay here Hannah, you don’t want to see the person in the bathroom.” He stood and followed Eric into the bathroom, the man in the tub still unconscious. Adam turned on the cold water and switch on the shower. The man jerked awake, his eyes jumping between the faces of his captors. Adam ripped the tape off his mouth, wanting to make this interrogation as painful as he could. “So you’re one of the men hunting my Hannah.” Adam said coldly. “I also know about all the sick shit you did to her.” The man just glared at him. “I’m going to ask you some questions and it really doesn’t matter if you talk or not because I will still get what I want. Where is your compound?”
“Fuck you.” The man screamed, but Eric picked up the location from his thoughts anyway.
“What is the key code to the front door?” The man screamed again, but Eric still got the information. “Why are you experimenting on people and how many more compounds are there?”
With each question the man just cursed but Eric could pick out everything from his head. He may not have spoke the words but Adams questions triggered his mind to give Eric what they wanted. “You got everything Eric?” Adam asked. “yep, what do you want to do with him now?”
“what’re you talking about? I didn’t say a damn thing.”
“No you didn’t but Eric is an experiment from another lap that got away. He can hear your thoughts you sick piece of shit” The man had the audacity to laugh “Was it enjoyable to watch the fun i had with that girl?” If Adam hadn’t started beaten the sense out of their captive Eric would have. Eric had to drag Adam off before he went to jail for murder. “I know, I’d love to kill him too but if you’re in jail you can’t be with Hannah.”
“where do they find these guards?”
“anyone willing to stand around and let people experiment on others by force is demented already. I’m just glad the doctors at our compound didn’t allow the guards to do what was allowed to Hannah.”Eric and Adam shut the bathroom door as the exited. Hannah was still in the same spot Adam left her. “Only use the bathroom in my room ok?” Hannah had tears welling in her eyes. “don’t cry Hannah. We got all that we needed from him and we can stop them from hurting anybody else again.
“I want to see him.” She said, her voice a mix of anger and terror.
“Hannah, don’t.” Adam said as he pulled her to her feet and hugged her.
“Just let me, please. I need to.”
Adam sighed and took her to the bathroom. He opened the door and she stood there staring at the man who was covered in blood and soaked in cold water. Her eyes met his and she felt her stomach knot up, but she crossed the room anyway. She sat down on the edge of the tub and stared at him. “Look who’s helpless now.” She said, trying not to sound scared.
“You loved every minute bitch. I know you did.” He said, grinning maliciously.
“I have something for you.” She kept staring into his eyes, slipping into his mind. She leaned close, her mouth next to his ear. “Feel my pain.” She commanded softly. She pulled back and he started screaming, his eyes full of terror. Adam had to put another piece of tape over his mouth. He was shocked by the man’s reaction to her words. “Now you know, now you will never forget what you and your friends did to me.” She stood and ran to Adam’s bathroom, throwing up her lunch. She started crying and felt his hands pull her hair back. She flushed the toilet and rinsed her mouth out in the sink. He pulled her into a hug and she cried into his chest.
“You didn’t have to do that.” He said softly.
“Yes I did. I have to face them or I will never get better.” He pulled back and kissed her softly. He was proud of her for being so brave.
“Why don’t you go back to sleep while Eric and I find a way to get that asshole out of this house.”
He carried her into their room and lay her down. He kissed her again and left. He sat down in the living room with Eric. “We have to go to the compound and destroy it.” Adam said.
“We can go tonight when Hannah is sleeping. I think we should take that piece of shit in the bathroom back where I found him and leave him in the woods.” Eric replied. Adam agreed and they decided to get it over with. They carried him out to the truck and out him in the back then Adam gave Eric the keys, not wanting to leave Hannah alone yet. He went back inside and climbed in next to her.
“What were you talking about?” She asked.
“We’re going to the compound tonight.”
Her eyes widened in fear. “No, you can’t. I won’t let you.”
“We have to destroy that place.” He didn’t want to argue. She could hear it in his voice.
“Then I’m going too.”
“Hannah, your memories will be worse there.”
“I want to go. You said my life is my choice and I want to go.” Adam sighed. He really didn’t want her around the people who abused her but couldn’t fight with her when she put it like that. “You’ll stay right by me?”
“I promise, I wont have you go alone”
“well lets nap and get ready for tonight then. Eric will be back soon.” Hannah and Adam wrapped themselves in eachother. Hannah fell asleep but Adam couldn’t. He was very stressed about taking Hannah. He wished he could make her stay. He didn’t want to see horror on her face, didn’t want those perverts looking at her. He wished he had some sort of ability like Eric, Ivy and his brother. All he had was his strength to help with. Adam knew Eric was amazing with his skills so had faith between the two of them they could keep Hannah out of harm.
Eric would be fueled by his outrage at what he saw being done to Hannah in the guards heads and hers. Adam knew that would give Eric extra strength to kick all their asses and stop the torture of anybody who was at their mercy. Eric threw the man on the ground where he was found. He was still wailing from Hannahs command. Eric enjoyed his screams. “I’m glad she’s able to make you feel what you did to her. You and your friends are sick.I wish she could make all those men feel her pain. Just what I saw was unbearable.” Eric kicked him in the face hard then walked back to the truck.
He called Ivy, he needed her voice. “Hey sweetheart, how’re things?”
“We know where they had her and the locations of three more compounds we can shut down.”
“Oh good, you sound really distressed Eric”
“It’s so hard to see what Hannahs been through. I’ve never seen such horrors in my life.”
“I’m so sorry Eric”
“Don’t be sorry for me Ivy. That poor, sweet girl”
“I love you and I can’t wait for you to be home with the baby and I.”
“Me too, I love you very much. You keep our little man safe.”
“I will, bye sweetheart”
Hannah woke when Eric opened the front door. She sat up and rubbed her eyes. Adam sat up and hugged her. “Please stay.” He said and she shook her head.
“I can’t do that Adam.” She pulled back and stared into his eyes. “I’m sorry.”
“You don’t have to apologize. I just want you safe, physically and mentally.”
“I know, but I can help stop them. I can use my power to make them see and feel what they have done.”
He sighed and got out of bed grabbing his boots and pulling them on. She tugged her tennis shoes on and he grabbed the shotgun. “I love you Hannah.” He said as he made sure there was a round in the chamber.
“I love you too.” They met Eric at the door and went out to the truck. Adam sat in the back so Eric could drive. He pulled out of the drive and sped off, finding the hidden access road from the man’s thoughts. He pulled off to the side of the road a mile from the compound and switched off the ignition. They got out and started up the road on foot. Hannah held onto one of Adam’s belt loops, starting to shake. The building loomed up before them, guards patrolled the front. Hannah focused on them, taking control of their minds and telling them to go away. They walked off into the woods and they snuck down to the front door. Eric punched in the key code and they slipped inside. The smell of antiseptic hit her nose and she felt sick. Eric didn’t seem fazed by it. A camera swiveled towards them and an alarm went off.
Adam started moving down the hall. A guard game around the corner and he shot him. Eric directed him as he picked out the thoughts of the men in the building. Hannah wanted to scream when she saw their faces, her mind filling with images of what they had done to her. Eric grabbed one of them by the throat and beat him unconscious then took his handgun and continued on. Hannah covered her ears, shaking so hard she didn’t think she would be able to stay on her feet. She heard a bullet whiz past her head and looked up at the man at the end of the hall. It was him, the instigator, the Lieutenant. He fired at Adam and Eric who hid behind a wall. She just stood there staring at him in shock. She heard his voice in her head telling her they were going to have fun as he used his radio to call for his buddies to join him. Her eyes met his and she forced herself into his mind. She wanted him to feel everything she had, her agony, her self loathing, her pain. She sent the command into his mind and his mouth dropped open in a silent scream. He gripped his head, collapsing to the floor. The sound that came from his throat sent a chill up her spine.
“Hannah.” Adam grabbed her hand and her eyes jumped to his face.
“He started it all. He had them hold me down and take turns while he watched. He’s more of a monster than any of them.” She whispered.
“Do you want me to kill him?” Eric asked frostily.
“No, let him suffer. There is an armory on the other side of the building with high explosives. We should also check for other victims.”
“Okay baby, stay close.”
Eric wanted badly to go back and rip that man apart. He couldn’t stand to be breathing the same air as him but he’d respect Hannahs wishes. What he saw in each mans head since he had been there only enraged him rather than make him sad like before. They walked into a side of the building Hannah hadn’t been to before and Eric picked up thoughts of two more very frightened girls. Their heads were filled with similar memories that Hannah had. Eric thought he might burst with how pissed he was. Hannah walked into the first girls cell and she started screaming when she saw Adam and Eric “No no, it’s okay. Adam and Eric wont hurt you I promise. I’m from here too and they helped me. Come with us and we’ll get you out. We’re going to destroy this building so it can’t be used again.”
Hannah grabbed the shaking, half dressed girl. Her clothes were ripped up and she wouldn’t stand anywhere near Adam and Eric. Hannah got the other girl too. They searched the rest of the building not finding anymore people. They started their way to the armory to blow this hell up. They’d simply start using it again if it were still standing. The second girl Hannah got seemed more at ease than the first. Eric realized she could read thoughts too and knew Adam and Eric had no perverse or cruel intent for them.
Adam couldn’t believe they were doing this to multiple girls. He hoped there weren’t too many more in their other compounds. Adam was further impressed with Hannah. She was walking tall for someone who had been through such horrors. She was even offering comfort to the girl who was still shaking and looking over her shoulder at Adam and Eric like they might attack at any moment.
Eric rigged the explosives as they moved through the building while Adam kept a look out for more guards. “Alright lets get out of here.” Eric said and they ran from the building, getting as far away as possible before Eric blew the building with a remote detonator. Debris flew into the air and they ran down the road to the truck. Adam and Eric sat up front while Hannah sat in the back with the girls. She comforted them as best as she could. Adam drove them to the hospital and Eric helped them out. Hannah went with them into the hospital, lying about what happened and making the nurse believe her. She told the girls they were safe now and that they would be back to check on them in the morning.
Hannah hurried back out with Eric close behind. Eric jumped in the back so Hannah could be close to Adam. He asked Adam to take him to the hotel so he could be with Ivy and Christopher. He missed his family, missed being with his wife. He almost fell out of the bed of the truck he jumped out so fast. Adam and Hannah laughed and Eric told them to call if anything happened before running upstairs and knocking on the room door.
Adam drove home, wanting to be close to Hannah. Seeing her in that place had sickened him. Every time his eyes settled on a table or one of those girls his stomach turned and he wanted to puke. When they pulled into the driveway he grabbed her and held her close to him. He felt like crying. He got out and went around to her side of the truck and lifted her out. He carried her inside and into the bedroom, his lips finding hers as he lay her down. He pulled at her clothes, his hands sliding over her soft skin.
“Can I taste you?” He asked huskily.
“Yes, please.” She gasped.
He kissed and licked his way down her, nibbling and biting until he was at her thighs. He pushed her legs apart, his mouth covering her. He slid his tongue in and out, making circles. Her fingers tangled in his hair and she cried out. He licked his way back up her body, stopping at her breasts to tease her nipples into hard peaks. “Can I do the same for you?” She asked shyly.
“As long as you’re sure.” She nodded and he stood so she could sit up. She grasped him, leaning slowly forward and letting her tongue slide around his tip. He moaned and she licked him again then enveloped him in her mouth. He gripped her hair, his hips giving an involuntary thrust. She gagged and pulled back. He apologized and she pulled him down on top of her, looking up at him nervously. “You can be on top.” He wanted her to be comfortable, not like she was being pinned down.
“I want to try it this way.” She whispered, her voice breaking a little. She wrapped her legs around him and he stared into her eyes as he pushed himself slowly in. She looked up at him with so much love and need it had him shaking. He thrust a little harder and she gripped his arms. He saw her swallow, terror trying to fight its way into her eyes. He lifted her, pressing her against the wall so she wasn’t feeling held down. The terror disappeared and he kissed her, lifting and lowering her slowly. Tears slid down her cheeks as she orgasmed. He spilled himself in her, his cry filling her mouth. He lowered her to the bed and lay next to her, pulling her into his arms. “I failed didn’t I?”
“No baby, it’s going to take time. Especially with what happened tonight. You’ll get there.” He said and kissed the top of her head. “Tomorrow the stuff your ordered should be here then we have to check on those girls and after that I have to locate your parents.”
They fell asleep wrapped happily in eachother. When morning came Hannah startled Adam by jumping up quickly. “what, is somthing wrong Hannah?”
“I want to hurry and eat so we’ll be ready when our stuff gets here!” Adam smiled “Can we shower first?”
“Yeah, you do smell pretty horrible” Hannah smiled and Adam laughed. They went into the bathroom and cleaned themselves before going downstairs and making omelettes together. Hannah felt so much relief knowing that place was destroyed and every one of those sick, horrible men were dead. She hated their were two other girls there, that two other people were their victims the whole time. She wondered why she never saw them, why they got to be together but she was always alone. Hannah just hoped that they would also find wonderful men like Adam to help them through the pain and be patient as they learn to actually enjoy sex.
“we need to buy stuff for cinnamon buns.”
“I don’t even remember what those taste like.”
“Then we definitely have to get them” Adam said then gave her a kiss on the cheek. Hannah flew out of her chair when the doorbell rang. Adam chuckled and went to the door with her. He signed for the stuff and they brought it in. This shipment was the stuff for the computer room and bathroom. Adam put the correct boxes in the correct rooms then helped Hannah do what she wanted. The doorbell rang again and he guessed this was the stuff she got for the kitchen. He ran down and signed for everything then they set the boxs in the kitchen for them to work with later.
The two stayed busy right into lunch. Adam loved seeing how happy Hannah was. “why don’t we grab somthing at a fast food place then go check on those girls?”
“Yeah, they’ll probably be happy to see a familiar face. Just keep back from Gabby. She’s afraid of you unlike Samantha. Samantha can read your mind so knows you aren’t a threat but Gabby can’t”
“I understand” They got ready and drove to Burger King. Hannah had a hard time deciding, they had so many new things since she had been kidnapped. “I’m sorry” she whispered and Adam said “Don’t be sorry, take all the time you need.” Hannah finally settled on somthing then Adam payed. There were only two things he ever got here so it wasn’t a hard choice. When they were done Adam bought the two of them a milkshake then they headed to the hospital.
Hanna asked the receptionist what floor Gabby and Samantha were on and was directed to the third floor. She grabbed Adam’s hand when they got on the elevator, hating the small confines. She felt suffocated. Adam could see the fear creeping on and pulled her into his arms as they went up. It pinged and the doors slid open. Hannah couldn’t get off fast enough. They made their way to Gabby and Samantha who had been given the same room after Samantha had insisted that they stick together. Samantha smiled happily when she saw them, but Gabby looked away.
“I can wait outside.” Adam said, but Hannah kept ahold of his hand.
“It’s okay, Gabby can’t see what I see.” Samantha got out of bed and moved to Gabby’s side. “It’s okay Gabby, he won’t hurt you. Hannah was treated just like us, she has the same nightmares, but she’s in love with him. He’s not bad, a bit of a hot head though.”
Adam opened his mouth to say something, couldn’t think of anything witty so just closed it again. He was more than just a little bit of a hot head, he had a horrible temper unless he was with Hannah. He was glad she didn’t have to see him lose it on the security guard he had had in his bathroom. He would hate to see that look of fear on her face when her beautiful eyes settled on him. Hannah moved closer to the bed, keeping him behind her.
“How are you feeling Gabby?” Hannah asked warmly.
“I’m alright I guess. I woke up screaming last night. I want to leave this place. It reminds me of the compound. They tried to put an I.V. in and I nearly caused an earth quake. If Sam had not been with me I might have destroyed this building.” Gabby said quietly, her voice was soft and almost childlike.
“Gabby has the ability to control seismic activity. She can cause earthquakes or turn your brain to mush. She doesn’t have the best control over it when she is distressed, but she’ll get better.” Samantha held the other girl’s hand and smiled at her.
“May I ask why they kept you two together?”
“They liked to look on my face when they would hurt Gabby and knew there was nothing I could do to stop them. They also wanted to control us. They knew if we had someone we cared about that we would do as we were told. I could see in your friend Eric’s head that the guards where they were never touched his wife. I’m glad for that. No one deserves to be violated like we were.” She turned and hugged Hannah then Adam. “Thank you for saving us from that place.”
“If you would like, I can get you a place to stay for awhile and help you search for loved ones.” Adam offered and Samantha smiled up at him.
“We would appreciate that. We’ll pay you back when we can.”
“The only thing I want is your friendship. I don’t care about the money.” He held out his hand and she slipped hers in his, shaking it.
“Do you know if you two are alright to leave?”
“They haven’t told us.”
“we’ll ask a doctor when one comes by then.” Hannah said, hoping they could leave today. She didn’t like this place either. Would have hated to spend the night here. Every person with a white coat that walked by sent fear into her heart. “How old were you two when you were taken?”
“I was 11 and Gabby was 14. I’m not sure how old we are now. It’s been so many years of that hell.”
“Your parents will know.” Adam said sadly. “I hope we all still have parents”
“I’m sure they are still around’ Hannah said. Samantha smiled then a little while later a doctor came in “when can we take these girls home?”
“They seem to be ok, not very well nourished but ok. You ladies need to eat better and take some vitamins.”
“Ok” Samantha said and Adam made a note to get Hannah some vitamins too. “I’ll work on discharging you ladies with the promise you’ll take better care of yourselves.” Samantha nodded then the man left. “Oh good, we can leave.” Gabby said with a little bit of happiness in her deeply despairing tone. “we’ll wait here and then get you girls set up in this small house that’s for rent in town. It’s close to everything. You’ll have to stay with Hannah and I for a few days since I doubt they’ll let you move in straight away.”
“Thank you” Samantha said with a smile that showed great gratitude to the two.
A nurse came in and had them sign a couple of papers then told them told them they were free. They only had the clothes they had arrived in so they were provided sweats and a sweater. “Why don’t we stop and get you two some clothes on the way home.” Hannah said as they rode the elevator down.
“You don’t have to do that.” Samantha replied.
“You can’t run around in sweats every day.” Adam said and smiled warmly at them. “Just pick out a couple of outfits and then we’ll get you more when you’re ready to spend long hours in the mall.”
“Hey, do you think because we’re women we just spend hours looking at clothes?”
Adam looked down at Hannah then back to Samantha. “Yes.” Gabby started giggling and covered her mouth to muffle the sound. Hannah did the same as Gabby’s laughter became contagious. They were all laughing as they stepped off the elevator and headed out to the truck. Samantha climbed in the back, but Gabby seemed to be having trouble. “Let me help you.” Adam said and dropped the tailgate. He lifted Gabby and sat her on the tailgate and she slid the rest of the way in.
“Thank you so much.” Gabby said softly as Adam shut the tailgate. Hannah climbed in front with him and they drove to the mall. Hannah stood between the girls, holding their hands as she guided them to the different clothing stores. Adam bought them anything they liked. They kept telling him he didn’t have to, but he just smiled and waved it off. When they were done they took the girls home. There were a few small boxes on the porch and he and Hannah picked them up and took them inside. Hannah pulled open one of them, smiling when she saw one of her board games. Adam showed the girls that the couch pulled out so there would be plenty of room for both of them.
“I bet you two are starving.” Hannah said.
“I’ll make some fried rice babe, just visit with these two. After lunch we’ll start searching for your parents or any living relatives.”
Hannah pulled him down into a brief kiss and then let him go cook. She sat down and flipped on the TV, switching to the discovery channel to watch Shark Week. The girls seemed fascinated by the great whites. They chattered constantly about how amazingly powerful they were. The smell of food drifted into the living room, making their stomachs growl.
“That smells amazing.” Gabby said. “He’s a really good cook” Hannah answered. “How’d you meet him after you got out?” Gabby asked. “He hit me with his car on accident because I ran into the road. It was actually lucky, I’m glad he hit me or we wouldn’t have met.”
“Yeah, I guess it wasn’t bad because your used to pain like us.” Hannah nodded “well we wont be in pain any longer. Soon we’ll even have families” Gabby nodded. Adam felt a sad tug at his heart listening to them. He hoped he’d find the other girls family quickly. They should be around loved ones for comfort. He could only imagine how their families felt. Adam knew if his brother went missing he’d forever miss him until he was found again. He wanted to bring some peace to both girls and both their families. He especially wanted Hannah to have her family. He wondered how far away Hannahs lived or if she’d want to move to be near them if they were far.
Adam would follow Hannah anywhere, anywhere in the world she wanted him to go. All he cared about was keeping Hannah by his side. He needed her and he hadn’t even been with her a week. Adams hair got in his eyes again and he sighed. He really needed to get his hair trimmed but he was too depressed while his dad was dieing to get it done and now he had too much to do to get it done. Helping his love and those two girls was far more important anyway so he’d deal with the annoyance until life was settled.
Adam finished cooking and took out four plates, He divided up the meal evenly between them and set the plates on the table. He grabbed some silverware then filled glasses with water before calling them to eat. “awe, you ste the table and everything.” Adam smiled “Yep, now just enjoy your food girls” The four sat down then Gabby gave Adam a slight smile as her thank you. “Thank you” Samantha actually said out loud. Gabby thanked you too by the way”
“I could tell”
After they were done eating Samantha and Gabby said they were tired. They had not slept the entire time they were in the hospital. “What are your last names?” Adam asked.
“Oh, mine is Hudgens and Gabby’s is Perez.” Samantha answered with a smile. Adam picked Hannah up and carried her into the computer room. He lowered her to her feet and sat down, turning on the computer and opening one of the desk drawers. He pulled out a glasses case and opened it.
“You wear glasses?” Hannah asked.
“Only when I’m going to be sitting in front of the computer for a long time. They’re reading glasses.” He answered and slipped them on. Her lips twitched into a smile and he rolled his eyes. “And people wonder why I’m so lovable.”
“Oh honey, you look sexy.” She kissed him softly. “We’re you picked on in school?”
“Yeah and I broke some kids nose who took them from me. We were both football players too, but I had glasses. I stopped wearing them for a long time and had severe migraines.”
“I’m sorry, I was just playing. I’ll stop.” He pulled her into his lap and kissed her softly.
“I’m not mad. I love you. Now, why don’t you go relax while I get to work.”
“I want to stay right here and help you.” He smiled and brought up google chrome. He brought up missing person’s reports, typing in their names and filtering through them. Hannah pointed out pictures of two girls that looked like Samantha and Gabby. He pushed his hair out of his face as he read the reports, frowning. “Would you like me to cut your hair?” Hannah asked.
“It might be hard for you while I’m doing this.”
“It’ll be fine.” She kissed his cheek and went to get a towel and scissors. She came back and told him to take his shirt off. He did and threw it on the floor. She couldn’t help but stare at him for a moment and he chuckled. “Oh shush.” She put the towel around his shoulders and ran her fingers through his hair. She started snipping as he wrote down the contact information for Samantha’s and Gabby’s families.
“Hannah, what’s your last name?”
She laughed and then coughed. “Ericson. What’s your last name?”
“Leason.” He typed in Hannah’s name and was glad when he found her missing poster. She froze for a second, staring at her own face. She shook her head and finished cutting his hair. “I’ll call Samantha’s and Gabby’s families first then yours.”
“Okay babe.” She cleaned up the hair and took the towel to shake it out.
Adam got his phone and dialed Samanthas parents first. Her mother answered and cried loudly when he offered to give the phone to their daughter. They talked to Samantha for awhile then Samantha asked Adam what his adress was. He gave it to Samantha who gave it to her parents. “They say they will be here in half an hour” Samantha said hanging up and holding the phone out for Adam to take. “good, I’m glad they are close and this didn’t turn out to be a long term hunt for anybody.” Samantha nodded. She was both excited and nervous. Adam dialed the number for Gabby. This wasn’t a home number but a police departments number. Adam explained and asked to be given Gabbys parents number. The man wouldn’t do it though. He was worried this was another false claim since they were offering a reward. “I’ll let you talk to Gabby. Quiz her if you like. Hell I’ll fax you a picture of her.”
“Fax me a picture, if it’s really her she’s been through enpough without being quizzed.” The police offiver gave Adam the fax number then told him to call back after he sent it. Adam took a picture of Gabby on his cell which made her uncomfortable but she allowed it. He sent the picture and called back. The police man was shocked to see it was really his niece Gabby. Her father is on a business trip but give me your address and I’ll pick up her mother and come right over. Your area code tells me you’re close”
Adam gave the officer his address “That’s only a little over an hour. We’ll be there as fast as we can. We’ll write you a check for the reward money.”
“I don’t want money. I just want her back with her family”
“we’re coming” the cop hungup quickly. Now it was time to call Hannahs family. Hannah was by his side now. “you found their families?”
“yeah, I just need to call yours.” Hannah was nervous but said “well, please call”
Hannah felt like her heart was going to explode when her parents answered. She listened to Adam explaining who he was and then telling them that he had found their daughter. She was close enough that she heard the line get quiet. She grabbed the phone and held it up to her face. “Mom?” She said and she heard crying. “Mom, it’s Hannah.” The crying got harder and the phone was taken.
“Hannah?” It was her dad, sounding on the verge of tears.
“Yes daddy, it’s me.”
“Oh my god, Hannah. Where are you, are you okay?”
“I’m fine dad I promise. I’m in Anaconda, Montana. I know it’s a weird name.”
“Can you come and see us?” He asked, trying not to break down.
“I’m sure I can. Is Troy there?” She had missed her brother most of all and knew he would be blaming himself.
“Do you want to talk to him?” She said yes and heard her dad yell her brother’s name. She heard running footsteps and then he was on the phone. He was dead quiet.
“Hey big bro, how are you?” He started crying and apologizing. The day she had disappeared they had argued. He had hurt her feelings and she had run away in tears. She told him it was okay, that she didn’t blame him and that she would be visiting soon with Adam. She explained that she had to go help two other women who had been in the same situation, but she would call back. She finally got them off the phone and started crying. Adam wrapped his arms tightly around her, letting her cry against his chest. Samantha and Gabby got up and wrapped their arms around both of them. There was a knock on the door and Adam told them he would get it. He checked the peephole and saw and older couple standing there. He opened the door and smiled at them.
“Are you Adam?” The man asked.
“Yes sir.” He answered. “You must be Samantha’s parents. Please come in.”
They almost ran in. The two did run once they saw Samantha. They kept kissing her head as they hugged her “Oh baby, it’s been so long. We’re so glad you’re still alive.”
“I’m so happy to see you two again. I missed you so much” Samantha could barely talk through her tears. “can we take you home now?” Samantha nodded then broke from their hug to hug Adam and Hannah. “Thank you two so much for setting me free. Please keep in touch.”
“we will” The couple left with Hannah. Gabby nervously awaited her parents arrival. Hannah had an arm wrapped around the girl, rubbing her arm. A rapid knock came and Adam answered again “Gabbys mother had her hands on her mouth as tears streamed down at the sight of Gabby. Gabby ran to her mom and they hugged as tears poured. Her uncle joined in, crying aswell. “Thank you so much sir for finding my baby. Please let me pay you.”
“I don’t want payment. I have plenty of money”
“Maurice, give him our number incase he changes his mind”
“paper please?” Hannah grabbed paper from the printer then brought it into the kitchen. Maurice wrote down a number then they left with Gabby to go home. “you need to call your parents back baby.” Adam said as he held out the phone. Hannah dialed the number and got an answer before the first ring even finished “hey”
“Hey Troy, do you guys still live in the same house?”
“Good then I know where to find you.”
“when are you coming?”
“I’m not sure yet but I love you all so much”
“we love you too Hannah. I’m so sorry”
“No sorries Troy” Hannah went and sat on the couch talking to her family. They talked until Adams phone started to go dead. “Adams phone is dieing. I will charge it tonight and call you guys in the morning. I’ll use this time to figure out with him what we’re going to do. I love you all”
“we love you. Bye Hannah” Hannah started bawling again when she hungup. Adam took the phone and hooked it up to the computer to charge. He lifted Hannah in his arms then carried her upstairs to their room. Adam rubbed her back and whispered words of love. He now would buy a housephone so she’d have a phone that she could talk on as long as she liked.
Adam lay with her, massaging her neck and back and giving her kisses. She had been through so much and had come out alive. “Do you feel better now?” He asked and she nodded her head. “When would you like to go and see them?”
“As soon as possible.” She answered.
“How about we drive to Idaho the day after tomorrow?”
She raised her head to look into his eyes. “Are you sure?”
“Yes, I want you to be happy.” He brushed her hair behind her ear and wiped away her last tear. He pulled her on top of him and tangled his fingers in her hair, pulling her down into a kiss. His tongue dueled with hers and played over her teeth. She moaned into his mouth, her hands moving over his chest.
“Can we try with you on top again?” She asked and he became suddenly worried. She had made amazing progress, but he didn’t want to see that look of terror.
“Maybe we should wait.”
“I don’t want to wait.” She kissed her way down his chest and over his abdomen to the waist band of his jeans. She unhooked his belt and unbuttoned and unzipped his jeans. He was already rock hard. She pulled him free from his underwear and slid her hand gently up and down his length. She swirled her tongue around his tip and he moaned her name. She sucked on him and he tangled his fingers in her hair.
“You’re driving me crazy.” He whispered and she pulled back.
“Good and I’ll keep driving you crazy until you take me how you want to take me.” She licked him and he tried to pull her mouth back onto him. She shook her head and licked him again. “I need you Adam, wild and out of control. You have been so gentle with me, but I can see in your eyes that you want to be wild.”
“I don’t want you to be scared of me.” She blew warm air over him and he gasped. He would do anything for her and hoped she wouldn’t regret it later. He pulled her up and rolled her beneath him. He pulled her clothes off, impatient to be inside her. He took his jeans and boots off then pushed her legs wide and thrust into her. Her loud cry of pleasure was music to his ears. He stared into her eyes the entire time, making sure she was okay. He felt her quiver and clamp down on him, her body going limp as an orgasm tore through her. She was gasping for air, her entire body shaking. He sat back so she was in his lap and he kissed her as he found his own release. She rested her forehead against his shoulder, unable to speak.
“Are you okay?” He asked, holding her tightly to him. “Did I scare you?” He prepared for the worst, afraid she would start crying and that this experience would only make things worse for her.
“That was wonderful. I can barely breathe.” She gave a small laugh. “I can’t even lift my head. I bet that makes you feel like a real stud.” She laughed again then kissed his shoulder.
Adam kept his tight hold of Hannah. Relishing this moment and the fact she didn’t get scared or upset. “I love you so much Hannah”
“I love you too Adam. Thank you for being so considerate. You lasted a long time against me” Adam smiled “It would kill me if I was ever the reason you cried. I only want to see happiness in those beautiful eyes.”
“I can’t wait for you to meet my family Adam. I just can’t wait to see them again. They’ve been in so many of my thoughts. All the happy memories. I want to make more with you and them. I really wish they weren’t so far away.”
“we’ll move then, I can get a new job and live off the money I have until I find one.”
“Oh Adam, this is your home.”
“where you are and want to be is my home. We’ll house hunt while we’re there/”
“are you sure?”
“completely, I’m happy anywhere as long as I get to be with you Hannah.” Hannah kissed Adam “Thank you”
“Thank me with your happiness. I’m serious about you picking out new clothes for me.”
“I like different colors than you though.”
“precisely, I’m a man. I couldn’t care less what i wear. I want you to make my style your own. Go crazy, I want the change anyway.” Hannah smiled “we can do that after we’re settled in our new home. It’s funny that we shoudl move right after I decorate this place.”
“we’ll just move all the stuff there”
“Can we just cuddle in here for awhile?”
“You must be reading my mind Hannah.” Adam said as he laid down with her. They wrapped themselves in eachother just enjoying the warmth and love in one anothers embrace. “I can’t believe things have turned out so perfectly. I thought I’d die in that hell.”
“Well when you’re as awesome as I am.” Adam said unable to hold back the laugh. Hannah laughed right along with him. Silence fell upon the two when they stopped, they didn’t need words to enjoy eachother. All they needed was to be touching. Hannah felt like sleeping because she was so comfortable but couldn’t let herself. She didn’t want this incredibly happy moment to end. Adam was having the same problem. The stress of everything and the loss of his dad was taking a big toll on him. The only thing keeping him awake was not wanting to miss a single moment with Hannah. He wanted to be there for every smile, laugh and word she spoke to him.
Sunlight brightened the room and Hannah’s eyes finally drifted closed. Adam waited until she was completely relaxed before getting out of bed. He pulled on his jeans and quietly exited the room. He was tired, but his mind was so full of both terrible and exciting thoughts that he couldn’t fall asleep. He switched on the TV, not really caring what was on. He went into the kitchen and poured him a bowl of cereal. He wasn’t in the mood for cooking. He went and sat on the back porch, just staring off into space as he ate. He knew they might have a hard life ahead, that her nightmares would come and go. He would do his best to comfort and love her. He was going to buy her the nicest house with a lot of land so she could be free to walk around and have somewhere to run to if she needed some time alone. He could raise cattle like his father had, even hire a couple of ranch hands so he could still spend time with Hannah.
She was still asleep when he went back inside he rinsed out his bowl and went to her. She was the most beautiful sight he had ever seen. He brushed her hair out of her face and kissed her cheek. She gave a little moan then opened her eyes, smiling up at him. “I didn’t mean to wake you. Go back to sleep baby.” He brushed his fingers over her cheek.
“Sleep with me.” She pulled him down next to her and rested her head on his chest.
“I can’t sleep. I have to much going on in my head. I’m stressed, scared, and excited at the same time. I’m so exhausted, but I can’t find sleep.” She raised her head, looking deep into his eyes. He was drooping with exhaustion. She slipped into his head and leaned in to kiss him, giving him the command to sleep. She pulled back as he closed his eyes and his breathing evened out. She hoped he wouldn’t be mad at her for using her power on him. She just wanted him to be well rested before taking her to see her parents tomorrow. She kissed his cheek and went into the kitchen to eat something. She decided she wanted sausage and scrambled eggs. She cooked extra so Adam could have some when she woke him. She sat and watched cartoons while she ate, so glad she had a real life now.
When she was done she relaxed in bed by his side until around one thirty in the afternoon. Hannah knew if she let him sleep much later he wouldn’t rest tonight and would still be tired when they left for their trip to spite her efforts. Hannah kissed Adam until his eyes opened. “Morning handsome, before you wonder how you fell asleep I commanded your mind to so you wouldn’t be tired tomorrow. You looked so exhausted and you only couldn’t sleep because your mind was busy so I did. I hope you’re not mad. I’ll never do it again if you’re mad. I just wanted to help you”
“Thank you for helping me. I’m not mad Hannah. What time is it?”
“one thirty seven. I thought I should wake you so you could rest tonight for the drive.”
“I’ve never slept so hard. I may have to get you to do that when I really need good rest.” Hannah smiled then hugged him “want lunch? I saved you some extra sausage if you want it. You can snack while I make burgers.”
“sounds nice” Adam said as he leaned in to kiss her cheek. The two got dressed in clothes for the day then went into the kitchen. Adam sat down while Hannah got busy. “we’ll have to buy groceries when we get back”
“On our way or while we’re there i want to get you vitamins too. I bet your body’s malnourished like the other two girls.”
“Ok” Hannah said as she began cooking. After lunch Hannah pulled out Risk. “I hope you’re ready to get crushed. This was mine and Troys favorite game. Have you played”
“awe, I’ll go easy then and not smear your face too bad.” Adam laughed “Hey I won that one time I played”
“mmm I bet”
“I did” Adam retorted making Hannah laugh. Adam smiled and they began to play. Before they knew it there was a knock at the door. Adam got up to answer. It was Ivy and Eric “Just wanted to say bye before we went home. You two ok?”
“Yeah, we’re playing one of Hannahs games.”
“Good, I am going to research those other two facilities and then your brother and I are going to take care of them. I’m confident we can handle it and Hannah just needs to recover now.”
“Thanks so much”
“No need to thank me. Can I hug you Hannah?” Eric asked even though he had hugged her before. Hannah walked over to the door and hugged Ivy, Eric and their son. After their goodbyes Hannah and Adam resumed their game. Hours later Hannah won “you did well, I think you’re a liar when you say you’ve played once” Adam chuckled “I swear, only once. You did win after all”
“Not by much”
“You love me right?” Adam suddenly asked and Hannah’s eyes jumped to his face.
“Of course I do. Is everything okay?” She didn’t see any anger on his face and there was no doubt in his voice that he knew she did.
“I have something to give you. My mom told me to when the time was right. Just stay here.” He left and she wondered what was going on. Adam went into his closet and grabbed a wooden box sitting on the top shelf. He opened it. He pulled out the old silver ring. It had been his mother’s, his grandmother’s and his great grandmother’s. He put the box back and went back into the living room. Hannah looked scared.
“Did I do something wrong?” She asked.
“No, you did something right. You love me. He dropped down on the floor next to her and grabbed her hand. He slipped the old ring onto her finger. “Will you marry me?”
Her eyes widened in surprise and she felt a knot forming in her throat. “Say that again.”
“Will you marry me?”
Tears slid down her cheeks and she wrapped her arms around his neck. “Yes.” He held her tightly against him, feeling tears spilling over and sliding down his cheeks. He pulled back and kissed her and she smiled against his lips. “This should make my family happy.” She said and reached up to wipe away his tears.
“All that matters is that you’re happy.” He kissed her again and she giggled at how excited he was. “I wasn’t sure of you would say yes or not. I didn’t want to scare you away.”
“Adam, you could never scare me away. I want to be with you for the rest of my life. You have helped me through so much. I hope I won’t cause you to much heart ache. I’ll have nightmares sometimes and it may be hard to touch me afterwards.”
“I will be there for you I promise. The only thing that frustrates me is that I have no idea what you are going through and I can’t make it disappear completely. I love you Hannah, everything about you is special and amazing.” Hannah had never been so happy in her life. She looked down at the ring. It was obviously old, but in amazing condition. The word life was etched on both sides of the band. “My mom told me that my great grandpa had the word life etched in the band because he believed my GG was his life.” He said as if reading her mind.
“Yes, they died ten minutes apart. He couldn’t live without her just like I can’t live without you. I would gladly follow you.”
Hannah and Adam just hugged and kissed for awhile until Adam ran his hands through Hannahs hair and said “lets order Chinese so you don’t have to cook. I just want to cuddle with you and watch somthing” Hannah nodded “Adam pulled open a drawer of takeout menus then handed her one. She decided what she wanted then Adam called. When he hung up he said “I’m going to hook up the Roku box Eric had me order then we’ll pick something on Netflix.” Hannah nodded and followed him with the small box into the living room. Adam set it up and then let Hannah browse. She was a little overwhelemed with the selction but finally settled on a romantic comedy.
Hannah laid on Adams chest until the door bell rang. She got off of him so he could answer. She knew those people were gone but feared opening the door and being stolen away. Adam brought the food in the living room to eat so they could keep watching the movie. Once the food was gone and the take out dishes thrown away they decided to go to bed so they could leave early in the morning. “will you help me sleep again so I wont be tired for the long drive?” Hannah nodded and smiled. They went to the room and laid down together. Hannah kissed Adam and sent the command. Before his eyes went shut she said “I love you”
“I love you too” was his last words before rest found his mind. Hannah woke first in the morning and packed a suitcase for them. She decided she’d also make them breakfast before bothering her adorable fiance. She loved how he looked when he was sleeping. Hannah made scrambled eggs and toast then woke Adam. “I’ve packed and breakfast is ready” Hannah said cheerfully. “You didn’t have to do all that alone baby”
“I wanted you to sleep since you’ll be driving the whole way. I don’t know how to drive”
“Can I teach you after we’re settled in our new home?”
“I’d love that”
They ate quickly and Adam made sure everything was locked before they climbed into his truck and he pulled out of the drive way. It was an eight hour drive from their home to her family. She rested her hand on his knee as he drove, wanting to stay in contact with him. Her heart was already beating overly fast. She had so many worries about being reunited with her family. He grabbed her hand in his and stroked his thumb over her knuckles.
“Tell me what’s going through your head.” He said softly.
“I’m worried that they won’t like me anymore. I have a lot of issues and I don’t want them to look at me weird every time I visit.” She replied, her voice shaking.
“Why would they look at you weird?”
“Because I was raped. I don’t want them trying to get me into theray or pitying me.”
“If you don’t want a therapist then you don’t have to have one and I’m sure they will be so happy to see you that they won’t have time to look at you weird. If you plan on telling them what happened though I would leave out the psychic powers and scientific compound. I know you can make them believe you, but I would just water it down.”
“I know, I don’t want to put your friends and family in danger or Samantha and Gabby. I’ll just tell them I was kidnapped, bad things happened and I escaped then met you.” She smiled and another thought occurred to him.
“Please don’t tell them I hit you with my truck. The last thing I need is to beat up your dad and brother because they tried to kill me.” She laughed and he glanced at her. “What’s so funny?”
“Just the thought that my greatest love met me by running me over. How romantic.”
“I didn’t run you over, I just bumped you a bit.” She rested her head on his shoulder and he kissed the top of her head.
“I love you so much Adam.”
“I love you too.”
They drove for four hours and they finally had to pull into a rest stop to use the bathroom. Adam came out first and quickly bought two sodas and a two cinnamon rolls out of the vending machines. Hannah came out and he handed her what he got her and they sat in the grass and ate. He watched her, admiring her happy face. He felt blessed to have her in his life. He suddenly felt very sad as the thought of his father never meeting her entered his mind. He felt himself tear up and he quickly looked away from her so she wouldn’t see the sorrow in his eyes.
Hannah noticed the rapid head movement and grabbed his hand “Baby what’s wrong? Look at me.” He still kept facing away. “Please Adam” He turned his head and saw the tears streaming from his eyes. “Oh baby” Hannah hugged him “why are you crying?’
“I just hate that my dad will never get to meet you. He would’ve loved you.” Hannah just sat there holding Adam as he cried. Hannah wished she could drive so he wouldn’t have to. “we’re closer to your home than my parents, want to go home?”
“We’re closer to our home than your parents. We may be moving out of there soon but what is mine is already yours Hannah.”
“so you want to go home?”
“No, we’re going to see your parents. Just let me compose myself”
“Don’t rush Adam.” Hannah said rubbing his back. “I’m so sorry”
“Don’t be baby, I’ve cried many times since you met me. You just lost your dad, it’s amazing you can be so strong for me atall.” Adam gave her a slight smile then wiped his eyes. He kissed Hannah knowing it would help. He kept their lips connected until he felt better. He was still sad but knew he wouldn’t cry anymore. They got back in the car and Hannah put her head on Adams shoulder again “I really wish I could drive so you didn’t have to.”
“I like it this way. You wouldn’t have your head on my shoulder if you were driving”
“I love you Adam”
“I love you too Hannah” They talked about what kind of house they’d like, board games and plans for their future as they drove to Hannahs. Hannah wanted to know more about Adams dad but decided to wait until they were settled in their own place. She felt he probably needed more time to grieve before discussing him. Hours flew by then Hannah had to pee. “I’m sorry Adam”
“For being a human? I don’t care, I hope you told me as soon as you had to. Don’t hold it because you feel like it’ll bother me because I promise it wont. Besides it’s good to get out on long trips and move so you don’t get blood clots.” Hannah smiled “Thanks sweetie. Will you walk in with me?”
“Yeah, I should pee too while we’re here”
He finished first then waited patiently next to the door for Hannah. She came out and smiled at him. They were back in the truck and on the road again. Hannah became more nervous as they made it to her home town. She grabbed Adam’s hand and he gave her a reassuring squeeze. She directed him to her parents house and found herself staring at it as he came to a stop. It had not changed. “Are you ready?” He asked.
“No, I’m scared. I don’t know what I’m going to say or do.” Her voice shook and she felt close to tears.
“I’ll be right by your side the whole time.” He smiled at her, chasing away some of her fear. They got out and he grabbed her hand. The front door flew open and Troy came running, crossing the yard and pulling her into a tight hug.
“Hannah, it’s really you.” He said, his voice cracking as he squeezed her.
“Troy, you’re suffocating me.” She gasped and he let her go. He smiled and draped his arm over her shoulders, pulling her to their parents who were crying on the porch. Adam watched them hug their daughter, his heart warming at their joy. Hannah pulled away and grabbed his hand, tugging him close. “This is my fiancé Adam, he’s the one who found me.”
“Fiancé? I guess if anyone deserves to have our Hannah it’s the man who brought her back to us.” Her father said.
“Thank you sir.” Adam replied.
They all went inside and sat in the living room. They asked her so many questions and she was afraid to answer because she didn’t want Troy to feel worse. He told her he wanted to know too even if it was bad. “After our fight I went down to the park. I was crying and these two men came up to me. They were nice at first, but then I told them to go away. They snatched me up and threw me in a van. They kept me isolated and let their friends do things to me. I finally managed to escape and Adam found me on the road.” She left out the scientists and powers. They all started crying, especially Troy. “Troy please don’t blame yourself. I’m still alive and stronger than ever. I love you big brother, so much.” She hugged him and he cried into her shoulder.
“I never rested. I just kept looking.” He said as he clung to her. “Even when the police gave up and said you were dead, I kept going. Mom and dad never gave up. We knew you were still alive.”
“I knew you guys hadn’t. I always remembered how much you all loved me”
“I wish you lived closer.”
“Adam has already said that he’s happy to move here. We’re going to stay with you guys until we can find a place for ourselves.” Hannahs family cried harder. Adam was glad Hannah had such a loving family, she really deserved it. “No more tears, do we still have board games? I want to play like we used to do on family night.”
“we have them all. Keagan go grab one.” Hannahs mom Paula said. He brought some down and they began to play and talk about possible houses and how much they would visit. Before anybody realized it dinner was upon them. They all gathered in the kitchen to help cook so it would be faster. Really it just made it harder to cook but everybody wanted to stay near Hannah. Hannah went to get somthing out of the fridge when she noticed all the pictures of her with them all over it. Hannah was frozen thinking of all the happy memories. Most of these pictures were taken of times she clung to as the men hurt her. A few more tears ran down her cheeks. Adam was going to hug her but saw Troy move. Adam halted since he had already gotten time with her. “We filled the fridge with you. There hasn’t been a day we didn’t miss you in our lives Hannah. I’m so glad your fiance is moving here with you. Want to see your old room?”
“Yes.” Troy took her by the hand to lead her there. Adam followed but her parents stayed to tend to the food. Hannah gasped when Troy opened the door. Everything was just as she left it. Not a single thing altered in any way. “We knew we’d find you so we left your room untouched besides cleaning it.” Hannah hugged Troy “I love you”
“and we love you so much. I’m so glad we finally got you back” Hannah could barely believe how frozen in time her home was. All these years and nothing had changed. “do you have anyone Troy?”
“No, I really have spent all my time looking for you. I didn’t have time for girls.”
“What about Molly?”
“Left me because I didn’t give her enough of my time. Don’t worry about that though. I have time for girls now. What you went through is much worse than simply not having someone to love.”
“Thank you Troy”
“It’s my fault” Hannah interrupted him “it wasn’t your fault. You didn’t create those bad men. I shouldn’t have run off so don’t blame yourself”
“I missed that serious face, I’m sorry Hannah. I’ll stop blaming myself if I can”
“You better, for me”
He smiled looking like the brother she remembered. “I’m going to go back down and help mom and dad. Adam probably wants a tour of this girly little room anyway.” Troy said and Hannah punched him in the arm, making him laugh.
“Get out butt head before I put you in an arm bar.” She teased and he kissed her cheek before leaving her alone with Adam.
“He is right though, this room is pretty girly.” Adam said and she threw her pillow at him. He caught it and kicked the door closed then grabbed her and threw her on the bed. She yelped when he jumped on top of her and hit her with the pillow before tossing it aside and tickling her. “Throwing pillows at me huh? Well I guess I’ll just have to make you pee your pants.”
“No please don’t.” She was laughing so hard she barely managed to get the words out. He leaned down and kissed her, making her smile. She tangled her fingers in his hair, deepening the kiss. He pulled back, both of them breathless.
“I don’t think we should do that here.” He said in a whisper.
“Then we won’t be having sex for awhile depending on how long we stay here.”
“Damn, I didn’t think of that. I guess we’ll have to pick out a house fast then. I want lots of land for us to raise cattle like my dad used to do.”
She giggled. “Are you planning on hiring some help?”
“Yes, I want as much time with you as I can get. I have a lot of money, more than I’ve let on, so we’ll find the perfect house and of we can’t find it then we’ll have it built.”
“Really? You’re so amazing.” He leaned down and kissed her again. She slid her hands under his shirt, running her fingers lightly over his chest and around to his back. He moaned into into her mouth and pushed her legs apart so he could lay between them. He pushed himself against her so she could feel how hard he was through his jeans.
“You know how to make a man needy.” He said softly and brushed his fingers over her cheek.
“I love what I do to you, it makes me feel beautiful. We could be quick.”
“But very, very loud. Besides I want to take my time driving you absolutely mad with pleasure.” He kissed her nose. “Just let me get off of you and calm down then we can get back to your family. I’m sure they’ll want us to spend the night. I’ll make love to you when everyone is sleeping.”
Adam paced a little bit until it was down. Hannah smiled at him then they went back downstairs for dinner. They ate and talked like before then played a couple more games until it got really late and they all needed sleep. Paula, Troy and Keagan hugged both Hannah and Adam goodnight before they headed into Hannahs old room. When the door was shut Hannah sighed. “what is it?”
“I’m just happy. We need to see them a lot after we move out.”
“We’ll see your family as much as you want” Hannah smiled and got in her old bed with him. They waited until the house was silent then made love as quietly as possible. Adam couldn’t go as long as he wanted but didn’t mind. He had the rest of his life to make passionate love with Hannah once they moved out. When they both were done Adam held Hannah close “You better be picky when we’re house hunting. I want you to have precisely what you want. I’m serious about building you a house if we can’t find our perfect place. You deserve the house of your dreams.”
“Thank you so much Adam.”
“Thank you for being mine” When they both relaxed sleep overcame them quickly. Hannah and Adam went to sleep happy and excited over their future together. Hannahs family went to sleep finally at peace since they had their Hannah back. It would be the first night since she went missing they all got a full nights rest.
~ The End ~