The other bedroom was musty. It was at the opposite end of the house from the master bedroom, the only other occupied room. Well after midnight there were footsteps in the hallway and the door opened a little.
"Are you awake?"
"I couldn't sleep," came the answer immediately.
"Ah. May I join you?"
"She'll miss you," reluctantly.
"She'll have to adapt to that."
There was no resistance possible to the beseeching tone, however late the hour or inappropriate the request. Aurelie woke alone in her marriage bed; Daniel and Aimery woke in each other's arms, perfectly content.
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