I was fuming when she hit me, but as she carried on, I felt myself drawing back. You want me in my place? Fine. I let her slap me and yell at me and I just stood there like the bond-guard I was and when she curled up on the floor and cried I just stood there and looked at the wall. I didn’t move as she sniffled her way to her bed and blew out the lantern and I slept on my feet that night because she had never said I could go to bed.
I only half-slept as the sun came up and Alexandria didn’t stir until noon. She had her maid bring her some food and then went back to sleep. I couldn't tell if the maid intentionally gave Alexandria much more food than she'd eat, or if it just happened that way, but Alexandria ate only a small part of the meal the maid brought up. The rest, I neatly polished off after Alexandria had fallen back asleep. It was the first food I'd had since the