By Rosemary Edghill
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No one of the Great Houses may have more than two in its keeping for the same cause; should such a thing fall out through death or wedding, the present guardian of the Treasure must find someone willing to guard that which he has guarded. " ("Excuse me, Melior, but that really doesn't explain how you came to be mugged on 116th Street," Naomi said. Melior nodded. ") "Be such things as they will-the Treasures are twelve and in the wardship of the Seven Houses of the Twilight, and the particular care of Line Rohannan of the House of the Silver Silences is the Sword.
She crouched and leaned forward, shying away from touching him for fear of hurting him further. Her heart hammered with near-exposure to violence. But at least he was alive. He rolled over on his back then, moaning, and with the improved angle and visibility Ruth could see that his skin was not only fair, but albino-fair. He wore a belt and baldric of silver-studded leather, luxurious and theatrical. His ears were pointed. Good makeup, but not period costume, Ruth was thinking, when he opened his eyes.
Why don't you come back to my apartment? You can at least get cleaned up. " He looked pleased, but not surprisedand more relieved than pleased, as if good manners would have kept him from asking for what he desperately hoped for. "Ruth," said Ruth steadily. And besides, she could always hit him with one of Naomi's shinai. " He hesitated over the name, as if there had been going to be more. "Melior," he repeated firmly. He shook his head and winced. " Ruth, belatedly awakening to the fact that where there had been muggers there could still be muggers, glanced up and down the hill.
The Empty Crown by Rosemary Edghill