Warning: Chapter contains mild nudity and sexual scenes and may not be suitable for readers under the age of 18.
It had been three days since he had seen the blonde woman, Marrick couldn’t seem to get his mind off of her and it only got worse as the days went on. He had spent the days fishing and today was the last time he needed to do it for money before he could take a few days off again; the quiet, lonely minutes that went by spent out by the water was grueling and he needed the break from his thoughts of the woman.. He watched television for the majority of the morning, he woke up around four in the morning and had gotten ready long before he needed to. He didn’t dream, he didn’t have nightmares, there was nothing going on in his mind but his memories of the past as he slept, almost as if he was laying down with his eyes shut, wide awake, simply thinking all night. The sun soon came up and lit the living room up as Marrick watched television, grabbing the remote and changing the channel to the morning news. He listened to the weather, hearing it was going to be a sunny, warm day and Marrick was pleased with this news. He shut the television off and got his fishing gear together, loading up his car and leaving for the city with Archor.
Marrick despised needing to go into the city, but the only grocery store around was on the other side of it completely, the only way to get to it was having to drive through the city. He passed the sports stadium and it reminded him of the sports games him and his father used to watch together on the television when he was a boy, he had never actually been to an arena as large as that and he wondered what it would be like to go inside. Marrick hated the city, but he couldn’t help but admit to himself that he wanted to explore some of the places within it, everything looked so lively and up beat; he began to wonder then if he didn’t like the city just because it seemed so much louder and obnoxious when he wasn’t in it.
Marrick heard Archor whimpering in the back seat, knowing that Archor hated the city more than he did, “I know, bud,” Marrick said softly and looked back at him briefly, reaching his hand back and Archor placed his snout within Marrick’s palm for comfort. They soon reached the grocery store and Marrick rolled a window down for Archor before going inside. He picked up an apple, some cheese, worms and a small bag of doggie treats to give Archor as he fished. He wasn’t gone long and Archor barked and did circles in the car when he saw Marrick returning from the store, Marrick soon getting in the car and returning to the same position he was in with Archor before they had gotten there, holding his snout.
Marrick and Archor soon arrived to a small river they enjoyed coming to that was near the stables. Most of the time while Marrick fished there, Archor would always watch the horses for hours in curiosity and amazement, but Marrick had never let him get close to one. Archor decided to stay close to Marrick this time though, the horses weren’t outside today and not many people were at the stables for Archor to be curious enough to observe them. Marrick listened to the sound of the gentle waterfall that fell not to far from him, thinking of the blonde yet again and by his own shock, he was hoping to see her again.
Archor eventually grew bored of simply lying around so he stood and began walking away from Marrick, “Don’t go far,” Marrick said softly, looking over his shoulder as he watched Archor beginning to sniff around, continuing his slow pace as he walked away from Marrick. Archor pawed at a few areas, beginning to dig holes but deciding not to go too deep each time and moving onto the next thing that caught his eye. Marrick continuously looked over his shoulder at Archor, making sure that he didn’t go too far like he had requested of him and seeing that he was obeying him. He thought about the day they had gone to the forest preserve and the way Archor pointed out the blonde for Marrick, he had never seen him act nicely towards anyone but him and seeing how much he liked the blonde surprised Marrick. He didn’t care for Archor’s disobedience that day too much, but he was somewhat happy that Archor had done what he had did.
Marrick reeled his line in and began walking down the edge of the water, moving to a different spot when he noticed Archor had found something. As he walked, he focused his eyes more on what Archor was looking at and he realized it was a snake, one with red and blue colors, “Leave it,” he demanded, watching as Archor looked to him and furrowed his brow in sadness, dropping his ears low and walking away from the snake back towards Marrick. He threw out his line to the water and began fishing now at a different spot, hearing Archor coming up behind him and then to the water to get a drink. Marrick pulled the doggie treats he had gotten for him from his pocket and Archor’s ears perked up instantly, excitedly waiting for one and Marrick tossed a few over his shoulder and Archor ran for each one frantically.
Marrick had caught a few fish and soon decided to leave when the sun had started to go down, driving home and dropping off Archor before he went back to the market to sell what fish he had caught. When Marrick got home, he noticed that Archor had made a mess with his chew toys, always going into a frantic state whenever Marrick left him by himself at home. Marrick sighed, walking around the room and tidying up the home. He walked over to the fridge and looked in, trying to decide what to make for dinner when he then heard Archor barking excitedly at the back door.
Marrick slowly closed the fridge door and looked to see the blonde stranger from the forest preserve a few days ago, watching as she smiled happily when she saw him and carrying a pizza box with her. Marrick’s brow raised in slight confusion but he couldn’t deny the fact that he liked seeing her again, she was more beautiful than he realized now that she was this close to him when he greeted her at his back door.
“Hey, are you hungry?” She asked, Marrick not really knowing what to say.
“Um.. What are you doing here?” He asked, looking her over and down at the pizza.
“Oh, well, I just wanted to apologize for keeping your dog from you for so long the other day, I should’ve made him go with you or brought him home sooner. But I’m a huge dog person, so I didn’t mind his company.. I was sure that I made you worry though, so, I’m sorry,” she said simply, throwing Marrick off slightly and he shrugged gently back towards her.
“There’s no reason so apologize, he should’ve known better,” Marrick replied coldly and he watched as she lost her soft smile slightly.
“I bought a pizza.. Are you hungry?” She repeated her first question, Marrick looking to her eyes and could tell she didn’t want to leave yet.
“Sure,” he replied with a slightly defeated tone, the blonde handing the pizza to him with a smile and he brought it inside.
Marrick heard her enter his house with him but she stayed by the back door, “I’m Sadie, by the way,” she said sweetly, Marrick flipping the lid of the box open and setting it upon the counter. He looked over to her briefly and back to the pizza.
“Marrick,” he replied simply, grabbing two slices of the pizza and walking back over to her to hand her one of them.
“Thanks,” she said softly, accepting the slice and watching as Marrick walked out the back door to eat outside. She followed after him, continuing to try and engage with him more, “I haven’t seen you around ever, did you just move here?” She asked, Marrick sitting down at his picnic table and Sadie joining him, both beginning to eat their pizza.
Marrick liked her company, but he still felt uncomfortable around her; every time the males within his family showed interest in someone or fell in love, their insane sides began to show more and it always ended badly.. But Marrick thought she was almost irresistible, even after only seeing her for his second time. Archor sat in front of them, Marrick tossing him a few of the toppings that were on the top of the pizza. “No, I’ve lived here for 7 years,” he replied simply and she looked towards him in slight surprise.
“Oh.. Do you.. Not go to the city often?” She asked.
Marrick shook his head ‘no’ towards her, “I hate the city,” he answered and continued eating his pizza, keeping his answers rather short.
“Well, you should go there more often, once you have just one good night there, you’ll be hooked,” she said with a smile and a soft giggle, looking to him before continuing to eat her slice.
Marrick looked to her after she spoke, admiring her face and wanting to reach out and touch her hair. “What do you do?” He asked, getting close to finishing his pizza.
“I’m a painter, I breed horses, too,” she replied with a smile, finishing her slice of pizza and looking to Archor who was begging to eat the crust.
Marrick noticed the look of desperation on Archor’s face and he looked to Sadie, “He can have it,” Marrick told Sadie and she smiled, giving it to Archor and he took it from her gently, wagging his tail and eating it. “I read about you in the paper a few days ago, you donate your paintings, right?” He asked.
“Yeah, I’m donating them and also trying to raise money to give to a charity. I really enjoy helping others,” she replied and he gave the slightest hint of a smirk.
Marrick finished his pizza and stood up, giving Archor the remainder of his crust as well and petting him when he finished it quickly. Sadie watched Marrick and kept her sweet smile the entire time, admiring him as she already was feeling more interest in him. “What do you do? Do you live alone here, just you and Archor?” She questioned and he looked to the ground briefly, then back up to Archor.
“Yeah, just me and him. And I’m a fisherman,” he answered calmly, looking to her, “I’m warning you now not to get too involved with me, Archor and I aren’t really fond of people. We like our privacy,” he said rather bluntly, watching her lose her smile, but it soon came back and he was surprised by it.
“I’d like to change that,” she replied and he looked back to Archor as his face grew warm, Archor wagging his tail more and licking Marrick’s scruffy chin, “You should come to the city with me sometime, give it a chance,” she continued and Marrick looked to her as she stood up and began walking away from his home towards the city that stood proudly before her.
Archor followed her excitedly and ignored Marrick’s petting when Sadie walked away from them, growing slightly jealous of Sadie as she seemed to always be stealing Archor’s attention. He stood and looked to the two of them, admiring her long blonde hair that fell down her back and the light from the city and the moon helped it gleam even more. “I could show you around, I’ve been to most of the buildings within the city, I’ve donated at least one painting to all of them, too. I know my way around, I bet I could even get us into a good Lounge or maybe even a game at the stadium.. Would you want to?” She asked, bending down to pet Archor and she looked towards Marrick with a warm smile.
Marrick placed his hands within his front pockets and looked to the ground, pondering her question and not wanting to go along with it. Judging by how much Archor loved her, she had to be a good person, convincing him that she was too good for himself. If the burden of his gruesome family history happens to him, he would hate to hurt her and not only emotionally.. He liked her, he felt a connection the moment he laid eyes on her, but he couldn’t, didn’t, want her to be a part of his life; it would only end badly.. “I don’t think so,” he replied softly, watching as the smile left her face.
Marrick heard as Archor barked at him, giving Archor a rather confused look and wanting him to stop, “Quiet,” he demanded and Archor stopped his loud barks and gave out low barks that sounded like sad yelps. “Stop! I said no and I’m not changing my mind,” Marrick demanded again and Archor stopped then, Sadie feeling sorry for him and she was surprised how Archor seemed to know exactly what Marrick was saying. She looked back to Archor and petted him more, Archor whimpering softly as she did so and Sadie smiled.
“I don’t think he agrees with your answer,” she replied softly and Marrick sighed, looking to the ground again and ignoring her gaze. He heard her walking through the grass and back towards him, causing Marrick to look up to her and he grew slightly nervous. She stopped in front of him with the same smile, “One night, that’s all I want. The city’s really not such a bad place, it’s just noisy. But, it’s a good thing, there’s a lot of people, a lot more people in the city that out here in the suburbs. They obviously have plenty of reasons for liking it since so many of us around here live there,” she added and Marrick continued to contemplate his answer towards her, wanting to say no again but he hesitated as he looked to her. “Do you mind if I use your bathroom? I just want to wash my hands, they smell like pizza and Archor, it’ll give you a few minutes to change your mind, too” she said with a gentle giggle and Marrick enjoyed hearing her laugh.
“Um.. Yeah, sure.. Just go in and it’s the door straight ahead of you,” he replied and she nodded in thanks, walking passed him and inside.
Sadie walked into his bathroom ad he followed after her into his home along with Archor, Marrick shutting the back door and sighing; he didn’t want her to be inside too much longer and he wondered when she would leave. He walked over and put the leftover pizza in the fridge to save it for her, tossing Archor a few of the toppings upon the pizza once more before he put it all away. Marrick washed his hands in the kitchen sink and dried them, walking over to couch then and turning the television on, assuming that this was the end of the night and somewhat wanting it to be so.
Marrick heard her come out of the bathroom and he watched as Archor rushed over to greet her, walking with her as she came into the living room, “Do you mind if I watch with you?” She asked and Marrick looked to her with a reluctant expression.
“I guess,” he replied and she happily sat with him, Marrick watching as Archor laid down by her feet instead of his and he grew jealous once more, wondering what it was that Archor liked about her so much. His mind was running wild and he wanted to know why she hung around him for this long, wondering when she would eventually see who he really was and make a run for it. “I saved the pizza, you can take it home with you whenever you leave,” he said softly, continuing to shift his eyes between the television and Archor.
“Oh, you keep it. I brought it for you as an apology. Thanks for accepting it,” she replied and he looked to her briefly, seeing her still smiling and he nodded to her request.
“So, what’s your answer?” She asked, referring to her inviting him to the city and she hoped he had changed his mind.
Marrick hesitated a little, focusing his attention around the room as he thought of his response. There was something within him that was telling him that he should take her invite and go to her into the city, he wanted to be around her more, but was it him that wanted to, or was it his dark side coming to life now that he was showing interest in her? He was worried about saying yes, but he decided to stick with his first response. “No.. Well, at least it’s a no for now,” he replied and looked to her, watching as she kept her smile and nodded, finally accepting his answer and he was happy that she understood.
“That’s fine, whenever you’re ready, let me know,” she replied and he looked away from her back to the television, letting out a calm sigh and not minding her company too much anymore. Sadie spoke up again, “Well, unless you’re saying no because you have a girlfriend already,” she added, Marrick looking to her and seeing her expression go slightly worried.
“No, I don’t.. Just, need to get used to the idea of actually going to the city for by my own will,” he replied and looked to her, watching as her smile went pleased by his answer and he quickly looked back to the television. Marrick felt as if it wasn’t going to be easy to get rid of her, somewhat not wanting her to leave and also feeling as if she didn’t want to either.
“Well, then you could now take my invitation earlier as me asking you on a date,” she corrected herself and Marrick looked to her, smirking slightly but soon losing it from his lips.
“I barely know you,” he replied simply, hearing her chuckle softly and he took his attention away from her eyes.
“That’s the point of a date, to get to know the other person,” she answered, “And I want to do that,” she continued and grabbed Marrick’s attention, watching as he sighed softly to himself. He didn’t want this to happen, he didn’t want to get involved with anyone in the fear of hurting them in the end, but it was something he had always thought about since he’s been on his own; he wondered what kind of things he would do to her should he ever snap, and the thoughts he came up with scared him.
Sadie shifted within her spot and looked to him with inviting eyes, Marrick wondering why she was looking at him like that. “The truth is,” Sadie began, “There’s just something about you that I like, you seem quiet, but the quiet ones are always the most interesting,” she continued and he tried to keep his attention off of her. Marrick had been infatuated with her scent and subtle perfume ever since she had gotten there, the thoughts in the back of his mind of how he wanted her to leave now escaping his thoughts the more time that went by with her. Sadie propped herself up slightly more and looked to Marrick with a seductive grin, Marrick now unable to look away from her gaze as he watched her every move with curiosity.
“Why are you looking at me like that,” he more demanded an answer than asked a question, Sadie biting her bottom lip and giggling at his seriousness.
“Because I like looking at you,” she replied simply and his eyes widened a little. Marrick adored the look in her sapphire eyes, watching as she shifted herself and somewhat crawled over him, causing him to draw back slightly and move his arm up to across the back of the couch.
“Throwing yourself at me won’t change my mind,” he answered, though he had already done so the moment she asked him the second time, though staying strong as to not giving in.
“Say that you’ll go on a date with me,” she said playfully and Marrick grew slightly nervous at the locations of her hands.
“No,” he replied coldly but Sadie somehow knew he didn’t mean it.
“What are you afraid of?” She asked, continuing to smile as she only leaned in closer and he shifted within his seat somewhat uncomfortably, looking at both her eyes and lips repeatedly. Marrick didn’t know how to answer her, hesitating and refusing to answer her question, knowing he could scare her away eventually regardless of the answer he gave her.
Marrick watched in surprise as Sadie leaned forward and pressed her lips to his, Marrick incapable of bringing himself to stop her and he returned the kiss without hesitation. It was everything he had hoped it would be, her lips were as soft as silk and he brought his right hand to the side of her face and pulled her in more, kissing her deeper and soon moving his hand to the back of her head through her hair. Sadie shifted her body and sat within his lap facing him continuing the kiss, Marrick running his hands through her long hair as his hand traced down her back. Sadie wrapped her arms around his neck and Marrick kissed her for as long as could, soon pulling her head back and hearing her let out a gentle cry in pleasure and he began kissing roughly down her neck and over her clavicle. Without so much as giving her a say in his actions, he connected their lips again and stood up with her still over him, carrying her weight with ease and she wrapped her legs around him as he carried her towards his bedroom.
Marrick opened the door, still holding her securely and shutting it behind him before Archor could come into the room as well, hearing him paw at the bottom of it and begin to whimper. He ignored Archor as he brought Sadie to his bed and laid her down, watching as she removed her jacket and vest and laid under him beautifully and Marrick then continuing to their kiss instantly. Marrick ignored the voices in the back of his head, telling him to stop and to save her while he still could, but the look in her eyes convinced him otherwise rather easily. Before continuing any further, he disconnected the kiss briefly and looked to her, giving himself one last chance to turn back while he could, Sadie’s eyes asking why he had stopped as she ran her fingers through his soft brown hair. Before he had the chance to make up his mind however, she pulled him back in and continued their kiss, Marrick instantaneously forgetting why he had stopped and caving into her wishes.
Marrick didn’t know why, but he couldn’t help himself; what he wanted at the time was her, even despite his conscious telling him that it would all end badly and him wondering then if it actually would. Marrick had never noticed himself acting out of the ordinary as far as the insanity that had been accustomed to his family, but he had never let anyone close enough for it to take over. He was worried for her, but he also wanted to see if he could subdue his frightening trait and beat it so he never would have to worry about hurting her..