Exhaling slowly, he told her what he had never told another.
"Everything intimidating about me is there as a defense. I hate that i have weaknesses, like my compassion and affection for things that could so easily be taken from me. Like you. When i'm with you, i dont ache anymore. I am erratic with emotion, yet relaxed and myself. I am needful and full of love, yet unable to control my reaction to you, body and soul. You break through my cold, icy exterior." He pused to look at his woman, eyes full of passion for her. "But there is a side of me that is dominant. The side that has rage towards the cruelty that is inflicted without cause. The side of me that would go mad with bloodlust if anyone ever hurt you. The part of me that isdesperate to have you in my bed and keep you there away from any other man... But everything you love about me; that is me. The only part of me that could be frightening and violent is the side that would leap to the surface if i ever lost you. I love you.. Please dont leave me." Never in his life had he said those last four words. But he had been honest with her, and now he could only hope.