Fathers and Sons
Curran POV 2, Vol II

by Gordon and Ilona Andrews
I floated for eternity in a sea of agony. Sometimes if I concentrated and blocked out the pain I could hear her voice, from far away. I focused on the sound, willing myself slowly toward it. Finally, after how long I didn't know, I came around and could even make out a bit of what she was saying. "...seems like a decent guy. Now they are stuck..." He had someone, she had someone, nobody was talking, and Kate did not know what to do. I opened my eyes. She looked tired and battered. Still, I had never in my life seen someone more beautiful. Nor had I ever been happier to be near her. For some reason the answer to her dilemma came to me far easier than all the things I really wanted to say. "Have you tried the Second Chance Law?" I asked quietly. Her eyes did not open. Maybe we were sharing a dream. I explained as best I could and hugged her as hard as I was able. Finally she looked at me. "You stayed with me," I whispered. She said something I could not quite catch, but it didn't matter as much as her being there to say it. I smiled and fell back to sleep. Real sleep this time— no red haze, just darkness. I knew she would be there when I came back to the world. No matter what. Eventually I woke again. Something was in my arm and I wanted it out. As I located the source of my irritation, Kate came into the room carrying what smelled like soup. "What is this shit?" I demanded as I pulled the IV needle out of my arm.

Probably another challenge. Almost two weeks! I had laid like that for nearly two God damned weeks. and she had stayed with me. The truth of it stunned me. I glanced at Kate and her face said it all. clearly asking permission to cross the threshold. I had seen him fight. He had always been a smart kid.. The sooner I got some nutrients in.. Not me. Really. I picked up the bowl she'd brought earlier. One of Clan Wolf's best fighters and a boxer in his youth. he was tall and well built. She handed me the soup. He says it's an emergency. the faster I'd bounce back. With an authority in her voice that I had never heard. The kid did so. Derek's familiar knock broke our reverie and short-lived reunion. she instructed him to enter. So eager to harm my mate and take what was mine." Challenge? For me? Every muscle in my body tensed. Jaime Alicia strode into the room as if he owned it. I was also sure that Kate could cut him into little . We held each other for a time. turned and departed quickly to carry out my command. he was strong and fast. Don't tell him that I'm awake. This shit was going to stop right now. were they fucking crazy? I almost died and they are queuing up to get a piece of what is left of me. It was not the IV that had kept me alive. Hell no. Soon however. My body screamed for food. As I sipped the soup. "Bring him in. I would be damned if they would see me laying in bed like a weakling. I set it aside and pulled her close. She wore a look of weary resignation and the fractured pieces fell into place."It kept you alive for eleven days. Derek saw me and abruptly fell silent. "Help me up?" Kate grabbed my hand and pulled me upright." he inquired quietly." she informed me. "I have a wolf out here who wants to see you." The young wolf closed his mouth. "Kate. They were challenging her.

yank out. . Jaime stared at me. his jaws slack. We were a long way from top form. I would see them all dead first. even in our current state. and I might forget you were ever here. were more than a match for any of my subjects. I would never admit it. We could not continue to be seen as anything less than the Beast Lord and his Mate. I went the other. "Are you sure you're ready for a Council meeting?" I turned to her. Kate grabbed at my arm to steady me. but her leg gave way and we crashed together onto the couch. he shook his head no. but she was damn good with that sword of hers. Well. because I would not give him a second chance. Kate asked. Order needed to be restored and the rest of them needed to be reminded why I was the Beast Lord. I finished my soup and spoke. Almost as if she realized what I was thinking. None of them would ever harm her again. but it would have to do. undisputed masters of the Pack. Go down there and tell them to wait for me. as far as they knew. Together." We had to make a show of strength.pieces before the soup got cold. reach in. willing my face into a mask of determination and menace. He walked out. "Do you have anything to say?" With his gaze still firmly affixed to the floor. "They better be ready for me. It would be easy and I would enjoy it immensely. Now we knew again who was who and what was what." For his sake I hoped he never forget how close he was to a savage and painful death. The floor went one way. Claw. Had he hesitated for a second I would have pulled his lungs out through his chest. "Yes?" The wolf dropped into a crouch and stared at the floor. I could smell his fear. Not that she would have to— he would be dead before he touched her. I wanted to roar at him. "The Council is due for a meeting in three minutes.

replaced by one of complete shock and disbelief. I dimly recalled Kate telling me about it. Barabas was slightly crazy and could be insubordinate at times. If I had to kill a few as an example. I made my way to the bathroom. not even betas. The others were rank and file. finally he turned to Kate and asked. how many members of the Pack have challenged my mate while I slept?" He paused. but my strength was returning. "No. "Barabas. "I made a deal with B. "Barabas. Had she assisted Kate in some way? A thought struck me. I would remind them. I am bound to the Consort." "You killed the jackals?" . then so be it. B never did anything out of altruism alone." I wasn't sure I wanted to know. "Twenty-two?" She nodded silently. My people did not have to love or even like me. A couple of minutes later I was ready to make it down to the Council room on my own. clearly attempting to recall. and she gave him to me as a sort of adviser. fell in behind us and kept pace. I stopped. She shrugged. Authority must be exercised at all times or lost. On our way. ruthlessly exploiting any weakness. The soup was kicking in. my Lord. my Lord. I turned to Kate and waited for some sort of explanation. His usual look of amusement evaporated. but by God they would obey me. one of the Pack lawyers and one of B's favorite troublemakers. but he was not stupid. but the details escaped me." Apparently the entire place had gone to hell while I was asleep. have you come to challenge me too?" I knew even as I said it that the challenge from him was unlikely.It is the nature of our kind that we value power and violence above all else. She wanted something. If they had forgotten why I was feared. Barabas. I will tell you all about it later. I fell twice. "How many alphas?" "Only the Jackals.

Playtime was over. Mahon could have stopped it. I leaned forward and in as calm a tone as I could manage. The dare wasn't accepted. "Explain yourselves. Barabas cleared his throat. Oh yes. demanded. As we approached the door. I pulled out a chair for my mate and then seated myself at the head of the table." Finally Jim spoke.. You didn't get to be an alpha by being dumb. "I am waiting for one of you to tell me why you stood by and did nothing while my mate was assaulted on a daily basis. "And she dared the rest of them to come and fight her. "Both?" She nodded. He had never made a secret of his disapproval of Kate." . Daddy is home and he ain't happy. Curran. The sudden silence was deafening. Were they bored? Irritated? I could fix all of that. I would deal with the rest of the Council shortly. *** As my alphas sat in stunned silence." Of course. opened the door and roared at my subjects as if I had every intent of ending their lives in the next several seconds. "I knew she would be okay. but to stand by and allow her to be injured in my absence. she had to prove that she belonged. I could hear them mumbling and whispering inside. he and I would speak of this later. Perhaps it was time for my adoptive father to retire. Not one of them had the courage to meet my stare. After the Jackals had been killed. but did not. I took a deep breath." Silence. I scanned the faces seeking a challenge. the others had been content to let their subordinates wear her down.. No one spoke. They all knew that an example would have to be made and none were eager to be the first.She nodded.

"Nobody expected that she would be allowed to sit at your side without spilling some blood. how many of his wolves was he willing to sacrifice to indulge her?" "The human had to prove herself like we all did. "The same cannot be said of the dogs. because she wanted special status for her degenerates. It is fair. Last time I had checked I was in charge around here. I stared at them." Mahon rumbled. "I will say this only once. They just told me what I was allowed to do. She wouldn't have lifted a finger to stop the wolves from digging their own grave." Jennifer. ." They spoke of her as if she wasn't even there. my liege. "It is the law. It was time to gently remind them of that."Yes. however. but boudas played the game better. No one who answers to me harmed her." Yeah. Be very careful. "We broke no laws. "Yes. Out of curiosity. "Clan Bouda provided the Consort with both counsel and protection from unlawful challenges. Whether or not I continue to do so depends solely upon what you say and do in the next few moments." Of course. The realization of it hit them." It was Aunt B who spoke next." A slow smile crept over B's lips. I allow all of you to live and I allow you to rule your own clans as you see fit. The hatred between the boudas and the wolves went a long way back. nodded. My eyes were on fire and every one of them knew what that fire meant. I am the one who allows. I leaned forward and repeated. his mate. "We all know how much the alpha of the Wolf Clan loves his mate and defers to her. Wolves had greater numbers." Daniel said. instead of sitting at my side. "Everyone knows the alpha of the Bouda Clan cut a deal with Beast Lord's mate." She glanced over at Daniel and his mate. actually I kinda did." Daniel protested. "Allowed?" I let it sink in. I heard the new alpha male of the Jackals take a deep breath and hold it.

Daniel. I couldn't challenge her." Jennifer ground out. "If I recall correctly. It is the matter of honor. Do you know why that is? Because according to the law the two of you are so fond of quoting. you hate her for it. let's get it all out there. However. You did not afford my mate the same courtesy. If one of the alphas is injured. Not even Mahon. she would challenge me. But if I said enough."Fair. because I am merciful and just. I will offer you a chance to atone. had successfully faced a number of challenges before choosing you as his mate." Jennifer clenched her teeth. I addressed Jennifer directly. We'll just see about that. it has been an unspoken courtesy among the Pack to wait until both are on their feet before a challenge is issued. If you take another's place. whoever challenges you will also have to fight Daniel. really?" I asked. However." . despite being chosen upon the retirement of his predecessors. I measured every word carefully. "True. you have never been challenged. Speaking of law. you would know that putting your sister down was your responsibility. Your anger is misplaced. "No one will interfere." "I will not apologize or bow to her. Just the two of you against the two of us. but properly this time." "She killed my sister. "Again. our Executioner. Instead you goad others into doing what you can't bring yourself to do." Jennifer snapped at the air like a mad dog. She is the constant reminder of your weakness. Challenge us. It is your greatest failing. It was your burden to carry. as it was meant to be. had killed so many so quickly. because the challenge had to come from the ground up. you misunderstand. If you were any kind of alpha. Settle things once and for all. Kate didn't cause it and killed the one who did. "Who among you has faced twenty-two challenges in two weeks?" None. What I offer is a chance at the revenge you seek. Couple to couple. but you can't." I gave the rest a warning glance. You want to fight her. You are the next of kin. "My mate assumed your burden and instead of gratitude. I'll die first. you must win it fairly. As a matter of fact. your sister went loup and attacked her. she did you a favor. Good. The alphas fight as one. It is the law.

Kate tensed next to me. Tracy. Its alphas. She opened her mouth. of course. almost too quickly to see. spoke. We made amends. She landed in the chair. we wouldn't have to. I had expected as much." Well said. "After I killed the Jackals. and all the rest if need be. She shut her mouth and dropped her gaze. "We have no problem with the Consort. Thomas and Robert Lonesco shook their heads in unison. I found her hand under the table and gave her gentle squeeze to reassure her that I was just bluffing and that it would be alright. "Clan Wolf begs the Consort for her forgiveness. He gave her a flat stare. and yanked her back. The old bear I would deal with privately. spoke. So he was unwilling to let her throw away her life or his own. that their devoted betas were a vicious pair ." He smiled a little." Kate leaned in and said softly. "We have no dog in this fight. ruled not because they were the strongest. Well." I had expected as much. Perhaps there was hope for him after all. The female. but because their age and wisdom was highly respected by their subjects. I looked at the aforementioned Jackals replacements. Daniel bowed his head in a slight nod. "What about the rest of you?" My gaze lingered for a moment on the alphas of Clan Rat. but I was confident that even as we were. All that was left was Clan Nimble and Mahon's heavies. hard. not really. We are indebted to her for our current position. We wish to express our continued loyalty and obedience to the Beast Lord and his Mate. showing very even white teeth. Her face turned red. in truth I actually liked them both and would have regretted killing them. Clan Nimble was a sort of anomaly within shapeshifter society. Jennifer began to rise — she really was either stupid or crazy —and Daniel grabbed her arm. they sent me chocolate. Thomas. We are sincerely sorry for any offense we may have caused. As long as they believed we could do it. an older Asian couple. we could take them. the older and larger of the pair." Good. "We did not vote for her because we did not know enough about her. It did not hurt.

Mahon.that was feared by the rest of the clan and many in the Pack. One by one. "Clan Nimble remembers the understanding his Majesty has shown to us. It was just the two of us." I didn't answer. "So. he almost smiled. Almost done. Unless there is anything else. and would never dishonor itself by repaying that kindness with treason or betrayal. Finally the last of the shapeshifters went through the doorway. Her eyes asked me. boy. They kept their elders from harm and it was understood that they themselves would take their place as alphas." Ahh. "It's about time. Kate turned to me." The rest filed out as quickly as they could while maintaining a semblance of dignity. "It comes to this. "No." . He held the bow then straightened and proclaimed in a very formal tone. then so be it. they fled. "Do you want me to stay?" Silently I shook my head. when the time came. and sat again. I looked at Mahon the way an alpha looks at the subject. The alpha of clan Nimble stood. then. I've been waiting for this." *** I watched the Council of the Pack run from the room with their tails between their legs. bowed once more. that got him. you may depart in peace." Okay. it's all settled then. "We respect Clan Nimble and hold its friendship in high esteem. drew himself to his full height. you don't want to be here for the next part. It needs to be sorted out. you stay. and then bowed deeply without his gaze ever leaving me. Mahon crossed his massive arms. a simple "we got your back" would have sufficed but if he felt more comfortable with formality. careful not to look at me or the Bear. The Consort has fought admirably and earned a place of respect at our lord's side.

"We're going to need space. Outside the room Derek saw me and stepped away from the wall. was a stone square. but if any of the Pack happened to witness it." "Up on the fourth floor balcony. "Do you want to settle this here. Jim was my best friend. This place is too small. then. . I would have to kill Mahon. about twenty by fifty yards. This thing between Mahon and me wasn't going to be an exhibition." I opened the door and Mahon and I walked outside." "Yes. It would provide us with plenty of room and give us some privacy as well. This was between the two of us and when it was over we would know once and for all who was the strongest. a flat top of one of the smaller towers. The door shut behind us." I held his gaze for another long moment to make sure I had his attention." The balcony. A solid wooden door barred the way to the balcony. Derek would do what he was told and would keep the rest out. I walked through the doorway. said. m'lord. Mahon wasn't my father. Kate… This was something I didn't want Kate to see. "No one. Nobody gets on the other side of this door. we understood each other. but I was his son. In spring and summer we used it for outdoor dining and gatherings. old man. or do you have some place in mind?" Mahon considered it for a long moment.Good." and kept walking. The three of us made our way to the fourth floor. He would interfere. We would need a guard to keep the rest of the Pack from sticking their noses where they didn't belong and it couldn't be Jim or Kate. "You stand here. but in winter it was deserted. I looked at Derek. "Follow me. it would become one. and I did not want to do that. It wasn't a fight to the death either. The cold air hit my lungs. He followed. I glanced at him. The kid fell in step behind us.

It was like being stretched on a rack while being set on fire. the clean snow. You don't have to call me Dad. . when I had no place to go and Mahon told me I had a home. spilling light on the snow-strewn clearing around the Keep. skin stretched tight. nearly twelve feet tall." I let go. if you hesitate or hold back. And then everything pulled: bones. The balcony stretched before us." "In that case. tendons. the wind from the icy sky. "You can stay here. "No more talk. big and rough. Safe. I will break you. Before this was over. Beyond it. I was too pissed to take a rain check on this fight. you better come at me in your warrior form." "No need. He was huge then. "My son. testing the shift. Everything had fallen into place. black woods rose. we'd paint it red. I wasn't at full power. We'll treat you like our own." Across the balcony. Going toe to toe with him was out of the question. Heat flooded me. the hint of smoke from the Keep's kitchen. He laid his hand on my shoulder and said quietly.Darkness had fallen. and the small lights of stars pierced it with cold light." You will try. The sky was black and vast. Behind us the grey towers of the Keep blocked the moon. I smelled it all. and he weighed almost a ton. It will give you a better chance. the dry stone. He was huge. and the fur of a huge bear waiting to break my back. but it was there. I shook. boy. Bear. covered with untouched. Just Mahon will do. the Kodiak shook his head. white snow. but that was fine. Familiar scent. "Not like this and your half form sucks. The same scent I smelled years ago. There was a tremendous warmth. The hazy veil I didn't notice fell away and suddenly the world was painfully clear. You better bear out." I told him. "I want you at your best." I answered. taller than me by almost a foot. "How do you fancy doing it?" Mahon asked. muscles.

He drove me back. Bear. Don't let him grab or hold me. God. testing the ground. Too late. fat boy. My paw found ice sheathing the stones. he'd come at me just like this. If I let him. There was nothing I could do about it. head down. . Getting head-butted by a bear was like being kicked by a horse. Shambling or not. and I knew that he would use that big head like a sledgehammer. If he could. I dug the snow. bite or claw. We never fought. Damn it. And a flank attack wouldn't go unpunished. on hind legs. He dropped to all fours and shuffled toward me with his head lowered. he was fast. gut out. I dodged to the side and buried my claws in his head and neck. Mahon kept moving. but I had been watching him kill for the last fifteen years. and it was the hardest fight of my life. trying to fling me off. Mahon bellowed in pain. then out again before those big paws can connect. The familiar taste of blood flooded my mouth. shifting in. I released my hold. Mahon lunged. but it let him use the thick layer of fur and fat that sheathed his forward quarters like a shield. Slick. My best bet would be to bleed him. he would try to muscle me to the ground. Bring it. Mahon would pull me into a hug and crush my head between his jaws. Come at me. except to let go. It looked clumsy. The bear shamble. like hammer drives a nail.The shaggy giant beast reared up onto his hind legs and roared at me. Mostly what I got was fur and fat. I'd killed a bear before. Yeah. I let him get within five feet of me. he was fucking strong. not like this. Come on. I opened my mouth and roared back. That's right show me that big soft belly. drowning him out. The wall slammed my back and the full bulk of the Bear smashed into me. He'd knock me down and then put all of that weight on me. And if I was really lucky. that's gonna leave a mark. It was time to dance. and then we were moving. rocking from side to side. Suddenly my paws left the ground. but it hurt him. I hung on and took a big bite out of his ear. The Bear shook. Dart in.

Ouch." "Right this way. The boy wonder had grown. Welcome to the lion's jaws. My leg was on fire. Barabas emerged from the room behind me. away from the crowd. I pushed my way out of the room into the hallway. I dragged myself down the hallway." Barabas warned. On the other side of that wall Curran was getting a beat-down and he'd locked me out and left the boy wonder in position by the door to make sure it stayed shut. "Get. This was pointless. "Take me there or I will throw you out of the window. . so I could move faster. The message was clear. He snarled in pain and dropped back. The alphas. "It's an Order. no. See. We turned the corner. the betas. "Move." Derek stared straight ahead. The room was full of shapeshifters. Jim loomed over Derek. "Is there another point from where I can get to the balcony?" I whispered. anyone with any sort of rank had shouldered their way in. For once I wished that I had brought the stupid cane. but Jim still had about three inches of height on him and he squeezed everything he could out of them. Alpha. yes." "Take me there. " The wall shook." "There are stairs." " I bit the bridge of Mahon's nose." Derek didn't answer. Jim would have to kill him before he let that door open.

each step shooting a burst of pain into my hip. a blur. Oh Curran. push. not with my leg. I held my breath. His shaggy flanks rose up and down. The bear shambled over. Heat flowed. I dashed in. Curran limped slightly. Sooner or later Mahon would catch him. Two seconds and we burst out of a small iron door onto the tiny stone balcony. I had to bleed him. knitting the fractured bones together. "It's too far. sliced at Mahon's face. He danced close. "Get me down to that balcony. Two floors below us. "Throw me. My ribs ached. and he'd be a lot easier to handle. an enormous bear and my lion squared of on the bloody snow. We were in one of the side towers. until I wanted to claw my leg bloody just to get at the source of it. stupid man. In and out. Curran was trying to bleed Mahon out. but one more like this and I was done. the Lyc-V would repair the damage. but the Lyc-V was healing him faster than he could hurt him. favoring his left hind leg. claws ready. If I sliced his skull enough. "I can't. You stupid. and withdrew. Curran lunged. Enough blood in his eyes. rolled back up. Barabas lowered me to the floor. expelling clouds of most vapor through his nose. Mahon was breathing hard. but not before Mahon would bleed. and ran. No major damage." . Come on. Push." Barabas said. putting some distance between us. " Fifty million fucking stairs. And an hour ago Curran had been unconscious on his bed. avoiding a swipe of the colossal bear paw by a hair. "Sorry about what?" He picked me up and dashed up the stairs.I fell into the snow. at a ninety-degree angle to the main keep. Blood drenched his sides." I ground out. Kate." Barabas said." I couldn't jump the distance. "Sorry about this.

If he rose on his hind legs. I leaped free and bit his nose. He charged me again. Doesn't taste that great. No. closed my jaws on his injured ear and bit the rest of it off. cutting it. Mahon swiped at me. his head lowered. he'd clobber me. flipped. The bear paw caught my side. "Your dead body would land between an enraged bear and a blood-mad lion. " He was going to catch me. unstoppable. in pain and fury. Hello."There are fifty yards between us and them. It was all I could do. He thought he had me and closed in: huge. My side hurt like hell and my vision was a little blurry. It's my duty to assist you in any way I can. I spat the ear out and knocked it toward him with my paw. fast. Why couldn't she just do what she was told one damn time. you can keep it. She was here. . The Bear roared. Mahon had swatted my head with his paw twice. I sagged onto the stone rail and watched Curran fight. that did it. I had to goad him to go into a bear rage. I took the hit— it hurt like hell— and swatted at his nose. I snapped at him and backed away." My knee gave out. not to mention the thirty-foot drop. I had to take him down and end this. I veered right. old man. two. Yep. just one damn time? Mahon charged. three. straight into the wall. It felt like being hit by a car. I dodged left." Barabas said. One. Somehow she was here. Again. I couldn't take any more big shots to the head. I smelled Kate. I had a chance. Again. but suicide isn't on the menu. Mahon bellowed in pain. now he was good and pissed. My claws pierced his hide and I sliced through his fur with all four sets of claws. I bounced off the wall. and landed on top of him. If I took my eyes off Mahon. The massive Kodiak bellowed like a foghorn and stood up. peeling it off him from the head to his big shaggy ass.

the bear remained upright by sheer force of will." . No place to go.With an earth-shattering roar he lumbered toward me. It would be his undoing or mine. almost gently. Mahon kept moving. Curran backed to the edge of the balcony. As he lay on his back. His battered body swung and his back crashed into Mahon's uninjured leg." Mahon boomed from somewhere to the right. and then he crashed. after I cried and thought he was dying. Curran limped away. too wide. Curran twisted and kicked out with his back legs. to this idiotic fight. no human thought or strategy now. shockingly fast. and then Mahon's leg folded like a broken toothpick. motivated by pure rage and pain. and dug his own claws into the bear's left hind leg and bit down hard. all bear. "I'm proud of you. a move no lion could ever think of without a human brain driving it. Oh my god. My body felt too hot. Curran rolled out of the way before the enormous bulk could crush him. I knew how much pressure those jaws could unleash. falling backward. A huge brown paw rose and fell. " I lay in the snow. It was over. The LycV wasn't keeping up with the repairs. as the huge feline fangs crushed his bones. Everything hurt. His jaws closed on Mahon's neck and held it. For half a second. Curran placed his front paws and weight on his chest. Curran ducked under the huge claws. like a giant with his legs cut. exhausted. boy. after I fought and guarded him for two weeks. like I was burning from inside out. Curran won. " Mahon rose on his hind legs. easy. If I lost him here. The massive leonine head dipped down. Curran opened his mouth. My body flowed into the familiar human form. Mahon swung. I would find him in the afterlife and I would murder him again. His side was bleeding—a bad sign. He bit through the fur and the muscle. "Good fight.

as long as I didn't have to move. Well." Mahon said. "Which one of you idiots wants to explain to me what the hell is going on?" ." "Do you think we'd be laying here bleeding in the snow if I wasn't sure?" "Good point. "Oh-oh. Her hands went to her hips. "Still think she is worth it?" Mahon asked quietly. "Well." Some sort of commotion was taking place behind the door. Derek on it." "It never came to that. "She will never understand us completely. The icy liquid felt good on my skin. She understands me and that's enough. "So you decided then. Mahon's wife stared down at us. couldn't say the kid didn't try. I could lay here for a while." The door flew off its hinges and slid across the snow." Mahon said. Any time you need me to remind you…" Mahon chuckled." I picked up a handful of snow and put it on my face." "It's not always about you." Mahon sighed. I hoped my own people wouldn't try to murder my mate while I lay dying. This time it's about me. "She is stronger than any of us knew. Mmmm… That's nice." The snow was melting around me." "I knew. you can't always get what you hope for."Shut up." Mahon sighed again. "Of course. "We're never doing this again." "I figured. "That's up to you. "I've raised you too well." Mahon said." Mahon murmured. "I hoped she would be one of us. Well. Martha stormed onto the balcony. that's downright pleasant. She is my mate.

M'lady. "I can't carry you. "What did I do to him? What did he do to me!" Kate knelt by me." . Just us." "Give me another five minutes. Derek followed them." "Is it settled?" Martha demanded. Get up." Mahon said. I should be able to walk. That snow has to be freezing." She sat in the snow next to me." She laughed quietly. and the stars. You need help getting to your feet. "M'lord. We were all alone. "Not yet. carrying the door. "Good. "You are an idiot. "What did you do to the boy?" Martha demanded. "You saw?" "I saw. I put my arm around her. Martha already pointed that out. I raised my hand and touched her cheek." Kate appeared in the doorway." she told me." I smiled. snow." There was some movement and then the two of them shambled off back to the door and the light of the Keep. It didn't seem aimed at me so I didn't answer. "Yes. you know." "Yes. ass-kicker?" "That's my line. "Him. puling her close. "That was a nice move with the jump." she said. As they passed us. you did.With great effort I raised my arm and pointed in Mahon's general direction. Derek fit the door back in place. Mahon dipped his head." Then they were gone. "I know. "I kicked his ass. "You want to leave?" Kate asked.

Read more about Kate Daniels… Read more about The Edge… . THE END Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill. But tonight was ours. We earned it. where Ilona got a better grade. “Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U. three dogs and a cat. (Gordon is still sore about that.S.We sat in the snow and watched the stars. and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They have co-authored two series. Army. They met in college. in English Composition 101. Contrary to popular belief.) Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Oregon with their two children. the bestselling urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge. Tomorrow I'd have to deal with all of their shit again.

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