From web novella Meet the Relatives by Lynda Williams.
Dela started forward, and was held back by that iron hand, again, on her elbow.
"Distract him," Sert whispered, "and I'll kill you."
Dela was cowed by the other woman's man-like powers. She was no match for Sert in a physical confrontation!
She wished she could reverse their situations. She'd like to see how good Sert was with interior design or planning royal Demish receptions!
When Dela joins her very Vrellish paramour, Vras, to meet his relatives, she isn't prepared for a life and death duel.