I’d been sold to that demon.
Selix called ahead, told me to prep surgery. Give me the scoop. He glanced at the stolen slave in my embrace. He didn’t flinch at the blood or look at me with accusation. Mainly because he knew me. He knew I inflicted violence to those who deserved it but did my best to prevent those who didn’t.Selix had once again proven his excessive salary was worth it by streamlining Pimlico’s arrival. Her tongue is partially severed.
But not fully? Michaels narrowed his eyes, tipping her chin up with a gentle finger. That’s workable.His no-nonsense manner was appreciated. I’d headhunted the English doctor from a sabbatical in India. He was one of the best in his field, and his field included most surgeries and other complicated care. I trusted him—especially after what he’d done for me two years ago when my own fucking arrogance almost got me killed.I clutched the unconscious girl tighter. Severe blood loss. Multiple injuries—some old, some new. Doubt she’s seen a doctor in years.
Michaels nodded. Right-o. The surgery is all prepped. I’ll concentrate on her tongue before doing a full assessment. Snapping his fingers, two nurses rolled a gurney forward, waiting until I’d placed Pimlico on the green material ready for the operating theatre.My arms ached from carrying her, but I also ached for a different reason. I didn’t like that she was in so much pain.
If I let sympathy and protectiveness gather so soon into owning her, I wouldn’t last a week.
How long before you’ve fixed her?Pointing at my legs, he grumbled, Are you tired? Do you hurt? Should I call for the car?
I hadn’t even noticed the slight ache in my hips from walking after so long of being huddled in a ball. I didn’t feel the burn of a freshly formed blister from the slightly too big gold sandals—even the throb in my knees and tongue couldn’t steal what this day meant to me.The only thing I did notice was how bright the sun was and how I’d stupidly left the hat I’d commandeered this morning in the restaurant.
Would he punish me for that? Would he even notice?Today had started off terrifying with Elder stripping me in the lift. But it had ended in female company and sunshine, and he could never take that away from me. Whatever minor discomforts I suffered was nothing compared to the pricelessness of such an adventure.