And I choke. Are you…kicking me out?
And I taste tears in the back of my throat, because he reminds me of Ellie, the day we buried our mother. How hard she cried—inconsolable—and that same devastation plays out on my computer screen. For several excruciating seconds, its as if all the people are frozen. No one moves; no one tries to comfort him. Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink.He might as well be standing in the middle of the street alone.
And then in three quick strides Nicholas is there, pulling his little brother against him, wrapping his arms around his small body like a shield. Henrys head only comes to the top of Nicholass stomach—he buries his face and Nicholas gently strokes his hair. Then he glares up at the crowd and the cameras, a hooded gaze burning with resentment and grief.After a few moments, Nicholas motions to a footman, and the broadcaster filming the event must have hired a frigging lip-reader, because there are subtitles.Have the car brought forward.
The man seems unsure and starts to turn toward the Queen—but the crack of Nicholass words stops him in his tracks.Dont look at her. I am your prince—you will do what I say and you will do it now.
And in that second, Nicholas doesnt look like a fourteen-year-old boy; he doesnt look like a boy at all. He looks like a king.
The man swallows and bows, and a few minutes later a black Rolls-Royce creeps slowly up through the sea of people. Nicholas guides his brother into the backseat. Then with the door still open, he crouches down and wipes Henrys face with a handkerchief from his pocket.Assail cursed and wanted to tell the Brother to ease up on the aggression. Then again, good luck with that. It would be like trying to get a German shepherd to greet hat-wearing strangers with a rollover-rub-my-belly.
Wed just be hunted, V tacked on. So its a case of survival for the likes of us.You dont think youd be accepted? Marisol asked.
Hows that immigration policy of yours working out? When she didnt reply, the Brother muttered, Exactly.Perhaps we should speak of something else, Assail offered.