They do, Anna told him. They dont know about the Marrok, we dont think. But they have known about Aspen Creek since the 1970s at least, probably earlier than that. A select group of they. That was one of the things that drove Bran to bring the werewolves out into the open. Secrets are only useful as leverage as long as they are secrets. That last sentence was an almost-direct quote from Bran.
Feed? Bastian cocked his head. Havent you been feeding with your sisters?She shook her head. No. You asked me not to, and I havent eaten in months. In the beginning it was no problem, but the last few weeks have been unbearable.
Thats whats possessed you? Bastian asked. The unraveling of your hair, the pallor of your flesh, the violent rages youve been prone to.I have not been violent, she insisted. And it was as you asked.I never asked you to stop feeding. Bastian was taken aback. I would never ask you such a thing. When I became involved with you, I knew what monster you were and what it required for you to sustain that monster.
But Im not a monster! Thea yelled. You told me before that you could not declare your love for me because of my shared bloodlust with Penn. But I have given it up. Ive abstained from the evil for you.He stared at her, his brilliant blue eyes seeming to look through her, and it was several moments before he spoke again, moments in which Thea could hear only her heart and the nagging of the watersong.
Thea, I never asked this of you, Bastian said. Ive never asked you to give up anything. If you took my words that way, then you have misunderstood, and for that I am sorry.
So then you care not about my bloodlust? Thea let out a long sigh of relief, and she smiled dazedly at him. Then there will be nothing that stands between us. I will feed this evening, and we can be on our way.The khagan closed his eyes for a long moment.
Kashin lifted his palms to Yrene in the heavy silence. Can you fix her? If she still somehow remains inside? A broken plea. Not from a prince to a healer, but one friend to another. As they had once been—as she hoped they might again be.The gathering focused upon Yrene now. She didnt let an ounce of doubt curve her spine as she said, I shall try.
Chaol added, There are things you should know, Great Khagan. About Erawan. The threat he poses. What you and this land might offer against him. And stand to gain in the process.You think to scheme at a time like this? Arghun snapped.