He had planned for everything, plotted every last detail. He’d played it out in his mind, everything but the words he’d say, since those, he knew, would come in the heat of the moment.
I’ve had to make a list of words I don’t know, she said. I’m going to send them by post to my former governess. She still resides in Kent, and I’m sure she’ll be happy to translate them for me. But even so—She grunted slightly as he swung her to the left, somewhat against her will.
Even so, she continued doggedly, I’m able to work out most of the meaning. It’s remarkable what you can deduce with only three-quarters of the total.I’m sure, he commented, mostly because some sort of agreement seemed to be required. Then he asked, Why don’t you purchase an Italian dictionary? I will assume the expense.I have one, she said, but I don’t think it’s very good. Half the words are missing.
Well, some, she amended. But truly, that’s not the problem.He blinked, waiting for her to continue.
She did. Of course. I don’t think Italian is the author’s native tongue, she said.
The author of the dictionary? he queried.Still, I couldn’t mull over this now. I gazed out toward the ocean, sparkling in the sunlight. Now I was faced with the daunting proposition of finding my way back to The Shade. Again. But at least by now, I had done it a number of times, and it should be faster and easier. Now of all times, we really could not afford to get lost.
We set off—Lucas in his new fae body was thankfully just as fast as the rest of us. It was a real blessing that fae were able to travel with such speed. I found myself zooming as fast as I had while still a ghost. Fae could assume physical bodies—like jinn and ghouls—but they also had subtle forms they could switch into, which I guessed gave them the best of both worlds. Although, even as we flew, I remained in my solid state the entire time and it didn’t appear to hamper my speed. I’d had enough of being a spirit. Enough for a million lifetimes.As quickly as we traveled, the journey was agony. Each hour that passed was one less hour that we had to accomplish our mission, and we only had three days. When we arrived back in The Shade, it would be a shock for everyone, but there wouldn’t be much time to explain. Although I would make time to see River, even if it meant shaving an extra hour.
Finally, we reached the island. And I was comforted to see that the sun had only just begun to descend in the sky. By my estimate, it was still early afternoon. I could only count my lucky stars.This could’ve been worse, I muttered to Kailyn. A lot worse.