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  • The Invisible Ring(Black Jewels,Book 4)(117) by Anne Bishop
  • Lia paled. “Do you—” She swallowed hard. “Do you think I could have used that—”

    Either she couldn’t think of a word obscene enough or couldn’t bring herself to say it.

    No, Jared thought as he carefully sat on the edge of the bed. She couldn’t have used the Ring of Obedience.

    “I knew I couldn’t control you,” Lia said. “And I couldn’t afford to fight you. I thought you’d escape as soon as your body healed. Then you folded up inside yourself and I didn’t know what to do. I kept thinking you’d go. As soon as you realized there was nothing holding you, you’d go.”

    But somethinghad held him back.

    Jared rubbed the back of his neck as he stared at his feet. Had she really counted on him going at the beginning of the journey? Had she counted on one less male to feed? Or ...

    He looked up. She watched him so carefully, as if she were trying to gauge the impact of her words.

    “I wear no Ring,” Jared said, watching her with equal care as he remembered how well she could put on an act when she felt it was necessary.

    “You wear no Ring,” Lia agreed. She looked away.

    “You have no claim on me.”

    “None.”

    “If I walk out of this room, what will you do?”

    “Meet the others in Ranon’s Wood and take them to Dena Nehele.”

    “Why?”

    When she looked at him again, he saw a Queen with shadows in her eyes.

    “I took them out of Raej. I hold their lives in my hands because of that choice. So until we stand within the borders of Dena Nehele, they’re my people, Lord Jared.”

    And he wasn’t? Oh, no, she wasn’t getting away with that.

    Smiling, Jared walked up to her and held out his hands. “Time for bed. We need a good night’s sleep if we’re heading for Ranon’s Wood at first light.”

    She looked wary, but she slipped her hands into his.

    “You know,” he said pleasantly as he helped her to her feet, “I’m going to have to remember how good a liar you are when your back’s against the wall.”

    “What?” Lia said weakly.

    He kept a firm grip on her hands. “I’ve spent this entire journey chasing my own tail because I couldn’t sense the Ring in order to confirm that it existed. If you’d told me a couple of days ago that you had made it all up, I would have believed you.”

    “Why won’t you believe me now?” Lia wailed.

    Jared gave her a sharp smile. “Because we had help last night. A Warlord Prince I know did the healing. Just before he left, he confirmed that I wear the Invisible Ring. The Silver Ring.”

    Lia tried to tug her hands free. “Why would you believehim ?”

    “He had no reason to lie. You, on the other hand, didn’t mention it until I threatened to drag you back to Dena Nehele. If you were in my place, what would you think?”

    “That you’re an idiot.”

    Slipping an arm around her waist, Jared led her to the bed. “I don’t think you’re an idiot. It was just bad timing on your part.”

    She muttered something that sounded nasty.

    “Come on, Lady Grumpy. Put your nightgown on, and I’ll tell you a bedtime story. Unless, of course, you’re like me and prefer to sleep in nothing but your skin.”

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