Monday, March 2, 2015
The Clock is Ticking
Hey Everyone! I hope you're finding your own share of magic and mystery in your life. There is so much going on in mine, along with a bit of madness, making the above promo all the more pertinent. A couple of things to remember:
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Now to amp up your interest in Genie and her supernatural shenanigans, here is another excerpt. Enjoy!
The men sitting in the gray Suburban weren’t trying very hard to avoid detection. One was drinking a beer and the other was munching on a bag of Funyons, his fingers tapping out the beat to a familiar rock anthem on the steering wheel along with the radio.
Genie paused outside the driver’s window, considering her next move.
She’d bolted from Reid’s loft the minute everyone left, eager to secure the building’s perimeter. Had he known her intention, he would have convinced her to stay inside.
She needed to do this, to contribute.
After learning the rules were simply guidelines, better broken at times, she’d hopped into Reid’s head and discovered his concern about his father sending “his goons” to spy. Refusing to dig any deeper, she’d decided she would find a way to ensure their privacy and safety. It was the least she could do.
Being the always obedient genie, she had never once manipulated minds, but she intended to give it her best shot tonight.
Envisioning herself as a quarter inch version of herself, she dove into the driver’s left ear. He shook his head, attempting to dislodge what he thought was a gnat.
So how do I do this? I’m sure climbing into their actual heads isn’t necessary.
Realizing the idiocy of her attempt, she exited out his nose.
He swiped frantically, spilling his chips. “I think I bug flew in my ear and out my nose.”
His partnered scoffed. “Are you stoned again? I told you to stop that shit. You get paranoid.”
“No! I’m not stoned.”
“Stop arguing! Both of you!” Genie projected her voice through the car’s speaker system.
“Who is that?” Beer drinker asked, sounding panicked.
The driver dropped his Funyon bag on the seat between them, fiddling with the radio’s controls.
“I have a message,” she proclaimed, making her voice boom through the vehicle. “Reid no longer lives here. He moved to India. Spread the word.”
Releasing a brain altering wave into their minds, she backed up her command with the magical equivalent of an insurance policy. If the first fix broke, she’d ensured the mental message would repeat until it stayed permanent. “Inform his father.”
They remained frozen for what had to be a minute or longer. The beer-drinking passenger responded first. “There’s no reason for us to be here. The kid moved. I think to India. We need to spread the word.”
Genie giggled. This was more fun than she’d expected.
The driver turned the key, starting the big SUV. “You’re right. What a waste of time.”
“Bye-e-e!” She waved as they pulled out and headed toward the city lights.
She spun, finding herself face-to-face with yet another unfamiliar jinn.
He extended his hand. “I need you to come with me.”
In the past she would have submitted. But now—fuck the rules. “I don’t think so.” She backed away.
Unexpected power hummed, starting at her toes and winding up her legs. By the time it reached her finger tips, blue sparks sizzled from her hands. Raising her palms, she zapped the newcomer, something she’d never done or witnessed before.
“I’m a priestess’ daughter,” she announced, pleased to see the jinn’s shocked expression as he somersaulted backwards and was swallowed by a spinning vortex that opened like a gaping maw in the atmosphere. The air wavered and then stilled. What sounded like a loud belch followed.
Scanning the area, she determined she was safe, for now, anyway.
She raised her hands, flipping them back and forth. The personal firework display was over. She’d almost expected to find her palms singed or a finger or two missing. Nothing was amiss, other than fact she’d just displayed abilities far beyond her power level.
Eager to tell Reid, she flashed to the penthouse. She found him pacing in front of the living room window.
“Fuck!” He took two extended strides and dragged her into his arms. “You need to stop doing that! You don’t understand…”
“Shsssh.” She pressed her mouth against his. “I’m sorry. I was only trying to help.”
He grasped her face between his hands, his gaze wild with worry and what she’d already come to recognize as lust. “I know you want to help. But, please. I just got you back. The thought of losing you all over again is more than I can deal with.”
His words set up home in her heart, wiping away any lingering doubt she had about his sincerity. “I’m sorry. I thought you’d stop me.”
He raised a brow. “Do I even want to know?”
She poured out the story. He listened with interest, waiting until she’d finished before asking a question.
“Why do you think it happened? The power surge?”
She sighed. “I don’t have a clue. My guess is it might have something to do with my mom’s priestess position. Since I’m her daughter, I may have inherited new abilities from her. I’m not sure how that would work, though.”
He brushed her cheek with his knuckles. “I appreciate you wanting to protect us, but next time, let me know before you blink into oblivion.”
“I will. I promise.” He had a right to know. They were together in all this now. Not as master and genie but as a couple. She shivered at the thought.
“Are you cold, baby?”
She shook her head. “Are we a couple?” She wanted to hear him say the words. More like needed to hear how he viewed their relationship.
He grinned. “Baby, we better be a fucking couple after all we’ve been through. Remember when I said I’d make you mine?”
She nodded, her womb clenching and her nipples hardening. When he talked about ‘making her his’ her body responded on some primal level, desperate for physical connection.
His nostrils flared. “Genie, are you turned on?”
“Uh…well…” Was it that obvious?
“You just released the most amazing scent. Vanilla, cinnamon, and something totally exotic that I don’t recognize. Spicy and sweet at the same time.”
Another genie or jinn could smell magical markers, pheromones, even strong emotions, but for a human, it should have been impossible. “That’s new, too,” she gulped. “I’m just full of surprises, aren’t I?”
“Good thing I love surprises. How would you like me to surprise you? I think we’ve talked enough, unless, of course, you have more you’d like to share.” He ran his hands over her shoulders and down her arms, goosebumps trailing where his hands brushed.
“Do you remember your safety words?” he said softly, his voice smooth.
She nodded, excitement bursting through her like the pyrotechnics that had flared from her hands. She couldn’t wait to see what he had in store for her.
“Come on, baby.” He lifted her, cradling her close.
She flung her arms around his neck, nuzzling his ear. She wondered if this was how it felt to be carried across the honeymoon-threshold.
The door to his bedroom was cracked. He kicked it open the rest of the way, and strode to the bed, where he tossed her on the soft mattress.
“Close your eyes, Genie,” he commanded, an edge to his voice. “Keep them closed and lay back.”
“Yes, Master,” she whispered.
He made a noise that sounded like a playful snarl. “You will do what I tell you to?”
“I will, Master,” she agreed, her anticipation increasing as he shuffled something under the bed.
Fighting the urge to peek, she kept her eyes squeezed shut.
After what felt like twenty minutes, but had been maybe two, he lifted her head and secured a thick scarf or sash over her eyes.
“Open your eyes. Tell me what you see.”
“What am I supposed to see?” She couldn’t see a thing.
Reid chuckled. “Oh, Genie.” He kissed her nose. “You’re not supposed to see beyond the blindfold.”
“I can’t. Everything is dark.”
“Exactly. That wasn’t so hard, was it?”
“No, Master.” She knew how much he liked her submission in the bedroom. She intended to let him have it, but she had a few ideas, too. Her new found power had provided the sexual confidence she’d always lacked.
When the time was right, she’d pounce.
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