"I'll keep an eye on her," Jade offered.
"The Council meets in a few," Jade commented.
Jade withdrew his knife with a warning look.
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.
"You used Jade, too, didn't you?" she accused.
Jade waved his hand impatiently.
"I know," Jade said, seating himself.
Jade stood near the spit, dark eyes blazing.
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.
"Hello, Jade," Sasha purred.
Trying to convince himself he was too angry to think straight, Jade shook his head and turned away.
"No shit, Ully," the man named Jade responded.
She heard Kris stir, and the cocoa-skinned Jade followed.
He rubbed his face and glanced at Jade, whose frown was more pronounced than Ileana's.
"Gabriel, you have to tell Kris that Jade is working with Sasha!" she exclaimed.
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.
Jade flinched as it snapped into place around his neck.
Kris's features clouded, and Gabriel suspected it was because Kris had been with his current lover, Jade, for hundreds of years.
His trusted deputies --the slender blonde Iliana and the raven-haired gigantor Jade with cocoa skin --sat across from him.
Jade was everything he admired: brave, compassionate, dedicated.
He'd found peace with Jade after Rhyn killed his first love, Lilith.
"Or they can make someone immune to us," Jade said.
Jade, send some men to her apartment and dig around.
"You shouldn't go alone to the Council meeting," Jade warned.
Jade awaited him, as he expected.