”Lucius didn’t answer, and I realized he was definitely sleeping—probably exhausted from yet another day of struggling to unite our obstinate families—so I lay back down and nestled against him again.
“I think I’m translating the Romanian wrong, because it seems to me that Lucius wants to spend sixty-five thousand euros on rabbits next year.”“I do have a taste for hare—but I could never consume more than fifty thousand euros’ worth in one twelve-month span.”I froze at the unexpected sound of a deep masculine voice and sensed my uncle seizing up, too, as we both swiveled to see Lucius leaning against the door frame, arms crossed.
I knew immediately that I’d made yet another mistake.
Emilian, the young guard who was always posted just outside the room whenever Lucius couldn’t be with me, was never supposed to hear me complain or show weakness.
”And then Mihaela Dragomir does turn, her face obscured by the cloak. Luckily, the majority of the Elders—not counting Claudiu, of course—had believed that Vasile attacked first, giving Lucius no choice but to defend himself. “So it’s basically an oversized undead family reunion? “It has been held each year since the pact that decreed your marriage was signed, uniting our clans.
Although I knew I was squirming way too much for a princess, I turned to watch Lucius again, just as he said, in a steady voice that I couldn’t imagine summoning if I had to speak, “Tell your story to this panel, Dumitru Vladescu, and we will decide if you deserve mercy—or punishment.”I should have given my full attention to the vampire who was about to fight for his life, but I kept watching my husband, who had stood on that circle himself just months before and fortunately been found not guilty of Vasile’s death. “This is your chance to save your existence.”I heard both command and compassion in Lucius’s order, but my cold blood suddenly felt like ice. ” His eyes practically glowed, and I wished that I could get excited about the prospect of hundreds of my relatives wandering around the castle.