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The Price of Discovery
By Jordanna Kay
Samhain Publishing, Ltd.Copyright © 2006 Jordanna Kay
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Chapter OneErin wiped her palms on Drakor's shirt and tested the door at the end of the hall. The room she snuck in earlier. It was unlocked! She slipped inside and quickly closed the door behind her, locking it.
This room too was darkened by the shadows of the moon. If only she could have gone home and gotten her flashlight. Now, she'd have to poke around in the dark. There had to be something in this massive bookshelf to her left. She already knew that nothing was on the other side of the room other than a bed. This must have been his parents' bedroom. It seemed creepy to be in here when they only died two days ago. But still she had work to do and she couldn't let anything stand in her way.
She went closer to the screen on the desk. It looked similar to a computer monitor, but much flatter and shinier. Erin reached out to touch it when a sound startled her from behind.
Had someone come in? She locked the door, she was sure of it.
Erin tried to ignore the galloping of her heart and slowly turned to face the dark corner of the room. She could see nothing against that shadowed wall but then a figure stepped forward.
"So this is the real Erin."
Her breath stilled but her heart jumped for an entirely different reason. Drakor.
But how did he get in here? Or was he in here all along? There was no sense in lying like she tried to with Brundor. Drakor knew what she did for a living and why she was here.
She folded her arms under her breasts, suddenly very aware of her bare legs and his scent on her collar. "And? What of it?"
He took another step forward and Erin had to muffle the intake of breath in her dry throat. The glow from the window lit up his bare chest, narrowed waist, and arms, casting shadows along the hard lines of his muscles. He wore a pair of shorts, unbuttoned but zipped, and nothing else.
Drakor leaned one hand against the shelves near her. "I never imagined you would use my sisters to get what you want."
Erin tilted her head, trying to not be tempted by the allure of his body.
He moved closer still and Erin backed up until her butt hit the edge of the desk. Drakor put an arm on either side of her head, blocking an escape.
Erin stared up at him, wanting to run from him but knowing she could not. Not when he was this close. Not when shivers coursed through her body in the anticipation of his next move. She licked her lips but couldn't control the deep yearning crashing through her blood. He held her spellbound, intoxicated by his raw sexuality.
Drakor leaned toward her face, stopping just inches from her lips. "You and I are playing this game, but only one of us can win."
Why couldn't she respond to him with some witty comment? One glance into those mysterious eyes made her heart skip a beat. His heady, masculine presence enveloped her so completely that all logical thought emptied from her brain.
Erin muttered something unintelligible and lifted her chin a little. Damn it, why didn't he kiss her?
A hot hand clamped down on her thigh and Erin gasped. Her pulse rocketed. She could see one corner of his lips curl as he slid a knee between her legs. "What do you hope to find, Erin?"
She tried to answer but her mouth was too dry to even swallow. If only he would kiss her ...
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