hadn’t bitten her neck the first time. Van had been close to it. He only needed a little encouragement.
If her neck was the most intimate and meaningful place that he could bite then she wanted him to bite there.
She slid her hands inside his jacket, capturing his waist. His lips coursed along her throat and she groaned when she felt his teeth again, scratching her flesh in the most tantalising and intoxicating way. She leaned her body into his, hungry to feel him against her.
His hands mirrored hers, grabbing her waist and holding her tight, as though he didn’t want her to escape his grasp. She wasn’t going anywhere.
“ Bridge to Commander Aeris,” a crackling voice said, so loud that it shocked her and she jumped.
Van continued to kiss her throat, his grip on her increasing to the point where it bordered on painful.
Amerii swallowed when his mouth closed around the scratch and he suckled her skin. He couldn’t be getting much blood from so tiny a wound. She gasped when he sucked harder, rocking his body against hers. He was going to leave a bruise. She’d had what her father had affectionately called ‘hickies’ before and she was heading for a new one now, and judging by the desperate way Van was sucking on her neck it was going to be black, ugly and highly noticeable.
She couldn’t go back to her ship with a mark like that on her neck. A bite she could probably hide, but she didn’t think her collar would reach high enough to cover all of this.
“ Bridge to Commander Aeris,” the voice said again.
Van released her neck and gave a deafening roar. She flinched away and he instantly pulled her to him, smoothing her hair in a clear effort to soothe her. His heart was thundering. She rested her head against his bare chest and listened to it and his heavy breathing. He was trying to regain control.
After long moments of silence, he said, “Commander Aeris to the bridge. Go ahead.”
“ Nebuz-Lyra VIII is requesting permission to continue to Varka Two.”
“ Sixteen point five nine point three. Designated time for departure to Varka Two approaching.”
Van released her and held her upper arms, his gaze lingering on her neck. Amerii touched it, caressing the point where he had been suckling. His gaze shifted between her eyes and her throat and he looked torn between doing his duty and continuing with her neck. He growled at the ceiling and she noticed that his teeth were longer than before. Her heart pounded. How close had he been to biting her?
She wanted to block his way when he walked away but couldn’t move. She kept still, watching him collect her jacket and boots and bringing them back to her. Her smile was weak and small when she took them.
“ Will you be alright?” he said in a low tone that betrayed his disappointment.
Seeing everything that she was feeling reflected in his eyes, she dropped her things. He frowned and she stepped up to him, wrapped her arms around his neck and kissed him. His hands instantly claimed her waist and a moment later, his body was against hers, his kiss stealing her breath. Their tongues touched, sending a jolt through her and drawing a moan from him. She tiptoed, slanting her head so she could deepen the kiss. Their tongues tangled again, a smooth warm caress that set her body alight with desire.
The intercom beeped.
She slowed the kiss and then stepped back, fighting to catch her breath. Her eyes met his dark red ones. They burned with hunger but showed no sign of bloodlust.
A smile curved her lips as they tingled from the kiss.
“ Now I’ll be alright,” she said.
Picking up her things, she dressed, her eyes only ever leaving Van for a few seconds at a time. He sat on the bed, watching her with that same intense look of need. A man had never looked at her with such intensity before. It made a blush touch her cheeks and she couldn’t help smiling.
He hadn’t given her the bite that she had wanted, but she