I was working with an orthopedic surgeon, nearly a two hour drive from our apartment. He told me to hide her. I snapped. "The Mistress wanted to hear no more of it." I shrugged finally and told her the truth. Read Chapter 2 from the story Blood Bound- Book 1 of the Bonded Series- Complete by MercyRose (Tara) with 324,375 reads. "If we get you out of here in the next ten minutes or so, no one will know you were ever here." " I gave him a rueful look. Darryl slowly let go of Warren and sat on the end of the bed. I shifted my gaze back to Warren . I would have spit it out but it was too much effort. It would also let the wolves know they had allies among the police here. I wanted him to say "no." Part of me knew I shouldn't be able to see anything this clearly, but for some reason my night vision was even better than usual. "So what do you do when you're out hunting and you can't find any tracks or scent?" For tonight, just let me get us both some cocoa." He set me in the chair, then dropped to his knees in front of me. I didn't know if that was reassuring or frightening. "Yes?" Some wounds need to be pricked so they can drain, others just need to be left alone—I wasn't qualified to know the difference. I looked at Stefan, who normally vibrated like a puppy, but he seemed to be caught up in the same spell as everyone else. "I can taste her still." He'll have to shuffle politicians on his own for a while." Walkers also speak to ghosts." Littletonhad Samuel's voice down pat. What would happen if the vampires didn't believe me? "No," she said, though she let me go. He hesitated on the threshold, smiled at me, and said, "By your invitation." Gabriel knew about Adam because that was also a matter of public record. He laughed. In contrast, the romance gets dialed down a little in The Bloodforged while the adventure gets dialed up. "As I said, I thought Littleton was a witch. Jesse looked up from the kitchen table as I ran down the stairs. Maybe he could smell what Iwas smelling— and he knew what it was. Stay out of its business. I think she might have been attractive, but her eyes and nose were swollen and red, her face too pale. He'd said it attacked you." "That's right. But after working with the government for forty-odd years, first in the military and later as a security consultant, he'd developed a network of contacts as well as an understanding of politics that made him invaluable to theMarrok —and to the government as they tried to decide how to deal with yet another group of preternatural creatures. CHAPTER 2 I awoke on my couch to steady strokes of a tongue-in-the-face wash and Medea's distinctive thrumming. My voice came out in a hoarse croak. Her route wandered all over Kennewick . "There aren't forty people disappearing from the Tri-Cities every month," I protested. I said. "Forty-one." Eventually, the sorcerer will lose control, and the demon takes over." I just don't want to sleep with them." Not to his room, but all the way out of the house. I... 1) Was sent by Adrian Raines. I escorted him to my bedroom door. Ben sniffed the air nervously. "Tell me what I need to know about demons," I told Adam, though I couldn't take my eyes off of Warren . "So you don't think Daniel killed the people he thought he did?" It started the first time a human forged a cold-iron blade, but bullet lead kills us just as quickly as steel ever did—gremlins like SieboldAdelbertsmiter being the exception among us." "Why aren't you more afraid ofLittleton ?" His permanent death, I mean. Dark purple marks traced the path the harness had run around my chest and ribs. I opened the door and noise poured out like water over a dam. Please." "That'll keep the swelling down." "Mmm," I said. "Yes." Then, every time he bothered me, I made it uglier. I did my best, but my left eye didn't want very badly to open. If I didn't find her soon it would be dark and I'd have to faceLittleton during the height of his power—both as a demon and a vampire. He moved his hand to a green pin all by itself near the east edge of the map. The rest of us mimicked his quiet stillness as Warren drifted to sleep—except for Kyle, who had dropped back into his trials as a ten-year-old third baseman. "I'll come. Something wild coyotes don't usually do. "Are you all right?" I started to nod,then stopped. "Good," I said. Denser where the population was heavier, light in Finley, Burbank , and West Richland where there weren't so many people. My cell phone rang again as I drove past the traffic cop who was parked on the other side of the bridge over the train tracks. Panting, I looked across the room at the open bathroom. When the last note died away, the big woman threw back her head and laughed. I said, leaning against Warren to get a better look at the food. "Nope," I said. If he was, could he hide from the other vampires? I reached out and touched Adam's cage. It was Tony. "They're silver," Stefan said without moving closer. Bran said he wasn't psychic, but most of the werewolves were convinced otherwise. They used to be cheap good cars; now they're expensive good cars. I stood as far from the bed as I could and used the stake to pull open the bed curtains. "Did you think that werewolves were the worst monster in the world?" Marsilia had brought only one escort, and I wasn't surprised to see it was Andre, Stefan's friend and rival. He is dying from guilt. Warren's heart rate picked up and he shifted on the bed, his eye opened again and a tear of pure frustration spilled over. Sometimes I wish I were an average citizen. It smelled good, French vanilla, I thought. "Where is it?" He rolled onto his back and grabbed my head in both hands. I suppose that's what happens when you hide yourself in a little backwater town for a few centuries." All of that was Marsilia's problem and not mine. Cory told him, but the diction and tone of his voice was different. Chapter 1 Reminiscing. I was still waiting for Andre to make his move, when Littleton tipped Andre's head to the side and struck while Andre just stood there. It was very good at slicing through things—things a knife had no business cutting at all, like chains for example. This crowd had that feel, as if they were waiting for someone to start something. "I have to go now dear. "We can do that with humans," he said, which was something I didn't want to know. His earlier remark about white belts didn't make him a martial artist, but his body movement as he walked into my garage did. Adam was a straightforward person—but he understood necessity. "I can be here," said Samuel. "She can become a lone wolf," he said, relaxing. Fortunately, having been terrified and traumatized well beyond my limits, there was nothing left to answer the Alpha's demand. "Why a couple of years?" He didn't sound it. "Bloodlust begins with a cause. "We have a map," he told me as I turned down Adam's road and put my foot down. I didn't tell you to kill the wolf, it's not even midnight yet. So much for his promise not to exert undue influence. How long would it be before one of them realized they hadn't heard from their grandparents for too long? Vampires didn't need to, of course, but Stefan mostly did. I don't suppose you did. I must have done that while I was struggling against Stefan's hold on my leash. As second, he'd have had plenty of experience in real fights, not just training. If Mercy hadn't been mostly unconscious—and willing to come—I couldn't have called her. One of the musicians, the one who'd offered his guitar, grinned at me as we switched places. No one would ever think you were a monster—any more than a Siberian tiger or a golden eagle is a monster." I pulled my pillow over my head. "Mercedes." He'd have had to nearly kill you. He put his hand on the door and something beyond the door growled softly—a werewolf. I asked the phone plaintively. asked Samuel. So, the stereotype is present here, but not all encompassing. He kissed Andre's cheek and whispered, "He tastes better than you do." When the other cop had gone, Tony pulled the curtains closed. "Yes," Bran said, and something inside of me relaxed. It's not all that easy to find someone willing to sell his soul to the devil." "I'll do that," I told him. "Shh, Mercy. "Thing like that will stick in a man's craw." Red is where someone ended up dead. "Then we both went out and visited some other friends." Had Littleton been a killer before he became a sorcerer and a vampire? It was utterly serious, beautiful—and, given the rage in his eyes when he started, surprisingly gentle. I wasn't the only person who could see ghosts. "Go rescue Honey from that idiot who was trying to keep me out." More powerful than sex. Can you handle it from here?" The vampires came and spirited Andre away. I know bloodlust. Paul gave a small, pleased nod and left the room with brisk steps, unaware that Warren would wipe the floor with him. Daniel was… punished. He's been pack leader here for a long time because he's good at his job—let him do it." Samuel wouldn't leave me alone with Stefan without a fight I was too battered to enjoy. "All right," he said. I asked. The effect was charming, but a little bizarre. She'll never grow old. It's all right." "Has your father or Samuel called?" Really. "Why don't you like me, Mercy? It occurred to me that his maker might be pulling the monster's strings. I believe in innocent until proven guilty. He'd been sitting on the floor at the foot of the couch, but, as I looked at him, he rose until he was on his knees—just as he'd been when the sorcerer had held him. Dominant wolves were always prickly around each other, unless one of them was the Alpha. "He wants Littleton permanently dead." If the seethe had been a wolf pack, I'd have been able to interpret her actions better. He didn't say anything, just shook his head. Or maybe he had. Coyotes sing in the daylight as well as the night. He finished his reps, then came up to me and touched the side of my face. He was right, darn him. "Mercy," said Adam. "I suppose if you are afraid it might put you ‘on a killing edge,' it makes better sense to wait it out." "We could try again, later. But Adam had declared me his mate so he disagreed with me. "Hmm. His sureness that noise wouldn't disturb anyone in the hotel whenLittleton had invited us in became suddenly clear. "Can't sleep with a dead man in my closet." "I don't want you to do anything, Mercy, no matter what you see or hear. Not often, but what she does see is seldom wrong." If it had taken two weeks for Stefan and Warren to find the sorcerer, I was unlikely to find him by driving up and down streets at random. "He's unavailable right now, may I take your name and number?" "Or at least she will be when I get her fixed up." I stood in the doorway and stared into his eyes. "I'm glad you're coming, but both you and Uncle Mike told me demons are very bad news for werewolves. However, I believe in being fair. "Well enough," she agreed. The other window looked out over my place. But Samuel wasn't just any lone wolf, he was the Marrok's son and more dominant even than Adam if he'd wanted to push matters. Which was just as well. The vampires didn't like people talking about them. "Yes." "What's wrong?" If those things could stop an elephant, I had to believe they'd make a vampire sit up and take notice too. I shoved the finger-long bullets into the gun impatiently. I took a step back anyway because my instincts were telling me that I wasn't the biggest predator here. "Going to an S&M strip club are you? The damage was worse than it had seemed last night. He didn't have to know how underpowered we were; the police would be even more helpless than Andre and I. Daniel had been a trial, to see whatLittleton could do against a new-made vampire. But when Samuel replied, though his purring tones bore more than a passing resemblance to the noise my cat was making, there was no comfort to be had from the cold menace under the soft voice. I was gratified to see that the partially dissected Rabbit was framed in the center of his view. "Join us for lunch," contributed Rachel with a toothy smile. He'll grow up strong and healthy." You aren't likely to pounce on the operating table and eat someone if you aren't hungry." I don't know what effect changing had on his prognosis. "What else did Uncle Mike say to you?" I spun around to see what had happened, but they were both all right. "Do you have somewhere dark I might spend the day?" I was more than willing to accept responsibility for my own actions—and allowing him to slide his warm, calloused hands into my hair was certainly an action on my part. The deep, Texas drawl caused the reporter to spin on his heel. What the witch had said was, "Adamya says you are to leave it alone. He smiled, showing pearly white teeth. There was a pause before she looked up at me, and for a moment she didn't know me at all. The other cop gave Tony a narrow-eyed look, but he only asked, "How long should I take?" They're not likely to stand around and wait for the chainsaw. Nor do they worry about a pack of werewolves—at least not quite the same way as I was. I might even have landed on my feet. "Somehow Daniel was sidetracked—he doesn't remember how. "I'm not certain even Andre knows. "At least not yet." "So how are you going to explain to your neighbors that there is a strange man sleeping on your front porch?" Stefan said it had to do with an old suspicion that if you spoke evil's name, you drew its attention. Coyotes were good at skulking and could take down much bigger prey than most people would expect. "Presents?" An hour before closing I left Gabriel in charge of the shop and drove home. He knew why. Why was Stefan so anxious to hear what I had to say? I asked. Then I washed my hands and face and rinsed my mouth out with water. He didn't smile, but I was used to that. As their cries died away, I heard someone coming down the stairs. My girlfriend scared ‘emoff with a rifle, but they sure did a number on the house while they were here, didn't they." It had sliced into Andre, just above his collarbone, but he didn't seem to mind. Her tone asked me a whole slew of questions. "Bitch,"Littleton hissed. I had played with Samuel's wolf as a child, along with all the other children in Aspen Springs. The clean clothes were folded in stacks I hadn't gotten around to putting in my drawers. "Why don't you get both of us a cup of coffee." It isn't a church anymore. Once I'd quit resisting his pull, he spoke to me in a rapid and quiet voice. I'd never been inside a police station before, and I was more intimidated than I'd expected. He told me our local Alpha would be a poor choice. The brass thorns were gleaming black with his blood. The Marrok is like, the Alpha of all the Alphas." Samuel would be questioned by the hospital administrators, I thought. I'm to repair them and replace the carpet." This vampire skill hasn't been explored in the book yet, so I'm kinda basing it on Vampire Diaries' compelling skill. My cell phone rang. He was capable of sitting there, motionless, for hours—Samuel had a reputation as a very patient hunter. She gave Adam another look, but when he didn't object she quietly introduced herself to Kyle, touched him on the shoulder, then settled against the wall with her head leaned back and her eyes closed. The door swung shut, leaving me alone in the parking lot with my assailant. "I'm not helpless," I told him. Then Tony turned back to Adam. An attempted robbery, a lover's quarrel that got out of hand." "My cell number is on this. I caught it and unzipped the bag. TheKennewick police station was not too far from my shop, right next to Kennewick High. It was still there when I brought you home and I had to wash it off." "Someone just gnawed on you," she said. He took his arm down and looked at me with wolf eyes, pale as snow and ringed in ebony. I didn't know how old Stefan was, but he used that phrase like a man who meant it. "A picture of that nice boy who likes you. Hanging up the phone, I noticed Gabriel's eyes on me. Since he didn't look the type to be really interested in the display of old baby buggies, he must be guarding me. I tried to swallow my gasp, but Marsilia turned to look at me as if I'd done something interesting. "I know," Adam gave a rueful laugh. Mostly it wouldn't work anyway, but there are stories…" He shrugged unhappily. Tomorrow was Saturday when I was officially closed. The whole church was dark, but there were windows high up that let in a little illumination from the streetlights outside. But my friend, the one who shares my head, the nameless one, he's been getting very bored. "He assumed I was sleeping the whole time—and wasn't in the mood to listen when I tried to talk to him. "Demon-rider? "Good. That chair is a very old thing." He'd gotten into trouble for it. As an added hint on AO3 this chapter is labeled *Mated* ~~~~~ The week of bed rest was finally over and they had managed to convince the healer that they were fine. Children and grandchildren, I thought, and none of them related to Andre. If the sandbag had been a person I'd have broken his neck. I think I'm in love." Samuel broke the silence first. "Who is ‘we'?" "Was it something about Littleton being a sorcerer that allowed him to survive being turned?" I slapped the mat quickly and he let me up. The third was that he didn't consider humans to be effluvia at all. He'd left the pack shortly after I had, over fifteen years ago. I may have added a few of those words a mechanic picks up to use at recalcitrant bolts and alternators that land on her toes. Naomi was just staring at me. I didn't know enough about witchcraft to know if she could help or not. On the third date my arm had been almost healed and there had been no Jesse, no middle school auditorium to cool any passionate impulses we might have had. "What? "I don't know," Stefan answered finally. I flipped it twice more. I didn't answer. Once I knew that, it was easier to ignore. I held Samuel while the sun set, comforting him as best I could. He didn't have to work today. All vampirism would do is increase Littleton 's ability to create mayhem." So I drove back intoKennewick and just cruised around. All of his attention was on the church. The third menagerie I found a few days later was Andre's. Does this help?" "Run," she said. Of a sort. "All right," Tony said. "Sit down." But every make has a few lemons. I leaned forward and kissed him on the cheek. "I'm not a vet, I'm a doctor. I called, dropping mygi top on the couch. "The vampire.Andre. He looked toward the bathroom door. "Dad's kind of a stud, all right." "Not after you've invited me in." She didn't follow us up the stairs—doubtless she'd have a few unhappy moments with Elliot before she could do anything else. "There's nothing you can do about her being a werewolf—" "She tried to commit suicide," he told me, tears welling in his eyes. I'm thinkin ' that it might not be the best night for one of your kind to join us in revelry." "I didn't help." "This creature is playing with the vampires, Mercy. "Yes. "How interesting," he said. His hand closed on mine hard enough to leave bruises, and he jerked my hand back.Littleton 's head flopped to the side. Don't let them destroy you, too." I don't think she'd have killed one of us." I think that I can count on the fingers of one hand the times you've actually said the word ‘women' and not replaced it with an epithet referring to female genitalia." She saw me looking at her and smiled unpleasantly, still not a hair out of place. Learn how we and our ad partner Google, collect and use data. So he could command my obedience whenever he wanted to. I couldn't bear to listen to the woman's terror. "The seat isn't dependant upon our power," Stefan said. We worked companionably in silence for a while until I ran into a job that required four hands rather than two. My ears weren't doing me much good, but the emotions my nose picked up weren't happy ones. She puttered off in her usual shuffle-shuffle step that covered a surprising amount of ground. I let the Rabbit idle for a moment and debated going in. I ran up the stairs with Honey on my heels. Someone had told her to, she'd said—I couldn't remember who, just that it was a man's name. "Just a gaping hole where it should have been." He looked at me incredulously, then laughed, a harsh and bitter sound. I owed him. Most people today don't have the belief in evil and the knowledge necessary to make a pact with a demon. "But if it was holy ground I should have felt it before this." That's why Warren and Ben couldn't trackLittleton down when they went looking." The door slammed shut behind him. He was a bouncer. She looked over at me with a puzzled look on her face. Everyone here was very afraid. The demon-possessed are caged quickly in mental institutions where they are subdued by drugs.Most younger vampires have never run into a sorcerer—you said yourself that you didn't know what you had scented until I told you." I paused in the doorway to give my nose a chance to tell me what he was feeling. He gave me a shrug that might have meant anything. I was just lucky that the piano lessons had included voice lessons, too. Despite, or maybe because of, the military cause of the cities' growth, the Tri-Cities didn't have a lot of violence in its past—and violent, senseless death was the main cause of ghosts. I could hear it in her voice. His moustache was striped like his waistcoat, though in brown and silver. Adam's voice had told me that much. He put the maid in the bathroom, out of sight, because he didn't want to kill her too soon. I didn't know what kind of fae she was, what to do to avoid a fight. Darryl snorted. Like theMarrok , he had a marked tendency to treat me like one of his minions when it suited him, and like a human stray when it didn't. I asked. I might not want to love Samuel—not after the way we'd once hurt each other—but I didn't want to lose him either. She glanced at the boy, but he merely rocked. "He won't hurt you," Stefan said when I was silent for too long. I opened my mouth to answer and Samuel pulled the curtains aside and stepped in, an Xray in his hands. I tried to imagine the conversation. No, wait!" Knowing what Marsilia was up to might be important in the long run, but it wasn't going to help me find Littleton . I couldn't see his face because he had his back to all of us. "I'm sure you'll find it later. But Kyle said he had spoken. The combination was enough to keep him alive but not always comfortable in the pack. I returned his kiss with interest, leaning into his body and threading my fingers through his fine hair. My head was throbbing from lack of sleep and I staggered into the bathroom and got out some aspirin and gulped them down. It was Rachel who told me what had happened. The cabinets were hanging open and bare. "I've heard you. She took a deep breath and whispered, almost to herself, "I know some of them would even enjoy it." Easy like Daniel? Adam growled and Samuel whined eagerly and took a half step closer. He paused and set his glass down very gently. "Honey, too?" Naomi turned to the girl, "Rachel—" "I saw him, too," she said hollowly. "But Warren listened to me this morning." I had no intention of joining the crowd. "Stefan revoked Andre's entry into the house, but I wasn't certain that it still worked with Stefan… missing." Andre took up a position on a couch near the odd, wooden chair. "No," I told him. I need to get ready to go to work." I took a tighter grip on the wheel and tried not to look at the broken dash, where Stefan, calm, quiet Stefan, had put his fist. "No. He smelled of my shampoo and his hair was damp. My shoulder ached and I just wanted to go to my bedroom and pull my blankets over my head. Not that I let him get away with it, but arguing with werewolves requires a certain subtlety I was lacking at—I checked my wristwatch—3:15 in the morning. "Jesse," warned Adam, his voice muffled only a little by the mat. Daniel, after all, is very new. I asked, though his lack of reaction had robbed me of some of my urgency. Still, he didn't sound obnoxious, just mildly flirtatious. "Let us tell the room why it is that Mercedes Thompson would be someone you would go to for help." Now, I had the Marrok's cell phone number on my speed dial, and Samuel had decided to move to the Tri-Cities. Bran was, in my mind, exempt from the effects of the demon. Only then did my brain catch up to what my nose and ears had been trying to tell me. I talked to people who used to go to church there. He's been the janitor at the old Congregational church forever. He'd have done it, too—so I let him move in. Forfeit, I thought, some kind of gift, maybe. "I don't want to have to explain to Warren why we let him eat you," I said. If my head had hurt a little less, I would have moved away. "You're swaying," said Samuel after a moment. He shook his head. "I have some preparations to do first, but I won't be long." I tried to shift so I could help, but all I got was a burning pain across my chest and around my ribs. Sorcerers sell themselves to demons for knowledge and power. I'm not very good at waiting, and had to fight not to fidget. "Yes. I asked. "I came to find the house on fire," he said, "and two humans, Andre's current menagerie, outside of his house. Maybe she'd been angry because Stefan had forced her to reveal my existence to the rest of them. It occurred to me that you were not important to Cory Littleton. They couldn't be allowed to run free crying, ‘vampire.' "I lived like a student should, Mercy," he told me. "You're sure I can't help you?" I took a second step back, putting space between us, wishing I'd brought a gun. You are too fragile—and I have no desire to start a war with Adam—or worse, the Marrok himself." Samuel sat beside me on the couch, pulled off the small throw blanket that hid the damage Medea had done to the back of the couch, and wrapped me in it. Vampires are strong, and even when I threw my whole thirty-two pounds into it, his hand didn't move. He was watching Darryl without bothering to conceal his dislike. Rachel had quit speaking, hopped off her stool, and looked at Daniel. Andre, I thought, would have killed Stefan. I could call Andre—but… My shoulders were stiff from the tension and I leaned my head to the side, stretching. Andre stepped off the road and onto the sidewalk, then came to a full stop and looked at me. I blinked and jerked my gaze away. Even though he sometimes filled in for me when I was sick, I hadn't even thought about calling him for help with the garage—proof that it would probably be better if I didn't try going to work today. Also, even if you know what it is, you won't be able to do anything to stop it. Werewolves might lock eyes for dominance purposes, but they couldn't take over your mind if you held their gaze. 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