My parents both raise their brows. Turn back to me.
You work too hard, Lyric said as she repositioned her namesake in her arms. Doesnt he? Your father works way too hard.Little Lyric let out a coo that was timed perfectly—if the kids aim was to melt her grandmother.
She looks so much like Layla. Lyric glanced at her hellren. Doesnt she? Shes going to be so beautiful when she grows up.Rocke nodded and toasted both Qhuinn and Blay with his mug. Good thing you boys know your way around a gun.Blay spoke up. Shes going to learn her own self-defense. So she can take care of herself and—
As he stopped abruptly and looked out the windows, Qhuinn murmured, Thats right. And youre going to teach her. Arent you, Blay?When the male didnt reply, Lyric looked at Qhuinn. Im hogging your daughter, arent I? You havent held her all night.
The female went to turn the young around, and as Qhuinn saw those features that were a spitting image of her mahmen, he recoiled—and recovered fast.
Actually, Im good. But thanks.Anywhere, anywhere—he had to get anywhere the fuck out of range—and fast. Too bad his body wasnt listening. Even as his brain was screaming for speed, all he could do was lurch like a zombie—
Someone caught him from behind, hipping him up off the ground on a snatch-and-drag that quickly turned into an over-the-shoulder fireman carry. As he slammed into place head-down, he vomited from the agony, starbursts lighting his eyes up as his stomach emptied itself with violence. The good news was that he hadnt eaten for twelve to fifteen hours at that point, so he didnt cream up his cousins pant leg too badly.He wanted to help the effort. He wanted to hang on himself. He wanted . . .
Bushes lashed him in the face, and he squinted to protect his eyes. Blood began to flow and it filled his nose. His shoulder got more and more painful. Pressure in his head grew unbearable, making him think of over-inflated tires, bags with too many things in them, water balloons that popped and spilled their contents everywhere.Thank God for his cousins. They never deserted him.