Luc, whose immortal name is Cyken, has just laid down the law to Pietas -- the immortal king himself. Brazen and bold, but Luc wants his freedom and he fears Pietas will never let him have it. Now he's dealing with the king's reaction.
"How dare you come in here and--"
"Please." Cyken lifted both hands. "I didn't come here to pick a fight."
"A little late for that."
"All I wanted was for you to acknowledge the truth. You know that."
Pietas laid a hand over his torn heart. "No, here's what I know. You think me unworthy. You suckered me into thinking you cared about me. You touched me when you knew I longed for you. You used my love for you to protect the one who stole you from me. You--" He turned away. "You violated every trust I ever put in you. That's what I know."
A blockade of silence between them filled the room.
Cyken came up close behind him and set one hand on Pietas's shoulder.
"No." He turned, backed away from the man's warmth. "Do not touch me. Don't you ever touch me again."
"My king." Cyken performed a Sempervian salute. "I have served you for too many centuries for you to doubt my loyalty. All I wanted was for you to admit Izzorah is immortal. One of us. You told me you created him with your own hands. I came here because I needed you to admit there's no sense in killing him. I want you to tell the whole truth about that."
Cyken wanted truth? Here was truth.
Pietas would stab a blade deep into the gut of the man who'd stolen Cyken's heart. Twist it. Tear him apart. Rip off Izzorah's head and destroy him so completely he could never resurrect.
How could Pietas have been so foolish? Why had he held onto hope he could win Cyken back? Why had he longed for Cyken to see the man Pietas truly was? The man who loved him beyond all reason. The man who was terrified of losing him.
Because facing eternity without Cyken at his side...
Pietas turned away, arms crossed, head down.
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