Kieran's jaw tightened. "You have to deal with me at least in passing, Julia. As the Kithrayn of my House. Unless you're going to kill me to pass the mantle to another."
"Don't tempt me."
He laughed, then realized that she was fairly serious. "Julia - what have I done to you?"
She threw her hands up in the air, whirling to face him. "You're - you're broadcasting at me all the damn time -"
"I'm shielding -"
"Shut up! You asked me a question. Let me fucking answer it!"
He sat down, trying his hardest not to glare. Capri cast him a worried look from across the room. Sorry, Kip.
"It doesn't matter that you're shielding. You can't shield enough. Not with the soulbond. And not with - not with me being what I am. So all day - all goddamn day, every day, you're pining after me, and you're pursuing me, and you're loving your Lishaya-on-a-pedestal, and you're forcing all of that on me. I don't want it. I don't want you. I can't fucking stand it."
Capri shifted in her seat. "Kieran, maybe if you stayed away from meetings for a little while, gave her some space?"
Julia held up a warning hand in Capri's direction. "Capri, I love you, but this is between me and him, not you..."
Capri stilled. "You - what?"
Julia drew back, pale, shields slamming up. "I - that wasn't - I didn't mean to say that. That wasn't supposed to come out like that."
"But - before you shielded. I felt truth behind it. Am I right?"
Julia sighed, biting her bottom lip. "Yeah. I'm - I'm sorry that this was how it came out."
Capri grinned. "I love you, too."
"Yeah. I know."
"What! You've been practically saying it out loud for weeks now."
"I just didn't want to scare you."
"You don't scare me," Julia said softly. "You know me."
Capri looked over at Kieran. "Kier? This would be a great time for giving Julia some space."
Julia's a volatile girl. Capri's grinning because that's pretty much how she expected to be told, if she was ever so lucky as to be loved by Julia. I can totally see her going "squee!"
La la la, pretty girls in love...