First: Spoils of War I: Surrender
Nikol peered over at Aran. He was looking her way. Feeling her out?
“You could,” she agreed slowly. “Pretty sure I haven’t given you an order about that.”
“Not many orders, actually,” he agreed. He sounded cautiously agreeable. “I bet there’s a catch. This stupid thing has way too many catches.”
“There is. Everything I’ve heard says it’ll make you more and more miserable the longer you’re away from me. You could do it, but eventually you’d end up finding your way back. And then you’d have to deal with guilt and, well, if I wanted to punish you for it.”
“You don’t strike me as the punishing sort.” He almost made it a question. Continue reading