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  • Daughter of the Blood(Black Jewels,Book 1)(118) by Anne Bishop
  • Saetan smiled tenderly at the boy. "I don't know. She's magic. I'm only a Warlord Prince. You can't expect me to explain magic."

    Char smiled in return, a smile from one man to another.

    Saetan called in the six boxes. "I'll leave these in your keeping." One finger gently stroked Char's burned, blackened cheek. "Happy Winsol, Warlord." He turned and glided quickly toward the path. As he passed the first bend, a sound came from a smattering of voices. When it was repeated, it was a full chorus.

    "Happy Winsol, High Lord."

    Saetan choked back a sob and hurried back to the Hall.

    7—Hell

    "You did tell me to give a Winsol gift to someone who might not get one, so . . . well . . ." Jaenelle nervously brushed her fingers along the edge of Saetan's blackwood desk.

    "Come here, witch-child." Saetan gently hugged her. Putting his lips close to her ear, he whispered, "That was the finest piece of magic I've ever seen. I'm so very proud of you."

    "Truly?" Jaenelle whispered back.

    "Truly." He held her at arm's length so he could see her face. "Would you share the secret?" he asked, keeping his voice lightly teasing. "Would you tell an old Warlord Prince how you did it?"

    Jaenelle's eyes focused on his Red Birthright Jewel hanging from its gold chain. "I promised the Prince, you see."

    "See what?" he asked calmly as his stomach flip-flopped.

    "I promised that if I was going to do any dream weaving I'd learn from the best who could teach me."

    And you didn't come tome? "So who taught you, witch-child?"

    She licked her lips. "The Arachnians," she said in a small voice.

    The room blurred and spun. When it stopped revolving, Saetan gratefully realized he was still sitting in his chair. "Arachna is a closed Territory," he said through clenched teeth.

    Jaenelle frowned. "I know. But so are a lot of places where I have friends. They don't mind, Saetan. Truly."

    Saetan released her and locked his hands together. Arachna. She'd gone to Arachna. Beware the golden spider that spins a tangled web. There wasn't a Black Widow in all the history of the Blood who could spin dream webs like the Arachnians. The whole shore of their island was littered with tangled webs that could pull in unsuspecting—and even well-trained—minds, leaving the flesh shell to be devoured. For her to blithely walk through their defenses . . .

    "The Arachnian Queen," Saetan said, fighting the urge to yell at her. "Whom did she assign to teach you?"

    Jaenelle gave him a worried little smile. "She taught me. We started with the straight, simple webs, everyday weaving. After that . . ." Jaenelle shrugged.

    Saetan cleared his throat. "Just out of curiosity, how large is the Arachnian Queen?"

    "Um . . . her body's about like that." Jaenelle pointed at his fist.

    The room tilted. Very little was known about Arachna—with good reason, since very few who had ever ventured there had returned intact—but one thing was known: the larger the spider, the more powerful and deadly were the webs.

    "Did the Prince suggest you go to Arachna?" Saetan asked, desperately trying to keep the snarl out of his voice.

    Jaenelle blinked and had the grace to blush. "No. I don't think he'd be too happy if I told him."

    Saetan closed his eyes. What was done was done. "You will remember courtesy and Protocol when you visit them, won't you?"

    "Yes, High Lord," Jaenelle said, her voice suspiciously submissive.

    Saetan opened his eyes to a narrow slit. Jaenelle's sapphire eyes sparkled back at him. He snarled, defeated, Hell's fire, if he was so outmaneuvered by a twelve-year-old girl, what in the name of Darkness was he going to do when she was full grown?

    "Saetan?"

    "Jaenelle."

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