I gripped the handholds in the rock. The cloaked figure I could believe. But to be a voice in his mind without knowing? For eighteen years? My whole life?
‘I would help you,’ he continued. ‘But I can’t touch you and besides, I’m rather enjoying the spectacle.’I had the feeling he was not looking at my foot, but rather my cl**vage, exposed and not exactly supported by the thin material of the dress as I bent forward. Eventually I managed to slip the shoe back on, giving up on making the ribbons look tidy. Standing back up I marched off in front of him, heading towards the pond at the bottom of the grounds.
In fairness, you were staring at his crotch a minute ago, my voice reminded me.He quickly caught up, matching my pace but letting me silently brood, the half-smirk, half-smile on his lips. I reached the pond, entranced by the flies flitting about, coating the surface of the pond in a glittering cloud of dust that hummed softly.‘Beautiful, aren’t they?’ Kaspar said, nodding towards the flies. ‘They only come once a year, for Ad Infinitum. It’s silly, but people say they feed on the joy.’
‘Wow,’ I murmured, not truly watching the flies.‘Mother loved them.’
The silence fell again and after a few moments I followed the edge of the pond to where yet more chains of roses fell from the trees, linked like paper-chains. They were identical to those inside, the petals darkest black, the leaves utterly white. I stretched out a hand, wanting to touch the petals – they looked to be made from velvet.
‘I wouldn’t do that if I were you.’As if I’m going to discuss what you signed with my father in your own house? Or even in your front yard?
She let out a very unlady-like curse and then marched around the front of the truck. With a grunt, he tried to reach over as a gentleman should and open her door, but she got there first—and besides, his body wouldn’t let him stretch that far.As she settled into the seat, she froze as she saw her purse.
Putting the truck in gear, he muttered, I figured you’d want your driver’s license back.I have to be at the ball in forty-five minutes, she said as he started down her hill.