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SPELLS
by Aprilynne Pike

Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult

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“Maybe you’re right,” he said softly, “but that’s just the way it is. It’s the way it’s always been. The Spring faeries serve Avalon. We’re happy to serve,” he added a touch of pride coloring his tone. “I’m happy to serve,” he finished. “It’s not like we’re slaves.

I’m a completely free faerie. Once my duties are done, I can do what I want and go where I please.”

“Are you free?” Laurel asked.

“I am.”

“How free?”

“As free as I want to be,” he replied a little hotly.

“Are you free to walk beside me?”

He was silent.

“Are you free to be anything more than a friend to me? If,” and she stressed if heavily, “I ever decided to live in Avalon and I wanted to be with you, would you be free enough to do that?”
He looked away and Laurel could tell he’d been avoiding a conversation like this.

“Well?” she insisted.

“If you wanted it,” he finally said.

“If I wanted it?”

He nodded. “I’m not allowed to ask. You would have to ask me.”

Her breath caught in her chest and Tamani looked at her.

“Why do you think David bothers me so much?”

Laurel looked down at her lap.

“I can’t just storm in and proclaim my intentions. I can’t ‘steal’ you away. I just
have to wait, and hope that someday, you’ll ask.”

“And if I don’t,” Laurel said, her voice barely above a whisper.

“Then I guess I’ll be waiting forever.”