With a gentleness he hadn’t bothered to show Sash, Blake laid Hypre down on the blanket. The round cheetah had quickly had his fill of formula and was now as limp as a water balloon. Blake stuck the pacifier into Hypre’s mouth. “Do whatever you want.” Blake shrugged. “The maids will clean up later. Good bye.” He turned and started for the door again. “I have things to see to.”

A moment later, Sash had finally found the opening in the blanket and yelled after Blake, “Wait!! You can’t just,.. go! You can’t kidnap me and then leave!!” But Blake was already gone.

“You jerk!!” Sash sniffed, then added louder, “I hate you, Blake!! I hate you!!”