The betrayal hits me all over again.
Elora! I threw open the drawing room door without knocking. I knew it would piss her off, but I didn’t care. Maybe, if I was insubordinate enough, she would send me away too.Elora stood in front of the windows staring out at the black night, and she wasn’t startled at all by the door slamming open. Without turning to look at me, she calmly said, That’s completely unnecessary, and it goes without saying that that is not at all how a Princess behaves.
You’re always going on about how a Princess should behave, but what about how a Queen should act? I countered icily. Are you such an insecure ruler that you can’t handle the slightest bit of dissension? If we don’t bow instantly to your opinion, you ship us off?Elora sighed. I assume this is about Finn.You had no right to fire him! He did nothing wrong!
It doesn’t matter if he did anything wrong, I can ‘fire’ anyone for any reason. I am the Queen. Slowly she turned to me, her face stunningly emotionless. It is not the act of disagreeing that I had a problem with; it was why.This is about my stupid name? I spouted incredulously.
There is much you still have to learn. Please, sit. Elora gestured to one of the couches, and she lay back on the chaise lounge. There’s no need to get huffy with me, Princess. We need to talk.
I don’t want to change my name, I said as I sat down on the couch across from her. I don’t know why it’s such a big deal to you. Names can’t be that important.He raises an eyebrow, then crosses the room in two long strides until he's leaning over me. "I assure you, Princess, if we ever consummate anything between us, it will be entirely mutual."
His presence, the sheer headiness of his scent, of his body so close to mine, makes me dizzy, but I pull myself together fast enough to respond before he walks away. "As it should be."There's a pause between us that seems to linger beyond the confines of time, where only he and I exist. I have to fight the urge to lift my hand and run it against his jaw, to feel the stubble of his five o'clock shadow. To pull him closer to me.
His eyes are locked on mine, but then his wolf growls at the door and our moment is broken. Before I can blink Fen turns to the door and Asher approaches."Settle him down, Fen. It's just me." Asher enters the room and stands by the fire, leaving plenty of space between him and the wolf. "I see our girl is awake. Excellent. There are places to see, people to meet, things to do."