Why here? Why not keep going a block that way? He stuck his thumb back behind him, at the road that led to his house.
Dont make a sound, Konstantin said into my ear, whispering like we were lovers.I stood frozen against him. I could feel the hard contours of his chest pressed against my back, warming me through my wet shirt, and I tried to slow the rapid beating of my heart so he wouldnt feel it. The whiskers from his beard tickled against my cheek and neck, and the skin of his hand felt rough on my lips. He smelled of cold, like ice and snow on the harshest days of winter.
I know youre devising all kinds of ways that you can kill me, Konstantin murmured in my ear. But I want to warn you that it wont do you any good.I went limp in his arms. The blade scraped against my neck, but it didnt slice anything open. He removed his hand from my mouth to wrap around my waist, catching me before I slipped to the floor, and now the knife was aimed at the tender skin under my chin. It would hurt if he sliced across, but it certainly wouldnt lead to death.In one quick move, I stood back up and thrust my head backward, head-butting him. He groaned, and I grabbed his wrist, twisting it sharply until he released the knife. His arm was still around me, and he squeezed tighter. I leaned forward and, pulling on his arm, I flipped him forward, and he landed on the bed on his back.
The knife was on the floor, so I grabbed it, and then I jumped on top of him. I straddled him and pressed the knife to his throat. His lip was bleeding from when Id hit him, but he still managed to grin broadly up at me.You cant kill me, Konstantin said. Im the only one who knows where Emma Costar is.
How did you find her? I demanded. What do you want with her?
His smile fell away, and his steel eyes looked pained. Im afraid that I want nothing with her anymore.Since shes accused me of killing Kennet, am I exonerated now? I asked, not that I believed that that would actually happen. Mina would never let me go free.
No, because you apparently killed Kennet in some sort of lovers spat, and youve been corrupted by the aberrations and unfettered debauchery of Storvatten. Ridley stood up. She keeps using all these abnormal words like that. I mean, they are words, but not ones that we actually use.Her language is odd, even for a proclamation like this, Wendy agreed.
At the end, it says, when the Kanin are through, the ground will be sanguinolent. Ridley shook his head. I dont even know what that means.It means tinged with blood, Bain supplied. I looked it up.