Chapter Nine Page 3
Sparrow: Besides, what do you mean, “substandard”? This place isn’t cheap, you know! It’s the best me and Bianca could afford. Unless you wanted to split with a bunch of other congoers?
Patrick: You cannot be serious. There’s only one room! One bathroom! Room service costs extra!
Are you telling me that’s normal in this day and age?
Bianca: Um . . . yeah. It kind of is. Anyone who stays in suites on a regular basis is loaded. Did your last Master just not travel a lot, or . . . ?
Patrick: No! He travels for business all the time! But we always stayed in a suite . . . when he took me along . . .
I didn’t know it was expensive. I never even thanked him for it . . .
Sparrow: Hey! No feeling guilty allowed. You don’t owe any thanks to someone who abused you. Buying you nice things doesn’t mean they’re good, or that they love you. It’s just a way to keep you close so they can keep abusing you. I have been doing research, and it says this very clearly!
Patrick: So . . . when you bought me a collar, did that mean you don’t love me?
Bianca: Somehow, I don’t think Sparrow’s research said that. I know you’re not tired, so . . . Sparrow? Ready to get our badges?