After our wildly exciting night Dakota had a cot brought in so that I could sleep peacefully while he healed. I guess I should have been grateful but the fact of the matter was that I missed his arms around me. In this unknown place, with only my brother to protect me, I felt depressed and alone; so much so that as the days wore on I began to plot on how to escape.

So as the days dragged on and Dakota talked of our future I began to look for any and all exits. One day we went outside to a walled in garden to relax. I was astounded to realize how high the walls were. They had to be 11, maybe 12 feet tall, made of solid rock and who knew how thick. It was beautiful but caged.

"Do you like it?" Dakota asked from behind me as I knelt over to smell a rose.

With a brief hesitation I asked, "If I did, would I be able to come back?"

I heard him sigh, "All you have to ask. I'm not a dictator, you can explore the compound as much as you want."

I began a silent cheer

"As long as you are accompanied by a guard." He added with a sly grin.

Scowling I turned to him. "Is that really necessary?" I asked with my hands on my hips.

He looked down to where the bruising of his chest was visible above his white beater and then grined at me. "Oh I think it is, my little hellcat."

'A nickname!?' I thought outraged. "I don't belong to you, you pig." I spoke with a low ferocity.

I turned to leave and felt his hand close on my wrist and pull me around swiftly. I felt his hand roll my wedding ring on my finger and heard, "Whether you want to accept it or not, you are mine."

I swung my head around in rapid turn. "You don't own me!" I said vehemently. "You never will."

As I watched an arrogant grin slowly bloomed on his face. "We'll see kiddo, we'll see. You know you can't resist me."

I gave him a slow and degrading perusal. "Babe, You couldn't catch me if you tried."

"I already have." As quick as a fox, I was in his arms and being subjected to a dominating kiss. I pushed and fought against his grasp and finally slammed my foot down on his instep. He pulled back in shock and I spit on his face. He let go to wipe his face and I pushed him away. I turned and walked to the guard at the door.

"I'd like to go back now. The views suddenly turned sour." I said with an insolent grin.