I’m spending too much time having fun with Max and Button. and not moving the story. So this scene has to go because it does absolutely nothing to advance the plot. Here you go, Argh, have an outtake from Act Three, which I am pleased to say is now 29,000 words which is close enough to the length I need. This scene died in a good cause.:
When Max got back to the bar with Chloe, he saw Nita and Nick in the back room. So that’s all right. He turned back to Chloe but Rab called him over.
“You and Chloe Button?” Rab said in disbelief.
Max leaned closer. “Do you have any idea how exciting it is to kiss a woman who’s genetically programmed to kill you?”
“Don’t sleep with her,” Rab said.
“I wasn’t planning on it,” Max said. Thinking about it, yes, planning on it, no. “Why do you care?”
“I don’t. Nick does.”
Max frowned. “I’m pretty sure Nick is heading in Nita’s direction.”
“He’s not jealous. He just doesn’t let us sleep with humans when we’re on the job. Or ever. So don’t make a pass.”
“She’s a Button,” Max said. “Imagine the ways she can say ‘no.’”
“Good point,” Rab said and went down the bar in answer to one of the Hotels waving at him.
Except she might not say no, Max thought and looked back at Chloe.
She met his stare as he came back to her. “Now what are you up to?”
“I lied to Rab, I’m planning my approach,” Max said, looking down into those blue demon-killing eyes.
Chloe frowned. “Your approach to what? Because if this is something for Mammon–”
“My approach to seducing you,” Max said.
“Oh.” Chloe’s frown cleared. “Making that move any time soon, demon?”
“It’s gonna take some thought. I’m afraid you’ll kill me.”
Chloe sighed. “Then it’s impossible. I couldn’t possible have sex with a wimp.”
“That’s too bad,” Max said. “I’m reallygood in bed.”
‘Not if you scream ‘Don’t shoot me!’ when you come.” Chloe began to turn away.
Max caught her by the arm and swung her back to him and kissed her again, and she kissed him back, roiling him with waves of lust and terror that he was almost getting used to.
“This is a ridiculous relationship,” he told her. “Although the fear adds a nice edge.”
She laughed and wrapped her arms around him and nestled into him, and lust swamped the fear completely, and he gave up.
She probably won’t kill me, he thought and kissed her again.