While relieved it was over, Yeva was tired and struggled to climb the rope. Caelin grabbed her hips in self-proclaimed effort of giving her a boost but now that the immediate threat of drowning had passed, she swatted his hands away. He might have been helpful in the water, but the young woman doubted he was as trustworthy out of it. A Scalvoran scoundrel.
She had to grit her teeth to pull higher. Without handholds or knots, she struggled but eventually and with the help of those on board, she threw her leg over the railing and sunk against the deck. Following, she could hear the biqaj's feet against the vessel and felt the change in weight rock the boat. And somewhere in the water, she heard the desperation of the professor and pupil.
Yeva didn't care. She laid out on the deck and enjoyed the sunshine that brushed her skin. On her back, her eyes closed as shadows shifted somewhere at her side.
she cracked open and eye and propped herself up on her elbows.
The same girl who had nudged her on the beach was trying to find the words. Everyone had made it on board, maybe it was ready to sail off. Another student giggled. Carter turned to look and his eyes widened from behind his glasses. Caelin stood to her right, dripping wet as he wound the rope across his arm. He was smiling again.
Her voice tightened, "What's wrong?"
"Not a damn thing from where I'm standing," Caelin finished tying the rope but his eyes didn't leave her, "View's nice."
"Yeva," Carter had rushed across the deck to grab her clock from the pile of belongings, holding it out with his gaze everywhere but her. He looked flushed, "Your..."
Caelin cut in, "Nice piercings
, Sunspot. Looks like you're more adventurous than I gave you credit for."
Yeva looked down in slow motion. Her white shirt was now transparent, outlining every detail of her breasts and the blush nipples bound in silver jewelry. A look of pure horror struck her face and she snatched the green cloak and jumped to her feet. Everyone had seen... Everything!!! Tears began to spring to her eyes and she didn't know where to look or what to say and there was no where to go. Caelin was laughing and Carter spun on his heel, snapping:
"Mr. Ash! I would appreciate if you stopped tormenting my students and remained a professional!"
Caelin rolled his eyes and drew anchor, although there was a mocking in his voice, "Of course, of course. Anything for the University." The Biqaj unveiled dark sails, "Next stop: Almund."