The same thing happened as last time; they transported the coffins along the tunnel, and then returned without them barely a minute later. They shot out of the tunnel—which was not far away at all from our hiding place—and zoomed into the base of the vortex. Watching the fae during this second visit, I couldn’t help but wonder if there was any way… any way at all… that we could tag along with the next crowd that exited and somehow pass through with them.
He stepped back, taking her by the shoulders and even bending at the knees so that his eyes would not lose contact with hers. Will he hurt you?No, she said, quickly enough so that he believed her. No. I promise you.
Will he try to force you to marry Haselby? Lock you in your room? Because I could stay. If you think you will need me, I could remain right here. It would create an even worse scandal than what currently lay ahead for them, but if it was a question of her safety…There was nothing he would not do.He silenced her with a shake of his head. Do you understand, he began, how completely and utterly this goes against my every instinct, leaving you here to face this by yourself?
Her lips parted and her eyes-They filled with tears.
I have sworn in my heart to protect you, he said, his voice passionate and fierce and maybe even a little bit revelatory. Because today, he realized, was the day he truly became a man. After twenty-six years of an amiable and, yes, aimless existence, he had finally found his purpose.
He finally knew why he had been born.Colin didn’t say anything, but his brows rose, as if to ask, Well, then?
Gregory turned, his eyes moving to the corner around which Lucy had so recently disappeared. For a moment he stood absolutely still, his only movement a deliberate, thoughtful blink of his eyes.He turned back around, looked his brother in the face. I know her, he said. I do.
Colin’s lips drew together, as if trying to form a question, but Gregory had already turned away.He was looking at that corner again.