/Scratch grunted at the sudden pain in his lip. Without missing a beat he reared back and slapped her across the face. It was amusing to him that this violence between them only served to future his lasciviousness. He couldn’t help the smile that tugged at his mouth when he observed the split lip he had caused. Not the first one and it certainly not the last one in this godforsaken courtship. He continued on like the last few seconds hadn’t happened because it knew it would drive her up the wall./
Isn’t the future wonderful? Can’t you imagine it?
/Alice’s vision went white and she was thankful she had the wall the brace herself. When she was able to make out the man standing in front of her she could see the blood pool in the spaces between his teeth when he smiled. She didn’t need to touch her lip to know she was bleeding; she could feel it slowly drip down her chip. Unpleasantly prickly as edges started to dry.
From where Alice stood she registered an almost euphoric glow start to suffuse Scratch’s features. She could feel the hair on her back of her neck stand on end. He was watching her like she was something marvelous./
It will never happen the way you think it will.
/He really enjoyed this little game he’d devised though Alice seemed to change the rules up every so often./
You really don’t understand how much you mean to me, do you?
/Undeterred by the pain in her jaw she flashed him a sunny smile. She could feel the already healing edges of the newly acquired wound crack open again./
/She had a feeling that she knew it better then even he did. With these new thoughts she shirked past him and started to the washroom to inspect her face. She had a lot to think about and hoped he wouldn’t follow./