Hello all you beautiful readers out there. I know it’s been wayyy too long since I last posted anything and I need to remedy that very soon. In fact, I wanted to let you know that I’ll be posting chapter 33 of Summer Solstice this weekend. Yes, you read that right. After a several month hiatus, I will be posting a brand new chapter in less than a week. As a gift for your patience, here’s an excerpt from the next chapter due out this weekend. My tentative posting dates for the next few chapters are:
Chapter 34 – September 12
Chapter 35 – October 3
Chapter 36 – TBA (final chapter, I believe)
Now, onto the excerpt…
The High King’s tone left no choice but to acquiesce to his command. Taking his beloved’s hand in his, Jareth led the way towards his father’s private study. Fagan watched them go, his mind a flurry of concern. He still wasn’t sure he understood what had happened here today. How could so much go wrong in so little time? Though he didn’t know the what, the why, or the how, he had a pretty good idea of the who. Turning to his cousin, he gave an accusatory glare.
Before he could give voice to his thoughts, he was interrupted by an angry Allison. “How dare you?”
Liam looked shell-shocked. “Huh?”
“You just couldn’t let them be happy, could you?” Allison shouted, her finger wagging in his face. The rosy hue of her cheeks grew darker with her rage.
“You can’t be insinuating that I had anything to do with this.”
“The hell I can’t!”
Liam began to feel angry, but tried desperately to keep his composure. It wouldn’t do to allow himself to become fodder for gossip. “Madame, I assure you that I had nothing to do with this. Perhaps you are blaming me simply because you don’t want to believe Sarah and Jareth to be capable of such a thing. I cannot speak for Sarah, but I am more than certain my cousin could and would.”
“You dare demean what they have with an accusation like that?” Allie ground out. She raised her hand to strike the man, unable to put her feelings into words.
Fagan took hold of her hand to stop her from doing something she could never take back. “Come with me, my love.” He turned to his cousin with a scathing look. “You stay away from us. Haven’t you done enough damage here today?”
Allowing him to guide her away from the scene, Allison gave one last glare to the man she held responsible for this whole mess. She made sure he knew that she would not forget what happened here today and would be closely watching his every move from here on out. Observing her conveyed message, Liam shuddered. He’d just made a powerful enemy and had no idea of what to do about it.
Before he could say or do anything else, he felt a stinging blow across his face. He looked up to see an angry Stephanie nursing her hand. “I can’t believe you. Just when I thought you might be a decent guy after all.”
“Stephanie, please, listen to me. I had nothing to do with this,” Liam denied.
“Go to hell!” she shouted. A tear traced the contours of her cheek as she ran from him.
Liam stood and stared at her retreating form. He suddenly felt the need to escape from this oppressive place. The whispers and stares all pointed towards the implication that he was involved in hurting their beloved Crown-Prince. Without another word, he left the great hall and went back to his place of solitude. Certainly, there must be some way out of this mess. He just needed some time to think.