romance versus relics chapter 14
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Hello and welcome to chapter fourteen! It seems I left Nellie and Gustav in a rather steamy situation at the end of chapter thirteen. Sorry about that, but I felt it was a good place to stop. *evil grin* Anyway, this segment begins at the point the last one ended. Will Gustav finally take possession of Nellie's body, along with her heart? Turn the page to find out!
Note: Again, this chapter contains scenes of a mature nature, so proceed with caution.
Gustav's kisses grew more demanding, more urgent as he gently pushed Nellie backward onto the sofa. He carefully lowered his body until it pressed firmly against hers. " Oh Nellie"he whispered huskily, " you are so warm and tender. You make me crazy with desire! I want you . . .so much."
Nellie's mind reeled in ecstasy as Gustav slowly ran his hand up the length of her body, stopping briefly to caress her thigh before moving further upward. The sensations he was creating within her were almost unbearable and nearly drove her insane with lustful longing. As his fingers began to expertly undo the top of her dress, a vision popped into her head of a different time and place. All at once, a wild panic assaulted her and she began to struggle against him. " No!"she cried suddenly. " Stop it! Get off me!"Pressing her hands against his chest, she shoved with all her might, which sent Gustav reeling backward to a seated position, an expression of total confusion marring his features. Nellie sat upright and straightened her clothing, her cheeks burning from excitement and shame.
" What is wrong, Nellie?"Gustav asked. His tone was hurt and confused. " I did not hurt you, did I?"He was feeling confused as well as disappointed. The man had been so close to having his way with her that could already taste victory, but she had suddenly changed the course of destiny by pushing him away from her.
" No, you didn't hurt me"Nellie replied in a voice barely above whisper. She felt horrible for what she had done. In her slightly intoxicated state, she had almost allowed something to happen for which she knew she was not quite ready. Things would have progressed further if the memory of what had happened with Ho Sung had not entered her mind. Nellie sighed heavily and rose from the sofa.
" I'm really sorry, Gustav"Nellie croaked with raw emotion. " It's not you. It's me."She swallowed the lump in her throat and continued in a shaky voice. " Things are . . . things are moving too quickly, that's all. I . . .I'm just not ready for this!"Her eyes pleaded with him for understanding. " I . . . I have to go!"Nellie turned and suddenly fled toward the door. She burst through it and ran out into the night, as if she could not get home soon enough.
" Nellie, wait!"Gustav called out as he stood up to go after her, but he cracked his knee on the coffee table, nearly tripping over it to fall flat on his face. He steadied himself and stood up, rubbing his bruised knee. By the time he had reached the door and jerked it open, Nellie had disappeared out of sight.
" Damn it! Damn it all to hell!"Gustav bellowed crossly as unbridled rage flared up inside him. " Why can anything not ever go smoothly?"He walked over to the coffee table and gazed down at the two-thirds-empty bottle of Nectar. His eyes blazed furiously as he snatched up the bottle, raised it high over his head, and then smashed it, violently, down upon the floor. A measure of satisfaction flowed through him as it shattered and the red liquid it had contained splattered on the floor, and oozed out from it in tiny rivulets like blood from a gaping wound.
Several deep breaths later, a serene calmness seemed to envelope him that slowly washed away his previous fury. " What am I going to do with you, Nellie Blye?" He asked the empty room. " What is it going to take to make you love me?"
Nellie had run, almost blindly, back to base camp and hurried straight up to her room, locking the door behind her. Mixed emotions and thoughts ran rampantly through her like a blazing inferno. She felt horrible. She felt like one of those girls she had heard about who love to tease men, getting them all aroused and then letting them down. Although that had not been her intention at all, a heavy blanket of guilt and shame seemed to be covering her, smothering her, and making it difficult to breathe, because she had allowed the situation to get out of hand.
She genuinely liked Gustav Delven and would not wish to hurt him in any way whatsoever. Plus, there was a moment when she had wanted him as much as he wanted her, but when she thought of what had happened shortly after allowing Ho Sung into her bed, her mind had sprung into action and snuffed out her body's wanton desires.With a melancholy sigh, she rose from her chair and got ready for bed. She resolved herself to moving forward, and her forward direction would be taking her back to The Nectary early the next morning to search for Jean Necteaux's famous Nectar recipes.
Nellie rose early, forcing herself to not dwell on last night's disaster, and was down in the cellar of The Nectary, just as the sun was peeking over the horizon. She moved the Emerald carefully around in the middle hole in the wall and smiled in satisfaction as it distinctly slid into a slot. At the same time, she heard the sound of something being placed on the table behind her. When she looked, there was a keystone where none had been before.
It was a perfect fit to the keystone slot Nellie hoped would lead her to Jean Necteaux's Tomb. The chains fell away from the door and she entered.
The door opened to a room with only a staircase leading down. It went down quite a long way, so Nellie had the feeling she was going in the right direction.
Nellie almost immediately saw a place on the wall that looked suspiciously like a secret door, so she inspected it and discovered she had been correct.
The new room contained a bottle of Life Fruit Nectar, which could prove to be a precious commodity, so she promptly swiped it.
Next, she made her way up a flight of stairs and had to move a statue before gaining access to the next level.
Nellie was now in a strange place where the floor was partially cut away and the only thing she could do from there was dive into a pool to have a look around.
On the other side of the pool was a small room with some money bags and a few relics. There was one other added 'attraction' as well. " You poor bastard"Nellie whispered solemnly. " How in the world did you let yourself become trapped down here, left alone to die when all you had to do to get out would be go back through the diving pool?"Determined to not meet the same fate as the long-ago traveler, or have to go back the way she had come, Nellie immediately began looking for another way out. Soon, she found a secret door and moved into another room.
Now Nellie was on a floor in between the two she had just visited. She stopped briefly to check the map of the cellars Estelle Fouchier had given her, and then she made her way up the set of stairs just ahead. They lead her back to the level she had been on when she had come to the diving pool, only now she had access to the loot she had spotted from the other side.
As Nellie kneeled to retrieve the heart-shaped keystone, she wondered what was up with all the heart-shaped keystones she had found lately. Was someone trying to tell her something? Her heart had been broken by Ho Sung, and his deception, and now it was affecting her life in ways she could never have imagined. There was a handsome man interested in spending time with her, and she was beginning to feel the same about him. Yet, she had shoved him away from her like an unwanted or broken toy." Stop it!"she scolded herself harshly. " It isn't quite as dramatic as all that."
Forcing herself to focus on the matter at hand, she grabbed the Keystone, then the coins, and moved on to the next door.
Once the keystone was placed, the chains fell from the door and Nellie entered. Instantly, she was glad to have gotten an early start this morning.
In all her travels thus far, Nellie had never before encountered so many floor panels to be stepped upon. There were at least forty or fifty of them!
Once she had stepped on almost half of them, the chains fell off the door ahead of her, but she activated the rest, just in case it was necessary for something.
A sharp gasp of surprise escaped her when she realized she was now in a familiar room, only this time it contained an animated mummy. She also noticed a hole in the floor where previously there was not. Rising from the hole was an aura that indicated to her that the room below must be Jean Necteaux's Tomb. Ignoring the groaning mummy that could not reach her where she stood, Nellie turned around and went back the way she had come.
She entered a room she had neglected before and had to bring out the mighty Axe of Pangu to clear away some rubble.
Eventually she came to another strange place in the wall, which revealed a secret door. She opened it and found herself in a new corridor.
Now, she knew she was close to her prize. First, she took a moment to admire an interesting statue against the wall, and then she retrieved a piece of an ancient broken relic from the floor. Slowly, she turned toward the door and made her way over to it. Taking a deep breath, she stepped inside.
Immediately, Nellie spied what she knew must be Jean Necteaux's sarcophagus and she headed straight for it. Elation filled her soul when she looked inside and found the recipes of the long-dead Nectar Maker. She tucked them into her bag and quickly left the room, never giving any notice to the mummies she had awakened during her exploration.
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