I'm not usually fond of orange juice—Samuel's the one who drank it—but just then it tasted like ambrosia. I told him to look in the safe in my shop and gave him the combination. "Should I?" I could call in Zee, just for the day, but I wasn't going to sleep today anyway. I couldn't wait to hear what Adam would say when he found out someone was poking into his love life. Running away from Italy like that would soil any man's honor. Either they are invited in as a guest—which is what makes a sorcerer, or they sneak in because someone weak of will does an evil thing. "You didn't do it right," the sorcerer complained as he dragged a limp red werewolf through the doorway by one hind leg. She put a finger against her lips and licked it suggestively. I scooted up a little until I could wrap myself around him, tucking my legs behind his. Light, neutralcolored woven rugs were scattered about almost at random. "How could it have been a mistake?" "Demons are evil, nasty, and powerless unless they manage to attach themselves like a parasite to some damned fool. You are so fragile—" He reached out and rested his fingertips against my cheek. Maybe I was wrong—or else eating someone was tougher.Warren had told me that Ben and Daniel had struck up an odd friendship while they were out huntingLittleton . "Yes. The first room I walked into was a generous-sized kitchen, though there were only empty spaces where a refrigerator and stove had been. When you've lived with werewolves, you learn tricks to hide what you're feeling from them—anger, for instance, covers up panic pretty well—and, out from under Adam's sensuous hands, I was panicking plenty. I really did not expect that he could affect me as he had Daniel." "Werewolf troubles?" I un-buried my head so I could see him. I opened the door and noise poured out like water over a dam. They have ways of confusing their scent and magic to hide their daytime resting places even from other vampires. Dumbfounded I lifted my head to stare at Kyle who was kneeling on the floor on the other side of Warren 's bed. Adam was the Alpha, and responsible for the welfare of all the werewolves in the area. "Anything that could take out Stefan could wipe the floor with old Andre out there." Like theMarrok , he had a marked tendency to treat me like one of his minions when it suited him, and like a human stray when it didn't. "Samuel? "I dare you to say that to Darryl," I challenged. "It will take her a little time," I told Black when she was gone. Would you attack me or does the smell of her blood rouse you as it does a vampire?" "He was worried that she would get the rest of us killed trying to rescue him. "Half full." "This will help a lot." There was sympathy in his voice. The arms were made entirely of brass wrought with delicate-appearing vines and small flowers and thorns. "If you told me that somewhere in here you had Excalibur and the Holy Grail, I'd believe you." "They just let him go." And if I did kill him,Marsilia's seethe would come after me. If Littleton was like other vampires, he would not be active in the day. "Mercy tells me that I ought to speak with you first on matters concerning werewolves." Presumably it wouldn't have done anything except scare the begeebers out of whoever found it—since the body was gone—but I was just as glad to have that last bit taken care of as well. I knew too much and I didn't expect that they would trust me to judge how much to tell the police. I set the point of the stake down on his chest. And I got in that car because I knew that Andre was my only chance to keep Adam and Samuel alive. They wouldn't bother him, not a vampire. The big woman sighed as Uncle Mike stepped back and swept the fae near him away until I could clearly see the small stage where three musicians still stood. After Texas . His lashes moved and one eye opened just a slit then closed. I could wait until the next morning. "In return she acts as Stefan's business manager—paying bills, doing the taxes… shopping. There are several bars near thefae reservation inWallaWalla , about sixty miles up thehighway, that claim to befae hangouts to attract publicity. We were so busy we hardly had time to say ‘hello' to each other. - Kamilah being over 2000 years old, I assume she has some knowledge on debriefing. I don't know how I can kill Andre while he sleeps and still be me afterwards." Andre twisted his arm away and grabbed Daniel's hands, slamming them back on the chair, impaling him again. "He confessed," I said. "Fifteen minutes or so— and she might wait a few minutes beyond that. "Marsilia believes I can." Zee met my gaze. That wasn't good. "He can't be in a church: he's a vampire." "Beautiful day, isn't it?" I knew why he handed it to Samuel and not me. He'd been waiting for Stefan. I saw your trailer." It was still daylight, so Ford couldn't be a vampire— but I was guessing he was the next thing to it. Samuel sat back down and moved my hair away from my neck. Was it worth my life to kill Andre? The church people built a new building and sold the old one to another church about twenty years ago. I'd seen a few werewolves throw temper tantrums, enough to know that if the vampire had been truly angry, he wouldn't have had the control it took to manage the physics of swinging the two unattached mattresses together through the wall. There are things that serve the Great Beast of Christian scripture. I held Samuel while the sun set, comforting him as best I could. "I've seen Hauptman, the werewolf, at your garage at least twice." Destroy the body now. "Mrs. Hanna, pardon my rudeness, but I was wondering about that change in your usual walk." Especially with Honey watching. "If only to present to the Mistress. olderthanyouisearth liked this . For a few minutes, I wasn't certain he was going to be able to get it started. Only Stefan made this a home. Bran hung up. When Daniel tried to stand up, his legs wouldn't hold him. Since my shop was east of there, that's where we started. Come out and play, Mercedes Thompson." "How unoriginal." Scanned by Highroller. she asked. "There is an old ceremony… forbidden now for a long time but I remember…" He shook his head and turned his attention to his hands which he held loosely looped around one knee. Jesse opened the door."Mercy? The car I was working on needed a new starter. I walked around the house and found a patio door on the other side. "Coffee?" Nothing in that motel room had escaped the murdered woman's blood. "When I win the lottery," I told her dryly and went back to tightening the belt on the old BMW I was working on. I was hoping to see you today. I don't see Adam leaving Warren alone in this bad of shape otherwise." Tell him Mercy has some news for him if he can get his butt down here." I'd been taught that vampires can't cry. In the pack, Darryl outranked Warren, he was Adam's second and Warren, Adam's third. I laughed and kissed him on the cheek. And when had I started worrying about Ben? His eyes had changed. "I work nights this week." His clothes were neat and clean, though a bit wrinkled as if they'd been in a suitcase—but somehow the overall impression I got was disheveled and filthy. "Did you?" Nineteen Alphas out of maybe a hundred and fifty that Bran thought could be trusted to help a child without abusing her. Falling in love with a werewolf is not a safe thing to do—but falling in love with an Alpha is worse.Especially for someone like me. "How soon?" He stopped at the door, his back to me and his head lowered. Something wild coyotes don't usually do. Only the month before had he at last gotten his license to practice medicine in Washington as well asMontana andTexas. Nothing I haven't dealt with before. Nothing happened. He gave me a somber look. After an hour I had a list of eleven churches, reasonably near the KPD, none of which had flaming signs that said sorcerer sleeping here. "And besides," I added dryly. Most ghosts fade after a while, so probably in a few months we wouldn't be able to converse anymore. "How interesting," he said. "What are your alternatives?" Rachel's from Seattle. You stood up for him before the other vampires, and when you believed he was in trouble, you called us." He took a breath. "Ja don't know what this supposed to be, check later," he said; then he turned and saw my face. Littletonhad Samuel's voice down pat. I stood as far from the bed as I could and used the stake to pull open the bed curtains. I asked. "I'd have given him back," Andre said. He looked like he didn't want to believe me, but he chose not to confront my answer directly. His battered mouth tried to shape a word. Rachel tugged a chair around so she was opposite Naomi and me. "All right," he said, at last. He shook his head. "I have a job to do, and I believe your particular talents would be a great asset in assuring the success of the venture." I smiled at her—she wagged her tail and ducked her head. Fancy that. Kyle moved out. What did he make the other vampire think he'd done?" His very presence takes away all self-control and encourages ragin ' and fightin '. "Thank you," said Stefan, sounding as if he meant it. "He's not an Alpha and I didn't turn him down to his face. I smelled fur and turned to look at the doorway before Honey walked in. I caught Samuel's sudden lunge out of the corner of my eye. He liked to sit at a picnic table and look out over the preserve. "My phone number—" "Ms. Thompson? "Mmm." He stood up and stretched, the stiffness in his movement told me that he'd been in that chair for a very long time. He stilled, thinking about it. "That's right," I took his hand, and he shook mine with a firm grip that would have done credit to a politician. "Elizaveta told me you called her and asked about sorcerers," he said. What I really wanted, what I hungered for, was to kill that smiling, cadaverous son of a bitch. It was such a shift in topic that I blinked stupidly at him for a moment. "When the fae came out, Stefan began to be concerned about the same things that caused the fae to reveal themselves . It was deliberate rudeness, I decided, though I preferred it to Marsilia's hungry gaze. She rolled the mostly empty glass in her hands, making the inky black liquid swirl. "I'll find an escort." I'd just learned that little tidbit about being resistant to vampiric magic. He wouldn't tell me. This page contains the choices in Bloodbound, Book 2 and their outcomes. I'll get a rookie on it. I hate to mess with it unless I have to. "No. But she was finished talking to me. She was pretty bright, it didn't take her long to come to the same conclusion I had. As far as Honey's suitability as a guard goes—she fights mean. "Andre is gone," I told him. Actually, I had thought Warren and Ben volunteered. All I was to him was his mechanic. Still… she sent Stefan out and pretended it was punishment. Truth was, I didn't know what to do about him. They'll leave you alone as long as they don't know you believe in them." "I'd better call Adam. The vampires didn't like people talking about them. But I wasn't listening to her, I was looking at Daniel's tear-streaked face. Samuel isn't here today, I thought, trying not to panic or do any other stupid thing. He fed offLittleton for several years before turning him. "Ms. Thompson, if there is ever anything I can do for you, please don't hesitate to call." "If he had already made another vampire kill involuntarily, he might have been able to make you kill Mercy." I have a partnership with an upholstery genius, Kim, and a painter who also likes to drive around and show the cars so we can sell them. He cannot be brought out." "Weeks that Andre spends in the cells beneath the seethe," Stefan said mildly. "Stefan didn't think so. For a werewolf, survival depends upon the pack—and a pack is a complex social and military hierarchy that depends upon each member knowing exactly what his place is. "That's the third time this month I've come to pick you up," he told me. "Thank you," I said as I got in my car. Finally, I broke down and called Zee again—but there was no answer on his phone.Elizaveta still wasn't answering her phone either, nor was Tony. "With Adam around, your daughter wouldn't have to be caged—and I think that she, and the rest of your family, would benefit from being around a pack of wolves for a while. 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