It’s Thursday, and a four-day weekend. You’re going to seriously burn out if you go at it like this all weekend.
Does it mean something? she asked, worry creasing her brow.It might, Lazaro said, seeing no reason to shield her from his world. But he would bring her into that part of his life slowly, after they returned to Rome. If she would be willing, that is. We need to talk about what’s happening with us, Melena. About our bond.
She turned her head on the pillow, looking away from him. You shouldn’t have done it. You didn’t need to come back to save me.Yes, Melena, I did. He reached out, catching her chin on the tips of his fingers. He brought her gaze back to him. Do you think I could’ve left, knowing that you were in danger? I feel you in my blood now.I’m not your obligation, Lazaro. I won’t be your burden or a regret you’ll carry around forever.
No, you won’t, he agreed solemnly. But will you be my mate?She stared at him for a long moment. Then slowly, she shook her head. No. No, I can’t do that. You’re only saying it because your honor compels you to.
He swore a harsh curse. Melena, listen to me. See me. I know you can read my intent, so open your eyes and hear me out. I love you. I want you in my life, by my side. Forever, if you’ll have me.
What about everything you said before? You didn’t want another mate under your protection. You didn’t want that responsibility ever again.When we entered the foyer, my own parents stood up from the sofa. My mother dabbed her eyes with a tissue. My father looked positively jovial, like we were celebrating a holiday.
I just saw Finn, Mom said. He looks so sweet in his little duck pajamas.Corabelle’s head snapped up. It’s supposed to be the frog ones! She shot out of the room and toward the chapel, her parents hurrying after her.
My father rolled his eyes. Not like it matters, frogs or ducks. He rocked back on his heels. At least you don’t have to be stuck with her now.I took three steps toward him with the absolute intention of knocking him flat. I didn’t have anything to lose. Everything that mattered was already gone.