Against her better judgment, her cheek settled on his chest and she could hear the strong, steady beat of his heart. The shimmering necklace he wore pulsed with color, swirling in an almost hypnotic display. In fact it was just the opposite.
She could feel a subtle vibration running through his limbs, like he was being careful not to crush her. His grip was desperate. He buried his nose in her hair and pulled in a deep breath. Zach pulled back then, just enough to look down at her. Dear God, he was practically admitting he was going to brainwash her.
That phone call last week had been one hundred percent theater, designed by the Defenders to get Zach to come running. Her frightened voice, the pounding on her motel room door, the way she disconn ected the call. It had all been a carefully devised lie to trick Zach in to coming for her.
He ran his hands along her arms as if checking for injury, or maybe trying to convince himself she was fine. I was in a cheap motel room. It was just some drunk guy looking for his cheating girlfriend. Best to just get it over with and get out of here before anyone else could get hurt. The longer she put off the inevitable, the worse it would be. His hand was splayed across her lower back, holding her close to his warmth. He looked down at her, and his leopard green eyes practically glowed with anticipation.
He always called her that, like he cared about her. Then again, Lexi figured turnabout was fair play. Once Zach took her back to the compound where he lived, and she got Helen out, she was going to detonate all that C-4 and kill every one of the Sentinels she could. Including Zach. Lexi was safe. Zach could hardly believe it, even though she stood right there in front of him, so beautiful it made his eyes sting. The doorframe kept him from falling, and he stayed there for a full minute, just watching her move, soaking in the sight of her whole and safe.
It took Zach another minute to steady his breathing and get enough control over his emotions to even think about approaching her. Not again. And now here she was, pressed up against him, right where she belonged. He stroked her arms, trying to rub away the chill that roughened her skin. Whatever she wanted, whatever she needed, anything in his power to give would be hers. She felt good under his hands. Maybe too good. His fingers closed around her slim arms and he had to remind himself to be careful. Go slowly. He dug in his back pocket and pulled out a small velvet pouch. He pulled the delicate gold chain from the bag and dangled it in front of her.
Her dark eyes were locked onto the thing like it was a poisonous snake. I had it made just for you. She lifted her chin and looked up at him. Those bittersweet chocolate eyes were full of questions and more than a little apprehension, but Zach would take care of that soon enough. All he needed was some time alone with her to explain and everything would be fine. Just let me put it on you.
She looked at the bracelet again, licked her lips and pulled in a fortifying breath.
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Her chest vibrated with silent fear. She needed time.
Several, actually. Pain pounded at his body, and the need to stake his claim screamed at him to act, but he held on. He still had a few more days—long enough to do this right. Lexi was worth it. Slowly, she held out her arm. Her fingers trembled, but Zach pretended not to notice. She was a little woman—only about five feet tall—but her independent streak was anything but little.
Lexi was a fighter, and he still had the scar to prove it. Every time he saw the small puncture wound on his arm, it made him grin. A fierce warrior maiden. Lexi the Avenger. The stuff of legends. Zach fastened the bracelet around her wrist, loving the feel of her silky skin brushing against his fingertips. And it did. He pretended to adjust it, straightening out the links while he pulled in tiny specks of power from the air around them. It hurt like hell to absorb any more energy, but he had no choice. He needed it to activate the magic Gilda had imbedded in the bracelet—the magic that would make it impossible for Lexi to escape him again.
With a subtle click, he felt the sleeping power inside the gold links come alive, sending sparks cascading up his arm and down his spine. Her dark eyes widened and she struggled against him, trying to pull away. The barkeep looked up from his tallying.
His weathered face darkened, and his body shifted. He was reaching for a weapon behind the bar. He took her by the wrist and tugged her along behind him toward the door. Not good. Birdshot hurt like hell, and buckshot could blow his arm off or worse. Especially not when it meant that his blood would be spilled, the scent drawing every Synestryn demon from miles around, leaving Lexi unprotected.
He shoved Lexi behind him and held up his hands. Involving human police was only going to make things messier. Gus reached for the phone, never once taking his eyes off Zach. Lexi gave Zach a hard shove, pushing him aside so she could step out in front of him. Zach kept his hands to himself, barely. And then he saw the tattoo of a leopard on her shoulder and was shocked to stillness. The leopard was peering out of that foliage, staring right at him from underneath the strap of her tank top.
Zach had seen his reflection in the mirror often enough that he recognized his own eyes when he saw them. It was odd seeing them in the skull of an animal—like he was some bizarre kind of Slayer. What was even odder was the fact that Lexi would permanently mark herself with any image that reminded her of him. Now she was talking. He wanted to kiss her for defusing the situation before it could escalate and complicate things further. Unfortunately, that would have to wait until he got her out of here. At least until he got her to his truck. Lexi looked up at Zach and there was a deep sadness darkening her eyes.
He wanted to wipe it away, destroy it so it could never come back to haunt her again. Problem was, he was convinced that most of that sadness was somehow his fault. A pair of aging lights high overhead drew a cloud of bugs, and lit the cracked parking lot just enough to destroy his night vision and create deep pockets of shadow around the few remaining cars. Lexi headed for her beat-up Honda and Zach was hot on her heels. As much as he hated it, he ripped his eyes away from the lovely sight and scanned the surrounding area for Synestryn.
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