Tread carefully if you want to fly again.
My hands tightened on the rails, my knuckles turning white. Let’s get down, Brooke. We can talk about this on the ground.She shook her head. I’ve come too far, especially now that you know. Then again, I could blame it all on you. Nothing bad started happening until you showed up that first day.
Another bounce and the angle deepened. I looked down to see Paxton at the start of the center ramp. The one we were directly above. God, this was the moment she’d been waiting for. Don’t do it, I begged.For what it’s worth, she said, looking down at Paxton before she glanced back up to me. I think he loves you. Even if you were just a tool to get Rachel on board.Of course I know. Don’t be stupid. I’ve known since Penna ran the background check on you when you both applied to the program. That’s why I grabbed that picture before we left L.A. The only one who doesn’t know is Landon. Which is kind of fitting, seeing as Paxton was the only one who didn’t catch on when Rachel and Landon were fucking around behind his back. It hurts to turn the tables, doesn’t it?
So you planted the picture so I’d find it?Keep her talking. He hasn’t started yet. Distract her.
In fact, he wasn’t there at all. I breathed a sigh of relief.
Don’t get excited, he’s just backing up to get enough speed to hit the ramp. This will be the jump of a lifetime, she said with a smile that didn’t even look like hers. She was losing it right in front of me, and if I couldn’t stop her, someone was going to get hurt…or die. The one Nick would have made if he’d been here. But Paxton always has to have it all, doesn’t he? The tricks, the girls…even you. It was hard to watch you fall for him, knowing he was just using you. I really like you, and I thought you’d be smarter, that I wouldn’t have to involve you, but then I saw how badly he wanted you, needed you, and I knew you were the key to everything. If you were hurt, if you quit, the movie would fail. They’d go home and reassess. After Madagascar, I figured if you saw the picture, you’d leave him to rot in that jail cell. Movie over. Mission accomplished and no one gets hurt…other than Nick, not that they care. But no, you had to call Brandon. You had to fix everything for the guy who only wanted you for your best friend. Where is your self-worth?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.