I squeezed my eyes shut, wishing I could block it all out, skip this, make everything perfect. But nothing was perfect in the world we lived in. It was all broken puzzle pieces slammed together, the edges jagged and tearing while we pretended it clicked, pretended that if we loved each other enough, the rest would fall in line. You know where.
Paxton just grinned and ran his hands over the hair that I’d thoroughly mussed. Well, I’m with her. She hasn’t quite decided if she’s with me yet. But I have some pretty convincing powers of persuasion.Oh my God. Just go, I said, laughing again. I couldn’t remember the last time I’d kissed and laughed and felt…normal. A tiny stab of guilt marred the feeling but didn’t take it away completely. That was progress.
He winked at me once and then disappeared beneath the stands. I headed for the shade of the awning near the center front row. I tucked my legs under me as I sat and opened my physics book, trying to find the correct answers for what I missed in class. I wasn’t fucking up my 4.0 on a stupid physics course.It won’t last, you know, Zoe said, taking the seat next to me and stretching her long legs out on the bar in front of us.I tapped my pen on the paper, debating my options on how to handle this wench, and then went for it. How the hell do you know? And besides, I said we weren’t together.
She lowered her sunglasses to roll her eyes at me. Right. First, Wilder tends to get what he wants, and given that he just publicly pawed you to mark his territory, it’s a matter of time until you fall. Second, you should know that this is as good as it’s going to get.Because it’s as good as you ever got? I fired back, done with her intruding on everything.
Her shoulders drooped, and all trace of bullshit cleared from her expression. Do you see the way he goes after a new trick? He practices so hard that nothing else matters. Everything else doesn’t exist to him until he gets it.
So? I think that drive is admirable. And I’m not the type of girl to focus my life on what my boyfriend is doing. Did you call him your boyfriend? For fuck’s sake, focus.Yeah, I am. Because now he understood her cold-shoulder today. He understood her anger at him now. And he’d never felt more elated about anything in his life.
Rounding up his brother and Leila, Jehan pushed both of them out the door.Sending you on your way, he replied. Don’t come back for four more nights. This handfast isn’t over until I say it is.
He closed the door on their confused faces, then turned to go after his Breedmate.Sera folded the red silk gown and placed it on the bed, trying not to let her heart crumble into pieces.