And why is that, Luc? Charity glided in front of her brother, and Luc momentarily blocked her from my sight. Why would you even care about the humans? They should mean nothing to you. I don’t even understand how you can surround yourself with them. If I breathe too deeply, I can smell their leftover sweat and . . . perfume. Peaches.
"Byron?" Colton also stood, moving his body between the newcomer and where she sat with their daughter."I'm so sorry, Colton, but the council has awarded Wilomina and Gerard Carmichael custody of Penny. I'm to escort her to their home first thing this morning."
Rheia's heart stuttered in her chest. Penny turned to her, fear in her eyes. Rheia had a seconds to make the decision that would best help Penny adjust to her new family. If she gave in to her feelings and wept as she wanted to, she knew that it would only traumatize Penny further. Drawing on strength she didn't know she had, she put on a brave face."Looks like you get to meet your Grandma and Grandpa sooner than we thought. I bet they can tell you all kinds of stories about your Mommy. Won't that be amazing?" She tried as hard as she could to put enthusiasm in her voice.When she looked up, she could see the battle being fought behind Colton's eyes. After taking a deep breath, he smiled down at Penny, too. "I bet they even have pictures of your Mommy and will show you where she grew up." Even though his voice was even, his eyes glowed a bright yellow. Penny looked between the two of them, fear fading from her eyes a bit.
Rheia turned Penny around to face Byron. "Do you see that man? That is your Uncle Aiden's daddy. He's going to do us a favor and drop you off at your Grandma and Grandpa's so you can meet them. He's not too scary, right?" she asked.Penny looked from Byron to Aiden and shook her head grinning. She pointed to Aiden and wrapped her arms around chest, giving herself a hug.
Rheia nodded. "That's right, he's probably a big ole softie just like your Uncle," she said, smiling. "You will be visiting your Grandma and Grandpa for a bit, while your Papa and I get this legal mumbo jumbo worked out. Run get your backpack, darling." Penny hopped down and ran for the family room. She looked over to Ryuu. "Could you get her suitcase from our room?"
Ryuu bowed. "Of course."Oh, let’s see. She explained that she didn’t give birth to me. Apparently my birth mom died of an overdose? Now, if I was simply adopted, that wouldn’t be a big deal, because a mother isn’t always by blood. I dragged my hand over my hair, smoothing the strands down. The bun had slipped and was falling free. But according to her, she’s only been my mom for about four years, and that’s kind of a big deal.
Luc’s hands closed at his sides.And you know? I didn’t believe her, because that sounds bananas, but then she turned into a Luxen. Right in front of me.
A knot expanded in my throat and moved to my chest. But you already knew what she was. Didn’t you?Didn’t you? I shouted, hearing my voice snap.