He pulled back on the bridle, stopping in disbelief. “Your love for him has damaged your senses.
Care to explain?
Valek coalesced from the shadows and wrapped me in his long lean arms. I soaked in his musky smell, listening to his heart beat. Strong and steady. No indication that he had been sneaking around.
I remembered my little brother, Allyn, had appeared so innocent and angelic when he slept–similar to Kerrick. It must be a survival tactic. If Allyn hadn’t looked so sweet, we would have killed him while he slept. He had been pure evil when he was awake–similar to Kerrick.
Is there anything else you haven’t told me?”
My head spun. So much had happened and we still needed to stop a powerful magician. Death was a real possibility. I needed Valek to know how I felt.
“I love you”
Valek wrapped me in his arms. “My love has been yours since the fire festival. If those goons had killed you, I knew then that I would never be the same. I didn’t want or expect this. But I couldn’t resist you.
The benefit of appearing so young is I’m constantly underestimated
They were my family, yet they were strangers.
Your fear remains strong. You are not ready to face your story, preferring instead to surround yourself with knots. Someday, they will strangle you.
How did you-“
Fool your guards? They’re not very good, the forgot to check the ceiling for spiders.”Valek grinned. His angular face softened.
Why did Mother ask you to help me rescue Gelsi?” I asked Leif.
“She thought I could assist you in some way. Instead, I had tried to-“
“Kill me? You can join the ‘I Want to Kill Yelena Guild.’ I hear they have six
members in good standing.
Valek is president since he had wanted to kill me twice.”
–Yelena to Leif