Sinte sat in one of the sitting area chairs, looking out the window, thinking of those she had met at the club the night before.
What a strange and wonderful world she was a part of and never knew. She also knew along with the good, came the bad.
As much as she knew she shouldn't be, she was completely intrigued with Lotus, what her thinking was like, what she was like.
Lock and Max were also points of interest, expecially Lock. She would have to see about trying to spend more time with him.
His story was tragic, she had seen some of it. He had such a childish fascination and charm that made her want to hear his stories,
to see his dreams. Then there had been Ari. For the first time in her life, Sinte actually felt like she could have a .....friend.
The thought brought a smile to her face.
"Penny for your thoughts".
She looked over to find that Indie was sitting on the floor beside her chair. She had been so lost in thought she hadn't even heard
him. "Was just thinking".
"Mhmmmm, 'bout what?"
Indie was also on her mind. She had found she was beginning to feel for him. She didn't know if she was just another chore for him, if
she actually meant anything to him, if she was a favor he was doing for Michael, she wasn't sure she wanted to know. She knew she would
have to ask eventually, she just didn't know how. She moved from the chair, sitting on the floor next to him. She searched his face, hating how
he was so unreadable.
"Do you like me?"
He took a deep breath, never letting his eyes leave hers. The look on his face seemed to her as if he was almost expecting the question she had
just asked. "Yes, i like you".
She moved closer to him, laying her hand on the side of his face.
"I don't mean as a friend Indie, or as a favor, or as a hobbie".
"Then how do you mean?"
Sinte hadn't been expecting that question, although she should have really. She wasn't sure what the right words were to say.
She felt suddenly emotional and struggled to hold back the tears that were threatening to fall. There was a long silence, the
longer it was, the more she wished she hadn't asked. She had a feeling she wasn't going to get the answer she was looking for.
He leaned over, kissing her. She closed her eyes as his lips carressed hers.
"Yes, i like you as more", he said, slowly pulling away from her. "My life is.....complicated. Do you understand that?"
"I have a great deal of responsibilities, I don't know that i can give you the time or the things you need".
She bit her lower lip. His responsibilities, she knew, were a lot to do with helping the Deviants', much like the things Michael was doing.
She didn't need much to be happy, and if this was her one shot at loving and having someone love her, she was not letting go. It
was all she had ever wanted, just someone to want her, to...... love her.
"I want to be with you Indie", she started slowly, trying to gauge his reaction.
"And i want to be in your life, if that means sharing you with others then it means sharing you with others, i can do that. The only thing
i ask is don't ignore me or shut me out, include me. I only need a little of your time and i don't need things".
She held her breath. His eyes were soft, searching . She didn't know how much longer she could take of him not
saying anything, it was nerve racking. He lifted his hand, stroking the side of her face.
"We can try, it won't be easy for either of us. You will have to learn when to step back, as will I. There are
a lot of people in my life, as you will find out. Some can be rather....demanding and time consuming".
Sinte crawled over him pushing him back, kising him.
"How do you feel about me?", she whispered.
"I feel ....enough", he managed in between her kisses.
He didn't say he loved her, but then again, neither had she. Him wanting her was enough , she wouldn't push it, she would just
enjoy whatever he was willing to give to her.
Michael sat, looking around the room. He was once again weighing his options, trying to find any way at all out
of the deal had made with Lotus. The truth was he couldn't, not right now, but sooner or later she would make a mistake,
and when she did, he would leash her. Until then, he simply had to cater to her.
Lotus strolled in, walking around his office.
"Are you rid of them Michael?"
Lotus smiled, pulling him up to stand in front of her.
"Why you would ever want anyone else at all when you can have me is just beyond my understanding", she said pouting.
"I didn't help them because i wanted them. I helped them because they needed it. Not everyone that i help or introduce into the club
is someone i'm sleeping with Lotus".
She placed his hands on her hips, wrapping her arms around his neck, kissing him.
"You have to stop taking in strays darling, expecially the likes of Sinte and Cadence, they are rogues at best, you know that. Now no more
without my approval. Of course there is nothing i can do about the two of them now, just keep them far away from me, i would
hate for something.....unexpected to happen to them, wouldn't you?"
Michael gritted his teeth, doubting his ability at this moment, to keep from choking her to death. Instead he smiled, thinking
soon, she was getting careless.
"I hope you had the good sense to leave them in someone elses charge, those Leeches are dangerous, all of them, but
expecially the unsupervised ones".
The truth was, Lotus didn't hate Soul Leeches because they were dangerous, she hated them out of fear. Leeches
were the only Deviants, other than Michael himself, who could disable her, kill her if they wanted. The ony difference was
Michael had to wait for opportunity, had to wait for a weakness. Leeches did not. The thought brought a slight smile
to Michaels' face. Luckily for him, she had no clue who or what he was, and he played that to his advantage.
"Of course i'm having them looked after, and i can assure you they will not bother you".
Lotus kissed him again.
"I'm becoming bored of this conversation, let's move onto, a more ...pleasing subject".
Michael wrapped her in his arms, waiting, hoping for that weakness.