The first card crowns her pillow beside a white rose. The Queen of Hearts.

She encounters another by her sink with a chocolate kiss. An Ace falls out of her book with a gilt-edged bookmark. A bracelet tangles with the Jack of Diamonds in her drawer. Another card falls out of her purse attached to a silken scarf.

Rogue encounters him in the kitchen that night.

“Are you wooing me?”

He holds out a long-stemmed red rose and her last card, the King of Hearts. “Is it working?”

He leans in close enough to mingle their breath.

She breathes, “Yes.”