Lapis picked up a truffle and held it between his fingers, examining it. “Are you sure you want to test this on me?”
“Concern for my well being?”
Lapis shook his head. “Not at all. It’s simply too late in winter to find a suitable woman that will let me into her bed for the night.”
“I’m touched.” Phaedra smirked. “This one is quite a different set of ingredients from the last, besides I have this.” She had a bucket of water from the harbor on the table next to her.
This time she was trying white chocolate, flecked with cinnamon.
Lapis shrugged and bit into the truffle. He smiled and reached for another. “Delicious, my lady. May I?”
“Please do.” She watched him, waiting for the effect to become evident.
Lapis delicately took another and popped it in his mouth. He closed his eyes and let it melt without chewing. The man knew how to appreciate his chocolate.
“I have to go back to the Institute,” he said suddenly.
Phaedra blinked as he threw on his overcoat and headed out of the chocolate shop with barely a backwards glance at her. Had she got the recipe that wrong?