The Queen, Kiera Cass
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Kiera Cass

The Queen

Idaly Ramos
Idaly Ramosje citiralaпре 3 месеца
I nodded, picked up a roll, and bit.
It’s a strange thing to discover how much you matter to people you didn’t really know you mattered to. Or to find that the slow disintegration of yourself causes a smaller version to happen in other people.
n
nje citiralaпре 2 године
You will be the only thing in this world that
is truly mine. And I will put you on a pedes-
tal so high, it will be impossible for anyone
not to adore you.
n
nje citiralaпре 2 године
I’m desperate for peace. I
think you might be the only chance I have at
that.
n
nje citiralaпре 2 године
It’s a strange thing to discover how much you
matter to people you didn’t really know you
mattered to.
TGE
TGEje citiraoпре 3 године
You have to be spotless, do you understand? You need to be an exemplary candidate. Up until recently, I didn’t think there’d ever be a need to tell you that, but now it seems I do: don’t give anyone a reason to doubt your competence.”
TGE
TGEje citiraoпре 3 године
“I was wondering if you might join me for a late dessert.”
A date? He was here for a date?
And I was in my nightgown, makeup stripped, hair half brushed. “Umm, should I . . . change?”
Martha handed me my robe, and I swooped it on
TGE
TGEje citiraoпре 3 године
He tucked a strand of hair behind my ear. “You will be the only thing in this world that is truly mine. And I will put you on a pedestal so high, it will be impossible for anyone not to adore you.”
TGE
TGEje citiraoпре 3 године
I’m desperate for peace. I think you might be the only chance I have at that.”
I smiled. “The center of your storm?”
He exhaled, looking relieved. “Yes.”
TGE
TGEje citiraoпре 3 године
“I hope you’ll forgive my little tests, but I’ve known for a long time what I was looking for.” He shifted in the bed, and I sat up so we were facing each other. “I liked your hair.”
Instinctively, I touched it. “What do you mean?”
TGE
TGEje citiraoпре 3 године
I awoke to Clarkson whispering in my ear. It was as if my body just knew to respond to him, and I wasn’t even startled. Instead, I was gently stirred by his voice, and it was the sweetest way to wake up in the world.
“Do you?” I rubbed my eyes and looked at his impish smile.
He nodded. “Shall I tell you?” I giggled in reply, and he bent his head again to my ear. “You are going to be the next queen of Illéa.”
I pulled back to see his face, searching for any hint of this being a joke. But, truly, I’d never seen him calmer.
TGE
TGEje citiraoпре 3 године
“Yes,” Dr. Mission answered, “but forgive me if I ask whether the bravery was warranted.”
We both turned his way, but it was Clarkson who spoke.
“Excuse me?”
“Your Highness,” he replied quietly, “certainly you know your father would disapprove of you devoting so much time to a girl not worthy of you
TGE
TGEje citiraoпре 3 године
How are you feeling?” His voice was like gravel.
“How can . . .” I tried to clear my throat. I sounded strange, too. “How can that matter? I can’t believe you went back in. There are twenty-some-odd versions of me here. There’s only one you.”
Clarkson placed his hand out, asking for me. “You’re not exactly replaceable, Amberly.”
TGE
TGEje citiraoпре 3 године
Clarkson pulled me past the last of the other girls and then we fell to the ground together, gasping in the clean air
TGE
TGEje citiraoпре 3 године
wasn’t going to make it.
I couldn’t breathe, and I was so tired.
“Amberly!”
I pulled my head up, but I couldn’t see a thing.
“Amberly!”
I banged my hand on the table, coughing from the effort. I didn’t hear him again, and all I could see was smoke.
I started banging the table again. Nothing.
TGE
TGEje citiraoпре 3 године
I took my seat in the dining hall, blushing when Clarkson winked at me
TGE
TGEje citiraoпре 3 године
“You looked stunning tonight. I thought you should know.” His fingers traveled down my arms, across my collarbone, and up into my hair. “Absolutely stunning.”
He kissed me once more and left, stopping to give me a final look at the door
TGE
TGEje citiraoпре 3 године
Wordlessly, he raised a hand to my cheek, brushing my hair back, then left it under my chin. There was a hint of a smile on his face, just before he leaned in.
Growing up, I’d imagined a hundred first kisses with Clarkson. Apparently, I didn’t dream big enough
TGE
TGEje citiraoпре 3 године
Of course, it was all rendered perfectly useless when Clarkson knocked on the door.
He didn’t wait for me to answer. He walked right in. I stood to greet him, and I meant to curtsy, but there was something in his eyes that left me bewildered. I watched him saunter across the floor, his stare intent
TGE
TGEje citiraoпре 3 године
He held out a hand, allowing her to move forward, but before he followed her, he ducked back and murmured into my cheek.
“Wait up for me.”
He left, not looking back. But I didn’t need him to.
TGE
TGEje citiraoпре 3 године
“Listen to me,” he pleaded softly. I managed to look at him again. “Don’t ever do that again. Don’t just check out on me.”
“Yes, sir,” I mumbled.
He shook his head. “I’m Clarkson with you.”
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