Mick turned his attention to the woman. She twisted like a fish on a hook. High-pitched screams sounded behind the duct tape gag. God damn, she’s loud. No dead bodies in my trunk.
What would be the use of calling Ben back to Cruor then, if none could actually inhabit him? Aisha asked, looking dubious.Arron continued to address me. You, Benjamin, are the only exception. Because of the unique bond you have with Basilius, if you came within his proximity, he could live within you and use you to not only recover himself, but also set the ball rolling for the others. In other words, you are their only hope. Hence, you and you alone will be responsible for the Elders’ coming to power. If you didn’t exist, they would remain the dormant spirits that they are now. That’s why I say, if you really care about the greater good… then you would eliminate yourself from the equation.
I hope you have some better ideas, Aisha said, her voice irritated. She knocked the Hawk’s head again, harder this time, so that it banged back against the tree trunk. Benjamin is one of our own—he belongs to the Nasiris. Committing suicide isn’t an option.Suicide. I stared at the Hawk, my stomach churning.His words made a thought that I’d driven to the back of my mind resurface. What if removing myself from the equation really is the only way to solve this?
Arron was watching me intently, clearly enjoying the effect that his words were having on me. I assumed a poker face and stared right back at him. I raised a brow and asked as calmly as I could, Well? Is that your only suggestion?That is the only foolproof suggestion that I have. There is one other thing you could try, but there is no guarantee that it would work, or that you would even survive it. It’s just a… speculation based on the vast knowledge I have of the Elders and their ways.
What is it? Aisha asked, glaring down at him.
Free my limbs first. The Hawk scowled at Aisha. Let me sit comfortably.Accepting the coffee, he sighed. Our accountant called my father. A series of fraudulent checks were cashed over the past few weeks.
How much? Ellie dropped back into the chair.I don’t know yet. Not enough to ruin us. Don’t worry.
But Ellie couldn’t help it.You’re with me on this, right, Ellie? Roger toyed with the cup’s handle.