Born In Light IX
Even a centuries-old dragon can be avoided if the will is strong enough.
I’d been keeping Ethan at arm’s length since he told me about being his Tether and the resulting meltdown that happened. I’d dodged every chance he’d had to pin me down and corner me.
It’s not been sitting well with him.
Just the other day, I saw him blow his top at a few newer recruits just for accidentally bumping into him. After I finished laughing, I thought about possibly putting an end to his suffering, but decided against it.
It’s not like he is the only one either. I’ve been avoiding Michael as well. The two of them are on my shit list for the foreseeable future. They had better do something amazing to get back in my good graces.
Adrian had been by my room a few times to try and reason with me, for the safety of the school he’d said. It almost worked too, until I remembered what happened, and I shut him down. No one is going to guilt me into doing anything.
I flipped onto my back, the sheets of my bed rustled as I moved. My arm swung up to cover my eyes, and I let out an enormous sigh. What had I gotten myself into?
These men just couldn’t take a hint, and I needed time to think all of this through. Did I feel a pull towards Ethan? I did, yes. There was no denying that it grew stronger each day that went by and tested my endurance.
But Michael had been there for me from the beginning and was my best friend. That he had feelings for me beyond that was news to me. I rolled again and faced the wall.
“I can’t forget that look he had.” My voice echoed on the walls of the room, no one else there to hear. At least, I hadn’t thought there was.
A deep voice rumbled from a darkened corner of the small dorm room. “What look would that be?” I let out a scream and jumped up, ready to fight if need be. I needn’t be worried, though, as Ethan stepped forward into the light. His arms crossed, making his muscles strain his shirt, and I had to swallow hard and force my eyes upwards.
I glared at him as my heart raced, “What are you doing here?” I tried to keep my voice steady, but I knew I failed when his mouth twitched upward in a knowing smirk. He knew I was having a hard time staying away.
“Watching over you, what else?” He shrugged.
“You don’t think that’s a little stalkerish? I mean, you’re in my room, in a dark corner.” I tilted my head and tried again to look casual.
“No, you are my Tether. I will do what I deem necessary to keep you safe.” Well, that was a no argument tone if I’ve ever heard one. I rolled my eyes and sat back down on my bed.
“To think I was doing so well avoiding you.”
He let out a bark of a laugh then and shook his head, “You honestly think you were succeeding in that? Ellie, I was letting you get away.” I gaped at him and stared. He continued as he walked closer to where I sat, the heat from his body, warming me. “I knew you wanted space, so I gave it to you.”
“But, you’ve been so…prickly.” My voice was almost a whisper.
“Just because I was allowing you to think you were avoiding me, didn’t mean I was happy about it.” Ethan stopped inches from my knees and looked down at me.
I felt my back up against the wall and whipped around. I hadn’t realized I was scooting backward. “Why? Why won’t you just drop this?”
His eyes blazed with emotion. “You know I can’t.”
“You need to step back.” I glared at him and tried my best not to back down.
He sighed and took a step back, as requested. “Ellie, we need to talk about this. I know you know that.”
I looked down at my hands and grumbled. “I’m not ready.”
A few moments passed in silence as I awaited his next words. “Fine. But we will discuss this tomorrow, and I’m not waiting anymore. I’ll leave you be until then.” It was silent for a few more minutes when I finally looked up. Ethan was nowhere to be seen. I hadn’t heard movement or the door or even window open up. The man was just gone.
I slammed my face into my pillow. “Crap.”