"It's been said.""Not truthfully - until now." She answered allowing her gaze to flick upwards to him, asshe had hoped his face was an expressionless mask. Which meant, to her delight, hewas upset."Always the little barbs with you is it not?" He asked sourly."How well you know me." She replied with a sugary smile her tone soft as honey."Too well for my tastes. I like my acquaintances more on the bearable side.""Oh so you find my presence unbearable do you? Then why hang about?" She asked,eyes narrowing, she knew she had hit a soft spot. After all why did either of them remainaround the other? Why endure her constant veiled insults? Why put up with his casualdismissal of her? Why the choice to meet up again and again when there was nothingbetween them but loathing and contempt?"You know perfectly well why." He answered cuttingly, sneering at her in disgust. Whymust she bring it up?"
She answered, voice a hiss as she spat out the hated word. The word thatmade him violate the vows to his wife, if only in spirit, he had not allowed himself tostoop so low as to sleep with his lifebonded yet. However they both knew it was only amatter of time and she enjoyed that it caused him great guilt to think on the inevitable.For she blamed him for the destruction of her freedom and blamed him entirely. If hehad never wedded Cherise…but he had, long before he had met the blonde womanbeside him.She looked away from him seeing in his eyes that his thoughts had turned to Cherise.She could tell in the way his contemptuous sneer disappeared, the sneer he reserved just for her, and in the way his eyes filled with self-doubt and guilt. Cherise, it wasalways Cherise. But what about
? That was exactly it, what about her? She mentallyshook herself and swallowed the fresh surge of bitterness, the metallic taste that wasalways at the back of her throat these days."The line is moving." She said noticing that most people were moving through the gildeddoubled doors in front of them."Of course." He answered looking up at her, the sneer returning."I do not understand why you understand bringing me to these, "dances", instead of just