Be My Valentine…Snack

Welcome to Me, Me Monday! A day to promote, strut, and celebrate your Me-ness!

Peter is all about the strutting…and the flirting in ‘Be My Valentine…Snack’. The problem is he’s doing it with the worst person imagination…Damian’s aunt, Duessa Ashelocke.


“No need to trouble such shy blooms, when there’s a flower in full bloom!” Peter released my shoulder to make a sweeping bow to Duessa. “A flower that’s irresistibly drawn to the rose in your fair hand!”

What? My jaw dropped slightly.

Peter nudged me slightly to the side, puffing out his chest.

He wasn’t much bigger than me, but much more confident about his slightness. He had much darker skin than Damian or myself, revealed in creamy patches through his poet’s shirt and open red vest.

Peter was like a little bird, strutting and showing off his plumage to all possible mates. This meant just about everyone.

One never would have guessed this. Not judging by the way the way he fixed his dark, soulful eyes upon Duessa Ashelocke.

I blinked and shook my head.

I shouldn’t haven’t been that shocked. Duessa Ashelocke was hardly ugly. She had the same heart-shaped face as her nephew, along with the same slender hands.

Even if there were eight of them. Duessa kept the additional six were kept hidden. I wasn’t entirely sure how she did it, or what made them visible.

Right now, she appeared to be a beautiful human woman. Her true form was hardly unattractive either. Each additional limb was elegant, moving with a sinuous grace from her side.

It was the danger suggested by her form which made me wary

“Each of Duessa’s eyes can appraise your beauty, power, and flavor.” Damian had gestured with one finger to his face, so similar in shape to his aunt’s, only he only possessed two eyes. “When she opens them, beware.”

I doubted Peter saw anything, besides a beautiful woman. This was bad.

Flirting with Duessa could be dangerous. What if she accepted Peter’s advances?

What if she lured him out of the protection of Gabrielle’s store?

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