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The Bookclub Christmas Novella

Title: The Bookclub: Christmas Novella
Series: Bookclub #1.5
Pages: 48

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“We have jobs, why would we want one from you?”
Vesta took a deep breath and let it out slowly before responding. “There are more of my people who want to move between worlds, now that they won’t be punished for it. They see that you’re accepted in some areas, that more people know about magic and you aren’t being burned at the stake.”
“To be fair, that was mostly the next state over. Not much stake burning happened around here.”
Vesta waved me off. “My point is that my fae want to be here, as themselves. They don’t want to hide as humans like they have for millennia. They want to live here, or to live here even just part time.”
“It’s new, it’s different. Believe it or not, some of us actually do enjoy being around humans. You don’t live as long as we do, so it’s hard to explain, but humans have a different perspective on life. You’re more passionate, you love fiercely in a way many fae don’t.” She motioned around us at the melted snow. “No fae would do this.”
“And that’s your argument for us helping more of them to come here?” Ryan sounded doubtful.
“They want to learn,” she said.
“What’s in it for us?” I asked, leaning into Ryan’s side. He was a furnace and now that the fire was gone, it was cold outside.
Something like pain flashed across Vesta’s face before she blinked and the mask smoothed over her expression again. “I’ve offered you a place in my court before, and maybe that doesn’t mean anything to you, but it does come with certain benefits.” She lifted her arms to show her dress. “A salary that can afford the finer things, a room in my estate, rank in my court.”
“Why us?”
Vesta didn’t respond right away but lowered her arms. She lifted her chin slightly before nodding. “I haven’t forgotten how I became Queen, and I refuse to become like my sister.”