As she lifted her eyes, she had her professional smile in place—but promptly lost the expression.
She lowered her gaze, not hiding the way she ogled me. Perhaps I should.I slammed the door and brushed past her. Not going to happen.
Never again. I couldn’t afford to sleep with her. Not if I wanted to stay in my drugged-bubble.The office was sparse. Bare metal floors, filing cabinets bolted to the walls, a cowhide couch, and a desk in the centre.Nila stalked me, moving toward the desk I placed between us. Do you want me to strip because you don’t trust me around the stones or because you want me naked? Her hands tugged at the jumper cascading off her shoulder. Pulling it further down, the swell of her breast and the tantalizing hint of black lace appeared. Get naked with me, Jethro. Or don’t you trust yourself around me anymore?
I gritted my teeth, forcing myself not to react. My cock completely ignored me, thickening to a steel fucking rod in my pants. Doing my utmost to seem unaffected, I switched on the desk lamp and picked up one of the many Post-it notes and memos stuck to the walnut desk. Don’t flatter yourself. I told you before, I’m not interested anymore.Nila came closer, her fingertips dragging over the table-top. Not interested…or not allowed?
My head snapped up. Be careful.
She narrowed her eyes. I’m tired of being careful. Being careful only brought me heartache. All my life I’ve been careful, and you know what? I’m sick of it."This!" He waves his arms in the air as if to encompass everything. "You. The Midnight Star."
"I know why it matters to me," I say, thinking of peace, of Fen. "Why does it matter to you?""I had a younger brother once. Nat was his name. I remember a time we were little, playing by the gryphons. He wanted to ride one and I didn't stop him in time. Nearly broke his neck, and our mother nearly broke my bum after that. I swore I'd never let anything bad happen to him again." Durk sighs and takes another shot, and I wait, silently. "He was taken captive long ago. Taken by the vampires. I don't even know if he's dead or living as a slave. But he is the reason I helped start this rebellion. To find my brother. To bring him home, or put him to rest once and for all."
I think of all those Fae held captive by the vampires. By Fen. I reach over and place my hand on Durk's. "I'm so sorry."He nods. "So you see, this is why you are important to me, Midnight Star. I do not want war. I want peace, a world where I do not have to fear for my family. And you are the only way I see."