Outside The Manor:
"Christ! I am sorry, Caleb. I didn't realize... That is, I just didn't think..." Finally, Blake ceased his rambling and Caleb was given the chance to speak.
"Twice I have told you not to worry about it. You did not know of her ailment and that is a perfectly viable excuse. I have made some of my own very foolish mistakes with her during the past few days for the same reason. But, she seems to be a rather forgiving young woman. So don't let it bother you. Just be sure not to repeat the error."
"I just feel so damned responsible for ruining her day. Did you see her face?" He was staring up at the entrance to the manor. He felt terrible about offending her so. It was not like him to offend a woman right off. It usually took a few weeks at least.
Though earlier Blake had mentioned his distaste for women, he did not mean to insult such a young and pretty one. He rarely bungled so badly with women. He'd seen the wounded look in her eyes and it distressed him to know he'd been the cause.
"Of course I did," Caleb sighed. He felt sorry for Blake's mistake but, at the same time, he was equally grateful for it. It made him wonder how long Kyra would continue with this fa'ade of muteness if she was constantly reminded how much better it would be if she could speak. He couldn't know whether she was feigning the muteness or if it had been brought on by a deeper trauma. Still the fact remained, Kyra did have a voice.
Whether consciously or unconsciously, she was choosing to remaining silent for some mysterious reason. If she could be shown the benefits of speaking her thoughts aloud, perhaps she might finally come back to the vocal world. It gave him pause to think. Perhaps she only needed to be shown the key.
Once the thought entered his head, he could not seem to stop it. He could not help but wonder what would happen if he could prove to Kyra that she had a voice. If he could shove the evidence of it right under her nose, would she still deny having a voice? If she truly was unaware of her voice, it might come as a shock to her system. But, he was just so certain that she must have consciously been choosing to remain silent. How could she not know she had a voice, he wondered in disbelief. It just didn't seem possible.
Noting Blake's guilty face, he remarked, "This is an occasion to celebrate, my friend. Do not continue dwelling on it. Simply apologize to her when you see her in the future and forget it for now. Everything will work itself out in time." Hopefully toward our benefit, he wanted to add.
Still feeling like a heel, Blake nodded and walked up the steps to the entrance. He was certain he should make amends as soon as possible. But, he would take Caleb's suggestion and let the subject drop for a while. Perhaps when she cooled down, he would try and approach her again.
Watching Blake as he disappeared into the manor, Caleb could not help smiling. It was heartening to realize he might not have been the first to make such mistakes with Kyra. More than likely, this was a common error people made when meeting her for the first time. It was rare to find yourself confronted with the task of greeting someone who had no voice.
Done with the task of greeting guests, Caleb wondered if he should find Kyra to make certain she was all right. He knew she had been highly insulted at the reminder that she couldn't speak. When she had looked so hurt, he couldn't help feeling a bit sorry for her. He would much prefer to have seen her enjoy herself. If he could change what just happen, he would. But there was no hope for it.
For a moment he wondered if it might do him better to try handling her a little more delicately. Gaining her trust might be a first step in breaking though to her.
Upon entering the house, he motioned to a young servant girl. When she approached, he asked if she had seen his silent young resident. The serving girl immediately pointed to the dining room. She said Kyra was sitting with Cassandra.
A momentary frown covered his face as he crossed the hall to the dining room. She was sitting at a table beside Cass laughing over something the two were discussing. Seeing the smile on her face, he assumed that the episode with Blake was now forgotten.
Though he still had some reservations over Kyra becoming friends with Cassandra, he would let their socializing pass for now. Should anyone notice his overly protective nature surrounding Cassandra, her father would surely hear word of it. Then the rice would be flying and the rings exchanged before they could utter a word in protest. It would not do to give Anson Carrington such an easy excuse.
He would allow them some time together for now. He was going to speak to her about it again later, but for the time being he would attend to some business amongst his friends.
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