From the Author
She was watching me, evaluating my reaction, and I wondered why it mattered so much to her. Candice owned me. If she chose to register us for breeding, who was I to argue?
"Do you have children, Daniel?"
Raw Pain. "Yes."
She was reading my face for what I didn't say. I could tell she wanted me to open up, but that was a ghost I shared with no one, and I stayed silent, trying to mend the rift in my heart... again. I had to every time the thought of being a father and never seeing the child tore me apart from the inside.
"I might be able to find them for you... if you give me details on their mothers."
Stunned into shock again, I gaped at her with my mouth open. Why would she do that?
I forced my mouth to work. "Two."
"It was recorded?"
I nodded, not allowing myself to hope. "Through the Games."
"I'll see what I can find out."
Her offer came easily, along with a tone that said maybe I'd misjudged this violent female in a lot of ways. It allowed me to form a question of my own.
"If you find them, will I... can I see them? Even if they don't know I'm there?"
She studied me with those unreadable eyes, but after a week, I had picked up a bit about my new owner. I sensed she held a deep sympathy for the torment I'd just revealed.
"If I can arrange it."
She didn't make a false promise or a claim she couldn't back up. It sent that hope I'd denied into my heart and spilling out of my mouth. "Please! I have to know if they're..."
I stopped, about to let go of a secret I'd been guarding for years.
Candice raised a brow. "If they're what?"
I dropped my eyes and hoped she missed the tremor in my voice. "If they're suffering like you and all the others... or if they're immune."
From the Inside Flap
*10 Contestants will fight to the Death for their choice of one Bachelor. Mercy is discouraged.
*A single viewing of the Bachelors will be provided. Only one contestant is permitted in the Cells at a time. Light sampling is allowed.
*Attacks and battles are forbidden in the halls or private rooms. Everywhere else is fair game.
*Anyone can kill a contestant, including friends, family, and outsourced labor.
*Battle loot belongs to the winner to be disposed of as they see fit.
*Broken rules will result in the contestant being arrested and replaced.