- Seigneur, on étouffe ici.
Des lèvres effleurent ma main, laissant une marque fraîche et humide sur mon gant, que je m'efforce de ne pas essuyer sur mes jupes. Je n'ai pas besoin de lever les yeux pour identifier la voix mielleuse de mon promis : lord, PDG, meurtrier, le roi en personne.
J'aimerais pouvoir lui arracher les yeux.
- En effet. Vous devriez peut-être prendre l'air sur le balcon, dis-je d'un ton placide. Seul.
“I close my eyes and press my face into his shirt and howl against him, liquid agony pouring from me. He smooths my hair from my face and continues to murmur, but he never shushes me, never tells me to stop. Never tells me it'll be all right. He knows life too well to believe such lies.”
“Please do not ask me,” I interrupt, my voice so wobbly the words barely get out. “There are secrets so dangerous one shouldn’t even confess them to the dearest of friends.”
“His final touches completed, His Highness offers me his arm. On Wednesdays I'm now required to enter the grand assembly in the Hall of Mirrors on his arm like a glowing trophy. Not the kind of trophy one wins for completing a challenge, the kind one stuffs and hangs on the wall after killing it.”
“When my body changed so rapidly that I felt almost a stranger in it, I found an inexplicable satisfaction in exploring the limits of my laces. At the end of the day, though, I was grateful to put them away. Until I witnessed the King killing that girl. When the time came that night to unlace my stays…I simply declined. Every week or two, when it stops hurting, I set the bots to pull my laces a bit tighter. Now I have nearly the smallest waist in court, despite my height. The other ladies think it’s because I’m vain. In truth, it oddly anchors me. Maybe it’s the pain in my ribs that reminds me I’m alive.”
“The illusion of confidence is far more important than actually possessing the feeling.”
“Is it truly worth saving your life if you lose your soul in the process?”
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