Acts of Atonement: Chapter 31



I’m rocking Harper to sleep when William walks in holding a large envelope in his hand. It must be good news because his face can barely contain his joy. Lifting one finger, I signal that Harper is asleep and move us toward her crib.

After some stealthy maneuvering, I’m able to get her down for her nap and tiptoe quietly out of her room. Once outside, I look up at William and see that he still possesses the same wide grin.

“What has you so excited? Are those your divorce papers?” I ask, curious to find out what’s got him so giddy.

“No, but it’s just as good. As your literary agent, I took the liberty of sending a couple of letters out.” William’s mouth splits into a mischievous grin as his teeth bite into his plump lower lip.

At his confession, my jaw drops and my eyes practically bulge out of their sockets. To say that I was surprised would be an understatement.

“I had no idea you were my agent.” I look up at him beneath my lashes and smirk. “Or that you were sending out letters on my behalf. Despite the fact that you seriously overstepped, I have to admit, I truly am grateful.” I raise both brows and let loose an excited smile.

“I did not overstep. I have a college buddy who works at a publishing house. I pitched him your books and he wanted to take a look at them. No big deal. I figured I could send them on your behalf, and if it wasn’t a good fit then you’d be none the wiser, so no harm no foul.”

“William, you can’t protect me from rejection.” I purse my lips and shake my head. “I get what you were trying to do, but I don’t want someone to like my books just because of a social connection.”

“Matthew is a smart businessman. Trust me, he wouldn’t just sign someone as a favor.” William pulls me into him, waving the large envelope in his right hand. “This is his response. Don’t you want to know what it says?” William asks, practically bouncing on the balls of his feet.

“Ummm… yes?” I respond, my answer coming out as more of a question.

William hands me the envelope and I hesitantly pull the letter out. My heart quickens and my hands begin to shake as I read the words over and over again.

“They want my books,” I whisper, looking up at William.

“Yes. You got an offer for the entire Little Moon series.” William’s previous grin transforms into a self-satisfied smirk.

A multitude of thoughts assault me as I stand there staring at the paper that holds a piece of my future.

Is this really happening? How did I get so lucky?

“William, thank you.” Unable to contain my gratitude, I wrap my arms around his neck. “Thank you. Thank you. Thank you,” I whisper into his chest. “You have no idea what this means to me.”

“I think I do, little moon. These past couple of months have shown me what it’s like to feel complete. As if everything is where it should be. I wake up every morning feeling so at peace I have to ask myself if this isn’t all some sort of dream.” William strokes my hair as he looks into my eyes. “I want to make sure you feel that way too. I want you to have everything your heart desires, including the career of your dreams.”

I close my eyes and breathe him in. This man, the man of my dreams, has given me more than I’ve ever thought possible.

The past few months have healed so much hurt, and slowly but surely, William has managed to fill the jagged hollows of my heart. He and Harper are my home, and though I still miss my father and brothers, I now know there is nowhere else I’d rather be. Nowhere else I belong.

“I should frame this letter and mail a copy of it to your father.” William arches a brow as he takes the letter from my hand.

“Don’t,” I hurry to say. “He doesn’t want anything to do with me and I’m positive that also includes anything that might prove him wrong.”

“I think that’s exactly why we need to send him a copy. Show him how ridiculous he’s acting and that he needs to be supportive of his amazingly talented daughter.” William lifts me in an embrace, holding me up by my ass, causing me to wrap my legs around him. “We’d have to ship it to Seattle since he’s decided he’s only accepting contracts as far away from home as possible.”

I purse my lips and shift them to the right. “He’s being ridiculous alright. I can’t believe he sent the twins to boarding school. I can’t visit without hopping on a plane and I bet he didn’t even add me to the visitor list.” My lips turn down as a deep ache settles in my chest. “I wonder how they’re doing.”

“Everything will work out the way it’s supposed to. I promise. I don’t care if I have to move heaven and earth for it to be so.” William places soft kisses down my neck as he walks us down the hall.

“I know, I’ve said this before, but thank you. You’ve given me so much in such a short period of time…” My voice trails off, unsure anything I could say would be enough to show my gratitude.

“I love you, Isabella. I want you happy. This is part of making you happy and there’s no need to constantly thank me. Although, if you really wanted to show me how grateful you are, you could just let me have my way with you whenever and wherever I wanted.” William waggles his brows playfully, though the bulge in his pants lets me know there’s some truth to his request.

“Why Mr. Hawthorne, are you propositioning your nanny?” I tease, as a devious smile spreads across my face. “How very inappropriate of you. Besides, you’re so much older than me. Does your cock even work at such an advanced age?” I tease, trying to contain my laughter.

William squeezes my ass and grins. “Keep it up and I’ll leave that gorgeous ass of yours raw. Show you just how good my cock works.” William slips a hand down the back of my shorts, sliding his middle finger between my cheeks. “Has anyone ever been here before?” William asks as he softly strokes my puckered hole in small circles, making me squirm.

“No,” I manage to say, the one word coming out all breathy and barely audible.

William lowers me onto our bed. Apparently he’d been walking us to our bedroom this entire time and I hadn’t noticed, too wrapped up in what his hands and mouth were doing to even care.

“Good. Because it’s mine.” William’s stomach vibrates against me as he lets out a soft chuckle. “Don’t worry, it won’t be tonight.”

I let out a breath I didn’t know I was holding in. “Thank god, because the thought of your massive cock inside that tiny hole…” I trail off as my eyes go wide.

“We’ll go slow. I promise.” William leans over, pulling a package out of his nightstand. “For now, we’ll start with this.” He waves a shiny metal object shaped like a teardrop in my face.

I reach out and touch it, the cold metal sending shivers up my spine. I’m not sure if it’s from fear or the excitement of trying something new. I was never with anyone long enough to experiment, so this is all uncharted territory.

“Relax, baby.” William positions himself between my knees before spreading them apart. “This will only feel good if you trust me and let yourself relax.”

I nod my head and give William a timid smile. “I want this. I want to try this with you.”

William lifts my leg, placing a soft kiss to the inside of my ankle. “Thank you for giving me this.” He slides his hand down my leg and over my pussy, giving it a quick slap before opening the bottle of lube he’d brought over with the plug.

Pouring some into his hand, he coats the metal and lowers himself onto me. “You’re so fucking beautiful. So perfect,” William whispers into my skin as he trails my stomach with wet kisses.

His lips find my hardened nub, latching on and causing me to arch my back from the sudden jolt of pleasure coursing through me. I grab ahold of his hair, pushing him deeper into me, never tiring of how good his tongue feels on my clit.

I’m reveling in the feeling of his mouth on me when I feel a cold prodding at my rear. I jerk involuntarily, shocked by the different sensation. William steadies me by placing his open palm on my pelvic bone, and pressing me back down onto the bed.

“Easy, little moon,” William coos as he rubs the tip of the plug back and forth over my hole before gently pressing it in, slowly working it in and out until the widest part makes it past the tight ring of muscle.

I gasp at the sudden feeling of fullness. It’s different but not bad.

A wicked grin flashes across William’s face. “My little moon likes ass play. How much more perfect can you get?”

I slap at William’s chest, my face turning pink with embarrassment. “I’m pretty sure I’d like almost anything as long as it was with you.”

William’s face softens and his previously predatory glare transforms into one I’ve never seen before. In that one moment, William and I exchange a thousand silent words, recognizing our other half in each other. He is the missing part of me, and I’m his.

“I love you,” we simultaneously declare before breaking into soft laughter.

“Jinx, poke, you owe me a coke,” I rhyme.

“Oh, I’ll give you a poke, alright,” William teases as he rolls me over onto my stomach.

The massive head of his cock teases my clit, once, twice, three times, before slowly and deliciously entering my channel. William works his thick cock in and out of me until his entire length is plunged deep inside me.

My breath catches in my throat as I try to decipher what it is I’m feeling. Unable to contain the plethora of sensations running through me, a half moan, half groan escapes me.

The fullness is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced, with nerve endings I never knew existed firing up, lighting my body like the Fourth of July.

It feels so fucking good. Everything with him feels so good.

William begins to rock himself into me. Immediately, my body responds without prompting—pushing and pulling in synchronicity with his—as if our bodies were speaking their own language.

In a matter of seconds, I feel that familiar tingle enveloping me, where everything becomes fuzzy and I lose all control—falling into the abyss of intoxicating pleasure.

William snakes his hand around, his middle finger finding my clit and detonating me into orgasm. Wave after wave of pleasure crashes into me, my body shuddering uncontrollably under William’s hold as he reaches the climax of his own crescendo, slamming into me one last time before roaring his release.

Completely spent, William collapses on top of me, nuzzling the crook of my neck and depositing a lingering kiss. “Forever mine, Bella. You are forever mine.”

A contented smile forms on my lips. “Forever yours, William. I’m forever yours.”


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