The Castle Karlstadt – Excerpt 26

The Castle Karlstadt – Excerpt 26

  ‘I had you in my sights, young lady! ‘ I stated, ‘ I almost shot you, whatever were you thinking?’ she could see that I was annoyed with her. ‘I’m sorry, please don’t be annoyed with me, I was restless and thought that I could keep you company for a little while,’ she replied apologetically.

‘I’ll be glad of the company, if you are here with me I know that I can keep you out of harms way, wrap yourself up in my greatcoat, keep snug and warm’ I said. ‘And you think that it is important, that I be kept safe?’ she asked and smiled at me coquettishly, I got the distinct feeling that I was being teased.

To think that I thought her naïve and childlike, I’m certain that I am the naïve one in this partnership, I think she can read my mind. ‘Yes, your safety is of importance to me, I thought you were aware of that fact’ I said solemnly, trying hard not to let my feelings show.

‘So, you finally admit that you have feelings for me?’ she enquired grinning. ‘Yes! Damn you, yes’ I said pulling her in to my arms and kissing her gently on the lips, To my surprise she returned my kiss with interest, obviously she has feelings for me too. Maybe this expedition will end happily after all.

After a few more embraces, Karina excused herself and returned to join the rest of the party. I sat there lost in thought. Karina had given me an awful lot to think about. Would she become my wife? Would she return to England with me?

(C) Damian Grange 2019

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