Senth arrives home after a call from his adoptive father, Luc Saint-Cyr.
The three-story house resembled others in the neighborhood.
Constructed with brown stone and trimmed with beige marble, nothing about it stood out. Curtains fluttered in an open window on the bottom floor. A white picket fence led to a path lined with pink flowers. A pink wreath made the place look homey and sweet.
The façade fooled anyone who lacked entry codes.
Senth pressed his palm against the lock plate and the idBot security system scanned him. Locks clicked open.
Not a sound in the house, and when Senth checked the security panel, it showed the staff had gone for the day. No one home.
"Riiight." That reading meant the Man was here, because idBot never saw him no matter where he went. How he managed that was beyond Senth, but hey--the guy owned the company, right? Must be nice. Whatever this was about, Saint-Cyr wanted privacy for it, which couldn't be good for Senth.
He swept off his cloak and hung it on a peg. "Hi, Daddy, I'm home!"
Luc Saint-Cyr rounded the corner. Built like a towering god of war, his father filled the small entry.
Senth took a step back.
Saint-Cyr's impressive height forced Senth to look up in order to meet his gaze. Solid-black eyes made the black-skinned man resemble a giant bird of prey, and he had all the warmth of one.
"I am not Daddy, Senthys. We've discussed this." Saint-Cyr adjusted a white cuff on his dark business suit. "If you must use a familial term, use Father."
"Been thinking about changing it to Pops." Senth rocked on the balls of his feet.
His father about choked. Those black eyes narrowed. "You most certainly will not. I have asked you to--"
"Yeah," Senth interrupted. "And I've asked you to call me Senth. Not Senthys."
"Nicknames lack dignity."
"Father sounds like a priest. Which you aren't."
Saint-Cyr took one step closer.
It took all Senth's considerable will not to back up, look away or otherwise submit. How many people wilted before that black-eyed gaze? He swallowed, focusing on the reflections of light in the man's glassy stare.
If he held on for a few more seconds...
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