"I don't see what could have brought it on," she said, insisting. "I have never seen my father under pressure. He isn't afraid of anything."
"We are all afraid of something, Miss Irvine," he said in a quiet voice, his cool gaze flickering over her. "Some of us are just better at hiding it than others."
His words unlocked a kernel of fear. When he was gone she felt it growing inside her, winding cold tendrils round her ribs, and letting an agony of sadness seep into the edges of her exhaustion.
Reprinted by arrangement with Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, a member of Penguin Group(USA) Inc., from The Fever Tree by Jennifer McVeigh. Copyright © 2013 by Jennifer McVeigh.
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