As my blade pierces the base of his neck, the silver sizzles against his skin. His cold blue eyes open wide. The grim reality of his situation sets in. He gulps hard and shakes his head in fear. "I repent." He squeaks like the coward he is. "Forgive my crimes. Let me face the Council." "You'll find no mercy here, Sin." Blood gushes down his bare chest freely. "You will be judged by the Goddess." His expression quickly changes to one of anger, exposing his ruse. "I see you in the Palace of the Goddess, I will kill you again." I growl. "And if she casts me out, I will meet you on the edge of the River Styx and kill you in Purgatory over and over until the Ferryman come to collect us. And if Hades allows, I will continue to kill you in the Underworld until the end of time." "I underestimated you." He chokes. "Everyone does." I whisper as I lay my full weight against the pommel.View More
“Go ahead, Sister Marguerite.” Leni pulls out a pad of paper and a pen. I can’t tell if she thinks this woman has something legitimate to say, but when my mate turns on her ‘business mode’, no one is dumb enough to stand in her way. “Alpha Regent Bronx Andreas Mason is going to travel with Gamma Regent Reginald Adam Slater. Iokaste remains behind. Beta Regent Milo Emory Stone and Luna Regent Lenora Jane Mason-Stone are absent. I see… there’s a baby girl. She’s very special… Oh! Her spirit is ancient. A very stable thread. I-I think Iokaste will heal her? Or… Iokaste will heal Luna Regent Lenora Jane Mason-Stone’s spirit? Hmm… this thread is unique. The threads of mother and child are woven tightly to the goddess’s.”“Sister Marguerite, you can use our informal titles. Please.” Leni smiles at the bubble, then frowns in concentration. “Kas healed me before I was pregnant. Before we knew she was a goddess. Is that what you see… err… feel? Can you provide more information about this heal
I look back to see Kas looking around at us. I need to protect my Luna, but I need to protect my mate too. Kas’s face is deep red where Bronx hit her. She looks embarrassed about the situation. Why would she feel that way? He’s the one who should be ashamed.“Let’s get her into the apartment.” Lenora struggles out of my arms and picks up Kas’s keys to unlock the door. She switches to a mindlink. “Milo, I’m going to deal with Bronx. Wait for us out here.”Before I can reply, she shuts down the mindlink and leads Kas into the apartment. Shit. “I think that’s what they call a no-win situation, Beta.” Tyree frowns, looking at the door.“Yeah.” Reggie puts his hands on his hips and stands next to me. “I think you did the right thing, though. There were enough of us here to help her. I think we were all just too much in shock to act as quick as Lenora.” “Beta, Gamma, they said there’s a problem with Kas.” Delilah rushes up, holding her old doctor bag with James and Ashley in tow.“Yeah.”
Delilah opens her bag and pulls out a fishing tackle box and a glass vial. The vial is already half full with a light pink liquid in it. “What’s that?” I tip my chin toward her.“Juice of cranberry and spring water from my coven’s realm. I’m going to add several herbs to it. None of them will harm Beta Lenora or her baby.” She explains as she pops open sections of the tackle box and pulls out pinches of dried leaves, adding them to the vial. “The combination of the ingredients and the will of my spirit… well, the will of my spirit and the blessings of the Goddess Hecate are what give the potion its power.”“Fascinating.” Doctor Nolan cocks his head. “Is this something we can discuss another time, Miss Delilah?”“Oui, Doctor.” She smiles, then murmurs under her breath as she swirls the vial around. There is a shift of the ambient energy in the room. Everything feels lighter and more crisp. It’s the literal opposite of what I have felt when dark witches would fire spells at us in the
On the way into the coven, we landed a helicopter in the field near a giant gate. The witches created performed a spell that opened the gate to let us through in the Hummer Henri had waiting for us. It was a twenty-minute ride to their Coven house. Longest twenty minutes of my life… until I found out Lenora was sick about three hours ago. On the way out, they created portals and took us one or two at a time. Lady Camille was right. The quick trip left me disoriented and nauseous. On the way to the village near the airport, Delilah explained a portal was not just a tear in space and time. It’s a connection between one place and another. Portals are possible because of a place mortals can’t access called “The Beyond”. The Beyond is where the connection between the two places is cut short. The longer the distance between the entrance and exit, the further the Beyond has to stretch to pull the two points together. That extra effort requires extra energy from the traveler. That’s what cau
“Ahem” I practically have a heart attack when I turn around and see Sister Penny in the middle of the room with fresh clothes. Once again, her entrance was completely silent.“I’m sorry. I didn’t want to interrupt your conversation.” She frowns. “It seemed to be a sensitive matter.”“My mate’s sick.” I clear my throat and blink hard. “How did you do that? Come in here without me hearing you, I mean? Stealth is kind of my thing. No one has ever been able to sneak up on me like that.”“A simple portal.” She shakes her head with a smile. “We use them all the time here.”“A portal?” A way to get from one place to another instantly. I feel a flame of hope in my chest. “Could you portal me back to Montana?”“I’m not powerful enough for that.” She coos sympathetically. “But we can ask Lady Camille.”“She would do it? She would create a portal to get me home faster?”“There’s only one way to find out. Just a moment.” She closes her eyes and whispers under her breath. A soft blue aura blooms a
Milo’s POVAs I turn around, a movement in the room makes me jump. Ghost comes forward with a snarl. The witch standing in the middle of the room doesn’t even flinch at him lunging. I didn’t even fucking hear her come in. She’s holding a basket of washcloths with a pan of water balanced on top.“S-sorry.” I push Ghost back. “I didn’t realize you were here. Can I help you with something?”“Beta Regent Milo Emory Stone, Mother Camille asked me to examine you for injuries.” She bows. Her thick French accent is disarming… or is it the tone of her voice? What is it about her voice?“She’s nervous.” Ghost murmurs. “I don’t care how friendly they say she is. Don’t make any sudden movements.”“Oh, uh… I’m fine. None of this is my blood.” I hold my hands up. “Really.”“I’m sorry, Sir. Those are my Coven Mother’s orders.” She furrows her brow with worry.I’m distracted by her features for a moment. She spends a lot of time in the sun. The freckles across the bridge of her nose are almost the sa
“Henri, Bronx’s flight is missing.” Milo says into the speakerphone while he types blazing fast on his laptop. "I need your help to track him down."“Missing?!” Henri gasps. I hear noise in the background. It sounds like people scrambling. “Tell me what you need, my friend. You have all my resources. Is Kas still at the coven? She’s safe?”“Yeah. Safe, but freaked the fuck out. I’m sending you all the info for the MasonCo jet now so you can check local airports. He was supposed to fly into Agen La Garenne six hours ago, but his flight never landed there. Check all the airports within four hours. The jet would need to refuel any further than that.” Milo says into the speakerphone. “I’m getting on a commercial flight in an hour and a half. Lenora, Reggie, and Ashley are going to be here. As soon as I have a secure connection, I’ll be in touch. Until then, Reggie’s your contact.”“Of course, Milo.” Henri confirms. Milo pauses and looks up at Reggie. I’ve never seen him look so serious.
“You’re just going to forgive him?” Justice seethes. “He could have killed us!”“Alright, Justice, look.” I sit on the bench outside Bronx’s apartment. “Yes, he got drunk and pulled us into the pool, but it wasn’t intentional. Besides, there was zero chance we were going to drown.”“You’re being too laid-back about this, Lenora.”“Why are you so mad?” I fold my arms over myself and cross my legs.“What do you mean, why am I so mad?” She snaps at me.“You’ve been in a mood even before I found out I was pregnant. What’s going on with you?”Justice pauses. “It’s just a reminder time passing too quickly. A reminder that nothing lasts forever.”“Okay, but that’s not always a bad thing.” I reassure her. “Try to think of this as a blessing. I’m happy. Milo’s over the moon. You saw how Bronx reacted. He’s ecstatic.”“I’ll do my best to hold my temper.” Justice says as a compromise.“I’ll take it. And if you want to talk more about it, please just tell me. Okay?”“Mmm. Fine.” She snips, ending
“Hey Aaaaashhhhley?” I call through a mindlink.“Hey Lennnniiiiiii?”“Um, are you and Carly busy?” I twist my fingers nervously.“Never too busy for our favorite nerd.” She coos. “Where you at?”“My bathroom.”“Your bathroom? Like, in your apartment… bathroom?” She sounds suspicious.“Yes. And I need you… And Carly.”“Lenora, if you have another toy stuck in your-”“I don’t.” I cut her off. “I just need you guys. Like, right now, right now. Please.”“Alright, alright. We’ll be right there.”I pace in the bathroom looking at the unopened box on the counter.“I don’t remember seeing you in a memory.” Justice insists again. “If you think you’re pregnant, just pee on the magic little stick.”“It’s not magic. It’s science, and you were the one who told me it was a memory, not a dream, Justice.” I snap. “And if it comes up negative, I’m going to have a mental breakdown and if it’s positive, I’m going to have a mental breakdown.”“Oh, for Goddess’s sake. If you’re going to have a breakdown e
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