In case you missed it, it turns out I finished Alice and Finch, but didn’t publish it. So, here it is!
“Lovely! You didn’t tell me your bond was so pretty!” Chloe gushed.
They had met not in a library, but in Chloe’s lamp-filled bedroom.
“And look!” She grabbed Alice’s arm and squeezed it, then pulled it, “She’s rock solid! Must feel safe sleeping beside someone so strong.”
Chloe blushed, and Alice gave her a weird look.
“Tell me dear, have you had any education? Ah!” Chloe couldn’t help herself. She rubbed Alice’s hair and squeezed her cheeks, “You’re so small!”
Alice was the same height as Finch, which meant that she was fairly short. Chloe was nearly two heads taller. She was actually the tallest person in the room, Jutt coming in second, and Artus being the only person of regular height present. Those two were sitting on Chloe’s surprisingly hard bed.
Finch began the process of detaching Chloe from his mate.
“Oh sorry.” Chloe wrapped her delicate arms around herself. She hadn’t realized how lonely she was until now, but that she kept secret.
“Oh, umm, I like learning about families. I know all about yours.” Alice said.
“Oh! Ancestry! How wonderful!” Chloe was radiant, “I personally love history. We might make a good team in the future.”
Alice nodded. She wasn’t sure what to think of this woman. When Finch had told her that Chloe was hundreds of years old, Alice hadn’t been expecting someone who barely looked twenty.
“Finch told me that you had some sort of plan.”
“Right.” Chloe nodded. Her face became authoritative, almost imposing. It was a look that suited her in a strange way. “You look like a completely different person. I saw you, you know. It was Janna who gave you all that meat.”
Alice didn’t believe her, “Batshiva did!”
Chloe nodded, “You’re right about that, but he could rarely afford meat. It’s expensive you know. Ah, well, Janna ended up donating most of what you ate to him.”
During this, Finch’s mind was racing. Who was Janna? Why did he recognize the name?
“Isn’t Janna in a relationship with Drake?” Alice asked, “I know Drake from Baracus.”
Chloe stared, “What?” This was news to her.
“Oh! Yeah! I saw them one of the first days I came here! Right before I met Vinth for the first time!”
Chloe turned to him, “You saw them together?”
Finch nodded, “And Janna, whew! She wasn’t wearing much.”
Chloe put her hands on her face. Her voice stuck its highest pitch, “Well, it could always be worse!”
Alice poked Chloe’s nose. Lex, who had been patiently watching, laughed sweetly. Chloe blushed.
“Ah, I’m sorry. I’ll have to talk to my sister though…” Chloe looked out the window, “If the guards ask, your name is Jessica May, and you’re my board, my live-in student.”
And, interestingly enough, in a few short days, that’s exactly what she became.
Sorry for the mix up!