Never, I declare.
Avery’s logic rang true.I haven’t been touched by a man since Paul, and I’m considering letting this guy put me on the hook, pushing off my plan for three months based on one kiss. One spectacular kiss.
Avery shrugged. I guess when you put it like that . . .They were both silent for a few breaths.How good was the kiss? Avery asked.
Shannon closed her eyes and shivered. I’ve never been kissed like that. With such abandon and need. It was like he had this one shot of making his point, this one moment, rolled up in a single kiss. She opened her eyes, found Avery smiling. I think it was the best first kiss I’ve ever had.Doesn’t your best first kiss deserve a chance? Avery asked.
Why are you so congenial about Victor? The man was engaged to another woman less than a week ago. A big red flag in anyone’s book.
Avery kicked her feet up in the water. Oh, that’s easy.Kali, you can scorch and parch soul-fire as well as I can, but until you master nature-fire, you’re a danger. See this campfire? You cannot extinguish it without an outside source. You need a pail of sand or water. You can start the fire, but you cannot control it. Brac comes nearer with the hot flame. Anu created mortals in the image of the gods. Sky in our lungs, land beneath our feet, fire in our soul, and water in our blood. The First Bhutas were each given dominion over one of these powers. So you see, you have nothing to fear. You are fire, and fire is you.
But soul-fire is contained within the body. I maintain a firm eye on the flame dancing over his hand, mistrustful of its cheerful movements. Nature-fire is wild.What are the prince’s orders? I ask.
Rohan trains his gaze on me. He requests that you join him in Iresh as a guest at the sultan’s Beryl Palace.Iresh is the imperial city of the sultanate of Janardan, ruled by Sultan Kuval, whom Rajah Tarek was rumored to despise. During Tarek’s early days of attacks on bhutas, the sultan welcomed refugees into Iresh. Tarek had planned to go after the bhutas who slipped through his grasp after he eradicated those within his borders.