FOREVER KNIGHTS: #20 Watchers Gathering

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Rosewynn Manor, Outside Meadowbrook, Grier Country

CHAVIAS

After making amends with Acharius, Chavias and Sabine returned to Rosewynn Manor.

At dusk, Chavias wandered out to sit on the steps.

Sabine was busily chatting with Meralee and Nora.

Eager for feminine company, no doubt. It was nice to see her bubbling over as she was.

“What’s on your mind, My Friend?” Calisto joined him there. Dropping a fond hand to his shoulder.

He sat with his feet a few steps down. Elbows resting on his knees. And chin cradled in his fists. He peered up at her. Offering her a welcoming smile.

She looks healthier.

“Everything has changed so fast. I suspect I’m still taking it all in.”

“Did you ever think you’d finally be here?” Calisto took a seat on the steps next to him. Watching the evening chill making the grass dance.

“No.” He admitted. Shaking his head. “What’s happened to me?”

“You’ve fallen in love.” Calisto answered. From where she sat next to him. Plucking at the skirts of her borrowed dress.

Much cleaner. Must belong to the Fallen. It was a bit short on Calisto. But she’s a tall woman.

“Is it so readily apparent?” His eyes widened.

Calisto tilted her head chidingly. “I’ve seen the woman, Dear Chavias. I certainly wouldn’t want my Raese to get a look at her!”

Chavias grinned. Hands dropping as his back straightened proudly. “She is gorgeous.”

“Strikingly so.” Calisto smiled at him. “I told you the day would come.”

“And I told you I’d get you out of those caves.”

“That you did.” She nodded.

“Soon we’ll find your husband.”

“Not soon enough.” She leaned to shoulder him. “I can’t tell you what this anticipation is doing to my heart. Everytime I see a man coming in the distance I near panic.”

“Soon, Calis.” Chavias reassured. “If Deragan says he’ll come, he’ll come.”

“I know.” She nodded. “I just wish I could will him wings to get here faster.”

“He does have his own…”

“Then he should be using them!” She feigned a stomp.

He chuckled.

“Oof.” Calisto glanced over her shoulder. “I suspect I should be on my way before the daggers your gorgeous creature is sending me, hit home.”

Chavias twisted to see Sabine in the doorway watching them intently. She did indeed look annoyed. Why?

“What was that about?” Sabine demanded, after watching the other woman walk away, with withering glare.

“She was telling me, she believes you love me and that it’s painfully obvious I certainly reciprocate.”

Sabine’s face instantly softened. “Perhaps I like her more than I thought a moment ago.”

Annoyance assuaged. He was glad.

“What happened between you and Acharius?”

He gave her a long study. “You read of it. I’m certain.”

“But I wish to hear it from you.”

“I was sent to kill him.” He said flatly. Averting his attention back to the lawns to hide his shame at obeying the awful command.

“But you didn’t.”

Still, I went.

“I made a solid effort.” He countered.

“But you didn’t.” She reiterated.

Only because Sebastian was able to persuade me not to. What would I have done if he hadn’t? Chavias couldn’t say. The only thing he knew for sure was that he definitely had no wish to harm his former friend.

“I injured his mate.” Chavias said remorsefully.

“Chastain? Why?”

Wasn’t my intent.

He blew a long breath. “It was incidental.” His shoulders fell. “I’d never have purposely hurt her. I actually have tenderness for her. Her trust in me all that time ago. Gave me hope. Purpose…”

That I could undermine Radix and have a will to live.

Sabine’s eyes narrowed. “Should I be jealous?”

“Not in the least!” He was appalled. “There’s no woman that could compare to you. I speak of far more than just your beauty.” He added quickly. Knowing it was a sore spot for her. “You’ve a kind heart, a willingness to busy your own hands with hard labor, and a boldness few women can claim.”

“Truly?” Her cheeks sheened in frost.

Which he assumed was her manner of flushing. As uniquely hers as the rest of her.

“Yes.” He nodded solemnly.

She dropped her head to his shoulder, and he topped hers with his.

“Sabine…”

“Yes?”

“You never have to be envious of any woman. There’s none as enchanting as you. You have all the remaining bits of my dark heart in your small hand.” He pressed a kiss to her forehead.

She grabbed his arm warmly and tucked her face further into his neck.

Shattering every wall I’ve ever built.

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