With difficulty, Lauren thanks Kieran for, hm... SAVING HER LIFE. Kieran's first response is a sincere smile (melt), but he quickly turns to teasing.
As a thank you, gift, though, Lauren tells him how she can detect lies.
Their conversation gets more serious as Lauren asks him why he doesn't kill, and Kieran responds... seriously.
But then Lauren asks one question too many, asking him about the hyacinths he leaves behind. Kieran obfuscates and quickly changes the conversation, pretending it's only about the royal symbol.
We readers, however, are privy to a harrowing flashback: a younger Kieran killing someone and stringing him up from a chandelier (henceforth to be known as Chandelier Man), and looking at him with dead eyes.
𝗥𝗲𝗮𝗱 𝗣𝘂𝗿𝗽𝗹𝗲 𝗛𝘆𝗮𝗰𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗵 𝗼𝗻 𝗪𝗲𝗯𝘁𝗼𝗼𝗻:
𝗦𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁 𝗦𝗼𝗽𝗵𝗶𝘀𝗺 𝗼𝗻 𝗣𝗮𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗼𝗻:
𝗦𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆𝗧𝗶𝗻𝗸𝗲𝗿 𝗼𝗻 𝗣𝗮𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗼𝗻:
𝗝𝗼𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗣𝗵𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗼𝗺 𝗦𝗰𝘆𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗗𝗶𝘀𝗰𝗼𝗿𝗱:
𝗙𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗼𝘄 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆𝗧𝗶𝗻𝗸𝗲𝗿 𝘀𝗼𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹𝘀:
𝗔𝘃𝗮𝗶𝗹𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗼𝗻 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝗧𝘂𝗯𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗽𝗼𝗱𝗰𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺𝘀: 𝗦𝗽𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗳𝘆, 𝗔𝗽𝗽𝗹𝗲, 𝗚𝗼𝗼𝗴𝗹𝗲, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲!