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Taking a deep breath, I stretched out my arm and rested my hand on his shoulder, reassuring myself that everything was okay. Still, images from the nightmare came rushing back. I’d started dreaming about Mihaela back in Pennsylvania, and those dreams had become more frequent since I married Lucius and moved to Romania. Everything in his home—our home—seemed so big sometimes. Lucius slept on his side, facing away from me, and I pressed myself close to his back, feeling the coolness of his body. Against my fingertips, I could feel another deep scar—an X on his palm that marked him as mine, cut into his flesh at our marriage ceremony—and his wedding band on his left hand. The one he’d used to wield the stake when he’d held me in a very different way, in that same castle, not too many months before.
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My husband seemed to sense that I was getting very nervous, and he shifted his eyes just long enough to remind me, “Don’t freak out, Jess. It’s part of our duties.”Well, Lucius had never used the phrase “freak out,” but we had discussed how my new responsibilities included handing down justice, and sometimes sentences of—“Let the accused come forward.” I jumped as Lucius’s commanding baritone suddenly echoed off the walls, and turned with a sinking heart to see that we had been joined by a vampire who stood at the back of the room, hands shackled and head hanging low. Fingers gripping my chair, I finally forced myself to face Dumitru Vladescu, who raised his head, so I could see his dark, terrified eyes, because if he was found guilty . I wasn’t sure what the verdict on the prisoner would be, but I had never felt so guilty as when I left that room, letting down not just my husband, but the first friend I’d made in Romania. I didn’t make a very strong effort to attend the trial, either. ”At least, he’d acted fine, which was what really counted. The silk nightgown I’d changed into—in a desperate attempt to make everyone believe I really was ill—kept making my butt slip off the leather seat, and when I shoved back, my feet dangled, so I felt even more like a kid playing at being a princess. At least one Dragomir—Mihaela—never shied away from a trial. “I guess there’s nothing I can do now except try to redeem myself at tomorrow’s meeting with the Elders,” I said, looking glumly at a huge ledger that was open on my desk.
Lucius’s stake, which he used to destroy his uncle—and which he’d once nearly used to—“No! ”Thrashing, fighting off something that seemed to press against my chest, I struggled to sit up and opened my eyes to see firelight flickering against stone, and for a second I wasn’t sure where I was. They led me to believe that castles were filled with rainbows and cupcakes and pastel-pink furniture. If Lucius is tense, how can I even imagine handling this? ”I wasn’t even sure I’d cried out loud, but the squeal of my chair as I jumped up probably drowned out my voice anyway. My cousin Ylenia Dragomir, eighteen, like me, small and wearing black, sat alone in a corner, blending into the shadows as if she didn’t want anyone to see her face while she heard the story of her dad’s murder recounted in detail. I pushed myself upright in my huge office chair, which had once belonged to my birth mom.
He must have realized I’d spotted him, because he shifted a little, like he was deciding whether to leave. It had never struck me how vulnerable I’d been all those mornings I’d waited out there alone, but the realization hit me hard then. Why couldn’t I own a car, like practically every other senior? In the precious split second I wasted being angry at my father, the stranger really did move in my direction, stepping out from under the tree, and I could have sworn—just as the bus, thank god, crested the rise about fifty yards down the road—I could have sworn I heard him say, "Antanasia." My old name .
But no, I had to "share the ride" to save the environment.