A tear trailed down her cheek, trembled at her chin, and fell. “It wasn’t supposed to be like this. I wasn’t supposed to love you.”
She felt Lucas stiffen, his hold on the knife faltering, but he stayed silent. Her body trembled, her breathing ragged, she fought for control. I deserve this, she thought, and closed her eyes.
Lucas slowly lowered the knife, not trusting his hand to be still any longer, and tucked it away in his belt. He watched Ari’s face. Normally so expressive, now it gave nothing away except her tears, which continued down her flushed cheeks. He had expected a lot of things when he’d thought about this, but not love. Not her loving him, at least. His heart fluttered and before he could steel himself, he reached up to cup her cheek and wiped her tears away with his hands.
Arabelle’s eyes snapped open, searching Lucas’s face for a hint of his thoughts. His body loosened, the tension visibly leaving his shoulders and face, and a hesitant smile appeared. Still looking in her eyes, he leaned in to brush her lips with his.
“I had to know for sure.”