Dragonbane(Dark Hunter,book 24)(62) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Is he awake?
Max started at the sound of Illarion’s voice in his head. Before he could move, his brother came forward to stand in his field of vision. Alongside Falcyn, who knelt beside Sera.
Yeah, he was back to fearing death again, especially with Falcyn here to check in on him. Hell must have frozen over and a few other catastrophes for that to happen.
Falcyn picked up his ear and coldly let it flop back over his eyes. “You took a nasty wound and spill. If not for your swan, you’d have never survived.”
Sera visibly cringed. “If not for me, he wouldn’t have been injured.”
“Well…” Falcyn wrinkled his nose. “Win some. Lose some. Besides, we’ve all wanted to stab him at times. You’re just lucky you got to do it first.”
Max laughed, then groaned. Leave it to his brother, the asshole. Ignoring Falcyn, he looked back at Sera. “So what happened, anyway? How did we get out of there?”
“They answered your Bane-Cry. It just took them a little while to break through the shields that were holding them out and preventing them from helping.”
“And your sisters?”
She lifted her chin as a cold ruthlessness darkened her eyes. “My sisters died beside my mother when I was a girl. The Amazon tribe I was tied to is still serving the gallu, for who knows what purposes. That’s their choice.”
“We routed the gallu out of Olympus,” Falcyn said, sitting back on his haunches. “But it was a bad day for Zeus and crew. They’re not happy with the damage that was wrought.”
Sin least of all, since his wife insisted that Artemis stay with them until things settle down. And Apollo is captured again since he is now working with the gallu against his father and the rest of his former pantheon.
Max sucked his breath in sharply at that. Sin and Artemis had a bad history together. No doubt Sin was extremely unhappy to have his mother-in-law camping out in his casino since he could barely tolerate Artemis’s presence. Even though he had plenty of room, he wouldn’t welcome her there.
Falcyn brought his attention back to him. “I have Hadyn’s Tablet. We decided it would be safer to break it apart from what you carry. And keep them in separate locations.”
Falcyn inclined his head to him. “Still doesn’t mean I like you, though.”
“Hate you, too, brother.”
There was a timid knock on the door before it was pushed open to show Edena and Hadyn entering. They came in with food and drink that they set down on the floor, beside their mother.
“We’ll give you space,” Falcyn said before he led Illarion and Blaise from the room.
Alone with his mate and children, Max wasn’t sure what to say. It was extremely surreal to have them here in his solitary loft. Or rather their loft. As a family, they’d be sharing it from now on. Yeah, that really did a number on his head.
Edena sat down next to her mother. “How do you feel?”
She smiled. “Glad to hear it.” Even so, there was a hesitancy that blemished her smile and feigned cheerful words.
Max manifested a blanket, then turned himself human. “Better?”
She blushed profusely. “Um… it doesn’t matter to me. I’m used to Hadyn as a dragon.”
“Deenie’s the one who tends to me whenever I’m sick or… stuck. Did you ever get trapped in one form or the other and not be able to change? It really sucks.”
Max grinned as he remembered those days, and he welcomed his son’s friendliness. Unlike his sister, Hadyn had no reservation in his form, tone, or manner. “It’s been a while, but yeah. It sucks.”
Hadyn came forward more slowly. “We know you need to rest some more. We just wanted to make sure you were all right. You haven’t moved in three whole days. All of us have been scared about that.”
Max choked at his revelation. “Three days? Are you serious?”
Edena nodded. “The demons are so unhappy. Zakar, Thorn, and Fang have put up seals and mirrors all over Peltier House and Sanctuary so that they can’t get in again. So far, it’s working.”
“What about the Amazons?”
“They tried,” Hadyn answered. “Mom and Samia, along with the Peltier females and a Dark-Huntress named Chi kicked their butts so hard that I doubt they’ll be back for a while.”
Edena leaned forward to kiss his cheek. “We’ll be back later to bother you. Get some more rest.” She got up to leave.
Hadyn moved forward. “I’m really glad Mom didn’t kill you.” And with that, the twins were gone.
Max wasn’t sure what to make of his kids. They were a bit odd, but he loved them. And speaking of things that made him uncomfortable…
He gently pushed the blanket back and shifted.
Sera immediately gasped. “What are you doing?”
“It’s been three days. I need to go to the bathroom.”
Sera’s face exploded with color. “Oh. Sorry.” She let go of his arm so that he could stand up. “You need me to help?”
Her offer charmed him. But… “There are some things I prefer to do alone. This is one of them.”
Seraphina leaned back on her arms while Max went to attend his needs. It’d been a strange few days while they’d acclimated to their new lives. This world was so different than the one they’d known.
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