She was still bent over pictures of flowers when she heard the door open. It didn't really surprise her, nor did she doubt who it was coming through. There were only a few people that could get past her wards and open the door without her having to answer. She had a few close friends that were always allowed entry...and then there was Stephen.
She still had a hand buried in her hair when she turned her head to grin at him, immediately distracted from the photos there. But she wasn't greeted with the sight that she had expected. Usually, her heart would flutter like hummingbirds wings...but seeing the lack of expression on his features sent her heart plummeting to her shoes.
For a moment she was frozen. What was she supposed to do? This was the first time since they had been engaged that she'd seen him without a smile. Slowly, she abandoned the table and circled around the couch to sit beside him. Her expression was concerned with no sign of her former grin ever having existed.
"Hey..." she very gently, almost hesitantly, caressed his cheek and guided his gaze to her own. The lack of smile, the tears...all of it made her feel like her heart was breaking, "What's wrong?" She had to know...after only a few moments, her mind was popping up with a thousand different scenarios.