Royal District, Royal Arms Hotel Suite 1221
NarrAy tipped the hotel android and tucked the note he'd delivered into the pocket of her robe. "Senth?" She walked back into the bedroom, heard water running, and poked her head inside the bathroom. Steam frosted the glass-enclosed shower. "Senth, honey, there's a--Whoa!"
Senth was pressed against the glass from his firm buttocks all the way up to his shoulders.
NarrAy gulped against a rush of pheromones. "Uh, there's a...a note."
"What?" Senth stepped away from the glass and came to the opening, both hands in his soapy hair. "I couldn't hear you, sweetie." Shampoo bubbles trickled down his upraised arms, onto his shoulders, and down across his chest. Senth's nose wriggled. He'd done that several times during the night, inhaling her scent.
It shot a tinge of warmth down her. NarrAy cast off her robe and stepped into the shower, right into Senth's slippery, soapy, slick, sexy, and open arms.
* * *
Senth initiated a prescheduled holophone link to Saint-Cyr from a conference room on the third floor of the hotel, far from NarrAy's presence. When a chime announced his Sen'dai was at last online, Senth stood.
Saint-Cyr's image sparkled into being before him.
Senth made a deep bow. "Good morning, Sen'dai."
"You're late." The Harbinger motioned with one hand. "Turn around, slowly. I want to look at you."
"So this is what a thief looks like who thinks he's independent of his Sen'dai."
"Don't play coy with me, Senthys." Saint-Cyr seated himself. The background of the room did not appear, nor the chair he used. His image floated. "Sit down. We need to talk."
"Yes, sir." He pulled a chair away from the table and plunked himself in it.
"And sit up straight."
Senth bristled, but he straightened in the chair.
"Now what is this about Ms. Jorlan not being satisfied?"
She had seemed satisfied when he'd left the room. Senth coughed to mask a grin. "We discovered that the item we recovered indicated there's a related item with more significance."
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