A corner of Lori’s brain started to itch. Something, or some chain of events, must have prompted this path of philanthropy.
I gritted my teeth. Plenty of minutes and lots of shaking.And how does a BMW stand up to something like a Ferrari? I asked. Or are you telling me Valens’s car isn’t faster than the Beemer?
Kieran shifted and his eyes glimmered. My father has many cars, and some of them are faster, yes. But my father won’t be the one following you. His expression turned somber and a vicious gleam replaced the amusement in his eyes. He’ll leave that to his minions. Whom I will need to make disappear before they can tell him of your efforts. I would like to avoid that. Listen, Alexis… He braced his hands on his knees. You must know this is a fragile and precarious situation. It’s dangerous, to say the least. If you run into trouble, I’ll need to know about it immediately. Immediately. Do you understand?I nodded, the weight of the situation pressing on my shoulders.I will protect you, but we won’t be together at all times, he went on. I have cultivated a presence in certain areas of my father’s government that I need to maintain until the last possible moment. This is just the first step in a dangerous journey. I can’t let it interrupt my overall goal. If at all possible, I’d like you to get my mother across the Line without him knowing how it was done.
I widened my eyes with the realization that Kieran wanted to free his mother, but he wouldn’t stop there. He intended to tear down his father. The Demigod in front of me sought vengeance against another Demigod, and if I fulfilled my task, I’d likely be the spark to ignite the war. A war that would be fought on home soil.My breathing increased as anxiety pooled in my gut. What had I gotten myself into?
I’d better let all the spirits go, then, I said, my mind suddenly churning. As they said: in for a penny, in for a pound. Your father has at least one other spirit trapped—the teen in the government building—but I’d bet there are more. If I let them all go, he won’t be able to pin down an actual motive. Well, other than someone wanting to release the spirits. That, or he’ll suspect his spirit-trapping person decided to take the job and shove it.
Kieran watched me silently, his face blank. Zorn’s head turned slowly, now watching me, too. They didn’t seem amused.She set the pen aside and kept searching for a key.
She dropped to her knees to look on the underside. It wasn’t uncommon to have hidden doors in desks, especially if the desk was as ornate and heavy as the one she was probing.She considered running her fingers along the edges that she couldn’t see, but she doubted the maids had dusted away the cobwebs. Making do without a flashlight, Avery used a lamp and plugged it in close to the desk before climbing back underneath.
The desk had been cleaned on the underside, at least at some point. She peered closer when she noticed a color difference in the pattern of the wood. How can someone spill liquid on the underside of a desk? Avery no sooner asked the question to the universe when her mind cleared and she realized what she was looking at.A cold chill raced up her spine and had her scrambling out from under the desk and to her feet.