But they dipped to my left arm, the sleeve filthy but still rolled up—
Even Beron paused at her tone. Eris sized up the space between my sister and his father.She stood tall, a pillar of steel. You are all there is, she said to Beron, to all of us. You are all that there is between Hybern and the end of everything that is good and decent. She settled her stare on Beron, unflinching and fierce. You fought against Hybern in the last war. Why do you refuse to do so now?
Beron did not deign to answer. But he did not leave. Eris subtly motioned his brothers to sit.Nesta marked the gesture—hesitated. As if realizing she indeed held their complete attention. That every word mattered. You may hate us. I dont care if you do. But I do care if you let innocents suffer and die. At least stand for them. Your people. For Hybern will make an example of them. Of all of us.And you know this how? Beron sneered.
I went into the Cauldron, Nesta said flatly. It showed me his heart. He will bring down the wall, and butcher those on either side of it.Truth or lie, I could not tell. Nestas face revealed nothing. And no one dared contradict her.
She looked to Kallias and Viviane. I am sorry for the loss of those children. The loss of one is abhorrent. She shook her head. But beneath the wall, I witnessed children—entire families—starve to death. She jerked her chin at me. Were it not for my sister … I would be among them.
My eyes burned, but I blinked it away.Helions amusement faded—reshaping into that hard, calculating exterior. Yes. Theyll rendezvous with yours in the Myrmidons.
The mountain range we shared at our border. Hed refused to divulge such information earlier.Good, Cassian said, rubbing at the arch of Mors foot. Well push south from there.
With the final encampment being where? Mor asked, withdrawing her foot from Cassians hands and tucking both feet beneath her. Helion traced the curve of her bare leg, his amber eyes a bit glazed as he met hers.Mor didnt balk from the heated look. And a keen sort of awareness seemed to overtake her—like every nerve in her body shook awake. I didnt dare look toward Azriel.