The Old Star
By Elodie Parkes
She was looking for new office space…but it found her…what’s hidden in this spooky place?
When Cathy Faraday goes out from her office to buy morning tea, a set of circumstances send her on a different route from the one she would normally take. Waiting on a street unknown to her is a house. Old and left to fade away the house looks shabby against its neighbors. The whole row of houses are now offices and Cathy sees a ‘for let sign’ outside the place. Something draws her to the house. Someone watches from the third floor window.
Cathy applies to rent the building to expand her dating agency business. As she begins to make it ready, the house reveals its secrets.
Erotic romance, with a twist of paranormal, set in contemporary England this story will haunt you.
The Old Star August 23 release from Hot Ink
He heard the door to the room open and spun around to see Cathy walk in. She was hesitant. Owen strode to her so pleased to see her he couldn’t stop a huge smile forming on his face. “Cathy, I hoped you’d drop in before leaving. How did it go with the locksmith, all fixed?” He stopped close to her and looked into her eyes. ‘She is very pretty. I’d like to get a kiss from her today.’
“Curiously the locksmith told me there is nothing wrong and the lock is new. He thinks that I haven’t been locking it properly, but I know I have.” She frowned slightly.
Owen felt like leaning in and kissing the frown away, or at least smoothing it away with his thumb as he held her face. He smiled. “What about Alfred Parr has he had trouble with it?” Owen was just interested in keeping Cathy talking and close, but he had sparked something in her mind because he saw her widen her eyes.
“Hey that’s true. When I first came here, I closed the door behind me after finding it ajar. It locked of course and stayed locked because Alfred used a key to get in and find me already here. That was the same today too…weird the door was locked okay when the locksmith arrived…”
Owen watched her consider this, but wanted to establish something between them to make her want to see him the next day. Ordinarily he’d ask a girl out but he couldn’t do that could he? He launched into flirting.
“You have such lovely eyes, Cathy. I hope that’s okay to say, just that when you frowned I felt like smoothing it away.” He gave her a look laden with promise. It was a practiced look.
Cathy gazed at him. He took a deep breath and slowly put out his hand to hold her face and smoothed the place a frown had been.
“I guess you have someone in your life waiting for you to get home. You wouldn’t want to stay a while and talk to me about your plans for the place.” He kept his voice low and looked at her lips. It was no hardship. He felt an overwhelming urge to kiss her. He bent his head to be even closer to her as she stayed there stilled under his hand and his gaze.
‘She has to be attracted to me. She has to be, or she’d have shaken off my touch and be backing away.’
“I don’t have anyone, special that is. I’d like to stay a while.”
Owen moved so slowly he felt as if he had entered some dream state, but he reached her lips with his, and holding her face gently, he kissed her. Her lips were soft and she kissed him back. It felt so good he couldn’t pull away as he intended.
Copyright Elodie Parkes 2013