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A Lick of Frost (Merry Gentry #6)(51)

By:Laurell K. Hamilton

I’d survive tonight. I even knew I was trying to think of anything, everything, to keep from dwelling on what Taranis had done, and the fact that Frost wasn’t going to be waiting for me at the hospital. I was finally pregnant, and I couldn’t be happy about it. For political reasons the rape kit coming back positive would be good. It meant we owned Taranis. But for my own reasons, I hoped he’d lied. I hoped he hadn’t had his way with me while I was unconscious. Had his way with me, nice euphemism. I hoped he hadn’t raped me while I was unconscious. I hoped he hadn’t raped me while I bled into my skull from the blow he had dealt me.
I started to cry, hopelessly, helplessly. Doyle bent over me, whispering my name and that he loved me.
I buried my hand in the warmth of his hair, drew him close so I could breathe in the scent of his skin. I buried myself in the feel and smell of his body, and wept.
I had won the race to sit on the throne of the Unseelie Court, and it was bitter ashes on my tongue.