Chapter 13: Throw Back Thursday.
Emily slowly opened her eyes and felt her heart
soar when she saw Cullen lying sleeping beside her. She gently stroked
his hair away from his face and he stirred slightly but didn't waken.
wondered when he'd finally fallen asleep. She had woken up just after
one in the morning, needing a drink, and he had been awake, lying
watching her sleep. He had fetched her a glass of water and then had
gathered her back into his embrace, stroking her hair until she fell
Smiling, she slid quietly from the bed and went to
make herself a coffee, quietly closing the bedroom door behind her so as
not to disturb him. She looked at the clock and saw it was just after
Grabbing her coffee she sat down on the sofa and called Dorian.
"Hey, love," Dorian said cheerily. "When are you coming home? Alice and I are missing you so much."
"I'm home, Dorian. I got back last night," Emily said sipping her coffee.
take it you're coming into the office?" he asked. "It's safe. Cullen
hasn't shown up or called in yet. I think he might be having a 'duvet
"That's why I'm calling," she replied. "I won't be coming in today and neither will Cullen."
She heard Dorian suck in a sharp breath. "You mean?" he asked hopefully.
Dorian," Emily smiled. "He called last night and came round. We did a
lot of talking, or I should say, he talked and I listened. It was pretty
hard on Cullen. He's really been through the wringer and needs some
serious tender, loving care which is what I intend to give him today."
God for that!" Dorian said, his voice thick with relief. "I was getting
so worried, Emily. I really thought he was going to destroy himself.
Nothing Liam or I said seemed to get through to him. How did you finally
"It wasn't me, it was Elizabeth showing up that
cracked his shell. I can't believe that woman actually did us a favour,
though I'm sure that was not her intention."
"Liam said that
Cullen reacted strangely to her appearance," Dorian mused. "I didn't
think to ask him about it. I just thought it was the same old history
and feelings involved."
"I think it was the contrast between her
and myself that finally registered with him," Emily said. "It started
him thinking and sent him down a pretty painful path. He came out at the
right place though. That's all I care about. He's come home."
so glad, love," Dorian sighed. "You two were meant to be together. If
you couldn't make it then there would be no hope for the rest of us. Use
your own judgement, Emily. Take as much time as you both need. We can
manage fine without you. Don't bring Cullen back until he's fully
"I won't, Dorian," Emily said. "Talk soon."
hung up and then went to fix herself some breakfast. Nothing but pop
tarts in the cupboard, she groaned. Oh well, it would just have to do.
She could go shopping later.
She had just finished breakfast when
the bedroom door flew open and Cullen was standing there, his face still
sleepy. He relaxed when he saw her.
"I woke up alone and thought I had dreamt everything," he said quietly.
walked over to him and wrapped her arms around his waist. "No dream,
I'm still here," she smiled, kissing him lightly on the chest. "Come on,
back to bed. You didn't sleep enough last night. I've called Dorian and
told him you won't be in."
She pulled him down onto the bed beside her.
"I bet Dorian was surprised," Cullen smiled, pulling her against him so her head was resting on his chest.
"Extremely relieved was more like it," she said softly. "You had him and Liam really worried. Not to mention me."
"I was a total ass," he groaned, kissing the top of her head, unable to believe his good fortune at having her in his arms.
arguing with you there," Emily said teasingly. "But you're my total ass
and I'm pretty partial to you so I suppose that's all the matters."
leaned up so she could stare into his golden, brown eyes. She smoothed
the slight frown on his forehead with a gentle touch of her fingers.
more recriminations, Cullen," she told him softly. "Leave the past
where it belongs, in the past. Today, let's just get to know each other
again, my love."
She leaned forward and kissed him. She felt his
hands tighten around her and then he groaned softly and his mouth opened
under hers and she deepened the kiss, sliding her tongue erotically
"I want you, Cullen," she breathed huskily against his mouth. "Make love to me."
groaned loudly and tugged at her nightdress. It ripped in his hands and
he tore it from her body. "Emily," he groaned, his lips trailing fire
down her throat to her breasts. "I've dreamed of being with you like
this night after night. I've missed your sweet body so much."
His mouth found her nipple and he sucked it deep into his mouth as his fingers rolled her other nipple roughly.
moaned and thrust her breast up to his mouth, her fingers threading in
his thick hair to hold him to her. "Cullen," she moaned throatily. "I
need you so much."
She cried out as his mouth moved feverishly
over her skin until he was parting her thighs and his tongue was roughly
licking between her legs, tasting her as if he was starving. He drank
greedily of her sweet nectar, his fingers joining his questing mouth to
push deep inside her as he sucked her clit into his mouth, his tongue
laving the hard nub as he suckled.
Emily was frantic with need as
he tortured her with his hands and mouth, pushing her towards her orgasm
and then slowing down again, only to push her once more.
please," she moaned and this time he didn't stop. He lapped at her
roughly and thrust his fingers deep inside her, pushing her over the
precipice until she was crying out and shuddering beneath him as waves
of exquisite pleasure rolled over her.
Cullen moved up her body
until he was looming over her. He pushed his cock deep inside her. Her
hot, tight tunnel surrounded his aching hardness and he cried out in
pleasure as he was once more joined with the woman he loved. He
smothered her mouth with kisses as he began to move deep inside her,
taking her with long slow strokes.
He worshipped her with his
mouth and hands and body, trying to pour every ounce of the love he had
for her into that one sweet moment. His hands came to her hips and he
pulled her harder against his body as he thrust into her. He needed to
be deeper within her sweet body.
Emily gripped his shoulders hard
as Cullen took her with long, hard strokes. The ferocity of his
lovemaking was intoxicating. His body strained with need and she matched
him stroke for stroke as he pushed deep into her body.
groaned her name over and over as they moved against each other. The
intensity of their lovemaking had them panting hard. He ran his hands
over her sweat slickened skin, trying to touch her everywhere at once.
Emily moaned desperately. "Take me. Make me yours." She urged him on
with her hands and her cries and the desperate movements of her body
His control snapped and he was thrusting into her
hard and fast. Emily was crying out over and over as they took each
other desperately, needing the healing power of their physical love to
bind them together.
"Cullen!" Emily screamed as she came in a
torrent of white, hot pleasure, her body shaking wildly as she cried her
pleasure over and over.
Cullen roared his release, jerking
against her desperately as his bathed her insides with his hot sticky
seed. His body shook with the intensity of his pleasure and he had to
fight not to collapse completely on top of her.
He rolled onto his
side, taking her with him, their bodies still locked together.
Breathing raggedly, they lay there with their eyes closed, feeling the
aftershocks of their pleasure slowly start to subside.
"I love you," Cullen whispered, his shaky hand smoothing her tumbled curls back from her face.
"I love you," Emily whispered back, her trembling hand stroking against his sweat slickened chest.
felt him slip from her body and sighed softly. She moved closer to him
so she could kiss and lick his chest all over. "I'm not letting you out
of this bed all day," she growled laughingly.
"You'll have no arguments from me, wife," he laughed happily.
raised her head to look at him, her eyes glowing with love. "I may need
to amend that," she chuckled. "I'll need food at some point and the
cupboards are bare."
"Whatever you want, love," Cullen smiled. "I'm at your disposal."
"I like the sound of that," she laughed, stretching languidly against him.
smiling face turned serious, his gaze deep and intense. "When you drink
from the vial it will always be the case, Emily. You will be my
Princess and your every wish will be my command."
"I'm not drinking from the vial, Cullen," Emily said quietly, her face as sober as his.
"Why ever not?" he asked, his voice full of surprise.
only thing I want to be is your wife, Cullen," she sighed. "I don't
want power over you or anyone else. Alexander will just have to find
someone else to be his heir."
"It's you we need, love," Cullen
said after a moment's pause. "You were meant to come to us so that we
would remember our humanity. We need your generous loving heart, your
compassion and empathy and your unfailing ability to know the right
course of action to take. Don't let my petty jealousy and insecurity
stop you from doing what is right. Trust your instincts, love, as I do."
searched his eyes intently, trying to see any doubt in them. All she
saw was a deep love for her and a sincerity that he believed every word
of what he had just said.
"I'll not risk our happiness for
anything, Cullen," she said quietly. "If you have even the tiniest
fraction of doubt in your heart then tell me. We've suffered so much. I
will not let anything tear us apart again."
"I have no doubts,
love," he whispered. "You are my wife and soon you will be my Princess.
One day you will be my Queen and I glory at the honour of being at your
side throughout it all. This is why you came to me, Emily. This is why
you came to us. It is right."
"Oh, Cullen, I love you," she sighed
and kissed him gently. "I will need your love and guidance to help me
every step of the way."
"You'll have it, my Emily," he said softly. "Always."
She hugged him tight to her as her mind whirled at the enormity of the life in front of her.
"There is still the question of the change," Cullen said after a while. "Have you decided when it will be?"
you did it now I wouldn't have to get up and go buy food," Emily
chuckled. "I'm just kidding," she laughed harder when Cullen's head
snapped up in surprise.
"Soon, love," she said when she finally
stopped laughing. "I think a few more days of eating coconut macaroons
and drinking mochas is on the agenda first."
"Just tell me when it feels right, love," Cullen smiled. "You'll know the right time."
"Does it hurt?" Emily asked.
don't believe so," he answered. "I can't remember when it happened to
me but I have talked to others that remember their change. You simply go
to sleep and awaken changed. You usually sleep about the same amount of
time as you would for a normal night's rest. Nothing too traumatic."
"I will need to drink your blood, won't I? she asked.
love," Cullen said softly. "I must drink your blood until it is almost
gone and you are a hair's breadth away from death. Then I drip my blood
into your mouth until you gain sufficient strength to drink from me on
your own. Your body will know when it has had enough to complete the
change. You will go to sleep and awake reborn."
"It doesn't sound so bad," she smiled, cuddling into his body.
yawned and then giggled. "I can't believe I'm still sleepy. I slept for
hours last night. Unlike someone else I know," she said disapprovingly.
can I say?" Cullen smiled. "I just couldn't stop looking at you, love,
and thinking I had to be the luckiest man alive on the planet to be
given another chance with the most beautiful woman in the world."
He stroked her hair, his arms tight around her. "I want to sell the house, Emily," he finally said.
"Where did that come from?" she asked in surprise, sitting up and looking down at him.
sat up too and leaned forward resting his head on his knees. "It won't
matter how hard I clean that room, Emily. I will always see and smell
your blood in it. I'll always here the cruel words I said to you there. I
just can't live it that house anymore."
"Okay," she said softly.
"We can stay here for a while until we decide if we want to buy
somewhere else. I quite like the idea of us buying a home together." She
kissed his shoulder and ran her hand soothingly over his back.
"Thank you," Cullen said quietly turning his head to look at her.
smiled at him and gently stroked his hair. "Whatever you need to do to
help heal your pain just tell me. Dorian has refused to let you come
back to work until you're fully healed. I'm in total agreement with him.
If we have to stay here for weeks on end, talking and loving, then
that's what we'll do, Cullen. If you need to sell the house, then
goodbye house. Whatever you need, my love."
He closed his eyes and
tears began to flow. Emily knelt beside him and wrapped her arms around
him, whispering soothing words of love as he released more of his pent
"Let it all out, Cullen," she whispered. "Forgive
yourself, love. Everything is in the past now. Release the pain and let
me soothe it away. You're safe with me, love. You're home now and
everything is going to be all right."
She pulled him down to the
bed and held him tight against her as his tears finally began to ebb and
he fell into an exhausted sleep. She kissed his head lightly and then
slipped from the bed.
Dressing, she decided to nip out and get
some food while he slept. She left a note in case he woke while she was
gone and then hurried to the closest shop so she could be back as
quickly as possible.
He was still sleeping when Emily returned to
the apartment. She fixed herself some lunch and ate it quickly. She
frowned at the bedroom door while she ate. Cullen's pain and guilt was
running deeper than she had imagined. She wondered just how long it
would take for him to let it all go and accept that the past was now
dead and buried.
She called Dorian to update him. She told him
that it was unlikely they would be back in the office tomorrow as it
seemed Cullen needed more time to heal. Dorian again told her to take
all the time that they needed.
It was another three days before
Emily felt sure that Cullen had dealt with all of his pain and guilt.
The days and nights had been spent making love, talking quietly and
Emily holding him as he wept.
Finally a day passed with no tears
and lots of love and laughter. Emily's heart soared when she saw
Cullen's eyes full of life, with no more brooding sadness in them. He
was healed and was once more her strong, vibrant husband.
"Work tomorrow," she said when they were lying in bed that night.
"Work tomorrow," he agreed, kissing her slowly. "Loving tonight," he added, his hand stroking down her body.
tonight," she laughed breathlessly as his kiss deepened and she closed
her eyes and let him take her to paradise and back again.
was talking to Beth when the elevator pinged open and Cullen and Emily
arrived in the office on Friday morning. One look at Cullen's face was
enough to bring a smile of joy to Dorian's. He looked so rested, so
carefree, so in love with his beautiful wife beside him.
"Welcome back, Cullen," Dorian said warmly, giving his friend a hug.
good to be back," Cullen smiled happily, catching Emily's hand as she
went to walk away. He kissed it softly, his mouth brushing her wedding
and engagement rings.
"Work!" Emily said with mock severity.
"You've been laying in bed all week while poor Dorian has been slaving
away. Go earn your crust of bread, husband!"
"Yes, my Princess," Cullen laughed with a mock bow.
silently mouthed a heartfelt thank you to Emily. She smiled radiantly
at him and nodded, before heading down to her office.
Alice was ecstatic to have her back and so happy that Cullen and Emily were back together.
called Anton, thankfully he hadn't gone to bed yet. She filled him in
with everything that happened and he was as relieved as her friend's
that everything had turned out fine.
"Anton, I've decided to do the change," she told her brother softly. "It is going to be next week. Can you come over?"
"Of course I will, baby girl," he replied immediately.
a lot of sleeping involved in it," she explained. "I was thinking that I
could go to dinner with you the night before, just the two of us. I
want to spend some human time with you beforehand. Then the following
morning Cullen can do it and I'll sleep during the day and wake that
"Have you picked an exact date?" Anton asked.
yet, I've not even told Cullen this. I wanted to speak to you first
just in case there was any last minute issues you might have had."
"Em, I support you all the way, baby sister. You know that."
"Thanks Anton," she smiled. "I'll give you forty eight notice so you have time to get here."
Emily called Cullen, Dorian and Alice to the Boardroom.
They arrived with curious expressions.
Emily sat down with Cullen at her side. He took her hand in his and held it gently, his thumb stroking rhythmically against her.
"I've decided to do the change next week," she announced with a big smile.
Cullen's face broke into a beautiful smile and Alice gasped in shock . Dorian smiled happily at her.
"Are you sure, Emily?" Cullen asked quietly, joy shining clearly in his eyes.
smiled back at him, her violet eyes amused. "Totally, Cullen. I want to
be vampire as soon as possible so I can kick your butt the next time
you give me grief," she chuckled.
He laughed and hugged her tightly.
"We will be so blessed to have you, Emily," Dorian said fondly.
"Are you scared?" Alice asked at the same time Dorian spoke and they all laughed.
"No, I'm not scared, Alice," Emily smiled. "I'm excited. A whole new chapter of my life is about to begin."
"I hope I'm as brave as you are when I decide to do the change," Alice said quietly.
Dorian's head turned sharply and he stared at her open-mouthed. "You want to become one of us?" he asked softly.
about time you got around to marrying the girl anyway," Emily said with
a big smile before Alice had a chance to answer him. "You did decide
you were going to at our wedding, didn't you?"
Dorian's head now
turned to her, his blond hair flying as he turned so swiftly, and his
expression was even more shocked. "How did you know that?" he gasped.
saw your face, Dorian," Emily laughed. "It's very expressive when you
don't realise someone is watching. You looked at Alice as if you'd just
received a huge shock and then you smiled so beautifully. I knew what it
Alice was sitting there staring at Dorian with her mouth hanging open.
want to marry me?" she squeaked and then took a deep breath before
continuing. "You've know it since the wedding and you didn't say
Dorian groaned and then burst out laughing. "Yes,
Alice, I want to marry you, my love. And yes, I have known it since the
wedding. I was waiting for the right moment to ask and then everything
got so crazy between Cullen and Emily so I decided to wait until
everything was sorted out. Remember I said to you that we would talk
about the future once things calmed down?"
Alice nodded and then she smiled happily. "You want to marry me," she breathed softly and moved to sit in his lap.
"You want to change and be with me forever?" Dorian asked quietly, his face glowing with love for his little woman.
"Oh, yes, Dorian," Alice cried happily. "Yes to marrying you and yes to being with you forever and ever."
kissed her thoroughly and hugged her tightly. "I promise I'll ask you
to marry me properly, my Alice," he sighed against her mouth.
Cullen leaned forward and kissed Emily lightly on the lips. "Congratulations from us anyway," he smiled at the other couple.
back to my plans," Emily said with a loving smile for her friends. "I
was thinking next Friday. I want to do it Karpathia's, Cullen, in our
special room. Will that be okay?"
"Anything you want, my love," he smiled. "Just tell me and I'll make it happen."
raised his hand and kissed it lightly. "I've called Anton and given him
a head's up that it will be sometime next week. Alice, I'd like to have
lunch with you on Thursday, just us two girls."
"Can we have a long one, with lots of alcohol to celebrate?" the little dark haired woman asked impishly.
laughed, "A little alcohol," she replied, her eyes twinkling. "I want
to spend Thursday night with Anton," she continued. "I thought we could
go out to dinner together and talk about life and our family and such
things. Then I want to do the change on Friday morning at Karpathia's so
that I will awaken Friday night and all my friends will be waiting to
Cullen smiled at her, his face glowing with love.
"Sounds perfect, love," he said softly. "Have you decided when you will
use the King's vial?"
Emily nodded, her eyes intent on his. "I had
originally thought that I would wait a while until I got used to the
change but that doesn't feel right, Cullen. It has to be the same time
as the change. I will go to sleep a human and wake up a Princess."
"It might be a lot to take in," he said.
knew his caution was out of concern for her and nothing else. "I think
that's why I need to do it that way," she said softly. "If I spend too
much time learning to be a vampire before I drink from the vial then
I'll maybe fall into too many old ways which are not in the best
interest of our kind. Doing it at the same time as the change will mean
that I'll still be myself and I'll approach things differently."
Cullen nodded his understanding and pulled her into his arms for a tight hug.
"Our kind will not know what's hit them," Dorian laughed with a shake of his head.
haven't known what's hit them since the first moment I brought my sweet
Emily to Karpathia's for the very first time," Cullen chuckled.
time leading up to the change passed in a whirl of activity. Alice
helped Emily pick out a Regency styled dress for her coming out night.
It was made of silk and flowed to the floor with an empire bodice which
was beaded with lace to match the little lace half sleeves which just
covered her shoulders.
Emily couldn't decide which colour to have
it so she eventually asked Cullen's opinion. He smiled and said deep
purple which was the colour Emily had been swaying towards anyway. The
dress was just right for the occasion, it harked back to centuries past
which many of the older vampires could relate to whilst regency styled
clothing was back in vogue at the moment so the younger vampire could
To be continued....