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The Night Prince - Chapter 20Chapter Twenty
In Which Something Unfortunate Happens To Margaret
Unsurprisingly, Lucia slept in a little late. By the time she opened her eyes, it was already light out and there would be bloody hell to pay if Claudette had anything to say about it. Lucia mumbled something to the angels, threw on her maid's uniform, and hurried downstairs.
She arrived at the kitchen in time to hear angry voices shouting. John and Claudette had locked horns in some awful sort of dispute, while occasionally, an uncharacteristically meek word of protest could be heard from Margaret. Lucia peeked into the kitchen to see John standing nose to nose with Claudette. He had drawn himself up to his full height and was wearing the expression of a snarling beast. Lucia found it rather shocking; such an expression could not have possibly belonged on the face of her usually placid friend.
"You're being unreasonable!" He bellowed.
Although Lucia might have been
The Night Prince - Chapter 19Chapter Nineteen
In Which Prince Julian Acts Toward Lucia In A Way That She Did Not Expect
The silence that hung in the air in that hidden chamber was louder than any music that had ever been played. Julian's eyes, deep set and half hidden by the shadows, looked Lucia up and down. He acknowledged something about her that he seemed to find mildly amusing, judging by the slight smirk that appeared on his face.
"I am assuming that you must be the new maid," he said, at long last.
Lucia looked down at herself and remembered that she was still wearing her uniform. She looked back up at Julian and nodded. Once again, she found herself taking in all the details of his appearance, studying him as if he were some sort of rare bird. She briefly felt somewhat guilty about this awkward treatment, but then she remembered that he had just done the same to her. Not really wanting to draw the potentially embarrassing moment out for any longer, she decided to take her leave.
"I'm sorry for
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