Dragonbane(Dark Hunter,book 24)(31) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
The Arcadians rushed forward to attack while he was weakened and unable to fight.
Throwing his head back, Max cried out and summoned every bit of magick he could.
And with it, he sent his children to Sanctuary where their mother would be waiting for them. He tried to follow after them, but he didn’t have enough strength left for that. Damn it! Electricity was the one thing that was brutal for his kind. It not only played havoc with their physical bodies, it wasn’t the nicest friend to their magick either.
He’d kill for three seconds of control.
Panting and weak, he tried to find shelter. Or roll over on one of those mutant bastards.
It was useless. They were too quick to scurry like the rodent cockroaches they were.
He barely made it ten feet before they had him surrounded. At least twenty Arcadian dragons and wolves were there. Male and female warriors armed and ready to slay him. Or worse, tie him down.
Even so, he would fight them to the end. He sprayed as much fire as he could in dragon form, but it quickly fizzled as he turned human.
He braced himself for the battle as one of the Drakos who had long dark hair neared him. The man glared his hatred for Max. Back at you, bitch.
Yet as they exchanged their mutual disdain and sneers, there was something oddly familiar about the Arcadian. Max cocked his head, trying to place him.
“Do you recognize me, dragon?”
“No,” he lied, not wanting to give him any kind of satisfaction.
With a furious shriek, he backhanded Max. “It was my grandfather you murdered!” Stepping back, he jerked his chin at the others gathered around them. “Summon my cousins. Tell Damos that I’ve finally located the bastard Dragonbane. Tonight we avenge the Kattalakis bloodline! And tomorrow we’re going after his children to finish what he started. Sanctuary or no Sanctuary. We will burn them all to the ground!”
Seraphina turned at the bright flash, expecting to find Maxis there. The sudden shock of seeing her children…
Relief and love poured through her. Tears filled her eyes. Shrieking in gratitude, she ran to them and grabbed them in the tightest hug she could manage even though Hadyn immediately let out a verbal protest that she was hurting him. She shook so badly, she feared her legs would buckle.
Had Hadyn not held her against his chest, she was sure she’d have crumpled at his feet. Not even his bedraggled condition and the fact they needed a bath and fresh clothes took away that they were the most beautiful things she’d ever seen in her life.
“It’s all right, Mama,” he breathed as he rested his chin against the top of her head. Like his father¸ he towered over her. “We’re fine. It’s all good.”
She wouldn’t go that far. Her poor baby was covered in blood and bruises. His homespun clothes torn and filthy. And that made her want the throats and hearts of whoever had dared touch him. How dare they lay hands on her children!
Her breathing ragged, she pulled back to examine Edena. Like her brother’s, her tunic and breeches were torn and covered with filth and blood. Seraphina felt the color drain from her face as an even worse thought went through her.
Edena was the prime age for a mating dragonswan…
I’ll kill them. Every one of them with my bare hands and mount their heads to my wall… Sanctuary, no Sanctuary.
Mercy be damned.
“Hadyn kept them from me,” Edena assured her quickly, as if she could read her mother’s thoughts and knew the source of Seraphina’s building fury.
“Barely.” He staggered back and collapsed to sit cross-legged on the floor. Hard.
Raking a hand through his short auburn hair, he let out an exhausted breath, then winced as he grazed his knuckles against his bruised cheek. He glanced up at her with an adorable frown that was identical to one Max had used when he lived with her and she used to confound him with her strange “Amazon” ways. “Where are we?”
Seraphina didn’t answer his raspy question as she stepped over his legs and glanced around, looking for Maxis to join them. He should have been here by now.
How far behind them could he be? What was taking him so long?
Afraid something would tear her babies from her again, she kept her hand on Edena’s. “Where’s your father?”
“I knew that was him!” Edena smacked at her brother, who grimaced and shoved lightly at her so that she wouldn’t hit his shoulder again. “Told you!”
“No you didn’t.”
Ignoring his ire, Edena met Seraphina’s gaze with sadness in her eyes. “They attacked him and he sent us here while he fought them. I don’t think he was able to follow.”
It was only then that her children realized there were others in the room with them. Edena pulled back as Hadyn rose to his feet to put himself between them and his uncles.
Seraphina smiled at the sweetly protective gesture that was so similar to what Max would have done. Though to be honest, there wasn’t much the poor boy could do right now in his wounded condition, except fall down and trip them on their way to attack her. But God love him for trying.
She let go of Edena to gently take Hadyn by the waist and scoot his enormous teen body aside.
Rubbing his back, she smiled proudly at him to let him know how much she appreciated his sweet thoughtfulness. “Edena, Hadyn… meet your uncles. Blaise and Illarion.”
“Hi.” Blaise gestured toward the wall.
Bemused by that, Hadyn scowled at her and Edena.
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