Then do it, Elide said. But when its time, make it quick.
Ignoring the taunt, Aelin drank, swishing the ale in her mouth, as if it could wash away the taint of this place. You tried and failed to win power for yourself. First by stealing it from Elide, then by trying to sell her to Erawan. Morath has sacked Perranth, and no doubt marches on Orynth, and yet we find you here. Hiding. She drank again. One might think Erawans favor had shifted elsewhere.Perhaps he stationed me here for a reason, Majesty.
Her magic had already felt him out. To make sure no heart of iron or Wyrdstone beat in his chest.I think you were cast aside, she said, leaning back and crossing her arms. I think you outlived your usefulness, especially after you failed to recapture Elide, and Erawan didnt feel like entirely ridding himself of a lackey, but also didnt want you skulking about. So here you are. She waved a hand to the chamber, the mountain above them. The lovely Ferian Gap.Its beautiful in the spring, Vernon said.
Aelin smiled. Again, tell me something interesting, and perhaps youll live to see it.Do you swear it? On your throne? That you shall not kill me? A glance toward Fenrys and Gavriel, stone-faced behind her. Nor any of your companions?
Aelin snorted. I was hoping youd hold out longer before showing your hand. She drained the rest of her ale. But yes. I swear that neither me nor any of my companions will kill you if you tell us what you know.
Fenrys started. All the confirmation Vernon needed that she meant it—that they had not planned it.Manon leaned her head back against the cold stones of the wall behind her, her crown discarded by her boots.
Asterin spoke first, cutting through the silence of the coven. We know their every move, every weapon. And now the Crochans do, too. The Matrons are likely in a panic.Shed never seen her grandmother in a panic, but Manon huffed a dark laugh. We shall see tomorrow, I suppose. She surveyed her Thirteen. You have come with me this far, but tomorrow it will be your own kind that we face. You may be fighting friends or lovers or family members. She swallowed. I will not blame you if you cannot do it.
We have come this far, Sorrel said, because we are all prepared for what tomorrow will bring.Indeed, the Thirteen nodded. Asterin said, We are not afraid.