Ophelia picked up her phone. Thomas chuckled.
"Okay, okay you go. I want to hear him," he said, elbowing her gently.
"Okay, okay, hold on. I'm dialing."
She dialed, Thomas chuckled.
She put it on speaker phone. "Songbird? Now why are you calling me?"
Thomas frowned. "Is that his real voice?"
"It is isn't it so nice. Shakes you to your soul doesn't it?" She whispered.
Thomas shrugged. "I would say—"
"You're not alone?" His voice thundered over line.
"Don't worry about that. I called because I'm drunk so I'm gonna tell you things."
Adrian chuckled. "You always tell me things. That's what I like about you."
"You like me, Mr. Hades?"
His lips quirked up, his eyes shutting at the sound of her calling his name that way.
"Though it is very inappropriate...I do. I've come to accept it."
"But you don't want me the way I want you," she whispered. "And yet, you want me to chase you, around and round like a carousel."
"Don't act as if I don't reward you for efforts, Ophelia. Now, tell me you where you are."
"Reward me?" She scoffed. "And just how do you do that?"
Adrian looked away. "Who are you with?"
"Answer my question," she demanded.
Thomas looked away. Drama...
"You can't think of one way, I make your efforts worthwhile, Ophelia? Not one?" He asked, looking down at his papers.
She stayed quiet.
"If that was the case a greedy cat like you wouldn't have stuck around so long. So now, where are you?"
"I'm with my friend."
"Hm...and when did you meet him?"
"That's not safe."
"He has a girl he likes," she shot back.
"It's still not safe. Tell me where you are Ophelia."
"Since when are you so demanding sir?"
"Tell me where you are. And...I'll remind you of my way of rewarding greedy cats like you, alright?"
Her lips quirked up. "Are you seducing me, sir?"
"Is it working?" He chuckled.
She looked away toward Thomas who shrugged.
She showed him away. He reared back, sticking his tongue out. He got up, stumbling away.
"Mr. Hades..." she whispered.
"What do you want from me?"
"Tonight? I want you to come to my house. And stay the night."
She sighed. Well, she wouldn't argue with that.
"I'll get a cab there."
"You've been on and on about a cab these days. Why don't you let me send a driver for you? It's late—"
"I'll see you soon sir."
"You're done having phone sex with your Hades?"
She shrugged. "Yeah. Now I might get some real sex."
"Lucky," he muttered.
She shrugged. "It's only a year. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger!"
She ordered a Lyft. Thomas snorted. Yeah right.
• • •
The door bell rang. Adrian answered it. There she was.
"Come in," he urged, shutting the door behind her.
He put his hand on her head.
"Your hands are so big and you're so tall," she said to him, touching the hand that rested in her head.
He let his hand slide down to her neck. "How was your outing?"
He smiled, bending down.
"I noticed sometimes you seem oblivious. And some times you seem scheming."
He raised a brow, pausing. "Sometimes I notice. Sometimes I don't. Sometimes I'll play, sometimes I won't."
"Then this isn't very safe for me heart. Your sometimes."
He pulled her in, kissing her softly. "But those times...aren't they special? Don't you like them?"
"No one else gets them. Those moments, no one but you. I don't kiss other people, and I don't hug other people and I don't let them in my house. Those sometimes...for me are very hard."
She looked away. "I understand."
"Then don't walk away from me. I'll be greedy too and ask you to chase me a little longer."
"But Adrian..." she trailed, looking up at him.
His hair fell behind his ear, his eyes on hers. She thought he was so pretty.
"Will you wait for me a little longer? I'm not used to these things. Give me the year that you promised me. And by then, I'll have a definite answer."
She stepped back. "I can do that. I can wait a year. But I can't be so close to you while I wait."
He pulled her in. "And why not? You can be as close to me as you want. It's okay—"
"Not to me. Don't you understand? I love you—I mean...I think I do. It hurts to be close to someone you like so much, not be able to—"
She sighed. "Never mind. I'll wait Adrian. But like you always tell me, you can't have it all. It's not possible. If I wait, I need to wait at a safe distance."
He narrowed his eyes. "I understand," he said.
That's what he said, at least.