"We've been damned lucky with the traffic. But that means the Dodge has, too. Don't slow down, Ana. Get us home."
"I can't remember the way," I mutter, panicked by the fact the Dodge is still on our tail.
"Head south on Stewart. Keep going until I tell you when."
Christian sounds anxious again. I zoom past three blocks but the lights change to yellow on Yale Avenue.
"Run them, Ana," Christian shouts. I jump so hard I floor the gas pedal, throwing us both back in our seats, speeding through the now red light.
"He's taking Stewart," Sawyer says.
"Stay with him, Luke."
"That's his name."
A quick glance and I can see Christian glaring at me as if I'm crazy.
"Eyes on the road!" he snaps.
I ignore his tone. "Luke Sawyer."
"Yes!" He sounds exasperated.
"Ah." How did I not know this? The man has been following me to work for the last six weeks, and I didn't even know his first name.
"That's me, ma'am," Sawyer says, startling me, though he's speaking in the calm, monotone voice he always uses. "The unsub is heading down Stewart, sir. He's really picking up speed."
"Go, Ana. Less of the f**king chitchat," Christian growls.
"We're stopped at the first light on Stewart." Sawyer informs us.
"Ana - quick - in here," Christian shouts, pointing to a parking lot on the south side of Boren Avenue. I turn, the tires screeching in protest as I swerve into the crowded lot.
"Drive around. Quick," Christian orders. I drive as fast as I can to the back, out of sight of the street. "In there." Christian points to a space. Shit! He wants me to park it. Crap!
"Just f**king do it," he says. So I do . . . perfectly. Probably the only time I have ever parked perfectly.
"We're hidden in the parking lot between Stewart and Boren,"
Christian says into the BlackBerry.
"Okay, sir." Sawyer sounds irritated. "Stay where you are; we'll follow the unsub."
Christian turns to me, his eyes searching my face. "You okay?"
"Sure," I whisper.
Christian smirks. "Whoever's driving that Dodge can't hear us, you know."
And I laugh.
"We're passing Stewart and Boren now, sir. I see the lot. He's gone straight past you, sir."
Both of us sag simultaneously with relief.
"Well done, Mrs. Grey. Good driving." Christian gently strokes my face with his fingertips, and I jump at the contact, inhaling deeply. I had no idea I was holding my breath.
"Does this mean you'll stop complaining about my driving?" I ask. He laughs - a loud cathartic laugh.
"I wouldn't go so far as to say that."
"Thank you for letting me drive your car. Under such exciting circumstances, too." I try desperately to keep my voice light.
"Maybe I should drive now."
"To be honest, I don't think I can climb out right now to let you sit here. My legs feel like Jell-O." Suddenly I'm shuddering and shaking.
"It's the adrenaline, baby," he says. "You did amazingly well, as usual. You blow me away, Ana. You never let me down." He touches my cheek tenderly with the back of his hand, his face full of love, fear, regret - so many emotions at once - and his words are my undoing. Overwhelmed, a strangled sob escapes from my constricted throat, and I start to cry.
"No, baby, no. Please don't cry." He reaches over and, in spite of the limited space we have, pulls me over the handbrake console to cradle me in his lap. Smoothing my hair off my face, he kisses my eyes, then my cheeks, and I curl my arms around him and sob quietly into his neck. He buries his nose in my hair and wraps me in his arms, holding me tight and we sit, neither of us saying anything, just holding each other.
Sawyer's voice startles us. "The unsub has slowed outside Escala. He's casing the joint."
"Follow him," Christian snaps.
I wipe my nose on the back of my hand and take a deep steadying breath.
"Use my shirt." Christian kisses my temple.
"Sorry," I mutter, embarrassed by my crying.
"What for? Don't be."
I wipe my nose again. He tips my chin up and plants a gentle kiss on my lips. "Your lips are so soft when you cry, my beautiful, brave girl,"
"Kiss me again."
Christian stills, one hand on my back, the other on my behind.
"Kiss me," I breathe, and I watch his lips part as he inhales sharply. Leaning across me, he takes the BlackBerry out of its cradle, and tosses it onto the driver's seat beside my sandaled feet. Then his mouth is on me as he moves his right hand into my hair, holding me in place, and lifts his left to cradle my face. His tongue invades my mouth, and I welcome it. Adrenaline turns to lust streaking through my body. I clasp his face, running my fingers over his sideburns, relishing the taste of him. He groans at my fevered response, low and deep in his throat, and my belly tightens swift and hard with carnal desire. His hand moves down my body, brushing my breast, my waist, and down to my backside. I shift fractionally.
"Ah!" he says and breaks away from me, breathless.
"What?" I mutter against his lips.
"Ana, we're in a car lot in Seattle."
"Well, right now I want to f**k you, and you're shifting around on me . . . it's uncomfortable."
My craving spirals out of control at his words, tightening all my muscles below my waist once more.
"Fuck me then." I kiss the corner of his mouth. I want him. Now. That car chase was exciting. Too exciting. Terrifying . . . and the fear has jump-started my libido. He leans back to gaze at me, his eyes dark and hooded.
"Here?" His voice is husky. My mouth goes dry. How can he turn me on with one word?
"Yes. I want you. Now."
He tilts his head to one side and stares at me for a few moments.
"Mrs. Grey, how very brazen," he whispers, after what feels like an eternity. His hand tightens around my hair at my nape, holding me firmly in place, and his mouth is on mine again, more forcefully this time. His other hand skims down my body, down over my behind and lower still to my mid-thigh. My fingers curl into his overlong hair.
"I'm so glad you're wearing a skirt," he murmurs as he slips his hand beneath my blue and white patterned skirt to caress my thigh. I squirm once more on his lap and the air hisses between his teeth.
"Keep still," he growls. He cups my sex with his hand, and I still immediately. His thumb brushes over my clitoris and my breath catches in my throat as pleasure jolts like electricity deep, deep, deep inside me.
"Still," he whispers. He kisses me once more as his thumb circles gently around me through the sheer fine lace of my designer underwear. Slowly he eases two fingers passed my panties and inside me. I groan and flex my h*ps toward his hand.
"Please," I whisper.
"Oh, Mrs. Grey. You're so ready," he says, sliding his fingers in and out, tortuously slowly. "Do car chases turn you on?"
"You turn me on."
He smiles a wolfish grin and withdraws his fingers suddenly, leaving me wanting. He scoops his arm under my knees and, taking me by surprise, he lifts me and swings me around to face the windshield.
"Place your legs either side of mine," he orders, putting his legs together in the middle of the footwell. I do as I'm told, placing my feet on the floor on either side of his. He runs his hands down my thighs, then back, pulling up my skirt.
"Hands on my knees, baby. Lean forward. Lift that glorious ass in the air. Mind your head."
Shit! We really are going to do this, in a public parking lot. I quickly scan the area in front of us and see no one - but feel a thrill coursing through me. I'm in a public lot! This is so hot! Christian shifts beneath me, and I hear the telltale sound of his zipper. Putting one arm around my waist and with his other hand tugging my lacy panties sideways, he impales me in one swift move.
"Ah!" I cry out, grinding down on him, and his breath hisses through his teeth. His arm snakes around me up to my neck and he grasps me under my chin. His hand spreads across my neck, pulling me back and tilting my head to one side so he can kiss my throat. His other hand grips my hip and together we start to move.
I push up with my feet, and he tilts himself into me - in and out. The sensation is . . . I groan loudly. It's so deep this way. My left hand curls around the hand brake, my right hand braced against my door. His teeth graze my earlobe and he tugs - it's almost painful. He bucks again and again into me. I rise and fall, and as we establish a rhythm, he moves his hand around beneath my skirt to the apex of my thighs, and his fingers gently tease my clitoris through the sheer finery of my panties.
"Be. Quick," he breathes into my ear through gritted teeth, his hand still curled around my neck beneath my chin. "We need to do this quick, Ana." And he increases the pressure of his fingers against my sex.
"Ah!" I feel the familiar build of pleasure, bunching deep and thick inside me.
"Come on, baby," he rasps at my ear. "I want to hear you."
I moan again, and I am all sensation, my eyes tightly closed. His voice at my ear, his breath on my neck, pleasure radiating out from where his fingers tease my body and where he slams deep inside me -
and I am lost. My body takes control, craving release.
"Yes," Christian hisses in my ear and I open my eyes briefly, staring wildly at the cloth roof of the R8, and I scrunch them closed again as I come around him.
"Oh, Ana," he murmurs in wonder, and he wraps his arms around me and rams into me one last time and stills as he cl**axes deep inside. He runs his nose along my jaw and softly kisses my throat, my cheek, my temple as a lie on him, my head lolling against his neck.
"Tension relieved, Mrs. Grey?" Christian closes his teeth around my earlobe again and tugs. My body is drained, totally exhausted, and I mewl. I feel his smile against me.
"Certainly helped with mine," he adds, shifting me off him. "Lost your voice?"
"Yes," I murmur.
"Well aren't you the wanton creature? I had no idea you were such an exhibitionist."
I sit up immediately, alarmed. He tenses. "No one's watching are they?" I glance anxiously around the car lot.
"Do you think I'd let anyone watch my wife come?" He strokes his hand down my back reassuringly, but the tone of his voice sends shivers down my spine. I turn to gaze at him and grin impishly.
"Car sex!" I exclaim.
He grins and tucks a strand of hair behind my ear. "Let's head back. I'll drive."
He opens the door to let me climb off his lap and out into the parking lot. When I glance down he's quickly doing up his fly. He follows me out and then holds the door open for me to climb back in. Strolling quickly around to the driver's side, he climbs in beside me, retrieves the BlackBerry, and makes a call.
"Where's Sawyer?" he snaps. "And the Dodge? How come Sawyer's not with you?"
He listens intently to Ryan, I assume.
"Her?" he gasps. "Stick with her." Christian hangs up and gazes at me.
Her! The driver of the car? Who could that be - Elena? Leila?
"The driver of the Dodge is female?"
"So it would appear," he says quietly. His mouth presses into a thin angry line. "Let's get you home," he mutters. He starts up the R8 with a roar and reverses smoothly out of the space.
"Where's the, er . . . unsub? What does that mean by the way?
Sounds very BDSM."
Christian smiles briefly as he eases the car out of the lot and back onto Stewart Street.