I pointed to his laptop in answer to his silent question.
He stood, lifting me into his arms while still holding his sword. It’s an ambush. I have to get you out of here.The words died on my lips as five vampires materialized in front of us. Nikolas lowered me to my feet and pulled me behind him. There was no way he could fight off five mature vampires and protect me at the same time. Power flowed to my hands until they glowed, casting an eerie white light over the small clearing we were in. Five pairs of eyes turned to me.
Nikolas blurred and one of the vampires screeched when his severed arm landed in the snow. Four of the vampires began to circle Nikolas. The fifth one came at me.The vampire hit me so fast I was momentarily stunned. Claws raked my throat, and I spun off balance. He grabbed for me again, and as soon as his hand closed over my arm, I turned my body into his and brought my other hand up to his throat. He bellowed at the power in my touch, and backhanded me so hard my head snapped back and I saw stars. He could have killed me with one blow, but he struck only hard enough to stun me. The knowledge that he wanted me alive drove my fear to an even greater height, and I screamed as I lunged for him again. This time my hand slammed into his chest. He let out a strangled cry and fell face-first into the snow.I moved in to finish him and Nikolas shouted, Sara, look out!
I spun to find two more vampires standing ten feet away from me. The female reached into her coat and pulled out a gun. A vampire with a gun? I thought a second before she pointed it at me and fired.For one heart-stopping moment I waited for a bullet to pierce my chest, and I knew with unwavering certainty that I was going to die. All I could think of in that moment was Nikolas.
Instead of agonizing pain, all I felt was a sharp sting in my right shoulder. I stared down in shock at the tiny dart sticking out of my coat. Had they tried to use a tranquillizer on me? They could not know that most drugs didn’t work on the Mohiri because of our accelerated metabolism and healing. Or maybe they thought it would work on me because I was only half Mohiri.
The two vampires began walking toward me. Either they were confident they could take me or they expected the drug to knock me out at any second. I wasn’t going without a fight. I summoned my power.Realizing he’d only seen Harper beat up, I nodded. The one and only.
He scrutinized her, but not in the way a guy usually scrutinizes a girl. There was definite curiosity, but I wasn’t sure it was sexual. Still, as he continued to stare at her, I felt the need to say, She’s off-limits.Jamie swung his gaze back to me. Caleb says she lives in our building. I haven’t seen her.
He held up his hands in a defensive gesture. It’s not like that. I just … His attention returned to my friend. She’s striking. Do you … do you think she’d let me paint her?I don’t see how that’s any different.