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His face contorted into a furious scowl as he strode across the room and grabbed her by the arm. "What you want is no concern of mine. " He threw his cape back around his shoulders and she gasped as she saw the glitter of jewels sewn into his tunic. "Aye," he whispered as he followed her eyes to his chest. "I am rich. Richer than you could have ever imagined. My wealth can be your wealth, Alexandra. " She shuddered and closed her eyes. "Your riches do not interest me. I have a comfortable life here and I am happy.

Ye see, if ye left me before that, I would have been left without a coin to my name.  . well, I could draw on the money whenever I wanted. " His eyes studied her shrewdly. "Once ye turned sixteen, it Page 25 didn't matter. " Hanna stood in stunned silence and then suddenly threw herself at her uncle, pummeling him with her fists. "You bastard," she shouted, tears coursing down her face. " Mason grabbed her fists easily, twisting his face into a sneer. "Ye watch yet tongue and yer temper, luv. Ye"ll be married to a fine gentleman who'll not be as easy on ye as I was.

Well, I could draw on the money whenever I wanted. " His eyes studied her shrewdly. "Once ye turned sixteen, it Page 25 didn't matter. " Hanna stood in stunned silence and then suddenly threw herself at her uncle, pummeling him with her fists. "You bastard," she shouted, tears coursing down her face. " Mason grabbed her fists easily, twisting his face into a sneer. "Ye watch yet tongue and yer temper, luv. Ye"ll be married to a fine gentleman who'll not be as easy on ye as I was. Besides, I don't see why ye object to yer uncle having a little retirement money.

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