Episode 12 by C.A. Szarek
Wait. Not just the council.
Two gladiator-sized men—vampires, she assumed—with long black trench coats on and huge assault-rifle looking guns were with the elders she’d met earlier.
The one on the end was blond, and almost as gorgeous as Reed. He winked at her and flashed a fangy smile. His golden eyes twinkled.
A low growl sounded, and Reed slid his arm around her waist. He tugged her to his hard body.
“Hey,” Abby muttered as breath rushed from her lips. He’d probably read her mind and knew she thought the guy was hot, but he was.
“Sorry to ruin your mating ceremony, boss, but we found this…” the other big dude said. He was bald and had piercing blue eyes. Abby would consider him handsome, if his face wasn’t so harsh.
She gasped in her new husband’s—mate or whatever—grasp when she noticed who the bald vampire tossed to the carpet.
He was on his knees in front of them; his hands bound behind his back. Mr. X pinned her with a look that could kill. “Sitara, I’ll slit your throat! No one betrays me and lives.”
Abby shivered, but she had no reason to. Reed’s grip tightened around her, and he kissed her temple. She was surrounded by his smoky masculine musk, like she had been when they’d made love. Her neck—and her lady parts—throbbed with memories she wanted to relive.
The blond vampire stepped forward and knocked Mr. X on the back of his dark head. “Shut up.”
Mr. X obeyed, but turned his glare on the much larger male.
Reed growled again and looked at his man. “His men?”
“Dead,” the blond vampire said. He wore a silly grin that was on the deadly side and made Abby swallow hard.
Reed shot her a glance. “There’s no reason to be scared, darlin’. My men would never hurt you.”
“I’m Chase. Baldy over there is Mitch. Nice to meet you.” Chase bowed at the waist, and it somehow looked wrong considering his attire and accessories.
Mitch inclined his head, but didn’t smile.
A throat clearing had them glancing at the CHC collectively.
Abby looked at the Cover High Council Elder—a female who had her silver hair coiffed neatly on top of her head. They all wore long red matching robes, and even though she’d passed their tests, the whole group intimidated the shit out of her.
“I apologize for the interference, Elder Katrice, but this man wants to harm my mate,” Reed said. His voice was about as formal as she’d ever heard. He bowed, and Abby had little choice but to do the same, since they were still entwined side by side.
“Your mating ceremony is unfinished.” The vampire’s voice was tinny and her expression tight.
Like Abby and Reed had committed an unspeakable crime.
“It is?” she asked, but no one paid her any heed.
“We’ll finish it now.” Reed tugged her in front of him, settled his hands on her shoulders and looked deeply into her eyes.
“We will?” Abby croaked. She had news for their companions. No matter how much she wanted Reed again, she wasn’t shagging him with an audience.
Her mate smirked. “Oh, darlin’. I adore you already.” He dipped down and kissed her.
For once, she wasn’t mad that he’d read her mind. “What do we have to do?” Abby whispered against his lips.
Reed kissed her again in answer, until she was a quivering blob in his arms. She whimpered a protest when he pulled away.
His green eyes were harsh, and he glared at Chase and Mitch. “Get that piece of shit out of here. I’ll deal with him later. You know where to take him. Get Bubba and Willard, and apprise them.”
The two oversized vampires nodded curtly.
“Congrats, boss. See you later.” Chase winked at Abby, but her head was still spinning from Reed’s glorious mouth.
Then, they were gone.
The CHC watched them intently, and Abby’s tummy fluttered.
“Relax, darlin’.” Reed’s tone was rich, warm, and soft all at once. “We’re already one. Let the council make it official.”
She stared up at him, and Abby’s heart hit overdrive. What does that mean? died on her tongue.
There was so much emotion in his gaze. Deep feeling that didn’t make much sense—considering they’d met officially that morning.
Instinct told her that her own feelings weren’t much different. She wasn’t brave enough to voice it, but Abby would love this man—this vampire—for the rest of her life.
Reed smiled and flashed fangs. “Glad to hear, it little seer, because you’re mine.”
Good thing Abby didn’t want to disagree.