As they walked to the smaller arena, all along the barn aisle horses put their heads out over the stall doors—stalls that were both cleaner and fancier than a lot of hotels Anna had stayed at. As they walked, Kage chatted lightly—to Anna and Charles and to the horses.
Theres a burning clench in my gut—tight and uncomfortable.Its not the sixteenth century, Grandmother, Nicholas replies dryly. We dont form political alliances through marriage anymore. Check.
Yes, thank you, Nicholas—I am aware of what year it is. You and your brother havent robbed me of all my wits. Yet.However, hes a fine young man from what I understand, the Queen continues. Good family. Respectful. Successful. It wouldnt hurt to introduce them.The mayors mansion in Averdeen is practically a palace—beautiful and regal. The kind of place Ellie belongs, with servants to wait on her, a veritable army to protect her and a well-spoken man who would adore her. How could any man not?
Nicholas sighs. Fine.Theres the sound of more shuffling chess pieces, and several quick moves later the Queen declares triumphantly, Checkmate.
Theres a silent, shocked pause, and then Nicholas stutters, How . . . did you do that?
You become too aggressive when victory is at hand—you lose sight of anything else. It makes you vulnerable. Theres a rustling of fabric as the Queen rises to her feet. Work on your long game, my boy.He didnt exactly have a front door, so she couldnt knock, and it seemed too dramatic to stand on the dock shouting his name. Harper supposed she could climb onto the boat, but that seemed awfully presumptuous.
In truth, she didnt even really know why she wanted to see him. Part of it was because everything was so messed up with Gemma, and Harper couldnt talk to her or Alex about it. Those were the people she usually went to with her problems, since Marcy wasnt exactly known for her listening skills.That sounded so horrible. Harper wanted to see Daniel because she had nobody else to dump her problems on.
But then Harper realized that wasnt exactly true, either. She didnt want to vent to Daniel. That was just an excuse. She wanted to see him just because … she wanted to see him.Her stomach twisted in knots, and she decided to simply move on. She needed to bring her dad his lunch, and she didnt have time for Daniel. Itd be better if she just left.