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Chapter 40 – Promises – Raine's POV

Every inch of my chest was sore. But at the same time, I had never felt better. I felt like I was floating on air. No longer did I have to endure the torture of being Vladimir's pet.

No longer was I sentenced to die!

I watched Armand pace as he barked out orders. It was so strange to think of him as my father. In all honesty, he still scared the crap out of me. He looked over to where Cage was holding me on the floor and said quietly, "Take her to get cleaned up and then return. We have much to discuss."

Cage nodded hard and stood to his feet, with me still nestled tightly against his chest. When we reached his suite, he walked straight into the bathroom and began to carefully undress me. When we were both naked, he stepped into the shower and closed the door behind us.

I was surprised at how quiet he was, the lines in his face tense and unyielding.

As he methodically cleaned the dried blood from my body, I reached my fingertips up to touch his face and whispered, "What's wrong?"

He looked conflicted, like he was trying to decide whether or not to tell me. Anxiety rolled through me. After another moment, he finally said gently, "What happened with Vlad?"

I looked at him questioningly. He hadn't answered my question. Maybe his troublesome demeanor was the outcome of his anger toward Vlad, but I suspected there was more to it than that.

When I began to concentrate so that I could formulate an answer to his question, all of the horrible memories of what Vlad had done to me in that cell, rushed in. I gasped, trying to catch my breath as a sob broke through my lips.

Immediately, his arms were around me. He held me close to his chest and murmured, "Shhh Dulce...It's okay. He will never hurt you again. Just tell me what happened."

"He...He told me that Armand had given me to him as his pet. He planned to...Keep me chained up so that I couldn't kill myself while he broke me. He was getting off on the idea of me fighting him while he fucked me...Who does that?!" my voice broke and tears ran down my cheeks. I couldn't continue.

He kissed the top of my hair and stroked my back comfortingly. "Easy... Just relax...Take your time." He waited for a few moments and then continued, "I know there is more...Did he touch you?"

I could tell he was trying to maintain his calm, but his anger broke through on the word 'touch'.

I didn't want to tell him.

Part of me was ashamed that I had let it happen. Another part of me worried about making him angrier. I didn't want him to have to see the memory in his head like I did. I buried my face in his chest and shook my head silently.

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