- 20 Jun 2019, 18:13
Zara listened carefully, her expression sinking further and further as he continued. It put a lot of things into perspective, even more so with the efforts Ivan was taking to ensure Watchdogs were on best behaviour. Clearly, it had shook him. So, she took careful steps to his desk, seating herself opposite, looking at him sympathetically.
"Maybe you should speak to him about your friendship; clearly it hurts your feelings not to be so involved. And maybe things have changed with his new wife, but maybe a gentle reminder of how much you two have been through? Clearly he wanted you back at Iver Hall, and clearly he had to bend for Mrs Iver. Maybe once things settle down, things will ease up again - go for a drink, play a game of darts, do whatever it is men do."
She leaned forward a bit, looking him in the face.
"Ivan...I know...I know what happened to you was embarrassing. And I know we don't really trust each other on a personal level; all we do is work together, annoy each other, and...relieve stress. But I can see that look. It was the same look I had after I was broken out of Wesley's prison. He chained me, ridiculed me, emotionally and physically abused me, spat at me, insulted me, defiled me..."
She cut herself off, snapping her mouth shut as she looked at him, a serious glint in her eyes.
"I do not enjoy people I care about being mocked and ridiculed like that. I don't like it because I've been through it. And clearly, whatever happened; her words, her actions, her implications - they did something to you. I'm not saying you should talk to me, or Nathan, or anyone...but the worse thing you can do is let it eat you up inside. If you let your resentment for her manifest for too long, one of these days you will hesitate to protect her, and it will be too late. You're a professional...but I don't think you ever trained for this. If you did need any help..."
She gave a tight smile.
"Call a hateful bitch like me."