"Darkyn made a deal with Gabriel for your soul, Harmony," she said.
Harmony asked at last.
And now without thinking about it he had found that peace and inner harmony only through the horror of death, through privation, and through what he recognized in Karataev.
Harmony tossed her head towards the death dealer holding Selyn.
Harmony bent and lifted the dead man in a fireman's carry.
Instead of the white lily, which requires mud, or the common sweet flag, the blue flag (Iris versicolor) grows thinly in the pure water, rising from the stony bottom all around the shore, where it is visited by hummingbirds in June; and the color both of its bluish blades and its flowers and especially their reflections, is in singular harmony with the glaucous water.
Harmony for the dealer you have.
She gave a sidelong glance to Harmony as the death dealer joined them.
"That's for recruiting me without telling me it'd cost my soul," Harmony said, crouching beside her.
Harmony stared at her then at the teen girl.
Deidre knew that look, the one that said that Harmony was staring down an eternity of demon mercy.
Harmony tossed her head towards the death dealer holding Darkyn's daughter.
"Take a break, Harmony," he told her.
"Perfect. Even better," Harmony said.
Deidre looked from Harmony to Selyn, wishing she knew how to diffuse the situation in a way that Selyn was able to escape.
Harmony was quiet for a moment.
The highest ranking of his death dealers to defect, Harmony had been Gabriel's lover for months and his second-in-command since he took over the underworld.
"Get rid of her," Harmony ordered.
"Harmony," Deidre said at the sight of the female death dealer.
Deidre squeezed her arm in reassurance, not at all certain what Harmony wanted.
Harmony bent over her, saying something Deidre wasn't able to hear.
If you try to alert anyone or escape, I'll peel your skin from your bodies and watch you scream, Harmony warned.
Harmony. When you find her.
"Harmony," Darkyn's mate said in a hushed tone.
"If you feel the need to expel me for almost breaking the Code, I will go where you bid," Harmony said in a quieter voice.
"I tried several times," Harmony said.
"C'mere, Harmony," Gabe said, using his magic to project the quiet order across the lake.
Harmony didn't get the joke.
"If the death-dealers give you any issues, talk to Harmony," Gabriel advised.
Harmony hesitated, and Darkyn met her gaze, sensing weakness.
The perplexities, irritations and worries that have absorbed us pass like unpleasant dreams, and we wake to see with new eyes and hear with new ears the beauty and harmony of God's real world.