In this scene, NarrAy discovers Senth locked inside a robotic suitcase, and helps him out. She cannot imagine how he got locked into the thing, and is certain someone tried to kill him. She hasn’t realized yet how crazy this guy can get when he’s bored.
NarrAy helped Senth to the bed. “Who did this to you? What happened? I’m calling security.”
“No!” He clutched her arm. “NarrAy. Sorry.” He gasped for breath. “My fault.”
“What happened?” She picked up a booklet from the desk and used it to fan him. “Are you all right?”
He grunted and turned on his side, doubled over.
“I’m calling sick bay. You –”
“No! NarrAy.” He shook his head and took a deeper breath. “My fault. I was trying…test. See if…if…” He tightened his grip on her arm as he looked away from her. “So stupid.”
“I don’t understand, Senth. What happened?”
“I was bored, so I…” He pushed his face against the bed, avoiding her gaze. “I break into bagbots all the time. I thought I’d try breaking out of one.”
“You did what?” She sank to the floor beside the bed at eye level with him. “Senth, you could’ve been killed!”
“Once the doors closed, the bot kept trying to compact itself.”
All at once she glimpsed the future she’d have with Senth if she pursued him. Her wild missions paled compared to the thought of a life full of stunts like this one. Finding him locked inside some bagbot or cabinet or safe. Having him risk his freedom for the sake of a few rare coins or an old locket like the one he’d stolen for her. Thievery commonplace in her life? Her parents would never, ever approve.
Which was why she had to give that future a chance.
From At the Mercy of Her Pleasure, part of The Antonello Brothers Boxed Set
Contains the Thieves’ Guild Handbook and full versions of At the Mercy of Her Pleasure, For Women Only.
Join two tough brothers as they work for freedom, and find their true loves.
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Kayelle Allen is a best selling American author. Her unstoppable heroes and heroines include contemporary every day folk, role-playing immortal gamers, futuristic covert agents, and warriors who purr.
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