"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.
"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.
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.
"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.
"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.
He rubbed his face and glanced at Jade, whose frown was more pronounced than Ileana's.
She had to get out of there before Jade found a way to alert Sasha.
"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.
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.
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 waited, and Kris held his gaze in silence.
Jade said nothing, pain spiraling through him.
Jade knew he should've walked away the moment Sasha appeared.
Jade squeezed his eyes closed and said hoarsely, "No one can help me."
But right now, Jade needed someone who understood him, as only Sasha always had.