"He was, as she had just reminded him, a powerful man. He had, it seemed, everything
any man could possibly want in this life. But there was something else that he wanted, and he was not at all sure he would ever have it. He was certainly not going to ask today. Maybe not even tomorrow or the next day.
He was afraid to ask. He was afraid the answer would be no. And, if it was, he could never ask again. So the question must wait.
He wanted her love.
Wulfric Bedwin - Slightly Dangerous"