Darklaw – Episode 61

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KAMI AWOKE DURING sunfall when Avestine slid in beside her and began to kiss her neck. “I like having you waiting for me in my bed.”

Kami rolled to face her. “I thought all that mattered was a warm body.”

“Rook said you were back to yourself.”

“You smell of sex.”

“I didn’t know if you would be here.”

“You just came from the harem? Why bother with me at all?”

Avestine brushed her nose across Kami’s cheek and added, “Do you want a girl? I might enjoy watching one pleasure you.”

“You talk about them like they’re horses.”

“Better than horses.” Avestine caressed Kami’s hair. “Don’t be jealous. There’s no point, you know. I’m so glad you’re back. For so long, I thought you were dead.”

“I’m not jealous.” Kami sat up. “I’m disappointed. Why do you covet the weak and innocent?”

“Are you talking about the harem? They’re neither.” She smiled and then added, “You were neither of those when I met you, and I’ve always coveted you.” She kissed Kami’s cheek and tried to kiss her mouth, but Kami turned away. “Child, don’t make me wait any longer.”

Kami turned back sharply. “I’ve never heard you say my name.”

“I’ll say it whenever you want. Kami, Kami, Kami.”

“Don’t you think it would be better for those girls to be with their families or married or anything besides this?”

Avestine sighed. “I see.” She touched Kami’s chin and smiled indulgently. “Women don’t need to be protected. They need work and pleasure, and I give them both.”

Kami’s face hardened. “Yes, everything is yours to give. Your bed. Your rooms. Your food. Nothing is mine!”

“I’m yours,” Avestine answered as she nuzzled Kami’s neck again.

Kami left the bed but turned back with fire in her eyes. She stabbed a handless arm at Avestine. “Do you have any idea how painful this was? How humiliating? How difficult? And you would have done it if not for him, wouldn’t you?”

“Painful? As painful as flies eating me alive? As the wolves tearing a baby from her mother’s arms? As sailors swallowing stinging tendrils in a bay congealed with jellyfish?”

Kami’s arm dropped like dead weight.

“Come back to bed.”

Avestine’s strong voice commanded with such authority that Kami’s will dissolved. “I need to get out of here,” she said, even as she crawled into bed.

“The last time you ‘got out of here,’ you killed three-thousand people.”

“Why are you so cruel?”

“You need me.”

“I don’t need anyone.”

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