He’d have to be careful with her. But how long did she intend for him to stay at Shimeron? How long would she keep him banded? He wanted to get back to Mara and the twins as quickly as possible, but in the meantime, he’d glean what information he could from the palace staff. Blast! How could Rowena and I have missed this?
“. . . and so I told her that— Dixon. Dixon! Are you listening to me?”
“I’m sorry, I seem to be lost in thought today.”
“Well I must say, you generally pay better attention to me. Something on your mind?”
“This band, for one.”
“Oh, never mind. It’s nothing.” She waved her hand in dismissal.
“It is not nothing, Lilith. It means you don’t trust me. How could you do this?”
“You know you must answer to the Council. I’m just making sure I can deliver you to them, as is necessary. When you’re cleared of any wrongdoing, the band will come off, of course.”
“I’ve done nothing wrong.”
She looked at him, still sulking. “Nothing wrong! But you’re not even paying attention to me!”
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