Aisha was strong enough to transport us back to the islet where we’d left the others, and on arrival I recounted what had happened to River, Aisha and myself.
Colin froze.wColin?" she whispered, opening her eyes.It wasn't possible.wColin?"
Or maybe it was.wIs something wrong?"It wasn't that he feared love, or didn't believe in it. He just hadn't... expected it.He'd always thought love would hit a man like a thunderbolt, that one day you'd be loitering about at some party, bored to tears, and then you'd see a woman, and you'd know instantly that your life would be changed forever. That was what had happened to his brother Benedict, and heaven knew that he and his wife Sophie were blissfully happy rusticating away in the country.
But this thing with Penelope ... it had crept up on him. The change had been slow, almost lethargic, and if it was love, well...If it was love, wouldn't he know! He watched her closely, curiously, thinking that maybe he'd find his answer in her eyes, or the sweep of her hair, or the way the bodice of her gown hung slightly crookedly.
Maybe if he watched her long enough, he'd know.wColin?" she whispered, starting to sound slightly anxious. He kissed her again, this time with a fierce determination. If this was love, wouldn't it become obvious when they kissed? But if his mind and body were working separately, then the kiss was clearly in league with his body, because while his mind's confusion remained just as blurry as ever, his body's need was brought into sharper focus.
Hell, now he was in pain. And he really couldn't do anything about it here in his mother's drawing room, even if Penelope would have been a willing participant.What? I breathed, staring into his eyes.
Ben’s gaze was more intense than ever as he began, This body is that of a fae. I don’t even know much about fae myself other than that they are elemental creatures who inhabit the ether in between portals, and their constitution is similar to jinn; they can switch between subtle and physical forms. But I don’t have this body forever… yet. It is on loan from another fae, and I have less than three days to meet his demands before I am stripped of it again.What? I stammered again.
As he went on to explain all that had happened to him since he left the oracle’s cave, I could hardly believe my ears. My head was spinning as I absorbed his words. How were we ever going to pull this off?Then, slowly, my worry gave way to the other thing he’d said to me. And you… you just asked me to marry you.