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Oh Bugger! (Day 1, Somewhere ...)
“It’s for your own good, Yasmina.” Ivor explained as he lashed the companion’s legs to the chair. “Tomorrow, we will find a ship, and I will get you off this planet and away from my Uncle, from life as a companion. You’ll be happy, you’ll see! We’ll be happy. Together.”
“Ivor the moment you start having to tie someone up … that should be a telling moment for you.” Yasmina said dryly.
“I understand, my love. This is the only life you know, but I can show you there is so much more. You’re like a beautiful bird sentenced to live in a dreadful cage called New Kasmir.”
“Did the idea of tying someone up fly out the window?” Yasmina said with a tilt of her head. “Let's address THAT first before we start talking about you declaring what I do or do not want hmmm?”
“Yasmina, your reluctance in this is inconsequential. I’m freeing you, you’ll come to accept that in time. But until you do… “ He finished the last knot. “I will keep you safe and do what it is best for you.”
“Ivor … this is not freeing. This is the opposite of free.” Yasmina explained with motioning with her hands, which were still tied to the chair but the point made. “If I don’t have a choice how is that free? If my ‘reluctance in this is inconsequential’ what you're really saying is you don’t care what I want or think. This isn’t about me it’s about you.” She said with unabashed honesty.
“It is about us,” he asserted. “You and I. Our happiness. I will make you happy. You just can’t see it yet. We truly are meant to be together.”
Yasmina sighed. He wasn’t listening to a word she said. “Then untie me and let’s see where this goes.” She said with an arched eyebrow.
“Once we are off this planet, my love. Until then? I will protect you. My Uncle is a terrible man. This is only temporary.” He kissed the top of her head, breathing in the intoxicating scent of her hair, infused with jasmine and lavender.
Yasmina took a breath her lips pressed together into a fine line. The man was clearly delusional and this was the first time this had ever happened to her. Thankfully she was a patient woman. Time was on her side and he could not keep her tied down forever.
“You will see.” He repeated. “But for now?” He tied a silk scarf around her mouth. “I will need for you to remain quiet while I secure our travel arrangements. We will laugh about this someday, it will be a story to share with our children!”