When Darkness Ends(Guardians of Eternity,book 12)(63) by Alexandra Ivy
“I’m beginning to suspect that testosterone does strange things to the male mind.”
“You have no idea,” he muttered, following her out of her private rooms and down the stairs.
He’d adamantly insisted that she open the portal in the foyer. When she’d traveled to bring Styx to the lair, she’d been followed by her fiancé. If Magnus made a sudden appearance in her bedroom, there was nothing that would keep him from shredding the bastard into small, unrecognizable princely parts.
Now, as they moved down the stairs, he realized there was an added bonus to his demand of using the foyer.
The sexy sway of her hips as she took each step.
Reaching the bottom of the stairs, Fallon moved to stand in the center of the paneled foyer, the firelight highlighting the beauty of her delicate features.
A faint smile touched her lips as she glanced toward the flickering flames, no doubt aware that he’d made certain that there were fires in every room of his vast lair.
He should have known the minute he began fretting over whether or not she was cold that he was in danger, he wryly acknowledged.
She made no comment, instead raising her hand to form the portal. Cyn waited until she gestured for him to approach, then, squashing his instinctive dislike for magic, he grabbed her fingers in a tight grip.
There was a sensation of nothingness, then a darkness surrounded him. He clenched his teeth, convinced that he could feel prickles of electricity dancing over his skin despite the fact he couldn’t sense magic.
Only seconds later the darkness was abruptly replaced by a shadowed, tree-lined street that was covered by a new layer of snow.
Cyn sent a swift glance around, making sure there was nothing but the lone vampire who was waiting for them in front of Styx’s front gate.
At last certain there was nothing about to leap out of the shadows, Cyn turned his attention to the raven-haired vampire who was watching him with a mocking silver gaze.
The vampire moved forward to slap Cyn on the shoulder, a smile on his finely chiseled features.
“It’s been a long time, my friend.”
“Too long,” Cyn said, grinning as he ran a glance over Dante’s casual black jeans and shit-kickers. Long before Dante had been captured by the witches and made the guardian of the Phoenix, they’d traveled through Europe, indulging in every vice they could discover. “I have yet to meet your mate.”
Dante shook his head, the pair of golden hoops hanging from his earlobes catching the moonlight.
“I’m not sure I want you to,” he said. “I haven’t forgotten your fatal attraction to women.”
Cyn rolled his eyes. Dante hadn’t been hurting for women. They’d found his bad-boy vibe absurdly exciting. But, of course, the annoying vampire had to remind Fallon of Cyn’s unfortunately exaggerated reputation.
Predictably the princess made a sound of resignation. “Is there anyone who doesn’t know about your unsavory habits?”
Flipping off the laughing Dante, Cyn fixed his attention on the female at his side.
“They weren’t unsavory.”
He grimaced at her disbelieving expression.
“Okay, they might have been a tad unsavory, but they’re in the past.”
“The scourge of Europe has been tamed?” Dante drawled.
Cyn glared at his friend. “You aren’t helping.”
“Payback’s a bitch.”
“Payback for what?”
Dante lifted a dark brow. “Surely you haven’t forgotten those twin nymphs in St. Petersburg who you—”
“Enough,” Cyn growled. He was going to have to have several long, painful conversations with his fellow vampires about sharing unnecessary stories about his past. “Are you ready?”
Dante’s smile faded, his gaze flicking toward the massive house hidden behind the high gate.
“Yes, I don’t want to leave Abby alone for long.”
“Isn’t she inside?” he demanded in surprise. Dante rarely left his mate behind.
Dante shrugged. “Yes, but most demons are too terrified to stay in the same room with her, including the Ravens.”
Ah. He’d assumed that Dante had chosen to live in a remote lair outside Chicago because he wanted to be alone with his new mate. After all, Cyn fully intended to make his castle off-limits to stray visitors once he’d convinced Fallon they were destined to be together.
He hadn’t actually considered how difficult it might be for demons, including his fellow vampires, to make casual chitchat with Abby. As the vessel for the Goddess of Light, she could fry them all to a smudge of ash without breaking a sweat.
“Styx isn’t here?” Cyn asked, knowing that the Anasso would never allow Abby to feel unwelcomed.
“No, he just left for St. Louis to retrieve his mate.” The wicked humor returned to sparkle in Dante’s silver eyes. “He was muttering something about cold beds and mangy werewolves who lure females from their mates with a litter of babies.”
“Poor bloke.” Cyn gave a shake of his head. There weren’t many things worse than having Weres as in-laws . . . Wait. He grimaced, suddenly recalling his own potential in-laws. He didn’t doubt for a minute that the King of Chatri would do everything in his power to take Fallon away. Including trying to kill him. He squared his shoulders. A worry for another day. “Ready?” he asked Dante.
Grabbing his friend’s arm, he reached for Fallon’s hand, shivering as they were instantly surrounded in the electric darkness of her portal.
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