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"Antanasia, we both know that the law is clear. I will be detained. And although you are growing into your role"-Yeah, right-"you will need protection," he said. "More than Emilian can offer." His gaze flicked to Raniero, who was slouching, hands in his pockets again. "I trust Raniero to watch over you."
I was terrified at the thought that Lucius might actually be jailed. But as I looked at Raniero, I almost laughed. He was going to guard me? Because he was less terrible than the taco on his shirt.
Then I thought of the retired stake, and my eyes tried to trace his strange tattoos in the gloom. There was something there... and maybe some method to Lucius's madness.
~From Jessica Rules the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey
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