And I’ll be gone, I finished for her.
Good, since you insist on paying for it. How long do I have before the camera crews show up and demand entrance? Because I’m not letting them in here. I didn’t sign up for that, Wilder.Paxton, I corrected her. I’m Wilder to the rest of the world, but since we’ll be spending an insane amount of time together, I’d like to not have to keep that public face up around you, if that’s okay. Damn, I bit that out harder than I intended. Something about this girl set every one of my nerves on edge, made me forget the cool, collected demeanor I’d worked so hard to perfect over the last few years. I could tell with a single glance at her crossed arms that this girl—this puzzle—had walls a mile thick. Walls that I desperately needed to breach if I wanted to keep her happy, wanted her to give a damn if I passed or failed. And no cameras. They don’t have the right to be in here. Your room is completely off-limits to filming and the crew.
Her shoulders relaxed in obvious relief. Well, thank you for that consideration.And you can tell your roommate that there’s nothing to worry about.Leah shook her head, the wet strands sliding along her top. Rachel can’t make it until next term. She has mono.
Damn. Three whole months. How the hell was I going to keep Leah happy until Rachel got here? Penna’s research showed they were basically inseparable. What if Leah hated me and left before the term was over? This definitely had the potential to fuck my carefully laid plans. So you’re all alone in here? Are you going to be lonely?She rubbed her hands down her arms. I’m perfectly okay. Besides, if you need to study, you’re right, you’ll be doing it here, because I’m not going anywhere near those cameras unless I have to.
My muscles relaxed as I realized she wasn’t going to renege on our deal and not tutor me. I understand.
Okay then. Do you have your schedule so I know what classes you have?No. His mouth flattened into a grim line. I mean, for saving myself. For giving him the chance to get a hold of you in the first place.
Oh, God. Is that what he thought? Is that what weighed on his conscience now?Sera leaned forward to take his tormented, handsome face in her palms. His anguish was palpable. She could feel the dull pain of it through her empathic gift. Jehan, when I saw that flash of light as Karsten let the grenade go, I knew it would be lethal to you. I thought I was about to watch you die. If you hadn’t protected yourself, we both would’ve been dead today. You saved me.
He studied her for a long moment, as if he wanted to say something more. Then he turned his face into her hand and placed a kiss in its center before drawing out of her loose grasp. Let’s get these clothes off and get you warm.He stood up, taking her with him. With careful hands, he undressed her, peeling off the rumpled linen tunic and her bra. Then he drew down the loose-fitting pants and her lacy panties beneath. His gaze drank her in slowly, his eyes crackling with amber sparks.