I enter. I’m not scared of Master Ez.I lean against the door with my eyes shut and breathe. Why did he ask me here if he wasn’t going to be waiting?You look gorgeous, a silky voice purrs and I jump again.I thought you weren’t here. Why did Aaron let me in? My voice quivers in fear- hell, yeah… I’m afraid of Master Ez.The office doesn’t get a second of my notice. Master Ez sits at his desk. He doesn’t get up. He smirks at me lasciviously. His steel eyes glow in the dim room. He commands me to look at him and I can’t stop.I ask the questions, Regina. The cadence is smooth, but there is an undercurrent of threat.He called me Regina, only Ezra calls me Regina. The one that was upset when I fled to the bathroom is the childlike Ezra- he probably would call me Regina, too. Master Ez calls me Queen. The true Ezra is a combination of both- an integrated personality. He’s the one talking to me. Why is HE looking at me like that?I don’t understand that look, Ezra, I mumble.As I’ve said over and over, we are one in the same- Master Ez and I. He sighs like he gets sick of pointing out that fact.Um- yeah… but Master Ez loves ladies and they’re missing an appendage for you to enjoy, I tease because anything else would scare the shit out of me.Regina, Regina, he laughs. The Ezra I used to be liked boys. That changed- quickly and against my will. Master Ez only likes girls. Doesn’t it seem likely that if who I used to be liked boys and who manifested liked woman, that perhaps I enjoy both now? If we are to cohabitate in peace, we have certain concessions to make.
Erica Chilson