December 14th

Embracing His Empire by Sai Marie Johnson 

“I suppose, in truth, you have no reason to believe I would, but I would like the opportunity to correct the grave mistake I made. Please allow me this chance. In lieu of my gratitude for saving my life?” My eyes never lifted from the ground until the last syllable fled my lips. Instantly, they met with his and I steadied my gaze in silence. The curve of his lower lip quirked in slightly, only to begin to twist upward in claim of his mouth. The transformation from steady flat lips to a half smile was instantaneous. He had the sort of mouth a woman desired to press her lips against, and I was no different. I shook my head quickly, peering down at the ground again, ashamed of the shift of my thoughts.

This man had just stolen me from my home country, murdered my parents, and placed me in the situation that had caused that injury on his arm. Yet, like a foolish and gullible young girl, I was fantasizing about how his lips would taste when I pressed them to mine.
“Caecelia of House Servili, latched to manacles in my tent and begging for the chance“to tend me? Oh, this is most certainly a delightful confession to reach mine ears.” His laughter filled the area, and I found myself fuming in anger, promptly. He truly enjoyed making a mockery of me, even as I wished to be civil. I balled my fists at my side and gazed back up at him with a glaring expression, the anger raging to a boil in my blood at his audacity to laugh at me.

“I have begged for nothing, Xenocrates. I merely wished to help you with your injury, but it seems you find more joy in making a mockery of me. A simple yea or nay would suffice, sir!”


Sai Marie is an author, creative writer, and concept creator. She resides in the Great Pacific Northwest where she enjoys the flora, fauna, action and adventure that bred the Pioneer Spirit. With a heart for advocacy, animals, the environment, and great imagination she is sure to capture your attention with something for everyone.


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