Her shoulders rise into a shrug. Just curious. Sid was over the moon when she got home. You must have really laid on the charm.
I dont think he wouldve minded as much as we think. Jethro moved toward the safety deposit boxes. In the end, he truly was sorry for what hed done. Without him revoking the conditions on his last Will and Testament, all of this wouldve been lost. We wouldve spent years in legal battles trying to claim our birthright and Hawksridge wouldve been torn to pieces by the state.I looped my fingers, listening quietly. Whatever passed between Jethro and Cut that day was their own affair, but I was glad Jethro got closure. Cut hadnt died with hate in his heart as Id expected. Hed died with an apology and sorrow. I hoped he was at peace, wherever he was.
Standing in the middle of the safe, I waited as Jethro pulled out the long gunmetal grey drawer.My heart beat faster.I know whats in there.
The last time hed shown me the original black diamond, hed hinted at what he was. He used the stone as an example of his condition—absorbing light and emotions rather than refracting and preventing them from entering. The analogy was perfect for him.Moving closer, I placed my hand on his forearm. I shouldve guessed that day. I shouldve known what you were and convinced you to run away with me.
He chuckled. Running was never an option, Needle. But youre right. Those drugs really fucked me up. Id hoped youd guess and slap me out of it.
I smiled. I seem to remember I did in the end. I marched into your bedroom and forced you to listen.Nila kissed my cheek. Youll never be cold again. The double meaning of her words—that I would never be unloved again—throbbed.
Clearing my throat, I pushed her away and invited the room back into my attention. Keep saying things like that and we wont see the rest of the party.Nila half-laughed, half-scowled. Im torn in which I want more. Turning, she faced the table and Emma.
Kes rolled his eyes, never looking away from his sister, waiting impatiently for dessert. Come on already.Pushy. Emma grinned, puffing out her little cheeks. Her lungs expanded and she blew raspberries rather than air but managed to get the flames to turn into curling spirals of smoke.