Half-lying on the sofa, arms folded in her comfortable old sweater, Ivana Ivanov could not forget. How could she be so wrong about this man? She regularly relived the last week with Alva in her mind, but no satisfactory answer presented itself. He was neither particularly awesome, nor tall and far from the image of a Charming Prince who would cradle her dreams. Yet, something in her had awakened. Feelings, strong and deep. She remembered many details. The way he observed her and listened to her. She felt she could tell him anything. Although he knew of her telepathic gift, he did not try to change his way of speaking. He had even given permission for her to read his mind if she so wished. It seemed to her that he had an absolute confidence and did not conceal his desire for rapprochement. Though, his behavior and blunders showed her that he was troubled in her presence. She smiled fondly for a few seconds at the memory. Then she remembered the blood on his return and his gaze, like a cold killer. That’s when Masha, her sister entered the apartment.
‘Still thinking about that guy in Chechnya? Are you not tired of crying? You get on my nerves when you do it!’ Masha always let her personality show in every word and every action. It made up for what she lacked in height. Ivana smiled sadly and shrugged her shoulders. She could hide nothing from her sister. Masha continued. ‘Well, take off those rotten jeans and put on something more presentable. I have arranged a date for us with two guys. Your’s is super sexy and very funny. I’ve booked a table for 4 in a good Armenian restaurant in Kitai Gorod’ ‘Sorry Masha, not tonight, I am not in the mood’ Ivana replied. ‘Don’t do this to me! He is called Demyan, tall, slim, muscular. Exactly the kind of guy you like. Anyway, I have already said yes, So, put make-up on your face because he is younger than you old woman’.
Ivana smiled at this remark. She hesitated a few seconds, then got up thinking she would probably spend her time reading the thoughts of the unknown man, trying to detect the bullshit he would be telling her in an attempt to get her into his bed. Maybe she would use her psychic influence to send him on his way. They would probably spend a few nights together and then, when she would reveal herself, things would become complicated. Her lover would develop a new attitude, no longer able to lie to her, his personality would alter and the distance between them would grow. Then, she would somehow arrange for them to fall out and be left in the same situation she is now. She suddenly realised, she was very far from the ‘Pure’ princess she dreamed of becoming as a young girl.