My Husband, My Stalker

By: Jessa Kane


Even with my head buzzing with pain, I’m so proud of her. One self-defense class and she’s already confident enough to fight back when she feels threatened. If I was some average joe on the street, she might have succeeded, too, but I’m a hit man with ten years’ worth of military training.

There’s a thin length of rope within reaching distance and I use it to bind her wrists, throwing the end over one of the ceiling rafters, triple knotting the bindings and leaving Jolie’s hands tied in the air above her head, captured.

“I don’t want to do this,” I say through my teeth. “I just need you to listen.”

“I’ve heard enough.” Her eyes are bright with unshed tears. “You are no better than Joseph Hynes.”

My head jerks back like I’ve been slapped. She’s right. Of course she’s right.

This was my greatest fear all along. Being the thing that scares her the most.

“I love you. All I can say is that’s real. It’s the realest thing I’ve ever felt.”

“Well I don’t love you,” she chokes out. “I don’t even know who you are.”

My heart lurches, sinks, sinks all the way down. “Don’t say that. Yes, you do. Every moment was genuine, I was just holding back the full extent of what you do to me.” I step closer to Jolie, breathing into the crook of her neck, cradling her hips in my hands. “But when I’m inside you, when we’re close to finishing and I’m going for broke, that’s me. You’ve met me, felt me and you’ve loved it.”

“No,” she whispers, but I catch her hesitation. “No, you played me. Made me feel safe—”

“You were always safe,” I growl.

She ignores me. “Why do you have so many guns?”

“Work.”

Stark horror dances into her expression. “Oh God. What do you do?”

I swallow my trepidation. There’s nowhere to hide anymore. “I’m a hit man.”

Surprisingly, her features don’t register shock, but there is so much happening behind her eyes and goddammit, I would give anything to crawl inside and read her thoughts. “The other night…you weren’t coming back from the kitchen, were you?”

I shake my head slowly.

Her head tips back on a watery sniff. “You kill people for a living, you’ve tied me up in a storage unit full of pictures of me—my god, you’ve been stalking me—and you expect me to believe I’m safe right now?”

“Yes.”

She pulls on her restraint, slumping when it holds fast. “You’re a psychopath.”

The accusation hits me like a spray of bullets. I’ve always thought this was the case, but a psychopath doesn’t love like this. Doesn’t have regrets or guilt or attacks of conscience. But if I tell her any of that, there is no way in hell she’ll believe me. This storage unit has damned me. My lies have fucked me over. I do not have a chance with this woman any longer.

I’m a criminal to her.

A stalker.

A crazy person.

If I really love her, I have to put my money where my mouth is.

I…I have to release her.

If for no other reason than she’ll know my feelings are real. Because I don’t think I can go on living if she believes the last perfect, beautiful month of our lives was some sick, perverted fantasy I played out at her expense. That would haunt me forever. If I choose to go on living without her. The jury is out on that one.

I bring our foreheads together. “I’m going to let you go. I’ll untie you, let you out of this room and disappear. You’ll never have to see me again.” Her breath hitches, her eyes searching mine. I watch them closely, so closely, as I drag my fingertips up the inside of her thigh, pressing them to the silk material of her panties and massaging gently right over the top of her clit. “Please, just let me come inside you one last time.”

“No,” she breathes, shaking her head, yanking on the rope that secures her to the rafter.

It kills me, but I start to remove my touch…until she makes a breathy sound of protest, reluctant lust wafting into the gold of her eyes. Her thighs cinch around my hand before I can fully take it away, and hope lights up my entire system. Our uneven exhales mingle in the darkness. I should let her go now. I shouldn’t fuck her. Because I can see she’s confused by the fact that her body still craves mine, even though she surely hates me.

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