“I’m not worried. Besides, Rashid is king now. I can say what I wish.”
“I didn’t give him much choice, I’m afraid.” He ran his hands down her arms and bent to meet her gaze again. “We are not finished yet. I’m waiting for you to admit you love me.”
Fear was a palpable thing in her chest. “What happens in six months? A year?”
“I have no idea, but I know that whatever it is, it will happen with you at my side.”
He sounded so certain, so confident, but how did he know?
“If I left you now, you’d get over it.”
“Eventually.” He sighed and took a step back. “Emily, all I want is your happiness. If leaving me is what will make you happy, then I’ll grant you the divorce. But I have no fear about the strength of our love, if you will only admit the way you feel.”
“You aren’t worried I’ll leave you in six months? Or twenty years?”
“No.” He spread his arms and flourished his palms as if showcasing the merchandise. “Six days with all this and you will be incapable of ever looking at another man.”
Emily couldn’t help but laugh, in spite of the fear still gripping her heart. “You’re incorrigible, Kadir.”
“I believe delightful is the word you are looking for.”
Something gave way in her heart then, some last little lock that was holding tight to her fear and pain and binding her in chains of unhappiness. And when it did, when her heart could finally beat again, the feelings swelling inside it were all for this man. Her love was bright and hot and true and she knew it would last.
Just as his would last for her.
“Yes,” she said softly, “I think that is the word.”
Kadir dragged her into his arms and kissed her hard. “You are mine,” he growled when he finally let her breathe again. “Mine forever.”
“And you are mine.”
“This is a deal I’ll happily accept.”
They kissed under the moonlight until Kadir swept her into his arms. Emily wrapped her arms around his neck, giddy with love and excitement and sheer joy as her gorgeous sheikh strode into the palace and up to their suite of rooms.
Then he set her down, stripped her slowly and spent the rest of the night showing her just how delightful—and incorrigible—he could be.