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Blue Blooded (Jessica McClain #6)(6)
Author: Amanda Carlson

He bent down to murmur in my ear, “I’m going to have Marcy spell the humans.”

I nodded. Having them witness this encounter wouldn’t be wise. I hadn’t seen Eudoxia since the day we’d left the Underworld and she’d flung herself through the portal without looking back.

My power stretched out ahead of me, testing her signature, trying to assess how strong she was after ingesting my blood.

We shared a connection now, but it was muted.

That wasn’t surprising, as she survived on blood, and had likely drunk from many since then, diluting what she’d taken from me.

“Stop probing me,” she scoffed in the irritated voice she reserved just for me. “That’s not how you greet someone of my stature, ignorant wolf. And, yes, I’m strong. More so than before. No need to further investigate.” Before I could formulate a response, she strode forward, slapping a note on the table. The fragile wooden top threatened to break as it wobbled under the impact of her strength.

Everyone gathered around. It was lettered exactly like the one Enid had left behind in Kayla’s apartment. It read:

IF YOU WANT YOUR PLACE ON THE COALITION, FAE QUEEN,

BE AT 1928 FLEET STREET, BALTIMORE AT 5:00 PM TOMORROW.

IF YOU FAIL TO SHOW, YOU DIE.

GO ALONE.

The address was this very bar. Eudoxia crossed her arms, her red lips pursed in her perpetual frown. “Care to explain?” she asked, giving me a what have you done now? face.

“Um. It’s complicated,” I answered, hedging. The fact Enid had known yesterday that we would be at this exact place at this time was unsettling enough. But it was a clear indication that she wanted us to arrive in Italy. “The supernatural world is in an uproar, if you haven’t noticed. Things are happening around the world as we speak, and people we love are in danger. We’re on our way to Italy as soon as possible.” I left out who exactly was in danger, because Eudoxia wouldn’t give a rat’s ass about helping Danny or Naomi. She considered her former vamp a traitor anyway, since Naomi was now bound to me, instead of her, by blood. Naming them wouldn’t compel her to join us, but clearly Enid wanted her to go with us, or she wouldn’t have sent for her.

“It doesn’t matter if things are unsettled here or in Europe,” Eudoxia huffed. “That doesn’t mean we need to get involved.”

“How can you say that?” I said, stunned. “That’s exactly what it means. We are the next Coalition. Our job is to intervene. All the time. In fact, I think that’s pretty much all we’ll be doing from now on—getting involved.” We’d discovered we both had a place on the Coalition not that long ago.

The Coalition was made up of five of the biggest supernatural Sects—werewolf, vampire, fae, demon, and witch.

The Power of Five.

My job was Enforcer. I had no idea what would be asked of me, only that I was taking my team with me.

“We are not the Coalition yet,” she countered, her eyes narrowing. “Until we take our vows, what happens is of little interest to me.” So very Eudoxia. If it didn’t concern her, it was inconsequential.

I pointed to the note. “Enid certainly thinks it’s of interest to you, or she wouldn’t have dragged you all the way here.”

“Enid?” Eudoxia’s delicate eyebrows drew inward. “The Hag?”

“One and the same.”

“That can’t be right.” Eudoxia snatched up the note and held it to her nose. “There is no signature residue, no hint of magic.” She waved the offending piece of paper in the air like not having a scent solved everything.

I moved around the table to face her. “Why would you come all this way if you thought that was a random note left by no one of consequence?”

The Vamp Queen shifted, looking mildly uncomfortable. She raised a hand to twirl an errant curl that had dropped near her face. “Because of its location.”

“You’re going to have to be a little more specific than that.”

She abruptly turned and waltzed away. “I found this note in an area that only I can reach. No one else has access to it.” I immediately pictured a dirty cell filled with death and despair. “Also,” she added, “Alana advised me, ‘When you get a special note, you must do as it says.’” She turned and glared. “But no one told me you’d be at the end of this missive.” She glanced around the dive bar with disgust. “Nor that I would be leaving the country.” Alana was a seer and Eudoxia’s fae aunt. I’d encountered her during extenuating circumstances not too terribly long ago. I would be happy never encountering the likes of Alana again.

“Well, you’re here now,” I pointed out. “And this place isn’t that bad.” The bar was called Bad Decisions, which sounded a bit ironic at the moment.

Eudoxia snorted. “This note said to meet here”—she gestured around the room—“it said nothing about going anywhere with you. I have a Coterie to run with vampires who eagerly await my return.”

“Enid wouldn’t send you all the way to Baltimore for no reason,” I countered. “She must want you to accompany us to Italy. And the note says if you don’t show, you die. Are you willing to risk death by being stubborn?”

Eudoxia crossed her arms, her lips curling into a sneer. How was I going to deal with this woman for an eternity? It was a puzzle I wasn’t anxious to solve. “There is nothing in that note that states I must accompany you anywhere. It only states that I come to this address.”

   
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