The best way to deal with this was to become friendless. No, you can’t sit with me, I like sitting by myself. So, I did. For a while anyway. People can smell kindness on you even when you act like an asshole to scare them away. Darius was the first person I gave a seat to, he called me on my bullshit so I had to. Once that happened, others came, but this time they didn’t try to sit on me. I shifted back into the friendship zone somewhat awkwardly. No one seemed to notice. By the time Fig moved in next door, I’d allowed the little girl with a cause back into my heart. I let her sit with us. I wanted to take some of her burdens and let her know it was okay.
I assume you know about whom I am speaking. She's about your height, long dark hair… Simon would have said more, but the maid's terrified expression made him rather ashamed of his sarcasm. He let out a long, tense breath. Do you know where she is? he asked, his tone softer, although not what anyone would describe as gentle.Isn't she in bed, your grace?
Simon jerked his head toward his empty room. Obviously not.But that's not where she sleeps, your grace.His eyebrows snapped together. I beg your pardon.
Doesn't she— The maid's eyes widened in horror, then shot frantically around the hall. Simon had no doubt that she was looking for an escape route. Either that or someone who might possibly save her from his thunderous temper.Spit it out, he barked.
The maid's voice was very small. Doesn't she inhabit the duchess's bedchamber?
The duchess's… He pushed down an unfamiliar bolt of rage. Since when?I told her I needed some time off to think. It’s a horrible thing to say to a woman isn’t it? he asks.
Anyway, she burst into tears the minute the words were out of my mouth and I didn’t know what to do.I’m sorry, I lie. Strawberry freckle face is cuddling with rejection tonight. It is a wonderful thing.
Caleb nods, looking down at the table. He absently traces a pattern of circles with his finger.Yes, it’s called Selective Amnesia. Doctors, eight of them, have told me it’s temporary.