I advanced on him. Everything I’d been dying to say spewed forth in a torrent of accusations. I see the way you look at me. I feel the way you touch me. I hear the hidden messages in your voice. Unlike you, I’ve been blessed knowing the warmth that comes with love. The way a person’s eyes glow and body softens. You love me! And if you can stand there and deny it—when it’s so blatantly obvious—then there really is no hope for us. You might as well march me outside and complete the Final Debt, because I’d rather you kill me quickly than live through this endless death!
Kill shook his head. Doesn’t matter. I run the Pures as a business, too. But we’re still family.I jumped in. The Black Diamonds aren’t family. They’re employees.
Kill cocked his head, pinning his vibrant emerald eyes on me. And you…are you an employee? His gaze drifted down my front, drinking me in.My heart beat faster, subjected to his scrutiny. His interest was visceral, but it wasn’t sexual.I stood taller, balling my hands. No, I’m— His Weaver Whore. The woman destined to die for ludicrous debts.
She’s not an employee, Jethro snapped. She’s a pain in my ass and needs to leave. He herded me toward the door. You’ve pushed and pushed me today. Lowering his voice, he added, Wait till we get home. You’ll pay the price.I spun in his hold, causing his hand to go from my lower back to my belly. I gasped as his long fingers brushed my bare midriff below my jumper.
That threat doesn’t scare me.
I inched closer, cursing the wetness building between my legs. It doesn’t because I’m brave enough to give myself over to you. You’re terrified of me and all I need to say is ‘Kiss me, Jethro Hawk’ and we’ll see who wins again."What did she tell you?" I ask my brother.
He looks at me with an odd expression. "She told me we find more strength in love than in hate."I should not be surprised that somehow Arianna heard the words in my heart and answered them. It is not the first time she has done so. "She is wise. We do not deserve her."
Asher nods. "In that we agree."A Shade boy runs up to us, breathless. "The Fae army has breached the great wall, they're gathering north, just near the Outlands," he reports.