Darius still had not worked through his problems by the time darkness fell. He was brooding upon the summons to the High Council Court he had received. He was alone in his office; his staff had left for home. He heard the front door open and close and footsteps approach his door. He was not worried, the footsteps were not stealthy.
He was rather surprised when Claudia opened the door and entered without a greeting or so much of a by-your-leave, but remained silent as she strutted over to his desk.
He sighed and sat up a little straighter in his chair, ready for her attack if there was to be one.
“I have a gift for you, Darius.”
“I have not had much time to think on your offer of partnership yet, Claudia, please be a little more patient.”
She waved her hand, dismissing the notion. “I have brought you a gift, a little something to cheer you up. My father received a summons to the Court and I assume that you have one too. Is that why you are brooding alone in your office?” She didn’t wait for an answer, but clicked her fingers. The door opened again and a handsome young Hume entered the room. He was holding a very delicate chain in his hand and he was followed by another Hume. The chain was attached to a black studded collar fastened around her neck.
Darius was not easily surprised, but the attire of the woman made him sit up and take notice. She wore a full-length fur coat which opened to tantalise as she walked, giving glimpses of the pure white underwear she was wearing under it. The blood-red stilettos and matching lips completed the scanty ensemble. The coat was draped over her shoulders and as the other Hume removed it, he could see the reason for that. The woman was wearing handcuffs, fastened behind her back.
Darius looked at Claudia in puzzlement but said nothing.
“I told you, it is to cheer you up a little, to distract you from your worries of the day.”
“A victim? Here?”
“No, a donor, you shall not kill her, she is precious, but you are welcome to use her for your amusement. You may use the other one too, if you wish, though I don’t imagine that he does anything for you, but I suppose you may like to watch them both together?” Claudia watched Darius as a smile appeared on his lips.
“Claudia, that is very thoughtful of you.”
“Is there going to be a ‘but’ in the statement, Darius?”
“No not at all. I am very pleased with the gift.” He walked over to the donor and stroked her shoulders, and then he turned her around in a full circle and back to face him again. Except that she did not face him as such, she cast her eyes downward at all times.
“Is she captured or volunteered?” He asked once he managed to tear his gaze from her.
“She is a volunteer, but do not worry my dear Darius. She has been in our family since she was born. She would like to become Wolf eventually, but she will always know her place. I thought that you would like the recreation for a few hours. We can enjoy the both of them together if you would like.”
“Claudia, I think I was wrong about you, I think that you are a woman after my own heart.”
“No Darius, you can keep that, what would I do with another heart as black and hard as my own?”