Talon entered, followed by another man.
Talon hauled her to her feet, holding her up by one arm when she wobbled.
Talon responded by raising her arm to his mouth.
"Taste," Talon said, handing her arm to the silver-haired man beside him.
Talon let her drop.
"Yes, master," Talon said with a smooth bow.
The devil left, and an angry Talon hauled her up, sinking his teeth into her arm again.
And yet, she couldn't forget what she'd seen him doing-- drinking another woman's blood as Talon did hers!
The idea that Jonny would turn out to be like Talon made her chest clench.
She pushed herself up when Talon snatched her.
Pain shot through her as Talon bit into one arm.
"Put her in the garage," Talon said.
The one who had been shooting the others was as large as Talon and plainly Hispanic.
He seems to think Talon is the Black God.
I'm not old enough to know how, Dusty said, convinced Talon was psychotic in addition to sadistic.
If Talon was planning to challenge Czerno to a showdown here in Miami, Dusty would never get another wink of sleep again.
She braced herself for him to turn into Talon and hurt her.
She wondered what was wrong with Jonny, if she'd get to him in time to heal him from whatever drugs Talon gave him.
He hadn't hurt her like Talon, but she had the feeling she wasn't at all welcome.
"Talon is a pretty sick bastard," Jenn observed.
Talon brought in some man to see me.
White hair, really big like Talon, these eyes that were darker than night, and when he talked, you could tell he didn't have a soul.
They'd suspected Talon was one of Czerno's many bastard children, and the fact the sadistic bastard had called his daddy to tell him about Bianca confirmed it.
Intercepts picked up a call Talon made to one of his guys who we know plans his recruitment fairs.
Dusty didn't know why Talon would choose Miami to make a stand, unless he wanted to take out as much of the Guardians' infrastructure as possible should he find some way to beat Czerno.
Then what we've heard is true: Talon wants his job.
But Talon can't kill him, Dusty surmised.
Darian, who he'd just pulled off the bottom of the ocean instead of attending his planning session to deal with the Talon issue.
Talon had help, and the Black God was weakening.
The Watcher had called those helping Talon the Others.
Talon made you immortal and awoke your gift, Sofi replied.
I'm meant to do what Talon said-- kill the Black God.
Anxious never, ever to run into Talon or his men again, she left the garage and drove through the streets.
Talon booked up all the surrounding hotels.
Bianca cried out in surprise as Talon unloaded on Toni.
He held out his hand to Talon, who plunked a gun into it.
She touched her once before Talon wrenched her up.
Talon all but threw them both into the backseat while he climbed into the driver's seat.
Talon got out then reached in and snatched her, dragging her out.
"Pop-- " Talon said, staring around them.
Talon released her, wired and uneasy.
Talon appeared as baffled as Bianca felt.
You remember a few days ago when we were talking about Talon and Czerno?
Czerno, not Talon, sent the vamps to your condo building for Bianca.
Talon would've been happy blowing her up, if she'd been there, but Czerno wants her.
"Talon wants Jonny to kill the Black God, and the Black God wants Bianca to make sure he doesn't die," Dusty summarized, surprised.
"There's a way Talon could," the Watcher replied.
If Talon killed Jonny during that split second of vulnerability, before Jonny gained Czerno's powers, he could become the Black God.
Talon would wipe out humans as fast as he could.
She hid the phone as Talon glanced over his shoulder again to ensure she followed.