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The Black and White Angel By Lady Lilium Characters: 4611

Updated: 2018-07-13 12:07


'You.'

'But you said you didn't want me' she said moving towards him.

'Since I first lay eyes on you' Edward began, 'I haven't been able to get you out of my mind. I've been able to think of nothing else.'

She tilted her head uncertainly at then.

'What would you call this?' Edward asked. 'Love?'

'Love? Oh.' Lilith turned away, covering her mouth with her fingertips. 'We…cannot love. Not like that.'

'But why?'

'Because…we have to work.' She turned back to him. 'It…' she began, 'would be a conflict of interest.'

'If I knew I would feel this way' Edward began, 'I would have savoured the moment, and not….' He turned away. 'If I knew I would love you, I would have wanted our first moment together to be special.'

She placed a hand upon his arm. 'Was it not?' she asked him.

He turned back to her.

'It was' he said. 'But…it was all too rushed.'

'Well…' she said purring at him and moving closer, her lips hovering over his. 'We can take it….much slower next time.'

He grabbed her firmly by the arms, turning his head away and pushing her slowly but firmly back.

Lilith stared back at him dejected, no it was more than that, it was hurt. No one had ever refused her like that before.

'You're…serious about this' she asked him. 'Aren't you?'

'Since I first met you' Edward spoke not looking at her, 'I've not been able to think about anything else…but your touch. I….I want to get to know you…as a person…' he looked at her again. 'That is…if you want me.'

She faltered then, unsure of what to say.

'I've seen the way you look at me' Edward pressed. 'I know you feel the same.'

'I…' Lilith stammered. 'I don't…'

'Don't try to deny it' Edward said moving closer.

Lilith took a step back uncertainly. 'I don't…' she began. 'I mean…'

He embraced her tightly then, holding her to his chest, breathing in her sweet scent.

'Lilith' he whispered. 'I love you.'

Her heart stopped in her chest. Her breath caught in her throat. Eyes wide in shock, she slowly reached her hands around Edward's body, submitting to his embrace and holding him back. She nuzzled into his chest, fighting back the wave of emotions that swelled inside her.

What is this I am feeling? I've never known it before…

'It's not a very nice story I'm afraid' Lilith

was saying a short time later as they sat side by side on the bed. 'I don't think you'd want to hear it.'

'I do' Edward insisted. 'I want to know everything about you, and the truth this time.' He considered her. 'How did you really get those scars on your face?'

Lilith glanced at him reluctantly, then looked away, she took a deep breath before speaking. 'I was attacked' she told him. 'There was a time in my life where I was living on the streets, stealing just to stay alive. I was good at it too. But lessons were hard and you learnt fast, or else you wouldn't make it, and the streets would take you, and no one would notice you were gone.'

'What about your parents?'

'My mother rejected me the moment I was born, and in my entire early life I was a burden to my father, who at best tolerated me. I was never loved as a child. I never fit in anywhere. My father spent most of my early life trying to get rid of me, trying to find me a new home, that's why I travelled so much…….but none would take me.'

'And you ran away from home?' Edward asked her tentatively.

'Yes' Lilith said. 'Eventually. I met a man, who previously showed me kindness. He took me in and cared for me, we were even engaged. But after a while things turned sour, and I was forced to move on. That's when I lived off the streets, eventually Charlotte found me, mother of this house, and the one who runs the business. She gave me a new home and a new life……and I've been here ever since.'

'Do you have any siblings?'

'No.'

'Any children?'

'No' Lilith scoffed.

'How old are you?'

'Twenty five' Lilith replied. 'Or thereabouts. What about you?' she asked him hastily, before he could ask her another question. 'Tell me about yourself.'

'I work in an inn on the west side of this town. I live near there also. I have one sister and one brother I have not seen in years. They are both travelling, married last I heard. My parents live far away, I've recently moved here to start a life of my own……let's see' he pondered to himself. 'What else? I love the colour purple, I enjoy ice-skating when it's cold enough, and taking long walks, and painting….there's nothing in my past of any interest. Now let's see, what else might you want to know?'

'Why did you move here?' Lilith offered.

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