TITLE: All That Remains
GENRE: YA Fantasy
MC, Lea (who’s an assassin), has just escaped from jail. Her hands are shackled and her new love interest, Les, is picking the locks. Before the jail break she was confronted by her ex-boyfriend, Val, who wants her back.
They were so different, Val and Les. How had I once thought they were the same? Val’s arrogance came from believing he was better than everyone. That everyone was below him. Les’s arrogance came from knowing no one could make him a bigger fool than himself. Val tried so hard to be the person he was, with his appearance and his manner. Les didn’t try at all, and it came through in a way that made my heart stutter, my breath catch in my throat.
He glanced at me then back at the shackles. “What are you smiling about?”
My eyes widened. Had I been smiling? “Nothing.”
“Hmm.” He twisted his wrist and the shackles popped open, tumbling to the ground. “And just like that, you’re a free woman.”
He grabbed my wrists with his callused hands and rubbed the feeling back into them. He leaned closer to whisper in my ear.
“This was my first jailbreak. I think you’re a bad influence on me, Miss Oleander Saldana.” His warm breath slid across the back of my neck. I shivered. We were so close I could almost hear his heart beating. His hands slipped down to mine and he stroked the skin of my knuckles with his thumb. I looked up at him.
He stilled and watched me, all trace of humor gone. Then his lips were pressing against mine. He clasped my hands. I tightened my grip around him and for that moment everything else ceased to matter. All that mattered was Les and how his beard scraped my skin and how his lips tightened in a smile against mine until he laughed and pulled away.
He pointed at me. “Best jailbreak ever.”