One-half of Deux Lectrices, writing about the things I read.
Little Hank ducked his head into the room. “Boss wants to see you.”
“Now’s not a good time for me,” Jasper replied, words as stiff as his jaw. “Come back later.”
The behemoth hesitated, clearly uncertain of what to do. Jasper would have smiled if he thought it wouldn’t hurt so much.
These men have already imprisoned and beat him, quite severely going by what Jasper thought earlier, and suddenly he's believing that it's very cool to mouth off to them?
I really hate seeing this in YA books, the whole this character is gonna remain defiant until the end, even when it would make more sense to STOP BEING A BELL CREASE and go along, at least until another option presents itself.