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He wished he’d thought to forbid him. After the trouble caused by their sister Muriel’s abduction, he’d assumed Torquil would know better. But he should have anticipated something when the negotiations fell through, and Nicolson announced a betrothal between his daughter and MacDougall’s son instead. Hell. MacDougall would have to be recompensed, and knowing the greedy bastard, it was going to cost him. Tor tossed the balled letter into the fire in the middle of the hall and dismissed the clerk with a curt wave of his hand.

No, Father. I’ll do it. ” Her father looked back and forth between the two girls, appraising them as if they were two horses at market. For once he seemed pleased with what he saw. ” Without another word he turned on his heel and left the room, leaving both girls reeling in his wake. Christina grabbed the wooden bedpost to steady herself. Beatrix was still plastered to her brother’s side like a floppy poppet of rags. Alex stroked her head as she wept softly against his shoulder. Over their sister’s veiled head, their eyes met.

Could he completely abandon the knightly ideals of the past to wage a new kind of war—one antithetical to everything he’d learned since boyhood? To win, he could. In any event, he needed to be ready. And there was no doubt in his mind that with such an army he’d be better prepared. “I am. Bringing these men together won’t be easy, but do whatever you must to see it done. ” Lamberton met his gaze, both men sobered by the long road that stretched out before them. A road shrouded in the mist with an uncertain end.

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