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 It was my fault. I put the- Rhys attempted to come to my aid, but
Elora cut him off.
 I don t care what you were doing! Do you have any idea how
inappropriate this behavior is? Her eyes narrowed on Rhys, and he shrunk
back even more.  Rhys, you knew this was completely unacceptable. I can t
even begin to imagine what you were thinking, and frankly, I don t even care!
She rubbed her temples as if this were giving her a headache, and Finn gave her
a concerned look.  I don t even want to deal you. Get ready for school, and get
out of my sight!
 Yes, ma am, Rhys nodded.  Sorry.
 As for you- Elora pointed a finger at me but couldn t find the words
to finish. She just looked so disappointed and disgusted with me.  I don t care
how you were raised before you came here, you still know what kind of
behavior is ladylike and what isn t.
 I wasn t- I started, but she held up her hand to silence me.
 But to be honest, Finn, you disappoint me the most. She had
stopped yelling, and when she looked at Finn, she just sounded tired. He
dropped his head in shame, and she shook her head.  I can t believe you
allowed this to happen. You are supposed to be educating her in the ways of
Trylle and watching her. You know you need to keep your eyes on her at all
times.
 I know. I won t let it happen again. Finn bowed apologetically to her.
 I do not want to see any of you for the rest of the day. She held her
hands up, like she was done with the lot of us, and then shook her head and
turned out of her room.
 I am so sorry, Rhys apologized emphatically, his cheeks red with
shame, and somehow, that only made him look cuter.
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Not that I was really paying attention to how he looked just then. My
stomach had twisted in knots, and I was thankful that I hadn t started to cry. I
turned to Rhys to apologize as well, but Finn cut me off.
 You need to get ready for school, Finn snapped, and he was almost
glaring at Rhys. Then he pointed to the hall and turned to me.  You. Out.
Now.
 Jeez, I grumbled but did as I was told.
I had to sneak past him on my way out the door, and normally, I loved
that but not today. My heart pounded erratically, but none of it was happy. Finn
tried to keep his face expressionless, but tension and anger radiated from his
body. I slunk across the hall to my room, and Finn barked something at Rhys
about behaving himself.
 Where are you going? Finn demanded when I opened my bedroom
door. He had just emerged from Rhys s room and slammed the door behind
him, making me jump.
 To my room? I pointed at my room and looked confused.
 No. You need to come to my room with me, Finn said.
 What? Why? I asked.
A very small part of me felt excited about the prospect of going to his
room with him. That sounded like the start of a fantasy I might have, but the
way he was looking at me now, I was afraid he might kill me once we were
inside the privacy of his room.
 I need to get ready for the day, and I can t very well let you out of my
sight, can I? Finn had a heavy irritated undercurrent to his words. I just
noticed that he was wearing pajama pants and a tee shirt, and his dark hair
wasn t as sleek as it normally was. He had just woken up, too.
 Yeah, sorry. I nodded meekly and walked with him to his room. He
was walking fast and pissed off, and I fell about a step or two behind.  I really
am sorry, you know. I didn t mean to fall asleep there. We were just watching
movies, and it got late. If I had known it would be like this, I would ve made
sure to be in my room.
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 You should ve known, Wendy! Finn exclaimed, exasperated.  You
should know that your actions have consequences and the things you do
matter!
 I am sorry! I repeated, feeling tears sting the back of my eyes.
 Yesterday was so boring and I just wanted to do something.
 Wendy! Finn whirled on me suddenly, startling me so I took a step
backwards. My back hit the wall behind me, but he stepped closer to me.
Putting one arm on the side of me, his face was only a few inches from mine,
and his dark eyes blazed. Somehow, his voice was calm and even.  You know
how it looks when a girl spends the night alone with a boy. I know you
understand that. But it is so much worse when a Princess spends the night alone
with a mnsklig. It could put everything in jeopardy.
 I-I don t know that means, I fumbled.
Finn stayed there, glaring at me for another painful minute, then sighed
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