Daily Prompt: across

From Protector of the Grey House:

“Continue with the plan.” Her hand reached out tentatively. Even with their bodies touching she wasn’t sure she wanted to initiate contact. When her trembling fingers skated across his neck, he moved his hand to intercept hers, and placed both on his neck.

“Do you not want to touch me?”

“I’m not sure.”

“Do you feel guilty?”

“I’m not sure how I feel. He enjoys touching his enemy’s woman.”

Vincent pulled her closer, and tried to take the pain out of her eyes. Were he human, his heart would have skipped a beat. “He remembers you from Edwin’s?”

She nodded against his shoulder. “What does Anthony think of all this?”

Vincent gave a small, soft laugh. “He took it all in stride. He thought you hypnotized me.”

“Julia thought you did too. I laughed when she said it.”

A small laugh escaped them both, but died quickly. Vincent caressed her back as he spoke. “I’m surprised you didn’t reveal the truth with an audience.”

“If only House LeGris had been gathered, I would have humiliated him. They would have teased him mercilessly, but it would never have left these walls.”

“That was kind of you.”

“I didn’t feel like being smug about this. None of this makes me feel good.”

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