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  • Twilight's Dawn(Black Jewels,Book 9)(56) by Anne Bishop
  • But there was no reason to fight, because Endar, Hallevar, and the other men had been making an effort to help Rainier, working with him, even being protective of him as he began exercising the damaged leg.

    Feeling easier about Rainier after that first workout, she thought she’d gotten over whatever was riding her temper. Then Jillian showed up yesterday morning. The teacher was sick. School was canceled. Lucivar let the girl stay to be her partner with the sparring sticks, having Endar stand as their instructor.

    Nothing wrong with Endar. He was a gentle man with an abundance of patience. But she saw him raise a sparring stick and step toward Jillian—which was what he was supposed to do because he’d been demonstrating a move—and she almost attacked him, almost gutted him.

    She’d have to talk to Jaenelle before she did something that couldn’t be undone. It was possible there was some unexpected residue from the poisoning. Maybe the poison, and the illness that followed, had stirred up memories that plagued her dreams but disappeared by morning, leaving her feeling tired and vulnerable.

    But today there were simpler problems to face.

    “I think we should run The Tavern,” she said. “Merry is down with that stomach upset, and Briggs bolted upstairs at the first whiff of food.”

    “You’re going to cook?” Rainier asked. “Not that you can’t, but Merry usually makes a significant amount of food for a day.”

    “And we won’t. I’ll see what’s left over from yesterday. We can make sandwiches, maybe a soup. And serve drinks and coffee. Anyone who wants more can go somewhere else. You could settle yourself on that stool Briggs keeps behind the bar for the slow times. I’ll wait on the tables.”

    “We should check with Lucivar.” Rainier glanced up as the door opened.

    “Go away. We’re not open yet,” Surreal snapped without looking around to see who had come in.

    “You’re not open yet?” Lucivar asked as he walked up to their table and looked at Rainier. “And what do you need to check with me?”

    Shit shit shit. “Merry and Briggs are down with that disgusting stomach illness,” she said. “Instead of them losing a day’s business as well as feeling miserable, I thought Rainier and I could run the place for them.”

    “Well, having the two of you running things would either scare away all the customers or bring in a crowd to watch the show,” Lucivar said.

    Choosing to ignore him because he was right, she ate a neat bite of her breakfast.

    “We could open late, after the day’s training,” Rainier said.

    “No training today,” Lucivar said. “That’s what I came to tell you.”

    “Is there a reason for that?” Surreal asked.

    “Yes, there is.”

    She glanced at Rainier. Something going on here, and Rainier knows what it is. Or at least knows some of it.

    “Marian’s making a couple of soups this morning,” Lucivar said. “If you bring a pot and the supplies up to the eyrie, I think she’d be willing to make a pot for you to serve here.”

    “All right.”

    Rainier called in a leather case similar to the ones Daemon and Lord Marcus, his man of business, used when conveying documents.

    “I reviewed them and sorted them as you asked,” Rainier said. “And confirmed what you already knew.”

    “Thanks.” Lucivar vanished the leather case and gave Rainier a sharp look. “Daemon should be at the Keep by now. He and I have something to discuss. Then he’ll be coming here to talk to you.”

    “Why? I haven’t done anything to annoy him.”

    “I know you haven’t,” Lucivar said.

    “I haven’t done anything either,” Surreal said primly.

    “Don’t push your luck. You, I’m not sure of.”

    She laughed, more to encourage him to leave than because she was amused.

    The moment he did leave, she leaned toward Rainier. “What’s going on? He’s been flying all over the valley and hasn’t been focused on any of the workouts except yours.”

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