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Author: Grace Draven | Submitted by: Maria Garcia | 18128 Views | Add a Review

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Ildiko didn’t hesitate and placed her palm in his, still startled by the unexpected warmth of his skin. If she closed her eyes, she could easily imagine his touch as that of a Gauri suitor’s. He brushed his lips lightly across her knuckles a second time and released her.

“Are you disappointed?” That lambent gaze gave nothing away other than a hard squint as a shaft of sunlight speared a window and glanced along his profile.

Ildiko led him to a dimmer part of the chamber where candles provided a gentler light. “Relieved, not disappointed.” She gestured to a nearby table holding glasses and a decanter of wine. “Can I offer you a drink?”

Brishen shook his head, the tiny braids woven into his long black hair swinging with the movement. He shrugged his cloak off his shoulders so that it draped down his back. The motion revealed ceremonial armor of blued plate over layers of rust and brown silk. A sheathed sword hung at his hip.

Like those of his kin who guested in the castle, he was tall and lithe, every movement an exercise in grace and economy.

Ildiko tilted her head to one side. “You knew I was your intended before you came here, didn’t you? How?”

His eyebrows arched. “You gave me your name when I asked.


“There are several Ildikos living here. It’s a common enough name. I could have easily been a servant.”

Brishen chuckled and pointed at her. “In that fine gown? Hardly.” He flashed his fanged smile. Ildiko didn’t lock her knees this time. “I just knew.

Call it instinct.” He snapped his fingers with a click of nails. “Or Kai magic.

We’re all born with a touch of it, you know.”

She shook her head, her own lightheartedness giving way to worry.

“No, I didn’t know. I know very little about those who will become my people once we’re married.”

He stared at her for a silent moment. Owl’s eyes, she thought. He and his folk had the eyes of nocturnal hunters, but without pupils, just the glowing luminosity that mesmerized her like a mouse.

“I will teach you,” he said.

She blinked, startled out of her stupor by his reply and completely forgetting the thread of conversation. “Teach me what?”

He had thin lips with a natural downturn emphasized by diagonal grooves on either side of his mouth. It gave him a grim look, except when he smiled, which he did now. “About the Kai. If you wish to learn, I will teach you. Far better than any wrong-headed Gauri book written about us.”

A wash of relief poured through her, along with a kindling of hope. Her bridegroom wasn’t Gauri; he wasn’t even human. He was, however, congenial and gracious. She had proclaimed his appearance ghastly and

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