"Calm down! You're safe now, I've got you."
Samantha stopped her histrionics and looked up to see Sinclair had her in his arms and that she'd come close enough to shore to be able to stand again. She turned around fearfully to look behind her, but the water teased her with its emptiness.
"There wa-was something in the wa-water," she stammered, her body trembling with fright.
"Yes, I thought I saw something following you, which is very surprising. The entire island is encased in a sort of bubble because of the curse. Nothing up 'til your arrival has been able to get in or out. But the creature swimming after you was definitely new. Whatever it was, it's gone now. Come," he said coaxing her gently like a skittish colt towards the beach. "Let's get you dried off and back to the castle. We'll have to warn Kaar so he can tell the rest of the villagers to be on the lookout for whatever that was."
With an arm wrapped around her waist, he walked her back through the water to the beach. Samantha's heart finally started to slow down and she felt a little foolish now for panicking. Sinclair acted so cool and calm about the whole thing that it must mean there hadn't been any real danger. Probably just a big fish. She hoped.
When the water started to come to her thighs Samantha looked down and unfortunately groaned out loud causing Sinclair to look at her. Her cheeks flamed bright red. The chemise she'd decided to swim in had turned see-through. It clung to her lush body, outlining all of her curves and her dark nipples showed prominently through the light cloth. His eyes smoldered as he stared at her almost nude body and Samantha felt that warm, coiling in her tummy again. To her mortification, her nipples hardened, their aroused state obvious through the wet, clinging fabric. She ducked her head in embarrassment looking for her gown to cover herself with and so was surprised when she felt Sinclair wrap his arms around her. Tilting her chin up, he smiled
wickedly, his eyes twinkling.
"I am beginning to wonder if you are a sea nymph since this is the third time now I've seen you wet."
He didn't know how wet. Samantha listened to him raptly, staring at his lips and willing them to kiss her own.
"This could become a nice habit." he said lowering his head.