What are you doing here by yourself anyway?
Were you alone, I might try, he answered honestly. You are a mystery to me. Your power runs deep and mostly untouched, and yet you have no desire to explore it. I would like to see how deep it really is but I think that will have to wait for another day.To prove it, he stepped aside and waved us toward the room behind him. I took Remy’s hand and we backed along the wall to the doorway. The dogs watched us and I put out my hand and said Stay. I had no idea if they could understand the command but they did not move.
At the doorway, I said, You said others want to possess me. What did you mean by that?He laughed and the sound echoed chillingly off the cellar walls. That I cannot say. I am still bound by an oath of silence. But I will tell you what I know that they do not, what my far sight shows me. Those who hunt you will ultimately give you the power to become the thing they fear the most.I scowled at his cryptic words. That tells me nothing.
Then I have not broken my oath.Well , maybe you can answer another question for me. He raised his eyebrows and I asked a question that had been niggling at me for a few days. You set those rats on us at the marina so you had to know where we were. Why didn’t you tell your friends we were under the dock?
His white teeth showed when he smiled. You intrigued me when you pushed me out of the rodent’s mind. I had never met someone who could best me and I wanted to take you on myself, to see if you were as worthy an opponent as you seemed to be. It felt… disrespectful to let you be taken by brute force after such a display.
His answer surprised me but this was neither the time nor the place to ponder it. Maybe when all of this was over, I would speculate about why I was able to challenge the witch’s power when Nikolas said that even a seasoned Mohiri warrior was no match for a Hale witch. Right now though, my little troll friends needed me.His tone more than the words caused a heat in my cheeks brought on by hurt feelings. So you think you’re better than me because you don’t care about your appearance?
I didn’t say I dinnae care about my appearance. I care. I’m covered in tattoos that say I care. I just dinnae care what anyone else thinks about my appearance.Well, maybe that’s how I feel. I like to look well presented. It’s got nothing to do with anyone else.
His answering expression suggested he didn’t believe me and it bothered me that I cared. So I scoffed, I don’t care what you think of me.Of course you do. I’m probably the first straight man you’ve ever met who hasn’t fallen at your feet. His eyes scanned my face first before moving down the length of my body in a way that made me involuntarily shiver.