But she did ask you to? Gemma pressed.
Yrene could not stop the sensation of her chest caving in. Couldnt halt the sense that there was about to be a door very permanently slammed in her face.They hadnt spoken of Nesryn. Of whatever was between them. And hed never touched Yrene more than was necessary, never looked at her as he had that night of the party.
Because of course—of course he was waiting for Nesryn. The woman he … he was loyal to.Yrene made herself eat another bite, even as the fish turned sour in her mouth.Fool. She was a fool, and—
Didnt you hear the news? Chaol drawled, just as irreverently as the princess. He set down his goblet, his knuckles brushing Yrenes where shed rested her hand on the table.To any, it might have been an accidental brush, but with Chaol … His every movement was controlled. Focused. The brush of his skin against hers, a whisper of reassurance, as if he could sense that the walls were indeed closing in around her—
Hasar shot Yrene a displeased look. Why did you not inform me of this?
Yrene gave her an innocent wince back. I did not know. It was the truth.Im sorry, Kirby said, and it sounded like he really meant it. He reached out to touch Gemmas shoulder, and she didnt brush away the gesture.
I went to see her the other day, and I tried to tell her that I was in a play, Gemma said. The last time I acted was when my kindergarten class did Three Billy Goats Gruff. I remember my mom being so excited back then.She was surprised to feel tears swimming in her eyes, and sniffled to keep them back. Kirby had let his hand fall, but he stayed close to her, in case she might need him for comfort. But the truth was, she barely even noticed that he was still there.
I thought she might get excited again, Gemma went on. Mom always had such a light in her eyes when she talked about the plays she was in. But when I told her, she didnt even know what I meant.She used to walk around the house reciting Shakespeare and Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller. Gemma let out a deep breath and shook her head. But now she didnt know what I was talking about, and she didnt care.