Nope, Craeg said. Not doing this. Waste of time, waste of effort—and out here in the real world, a dangerous goddamn distraction. What the hell is wrong with you two?
Yes. She thought of her brother by the bedside of the female who had been killed. It’s almost easier to demonize him.You know, when it comes to Havers, if you can forgive him … well, I’ll never forget what he did to you, but I won’t kill him if I see him. How’s that?
She laughed. Deal. And I don’t know. I guess we’ll have to see what the future holds.I know one thing that’s coming, he drawled, eyes going hooded.Her mate rose from the floor and circled her waist with his warm hands. Leaning down, he whispered, I’m going to be the one helping you out of this dress later.
Laughing, she put her arms around his neck and arched into him. Does that mean I get to take your pants off at the end of the night?Oh, God… he groaned. Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees …
As Paradise descended the grand staircase of her home, she held up the flowing skirt of her pale blue gown. With each step she took, she thought of the night one week before, when she had come down to find Anslam there on the marble, waiting for her as if there was nothing out of sorts, nothing wrong, nothing threatening.
For a split second, her mental wires got crossed and a shimmy of adrenaline shot down her spine.Issy’s mind meanwhile was in a whirl; half-excited, half-terrified, and trying to work out the practicalities. Pack … tell Darny’s teachers … get organized …
‘I’ll pick up Darny en route, he’s at his friend’s,’ she mused. ‘He’ll be delighted … No,’ she corrected herself. ‘He’ll be the exact opposite to whatever emotion I expect him to have. Pearl, you’re in charge.’‘It’s a Christmas miracle!’ said Caroline. ‘This is wonderful.’
‘Hmm,’ said Issy, nervous and excited all at once.‘Hang on!’ said Caroline and disappeared back down the stairs. ‘I have something for you.’