This is a deleted scene from the book For Women Only, a Science Fiction Romance. Khyff is a master of pleasure with a tortured soul. Mehfawni wants to redeem the man her people destroyed. His fragile trust could be a response of love and a healing heart -- or a ruse for revenge.
Setting up the scene
Khyff is under orders to seduce Ambassador Mehfawni Ruh, or his brother will be allowed to die. If Khyff obeys, his brother will live.
All his life, Khyff has been forced into one compromising situation after another. Now, after getting to know Mehfawni, he is torn about hurting her. But what can he possibly do?
I deleted this scene because it didn't add to the overall story, but I've always liked it.
"Have you ever been to Kyrenie, Fawni?"
"No. Isn't that the firestorm planet? Have you been there?"
"Lucky you! I've heard it's beautiful. What was it like?"
"Lucky? Do your people believe in hell?"
With a gasp, Mehfawni covered her mouth. "Yes."
"If you're bad in hell, they send you to Kyrenie."
She caught the flicker of a smile in his eyes. They both laughed.
"I'm sorry, Khyff." She slid her fingertips down his cheek and along his chin. "But I promise, you will never have to go back."
He pressed his brow against hers. "Thank you for saying that."
His relief smelled like the sweet fragrance of Vulits, clean and fresh. "No one will ever make you do anything you don't want to do again."
His scent abruptly changed and he turned his head. Why didn't he believe her? Was there some part of what she'd said that he thought was a lie? Mehfawni stroked her fingers into his hair and drew him closer for a quick kiss. "I want you to believe me, Khyffy." She pressed her cheek against his. "I want to make you feel safe."
With a sigh, Khyff took her hands and rested his brow against hers. "Please don't promise me anything. Promises only break your heart. Just love me."