“I suppose it would have, to be honest. So what exactly have you found out? Something about slavery,” she said, her voice breaking slightly on the final word.
She turned around again so he wouldn’t be able to see her face, but she realised she was sat in front of a mirror and that he could see it anyway. She didn’t want to turn back around so she made no effort to hide her tears as she went back to curling her hair.
“Are you sure you want to talk about this?” Jay asked quietly.
“What did you find?” she asked again, more firmly this time.
“Well, the Dimension is a world of spies, assassins and slaves. Daniel used his old connections to spread word around the backstreets that we were looking for information about Robert. Gossip was still buzzing about the auction. We found an imp who was at the auction and was outbid. He couldn’t tell us who actually won though.”
“Couldn’t or wouldn’t?”
“Couldn’t,” Jay confirmed, the look in his eyes telling her they’d gone past regular interrogation methods for the information. Beth suppressed a shudder.
“Is there any way to find out who did win?” she asked, surprised by how calm she was as she talked about this.
“Well, all we can do is keep looking for people who were there. It must have been ones of the lords or ladies, someone who would have the kind of money people were bidding.”
“So it was a lot?”
“More than a ‘lot’. More than you can imagine.”
Beth nodded slowly and sat in silence as she did her hair.
“What would you be willing to do to get Robert back?” he asked after a while.
“Anything,” she replied immediately.
“Anything?” he asked, raising an eyebrow.
“That’s good to know,” he said thoughtfully.
“You have an idea?” she asked, hoping he did.
He didn’t reply, seeming lost in thought. When he snapped back to the real world, he said, “I see you’re still wearing the ring.”
“Of course. Should I not?” she challenged. She hadn’t missed that he hadn’t answered her original question.
“I never said that.” He watched her for a moment. “Robert wouldn’t like the way it’s so loose on your finger.”
“Well, the faster we can find him, the sooner it will be that he can tell me off.”
Jay smiled slightly, in a melancholy way. “You sound so much like him when you say that.”
“I miss him so much,” she whispered, admitting it for the first time.
“We all do, Beth. You more than most though, I’m sure.”
“I lie in bed at night, just remembering all the things he’s ever said to me. When I first met him, he was so cold; I never expected to fall in love with him.”
“He’s never wanted to have a family before. There were only a select few women that he actually liked. Still are. But with you... When he first came here last September, he noticed that Alejandro had a new girl, and he found it laughable. He watched you, you know? For months before he made his presence known. You intrigued him, from the very beginning.”