This is Shahin & Emrys’ daughter, in her second year of Addergoole, and Jeremiah and Rowan’s son, in his first year.
This had seemed like a clever idea when she’d implemented it. Her parents had done it, after all. One week each, and then mutually together.
She’d needed to one-up her mother, of course. So she’d said “Four months. Be mine for four months and then I’ll be yours for four months.”
Mangrove had agreed. Nobody had been surprised; Morganna wasn’t exactly an un-tempting package, and it was a better deal than anyone else was going to offer him.
But that had been four months ago. Four months ago, today had seemed a very long time off.
Today was here. She unlocked the collar from around his neck and set it on the dresser. “Mangrove cy’Valerian, I release you. You are your own man now, and no longer Mine. Walk your own route.”
That part was harder than she’d thought it would be. She liked having him as hers. He was a good Kept – he fought a bit, yelled a bit, and was just enough trouble to keep things interesting. He reminded her of her father and her brothers, without the uncomfortable difficulty of being a relation.
She offered it, rather than demanding it, finding herself worried that he’d say no. When he just smiled at her, her worry only grew.
“Mannie…” She hated the note of pleading that came into her voice. Thank all the gods that didn’t care, it looked like he did, too.
“Oh, come on, Morgue, I was only playing.” He tilted his head up. “A kiss.”
The kiss was long, and a little clingy on both their parts. “You taste different.” Mangrove licked his lips.
“Let’s see how I taste in a minute.” She slipped off her dress and dropped to her knees. “Mangrove cy’Valerian, for the next four months, I am Yours. I come to you bare and naked; what I have will come from your hands, and everything I am belongs to you.”
His hands wrapped loosely around her throat. “Morganna cy’Drake, you belong to me. For the next four months, you are Mine. My Name will shelter you and my hand will protect you. Everything you are is mine, and everything you need, I will give you.”
It felt like falling. She leaned back, closing her eyes, and let his hands cradle her. “I’m yours.”
“Yes.” His voice was warm and thick. “Yes, you are.”
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