Isellta’s so happy about the possibility of Robin being here. I should let him have his way. I should let him see that ugly vamp. I did promise him that I would. I am a queen. I should keep my promise.
But what exactly would that accomplish?
Preyuna strode down the hallway.
It would accomplish nothing. Nothing that I want. Isellta would become even more enamored with that ugly vamp. He’d be desperate to go back with him.
So? What if I do let him go back with Robin? Is that really the worst thing that could happen?
Isellta is mine. He is part of my harem. I will not be pushed aside for some lesser creature like Robin. I am parallel lines. Robin is distorted, wrecked, and ruined lines. Nothing appealing. Nothing good. Nothing beautiful.
I am beautiful. Isellta deserves to be with someone like me. I will protect him. Robin won’t. He isn’t capable of it. He’s rough, coarse, and irritating.
She stopped at the corner and looked back. Just as Jay left the room.
I can’t let him find Robin.
She held her head with defiance and rounded the corner.
I will make sure that he does not find Robin.
Isellta smiled. “My Robin is here. I know he’s here.”
“Can I touch you, angel?” Maelin asked.
Fear flickered in his eyes, but only for a moment. He nodded.
She pressed her knuckles against his face. “I’m so glad you’re back. Jay was so worried about you. Although, I suppose ‘worried’ is too mild a word to describe how wrecked he was.”
He tilted his head and blinked quickly. “He was worried about me?”
“We all were.” Hank said. “We all tried to find some way to bring you back to the world of the living.”
“That’s true!” Dave said. “Hank went to Pinkerlee to find Robin. And Jay went to Pinkerlee to find Robin. And Maelin went to Pinkerlee to find Robin. I wanted to go too, but Jay and Hank wanted me to stay here to keep an eye on you. So, that’s what I did. I didn’t mind it too much, because I got to spend some high quality time with you. But I missed Hank. I missed him by a lot.”
Hank moved closer to Dave and put his hand on his lover’s leg. “I missed you too, babe.”
“Eeee! You’re so romantic.”
Hank laughed. “You always say that.”
“And it’s always true.”
Isellta watched the way they touched each other, the way they looked at each other.
Will Robin and I be like that? I’ll find out shortly. He is here. My beautiful Robin is here and he will come to me. I don’t know what will happen, but that doesn’t matter. We’ll finally be together. After being apart for so long, we’ll be together and we will touch.
He will finally touch me and it won’t be a slap. It will be gentle. It will be kind. It will be loving.
Oh, Robin! That’s all I want from you.
And that is all.
Robin, please come to me. I’m here. My Robin. I am here.