When Demons Are Redeemed: The Dominant's Muse
When Tristan and Catherine meet, he immediately possesses her body, soon wants her mind, but has no interest in her heart. Nor his. While he happily feeds a darkness within him, she nervously runs from a past that predates her birth. Love, nice and stable are not even on the radar . . .
Catherine physically escapes her dark past only to realize that the running in her mind, however, has not ended, and that, in order to cope with this continued racing away from a past that she refuses to recall, and from another that she could never fathom to be her own, strong emotions must never possess her. Remaining "even" must therefore be her normalcy.
Even. In order that she not emotionally swing from one extreme to another, and then catastrophically lose all of herself with the momentum.
Even. Because she believes that people suffer bad luck, or even die, when she is not.
When her self-imposed limited existence is nevertheless breached by Tristan, he owns no white horse, although he is seen upon one professionally, and he behaves in no way with chivalry, although he does own a suit of it for show. He, however, uses neither with her.
He possesses her.
He immediately sets new rules for her in his world, harsh ones, and she has no choice but to obey them. Him.
Soon enough, however, what begins to matter most is that she no longer runs alone, even if now being chased by their blend of demons.
What begins to matter even more is that he may know where the finish line is, and be strong enough to guide them there, eventually, with her as his muse, as his reason to want to reach it.
(P.S. Tristan first appears in chapter Four . . . )