#NewRelease :: Flawed (In Disgrace #1)

A few minutes later, Aditya joined her. They walked to the car in silence, their awareness of each other a live being that sparked and crackled between them. His fingers brushed against hers as they walked and her whole hand burst into flame. She swallowed hard and slid into the passenger seat as Aditya got behind the wheel.

“I’ll take you home then,” he said, his voice a hoarse rumble.

She didn’t reply, her gaze on the dark, empty road ahead of them. His knuckles whitened against the steering wheel for a brief instant before he put the car in gear and moved forward. They completed the drive in total silence, one fraught with words that neither could speak.

When Aditya finally rolled to a stop in front of her own, dark house, Vaani opened the car door and mumbled, “Good night.” She had one leg out of the car when he spoke. 

“I have no future to offer you.” 

She froze in place, her eyes on his tense profile. He wouldn’t look at her, keeping his gaze fixed firmly on the darkness spread out in front of the windshield.

Look at me, she willed him, but he wouldn’t. He just kept staring out at nothingness. 

Look at me, damn you! This time her mental voice was strident enough to get through. He looked at her. Oh lord, he looked at her.

And in his gaze, she saw something she’d never seen before. Desperate need, an anguished yearning, and a ferocious hunger…for her. Never in her life had anyone looked at her the way this man did. Never in her life had anyone wanted her like he did. 

“I have no future, Vaani. We have no future together.”

But it wasn’t what he said that she focused on. It was what he showed her. She took in the barely restrained control that leashed his body, the pained mask of his features and the hands that kept reaching for her and withdrawing, without his conscious thought.

“I don’t believe I asked you for one,” she said softly.

His hands clenched again. “What do you want?”

“You, Aditya. Only you.” 

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