Aelin swallowed hard, and Chaol took that as excuse enough to sit again, his back giving a grateful tinge. He said to the queen, There is another person responsible for this army being here. He gestured to Nesryn, the woman already smiling at the queen. The rukhin you see, the army gathered, is as much because of Nesryn as it is because of me.
Maeves cold, pale face flashed before her eyes.Her magic went silent.
Blowing out another shuddering breath, shaking the tremor from her hands, Aelin aimed for the inns open gates. A long, dusty road stretched ahead, the fields beyond barren. Unimpressive, forgotten land. Shed barely glimpsed anything on her run at dawn beyond mist and a few sparrows bobbing amongst the winter-dry grasses.Fenrys sat in wolf form at the edge of the nearest field, staring out across the expanse. Precisely where hed been before dawn.She let him hear her steps, his ears twitching. He shifted as she approached, and leaned against the half-rotted fence surrounding the field.
Whod you piss off to get the graveyard shift? Aelin asked, wiping the sweat from her brow.Fenrys snorted and ran a hand through his hair. Would you believe I volunteered for it?
She arched a brow. He shrugged, watching the field again, the mists still clinging to its farthest reaches. I dont sleep well these days. He cut her a sidelong glance. I dont suppose Im the only one.
She picked at the blister on her right hand, hissing. We could start a secret society—for people who dont sleep well.You should. Hes divertingly handsome. Even Im tempted.
Hasar laughed. Not at all. But I could see why you might be.He and Captain Faliq are involved.
Yrene took a long sip from her tea. He is my patient, and I am his healer. There are plenty of other handsome men.Yrene frowned at the princess over the black-and-gold rim of her teacup. You keep pushing your brother on me. Are you encouraging him?