Niereth stood behind Aislinn, clinging to her friend. The man who'd propositioned the Kwarron girl was rubbing his hand. "She told you no. You refused to let her go," Aislinn said, a hint of a growl in her voice. "Keep your perv hands to yourself and go play with that pretty little whore you brought with you."
The man raised an eyebrow. "That 'whore' is my wife," he began.
Aislinn smirked. "No she's not. She's a paid escort who also delivers sexual favors after the parties are over. You're not married. You favor blondes, though you'll go for the non-human girls if they're available over the blondes. You've probably screwed every high paid non-human escort the Breathworks has to offer."
The man's eyes narrowed. "You're awfully rude, young lady."
"Not as rude as you are," Aislinn said. "I know who you are, I know what your proclivities are, and I'm telling you for the last time to back off my friend. She's a student at the university. Not one of your fuck bunnies."
The man turned and stalked off. "Ais, that's going to get us in trouble," Niereth said weakly.
"You'd rather I let him drag you off and rape you? Like he tried to do with Lil?" Aislinn rounded on Niereth. "By the stars, no wonder you left your homeworld, Ni. You’re hopeless as well as completely helpless. I’m done, Ni. I’m going home."
"Ais, you can't leave," Niereth said.
"Oh yes I can. You brought me because you knew I'd protect you from getting hurt. You also know I can tell which ones are the predators, which ones are prey, and which ones are in the middle," Aislinn said, dropping her voice so only Niereth would hear it. "Kuen is a predator. That asshole I just chased off is a predator. You're prey."
"And you? Are you one of those in the middle ground?" Niereth asked.
Aislinn laughed. "Oh good stars, no, Ni," she said. "I'm another predator. They all know it. They can feel it. They're just trying to figure out if I'm a predator after their prey, or if I'm just something that wandered into their territory and is on my way back out of it again.” Aislinn shook her head. “Stay or go, Ni. I’m out of here.”