Baring Mia

By: Kallista Dane

He kissed her gently. “I’ve known all along you were here undercover. And we already have all the proof we need.”

He saw her eyes widen at that and went on. “You know Sam’s job is to take care of me. When he got wind of trouble at ITC, he bugged the building. That’s how he found out Cabrera was gone and so was every dime from the investors. He heard Patterson’s original offer to you. When you came to work here, he figured you couldn’t be trusted, so he insisted on having someone follow you every time you left the building. He has a tape of the last conversation you had with Patterson. It may not be admissible in court, but it should be enough to convince the prosecuting attorney that anything the man says about you – – or me – – is a lie.”

“By the way,” Harmon added, “as time went on, the rest of the men kept telling me that no matter what Sam heard on those tapes, they didn’t think you were capable of betraying me. You won their hearts, Mia.”

He looked down into her eyes. “And you won mine. I love you, Mia Thorne. I realized it tonight, right in the middle of that virtual world horror show I subjected you to. I was walking away, ready to pull the plug on the whole thing when the bomb went off.”

Harmon went on. “I thought you were planning to set me up, but even then, I couldn’t bear to see you so upset. Knowing how hurt you were by all of it, emotionally, hurt me even more. Besides, I hated seeing other men touch you, even in a fantasy. I know what you did with Cabrera in the past, but I hope you can learn to be happy with me as your only Dom in the future.”

“What are you talking about?”

“He bragged to everyone about how you loved having more than one man at a time, how you got off on it. But I’m way too jealous to ever allow that to happen. That’s why I created all those virtual world scenarios. I’ve been trying to find ways to keep you satisfied without having to share you.”

Mia stared up at him, speechless, then dissolved into tears. “I wish I’d had the nerve to be honest with you from the beginning,” she sobbed. “Jake, Cabrera was a liar. He smacked my bottom a couple of times after he found out I had always fantasized about it, just enough to make me wonder how it would feel to get a real spanking.

“But I was never his sub. You’re the only Dom I’ve ever had. I was so scared that first day, pretending all of it turned me on. Then, as time went on, I discovered I really did love being mastered. By you. A couple of those virtual scenes involving other people were exciting. But that’s because I knew they weren’t real. I love when it’s just you and me. I don’t need or want anyone else.”

It was Jake’s turn to be speechless. The only Dom she’d ever had? He thought back to their first day together, when he walked away thinking she was such a good actress he could have sworn she’d never been spanked and dominated before.

Jake’s arms tightened around her. “I love hearing I’m your first Dom. And from here on out, I’ll be your only Dom. It’s a good thing for his sake that Cabrera is gone – because if I ever get my hands on him I’ll throw his sorry ass off this roof.”

She swiped away the remnants of her tears and looked up at him. “I’ve always wondered…how did you create the illusion that there were other people in the room? I could swear sometimes I felt more than two hands touching me at the same time.”

He grinned. “Sorry. Trade secrets. And I’m afraid all of them have just gone up in flames. Sounds like I may not need to recreate them. From now on, you’ll have to get used to having only two hands on you.”

“Well, I’m no tech genius, but if I were designing my perfect virtual world, that’s exactly how I’d have it – as long as those two hands are yours.”

She was about to go on, but Jake stopped her. “It’s time for you to quit talking now.” His voice was stern, but his eyes twinkled.

“Yes, Sir,” she whispered, just before he captured her lips in a soul-searing kiss.

Chapter Twenty-One

Mia strolled along the narrow ribbon of sand, warm waves lapping at her ankles. It was early morning, the sun’s warmth still welcome on her skin.

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