Kalei looked up from her maps and got up on her feet when she heard them coming. She was tense to stand before the traitor once again. The door opened and Queen Lacriel marched into the library, Thanael following her. Prison and war had not done well on him. His eyes were lined by dark circles in a pale, thin face, his bare feet and the too wide shirt hanging loosely around his ribs gave an idea of how much weight he had lost. But he stood there all calm and unimpressed, giving Kalei a short nod for greeting.
Kalei rightaway ignored him and smiled at the Queen instead. "Don't worry, Kalei", Lacriel said. "He will behave."
A glare over to Thanael who confirmed dryly: "Of course I will behave, I'm not a savage."
Lacriel smiled on that. "We shall see. If you are, you'll go back to your cage. Kalei, I rely on you. One word, and I'll free you from his company", she promised. Kalei nodded, somewhat relieved. Lacriel knew she was telepathic; she would not make her endure Thanael's cruelty eve