Magira’s slapped cheek burns, but it is nothing to the fire scorching his heart. He thought he could be loved and happy here, but Carlos is like the others. He just wants to own Magira, nothing more.
Magira wants to scream.
Carlos’s words wash over him, but his touch makes Magira’s heart surge with hope. He tries to ignore it, but Carlos is different from others. And despite himself, Magira listens.
“Will you teach me to love you?”
The words quench the burning in his heart, and it fades to a sweet pain only Carlos can salve. Magira nods. “Yes.”