But then she gathered the edges of the thin gray sweater and tugged it around her waist. We can go out back. It’s probably still cool outside.
I have no idea, but I’m thinking I probably should find out. I started toward him, but the doors opened and sunlight poured in. Just like earlier today, I was startled for a second to know that I could just walk right out of here.And that’s what everyone was doing. I followed Ren outside to where Faye and her crew loaded up into one of the SUVs, Fabian’s consul got in what appeared to be a fancy Porsche of some sort, which left us with an SUV that was the size of a small tank.
I didn’t even attempt to take the keys from Ren.After loading up the back with the bags Ren and I had hurriedly packed before we left the room, I walked around to the front passenger seat. Tink trailed after me. Do you think the Prince has already found the Halfling?I hope not. I opened up the door. Because that sure as hell complicates things.
It does more than complicate things. Fabian watched me closely. If the Winter Prince has found her and does what we’ve feared, we’ll have to handle it.Ren’s fingers coasted over my waist as he walked by. We will.
I knew what that meant. I hated it. Because it could easily be me in that situation—it could be me being handled, just like Merle had said when I first arrived here. But if the Prince had found the Halfling and managed to do the deed, we had to stop the baby from being born, and I knew the crew we were traveling with wasn’t going to be down with having a very uncomfortable conversation with this Halfling and hoping she volunteered to do what would be the right thing in this case.
I watched Fabian walk over to the other side of the SUV and then my gaze roamed over to the other cars.Gabe made his way around the narrow bed, his gaze desperate to see those beautiful brown eyes. Then he really saw her.
His heart fucking broke right then.Knowing what Troy had said about what Parker had done to her couldn’t have possibly prepared him for what he saw. There didn’t appear to be more than a few inches of her face that wasn’t battered. Her lip was red and angry. Bright red bruises were forming along her jaw, turning purple around the edges. Her fucking left eye was swollen shut, blue, and purple. There were scratches on the one cheek he could see.
Gabe wished Parker was alive for several reasons. One of them being that Nic wouldn’t have had to do something like that. She was too damn good to carry that kind of weight. But the most selfish reason? He wanted to beat that motherfucker to death, paying him back for every bruise, every second of pain she felt.He sat down in the empty chair in front of her, wondering where in the hell her parents were. Resting his elbows on his knees, he dragged his hand down his face.