Masked: A Prayer Heeded

A Thursday teaser from the award-winning love story

By Samreen Ahsan

“Looking for someone, Mr. Gibson?” the woman in the red dress asks me. I give her a glance. She looks like a stranger to me, but the way she’s talking, I’m not sure if we know each other. I look toward my bartender, who fills me another glass of whiskey. As I take out another cigarette, her voice slits my thoughts again. “I can help you find the one you’re looking for.” I look at her and she smiles with her luscious full red lips.

“You don’t know what I’m looking for,” I say, my voice matter-of-fact.

“I know everyone here. Almost all the women. I’m sure you are not looking for a man.” She smirks at me again and takes a sip of her martini. I ignore her words and concentrate on my drink. “Unless I can make you forget who you’re looking for. After all, it’s not the first time for us, Mr. Gibson.”

Really? Do I know her?

She stands up and leans closer to me, whispering in my ear. “I can even make you forget who you are.”

Without thinking, I leave my bar stool and walk toward the exit, expecting she will follow me, and she fulfills my expectation. She walks behind me as I trail down to the main level of the nightclub and exit the hallway. After a few minutes, we silently enter my suite. She closes the door behind me as I walk toward the bed. I pull open the nightstand drawer and take out the pink shimmery mask. I place it on the bed and walk to the window, looking out at the glittering skyline.

“Put that over your eyes, before you take off your clothes,” I say, my voice coarse with the effect of the whiskey. I hear her stilettos tapping over the floor as she walks toward the bed. I’m sure she is intelligent enough to obey my command.

“It’s the fourteenth time we have slept together. You’ve touched every part of my body, but you haven’t ever looked at me once.” I hear her voice behind me. Fourteen times? Seriously? How come I don’t remember her? I turn around and she takes off her red heels. She’s wearing the mask now. I walk toward her like an animal and she smiles at me. She places her hand on my chest. “What is it with you and this mask, Mr. Gibson? Do you have a connection with it?” She’s looking straight into my eyes. I avert my gaze and walk past her. I toss my jacket over the couch. When I start to unbutton my shirt, she walks toward me and stops my hand. “Allow me,” she says seductively.

I look at the woman’s face, trying to recollect my memories of her, but even wearing the similar mask, this woman is not even close to her.

“You only look at me when I wear this mask. Does it intrigue you, Mr. Gibson?” I look at her, poker-faced, not sure what to say in return. Why don’t I remember sleeping with her in the past? But if I think about my previous experiences, I don’t remember any of my sex partners. Only that one single woman has been etched into my memory so deep that I can’t think of anything else but her.

A Prayer Heeded

Book 2 of A Prayer Series
Adam Gibson is a multimillionaire who is not searching for God—or demons—when he finds love with a beautiful woman. Unfortunately, Rania, the one who has captured his heart, has a tormented past. Adam is unaware of his powers, how God makes sure his each prayer is heeded due to his virtue of charity. Adam knows Rania is still the answer to all his silent prayers. But now only time will tell if her soul is destined to be his once again.

Rania Ahmed is dead inside. Adam, the man she mistakenly considered to be her soul mate, has crushed her soul into millions of pieces. Due to her broken past, she still believes her curse will keep her from loving ever again. What she does not know is that Adam has made a promise to himself to never give up on her—no matter what. But Adam does not know what he is getting himself into.

In this spiritual romance, an atheist embarks on a path of enlightenment with a tormented soul who may just have the power to change everything he has ever believed to be true.

Samreen Ahsan

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is an internationally acclaimed, multi-award-winning author. She is a traveller and a history buff by heart. However, art and literature are her passions. She loves digging out information about prophecies, divine miracles and paranormal events that are mentioned in history and holy books, that don’t sound possible in today’s modern world.

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