The Cunning (Book 1/2)

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“Why do you look so pleased with yourself?” Sam asked when Jase walked into the kitchen.

“Just informed Madison who bought her,” he replied with a smirk. Sam laughed.

“You’re fucking loving this, aren’t you?” Jase shrugged.

“It’s probably the most fun I’ve had in a while. She might be a conniving little bitch, but I’d be lying if I said she didn’t keep things interesting.”

“You’re sadistic,” Janine said quietly, her lip curled in distaste. Jase looked at her and tilted his head.

“I suppose I am. Something’s got to keep me from dying of boredom, and Madison did just that for a while. She’s like the gift that just keeps on giving.”

“She’s just a kid,” she replied. Jase nodded,

“A kid that bit off more than she could chew. You want to play with the big boys then you’ve got to be ready to suffer the consequences. She could have come into this house and made her life easy by doing as she was told but she didn’t, she tried to get the better of me.” Janine glared at him before standing up and storming upstairs. Sam didn’t say anything. He hadn’t seen this side of Jase in a while and it was wise not to get in his way with whatever he was doing. At least when he was cruel to Madison it dumbed down all the rumours. She had been getting too big for her boots as it was and everyone knew it. As far as Sam was concerned, Jase was just reinforcing the power balance in the house.

“If he hates her so much, why doesn’t he just hand her over to the guy that brought her?” Janine asked, sitting in front of her mirror as she angrily applied her make up. Sam scoffed.

“He won’t do that. Jase gets his kicks from girls like Madison.” She looked at him over her shoulder.

“What do you mean ‘girls like Madison’?” Sam sighed, sitting up on her bed, shrugging.

“What I say. This is the most fun he’s had in ages. Madison causes a stir in the house and it keeps him on his toes. He won’t hand her over until she really starts to bore him. Hopefully, that will happen soon if he actually has broken her. Like an old toy, he’ll just throw her away and wait for something new and shiny to come along.” Janine frowned.

“That’s twisted,” she said. Sam nodded, picking up his phone from the nightstand and laying back down.

“That’s Jase. This is exactly what he was like before her, remember? Him being nice and calm was clearly just a phase.” Janine’s blood boiled at the thought of Jase seeing Madison as nothing but a plaything as if she didn’t already have hell coming for her.

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