My heart twisted into a painful knot.
No! I thrashed and someone slammed to a halt, tightening their grip on me.Tess. Stay with me. Please. Help is here. You’ll be fine soon. Q’s voice cut through the beetle-laden fog and I latched on to it.
Put her down. I can’t work if she’s in your arms.I felt sick and nauseous one second, then ravenous and ready to fight the next. The drugs faded, leaving me in a turmoil. My system couldn’t find an equilibrium no matter how hard it tried.Hold her down. She’s doing more damage by moving.
Something pinned my shoulders and I lashed out. Don’t touch me. Not again. Please not again. Tears erupted from my eyes and I sobbed, remembering the snaps of broken bones and blood of other girls beneath my nails. No! Please. I won’t do it anymore. I won’t hurt any more hummingbirds. I won’t. Kill me. I want to die. I coughed and coughed and coughed, unable to breathe past the thick liquid in my lungs. My fingers bent and I scratched my face, trying to peel the skin back to get at the gnawing bugs in my brain.A band of pressure landed on my chest as someone pressed me onto something soft. Fuck, I’m so sorry, Tess. Forgive me. Q’s tortured voice murmured in my ear as he caught my hand and I felt a needle puncture my skin.
He was just the same as them. Keeping me drugged. Keeping me dependent.
I drifted into dreamland cursing him to the depths of hell.Q frowned, impossibly making him more roguish and handsome. Tess…? How do you feel?
How did I feel? Amazing. Lusty. Powerful. Consumed.I stretched again, arching my back as water lapped around my body. I wanted to moan with how good I felt. I’d never been so warm or contended or horny.
My eyes snapped to Q’s. Him. I had to have him.You’re so beautiful, I murmured.