From Protector of the Grey House:
Joseph said nothing as Vincent turned his attention back to the desk. He pulled open the drawer he had unlocked and pulled out a flat red velvet box. He looked down at the box, then presented it to Joseph.
“I suppose this won’t make any sense to you or Mierka.” His stoic expression was broken by a glint of trepidation in his eyes. Joseph saw the odd look and wondered about it and the statement. Though the head vampire asked for Joseph’s opinion on a regular basis, he never acted as if it mattered. Curiosity filled him as he placed his glass on the desk, took the jewelry case, and opened it slowly.