Liat and Austin are sharing a few quiet moments after the interview. He would like to take things further, but she puts him off by saying her parents will be waiting for them soon. Austin finds the idea of her father knowing they’ve been intimate, a bit off putting.
Liat pulled the pillow away, laughing at him. “Daddy won’t kill you.”
“He’ll want to. Believe me. My first girlfriend’s father threatened me with a cleaver.”
“Thought I was having my way.”
Austin chuckled, pouting saucily. “Yes. He had every right to threaten me. I was being very inappropriate.”
“Have you been—inappropriate a lot?”
He shrugged, shaking his head against the couch. “Let’s see. I’m thirty-two, been active—a good few years. Maybe ten girls in all that time? About that. Why?”
She wouldn’t answer. Austin touched her cheek.
“I’m not like him,” he told her. “I don’t…
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