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“The more you beg, the more excited I get, so you might want to rethink that strategy.” He moved closer to her, so close she could feel the heat coming off his skin. Then he bent and licked the tears off her face. “Fucking delicious,” he said.
She leaned closer when his tongue dragged over her cheek. She shouldn’t want him to touch her. But she couldn’t help it. It calmed her. It shut up the screaming panic for as long as he touched her. It had to be some kind of magic, but if it was, it wasn’t one he was consciously controlling. Comfort was the last thing he wanted to give her. He no longer seemed capable of it.
Then he pulled away, and the creeping dread was back. Persephone wished he’d just do whatever he was going to do. She couldn’t stand this anticipation. She couldn’t cope with the underworld and a monster bent on her destruction.
“M-Master. You won. You have me forever now. I know you’ll never release me. But do you really want to break your favorite toy?”
He chuckled. “Not an expert negotiator, are you, Sunshine? Maybe I like my toys broken. How would you know? You’ve never met the real me. Until now.”
He was lying. Whatever this was, this wasn’t the real him. She closed her eyes against the memory of him incinerating that soul. He’d done that before he’d become this… thing.
Maybe he had always been worse than she’d imagined. Or maybe just desperate.
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