The earl shook his head, exhibiting a degree of frosty offense that could only be achieved by an aristocrat whose wishes had just been gainsaid. I’ve never heard of a man being so eager to confess to the parent of a girl he’s just ruined, he said sourly.
A lang, lang time ago… MacPhee began, ignoring St.Vincent’s low groan, there was a bonnie maid called Malvina. She was the betrothed of Oscar, the braw warrior who won her heart. Oscar bade his beloved tae wait for him while he went tae seek his fortune. But one black day Malvina received word that her lover had been killed in battle. He would lie forever in eternal rest in the faraway hills…lost in endless slumber…
God, I envy him, St. Vincent said feelingly, rubbing his own dark-circled eyes.
It was likely that no one had been surprised, however, as it was clear that Aline and McKenna belonged together. There was something invisible and yet irrefutable that made them a couple. Perhaps it was the way both of them stole quick glances at each other when one though the other wasn’t looking… glances of wonder and hunger.
McKenna will always be a part of me, no matter where he goes. They say that people who’ve lost a limb sometimes feel as if they still have it. How many times I’ve felt that McKenna was still here, and the empty space beside me was alive with his presence.” She closed her eyes and leaned forward until her forehead and the tip of her nose touched the cool glass. “I love him beyond reason,” she whispered. “He’s a stranger to me now, and yet he is still so familiar. I can’t imagine a sweeter agony, having him so close.
He shook his head, staring at her like a condemned man who beheld the face of his executioner. “Aline,” he whispered, “Do you know what hell is?””Yes.” Her eyes overflowed. “Trying to exist with your heart living somewhere outside your body.””No. It’s knowing that you have so little faith in my love, you would have condemned me to a lifetime of agony.” His face contorted suddenly. “To something worse than death.
Todd? Are you still there?” “Yeah. I’m just trying to think of a good reason to continue our friendship.”I grinned. “Jealousy is so unattractive Todd.””It would help if you could tell me one thing that’s wrong. One flaw. Bad breath? Warts? Some condition that requires anti fungal spray?””Would chest hair be a flaw?””Oh, yeah.” Todd sounded relieved.” I can’t stand a chest rug. You can’t see the chest cut.