A Snippet from
Bound to You
Lia opened her eyes. She must have fallen asleep, her
body lulled by the hum of the machine and the beating of Jacks' heart. She
licked her lips, wishing she had some water. The air inside the machine was
cool, but dry, and she felt parched.
She lifted her head, and saw that Jacks, too, had
fallen asleep. She tried not to disturb him as she shifted, her legs feeling a
little numb. She froze as her gaze went back to his face.
He was pale, his lashes dark crescents against his
cheeks. When she'd lain down against him he'd been flushed with anger, his chin
a stubborn curve. Now he seemed worn, the lines on his skin prominent. She
reached for him, running a finger over his stubble. He didn't move, and she
felt a sudden rush of panic. She scooted up, her face near his. She was close,
feeling for any hint of breath from his lips.
"No no no no." she murmured, placing her
palm against his mouth. "Don't do this."
She shook his shoulders, and tried to muffle a cry as
his head lolled to the side.
"Jacks." She shook him again but he didn't
answer. Her fingers went to the pulse in his neck, but his heart wasn't
"Jacks, please don't do this." She tried to
keep calm, her heart pounding against her ribs. "Don't fucking die on
me." She placed her lips against his, breathing deep into his lungs. His
chest rose, but he didn't respond. Her tears landed on his face, splashing
against his cheeks, but he didn't move a muscle.
The machine was still running. She could feel it
pulling from her, and she knew it must be taking her energy from Jacks.
"Turn it off!" she cried out, hoping someone
could hear. Maybe Layl was outside, her mind kept insisting. He would hear her.
"Turn it off, it's killing him!"
Jacks wasn't gone. She could feel his presence in the
bond, but he was slipping as the machine continued to steal away the energy
that sustained him.
"Turn this fucking thing off!" she screamed
again. Her breath was harsh, and she lay back, kicking her feet against the
dome above them. She kicked it, hard. "Let me out!"
As if reading her thoughts the dome slid back and the
hum of the machine died out. Lia breathed in the deep dank scent of the old air
and she felt dizzy as her heart ran a marathon in her chest. She threw her legs
from the machine, dropping to the ground and groaning as they nearly gave out.
She held on to the side of the machine and grabbed Jacks' hand, trying to force
energy into his body.
The bond resisted her. She closed her eyes, breathing
deep to calm herself. Maybe she wasn't doing it right because she was too
scared. She tried again, and cursed when his end of the bond resisted the
She leaned over him, putting her hands on his cheeks.
"Take it." she whispered vehemently. "Take the energy,
She pushed it at him again, but it rebounded back to
her. She was shaking, every muscle in her body trembling.
"You son of a bitch."
He was resisting the energy purposely. He'd shut her
out, to make sure that the machine couldn't drain her life as well.
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