Complete darkness engulfed me. The sensation of falling had abruptly ceased, replaced by a soft, floating feeling. I flung my arms out in front of me, blindly trying to make contact with something, anything, to orient myself. My feet touched ground.
Aiden? Are you there? Even in my head, my voice wobbled with panic.
I’m here, but I can’t see you. Are ye hurt? He sounded near and far away at the same time. I couldn't make sense of it.
Blinking rapidly, hoping my eyes would adjust enough to capture some light in the black void around me, I took a tentative step forward. Strong arms found me, held me, caressed me. I clung to him like a drowning woman.
“What’s happening? Why can’t I see?”
Aiden’s hands wandered over my body, through my hair, tracing the contours of my face like he was memorizing the shape of me. I took a hiccuping breath and noticed that Aiden’s natural woodsy scent was gone, replaced by something unfamiliar.
“Don’t be afraid,” a deep voice whispered. It didn't sound like Aiden.
I shoved against him. “Who are you? Where are we?”
Though it was impossible to see, I felt his grin. “I am your lover and you are right where I want you to be, precious. Now let us see who emerges the victor, shall we?”
Before my brain could process what that could possibly mean, I was falling again.