Isellta burrowed his face into the crook of Robin’s neck, taking in his strong tangerine scent.
I don’t understand.
If this isn’t Robin, why does he smell so much like him? It doesn’t make sense.
Isellta held on to him as tight as he could.
Is he Robin?
But his manner of speaking is all wrong. It can’t be him.
But I want it to be him. He smells like him…feels like him.
I need it to be him.
But it doesn’t make sense. How can this be him?
But Robin entered my dreams before. Maybe this is the same thing.
But why doesn’t he talk like himself?
Maybe he’s trying to sound more mature and posh just to impress me.
Isellta smiled at the thought. His chest heated up and his heart fluttered.
Would he do something like that?
Robin’s hands found the bare skin under his wings.
Isellta’s entire body tingled.
Isellta moaned small, soft notes as Robin’s hands moved in gentle circles.
If he asked me again, maybe I would hrrash ka kae with him. I don’t think he will hurt me.
“Oh. Ohhh. This feels so nice.” He kissed Robin’s neck and whispered, “Don’t stop.”
Isellta closed his eyes and fell asleep to Robin’s gentle touch.
Preyuna got dressed and left Mark Caten’s room.
As she walked down the hall, the newer workers gave her an appreciative up-and-down look. The more experienced ones avoided eye contact with her.
This is how it should be.
Admiration and respect. This is what I deserve.
I do not deserve Caten’s abuse and Isellta’s indifference.
She stopped outside her bedroom door.
That stupid boy.
That waste of space.
I wonder how he’s doing.
She started to turn her doorknob, but stopped.
I wonder if he’s safe.
She released the doorknob.
What if he’s under attack by a nae bi sha?
She turned and headed down the hall.
She strode past a red-robed, masked guard.
Maybe it was Jay.
Maybe it was someone else.
It didn’t matter to her.
She stayed on her course to Jay’s room.
Jay passed Preyuna in the hall.
His mind instantly raced into panic mode.
What if she’s going to my room?
What if she’s going to do something more to the poor kid?
He stopped and watched her.
She turned the corner.
His panic increased.
I need to get to work, but I can’t.
I will not let her hurt him again.
He ran after her.
Preyuna reached the end of the hall and turned the next corner.
If he is under attack, what should I do?
How can I defeat it?
Should I even bother?
He won’t thank me for it. I know he won’t.
He’ll just go on with his whining about how much he looooves that ugly vampire and how much he neeeeeeds to be with him.
He deserves to have his soul be devoured by a nae bi sha.
As his queen, it is my responsibility to keep him safe.
She stopped outside of Jay’s room.
He doesn’t deserve my protection. He doesn’t appreciate it. He calls me mean. He wants me to be nice to him.
He doesn’t understand.
That stupid half-human reject will never understand.
She opened the door and entered the room.
Jay saw her enter his room.
He pushed himself to run even faster.
Preyuna approached the bed.
Jay burst into the room. “GET AWAY FROM HIM!”
She gave the guard a disdainful look. “Oh, why don’t you go jump off the cliff?”
He marched up to her. “If you touch him, if you hurt him—”
“Stupid, over-emotional human. You are so ignorant of so many things it’s laughable.”
“Maybe. Get away from him or I will pick you up and haul you away from him.”
“Just so you know, I am not here to hurt him. I have come here to help him.”
She sighed. “It’s so difficult to explain to a human. If you were a fey, I’d tell you that I want to make sure that he isn’t under attack by a nae bi sha. And you would know exactly what I mean.”
“Nae bi sha. I don’t know what that means.”
“Of course, you don’t. Which would be my point.”
“What is it?”
“When a fey falls into fra nae shi, it opens them up to attack from nae bi shas or what you humans would call soul eaters.”