Ctirad was almost letting himself relax when Signy bowed her head – just a little, but it was a bow – at him. At him. “I apologize.” She seemed to be thinking about what to say next, but decided on a smile that was unlike the predatory expression he’d seen on her at other times and sat back down.
Ctirad turned to Timaios, hoping his expression successfully conveyed enough what the fuck that his owner understood without relaying that message to the rest of the room.
Timaois pulled Ctirad into a one-armed hug. “Let us go sit and talk with Sara, shall we? There’s some issues I want to bring up with her. And, as it turns out, with Signy. I hadn’t expected her to be in town today. You’ve been out for a while, haven’t you, Jae’Xanthus?”
“Yes, sa’Slingshot, for several months. But I flew in just the day before yesterday.” Something about her demeanor had changed completely. “And since sa’Single-Blossom wanted to talk to me,” she tilted her head at Sara Florentia, “here I am. I didn’t realize that I would be disrupting plans,” she added, sweetly but with an edge to it.
Ctirad was still reeling from the apology, but he sat where Timaios indicated – at his Owner’s feet, which was a very nice place, as long as Signy didn’t want her feet rubbed – and leaned against Timaios’ legs. Continue reading