You know, he drawled, the blue velvet on my suit lacks the depth I’d hoped for. I specifically requested imperial sapphire. His voice was a rich baritone, and the way he balanced his words with pauses was almost musical. But I’d call this more of a dull navy, wouldn’t you?
that I was the one who was blind.Merik was the fool brother. He had been all along—it was so clear now. He’d wanted something that wasn’t real, something he could never have, and he’d wanted it for all the wrong reasons.
Seeing what he’d wanted to see.His story, though, just like the two brothers’, had a happy ending. He was still here, wasn’t he? And Kullen was still out there too—and maybe, just maybe, both he and Kullen could still be saved.Ryber had told Merik she knew how to heal him. How to stop this strange, half-cleaving that had taken hold. She’d said the answer waited in the Sirmayans, and since Merik had nothing to lose—and everything to gain—by trusting her, he’d packed up his supplies and set out.
Cam, of course, had refused to be left behind.At the memory of Cam’s stubborn jaw and pursed lips, Merik’s shoulders unwound. His breath loosened.
He straightened, listening to the dusk around him. Crickets, owls, nightjars—they drifted into his ears. The sounds that he and Kullen had grown up with. The sounds they would listen to again one day soon.
Sir? Cam murmured, approaching. Her … no his dark eyes shone with worry—so familiar and yet so unknown. He’d forgiven Cam for hiding the truth of Garren and the Nines.People could be staying here, I said. They would stake it as their territory—
Look at the cars here, Cole said, the amount of dirt on them. They’ve been sitting here awhile. I haven’t seen any movement through the hotel’s windows or around the perimeter, have you? Park. Pull up right there, next to that gray Toyota.I turned off the engine as he double-checked that Clancy was still out and still secured with zip ties. He went to inspect the other cars to find a working one with gas, and I jumped down from the driver’s seat and all but ran around to the back to untie the tarp. The three of them sat up in unison, blinking against the dull light.
Cool rain streaked down my face and neck as I helped the others down from the back. The air was thick with that strange, wonderful, indescribable smell that was unique to storms in the desert.Hey, I said, my hands closing around Liam’s arms to steady him as he slid down off the bed. Are you all right?