The Setup: For someone in Etain’s circle, two decades of commitment apparently means very little, if anything. Or is it the situation itself causing him to lash out?
Note: Salk Su, Takla for sweet sand, is Dresh’s pet name for Etain.
“Are you having an affair?” Please say no. Deny it. Her hopes faded when he curled his mouth like he was about to hiss.
“That’s a ridiculous question coming from you.” He stood in the doorway to Dresh’s home office, his sleeping space since they’d been fighting.
“That is unfair.” She felt Merch’s hand slide into hers, a reminder that she wasn’t alone no matter the outcome.
“Is it now?” He glanced from Merch to Dresh. “All right. So, I’m having an affair with Samudra Ona. What’s that have to do with any of this?” He waved his hand toward Samudra’s image on the vid.
“You admit to having an affair?” I can’t wrap my head around—don’t understand, don’t— “Why?”
“The irony, Etain, can’t you see it?” He sneered at her. “You share your beach with others all the time, and you ask me why I’m having an affair?”
“I…I’ve always stayed in my…my circle. You know this.” She released Merch’s hand to sit up taller. You’re not going to make me feel ashamed of who I am. “You encouraged Mateo.”
“That idiot’s been groveling at your feet for over six years.” He wrinkled his nose. “Mateo being included meant I dealt with you less.”
“You knew my species’ requirements before we were ever together.” She growled at him. “You knew—”
“And I’ve hated every moment of it.” He pulled his hands behind his back in a blatant sign of Takla disgust.
“Liar!” She howled anger and lunged forward with her hands extended, but Dresh caught her by the waist, pulling her back.
“Don’t, Salk Su. He’s not worth the energy.”
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