An itch of dread crept over her skin. He’d intruded into her secret chamber. The one filled with pain and disappointment. She kept that door locked and barred at all times. An impulse to race from the room hit her hard, but she couldn’t move. Her bones and muscles were frozen in anticipation of his next words.
“You’re so attracted to me that it’s making you crazy. Hiding behind the tough business woman façade is your way of keeping me at arm’s length. If you ever let your guard down, you’re afraid you’ll lose complete control. That terrifies you because you have absolutely no idea who you really are.”
She stared at him, her mouth opening and closing as words came and went without spilling forth. Her mind whirled but she couldn’t think of a reasonable response. The truth of his words struck her in the gut like a bowling ball, leaving her gasping for breath.
“Until you strip away all the absurd layers of meaningless crap from your life, you’ll go on being lonely, friendless, and without love.” He came to the sofa and ran a finger over her bracelet. “Nice bracelet, by the way. dZi beads if I’m not mistaken. To ward off evil, right? Want to know why they don’t work against me? It’s because I’m not evil, Tal. I’m not evil.”
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