Cassian crossed his arms. We barely stand a chance of surviving Hyberns armies on our own. If armies from Vallahan, Montesere, and Rask join them … He drew a line across his tan throat.
Do it, she hisses, and they hesitate, start to bend down, to put guns on the floor.Dont bother, Nico says, walking slowly towards Astrid and me, his gun still in his hand and pointed at us.
Dont take another step! I say.He stops. He smiles, amused. Really? Dont forget I know you, Kyla or Rain or Lucy or Riley or whoever the hell you want to be today. You cant kill anybody. Can you?The moment is stretching, each second a slow eternity. After everything, is it this moment, this one defining, ending moment of my life? If I kill her, Ill die. If I dont, Ill die. She deserves it, she deserves it more than anyone I can imagine in this world, except maybe Nico: push the knife into her neck. Cut her throat. Watch blood spill down her body: revenge for so many.
I cant do it. I cant be like them.The knife loosens in my hand. I swallow.
Nico smiles and steps closer; he takes the knife.
Astrid pushes away from me, her face twisted with fury; she reaches for her box of pain. You never would do what I wanted you to, would you? No more.Lucien nodded, glancing to where my mate now waited by the front door. Hed bring Lucien to the edge of the human continent—to wherever Lucien had decided would be the best landing spot. No farther, Azriel had insisted. His reports indicated it was too watched, too dangerous. Even for one of our own. Even for the most powerful High Lord in history.
I stepped forward, and didnt give Lucien time to step back as I hugged him tightly. Thank you, I said, trying not to think about all the steel on him—if hed need to use it.It was time, Lucien said quietly, giving me a squeeze. For me to do something.
I pulled away, surveying his scarred face. Thank you, I said again. It was all I could think of to say.Rhys extended a hand to Lucien.