I’ve been sharing my novella Dominic chapter by chapter every week. You may already know Dominic (aka Tyson) from The Seven Chambers Series (specifically Stolen Flame). This is his story of how he came to be employed at The Chamber. Please sign up for my newsletter to continue reading Dominic!
*The following contains explicit content, 18+ readers, please. Also, this is a draft copy which has not been edited for publication.
The Men of the Seven Chambers Series
by D.W. Marshall
My heart hits my stomach when the most beautiful creature created on earth crosses the threshold, escorted by Zee. Flame is smiling when our eyes meet. A smile spreads across my face. Breathless. She is wearing a gorgeous floor-length deep red dress, with thin straps at her shoulders, the dress hugging her form. Taller than last time because she is in sky-high heels, and knowing her as I do she would rather be barefoot. Her hair falls in an ocean of thick black waves. If I didn’t already love her, this would be that defining moment, when there is no going back.
“Good evening,” I say and pull out her chair for her to sit. “You look lovely.”
Flame crosses the room toward me, her cheeks warm with blush. Zee looks on from the door, no doubt proud of her beauty work with Flame, not that she needs any, and happy for my possibilities.
“Thank you,” she says and takes her seat. I ease her closer to the table before walking around to take my seat. My heart hammering in my chest the entire time.
“You two have fun. I will send Gus in with your dinner,” Zee calls out before she leaves.
Silence falls as Flame and I watch the closed door, I am half expecting, half hoping Zee will return. I don’t know what to say to her, I mean stripped of the diversions of Mason, I am exposed.
“I like her,” Flame says after a long silence.
“Oh, Zion is the best. She will take good care of you. We both will,” I add.
She doesn’t respond to that other than a tight smile. There is white wine on the table, so I fill our glasses. Flame doesn’t hesitate to take a long draw. “So how does this work exactly? What part do you play?” she asks.
That is a good question.
I have a moment to think about how to respond to her very poignant question when Gus and Randy enter, bringing our dishes. Thankfully, because I must say the right thing to her. She is as smart as she is beautiful.
We are not given a choice but the chef here is top-notch. Salmon with a ginger glaze, asparagus, and twice baked potatoes. We thank them and they retreat.
“Well, the next couple of days you and I will spend time in here. I am supposed to do more of what we did last night, but we don’t have to do that. We can do whatever you want.”
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