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“He’s so pretty I think I’m gonna faint.”

Reborn smirks at the words, pulling at his sideburns as he eavesdrops at the gaggle of women gawking towards his table.

He’s always been aware of his charm, but the ladies at this event are really losing their minds over him.

The little brunette that just stage whispered that last sentence to her friends has been practically salivating over him the entire night. She fans herself with the thin clutch in her hand. She bats her lovely dark eyes at him, smoldering look matching the heat that’s apparently possessed her.

“Definitely the only man worthwhile in this dump.” her friend, a blonde with lovely, voluminous curls, agrees. She twirls her hair in her finger, trying to seem demure.

The last woman in their group, tall, dark-skinned with gorgeous lips and beautiful eyes, sends a smile his way. She gives him a little wave, but he plays coy, pretending he didn’t see. She bites her lip, a small giggle escaping past them, and starts crossing the room towards him.

Reborn chuckles, picking up the glass of wine in front of him.

Don’t try it. he thinks, taking a sip from the glass.

Oh, the woman is beautiful for sure, but he knows she isn’t ready for someone like him. He’ll break her heart, he’s sure, and he doesn’t want to do that to such a lovely lady.

“Hello, I’m sure you’ve noticed my friends and I looking at you from across the room. We were wondering if you’d like to accompany us tonight.” she says, getting straight to the point.

Reborn flicks up his fedora, about to answer when he realizes she’s not looking at him at all. Her attention is focused on Verde, who has a clot of ricotta cheese on his tie.

“‘My friends and me’.” Verde says, and Reborn wants to strangle him.

“Pardon?”

“It would be ‘my friends and me’, not ‘my friends and I’.”

Instead of upending a glass on him, the woman giggles. “Handsome and smart. I’m sure we could learn a lot from you tonight if you’d accompany us.”

Verde looks at her and shrugs. “I’ve got nothing better to do.” he says, downing his drink before standing from the table. Linking arms with the woman, he turns to Reborn. “Don’t wait up.”

Reborn watches them walk away, questioning (for the first time) how attractive he is.