He'd thought himself in love with Lilith once, and so had Kris and half their brothers.
The woman, Lilith, was pregnant with Kris's heir.
"She looks like Lilith," Sasha said.
Lilith had been intended for Kris and was pregnant with his son when Rhyn killed her and the baby both.
After all his sacrifices, after losing Lilith and Katie to Rhyn, he wasn.t sure what he.d do if Hannah chose someone other than him as her mate.
You stole him from me, just as Rhyn stole Lilith from you.
She looked like Lilith, the woman Rhyn killed when he discovered she.d plotted with the Dark One to kill the Council.
Lilith was trying to destroy the Council.
Someone had lied to her about Lilith, who had died defenseless and alone.
Andre never approved of Lilith, either, but he.d never accused her of evil.
The evidence Lilith wasn.t meant for him was clear.
Immortals only had one shot at their mates, and Andre had tried to warn him Lilith was not his intended.
"After I left the Sanctuary, I guess you could say I had a visitor who told me about Lilith and why you killed her. How she was working with the Dark One to try to drag Kris and the rest of us down to Hell," Kiki explained.
You must tell Kris about Lilith. I'm sick of this war between you two. We need you both on the Council.
"Lilith, Jade, I'm just hoping Hannah isn't among them," Kiki said.
"Lilith would never betray me, and neither would Hannah," Kris snapped.
As much as he'd loved Lilith, Andre had told him she wasn't meant to be his mate and encouraged him to focus on his duty rather than the woman.
Kris's memories stirred stronger than he liked. He remembered Lilith, a beautiful Immortal whose laugh had filled him with happiness. Their love had been intense and brief, lasting less than a human year in total. One day, she was just … gone. Slaughtered by Rhyn, who had taken her head the same way his brothers took the head of Rhyn's demoness mother.
Even if Lilith wasn't meant to be his mate, she didn't deserve such a brutal death. She didn't deserve death at all. Instead of mourning a son, Kris could've spent the past few thousand years raising a successor.
He'd lost Lilith when Rhyn killed her and their son. He'd given up Jade, the man who held his soul, to take Katie as a mate, only to have Rhyn interfere again. Paralyzed by indecision, Kris struggled to determine which Andre would've wanted him to do: save his brother or his mate. Of the two, Hannah was weaker, but Kiki was his brother.
Instinct and fury blinded him. He felt the dagger sink into flesh and struck again, only to find himself flying backwards through the air. Rhyn shouted something at him, but Kris couldn't hear him, not with the memory of both Lilith and Hannah dying.
He'd lost them all. Lilith, Jade, Hannah. Even Andre. He'd not only failed every Immortal that ever lived, he'd failed the only people he'd ever cared for. He lay on the ground, gasping as he tangled his fingers in Hannah's hair.
He knows Lilith was evil.
"Kris – " "I thought about what you said in the forest, about Lilith. Kiki said something before he left that makes me think you're not lying. If what you said is true, you do deserve a second chance, Rhyn," Kris continued. "Swear to me you'll keep the Council together. Father and Andre always said we were stronger together than apart.
Lilith, the blood-sucking night-hag of the post-exilian Isa.