If Assails not here, are his cousins available, she said, her voice growing strident.
In the garage, there was a blacked-out Range Rover she knew all too well. It was the SUV shed ridden in after the abduction, and the sight of the thing took her back to that horrible night.Which hospital is it? she said as she went around to the passenger side.
Youve been there before. It is where we took you.Oh, right. Even though she had few memories of the place. Shockll do that to a girl. How far out of town is it?Not far. But we have to pick up someone first.
As she got in, she felt for her gun. Do I know them?Do not worry. Ehric glanced over from the drivers side. I will not let ill befall you.
Actually, thats my job, she thought. But thanks.
Ten minutes later, they pulled into a strip mall, headed around the back, and a man stepped out from behind the mountain of snow that had been cleared from the parking areas. He was blond-haired and—yeah, wow, really good-looking. Wait…she recognized him from before.I love you, Assail. I love you with all that I am and all I will ever be, and if you die tonight or tomorrow or the night after, I just want you to know that you will always be with me. Right…here.
And then it happened.As she touched her heart, a marvelous peace overcame him, and instead of fighting his way back into his earthly home, he moved as a light breeze into the spaces between his cells, filling up that which had been emptied, enlivening that which had been on the verge of demise…
The croaking sound was so soft, Sola wasnt sure she had heard anything—or maybe she had made the sound? There was so much pressure in her chest and constriction in her throat that her every inhale and exhale was an effort.I love you, she said again—because as sad as this situation was, it felt good to let the secret shed kept out—