Red and Black 6 Kayden lies awake in bed, unable to sleep once more. Ari's pessimistic hunch has her in turmoil. Percy has insisted that they stay until the Ball, but she doesn't know what will happen once the Ball has come and gone. She will have to find out the truth by then, or risk never knowing. That thought alone is enough to keep her awake.Red and Black 6
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She tosses and turns for another few minutes, trying to quiet her mind before giving up. She stands, makes her way to the door, pauses, and steps out into the hallway. Her feet take her to Ari's door, but she stops again. She is unwilling to go to him, mainly out of pride. For most of her life, she has never needed the comfort of another human being. Now, she is reluctant to admit that she needs anyone, let alone Ari. Yet, in a cruelly appropriate way, he is the person who would best understand her pain. Perhaps that is why, now, she stands in front of his door, one hand raise
Red and Black 5 After a few days, the shift in his attitude becomes insufferable. Though he hides it well enough around company, he is bordering antagonistic when they are alone. Every word he says is laced with something like derision. When she can stand it no longer, she storms out of the room without bothering to explain, or to ask for an explanation.Red and Black 5
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"Sometimes, I wonder if you're really acting," Ari says one evening. They are in the gardens, exploring the maze of hedges. Trellises hang with ivy, with honeysuckle and roses. It is twilight, and the lanterns have been lit. They glow softly, like fireflies. Kayden holds back her annoyance and keeps walking. Her boots make no sound on the stone paths. They come upon a fountain, a smaller version of the one in the courtyard. It is surrounded by a circular wall creeping with ivy. Koi swim in the pool, flitting in and out of the shadows of lilies.
"Sometimes, I wonder if you are actually trying to be a