"I will make sure your mother and sister are well taken care of. Tell me, have you ever loved anyone else?"
Arsenios flexed his battle weary and calloused fingers through the sitting young male's hair.
Arsenios gently unplaited the braid wrapped around the young man's head, allowing his shaggy oak brown locks to fall in his face.
"Look at me, dear youth. You are too beautiful to keep your gaze downcast."
Even before the knock on the front door, twenty-three-year-old Sophie could already sense who had paid her a visit at the moment. She opened the door, and her uncle and aunt appeared. The two of them wore their usual lavish attire, Aunt Martina with her black sleeveless dress and Uncle Joaquin with his casual black coat and tie. Sophie spotted the silver-colored vase, sealed shut with its own lid, that Uncle Joaquin held in his hands.
Sophie gave a little smile. "I hope they didn
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