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“How’s Priscilla?” I ask instead.
Cornelia shakes her head, her gaze fixed on the green book. I can’t see the title from here but the way she’s fixated on it, it could hold the answers to defeating Numina. “She’s mostly sleeping. She woke up once to eat and drink something, and she recognised me but—”
At the strangled quality of her voice, I slide from the seat and put my arms around her. I expect her to push me away or for fingernails to dig into my sides but she only holds onto me tightly. I wait for her to continue at her own pace.
“She asked for Fray instead of me,” she says through gritted teeth.
“Because you were there,” I say gently. “If you hadn’t been there, she’d have asked for you.”
“You don’t know that.”
I pause, thinking my words through. “If I woke up after going through what Priscilla did, I’d ask for Guy and Mavers. I’d ask for my brothers.”
She nods against my shoulder, the movement clipped. “I’d ask for Priscilla.”
“See? She’d have asked for you, I know, if you weren’t there.”
“Maybe you’re right.” She pulls away and savagely wipes her face to obliterate any evidence of tears.
When she lowers her hands, she’s composed, even if her eyes are red and her cheeks flushed. She takes a deep breath, then surprises me by saying, “Tell me what you need, Yasmin. Whatever I can do to help you get to the Otherland, ask me. I don’t care what the others say—they’re too worried about you to see clearly. You need to get to Pluto and you need to make that bargain; I see that even if they don’t.” She touches my arm fleetingly. “Priscilla needs me to stay here with her, and there’s absolutely no way I’m leaving her when she’s this sick, but you can ask me for anything else. You know I’ll do it.”
My eyes prick with tears. I almost hug her again but I know she won’t allow it now she’s in control of her emotions. Instead I nod, throat tight, and say, “I love you, Cornelia. I’m glad you’re my friend.”
Cornelia traces the grain in the nearest bookshelf, murmurs, “I love you too.”
I smile. “I have a sort-of-plan to get there. But there’s no way I can get anywhere with Guy and Fearne watching the Ward. I think my brother will know when I pass through—he’s expecting me to leave. He’ll be ready to stop me.”
“Yes,” Cornelia agrees, her mouth pursed. “I bet he will.”
“I might be able to get through at night, when Fearne’s asleep. She won’t be watching the Ward as closely as Guy, not for people leaving, just people trying to get in. I hope. I’m kind of pinning my one shot on that.”
She nods. “That seems safe to assume.”
“But Guy’s never gonna let me through, not even when he’s sleeping, and he hardly ever goes to bed lately.”
Cornelia rubs the bridge of her nose. “You want me to distract him.”
“I need you to distract him. The only problem is I don’t know how.”
She drops her hand, smirks. “I have an idea. I’ll steal his precious journal.”
“He doesn’t let it out of his sight, though.”
Cornelia pats my shoulder. “Don’t worry about that. I’m a skilled pickpocket. Just tell me when you plan to leave and I’ll make sure he’s not paying attention to the Ward.”
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Yasmin’s girlfriend is dead, but she will stop at nothing to bring Fray back. Even if that means going to the Otherland and making a bargain with the Ruler of All Souls. If Yasmin finds Pluto’s lost power, they’ll return Fray’s soul to her body.
Yasmin’s search takes her, and two of her friends, from Bucharest to France to Wales, and exposes a horrifying secret with Venus, Yasmin’s mother, at the heart of it. With a murderous, fiery god and the incarnation of death in her way, Yasmin will have to compromise her morals and harness the Legendary power in her veins. If she fails, Fray’s soul will be lost forever.