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Alex stirred beneath the covers, yawned and stretched his arms over his head. He froze when he opened his eyes and saw her standing over his bed.
"You are awake."
"You have a funny habit of stating the obvious." He pushed himself up to sit against the pillows and headboard of his bed, stared at her. "Where is she?"
"Kate is gone."
Alex's eyes widened. "You killed her?"
"Of course not. I released her."
Genesis gritted her teeth, the green-eyed monster holding her tongue. Why was he so concerned about where and how Kate Summer was? The woman had tried to kill him! True, she had been bedazzled and under the influence of Inanna or Sebitu enchantment at the time, but that was beside the point.
Finally, Genesis sighed then said, "She is home, asleep in her bed. When she awakes, she will have no memory of what happened."
"Lucky her. I wish I didn't remember what happened. Starting with my father's death."
Alex closed his eyes, the sooty lashes so long and thick they brushed his high cheekbones in a sensual stroke that made her heart somersault in her chest at how vulnerable he looked. Vulnerable, totally sexy, and very fuckable.
Genesis' pussy muscles clenched as if applauding in agreement. She saw his rich bronze complexion redden as if he had heard her thoughts and was blushing in response.
Had she slipped? Was she broadcasting? Lilith! Genesis felt heat rising to her face, signaling her own unusual blush. Where was this modesty coming from? She had had thousands of men in her lifetime, had killed at least that many. Shame and embarrassment did not customarily figure into her mentality.
True, she was worldly-wise andexperienced, but never had she been around a man who could read her thoughts as well as she could read his. Never had she been so exposed, so naked when not in the act of feeding and sex.
Was this why being around Alex made her bashful as a turkey at Thanksgiving? His ability to so effortlessly strip her when she least wanted to be stripped? His ability to make her feel ... powerless?
As if to anchor herself, regain some control, she reached out a hand to grab one of his and squeezed. "You will be fine."
"That remains to be seen." Alex opened his eyes to glance at her. "How long was I unconscious?"
"You lost a lot of blood. More than you realized."
"She hit a vein then?"
Genesis fidgeted, did not like where the conversation was going; was not ready to answer his questions. He might get curious about how he had healed so quickly, about ... "I believe so."
Alex held up his arm, inspecting the bandage, stark white against his darker skin.
Since she had rescued him from Kate Summer, she was able to read him much more clearly than before, as if saving him had bonded them in some way. Consequently, she felt his surprise at the lack of blood and pain, though his face remained neutral.
Genesis realized that this situation went both ways. If she could read him, then that meant he could probably read her too, hence that earlier blush.
"Want to tell me who and what you are?"
Genesis started as if coming out of a trance. "What I am?"
"I already know you're not quite human. But I'm wondering if there's an alien abduction or anal probe in my future."
She smiled at his ironic tone, except that probing his anus sounded like a delicious idea about now, more attractive than the inquest she knew he intended to conduct. She definitely would not mind more closely inspecting his butt, ready to admire it more up close and personal, feel the steely power of his ass cheeks in the palm of her hands when he pumped into her.
Genesis glanced at him, and noticed him blushing again.
"I don't know whether to be flattered or frightened."
"Perhaps a little bit of both," she blurted, sure now that he was reading her, and decided she had to be more careful with her shields around him.
"So, uh ... what do I call you?"
"My name is Genesis. I am Inanna."
Alex frowned. "What is an Inanna exactly?"
How could she tell him hers was a race of predators and his species was the prey? Genesis quickly blanked her mind to stop him receiving any of that. She could have taken the easy way out, she supposed, and let him see for himself, see the pictures of her past inveiglements and victims. But she would not be a coward, at least no more than she had been already in deserting Kalika when she had. She had come this far, had promised to tell him that his mother loved him.
And Genesis always kept her promises.
"You will not believe me."
"Lady, you disappeared before my eyes and turned into a hawk at my father's funeral. Then hours later you subdued my psycho ex in a blue ball of light. I think I'm more than open to any explanation you have to throw at me."
Genesis went to the foot of his bed and paced before it, pausing to stare at him and say, "It is difficult to explain."
Lilith, she would rather be doing anything in the world right now than this. Like stripping him of his briefs and slowly ravaging his body. She would start at his head, sliding her tongue into his unresisting mouth, tangling it with his, tasting his spicy flavor. Then she would move down his chin, plant her lips against the pulsing vein in his neck...
"You're doing it again, Genesis."
She jerked her eyes to his, saw the small grin, his slow murmur touching her core and teasing her clit with its sensuality. "I am sorry." She hurried to the overstuffed chair adjacent the bed, sat down and crossed her legs as if to strangle her misbehaving pussy into submission, stop it from throbbing with heat, so wet she thought she would float away on the tide of her cream. Genesis did not think she had ever wanted a man so much.
"I knew your mother," she blurted as if bringing up Kalika could stop her rampant desire. Not likely, but it had been worth a try for her to steer the conversation in another direction.
"In what capacity?" Alex asked now. "You can't be more than twenty-five."
"I am ... a bit more than that."
He tried to scan her, she felt him probing around the edges of her mind, pushing for entry, and backing off in frustration when he could not glean her thoughts.
Impatient, was he not?
"How much is a bit?"
"I am the equivalent of two-hundred human years."
Alex arched a brow. "Two-hundred?"
Genesis nodded, scratching the surface of his mind where his thoughts were clambering to make sense of her statement, how he instantly discounted her claim as preposterous. She heard all this, felt his frustration at his perception of being lied to. He was a man who dealt with logic after all, facts. Abstraction was not something he could deal with, not something he wanted to deal with despite his own illogical "gifts."
"Inanna have been around for centuries. We ... subsist on the uh ... energy of others."
"Energy that you obtain how?"
Lilith, he was going to make her say it out loud? "We extract it from humans during sex."
"Okay." Alex nodded, got out of bed, and took her by an arm to lead her to the bedroom door. "I think it's time for you to go back to the mental ward where you came from, lady."