Everyone was silent.
Several moments passed,
Finally, Austin loosened his hand from Kiara's, and slowly moved to stand in front of Demitrique. He was about a head taller than her, he noted. Reaching a hand up to the edge of her face, he glanced over at Anastasia. "It's okay; I wouldn't ever try anything", he assured her, and returned his gaze to the person he loved most in the world. "I'll let this happen ..." he paused, "Under one condition. Promise me, if things get really bad -" he swallowed down his emotions, knowing he couldn't let the ideas of a future with his wife and child blind him from being practical, and from protecting Demitrique. "If things get really bad, at least consider -" He lowered his voice then. "Don't let me lose you".