“I've seen Kennan around the palace, lately,” Raoul said, conversationally.
“Oh,” Kel replied. “I heard he was back.”
“You haven't seen him, though?”
“No.” She looked away.
“So you're no longer..?”
“No. No longer.”
“I see.” He put down his book. “Do you want to talk about it?”
She shook her head. “It won't help.”
Raoul coughed, slightly awkward. “If it would help to talk with a woman, I'm sure Buri would...”
“No,” she replied, very quickly, as the figurative mask dropped over her face. “Thank her for me, please, if she's offered. But really, I'd rather not.”
“Suit yourself, of course,” he answered, and made a mental note to ask Buri what she knew.