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bloodbound book 2 chapter 4

bloodbound book 2 chapter 4

He used to send Joey off to her family in Reno for months on end. This was Darryl, and, since he was treating me as though I really was higher in the pack than he was—and since he was unlikely to care much about me one way or the other—he wasn't going to forbid me anything. "Oh, yes. Table of Contents Title Page Copyright Page Dedication Acknowledgements It hurt, too. I heard the sound of his claws on the steps. Stefan didn't appear to hurry, but neither did he waste much time standing on my doorstep. Marsilia will scatter us among the menageries of the other vampires who will imprison us until we die." I thought the ruse would protect her, and her partial immunity would help me. You play in waters much too deep to swim in for long, little girl." Her face went a little blank. It wasn't a difficult guess, with the armband of bruises she wore. Tonight. He was still mad at me for doing that, even if, may be especially because, it had worked. Dominant wolves were always prickly around each other, unless one of them was the Alpha. I just held him. "She feeds on the vampires?" I hoped that Andre would be helpless in the daytime even ifWulfe had not been. I nodded. That's not true of all pack leaders, but Adam's on your side. Either the chair, or the eye contact withWulfe had made me dizzy so I leaned a little harder on Stefan than I meant to. He raised an eyebrow. "Irks me when they do it to me, too." I remembered Stefan's admission that the vampires didn't consider human lives to be of much worth. I was tired enough to sleep as soon as my head hit the pillow. I shrugged. "We're finished here. To me, magic usually feels like a tingle, as if I am immersing my skin in sparkling water. Have you noticed anything odd?" I asked aloud. "Under the rug? As second, he'd have had plenty of experience in real fights, not just training. "I asked. "Why did you go after him with just Mercy?" Bleeding in a room full of vampires wasn't very smart, I thought. "What did he do? "He won't talk about Texas ." "I know. I have become arrogant over the years, Mercedes. He smiled, just a little smile. It looked like he was trying to hold him in the bed. His purple silk dress shirt was ripped and the skin under it torn and dripping blood. "Hop in the back and change so we can talk." I wasn't going to tell a reporter that the Marrok was one of the wolves who wasn't out yet. Adam and Samuel had disappeared beforeLittleton had started his little performance at my trailer. "She's here," he said. Science doesn't allow for magic any more than it allows for evil. Or if I start it first. We're not discussing this over the phone. "Enough." It helped that he was hundreds of miles away and I had caller ID on mycellphone . "I'm trying to understand how the seethe works," I told her. "It's taken me this long to figure out an answer to our problem," he said. "Probably not. Rage and fear are sometimes only a hairbreadth different. I don't think you'll get a call before full dark." He did it because I had been hurt, I thought. "I think that you'll find the nightlife will calm down a little from here on out." "For quarters, perhaps. "It's not willing service. "I knew it was wrong. Warren lay limply where he'd been, his splendid brown coat ragged and coated with blood, some old, some fresh. By five thirty, I was elbow deep in a Vanagon tune-up so I had Gabriel close up the office and tried to send both him and Zee off. He looked toward the bathroom door. I wondered what had happened to Honey. "Do you know where they went?" I continued forward, stopping when my knees hit the edge of the bed. The flooring was linoleum tile, cracked and pitted with age. I backed away from the door so he could; then, because he'd scared me I added snappishly, "If you want welcoming, try stopping by at a decent hour." I guess it worked on grieving fathers, too, because he slipped the pistol back in his shoulder holster. We're working double shifts trying to handle the load. Second, since I seldom sleep in coyote form, I'd tried to sit up like a human. This thread is archived. "You need to get out of here before the rest come." Finally he said, "I don't know. She'd grown up in a time when the only proper place for a woman was next to her man. I relayed Bran's question. After what the demon-possessed vampire had done to him, I had to make sure Stefan was all right. He told me Stefan left your house about a half hour ago." "Vampires are predators. "Come on," I said. She stepped away from the door, inviting me in. "Samuel is right. Daniel was bound—it could have been accidental." "I have my very own superhero vampire/sorcerer-slaying kit, and the vampires have given me one of their own to guard my back." He gave a shuddering sigh and relaxed fully into unconsciousness. Stupid because only a very unwise person jumps up and down shouting on top of a beehive. "Or brownies, but they're still pretty hot to eat." I lifted my eyebrow at Uncle Mike and began walking to the stage. You can leave it to us, Mercy. The frightened child inside my heart, unappeased by Littleton 's immolation, relaxed at last. "Only if I can come with her," Samuel amended. Death is an enemy, right? "It was bad. I laughed and kissed him on the cheek. She stared at us—no, at the werewolves, with an avid, almost hungry gaze. I was so lost in thought, I almost missed Naomi's answer to my question. "A sorcerer is not a comfortable pet. Not as real as it would take to help Warren control his wolf. Warren and Kyle weren't an item anymore—but I didn't think it was due to lack of caring on either of their parts. "We do not know each other well enough for me to cry on your shoulder." Adam wasn't like Bran, who enjoyed role-playing. "But pretending ignorance will help more. He said he could do it tomorrow, too, if you need him." But to take direction from the vampire's mistress is not smart." He shook his head reprovingly. Even in the pack, I don't use it much. She saw that her words had hit home and nodded happily. My heartbeat picked up. I wanted to feel his neck under my fangs and taste his blood. Littletontook a very long time to kill her: she quit struggling before I did. "No." "He's not dead." I took a couple of dollars out of my pocket and tucked them under my plate for a tip. But Adam had declared me his mate so he disagreed with me. Denser where the population was heavier, light in Finley, Burbank , and West Richland where there weren't so many people. I didn't know how old Stefan was, but he used that phrase like a man who meant it. She paused, looking—surprised. I nodded again and dashed out the door. She glanced at me from under her lashes to see how I took her revelation. Yeah, I know that's snail's pace compared to my upload schedule with Torn Apart, but I am trying to work ahead. "Adam. "Daniel?" Adam watched me for a few seconds then turned away and began to pace rapidly back and forth across the room. You want me to stop influencing you. We found the stairs to the basement tucked neatly behind the stairway to the choir loft. Stefan had done his dying a long time ago, so I saw no reason to be nice. Naomi spoke evenly, but had to set down her coffee so she wouldn't spill it. There was a short silence as Tony adjusted what he had been going to say. Ben wasn't dead, I could see his ribs rising and falling. Twice in Richland and today in BentonCity . "Yes, Ma'am," I tried out. If one of them is breaking the law, he will be taken care of. "How long have you been with Stefan?" I noticed, with some satisfaction, that soon after she left the office, she broke out in a sweat. But someone told them." "Yeah, well he ain't here." "The Mistress herself did me that honor. Bernard cleared his throat then, in an appropriately businesslike tone, said, "We are here because early this morning Stefan called us to clean up his mess at a motel in Paseo . "No," I agreed. No, it wasn't just anyone screaming—it was me. Even to my monocular gaze, he was beautiful, more beautiful than I remembered him being. Startled at that thought, I stopped where I was and turned in a slow circle, but I didn't see Littleton anywhere. She didn't follow us up the stairs—doubtless she'd have a few unhappy moments with Elliot before she could do anything else. There were a lot of little white marks, I noticed. "Join us for lunch," contributed Rachel with a toothy smile. She got down a mug for herself and poured some coffee out of an industrial-sized coffeemaker on the counter. "Mercy?" His usual T-shirt was splattered with old blood, but other than that he looked like himself. I don't know why it shocked me so. When he was directly behind Stefan, the other vampire bent down and scratched me behind my ears. It was only luck that had me test-driving a VW Bus out that way. The energy level in the room picked up remarkably, though none of them moved. There weren't very many people here until WWII, when the efforts to develop a nuclear bomb spawned the Hanford Project. "Good morning, Mercedes," said a sweet old voice. Honey followed me through the office to the shop and managed to ignore me at the same time. "Terrible," agreed Dr. SamuelCornick . "The longer a person belongs to a vampire, the harder it is for the vampire to keep from killing him. I called, dropping mygi top on the couch. Any effects from it will fade. "Mongolian beef. "He won't be coming back." The grass was knee high and crunched as I walked across it. The baby would have only been a snack." "What about worries over your silence?" Finally, as soon as I moved my head, I was rewarded with throbbing pain and accompanying nausea. He couldn't have made me harm Mercy." How much gas was in the car Daniel was driving when you found him?" "Open the door." "Only a stupid vampire leaves a trail to his doorstep." "You'll have to excuse my help. I'd been up, I realized, for over forty hours without sleep. Andre's mouth tightened, but put his wrist in front of Daniel's mouth. "Ah, Daniel. "Andre was getting pretty desperate, and whenLittleton captured Daniel, Warren, Ben and me, he convincedMarsilia that you were the only hope of findingLittleton . "Thing like that will stick in a man's craw." "We thought you might like to join in." Wolves who are out of control are killed by their Alpha so they don't hurt anyone else. Stefan found me in Chicago teaching at Northwestern. "The cages are spelled," said Stefan dryly. They wouldn't do me any good until I'd staked Andre, and I had as much as I could carry with the mallet, stake and flashlight. I'd never do that to people I cared about. I'd forgotten about that. I believe I have apologized enough for it." She nodded. I walked over to one of the hanging sandbags and began practicing punches. "No. Notes: This chapter is fluffier than I intended it to be. It just might be that the KPD would be the people on the front lines when that happened. As far as Honey's suitability as a guard goes—she fights mean. "I'll be right back out." I jacked a shell into the Marlin and tried to take comfort from its familiar weight and the knowledge that Littleton couldn't come in. "I thought Andre didn't have enough control to turn his people into vampires." I couldn't see the moon herself, just her silver light that touched the nighttime landscape. What was important this minute was that tonight was the full moon and there was an enraged werewolf not two feet from me. She disappeared, but I could hear the clatter of her cart and the click of her heels on the pavement for a while after she left. Marsilia told me how to kill vampires." I wondered if Uncle Mike would have let them tear me to bits if he hadn't been aware that, pack or not, the wolves would avenge me—fat lot of good vengeance would have done me. During the whole while, none of the others moved except for the impatient tapping of Marsilia's bright nails on the cushioned arms of her chair. One of his little sisters had a thing about ghosts. Evidently this Paul was one of those, and one dominant enough to challenge Warren . "At least Stefan had another vampire assigned to help him." Some ghosts have urgent business to conduct—stopping over for a few minutes to leave a final message of love, or anger, with someone important. But some of the older vampires became unruly." And the ability to limit the actions even of those vampires she didn't directly beget. His scent was partially masked by the sour smell of sweat and death, so I couldn't be certain I had the right vampire, just that he was male. Samuel was theMarrok's son. 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