Toby looked up as the familiar demon named Jared passed his cell, trailed by two demons carrying a body with another familiar face.
Jared bowed his head and fled, well aware of the power of the demon lord's fury.
She recalled Jared too well.
"He'll make time for you, Jared," Rhyn assured him.
You could get one of us out, Jared said.
"Hello, Lunchmeat," the demon Jared said, smiling slowly.
Jared turned to see the woman on the other side of the kitchen, and Katie bolted.
Panic churned within her, and she was about to cry out for Rhyn when Jared snagged her arm.
Jared kicked the fractured pieces of door out of the way.
Go. Remind Jared what happens if he disobeys me.
"Hello, my Immortal Twinkies," Jared said, his slender form pausing in the hallway between them.
"I'll get right on that," Jared said and rolled his eyes.
I plan on eating every part of you, down to your bones, Jared snapped and bared his teeth.
Logan and Jared were in front of the television, talking about the basketball game.
She didn't see Jared, but she couldn't shake the sense he – or someone else – was following her.
"Good enough," the creature down the hall, Jared, said with a loud sigh.
"I heard Sasha's getting promoted by You Know Who," Jared continued.
The monster across the hall was no option, and Jared was little better.
"Less pain," Jared reminded her as she passed.
Jared shouted at last.
"You better run," Jared advised.
"Farewell, Lunchmeat," Jared called in resignation.
Rhyn.s voice made her heart skip a beat, and she craned her neck to see past Jared, who whirled.
"Now, wait, half-brother," Jared said.
There was truth in everything Jared said.
He knew Jared well enough after all their years in Hell together to understand the creature was too narcissistic to care about another.s issues.
If anything, Jared wanted just what he said: a good snack on his way to find more good snacks.
Jared asked, the confidence in his voice replaced by unease.
Jared limped after him and appeared beside him on the cliff edge, taking in the morning view of grey skies and green forest with a look of distaste.
Jared.s senses were more acute than his, and he turned to face the direction of the castle.
Jared was pale and propped against a rock.
"Nature.s not so kind to the weak," Jared said with a grimace as he pushed himself up.
"Lunchmeat," Jared said with a toothy smile.
Jared morphed again into a massive creature.
Jared launched himself at the demon barreling toward them.
Jared squatted in front of him, looking more bruised than the last time he saw him.
Jared lay still for a moment before sitting up.
"You're too little," Jared said.
Jared motioned to the living room.
Jared scrambled out of the way, but Logan wasn't so lucky.
Jared was a thorn in Darkyn's side, but he was also a friend of the half-demon Rhyn.
It was respect for this usefulness that kept Jared from feeling the brunt of Darkyn's anger.
"I went over the beach house with a fine-toothed comb," Jared said.
"Are you sure …" At Darkyn's glare, Jared ducked his gaze and fell silent.
Jared broke the predatory silence.
"My left arm for a bite…" Jared groaned.
More pain than Jared but less than Khakhala.
"Hey Lunchmeat," the pale man, Jared, called.
"Wouldn't matter if you were," Jared said, unconcerned.
"I like you, Lunchmeat," Jared continued.
Jared exclaimed, hanging his hands through the bars in his cell.
"Lunchmeat's still kicking," Jared said.
Jared moved away from the door into the hall to face his opponent.
Jared.s form contorted then grew twice his size as he shifted into a creature unlike any she.d ever seen.
The maid lunged at her again, and she darted for the kitchen, followed by Jared.s blood monkey, who was wailing with frustration.
Jared changed to his human form and held up one hand, holding his back with the other.
"And … AND," Jared rushed on, holding up both hands, "he stole something from the Dark One, something that makes demons immune to Immortal powers.
"Oh, my," Jared said.