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Karen and Chris would like to thank dental technician Gerhard Kallman for explaining the process of modeling and casting rings.


Also, thanks to our fans. Hope you like our first "howdunnit" installment in the series! Gear up those little gray cells because the game is afoot!



"The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed."

~Carl Jung


"If you love me only in my dreams, let me be asleep forever."

~Unknown


Prologue


Seven years ago...


Kimberly's roommate finally left the campus dorm room. Some foreign student, he reminded himself. He'd timed his visit to coincide with her absence. When the dark girl descended the stairs, he slid out of his hiding place at the end of the hall.

Just the two of us now, darling. No more interference. I've rescued my eternal princess, and now I can finally accept the rewards of my hard work.

His shoes made no sound on the worn carpet. Seconds later, he lightly knocked on Kimberly's door. Anticipation built in his chest as he waited for the sight of her. Blond hair, soulful blue eyes, a blood-red mouth...a mouth that had made him tremble with violent need.

He frowned as the seconds ticked by, each a lifetime he'd waited through with impatience.

Soon you'll belong to me, darling. Don't make me wait even another second.

Just a little harder he knocked again. He couldn't risk alerting any of Kimberly's neighbors. The tension seemed to jump inside his very veins. He clenched his hands, his needs growing with the prolonged wait. This moment had been appointed, destined, for all time to happen. That she might refuse to open her door had never occurred to him--not when he'd arranged it, worked out every last detail. No, she wouldn't spoil it. She couldn't.

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