Barbara went on. ‘He hates me. I know he does. I was stupid. Trying to fight… the way I felt.’
I wonder neither of them could hear my heart pounding. Was I hearing things properly? There was another long silence and I hardly dared to breathe.
'I don't know about these things,' said Kristas slowly, 'but I know that time is never wasted, Barbara. You and he have been forced together, a bond has been created. Let time test both your feelings.' He picked up a branch and began snapping little pieces off it and throwing them away. 'Mind you, I'm speaking from my knowledge, my little knowledge,' he added with a smile, 'of you as a person. My own ways are simple and direct. There was a girl I sat next to at the feast tonight. Salthyana was her name. I will tell her tomorrow that I wish her to stay at my side for the rest of our lives, but that,' he ended seriously, 'would be too direct for you I suppose.
Barbara said ‘Yes,’ very softly and added, ‘Besides, the man asks the woman if she is willing.’