By Crista McHugh
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It was the name given to me because I rarely slept as a baby. According to my mother, I would quietly stare at everything around me. ” She finished the last bite of her steak before she answered. ” Oni grinned. “Maybe I’ll tell you one day if I get to know you better. ” She turned and studied the table across the room. “Your brother is easy enough to figure out. ” Part of him wanted to come to his brother’s defense, and the other part of him agreed with her. ” she asked, now studying him. “He risked his life to save mine during the war.
He pulled his hand back and craned his neck to look at the brute standing behind him. At a few inches over six feet, Diah towered over most men, but this lout weighed a good hundred pounds more than he did, and he doubted most of it was fat. ” The brute smiled, revealing two rows of tobacco-stained teeth. The gaslights flickered off the smooth steel of his knife. With a click, a jagged-edged blade replaced it. He reached around and opened the door, shoving Diah into the small parlor. For being caught in the den of one of the most notorious crime bosses in the country, Cager appeared to be relaxing over a glass of cognac with an old friend.
He raised his wand and leveled it with her nose. ” Oni snatched her dagger from its sheath and focused her powers into the orichalcum core. A blinding spear of light erupted from the point. Bradley dropped his wand and covered his eyes. ” She backed away from him, but he stumbled after her, tripping on a tree root and falling forward onto her. They tumbled to the ground. His breath caught, and spasms racked his body. Oni saw the hilt of her dagger resting against the gray linen vest of his suit.
Alchemy of Desire by Crista McHugh