“‘Star of Deliverance’ was a tale of friendship, sacrifice, bravery, and love. It was a sweet and beautiful story overall. I’m looking forward to seeing what this author writes in the future.”
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From the Author: This scene is the first step in the love story between Emi and Corban—a storyline that will continue throughout the book.
We both sat in silence for several moments before Corban spoke again. “Can I ask you something, Larken?” he said with a serious expression, turning to face me.
I nodded in assent. “You can ask me anything.”
“Can we meet here again? Next ball? I don’t care if I ever dance with you again, as long as I can just hear your voice and see you smile—but mostly hear your laugh. That is all I need.”
My heart raced, and not the way it did in the orchard when I overheard the soldiers, and not the way it did when I tried to escape from the castle that first night. This time felt different and new—a good kind of racing.
He reached over and took my hand, holding it tightly in his. We sat there for several minutes in the quiet closet as the orchestra swelled from the ball. He rubbed my hand with his thumb and squeezed it tightly one last time before he stood to go, reaching for the candle on the shelf behind us.
“You are a rare one, Larken,” he whispered, before stepping out into the dimly lit hall and shutting the door to the closet.
Cen told me once that true happiness was best found in nature, because it had room to spread out and breathe. But I knew that couldn’t possibly be true, because just for a minute even in that tiny linen closet, I felt that if I could step outside of my body, I would break out in blossom.