But he’ll have none of it.
Here’s the scene:
Tiff complied, softening the music before following him into the corridor.
Tiff tilted her head. “Don’t you recognize it?”
Emotions passed through his features: confusion, pain. “Why are you playing it?”
She moved toward him. He towered over her and she had to crane her head to look into
his eyes. “Because it brings back good memories, happier times.”
He shifted uncomfortably. He’d backed into the wall, and he couldn’t back up any
She moved to caress his shoulder. “You know, I’m the one that insisted we go back for
you. I’m the one who wanted to set things right.”
“There is no ‘setting things right,’ Tiff.” Striker grabbed her hand. “When you left me
here, our relationship ended. You killed it. There’s no way to resuscitate something’s that been
dead for five years, even if I wanted to.”
Tiff’s hand gripped his, squeezing hard. Even though he held her hand to keep her at bay,
she shivered at his touch. “I’ve missed you so much.”
“You’ve missed the map, that’s what you’ve missed.”
Tiff balked, her hand going limp. Is that really what he thought of her? She did feel love
for him, but now, because of her actions, he’d never believe her.
He raised an eyebrow. “Do what?”
“Risk our lives for some girl you barely know.”
“Aries is not just some girl. She doesn’t deserve to be locked up in that ship.”
Tiff’s voice hardened. Hearing her name was like putting a brick wall up between them.
“Striker, forget about her. We could be together again, you and me.”
“Yeah. I need that as much as another stab in the back.” Striker pushed by her and
grumbled, “I’ve got more important things to do.”
“What does she have that I don’t have?”
He whirled around and crowded into her personal space, forcing her to slink back against
the wall. “I’ll tell you what. Aries put her life on the line for me. She gave up her freedom for
Tiff loosened her grip on his arm. It wasn’t what she’d expected to hear.
“Yeah, you look surprised? Self-sacrifice is a concept you know nothing about.” He put
up an incriminating finger and pressed it into her chest. “I’ll tell you what you are: you’re just
another desperate pirate, putting yourself above everyone else. You left me to die here and only came back when you needed something from me.”