Giving Reason

a "Forever Knight" drabble for myystic in the Yuletide 07 Challenge

by Amy L. Hull

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Nicholas' rants came more frequently and his words were bitterer every day.

Janette was exhausting herself trying to soothe him, to circumvent the inevitable fights.

After six weeks of rows across three countries, LaCroix grew silent, rebuffing every overture of war or peace from either of them, watching.

After three more weeks in Sauvignon, LaCroix left the corpse of the debutante on whom Nick most doted as a gift in his bed.

"It gives him reason to leave," he murmured into Janette's hair as she watched Nick ride away. "When he returns, he will be ever so much more pleasant."