- Vol. 06
- Chapter 10
I am the emperor of the sea and you are simply a pig
Even so, from this angle you are beautiful.
Yes, here I am, lounging on the sea floor in this, my come-to-bed robe.
I am trying to impress you.
Observe, as I lift a bunch of grapes above my head.
I am playing my own slave. Fanning my own self with a palm frond. Running my own hands over the sodden velvet upholstery of my gilt-framed divan.
Indeed, you are correct – you have much to learn.
Did I mention that you’re beautiful?
Here, I will take your trotter in my upraised hand.
Oh. It is surprisingly alive.
The time must almost be upon us, then.
This? Oh, nothing. Just something my mother held as a child.
No, there has never been another time between us.
Your belly is taut as a sky before rain.
Do not be afraid.
When your blood clouds down through the water, only then will the sharks be released from my mouth.