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  Table of Contents

  Title Page

  Copyright

  Book Description

  Prologue

  Chapter One

  Chapter Two

  Chapter Three

  Chapter Four

  Chapter Five

  Chapter Six

  Chapter Seven

  Chapter Eight

  Chapter Nine

  Chapter Ten

  Chapter Eleven

  Chapter Twelve

  Chapter Thirteen

  Chapter Fourteen

  Chapter Fifteen

  Chapter Sixteen

  Chapter Seventeen

  Chapter Eighteen

  Chapter Nineteen

  Chapter Twenty

  Chapter Twenty-One

  Chapter Twenty-Two

  Chapter Twenty-Three

  Epilogue

  The End.

  Uncovering You #2 comes out April 20th, 2014.

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  This book is a work of fiction. All names, characters, locations, and incidents are products of the author’s imagination, or have been use fictitiously. Any resemblance to actualy persons living or dead, locales, or events is entirely coincidental.

  UNCOVERING YOU #1: THE CONTRACT

  Copyright © 2014 Edwards Publishing, Ltd.

  All rights reserved.

  Edited by Gail Lennon.

  Cover design by Scarlett Edwards.

  Interior design by Scarlett Edwards.

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  ISBN: 978-0-9937370-1-5

  Uncovering You #1

  The Contract

  by Scarlett Edwards

  EDWARDS PUBLISHING

  Book Description:

  When I wake up in a dark, unfamiliar room, I have no idea what’s waiting for me in the shadows. My imagination conjures up demons of the worst kind.

  Reality is much worse:

  A collar with no leash. A prison with no walls. And a life stripped of meaning.

  I am presented with a vile contract and asked to sign. It outlines the terms of my servitude. The only information I have about my captor are the two small letters inked at the bottom:

  J.S.

  Armed with only my memories, I must do everything I can to avoid becoming ensnared in his twisted mind games. But in the end, it all comes down to one choice:

  Resist and die.

  Or submit, and give my life away.

  Uncovering You unfolds over multiple volumes of approximately 125 pages each. Each volume is a fully-contained story with a climax and conclusion.

  Uncovering You 2, subtitled, Submission, will be available April 20th, 2014.

  Quick note from the author:

  There are a few time jumps at the beginning of the book that some readers might find confusing. Keep an eye on the dates beneath the chapter headings to help your bearings.

  The important thing to know is that the prologue takes place in the future; that is, it gives a glimpse of things to come. Chapter One begins the story in the present, from the persepctive of the main character, in October 2013.

  Prologue

  (December 21st, 2014)

  “Lilly. Lilly, wake up.”

  No answer.

  “Lilly.” A hushed command. “Goddamn you, Lilly, get up!”

  No answer.

  “Don’t leave me. Don’t do this. Not now. Not now. GET UP!”

  No answer.

  ~~~

  (Twenty-four hours earlier - December 20th, 2014)

  Something cool and wet is brought to my lips. A liquid, thick like oil yet sweet like honey.

  A motherly voice whispers in my ear. “Slowly now, Miss Ryder. Your body’s still weak. Small sips, like a hummingbird.”

  Water. It’s water. A drop of it gets in my mouth.

  “Just like that,” the kind woman encourages. “Just like that. Oh, Mr. Stonehart is going to be so pleased!”

  Hearing his vile name jolts me. I clamp my lips shut, cutting off the trickle of life-giving nectar.

  “Miss Ryder, please. Please drink. Please, don’t stop. Oh, Miss Ryder…”

  The old woman’s sobs are lost as darkness regains its hold.

  ~~~

  (Two weeks earlier - December 6th, 2014)

  His lustful grunts fill my ears.

  “Yes,” I beg. “Yes. Give it to me like that. Just like that. Faster. Faster!”

  Jeremy complies, doubling the speed of his thrusts into me. I feel the breaking point looming. I need to hold it off. Just a little longer.

  I grasp his hair and pull his lips to mine, devouring his mouth with my greedy kiss. I know Jeremy hates it when I take control. But logic is lost in the heat of the moment. There will be consequences later. Right now, I don’t care.

  “Lilly. Lilly, I’m going to come…” Jeremy’s words die, replaced by a primal roar that is ripped from his throat as he shoots into me. My body accepts readily. Just like I’ve learned to do, I let the climax wash over me. My core clenches around his cock and shuddery convulsions rock my body.

  ~~~

  (Six months earlier - June 2014)

  In the dark, I lose all sense of time.

  My sleep is thin. My wakefulness is misery.

  A vague longing grows deep inside me. The need for submission. A natural willingness ground into me by the madness taking hold of my mind. I feel it rising. The demonic form consumes me from the womb, sapping my strength, and breaking my resolve.

  A cry—no, a scream—rings out in the cold furnace of the night. My head jerks toward the sound.

  Is it even night? I don’t know.

  I am so tired. I am so lonely. I am breaking, and madness is taking hold.

  It’s times like this that the animalistic urge to give in becomes nigh insatiable…

  Chapter One

  (Present day - October 2013)

  A faint hiss, like the sound of an angry cat, jars me from my sleep.

  I open my eyes to pure blackness. I blink, trying to get my bearings. A vague memory forms in the back of my mind, too far away to reach.

  Why can’t I see anything?

  My breath hitches. Panic rips through my body as the horrifying answer comes to me:

  I’m blind!

  I scramble onto hands and knees and desperately claw at the dark, searching for something, anything, for my senses to latch onto.

  A dim light comes on overhead.

  Relief swells inside.

  I plop onto my butt and close my eyes, taking deep breaths to dispel the rush of adrenaline released by my body. When my heart’s not beating quite so fast, I open my eyes again.

  The light’s gotten brighter. I look up at the source. It’s far above me, like a dull, miniature sun. It spreads a little sphere maybe ten feet in diameter. Past that, everything is swallowed by darkness.

  An irksome memory keeps gnawing at me. But my head is too heavy to remember. I feel… strange. Kind of like I’m hung over, but without the tel
ltale pounding between my ears.

  Cautiously, I try to stand. My limbs are slow to react. They feel heavy, too, like they’ve been dipped in wet clay.

  I steady myself. Only when I’m satisfied that my knees won’t give out, do I strain my ears for that hissing sound again.

  It’s coming from somewhere behind me. I turn back—and nearly smash my head against a gleaming white pillar.

  What the hell?

  The sound is forgotten as I reach out and brush tentative fingers against the pillar’s surface. It’s cool to the touch. Smooth, too.

  I put my other hand on it. If I had to guess, I’d say it was made of marble. But what is a lone, white marble pillar doing in the middle of this room?

  The memory is like a gong going off inside my head. Trying to reach it is like grasping at a smooth, slippery stone at the bottom of an aquarium. Just when I think I have it, it slips through my fingers and falls further out of reach.

  I walk a slow, measured circle around the pillar. If I tried wrapping my arms around it, I doubt they would span half the circumference.

  Something far in the back of my mind tells me I should be alarmed. I look behind me and frown. By what? A dark room?

  No, you idiot. By the reason you’re here!

  My eyes widen. The reason I’m here? I don’t… I don’t remember.

  I wince and bring one hand to my temple. Why am I having so much trouble remembering?

  I gasp as a second gruesome thought hits me. Did I lose my memory? Do I have… amnesia?

  I sink down with my back to the pillar. Desperation starts to take over. I hold my head between my knees and close my eyes to focus.

  My name is Lilly Ryder. I was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on May 17th, 1990.

  My eyes pop open. Joyous tears form in the corners. I do remember! I take a deep breath and try to keep going.

  I was raised by my mom. I do not know my dad…

  Suddenly, all my childhood memories come streaming back. Moving around as a kid. Never staying in one place longer than six months. All the cities I’ve lived in. All the apartments my mom and I called home. Even the revolving door of her boyfriends in my teens. There was Dave, and Matthew. Tom, and Steve. There was…

  I shake my head to stop myself. I don’t doubt my memory anymore.

  But that still does not explain why I have absolutely no recollection of this place, or how I got here.

  I push myself back up. The spotlight above me has gotten progressively brighter. The little enclosure of light doesn’t feel quite so tight anymore. I trail my eyes up the length of the pillar. I can’t see where it ends because of the light. But I can tell it’s tall, at least twenty, maybe twenty-five feet…

  There’s also something about its surface that calls out to me. My hands itch to run over the smooth stone. A giggle bubbles up as I picture myself stroking it. The column is quite phallic.

  I waver at the unfamiliar thought and have to catch my balance against the beam.

  Focus, Lilly! I chide myself.

  I have no idea where that thought came from. I have never been overtly sexual.

  Nothing feels right. The fog that’s heavy on my mind is starting to lift, but not enough for me to understand—or remember—where the hell I am. This place is unfamiliar. I know that much. But right now, I feel like a surgery patient whose anesthetic kinked out: fully awake mentally, but completely impaired physically.

  I go back to my memories. I can remember high school. I remember college. That’s where I spent the last three years of my life, isn’t it? Yes. Yes, it is.

  “Hello?” I call out. My voice echoes into the surrounding gloom. “Is anybody there?”

  I wait for an answer. All I get is the hollow repetition of my own voice.

  …anybody there, there, there…

  I spent the last three years in college… but that’s not where I think I am right now. No. I shake my head. I know that’s not where I am. My memories are fuzzier the closer I bring them to today. Time feels… skewed. Freshman year’s easy to remember. So is sophomore, and most of junior… but things get weird toward the end.

  I… finished junior year, didn’t I? Yes. Yes, I did. And then…

  And then I took an internship in distant California for the summer, I remember with another gasp.

  Suddenly, my mind is crystal clear. That pressing memory hurtles into view. It’s from yesterday. The last thing I recall, I was alone in a booth at an upscale restaurant. The waiter brought me a glass of wine. I took a few sips, contemplating my future….

  Oh, God! Fear wraps a stranglehold around my neck.

  The restaurant. The wine.

  I’ve been drugged!

  I can’t breathe. A suppressing tightness constricts my throat. I feel dizzy, and terrified, and most of all… ashamed.

  Holy shit, Lilly, way to look out for yourself! My semi-mad inner dialogue pans with a generous dollop of sarcasm.

  I’ve always known about the dangers of sick men preying on unsuspecting girls. I just never thought I’d fall victim to it.

  I’ve been on my own since I turned seventeen, after the final falling out with my mother. I’ve always been proud of how well I managed. Even the shabby holes I’ve lived in while saving up college tuition were an improvement over living with her and all her low-life boyfriends. At least there, I had autonomy.

  I’ve dealt with landlords selling crack on the side and the junkies they attract. Always, I’ve been known as independent, and strong—maybe offputtingly so. But, those were the character traits I had to develop to have any chance of getting ahead.

  And all that lead to what? To this? To letting my guard down for one night and ending up… here?

  Wherever “here” is, I think to myself.

  The shock of the revelation has subsided a bit. I push off from the pillar. I can figure this out. I take a deep breath and look at my hands and feet. I am not bound. I pick at my clothes. They are the same ones I wore last night.

  Do you know what might be lurking in the darkness?

  I shove the meddlesome voice down. I don’t need more worries. Not now.

  Carefully, I place one foot in front of the other and edge to the outer reaches of the light. The strange hissing noise has gone away. I don’t recall when that happened. Maybe it was in my head the entire time.

  I strain my eyes, trying to pierce the surrounding darkness. It’s impossible. I reach out with one hand and find nothing but air. This far from the pillar, I can barely see my outstretched fingers.

  “Hello?” I try again. “Who’s there?”

  There’s no answer.

  What kind of madman would do something like this? I wonder. What is hidden in the shadows?

  Without warning, my imagination starts to run wild. Torture devices? Bondage equipment? Something… worse?

  Snap out of it! I tell myself firmly.

  I refuse to give in to despair, even if my entire self-preservation mechanism is on high alert. Despair is what whoever brought me here wants me to feel.

  I will not succumb to that.

  I look down at the floor. It is made of some expensive stone. I kneel down and brush my hand over the large, square tiles. They feel solid. Sturdy. They don’t belong in a dingy basement or a dirty warehouse.

  Somehow, that thought strengthens me. Things aren’t quite as bad as they could be.

  I stand up and peer into the black. I glance over my shoulder at the safety of the pillar. If I venture past the light, I can always find my way back.

  Go slow, I warn myself. Who knows what might be waiting for me out there?

  I’ve seen the horror movies. Just because I don’t get the dungeon vibes does not mean I’m not in one.

  Haltingly, my foot reaches past the edge.

  A thousand bright lights flood the room. I gasp and shy back, shielding my eyes on instinct.

  After a few seconds, I lower my arm, blinking through the sharp pain that shoots through my head. I almost groan.
Light sensitivity, too?

  Then I see the room.

  Holy shit.

  It’s huge. Massive. It must be at least five thousand square feet of pristine, flat space. I’m smack dab in the middle of it all.

  The lights come from embedded ceiling lamps high overhead. Three of the walls, far away from me, are decorated with black and white abstract paintings created in bold brush strokes. The fourth wall is shielded by a heavy red curtain. The entire floor is made of rich, creamy white tiles reminiscent of steamed milk.

  The ceiling is so high above me I almost feel like I’m in a cathedral. It’s made of exquisite dark oak beams.

  But this is no church.

  I do a slow turn. Something about this is all wrong.

  So wrong.

  Why am I here? What is behind the curtain? Other than the massive pillar and the paintings, there is nothing in the room.

  If I’m being kept prisoner, why am I unbound? Why waste so much space on me?

  I cup my hands around my mouth and yell.

  “HEY! Anybody? Where am I?”

  As before, I’m greeted with silence.

  I take one more careful look around. If I got in, there must be a way out.

  My eyes dart to the curtain.

  Behind there.

  I start toward it, my bare feet making determined slaps against the cold floor. I’ve not even gone ten paces when I feel a small tug on my ankle.

  I stop and look down. I discover a thread, so thin it’s almost translucent, tied loosely around my foot. The other end is attached to the base of the pillar.

  I bend down and finger it.

  What on earth is this?

  The thread looks like it should snap with the smallest amount of force. I wrap my hands around it and tug.

  It doesn’t give.

  I frown, and apply a little more effort.

  This time, it breaks in a clean cut.

  I shake my head as I straighten.

  Strange.

  I half-expected something to happen when I did that. Alarms to blare, the lights to go off, something.

 
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