Chapter 6: I’d Have Baked a Cake – part 1

Shane hesitated outside the door to his quarters. He almost didn’t want to go inside. He’d know instantly if the experiment had worked. If it hadn’t…

Pushing the disturbing thought aside, Shane unlocked the door and strode inside. Nothing attacked him, so there was hope for success.

Padding quietly in stocking feet, he checked each room of his suite. The living area, kitchen, study, and bathroom were quiet and empty. That left his bedroom. Shane willed his feet to the threshold and peered inside.

A nude, curvaceous female form lay on top of the covers on her side with her back to the door. Despite the near darkness, Shane knew it was Harris. Holding his breath he reached mentally, terrified that this would be the last experience of his life.

Myers. Amazingly, her “voice” crooned his name.

Shane broke into a huge smile but stayed in the doorway. This could still be a ploy. Harris, he replied. Why are you here?

She rolled on to her back, then sat up with some effort. His son was nearly ready to be born. Harris met his eyes and smiled, absently rubbing her belly. Because I want to be here. Yawning, she patted the space beside her and lay down. I’m so tired. Come to bed.

Euphoria coursed through Shane. It had worked! He crossed the short distance to the bed, stripped off his dress shirt and slacks, and curled up behind Harris. She felt and smelled wonderful, which unsurprisingly got him hard. Although he desperately wanted to be inside her, he didn’t try for fear of hurting his— their son. They’d protect him and keep him safe. If they were lucky they might even fall in love.

Shane sighed into Harris’ soft hair, resting one hand on her belly. Their son stirred briefly, sending a pulse of love to them both.

Then Harris tensed. “What…” Alarm surged and her mind vanished. Shane watched in utter confusion as she scrambled away from him. Her glare could have cut him in two. “Get out of my room, you bleedin’ pervert!”

Shane sat up as well, his mouth working silently as he reached for his alien side. “But you… This is my room!” Finally the emotionless cold washed over him and he realized what had happened. He’d been dreaming. Now, however, he was definitely awake and Harris was still there. Naked. And damn hot despite being nine months pregnant.

Shane telekinetically pulled the bedsheet around her, but left himself exposed. He knew he was toned, knew that she was enjoying the view, and against his better judgment wanted her to stay. “Look around, Harris. These are my quarters.” He kept his tone deliberately neutral. “I went to bed alone. Now you’re here. I have no idea how that happened.”

Editor’s note: For anyone who’s scratching his or her head over this chapter’s title, it’s from this corny 1950 Eileen Barton song.

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8 Responses to “Chapter 6: I’d Have Baked a Cake – part 1”

  1. daymon June 23, 2009 at 11:27 am #

    Well now, that is interesting way to wake up. Not to mention in the wrong room, I wonder how Harris got in there to begin with.

    Poor Shane getting all kinds of mixed signals.

    • nancy June 23, 2009 at 6:39 pm #

      Hee hee. All will be revealed… eventually. :)

  2. Eonknight June 23, 2009 at 12:03 pm #


    So Shane is conducting an “experiment” that involves, ultimately, getting Addison to fall in love with him. Plus, he shows he can be a gentleman by covering the woman’s modesty in a time of confusion…

    For a scheming liar, he’s showing a very tender side… that’s dangerous: Addison is neither stupid, nor trusting, and she’ll definitely suspect foul play.

    Can’t wait to see how that plays out.

    On another note:
    “Padding quietly in stocking feet” IN or ON stocking feet?

    Also, the transition from dream to reality does not quite work for me… I feel there is something missing between the 10th paragraph’s first line (“Then Harris tensed”) and the “What…”.

    • Eonknight June 23, 2009 at 1:51 pm #

      Never mind the “stocking feet” comment… just found out exactly what it means, and you have it right. Sorry for being ignorant… :-)

      • nancy June 23, 2009 at 6:41 pm #

        S’alright. It’s an odd phrase.

        Thanks for your feedback. Yeah, the dream/reality transition could be improved. I’ll have to take a look at it later when it’s not fresh in my head.

        Also, I don’t think Shane’s lied yet. He’s sure schemed and manipulated a bunch, though!

      • Eonknight June 23, 2009 at 9:22 pm #

        True, except maybe to himself when shaging Joon…

        Again, I’m eager to see how that will play out. :-)

  3. Alexandra June 23, 2009 at 11:39 pm #

    Always an interesting twist! :)

  4. Michael unValentine October 4, 2009 at 12:21 pm #

    Shane’s just come across as he always has thus far; with duplicity.

    Sure, he was a ‘gentleman’ covering her up, but an alt. motive lurks lol, he’s removed her beautiful body from view “out of sight, out of mind”, dulling his attraction towards her– while at the same time attempting to ramp up her attraction towards him by showing his “morning glory”.

    sarcasm on\\ He’s not conceited… he’s convinced!” //sarcasm off


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