Benedict pulled away, his reluctant hands trailing lightly across Sophie’s face as he drew back out of her cell. As he crossed his arms, he gave Araminta a glare that Sophie was convinced would scorch earth.
Simon thought that was an excellent idea, but it was obvious she wanted the idiot cared for in a more tender manner. And heaven help him, but he felt the strangest compulsion to make her happy. Here is what we're going to do, he said crisply, glad that his tone belied any of the odd tenderness he was feeling. I am going to summon my carriage—Oh, good, she interrupted. I really didn't want to leave him here. It seemed rather cruel.
Simon thought it seemed rather generous considering the big oaf had nearly attacked her, but he kept that opinion to himself and instead continued on with his plan. You will wait in the library while I'm gone.In the library? But—In the library, he repeated firmly. With the door shut. Do you really want to be discovered with Nigel's body should anyone happen to wander down this hallway?
His body? Good gracious, sir, you needn't make it sound as if he were dead.As I was saying, he continued, ignoring her comment completely, you will remain in the library. When I return, we will relocate Nigel here to my carriage.
And how will we do that?
He gave her a disarmingly lopsided grin. I haven't the faintest idea.I just want you to know, she said in a choked voice, that I didn’t tell you because I thought you didn’t remember. And if you didn’t remember, well, it didn’t seem right to make you remember.
She looked up, and there were tears streaking her face. But obviously you do, she whispered, or you wouldn’t be so afraid. Oh, Kate. I’m so sorry.I am sure there is nothing for you to be sorry about, Anthony said softly.
Mary looked at him, her eyes momentarily startled, as if she’d forgotten he was in the room. Oh, but there is, she said sadly. I didn’t know that Kate was still suffering from her fears. I should have known. It’s the sort of thing a mother should sense. I may not have given her life, but I have tried to be a true mother to her—You have, Kate said fervently. The very best.