His trusted deputies --the slender blonde Iliana and the raven-haired gigantor Jade with cocoa skin --sat across from him.
Jade waved his hand impatiently.
Jade was everything he admired: brave, compassionate, dedicated.
As he weighed if he'd be forced to choose between someone he loved and an immortal's mate with a desirable gift, he couldn't help thinking Jade wouldn't take breaking up well.
"The Council meets in a few," Jade commented.
"I know," Jade said, seating himself.
"Hello, Jade," Sasha purred.
Trying to convince himself he was too angry to think straight, Jade shook his head and turned away.
This is Jade and Ileana.
"No shit, Ully," the man named Jade responded.
She heard Kris stir, and the cocoa-skinned Jade followed.
Jade stood near the spit, dark eyes blazing.
Jade withdrew his knife with a warning look.
He rubbed his face and glanced at Jade, whose frown was more pronounced than Ileana's.
"I'll keep an eye on her," Jade offered.
She had to get out of there before Jade found a way to alert Sasha.
"Stay with us," Jade echoed.
Kris didn't know what Jade had done; he couldn't protect her.
"Gabriel, you have to tell Kris that Jade is working with Sasha!" she exclaimed.
"You used Jade, too, didn't you?" she accused.
Rhyn tossed the blade back to Jade, who caught it with a look that made Katie want to hide.
Her thoughts went to Jade, and she frowned, troubled.
Her gaze settled on Jade, whose dark eyes still held the fire of danger.
Kiki rolled his eyes, and Jade inched away from Rhyn, who bared his teeth in a humorless grin.
She frowned at the thought of Rhyn being gone all the time but was glad Jade would be with them and not around to try to drag her back to Sasha.
In Hell, the Immortal Jade, formerly the most trusted lieutenant to the leader of the Council That Was Seven, looked around his new bedchamber with a shiver.
I care nothing for this either, Jade thought.
A sound from a trunk in the corner drew Jade.s attention.
Oh, God, Jade, what did you do?
Jade looked around in case someone else saw what he.d done.
Without Katie, Jade.s world would be perfect.
He.d lost his lover, Jade, that way, a sacrifice that still stung.
The demons brought Jade and Iliana to Hell.
Jade had disappeared after Kris sent him away in hopes that Katie would become his mate.
Of all the thoughts on Kris.s mind, Hannah and Jade were foremost.
Jade waited for Darkyn to return from his meeting with Kris.
"Kris values the Code and his duty more than he does anything," Jade said with some bitterness.
Had died, and the only person he.d betrayed was Sasha, whose death Kris might eventually reward him for by welcoming Jade back into his life and his bed.
Jade gasped for a moment and steadied himself.
I will make him our tool, Jade said, his mind working fast to find a way to keep Darkyn from destroying everyone.
Jade flinched as it snapped into place around his neck.
Darkyn strode out, and Jade watched him, torn.
Jade emerged from the shadow world into the chamber.s spacious closet and stood silently, listening.
Jade couldn.t help the flash of anger he felt at the sight of such a creature comfortable and content.