Firstly, Claudia said, holding up a finger, don’t call Jeramiah a bastard. It’s just this kind of labeling that played on Lucas’ psyche. Yes, Lucas was an asshole, but the more people called him that and labeled him that way, the more entrenched in his behavior he became. She paused for a breath. Her eyes returned to me. Secondly, Derek, that’s where forced love comes in. If you really want to get through to Jeramiah, don’t consider your own feelings. Just act unconditionally, and do what’s best for him. You could also think of it as… tough love.
Of course. Have you?She quirked a brow. Even in your present state of solitude?
She shrugged carelessly. The last I saw of you, you were surrounded by women.If you saw me, why didn’t you come over to save me?Save you? she said with a laugh. Anyone could see that you were enjoying yourself.
Oh, please, Michael, she said, giving him a pointed glance. You live to flirt and seduce.She shrugged. You’re not the Merry Rake for nothing.
He felt his jaw clamping together. Her comment rankled, and then the fact that it did rankled some more.
She studied his face, closely enough to make him want to squirm with discomfort, and then her own erupted into a smile. You don’t like it, she said slowly, almost breathless with the realization. Oh, my heavens, you don’t like it.My lip curled. I don’t need to pee.
No problem, she said briskly, even as she planted the tube into my right hand. We can fix that. She moved over to a sink and, filling up a glass with water, returned and handed it to me. Drink up.I raised the glass gingerly to my lips and began to drink. I was actually thirsty, so I didn’t object to topping up on water but… I hated being asked to fill up a tube of urine for anyone—even my doctor back home in New York—much less for these despicable hunters. Still, I had no choice.
I swallowed down three cupfuls until I felt the need to go. I spent as little time in the bathroom as possible doing the deed, and then returned to Jocelyn.Perfect! she exclaimed, eyeing the tube of pee like it was liquid gold. All right. I’ll escort you back to your room.