He had seen her naked beforeknew exactly how
she looked unclothedher slender waist, small, full breasts,
delicately muscled limbs. He could see her, in his mind's eye,
whenever he wantedwhenever he allowed himself the guilty
But nothing had prepared him for the shock of finding her, crouching
behind a spur of rock, naked and shivering with fear.
She looked so small.
He tore off his cloak and draped it over her, carefully hiding
her body as he scooped her into his arms. "You are safe now,
my lady," he whispered. "Safe."