Niobe was looking at him. Sedge was looking at him. And he was still on his knees. What do you say, ‘Obe? What was she going to say? Blaecleah’s heart was in his throat.
She sighed. “He’s a lovely boy. You really grabbed him just for…?”
“Don’t get me wrong, guys are okay in my book, but I prefer guys who prefer me, if you know what I mean. Or girls. Or…”
“We get the point. We get the point. Blaecleah, what do you think about it?”
“I’m not trying to back out of the deal. He said I couldn’t handle a year under the collar. I can handle it!” The words tumbled out over each other. He took a breath, finding he needed it. “I’m not trying to get out of the deal.”
“Trust me, kid, this isn’t going to be getting out of the deal. You’re still going to be under the collar for a year. It’s going to be my collar – but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be an easy ride or anything.”
Blaecleah swallowed. “I could…” She was a very cute girl. But he was Sedge’s. That was the agreement he’d made. She was a very cute girl. “It involves…”
“It might. It might not. But if it does, it’ll be with your consent.” Her mouth did something sort of like a smile. “I’m not a monster, at least. It’s not going to be torture, even if it’s not going to be easy.”
“I have a choice?”
“You have choices. I’m not going to take you from Sedge if you don’t agree. The whole point of the deal was agreement, after all.”
“You…” Was he really considering this? It’d been easier the first time. He swallowed again. “Why?”
“Well, we can talk about that if you say yes. If you say no – my reasons are gonna be your smallest concern.”
“Hunh.” Sedge wasn’t going to be happy if he said no, was he? Sedge had picked him up for a bet. He’d – what, lost the bet anyway? “Why do you want me?”
“Color me curious. I want to know what someone’s like who walks into it willingly.”
The lump in Blaecleah’s throat was never going to go away. “Guess I’ll walk into it willingly again.”
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