Mirror, Mirror [NOOK Book]

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Twins Matthias and Jakob couldn't be more different. Jakob is a happy-go-lucky man who loves to play. His brother Matthias believes in abstinence and books, studying to become a monk. When they head off to supply for a local festival, they meet Gustav, who's like no one they've ever met. Gustav has more in mind than just teaching when he finds the twins. He wants them for his own, and he convinced Jakob to spend a winter with him. Jakob gets Matthias to come along, and on the way Gustav gives them more ...
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Mirror, Mirror

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Overview

Twins Matthias and Jakob couldn't be more different. Jakob is a happy-go-lucky man who loves to play. His brother Matthias believes in abstinence and books, studying to become a monk. When they head off to supply for a local festival, they meet Gustav, who's like no one they've ever met. Gustav has more in mind than just teaching when he finds the twins. He wants them for his own, and he convinced Jakob to spend a winter with him. Jakob gets Matthias to come along, and on the way Gustav gives them more experiences than they've ever dreamed of. Can they survive his lessons?
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940000130636
  • Publisher: Torquere Press
  • Publication date: 1/26/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 742,474
  • File size: 221 KB

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Chapter One

Apples and pears and a handful of almonds and a flask of wine.

The list was simple, straightforward, printed in his own square hand on paper--real paper. Brother Stephen had given it to him--a scrap from one of the manuscripts, just a corner, but real paper nonetheless. And if Matthias had written and smudged out the list and written again until the paper was worn thin? Well, no one would know.

"Matthias! Are you still carrying that rag about? Shouldn't you go to the monks, ask for another? Perhaps, if you kissed him, that fat monk would give you a whole sheet..."

"Jakob!" He glared at his twin, careful to step between the carriage tracks, not muss his soft shoes. "You should not malign the Lord's servants so. I intend to become one, some day."

"You wouldn't! They would steal the light from your eyes, cut your hair, take you away from me." Jakob touched and tugged and teased, pulling Matthias' long, pale tail, which matched his brother's.

"Jakob! Ouch! Stop it! We have to go to the market for Marta. The holiday festival is upon us. I won't have any distractions."

"Are you saying I'm a distraction, Matthias? That perhaps you are not immune to my charms?"

"You have been a distraction since before I was born." He frowned into those pale, laughing eyes. "And keep your charms to yourself. I have a list."

"I too have a list," said a voice from behind him.

They stopped and turned as one, Jakob a heartbeat before him.

The man was tall, dark and light together. Long, black hair crowned a face with sharp, striking features, paler than any he knew.

A stranger.

Here.

How very distressing.

"The market isdown the path here, past the fishmongers. You cannot miss it."

Strangers were bad.

"I am not convinced that what I am looking for can be found in the market." The man had an accent. Most definitely a stranger.

"That is a sh..."

"What are you looking for, perhaps we can help." Jakob was smiling, eyes like peridots in the sun, interrupting him as if he had not spoken.

"Jakob! The holiday approaches. We have no time." His words were a low hiss, his hands reaching to pull at his twin. Strange spirits appeared on the eve of the harvest moon. One could not trust them.

"Ah, but I would have a little of your time, young sir." The man inclined his head. "In fact I would have a lot of it--I find myself in need of servants, companionship."

Jakob pulled away from his hand. "Cha! Matthias! Can you not help a stranger in need? Come, sir, what type of companion do you seek?"

"Someone who is not afraid of the night," answered the stranger.

"Afraid of the night? What are we, children?" Jakob chuckled, flirting shamelessly. "Besides, I have my own light, don't I, Matthias?"

Matthias rolled his eyes, more irritated than honored. "The market will be empty."

"Then I will definitely not find what I am looking for there. Perhaps it is better that I am here." The stranger smiled at them. More at Jakob than at him, though.

He frowned. "I'm going, Jakob. I'll leave you here..."

The stranger turned to him, hand going to his arm, sliding along it. "Surely not. I would have a moment or two of your time."

"I..." He took a deep breath, suddenly taken chill. "How ... how can we help you?"

"You are two lovely lads. I would have you join me at my castle. You would be splendid additions." He realized the stranger's eyes were dark, black even, but they did not reflect the light at all, instead seemed to absorb it.

"Join you? Are you mad, sir? Has the autumn wind blown ill secrets? We have a home, Jakob and I. We cannot just flit away like birds in the night!" Matthias winced--his voice sounded as horrified as he felt. But leave? Leave their home and Marta? The Brothers? Brigette and Ilsa and Gregori? They could not.

"No? I would make it worth your while. I have riches too numerous to count." Those dark eyes turned to Jakob. "What do you say? Would you at least give the idea some thought?"

Matthias groaned as Jakob nodded, eager as always for the new, the dangerous. "I would. What entertainments do you enjoy in your castle, Lord..."

"You may call me Gustav," murmured the stranger, making an elaborate bow. "And all manner of entertainments can be had at my home." There was heat in those dark eyes now, and in the low, deep voice.

"Oh, Lord Gustav. How tempting you make it sound." Jakob bowed back, the act clumsier, less refined, but still somehow beautiful. "Shall we go and play, Matthias, leave the boredom and prayer of the celebration behind?"

"Jakob! No! I ... I must be to the market. I cannot dally. Marta awaits."

Jakob's eyes glinted at him. "I await."

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