Usually, I am fond of posh hotel rooms. The anonymity, the luxury, housekeeping and room service.
Tonight I am a bit off. If Anatoly is a bear, this cousin of his is a wolf, lean and rangy. Where Anatoly was parties and extravagance, Pavel is brooding and aloof.
Tonight he took me to dinner with a party of people I knew from my time with Anatoly, and it was only a matter of moment before I discerned my true usefulness. Pavel watched how everyone treated me. He was gauging the truth of Anatoly’s claims and assessments. I am a mole, an informant by virtue of past association, and all I need to do is sparkle at dinner.
Pavel doesn’t desire me, I am a business asset, and I find it refreshing.
Of course, that leaves me cloistered here in this room, weary from small talk and playacting, but strangely restless. I lower the lights, curl my legs up like a child, and close my eyes. When my phone chirps from the nightstand I grab it, pushing my hair back from my eyes. It’s a text from Blue.
Am I allowed to miss you?
I miss you, if we’re being honest.
Aren’t we always?
Yes. We are, rather.
How is the Russian?
Good in bed?
Well, I know you’re good in bed…
He doesn’t want sex.
So, he’s crazy.
I want sex. With you. Now.
Call me. Let me be nice to you.