Page 14 of Black Legacy (Black Opals 1)

But she didn’t care.

All that mattered was the man she held, and the future that waited for them.

They rode through the busy streets, weaving in and out of traffic, and when they arrived at their destination, Frankie was exhilarated. The huge vibrating machine had teased and tortured her body into a heightened state of arousal.

Dekkar slowly drove into the alley and the bike came to an abrupt halt. They both slowly slid from the machine, his arms bringing her softness against his chest.

He pulled her into a hard embrace, “So, what now?” His voice was a whisper and she shivered as his breath softly caressed the sensitive area under her ear.

“We wait.”

“How do we…? How will we get there?”

Frankie lifted her head slowly, trying to hide her fear. She’d never shifted with another before and truthfully she didn’t know if it was possible. He needed to know.

“Dekkar, this might not go well.” She shook her head and exhaled softly. “I’ve never attempted a shift…like this.”

He looked down at her, his green eyes dark with emotion and then wrapped his arms around her waist, pulling her in close to the heat of his body.

“Glad to know I’m your first.” He teased lightly, but the severity of the situation wasn’t lost on him. He reached for her face, cupped her chin and lowered his lips to hers. When Frankie felt the soft touch she melted against him, opening herself up and taking what he offered with a ferocity that scared her.

Is this what it would be like from now on? This intense and all-consuming?

The two of them clung to each other, their bodies so close they appeared as one.

When the chanting started, deep in the recesses of her mind everything went silent but the voices of her sisters.

A feeling of peace, contentment and purpose washed over her and she grabbed Dekkar close to her chest, their eyes locked onto each other.

“Can you feel it?” She asked breathlessly. “The power of my sisters?” She tried to appear brave but truthfully, she was scared shitless.

Frankie Black had no idea if she could take him with her, and as the vortex began to swirl around them she clung to his body and prayed.

Something she hadn’t done in years.

Everything went to black. All sound ceased to exist. They were in a sea of nothingness, that whirled frantically all around. Her sister’s incantations rose into a loud crescendo that invaded her brain and clung to every cell in her body.

And then it stopped.

When Frankie opened her eyes she lay on the floor of the chamber at the Black Opal. Her sisters were gathered around, hands flying in animation as they all began to speak at once. She could see her mother weeping silently in the background, her father’s hands at her shoulders.

But it was what she felt underneath her that gave her pause. Her mouth trembled and she fought the tears that threatened to spill over.

Dekkar looked stunned, winded, and for the moment he was speechless. Slowly she sat up, bringing him along with her. She held him close, feeling a rush of emotion as his arms went round her in a hard embrace.

He kissed the top of her head, whispering softly. “Okay, just so you know, I don’t want to be doing that again anytime soon.”

Serena’s voice rang out, a squeal that startled them

both. “Geez, but he’s hot, Frankie!”

Frankie laughed softly, kissed Dekkar on the nose and stood in one fluid movement, pulling him along until they both faced her family.

Her mother was wiping tears away and she looked at her, puzzled. “Mom, why didn’t you tell me?”

“I didn’t want…” she began, her voice tremulous. “If you’d failed…I just wouldn’t have wanted you to know,” she finished quietly.

“Will someone please tell me what the fuck is going on?”