Julian Marrero személy
„I'm not saying I'm a good man,” Julian said. „But I don't want any of the things from you that bloke does. If I did, I'd tell you to stay away from me too. He won Caraval last time I played. Remember what I said about this game costing people? Even winning comes with a price, and his triumph cost him, a lot. My bet is he'll do anything to win the wish and try to get back everything he lost. If you think my moral compass is damaged, his doesn't exist.”
Julian's head fell back.
„No!” Beneath her hands, Scarlett felt his chest fall a final time.
„Julian. Julian. Julian!” She pressed her hands to his heart but nothing moved.
Scarlett didn't know how many times she repeated his name. She said it like a prayer. A plea. A whisper. A good-bye.
Not quite sure how far she'd already fallen, she imagined loving him would feel like falling in love with darkness, frightening and consuming yet utterly beautiful when the stars came out.
She remembered thinking falling for him would be like falling in love with darkness, but now she imagined he was more like a starry night: the constellations were always there, constant, magnificent guides against the ever-present black.
Inside the house, violin music, richer than the darkest chocolate, started playing. It seeped outside and whispered to Scarlett as Julian’s smile turned seductive, all shameless curves and immoral promises. An invitation to places that proper young ladies didn’t think about, let alone visit.
Merő erkölcstelenség volt, amit ez a mosoly ígért: olyan helyekre hívta Scarlettet, ahová decens úrilányok még gondolatban sem mernek ellátogatni, nemhogy tényleg odamenni – Scarlett inkább nem akarta elképzelni, miféle dolgokra lehet képes rávenni már lányokat.
– Ne nézz így rám – szólt a fiúra. – Énrám ez nem hat.
– Annál nagyobb élvezet – felelte pimaszul Julian.
Julian elhalgatott, és meleg barna szemeivel Scarlettre nézett, oly lágyan, amilyennek a lány még sohasem látta korábban a borostyánszín szempárt. Annyira nyílt volt a tekintete, mintha azt akarná, hogy Scarlett megláthasson benne valamit, amit nem szokott mások előtt felfedni.