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The Brew Edited

The Brew Edited

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The Brew
My face hurt from keeping up appearances and smiling through conversations I didn’t give a
damn about and introductions to other pure-
 bloods I’d already forgotten.
This was the last place I wantedto be, but if I ran off too soon, people
 — 
important, powerful people
 — 
would start to ask questions.
A member of the Council said something, and I nodded, having no idea what he’d said. All Icould think about was Alex… on the
Brew and left alone with Seth. I
didn’t trust any man with two eye
sto do right in that
situation. Alex would be…. I couldn’t finish the thought.
 
I wasn’t sure I could even trust
myself in a situation like that.But Seth had sworn that he would look after her.A warm hand skimmed up my arm, and I turned, finding myself staring down at a pure-bloodedwoman a good five years older than me. Her red-painted lips split into a wide smile as she leaned into me.
“Aiden St. Delphi,” she purred, placing her other hand on my chest. “You should grace the
Catskills with your presen
ce more often. Your visits are too far apart.”
 I had no idea who this woman was.Politely as I could, I reached down and removed her hand from my chest as I sidestepped her. She
followed, blue eyes flaring with challenge. “Sorry,” I said. “Not interested.”
 She cocked her head to the side and honey-colored hair cascaded over her shoulder.
“What? Doyou prefer male companionship?” Lashes lowered coyly. “I don’t have a problem sharing.”
 I arched a brow, so over all of this. There was somewhere I needed to be
. “I’m not interested inany form of companionship. Good night.”
 
Pivoting on my heel, I rolled my eyes at the rough curse that came out of the woman’s lips.
Heading out of the ballroom, I nodded my goodbyes to Marcus and Head Minister Diana. Luckily they
didn’t stop me.Felt like it took forever to get to Seth’s floor. I knocked, hoping I didn’t wake Alex if she’d passed out. Gods willing, she’d fallen asleep instead of going through the effects of the Brew. When there
was no answer, I opened my door, my gaze roaming over the empty bed, and then toward the small settee.Knots twisted in my stomach.
“Where is she? Seth?”
 I stepped into the room, breathing deeply. Noise came from inside the bathroom. A muffled voiceand then footsteps followed. I bent down,
swiping a sweater off the floor. It was Alex’s. My gaze moved
 by the bed again.There were jeans
 — 
her 
 
 jeans and her…
I dropped the sweater and picked up the lacy, black cloth.Seth entered the room. Shirtless. Jeans unbuttoned. Hair disheveled.I was going to fucking kill him.
 
“Look, I know all this looks really bad. It’s not what you think.”
 
Rage I’d never felt before boiled my blood and rose like a savage monster. My fingers clenched
her shirt. I wanted to grab a dagger and shove up under his chin.
“This isn’t what it looks like? Really?
Because I think 
this
 
 belongs to Alex.”
 
Seth just shook his head, like he didn’t even have anything to say. I tossed the cloth aside and
 pushed past him, to the open door of the bathroom.
I’m not sure what I saw firs
t that snapped the thin thread on my control
 — 
Alex on the floor, hair 
soaked with sweat and a deathly pale sheen to her pinched features. Was it the fact that I hadn’t been
there for her when the sickness took her? Or was it the fact that she was wearing on
e of Seth’s shirts and
that was all?Her watery eyes met mine and her voice was thready
and weak. “Aiden, it’s not—”
 I spun around.
“Seth, I trusted you.”“Look. I know. This wasn’t—”
 I punched him. Dull pain flared across my knuckles. I welcomed it.I
didn’
t give a flying crap what he had to say. It was black and white to me. Alex was under theinfluence of the Brew. Seth had taken advantage of that. There was no in-between.
And Seth didn’t defend himself right away. Not even when I hit him in the jaw
again. He stoodthere. He took it, because he knew
 — 
he knew
 — 
that he had screwed up, that what he had done washorrible. I saw that flash of guilt in his eyes. Oh yeah, it mattered that it was Alex, but for him to do thiswith any female who had her ability to make decisions stripped away from her was repulsive.I saw that flimsy piece of clothing again.
There wasn’t an ounce of control left me.
 I pounced on him, taking him to the ground like a linebacker. Then he fought back, swinging hisarms. Barely feeling the glancing blows, I laid into him.Obviously, Seth had enough of the beating. He tossed me off, and I fell back, knocking into thedresser. On my feet, I rushed him and we both went down again, swinging and kicking, beyondemploying techniques
we’d
learned in training to be Sentinels.This was like a cage match.Alex stumbled into the room, swaying dangerously to one side
. “Guys, come on… you both are being so stupid.”
  Neither of us stopped. We were past that. I forced Seth across the room, away from where Alex
stood. His gaze flicked over my shoulder, landing on her, and I’ll be damn
ed if he even got the pleasureof looking at her. I lunged at Seth, bring him down on the floor hard.
“Aiden! Stop it!”
Alex lurched forward, swearing.
“Seth—don’t choke him!”
 
 
Seth gained the upper hand, rolling me onto my back. He threw his arm into the air. Blue lightshimmered around
his fist. Son of a bitch…
 Alex smacked into us, her arms wrapping around Seth the same moment I shoved my fist into hisstomach. Seth fell backwards, taking Alex with him. Her shoulder knocked off the edge of the bed andshe yelped. The sound of her pain cut through the red haze.I popped to my feet and grabbed Seth by his ripped shirt, tossing him aside. Alex rolled onto her side, right next to her bra. Her cheeks turned red as she closed her eyes.
“What the hell?” another voice rang out.
 Leon
. “Have you all lost your godsforsaken minds?”
 Seth shoved himself 
to his knees, wiping a hand over his busted lip. “Oh, we’re just wrestling.”
 I
shot him a hateful look as I knelt beside Alex. “Alex, are you okay?”
I got my hands under her arms and helped her 
sit up. “
Say
something.”
 
“I’m… great.”
 
Brushing the mess of hair back from her face, I grimaced. “I’m sorry.
I should have never 
 —”
 
“Aiden, I
 
know you’re pissed—”
 
“Pissed? You took advantage of her, Seth.”
Anger propelled me to my feet.
“You son of a—”
 
“Stop it!” Leon ordered. “You two ar 
e going to bring every Guard in this building to this room.
Seth, get out of here now.”
 
“This is
my
room.”
Seth climbed to his feet
. “
And if this dickhead would give me five
 —”
 I growled,
“I’m going to kill you.”
 
“Oh, that’s
it 
.” Seth whirled around, eyes flaring
an intense amber 
. “
Let me see you
try.”
 Alex staggered to her feet and reached for me
. “Don’t. Please. This isn’t Seth’s… whoa.”“Alex?”
I spun around as she leaned to the right and kept on going. Dipping down, I caught her around the waist before she hit the floor. She was out. Shit. Slipping my arm under her knees, I lifted her to my chest.Seth inch
ed closer, thrusting both of his hands through his hair. “Is she—”
 
“Get out,” I snarled.“I—”
 
“Get. Out.”
 
Leon stepped forward, putting his hand on Seth’s shoulder. “I think you need to leave, buddy.”
 Seth's eyes locked with mine for a second,
and then he shrugged Leon’s hands off. “I’m not your  buddy.” Without sa
ying another word, he stormed from the room, slamming the door behind him.
Leon sighed. “I can stay with her, just in case she wakes up again.”
 
“No.” I turned to the bed, gently laying
 
her down. “I’m not leaving her. I shouldn’t have let her 
come up here with Seth
.”
 

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