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Yet I’m not likely to be in a portray with him. ” “He is especially strong. ” “You needs to think me, Pieter. ” “He is especially powerful,” he repeated, “and you're yet a maid. Who do you're thinking that will win that around of playing cards? ” “You imagine i'm going to develop into just like the maid within the crimson gown. ” “Only in case you drink his wine. ” Pieter gazed at me levelly. “My grasp doesn't are looking to paint me with van Ruijven,” I stated reluctantly after a second. I had now not desired to point out him. “That’s reliable. I don’t wish him to color you both. ” i ended and closed my eyes. The shut animal odor used to be starting to make me believe faint. “You’re getting stuck the place you mustn't be, Griet,” Pieter acknowledged extra kindly. “Theirs isn't really your global. ” I opened my eyes and took a step again from him. “I got here the following to provide an explanation for that the rumor is fake, to not be accused by way of you. Now I’m sorry I afflicted. ” “Don’t be. I do think you. ” He sighed. “But you've gotten little energy over what occurs to you. absolutely you'll discover that? ” whilst i didn't solution he additional, “If your grasp did are looking to paint an image of you and van Ruijven, do you actually imagine you'll say no? ” It was once a question I had requested myself yet came across no resolution to. “Thank you for reminding me of ways helpless I am,” I answered tartly. “You wouldn’t be, with me. we might run our personal company, earn our personal funds, rule our personal lives. Isn’t that what you will have? ” I checked out him, at his brilliant blue eyes, his yellow curls, his keen face. i used to be a idiot even to hesitate. “I didn’t come right here to speak about this. I’m too younger but. ” I used the outdated excuse. sometime i might be too previous to take advantage of it. “I by no means recognize what you’re considering, Griet,” he attempted back. “You’re so calm and quiet, you by no means say. yet there are issues within you. I see them occasionally, hiding on your eyes. ” I smoothed my cap, checking with my hands for stray hairs. “All I suggest to assert is that there's no painting,” I declared, ignoring what he had simply acknowledged. “Maria Thins has promised me. yet you’re to not inform somebody. in the event that they communicate to you of me out there, say not anything. Don’t attempt to protect me. in a different way van Ruijven could listen and your phrases will paintings opposed to us. ” Pieter nodded unhappily and kicked at a bit soiled straw. he'll no longer continuously be so average, i assumed. at some point he'll hand over. To present him for his reasonableness, I allow him take me right into a area among homes off the Beast industry and run his palms down my physique, cupping them the place there have been curves. i attempted to enjoy it, yet i used to be nonetheless feeling ailing from the animal odor. no matter what I stated to Pieter the son, i personally didn't suppose reassured via Maria Thins’ promise to maintain me out of the portray. She used to be an impressive girl, astute in enterprise, definite of her position, yet she was once no longer van Ruijven. i didn't see how they can refuse him what he sought after. He had sought after a portray of his spouse having a look at once on the painter, and my grasp had made it. He had sought after a portray of the maid within the crimson gown, and had obtained that. If he sought after me, why should still he now not get me?