From Ring of the Dragon
In this scene, Pietas has spent the night with a Kin female he calls Dark Hair (because she won't tell him her name). The female had offered to help him find the horse he's seeking as a favor to Cyken.
Light at the window woke Pietas, though it had to be an hour or more till dawn. Not time to rise yet. Immortals needed two solid hours every day or so, but for him, an extra hour kept pain at bearable levels. He closed his eyes again and stayed in bed, lying on his left side, hand tucked beneath the pillow in his usual sleep position. He had a faint memory of spooning with Dark Hair.
Sex had a way of releasing endorphins that pushed his usual pain far, far away. In a minute, he'd have to move, and it would come rushing back. It always did. But for now, he savored the respite like a dive into cool water on a hot day. How long since he had taken a day to rest? He had no recollection. Perhaps he wouldn't have to move for a little longer.
A small sound came to him. Feet on an uncarpeted floor. Inside the room. He opened his eyes to full daylight. No one in bed with him. No one between himself and the window.
He pulled his arm out from under the pillow and his pain came screaming back. So harsh, he clenched his teeth against it, but he remained silent. He'd learned young never to reveal pain. Never to cry out.
Another sound. Cloth on skin. Someone dressing.
Pietas braced his right hand against the bed, preparing to move, and caught sight of his left hand. His naked left hand. Stripped of the Dragon Ring. He never cast off Cyken's gift, not even to sleep with someone else. His portal bracelet remained in place. It was sealed around his wrist, preventing his being trapped.
No one could imprison him anywhere.
Dark Hair must have taken the ring while he slept. She had to be a trained thief to remove it from his hand. Who else had the opportunity?
Mouth clamped shut, he prepared himself for more pain.
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