Ugh, I hope I never see that dreadful woman again. To think that she can manipulate me so? She will see who truly has power in this town.
Ever since she was able to push me out of her dreams — that charm of Underby’s, plus whatever Footman did inside her brain — she has been smug and smarmy and snide.
To me! I am the one who should be smug and smarmy and snide!
I encountered her speaking with Malus in Harvey’s cafe, so naturally I approached. He left quickly. Coward. He knows it’s been me, and he simply cannot face me anymore, lest he allow a crack in his facade through which I will have him again.
I thought I spoke congenially to her. As much as I could muster it. I even told her I had no intention of draining her soul. I thought she would appreciate that.
Then she touched my nose. She’s recently acquired a mare herself, and oh she learns quickly, that Macbain. You know that spot on the nose, where if you touch it, the horse becomes docile?
She had the nerve. And I must tell you, I thought I was over any thought of a feeling for her, but at that moment, there might have been a flicker…
She had the gall to lay guilt upon me! “Just one of your nightmares hurt me more than Underby or Pip ever did.”
Remorse? Bah. I will have the upper hand here, I tell you.
Those who dare sleep tonight in the City of New Babbage, you will be haunted in a swath of night terrors unlike any that has ever been seen.
And you all can blame her.