In The Eyes of a Doll, Gabrijela and Edward Aethelredson become intimately attached. Unfortunately, in the course of saving Harald 'Honker' Stankic and his family from the criminals that threaten them, Edward discovers that Gabrijela is part of a plot directed by Emperor Nikephoros II to create rivalries and turmoil in Dassaretum Province and he is forced to send her away to prevent Gibroz Kasun from killing her.
From the Books: "'Ylli and Gibroz would kill you if they knew what I knew. They wouldn’t hesitate. If you stay, they’ll find out, sooner or later. I can’t be your man, but I will not look at your bleeding corpse.'" - TEOAD, p. 352