This week’s theme is all about being there for your significant other, regardless of the odds or circumstances. We all want someone to count on through thick and thin.
Though we may not always have the right words, just being there, holding a hand can make all the difference in the world.
In Carnal Beginnings, Adara is a young woman, kidnapped and tortured by her cousin. Julien is the private investigator who loves and rescues her.
Julien shouldered his gun with shaking fingers. He’d dealt with victims before, should know the words to say. Continued sobs drowned out the roaring in his ears. Her entire bloody body shook. It took several tries before anything emerged from his throat.
“Shhh, Adara, you’re going to be all right. I’ve got you now.” Julien’s low voice crooned in her ear as he stroked her hair. “Conner, you got the med kit?”
His oldest brother crouched down by Adara and removed his gloves before stroking her cheek. “Adara, you allergic to any medications, hon? I can give you something for pain.”
“Adara, you’re safe now. They can’t hurt you again. Look at me, hon.” Julien gently turned her head to face him. “Sweetheart, are you allergic to anything?” She shook her head.
“Okay, hon. I’m gonna give you a shot. You’ll feel a little better in just a few minutes. We’re gonna get you straight to the hospital.” Conner briefly closed his eyes as he opened his medical bag. After giving her the injection, he pulled out a bottle of brown liquid and a stack of gauze pads. With confident, sure movements, he wet the pads and began cleaning the blood away from her wounds. Nate and Marc unfastened her restraints.
Her sobbing momentarily ceased with a gasp each time Conner touched a deeper laceration. Julien continued to stroke her hair, speaking quietly in her ear.