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The Vacillating Lover is a fictional romantic novel written by Daniella Bowery. An extract from this novel appears as an eBook in A Criminal Past DLC for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. It can be found on the bookshelf in Thomas Stenger's office.


By Daniella Bowery

Chapter 9

"I can't do this anymore."

"Why not?" he asked, a towel tied around his waist, water snaking along the contours of his sculpted body.

"It's my husband," she said. "We have to try to make our marriage work."

"Has he found out about us?"

Jillian and her husband kept separate apartments, usually in separate cities. As far as Nick knew, they only saw each other once a month. And only when her husband needed her on his arm to present a wholesome, family man image at some publicity event.

"He's always known," she said, twisting her hairsicsic long auburn hair into a tight bun. "But this isn't about him, it's about me. How I feel."

"And you feel this, us..." he gestured at the space between them.

Nick couldn't bring himself to say the words. She came towards him, still undressed, slinking from the tussled bed, across the thick carpet into his waiting arms.

"I do," she said, pulling his towel loose and dropping it to the floor.