"I'll keep an eye on her," Jade offered.
"The Council meets in a few," Jade commented.
"You used Jade, too, didn't you?" she accused.
Jade waved his hand impatiently.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Her thoughts went to Jade, and she frowned, troubled.
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.
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.
Jade stood near the spit, dark eyes blazing.
Her gaze again went to Jade, who looked ready to pounce.
He motioned toward a hole in the wall, and he and Jade and Ileana trailed her out of the destroyed building.
Jade glanced sharply at Ileana, then at Kris.
Was this why Jade sold her out?
I trust Jade with my life!
She saw Ully, Jade, Ileana, Gabriel…and a dozen more she didn't know.
Rhyn tossed the blade back to Jade, who caught it with a look that made Katie want to hide.
Jade was there, another man with Kris's eyes but whom she didn't recognize, and a fifth man.
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.
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.
A sound from a trunk in the corner drew Jade.s attention.
Jade looked around in case someone else saw what he.d done.
Without Katie, Jade.s world would be perfect.
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.
Jade gasped for a moment and steadied himself.
Jade flinched as it snapped into place around his neck.
Jade couldn.t help the flash of anger he felt at the sight of such a creature comfortable and content.
His trusted deputies --the slender blonde Iliana and the raven-haired gigantor Jade with cocoa skin --sat across from him.
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.
Jade stormed out of the study and shoved past two warriors in the hallway.
Jade straightened, eyeing the dark figure with bright eyes.
I care nothing for this either, Jade thought.
This is Jade and Ileana.
He.d lost his lover, Jade, that way, a sacrifice that still stung.
Jade emerged from the shadow world into the chamber.s spacious closet and stood silently, listening.
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.
Darkyn strode out, and Jade watched him, torn.
Oh, God, Jade, what did you do?
I will make him our tool, Jade said, his mind working fast to find a way to keep Darkyn from destroying everyone.