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She climbed onto his lap, desperate to get as close as she could in a public place. His despair matched hers, as he grabbed her ass cheeks. She whimpered into his neck, and he rested his head on her shoulder.
"It's not fair. They can't make you."
She knew she sounded like a petulant child, not the grown woman she was, but she couldn't help it.
"I don't have a choice, baby, you know that. The alpha has made his decision. It's a miracle he's turned a blind eye this long."
His sigh trembled through her and she hugged him closer.
"I hate the territories. What difference does it make?"
"The difference between war and peace, you know that Karima." Her father's deep commanding voice broke though the last moment she had with Joachim and she froze. Joachim's arms tightened around her for one final precious second and he inhaled deeply, as though to imprint her scent in his nostrils, before he stood up and placed himself between her and her father.
"So the rumors are true then?"
She could only nod, and her father seemed to age ten years in front of her.
"So be it, take him away."
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