Ray kicked and shrieked obscenities at him, he wondered if
any of the Officers would dare to follow him to his cabin.
As a last measure, he thrust his cutlass into his door as
a warning before he yanked Ray into the room. Ray landed with
force on the far side of the room a resounding thud filled
the air. Kevin dropped the bar in its cradles, turning he
placed his hands on hips and glared at Ray.
Nick tried to follow
them but it was hopeless. Every inch of his skin burned and
he fought tears as he tried to force his body prone to walk.
Falling to the deck, his body was then hoisted up by Howie
and Brian. Placing on arm on each of their shoulders, he felt
their hands wrap around his waist to steady him. A.J. latched
on to help as well, Nick being a large man; it took the three
of them, until Shamus stepped in to aid them.
picked up Nick and headed below deck. Gently he placed Nick's
feet on the floor. Nick fell to the bed on his stomach, hissing
from the pain. "When I heal, I will kill Kevin."
along with A.J. "You need to get a might bigger boy to
take the Captain on. I do not think he is done with ye yet
over the girl."
Ray scrambled to
stand, very afraid but still very heated. She would wait for
him to advance on her, he no doubt would. Her back and bottom
smarted from landing so roughly on the hard boards.
consequences for lying to me. I think you know what they are
going to be." Kevin pulled his shirt up and over his
head. Never taking his eyes from her, he tossed the shirt
to the corner. "Come here Raina," he issued the
"No, you want
me, you come for me," Ray hissed as she reached for the
knife that still sat safely tucked in the back of the waistband
of her breeches. Unsheathing the shining object, she pointed
the blade at Kevin. "You will not touch me." The
thought that he would not harm her slipped from her mind.
Kevin had one thing on his mind, he was going to lay with
her, whether she wanted to or not.
to touch you Ray." He stepped forward grinning at her,
his arms folded over his chest, his hands tucked under his
armpits. The stance she had seen before, feet planted firmly
but apart. "And when I'm done, you will beg me to touch
you again, and again, and again."
Taking a casual
step towards her, Kevin did not expect Raina to launch herself
at him. Kevin sidestepped her, but not quickly enough, as
the tip of the blade caught his bicep. The sting caught him
off guard as he looked down at his arm. She had sliced him;
blood seeped from the wound.
Ray stood back
and waving the knife at him. Swallowing her fear, she dropped
to a crouch ready to go at him again should he come near her.
She wanted away from him, far away, but she couldn't reach
the door. When he outright laughed at her, she charged at
Ready for the knife,
he tore it from her grasp, and threw it across the room out
of her reach. Securing both of her hands in his he spun her
around like a child's toy top. With great relish, he knocked
her to the floor then dropped on her. The weight of his body
rested on the saucy mouthed chit.
Ray lay underneath
him pinned to the floorboards, he laughed as she squirmed
under him. His heavy body now resting on her hips to keep
her in place, Kevin leaned down and placed his face a mere
hairs-width from her. "You'll pay for that you little
hell cat. You're going to pay me back for everything, your
passage, all the things that you have done to me."
Ray fought as Kevin
had taught her to do. Yes, he had taught her to fight well,
but not against him. He was sitting on her and laughing at
her. Her ridiculous attempt to escape only served to heighten
his desire for her. In vain, she tried to kick her legs, causing
him to slide further up his body. Her hips now rested, nestled
between his rock hard thighs. "You hid from me. You nearly
drove me mad with lust and I thinking you were a male."
His hand began
to move under the fabric of her shirt. She twisted and tried
to bite him. Pulling back, he gave her a haughty smirk. "None
of that now Ray," Grasping both of her hands in one of
his; he forced her arms over her head causing her chest to
heave up. He reached for his own knife.
Ray wasn't going
to comply to any commands and pitched under him violently.
Now she was afraid, very afraid. The man that was staring
at her with the cool green eyes had nothing but lust and satisfaction
on his mind. He was a beast and she would make sure that he
would not be feasting on her. Willing her muscles, she pulled
on the strong hand that had held both of hers in a fierce
grip. She could feel the ache of her bones as he increased
the pressure with each movement that she fought him.
Pulling the knife,
he slit her shirt from hem to collar, straight up the center.
Kevin sighed, as he took in the sight of tightly wound cotton
bands hiding her breasts. His knife started at the bottom
and began to slice the fabric away, strip by strip. Once the
bands were cut, his fingers traced the red marks from the
bindings. He had seen them before but that was knowledge that
he was not ready to impart on her. The milky color of her
skin again reminded him of porcelain. Her breasts were delightful
to him. Licking his lips, he could almost feel the tight peaks
forming in his mouth as he sucked and nipped on them. Her
maneuverings irritated him; he applied sudden pressure to
her hands, forcing her back to arch towards him once again.
He couldn't wait any longer, this erotic dream had danced
in his head for too many moons. "I'm going to taste you
now," Kevin leaned forward making sure his chest touched
with hers first. His skin seared hers as bent down, brushing
against her skin; so soft next to his, so sweet, so young.
Ray yelled and tried to push him off her body.
Hearing Ray scream
from Kevin's cabin, Nick struggled to right himself from the
bed but the pain overwhelmed him. "Ray has never lain
with a man. She is an innocent!" Nick yelled at all of
them as they continued to hear Ray screaming from the down
the hall. His eyes closed, he did not wait to see if they
would react. None of them would see an innocent harmed. Kevin's
one rule of conduct that would never be broken, not even by
Ray began to open
her mouth to scream again, when Kevin jumped from her body.
The door to the cabin was being broken down.
On his feet, Kevin
held his knife, prepared to defend Ray and himself from any
harm as the door shattered open.
not do this to her, she is an innocent!" Brian surged
into the room followed by Shamus, and A.J.
Quickly Kevin dragged
Ray from the floor by her hands and forced her behind him.
Calmly he looked at them, trying to anticipate their next
move. The words echoed through his head that she was an innocent.
As well as his own chant that innocents in his care were to
A.J. went for Kevin's
knife and received a slash to the hand for it.
better." Kevin held onto Ray who had her back to him.
She wore nothing to cover her upper body and she was trying
to hide herself, even from the ones that had come to her rescue.
"I won't harm her. I simply wanted to frighten her."
Isabella's voice from the grave caressed his mind. "Do
not harm the ones you love."
Shamus, Alex, and
Brian studied Kevin's face; it blanched as if he had seen
a ghost. They watched his body tremble from rage and then
something odd happened. Slowly Kevin let out a breath as he
dropped his head.
He felt Ray tremble
behind him. He could feel her sense of fear and her inability
to catch her breath as she struggled to even out her breathing.
This was wrong, very wrong, and inside he knew that as angry
as he was, he was not a savage. Pointing to the corner, he
motioned for one of them to hand him something.
Shamus very delicately
produced what the Captain wanted.
Kevin ripped the
object from his hands. Grasping the object, Kevin turned around
carefully to block the view of the others. Gently he glided
his shirt over her head. He helped her slide her arms into
the sleeves, noting that she wasn't fighting him. Grasping
her chin to force her to look at him, he turned her head.
Kevin frowned when he saw that tears clung to her lashes.
Her eyes closed tightly. Leaning down, he placed his lips
to her ear.
Ray could feel
the small puffs of warm air on her neck and next to her ear.
She felt soft lips press to flesh of her neck just below her
ear. Her stomach turned upside down and inside out for a moment
as his lips rested on her skin.
a bath brought to you. You will stay here until I return.
No harm will come to you from me or my crew, you have my word."
Kevin dropped his hands and silently he walked to where he
had tossed her knife. Leaning down, he picked up the knife
and walked directly back to her.
Ray shadowed his
every move with her eyes. She did not step back from him when
he walked towards her. Something had changed in the man that
was going to hurt her and she sensed the shift immediately.
Her fear left her slowly as her heart pounded loudly, she
was sure that the others could hear it beat.
Forcing her hand
up to chest level, he squeezed her wrist until her hand opened
to him. He placed the knife handle in her palm, pressing it.
"Use this if you need to." Kevin released her hand
turned on his heel, walking out of the cabin. Turning back,
he looked at Shamus and Alex. "Shamus, repair to door."
Kevin locked onto Alex's eyes, "Watch over her."
Three men stood
struck stupid. "I'll go see to him. He is probably go
to Nickolas." Brian marched off leaving Shamus and A.J.
to deal with the aftermath of a broken door and a solemn Ray.
Howie flew out
of Nick's quarters and to the door of Kevin's cabin. "At
least you made it in time."
"Not by much,"
A.J. shook his hand as the blood dripped from the wound.
now milady," Shamus turned his back to Ray and began
to right the door properly.
Alex looked from
Howard to Raina and then back again. He let out a slow breath
and then opened his mouth.
"DO NOT YELL
AT ME!" Ray shouted. Her lips quivered as the tears began
to fall freely from her eyes.
"Oh No, no,
no, no.. no," Alex dropped his head as Howie left them
as fast as he had come to them.
don't cry, please don't cry." A.J. tossed a cautionary
glance over his shoulder. One, he was making sure Kevin wasn't
behind him so that the man didn't take another swipe at him.
He also wondered where Howard, the great lover, had run off
too. "Please stop crying, that is the one thing that
I can't take from a woman."
Ray smiled at him,
or at least tried too. "You're the Quartermaster. You
are supposed to be heartless."
A.J. barked at her as he wrapped her in a hug. "He'll
not harm you, at least not yet." A.J. swayed with her
in his arms and then suddenly stopped hearing Kevin's voice.
Stepping back quickly, he waited for the Captain to enter
Kevin stood watching
Shamus fight with the door to get it back on the hinges. Not
pleased as to how well things were not going, he helped the
man place the door back on the pivots. Noticing a few things,
he issued a command to Shamus.
Men grunted as
they brought a huge tub into the room. Ray had yet to move
from the center but promptly skidded out of their reach when
they brought the heavy object in the room. Pails of hot water
were passed in then poured into the vessel. The room filled
with people as the repairs to Kevin's door were underway and
water flowed into the tub at the same time.
Ray felt uncomfortable
in front of all of the men. Some would steal a glance her
way and flash a smile. Some of the smiles were unsettling,
they weren't meant to be friendly she understood that much.
With both hands gripped on the front of his shirt that he
had covered her with, she slipped to the door. As she stood
next to the entrance, she snuck out into the corridor. Something
grabbed onto her forearm and caused her to gasp loudly. Pulling
on her arm caused her to come face to face with her captor.
"I only want to see Nickolas." She set forth her
Without a word,
Kevin pushed her back into the room. His eyes blazed at her
that she would be so daring. "He's fine and he's resting."
Ray was not going
to be able to leave this cabin anytime soon if Kevin were
around. The crowd in the room dwindled as the tub became full
of steaming water. The crewmembers that worked on the door
seemed to be finished as well. Kevin spoke to Shamus off to
Raina watched Shamus
leave and she glared at Kevin.
looking at me like that," Kevin took a step across the
room causing Ray to barrel to the other side. "You've
only been spared because you are an innocent. I did not expect
that from a tavern whore. I guess I'll just have to be a little
sweeter with you next time." Kevin charged off and up
to kill me," Ray gasped at Alex.
Shamus return and decided to have a little talk with Raina.
Eventually she would end up in Kevin's bed. The man had just
announced his intentions. It was the how that A.J. might be
able to help Raina handle. He had watched her expressions
for months. He had shadowed each and every one of her moves
when he could. If his suspicions were correct, Ray desired
Kevin as much as Kevin desired Ray. If Nick was correct and
Ray was an innocent, then the logical conclusion would be
that Ray did not understand that she was attracted to Kevin.
He would need to have some time alone with her to find out
just how much knowledge Ray had of men and her own body. "I
don't think Kevin wants to kill you." A.J. grabbed for
far worse," she bit her bottom lip.
Alex said nothing but the comment let him know that his thinking
was heading down the proper path. Ray knew what was a foot;
she was just afraid.
They dropped the
grasp on each other's hands quickly as Kevin stormed into
the room along with Shamus. Both men pulled a trunk from the
corner. Kevin stalked around the room like an animal. He looked
for something. He found the object that he was looking for
and tossed it to Alex. "See that she dresses properly
or I will."
Alex and Ray stared
at each other in confusion. A.J. shook his head as he went
to the trunk. After turning the lock with the key that Kevin
had supplied, he lifted the lid.
Ray gasped as she
fell on her knees to the trunk.
Alex's hand and
eyes searched the trunk. All women's clothes, a trousseau,
all to fit Ray's tiny size. The trunk held clothes, from dresses
for day and evening as well as sleeping and under garments,
small leather slippers, and ribbons to tie up her hair. "Where
the hell did these come from?"
Ray held up a dress
of shimmering pale lilac. She giggled as she spun around holding
the dress to her body.
A.J. blinked, had
she forgotten that moments ago, she was almost attacked by
the very man that had given her these things. He watched her
twirl around the room. "Are all women this way?"
he consulted himself in his head.
seen such finer things, it's as if they were made for me."
Brian entered the
room, "They were made for you. My cousin had them made
for you. Very quickly and for a large sum to employ that many
Ray tossed the
dress back in the trunk. "I'll not wear it."
"I think you
will," A.J. approached her. He had recalled Kevin's words
that she dress properly and he meant that he would do it if
Alex didn't. Kevin had very strong feelings for the young
girl standing in the room with him. The Captain had never
had clothes made for one of his women before. A bolt fabric
given to someone like Jocelyn or Celestine, yes, clothes never.
Ray was taking a special place in Kevin's heart. "Ray
we need to talk to you about Kevin."
"I don't want
to talk about the beast." Ray turned away from them.
The discussion closed as far as she was concerned.
"I'll do this,"
Brian threw his arms up in the air.
"No, no, not
you. You're to
Medicinal about these things." A.J.
knew what Brian would do. He would explain the mechanics if
she did not understand. Then he would explain his own religious
ideas about a joining. The thought left a foul taste in Alex's
mouth. Ray needed the experience to be natural and not pre-conceived
with no guilt on her part.
"I am not,"
Brian balked at him.
"Yes you are."
Howie spoke from the doorway, where he had decided to join
in on the conversation.
do it Howard," A.J. smirked at him.
Howie brushed his fingertips along his lapel. "Hapless
virgins are not my calling. Brian, Kevin needs to be stitched.
He's up on the deck. Leave A.J. to explain."
clothes off and we'll talk." A.J. looked through the
"I don't think
so," Ray snarled at A.J.
A.J. turned and
crossed his arms, "I don't want your body." His
head shook from side to side. "Kevin knows that, that's
why I'm still in this room with you. So you should know that
as well." A.J. walked to the tub and swirled his hand
in the water. "I suggest you get in your bath before
Ray didn't move.
Kevin comes back," A.J. added some leverage to his words.
Being a gentleman, A.J. made sure the door was barred and
his back was turned as she undressed. Hearing the splash of
water, he turned to find her sunk in the tub up to her neck
in the water. "We need to have a little talk."
Ray covered her breasts with her arms under the water and
tried to squirm further down in the tub.
women and men and how they get along," A.J. began to
laugh as he truly was going to try to educate this girl. He
could kick the person who had forgotten to do this. This is
what women do. Jocelyn should have done this, but A.J. sighed
and his heart squeezed. Knowing where Ray had come from and
the things that he had heard, the girl had only seen the bad
side or the paying side of things. Alex would have preferred
that his own wife were here to do this and then thought better
of it. J.C. would probably scare the virginal Raina to death.
"About feelings and the things they do to a person
Alex pulled Kevin's chair out from the desk. He was looking
at the back of Ray's head and nothing else but the large vat
she sat in.
Ray relaxed around Alexander; she had always trusted him as
she trusted Nickolas. "I'm sorry, I've only bathed in
front of Nick."
A.J. paused, closed
his eyes, tilted his head, and then stared at Ray as a mental
picture formed in his mind. "Don't ever repeat that to