The high-pitched scream wrenched from Elaina's throat and echoed through the atmosphere. His hand clamped over her lips, this time with more force.
It was over for her. She had no chance of escape. Should she even try? Once a Dresdan got hold of something, anyone could bet on destruction and death. Always in that order.
He hoisted her up against his side and carried her like a log, darting between cars. She kicked her legs back and forth and managed to hook a heel to his ass. He never flinched. Just kept trudging while she thrashed around like a buck wild cat.
Maybe she only egged him on. After all, Dresdan savored resistance from their prey. They toyed with their snacks and meals before killing them. Captured, caged, and taunted them. Her blood boiled in her veins. The adrenaline running through her system served as a triple serving of dessert to them.
He stopped, turned her quickly away from him, and positioned her face to look in the window of a car.
"Is this your vehicle?" His voice was a forced whisper.
The bastard! He'd circled back to her Chevy Tahoe. He would drain her blood in there.
In the front of the SUV, she glimpsed a newspaper and a stack of books. A semi-automatic handgun lay hidden under the seat. This would be the first time she'd ever have to use it. Maybe if she got to it--
He shoved his hardened groin into her ass. "Is it?"
A jolt of pleasure swirled in her stomach. Confused at her body's choice of sensation, she nodded.
He brought his free hand around, producing her keys. Somehow, her captor must have snatched them from her. She couldn't remember anything, just the struggle she put up to break free. Of course, it was all in vain.
Opening the front door, he held her body against the car with his own. He used the controls on the inside frame to unlock the others, then led her to the back of the Tahoe.
Shit! She needed to get that gun so she could blow his brains out.
Commotion came from the other side of the parking garage and their heads whipped in the direction. Something headed their way. Hope tingled in her belly. Thank God! Maybe someone would see her being attacked. She took a deep breath, and tried to build up enough courage to fight off her captor so she could alert these people of her dilemma.
Dark figures moved about casting shadows against the concrete. Two of them.
"You hear that?" He hissed into the back of her hair. "They've come to kill you. Do you want to cross over this night?"
This brute is crazy. If two men were trying to kill her and he knew it, then why the fuck would he hold her hostage?
When she didn't answer, he continued, "Get in the damn vehicle. Don't make a peep."
There was no time to accept or reject his demands. Feet shuffled and voices of the two men approached. He shoved her onto the back floor of the SUV and came down over her. Elaina had never felt more claustrophobic in her own space before.
Blazing red eyes burned into her gaze. He pressed his pointer finger to his lips and shook his head.
Strange. His hard dick pressed into her stomach, and that was all she thought about. It awakened a sexual urge that she thought had dissipated.
Her captor's head snapped up as footsteps pounded outside on the pavement. While her heartbeat quickened, he remained still and calm.
The men's hushed voices echoed throughout the garage, just beyond the SUV.
"You sure she was spotted here?"
Her heart skipped a beat. Were they talking about her?
"There was a positive ID on her around the campus." They spoke in harsh tones. "Let's move forward to the grounds."
The men moved on until it seemed that there were no signs of their voices or presence nearby.
Elaina exhaled and looked at her captor. "What do you want from me?"
Fire eyes slowly turned on her, but the Dresdan didn't let her up. He lifted his hand and brushed sweat-dampened hair from her forehead.
She shrank back, confused at this stranger's actions. He stroked his fingers through her strands as if he admired her, had known her.
"Elaina." Her name rolled off his tongue like magic.
She gasped. She knew this voice. It couldn't be. No. Wasn't he dead? Executed. Extinct.
Glowing ruby eyes vanquished, turned to deep hazel. She knew them.