Check this out. He hit another button. Look up.
Assail smiled thinly at their surprise. Did you think I wouldn’t know?I am brother, the one on the left said in heavily accented English. He is cousin.
Assail inclined his head, accepting the explanation. In truth, he did not care who delivered his product as long as they did so on a timely basis, for an agreed price and potency, and without interference from human law enforcement.So far, so good with this pair.Moments later, Ehric and his brother accepted the bags and walked off, one facing forward, the other backward so they provided each other cover.
A moment, Assail drawled. If you don’t mind.The human men stopped again, and he felt their anxiety sure as if it were a reverberation on the surface of a table, the transfer of energy traveling easily through the air that separated their bodies.
What else is under there? he said, pointing to the tarp. There are two more duffels, are there not.
The smaller of the pair, the cousin, jerked the cover back into place and went around to the boat’s controls.He rolls his eyes at me and I grin wider.
When Pete returns from Es' room, I tell them I'd like to visit my mother before we leave. She's in a different ward on a different floor, and Pete and Asher wait in the hall while I go in.Her room is small but private, and she looks much the same as she did before. It's dark, the curtains drawn, the lights dimmed to give her rest. But her room smells pleasant, and I notice that in addition to the roses Fen has been sending her, there are vases of purple orchids in various states of bloom.
They were always her favorite.I check the vase for a card, but there isn't one. I sit near her and hold her hand. How do I even begin to tell her what I've been through and what I'm still going through? I wish she was here right now. Awake. Alive. I wish I could ask her advice and listen as she makes the complicated seem so much simpler with her mom logic.