Gabe sentence example

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  • I don't know where you're going, Gabe, but take me with you.
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  • "I admit, I'd rather deal with the shit I'm dealing with than a woman," Gabe said.
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  • "Does Gabe …" Her sharp intake of breath stopped him.
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  • It's like Gabe being turned Immortal.
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  • You were supposed to grab Gabe's mate, not Darkyn's.
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  • "Gabe …" she said, sighing.
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  • I also forgive both of you, Gabe.
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  • "This was where we met, Darkyn," Gabe said.
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  • I told Gabe about what I did to you yesterday, and he walked out on me.
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  • Instead of waiting for Gabe to come around, why don't you go to him?
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  • Gabe's will get us into the underworld.
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  • Gabe, she needs a babysitter.
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  • I've gotta do something about the kids, Gabe.
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  • Gabe … I've got a hatchling on the way.
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  • His eyes went from Gabe to the paper in front of him.
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  • Gabe drew a breath, expecting Andre wouldn't betray the confidence of his mate.
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  • What makes you think I won't tell Gabe, summon her and he'll claim her?
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  • She didn't understand exactly why, except that Gabe was locked out of the underworld.
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  • She had to find a way to help Gabe.
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  • Gabe had us gather them all and place them here near the Immortals.
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  • Maybe Gabe was right; maybe this was partially her fault for breaking too many Immortal Laws at once.
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  • No. I'm sure Gabe did.
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  • Gabe smiled, glancing over his shoulder at the frustrated half-demon.
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  • I know you Gabe.
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  • "Gabe …" "I have to."
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  • His only hope was that Deidre didn't share what he revealed to her with the Dark One, who would do whatever it took to beat Gabe to his soul.
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  • Gabe glanced at her.
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  • "Sorry, Gabe," she mumbled.
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  • Harmony disappeared through the gray portal while Gabe took one of the yellow portals.
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  • Gabe strode to the lectern and watched the words of the Present being written across the pages.
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  • With a last look at the Oracle, Gabe trailed.
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  • Gabe paused as he entered the bedroom.
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  • Gabe pried the knife free and tossed it on the bed, reading the message.
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  • Guessing the compass only worked in the mortal world, Gabe emplaced it around his neck before picking up the green emerald – the form a soul took after death – and peering at it.
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  • Gabe dropped it and touched his forearm, willing the soul radar to guide him to the right place.
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  • Green smoke swirled from the man's ears and mouth, forming a fog around Gabe's hand before crystallizing into a small emerald.
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  • "I'll send someone up to collect," Gabe replied.
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  • "Haven't slept in weeks," Gabe grunted and rose, tucking the soul in his pocket.
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  • Gabe glanced at his forearm.
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  • "Hate those things," Gabe said.
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  • "I was going to say drama-free," Gabe replied.
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  • "Good one," Gabe said, appreciative of his friend's humor.
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  • Gabe had never heard of Logan Myers and didn't know what connection he might have, considering he had no living relatives or friends, aside from Rhyn and Katie.
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  • "I don't know this guy from Adam," Gabe said then waited.
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  • Satisfied someone got his humor when none of the death-dealers did, Gabe grew thoughtful.
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  • "I can't get used to the political side of the job, either," Gabe said.
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  • Gabe watched him disappear through a portal, not understanding.
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  • Rhyn was right about the demons; Gabe smelled demon blood and saw the gashes across Logan's throat.
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  • "At least they didn't eat you," Gabe consoled the dead man quietly.
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  • Gabe glanced up at Harmony's voice.
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  • Gabe faced the ocean.
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  • With another look around, Gabe left.
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  • Gabe snorted at the simple thought.
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  • Gabe twisted his head to see the bed empty.
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  • Gabe roused himself and sat.
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  • Gabe got dressed, tying one boot as the sound of the shower stopped.
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  • Gabe rose and swirled on his trench coat.
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  • Gabe snapped the doorknob with ease.
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  • Gabe took a step back.
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  • He issued a quick order Gabe couldn't hear through the blood pounding in his head.
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  • Gabe fought, not caring what happened.
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  • Gabe threw his head back, breathing hard and sweating.
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  • Anger rose, but Gabe reined it in, exhausted.
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  • Unfazed by Gabe's attempt to hack him into pieces, Rhyn sat beside him.
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  • "Send me the bill," Gabe said drily.
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  • The last of Gabe's anger slid away at her glowing smile.
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  • Gabe watched as she crossed the gym to give her mate a kiss on the cheek.
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  • Gabe cleared his throat, amused at seeing the half-demon putting so much effort into restraining himself.
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  • "Good to see you, Gabe," she said, moving to stand near him.
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  • "So you let Gabe touch you but not me," Rhyn said, bristling.
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  • "Gabe didn't knock me up," Katie replied archly.
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  • "Trade you an iPad for your mate," Gabe replied.
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  • Gabe lifted his chin towards Rhyn in a silent request.
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  • Gabe used his magic to communicate with the small life.
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  • The edge in his voice and the flash of his eyes made Gabe hide a smile.
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  • "More like, you give Gabe the iPad and take me upstairs," she murmured.
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  • As she spoke, she pulled the iPad loose and handed it to Gabe.
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  • "I'll find you later, Gabe," he said, his fangs growing.
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  • Gabe didn't waste time.
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  • With Rhyn nuzzling Katie's neck already, Gabe sensed they weren't going to make it to their bedroom a few floors up.
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  • Gabe hated her yet couldn't escape the memory of the compassion and spirit that made him take a stranger to bed last night.
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  • Composed enough to handle his duties, Gabe left his cabin.
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  • Gabe realized she was coming to see him for pleasure, not business this time.
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  • Anger building again, Gabe strode forward.
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  • Gabe made his way through the narrow alleys and disjointed walkways that wound like a maze through the market.
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  • Gabe climbed them, forced to go sideways to make it up to the top.
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  • The two were always at each other's throats, and Gabe had witnessed their decision making skills on the Council.
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  • "You're my last resort," Gabe started.
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  • After giving him a moment to examine it, Gabe spoke.
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  • As much as the brothers hated one another, Rhyn and Tamer were too similar for Gabe to feel anything but amused by the open hostility.
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  • Gabe paced as Tamer climbed a ladder to tablets stacked at the top of one limestone shelf.
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  • Gabe stopped and crossed his arms.
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  • "She wasn't best friends with Rhyn."' "I'll owe you a favor of your choosing, if you can make these work," Gabe said.
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  • Gabe shook on it, satisfied he at least had the right person looking into the issue.
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  • Gabe saw the screen light up with a text message.
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  • Gabe left the library.
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  • The shade of the forest where Gabe emerged was cool, the spring sunshine warm.
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  • I have no way of getting them back to the underworld, Gabe said.
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  • "C'mere, Harmony," Gabe said, using his magic to project the quiet order across the lake.
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  • "I never thought I'd be the one to say this, but I think you have real issues, Gabe," Rhyn said.
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  • Gabe nodded, forced to admit he no longer had any idea how to fix whatever was broken in Death's domain.
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  • "About five kilometers," Gabe judged.
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  • Gabe turned towards Rhyn, in sore need of a pep talk as only his best friend could provide.
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  • "Even I know what that was, Gabe," Rhyn said, amused.
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  • "That is not good, Gabe," Rhyn said with a shake of his head.
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  • Gabe gave him a cold look.
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  • To the lost souls, to the underworld, to a woman I want to hate, Gabe finished.
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  • She wouldn't have survived, if not for you, Gabe.
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  • We lost so many Immortals, Gabe.
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  • "Oh, yeah," Gabe smiled.
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  • Pick your battles, Gabe.
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  • That he'd grown a little more thoughtful and a little less reactive in how he handled adversity impressed Gabe.
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  • Gabe snorted, knowing his assassins were unaccustomed to being challenged by anyone.
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  • Turning in a full circle, Gabe waited for a sign the deity still sought him.
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  • Uncertain what to expect, Gabe went through it.
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  • Gabe's step slowed as he neared the man dressed in a white shirt held closed by two buttons and cream linen pants rolled to his knees, as if he'd been walking in the ocean.
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  • "I did," Gabe said, allowing a trace of a smile to slip free.
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  • Gabe lowered himself into a crouch a few feet away, recalling the last time he'd been on a beach.
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  • Gabe asked, genuinely interested.
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  • "I'm listening," Gabe said.
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  • "Yeah," Gabe said quietly.
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  • "Clean up my messes in the mortal world then you'll let me go home," Gabe summarized.
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  • "That sounds about right," Gabe said, recalling how much she liked to be in control.
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  • Gabe wasn't going to ask what happened if he failed.
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  • You're welcome for convincing Gabe not to knock down the rest of your walls to get to this one.
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  • "Come find me if you want to know the story of you and Gabe," he whispered for her ears only.
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  • Gabe glanced at the Immortal.
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  • There might be some sort of … Gabe grabbed the new one, and the face flared to life.
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  • He plucked it out of Gabe's hands and held it up.
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  • Gabe sensed some sort of Immortal power.
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  • Hefting them, Gabe glanced at his forearm.
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  • Rhyn won't say no, Gabe said.
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  • His gaze was on the blood-soaked sand where Gabe landed.
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  • Gabe climbed to his feet.
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  • Gabe paused then forced himself to continue.
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  • Gabe was beginning to feel like he'd be able to clean up the soul mess.
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  • "Your master," Gabe replied.
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  • Gabe approached and stopped behind her, claiming the alcohol with one hand.
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  • Gabe tossed the brandy over the side of the fortress wall and caught her as she tried to escape.
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  • Gabe saw she was more- Deidre was terrified.
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  • Gabe clenched his jaw.
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  • Gabe waited a few more minutes then forced himself to leave.
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  • Gabe is having these made for us while we're trapped up here.
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  • At the end of the day, you're Gabe's, so he can do whatever he wants with you, as long as he follows the Code.
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  • For what it's worth, Gabe was the most respected and longest serving assassin of Death before he got promoted.
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  • Gabe emerged into the garden next to a southern style mansion.
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  • "You haven't aged, Gabe," Wynn added.
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  • "You look pretty good for being dead-dead," Gabe replied.
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  • Gabe knew Deidre had been there; her scent lingered.
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  • Gabe was silent, emotionless.
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  • She'd likely never speak to Gabe again after this night.
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  • Furious at the idea, Gabe began to wonder how the reincarnated Deidre made it this far without being slaughtered by one of her many enemies.
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  • That the skin around Wynn's eyes relaxed in genuine warmth made Gabe realize she'd survived partially because she really was different.
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  • Gabe asked in a level voice.
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  • "The same way I handle everything," Gabe replied.
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  • "Barely. Three of your sons are dead-dead," Gabe said.
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  • For a moment, Gabe almost thought he cared for his sons.
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  • "I have no need for your secrets," Gabe replied.
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  • If she believed Wynn dead, Gabe had time.
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  • Gabe's not dead-dead, is he?
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  • Somewhere along the line, you found Gabe and forced him to work for you as your number one assassin.
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  • Gabe wouldn't do it.
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  • You made Kris and Gabe trade their souls for Katie and baby's then you quit.
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  • That's how I found out you really did love Gabe, even though you um …" "Crushed his will to live," Toby finished.
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  • "I did those things to Gabe?" she asked, upset.
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  • Did Gabe flip out when he saw the mating tattoo?
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  • Gabe is the reason I'm alive.
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  • Rhyn and I tried everything to get away from each other, and Gabe put the smackdown on it all.
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  • No wonder Gabe hated her one day and tried hard to tolerate her the next.
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  • Death … you used to take care of the really old angels, and Gabe visited the little ones all the time.
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  • Gabe won't let you.
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  • But I think that Gabe can fix it.
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  • You don't want him or Gabe to hunt you down.
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  • You're able to draw off Gabe's magic, like I can Rhyn's.
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  • But how else did Wynn know what Gabe looked like?
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  • Maybe Gabe hurt Wynn while trying to save her friend from the demons.
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  • It made more sense than Wynn being hit by Gabe.
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  • Gabe remained on his side, hand propping up his head.
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  • Several hours after Deidre walked through the portals back to Atlanta, Gabe's soul radar began working again.
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  • Gabe's weapons were out before his second foot was out of the portal.
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  • They'd been struggling to beat the demons to the souls, and Gabe stood over the dead demons, furious.
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  • Gabe had never been so relieved to see it as he was now.
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  • Gabe shook out the jacket of one demon.
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  • Gabe swiped it off the ground and studied it.
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  • Gabe knocked then took a portal inside, to the foyer he'd walked through last time.
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  • "I just need a minute," Gabe replied.
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  • Gabe knew without touching his mind that Tamer wasn't the one who had betrayed him.
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  • Gabe asked, holding up the compass.
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  • "It works," Gabe said grimly.
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  • "He is back," Gabe confirmed.
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  • Gabe suspected he knew why.
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  • Gabe distrusted the Ancient father of the Council as much as he did Darkyn.
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  • What happened was outside of Gabe's official purview.
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  • I've been working twenty hour days for you, Gabe.
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  • A notebook lay on the table next to a few scrolls, an ancient manuscript and another block of stone with carvings too faint for Gabe to read.
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  • "I don't have much time, Tamer," Gabe said.
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  • Gabe tucked the note in his pocket.
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  • Gabe left him for the lake near Rhyn's.
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  • Gabe's fury rose again.
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  • "Mind check," Gabe told him.
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  • Gabe knew it wasn't him before he rested his hand on the man's head.
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  • Gabe dropped his hand.
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  • Send the dealer you replace directly to me, Gabe ordered.
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  • The assassin bumped fists with his, and Gabe conveyed the location of Deidre's apartment.
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  • Gabe waited a few minutes for the assassin being replaced to appear.
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  • The small woman was one Gabe had known for years.
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  • Gabe nodded, uncertain if he should be relieved she wasn't rejoicing to be away from him or worried that she was unhappy.
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  • Mind on Deidre and the fact he still didn't know how to undo what Wynn had done, Gabe went onto the next death-dealer at the lake then the next.
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  • Gabe gave him no chance to run or fight but snatched his neck.
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  • The man resisted, but Gabe pried his mind open and found part of what he sought: a deal with Darkyn.
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  • Gabe snapped his neck.
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  • With some regret, Gabe crushed the gem in his hand.
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  • "Sound advice," Gabe replied.
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  • "You tell me, and if I find it worthy, I'll tell you who wanted you brought back," Gabe said, crossing his arms.
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  • Gabe didn't know which way the Ancient would go.
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  • The information was beyond valuable, and on a level that further altered Gabe's perception on Deidre.
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  • "Deities always are," Gabe said.
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  • Distracted, Gabe began to think about how he might be able to save Deidre using the powers of Death.
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  • "I'm assuming the only reason you told me is because you think I can do something about it," Gabe said.
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  • "Harmony, pull in all the death-dealers to the lake in an hour," Gabe whispered the order.
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  • Gabe opened a portal and strode into the center of the shadow world.
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  • Gabe stepped into an apartment.
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  • "Yeah. That I understood," Gabe replied.
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  • Gabe rubbed the back of his neck.
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  • Gabe tried to envision the Code as a woman, one that he could negotiate with.
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  • Gabe mumbled, infuriated by past-Deidre once more.
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  • "You've been much more …clear-sighted in how you dealt with her," Gabe said regretfully.
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  • Gabe sat down on a boulder, a thrill working through him.
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  • Squatting, Gabe shook him.
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  • Gabe knew he must look half-wild: drenched, muddied and sizzling with power.
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  • Gabe asked his friend.
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  • The half-demon paused a few feet away, and Gabe saw the emotion cross his eyes.
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  • Gabe checked all of those in the mortal realm, except for … He turned, realizing Harmony hadn't been in the lineup.
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  • Gabe handed him the soul compass he'd found on the demon's body.
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  • Gabe watched him, rubbing his rough jaw.
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  • I'm liking this new Gabe.
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  • "I learned a few things recently," Gabe replied.
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  • Where's your mate, Gabe?
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  • "He's yours for a couple of hours," Gabe said to Rhyn.
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  • The bitterness in his voice was not lost on Gabe.
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  • "Without Gabe to distract you this time, perhaps you will listen," Andre said.
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  • "Yeah, Gabe, bring him here," Deidre echoed.
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  • Gabe said nothing, suspecting he knew where the death-dealer was hiding out.
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  • I'm going to pick up more compasses from Tamer, Gabe said.
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  • You're going soft, Gabe.
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  • "You should've killed her, Gabe," he said with a frown.
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  • Your sense of humor couldn't be worse timed, Gabe.
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  • You have a contract on her, Gabe?
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  • "You can't influence destiny, Gabe," she said.
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  • "How long are you here for, Gabe?" he asked.
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  • He assumed Gabe brought the dummies with him; he.d never seen them before.
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  • You know, Gabe, even though we.re no longer bound, I can still control my power.
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  • Gabe, give me the healer, and get Iliana.
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  • Where are you going, Gabe?
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  • "You did take an unusual interest in Rhyn," Gabe said.
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  • The resignation in her tone sounded like a farewell.  Gabe studied her, uncertain what could stop Death from doing anything she pleased.  She was not only letting him go when she shouldn't, but she was telling him just how much time he had to get Katie out of the underworld.  Gabriel knew something was wrong if Death was turning her back on the duty of collecting souls, a duty she normally took such joy in.  She'd been unwilling to do that for him when their relationship had been at its peak.
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  • I don't feel so hot, Gabe.
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  • That's not the point, Gabe.
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  • I'm sorry for snapping at you about the bugs, Gabe.  I'm just exhausted.
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  • Gabe looked her over then offered what smile he could muster.
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  • Gabe, if we don't make it for some reason, I want you to know how much I appreciate everything you've done.
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  • You need rest, too, Gabe.
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  • Another small smile crossed her face, and she sat down.  Gabe left her, knowing even if she did sleep, it wouldn't be long.  Death may have ignored their presence in her domain for three days, but something had made her reach out to him now.  He knew they'd have problems at some point and only hoped he could get Katie out of the underworld, before his own fate was sealed.
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  • Gabe says she's a bitch.
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  • Gabe had become edgier over the past day, and she couldn't help but wonder what had happened.  Whatever it was, it hadn't been when he was around her.  Although exhausting, their journey had been relatively peaceful.
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  • Gabe, can I ask you something?
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  • Gabe, is that bad?
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  • "For thousands of years.  And then I wizened up and realized I'm just another gem in her collection."  Gabe's bitterness was quiet but evident.
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  • "She's almost as old as time itself and older even than the Ancients.  I think she was a goddess at one point," Gabe answered.
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  • Gabe was quiet for a long moment, leading them through the jungle in thoughtful silence.  Katie felt the strange sense of something following again and moved closer to him.
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  • Wow, Gabe.  You're friend must've meant a lot to you.
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  • "Yes.  We both saw something in him that she didn't.  He's fortunate to have someone like you, who would give her life for him.  You are exactly what he needs to balance his nature," Gabe continued.
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  • Katie didn't answer for a moment, pensive.  Gabe glanced back at her then slowed, as if sensing she was growing tired.
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  • "He had a reason to be more than what people told him he was," Gabe said.
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  • "You have more than half a chance," Gabe said with a chuckle.
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  • I am only sorry for you, Gabe.
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  • Katie's gaze flickered from the snake-like movement of lively jungle trees to Gabe's back.
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  • "I do know you need to be back soon, within a few days," Gabe continued.
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  • Katie stared at the necklace, horrified by the idea of looking at a soul and fascinated by the fact they looked like emeralds.  Gabe turned away and started through the forest again.
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  • Gabe asked, returning through the forest to her side.
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  • And, Gabe, I feel like someone's following us.
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  • "Gabe, if that's not you, you better be about to kill that thing," she called.
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  • "Gabe!" she cried, facing him.
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  • Gabe, he was right here.
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  • Gabe, does it ever strike you as odd that Death hasn't found us?
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  • Gabe looked away and started walking again.  Katie saw his shoulders hunch.  When he didn't respond, she asked, "Has she tracked us down?"
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  • "Pretty sure she has," Gabe answered.
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  • Gabe glanced at her, his frustration at Death on his face.
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  • His anger growing at the petite woman who'd taken Andre, Katie and Gabe from him, Rhyn stalked towards the door.
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  • "Gabe!" she said and pointed.
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  • Testing his magic, he realized he could call forth a portal.  He needed an ally, but it wasn't Kris.  He had no intention of bringing Kris to meet Darkyn, not when he didn't know what Darkyn wanted.  His thoughts went to Gabriel, the best friend he hoped he hadn't lost completely.  Gabe wouldn't try to negotiate with Darkyn if things went bad.
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  • While not large, the Immortal underworld was separated by several different domains, two of which – Hell and Death's domain - were contained within shields no one could enter.  At least, no normal Immortal or demon could enter.  As a creature of both worlds, Rhyn could enter Hell, and he'd found by visiting Gabe that he was able to enter Death's domain, too.
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  • It was clear and cool outside of Gabe's small cottage in the middle of a possessed jungle.  Rhyn felt the sense that someone else was there once more and looked around.  Assuming the feeling has something to do with his magic, Rhyn shook it off once more.  He opened the front door without knocking, already sensing it was empty.  Gabe had left in a hurry.  The wardrobe near his bed was open and his walls were missing many of the weapons Rhyn had seen last time.
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  • "I can take me and Ully and you and Gabe," Toby replied.
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  • Because Darkyn replaced Gabe and someone else with shapeshifting demons.
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  • Gabe, she can't stay there!
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  • Gabe, what're you saying?
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  • And if she runs …" "She's dead-dead," Gabe finished.
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  • Gabe, get us out of here!
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  • "Gabe, where do Immortals go when they die?" she asked.
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  • Gabe studied her then allowed a small smile to cross his features.  It was a hollow smile, and she wondered if Death was on his mind again.
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  • Gabe's step faltered, and he tripped for the first time since he'd led them into the forest.  Katie's gaze went from Andre to the death-dealer.
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  • "I wonder what she's planning," Gabe said.
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  • Katie frowned.  In the course of a day, Gabe had gone from emotional to unaffected when discussing Death.  He was distracted, and she felt like she was talking to someone completely different.  Blaming herself for taking his mind off of their survival, she fell silent and followed him.   Briars and branches caught her pant legs, and she found herself slowing to push more and more of the jungle's flora out of the way.  Gabe, too, began to struggle with the bramble, and she noticed the jungle no longer laid their path before him.  Instead of clearing away to allow them passage, it stayed where it was, obstructing them.
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  • "Gabe, are you sure this is the right way?" she asked finally, tired of wrestling with branches.
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  • Gabe cast an irritated look over his shoulder but looked where she indicated.  He lowered the sword he was using to hack through the brush and started in that direction.  Katie watched as the forest cleared a path for him, the way it had before.
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  • "I'm starting to worry about you, Gabe," she said.
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  • Katie drew a deep breath before following.  Gabe was more than distracted.
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  • Straight to Death.  If what Gabe said was true, he was taking her to the only way out of the underworld.  And yet, she feared what that would mean.  Was she supposed to reason with Death?
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  • Gabe said not to, she said, frowning.
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  • "Gabe said not to what?" the death-dealer asked as he stepped back into the small camp.
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  • "Gabe, how much farther do we have?" she asked again with a sigh.
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  • Gabe leaned across her to grab the bag with his weapons' polishing supplies.  A necklace with two emeralds – identical to the one he'd given her to wear – dangled above her.
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  • Katie almost protested his abrupt dismissal then rolled so her back was to the fire.  Something was really off about Gabe.  She fingered the gems on the new necklace.
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  • Her sense of danger grew more heightened at the thought that something had happened between the time Gabe originally gave her his necklace and now.
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  • Part of her desperately tried to make excuses for Gabe.  Maybe he was fatigued or Death had done something to him.
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  • "Gabe can take mortals and Immortals straight to the underworld, bodies and all," Kris said.
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  • I met Gabe, and he took me to Andre, who raised me for a few years, before my brothers decided I was better off in Hell, he summarized.
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  • "Gabe has been your guardian angel," she added.
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  • Her words about Gabe were troubling, and he couldn't determine if she was purposely vague or really didn't know; her pretty face was puzzled, and he frowned.  
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  • Katie ate her food and water cubes, waiting for Gabriel.  She fingered the second necklace he'd given her, not convinced Andre was wrong.  The beads felt like plastic, and something about Gabe had changed.
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  • "Gabe, what happens in three days?" she asked.
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  • "Gabe, I need more of these," she called, holding up a food cube.
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  • "Not in the slightest.  You put Gabe in my old cell," he said, stopping in front of it.
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  • "Yes, she's alive, or was when I left her," Gabe said.
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  • "The underworld," Gabe answered.
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  • "It would break every Immortal Code – some older than Death – if she returned a mortal to the mortal world," Gabe said.
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  • "Tell the demon to let me out," Gabe said.
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  • "Jared, free Gabe," Rhyn ordered.
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  • Right now, Gabe and I are going to the underworld.  You'll slow us down, Rhyn said.
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  • "You can't go after Death," Gabe said quietly as he stepped from the cell.  The death-dealer was more unkempt than Rhyn had ever seen him.
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  • "You don't have to go, Gabe," Rhyn said.
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  • Gabe took a deep breath.
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  • One of the shapeshifters took on Gabriel's shape.  I think Darkyn knew Katie was with Gabe, and they wanted to replace him.
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  • Why?  Gabe, where were you going?
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  • "There's a secret portal in the underworld, similar to the one here in Hell that allows Immortals to come in and out.  It's how I could visit you when you were in Sasha's zoo," Gabe explained.  "I couldn't take Katie through the shadow world place, because Death and Darkyn had assassins waiting for me to step foot in there.  The secret portal is in Death's palace."
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  • "Not straight," Gabe said.
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  • "I dreamt where Death told me about the seven days … " Gabe drifted off and shook his head, as if to clear a bad memory.  "You're saying Rhyn didn't break the bond?"
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  • "Angels have a shared consciousness with all other angels.  It's how they pass on memories and human history," Gabe said.
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  • "Whatever he's planning has to be done by the time your bond returns," Gabe said.
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  • Darkyn replaces Gabe to get to Katie.
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  • Gabe, we can talk on the way.
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  • Rhyn left the cell block to Toby's protests and walked with Gabe through the antechamber and into the hallway on the other side.  Gabe's gaze was dark, his air brooding.  Rhyn opened a portal, and they crossed through to Gabe's cabin in the underworld.
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  • "I left her near a stream," Gabe said, looking around.
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  • "She'll find Katie before us, if she hasn't already," Gabe agreed.
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  • Gabe sighed before striking off into the jungle.
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  • They ran until daylight then slowed.  Gabe followed a trail Rhyn couldn't see that led them to a stream.  The assassin stopped and knelt to splash water on his face.
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  • "This stream leads to the Lake of Souls then beyond to Death's fortress," Gabe said and stood.
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  • Rhyn watched his only friend trot into the jungle.  He resumed pacing, surprised when Gabe reappeared quickly.
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  • I don't give a shit, Gabe.
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  • "And your father.  Almost like you're making up for your mother killing him and then Andre killing her," Gabe said.
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  • Rhyn froze.  The voice was Gabriel's, but the assassin's argument was unlike Gabe, who would know exactly what Rhyn would do after their conversation in Hell.
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  • We should reach the fortress in the morning.  It looks like she's there, Gabe reported.
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  • "Let's get going," Gabe said, avoiding his gaze.
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  • You paid for two deaths.  Gabe came to collect, and those two lives … disappeared.  They're in my underworld right now, running from me.
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  • Toby felt almost as distraught at having to stay in the cell while his human was lost in the underworld.  Not that he didn't trust Rhyn or Gabe, just that, he might be able to find her first.
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  • "Though I think if trees didn't like humans, Mama would be dead, and if they didn't like Immortals, Gabe couldn't stay here either," Toby reasoned.
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  • "This is just weird," Gabe said again from down the hall.
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  • Rhyn heard the note of pain in the death-dealer's voice.  In a week's time, Gabe had gone from quietly confident to troubled to lost.  The death-dealer was struggling with himself, a feeling Rhyn knew well.
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  • "At the stream … " Rhyn started, watching Gabe carefully.
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  • "You go.  I'll wait here for her.  She always comes home," Gabe said.
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  • Gabe, it's not safe for you here.
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  • "There's always hope, Gabe," Rhyn said.
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  • "I spent years in Hell for a brother who hates me.  I'll do whatever it takes to free my only friend from Death, Gabe," Rhyn said firmly.
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  • He slapped Gabe on the arm.
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  • The death-dealer smiled faintly.  Rhyn trotted away from him, out of the palace and into the jungle.  He suspected freeing Katie from Death would be easier than freeing Gabe from Death.  There was more at stake for her if she lost Gabe.
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  • I wanted to protect you.  Rhyn and Gabe came to find you, but I knew I could find you faster, so I came with a shapeshifter.
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  • Darkyn did something.  He replaced Gabe and Ully and Hannah with demons.
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  • Explains why Gabe went crazy on me.  You said Rhyn and Gabe are here, too?
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  • Let me guess.  That happens tonight, if I don't get to wherever it is Gabe was taking me.
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  • Toby was wrestling with a bush and didn't respond.  Katie breathed deeply and pushed forward, wanting very much to stop and sleep but suspecting she'd never awaken if she did.  She didn't have enough food cubes to drive off more than one more demon attack.  They'd have to find Rhyn and Gabe fast.
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  • I'm still working on that, but I think it's Gabe.
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  • She pulled, and he ran.  Katie felt the ground shake beneath them as the demons pursued.  Several flew overhead and dropped directly in their path.  She stopped and shoved Toby behind her, drawing the knife Gabe had given her.  Before long, they were surrounded.
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  • "Gabe!" the angel cried.  Katie pressed back against the wall of the palace.  The demons gathered around them, and she saw the flash of Gabe's weapons as he tried to cut a path through the creatures towards them.  The death-dealer went down as three demons dog-piled him.
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  • Katie tore her eyes away from Gabe to follow where Toby was pointing, hoping to see Rhyn.  It wasn't Rhyn or anyone else she expected to see, and she gasped.
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  • "Nice of you to show up," Gabe snapped.
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  • "I …l liked you being Deidre," Katie stammered.  Her gaze traveled to Gabe, who was bloodied and beaten.
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  • Suddenly, Deidre's vague story of lost love and Gabe's bitterness towards her clicked.
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  • "Gabe, clean up this mess," she heard Death say.
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  • "Working on it," Gabe growled.
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  • Toby took the lead, and the demons, Death and Gabe disappeared as Katie rounded the corner of the palace.  The angel released her and raced into the palace and up a set of stairs.  They ascended several floors, until Katie was sucking wind bad enough to stop.  Toby didn't wait for her, and she stumbled forward.  The interior of the palace was unlit, and the darkness of evening crept into the hallways.
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  • Gabe and a few other assassins in black fought off hordes of demons.  Surprised, Rhyn launched into the melee with his dagger.  He slashed through several demons before the creatures realized he was there.  Wanting to keep them off balance, he morphed into his demon form and shredded the creatures with talons and fangs as deadly as theirs.
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  • "Thanks for … dropping by," Gabe grunted with his dark humor.
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  • "She wants to make sure I suffer," Gabe answered.
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  • "You had that coming," Kris snapped and joined them, following Gabe's direction.
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  • Fear made Rhyn's chest seize.  No sooner had Gabe spoken the words than the demons fell away.  Coldness snapped over Rhyn, and his surroundings blurred.  He blinked, uncertain what happened until he found himself standing in a dimly lit chamber.  Kris and Gabe were still beside him, and instead of demons, there was only Death.
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  • Gabe remembers.  This is when I found him.
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  • Death lowered the hand displaying the end of the world scenario.  The images of Gabe fighting demons switched to those of Katie on the beach under the moonlight.  Rhyn's breath caught at the sight of her.  She appeared exhausted, tattered, and drenched from the underworld rain.  She'd never looked as beautiful as she did, even if she looked as if she'd just left the underworld.  Toby was with her, pulling her from the beach towards the Sanctuary.
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  • Gabe asked in surprise.
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  • "You were right, Gabe," Death said.
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  • He stared at her, certain he'd throttle her if Gabe didn't eventually.
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  • "You broke rules older than you," Gabe said, moving to stand beside Rhyn.
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  • "Demons aren't known for thinking," Gabe said.
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  • I own you already, Gabe.
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  • "Mine," Gabe said, stepping closer to her.
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  • I issued the contract to Gabe.
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  • His words made Rhyn's throat tighten.  He'd never acted in order to gain his brothers' favor, but Kris's words affected him more than he thought they would.  There was a flash of light and Kris was gone.  Gabe jerked, as if surprised to find himself still standing.
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  • "I'm sure you noticed that my domain in overrun with demons," Death said casually.  "My … interference put the underworld – and all the little humans' souls – at risk, weakened the barriers between here and Hell.  You were right, Gabe.  Even my actions have consequences."
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  • Rhyn asked as Gabe stood, speechless.
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  • "I always thought Gabe's humanity made him weak.  It appears my inhumanity did me in," she mused.
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  • Rhyn asked, his gaze going to Gabe.
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  • Don't make the mistakes I did, Gabe.
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  • I'm leaving now.  Rhyn, you'll want to be gone before I cross through the portal, or Gabe won't be able to send you back.  Gabe can't break that many Codes his first day on the job.
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  • He feared the palace would go down with Death, what with the nonsense she was spouting about leaving.  He took in his best friend's features, uncertain whether becoming Death was a good thing or not.  Gabe looked the same, and hopefully, he wouldn't turn into the riddle-talking sociopath that preceded him.
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  • Gabe shifted finally and faced him.
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  • "Don't change, Gabe," Rhyn said.
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  • "Gabe," he said, pausing before he stepped through.  "You'll make a good Death."
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  • They gazed at each other, and Gabe shook his head, a smile spreading across his features.
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  • We'll see you around, Gabe.
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  • Rhyn's familiar voice interrupted Gabe's concentration.
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  • "I recalled all the assassins and put a hold on all soul collections for a week or so," Gabe answered.
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  • "Sounds like it's going well," Gabe said, truly pleased to see his friend, despite the poor timing.
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  • A small smile crossed Rhyn's face, answering Gabe's question without words.
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  • Gabe took the necklace, looking at the two emeralds on the black leather-like cord.  He'd missed his necklace after eons wearing it.  He'd missed his mother and baby brother.  He squeezed them in his hand in the only hug he could give his dead family.
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  • "You're all the family I got now.  I got a long way to go to figure out how to be a proper Death," Gabe said, looking again at the lake.
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  • "No. I don't expect to.  I should've sent someone after her, but … " Gabe met Rhyn's gaze and managed a smile.  The half-demon's sharp silver gaze missed nothing, even how unhappy Gabe really was.
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  • "Appreciate the pep talk," Gabe said drily.
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  • "I'd like that.  I have to fix this first," Gabe said and motioned to the Lake.
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  • Gabe stepped closer to the Lake.  Even through the black water, he could see the green souls at the bottom.
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  • "I'm fine, Rhyn," Gabe said.
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  • In the fork of the North and South Platte are the Wild Cat Mountains with contours rising to 53 00 ft., in which Wild Cat Mountain, long reported as the highest point in the state, attains 5038 ft., Hogback Mountain 5082 ft., and various other hills - Gabe Rock (5006), Big Horn Mountain (4718), Coliseum Rock (5050), Scotts Bluff (4662) &c. - rise to heights of 45 00 to 5000 ft.
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  • "Does Gabe …" Her sharp intake of breath stopped him.
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  • You left Gabe's human mate and came back a demon bound to Darkyn.
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  • "Gabe …" she said, sighing.
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  • Seeing the relative lack of consequence your life has in the grand scheming of deities and Immortals kind of makes you view things differently, Gabe.
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  • Gabe … I've got a hatchling on the way.
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  • "Relax, Gabe," Fate said with a smile.
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  • "Gabe …" "I have to."
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  • Mortal portals were like sunshine, the underworld the color of a storm cloud, and the portal to Hell blacker than Gabe's eyes.
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  • Intent on hunting down his first real lead since things started going wrong, Gabe called open a portal to return to his underworld and the shopping mall-sized palace in the center of the living forest.
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  • Guessing the compass only worked in the mortal world, Gabe emplaced it around his neck before picking up the green emerald – the form a soul took after death – and peering at it.
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  • Gabe shifted in time to see the portal close behind the half-demon, Rhyn, whose muscular form, crackling aura and cunning, liquid silver eyes sent most people running the opposite direction.
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  • Rhyn's chuckle was like a low growl, his sharp eyes traveling over Gabriel in what Gabe knew was brotherly concern.
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  • Gabe smiled at the look on Rhyn's face.
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  • Rhyn was trying to be casual about it, but the half-demon had never asked Gabe for anything and was incapable of subtlety.
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  • If Rhyn's Immortals were watching Logan, they'd have known he was dead when Rhyn found Gabe this morning.
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  • Gabe was halfway across the gym where the Immortal foot soldiers were training before he knew where he was.
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  • Gabe saw the half-demon's eyes flare silver and pursued, wanting … needing a fight.
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  • Gabe drew sword and dagger and unleashed on the half-demon, whose demon magic and quick reflexes responded with power that'd overwhelm anyone but Death himself.
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  • Gabe twisted his head to watch Kiki, Rhyn's right hand and the most dependable of the brothers, walk into the gym.
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  • Gabe sat up as Kiki approached, and the tall Immortal paused, critical gaze taking in both of them.
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  • Gabe heard the voice of Rhyn's mate, Katie, from the direction of the hallway as she greeted Kiki on her way in.
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  • Gabe sensed Rhyn's words came from an enormous amount of thought.
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  • Gabe studied the deity gazing up at him.
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  • Past-Death and Fate had been at each other's throats for as long as Gabe could remember.
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  • The deity managing the Future was wise in the way of an ancient immortal that had seen everything since the time-before-time, yet laid back and friendly, two traits Gabe didn't expect.
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  • There might be some sort of … Gabe grabbed the new one, and the face flared to life.
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  • Even if she promised him a soul, I have discretion on when I claim it, Gabe said.
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  • Gabe watched it, anger stirring as the Oracle confirmed Darkyn's story about bringing back a dead-dead immortal.
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  • Gabe bristled, aware of the quiet lethality of the Immortal before him.
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  • "It's to your benefit to stay away from her," Gabe said.
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  • Deidre affected even this cold bastard, which made Gabe a little less resentful of how she made him feel.
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  • Wynn had missed the events of the past few thousand years, which meant the changes Gabe went through the past few months were mysteries to the Immortal.
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  • Past-Death took Kris, Gabe summarized.
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  • The Immortal knew as much as Gabe about the portals and how to evade those who followed.
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  • That's how I found out you really did love Gabe, even though you um …" "Crushed his will to live," Toby finished.
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  • Death … you used to take care of the really old angels, and Gabe visited the little ones all the time.
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  • The brief touch filled Gabe's thoughts with a lifetime of visions.
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  • While not surprised past-Death had taken this man to her bed as well, Gabe was surprised he'd folded so quickly to Darkyn's offer of spying in return for a guaranteed trip to the underworld.
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  • Gabe resisted the urge to behead the Immortal.
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  • "Fate has been active lately," Gabe said, pensive.
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  • Gabe sat back, eyes on Fate, who looked little more concerned than any other college kid on spring break.
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  • Thousands of years of experience rendered Gabe intimately familiar with both a woman's body and the Immortal Code.
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  • Fate was both vengeful and impassioned in his treatment of past-Deidre, and Gabe sorted through the tangled web that marked the tumultuous relationship between Fate and past-Death.
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  • "You've been much more …clear-sighted in how you dealt with her," Gabe said regretfully.
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  • Chuckling, Gabe stood and offered the Immortal a hand.
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  • Gabe checked all of those in the mortal realm, except for … He turned, realizing Harmony hadn't been in the lineup.
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  • Landon absorbed Gabe's word choice, recognizing the gravity of the situation without further explanation.
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  • "You can.t influence destiny, Gabe," she said.
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  • You know what they say about the inner ring of Hell, Gabe.  Death's words were written on both pages of the Oracle's book.
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  • "Gabe says hi," she whispered.
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  • Katie's gaze flickered from the snake-like movement of lively jungle trees to Gabe's back.  Gabe's words terrified her.  If the strongest man she'd ever met couldn't save her, what hope did she have?
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  • She had no idea how to be a single mother in the real world, let alone in a world as unforgiving as the Immortal one.  She'd proven she couldn't raise Toby without a bottle of vodka permanently glued to her hand.  Rhyn had been exiled for his mixed origins, and she'd never been especially welcomed by anyone but Gabe and Toby.  If something happened to Rhyn or if she couldn't leave here … Panicking made her already surging hormones worse.  She felt nauseous.
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  • There was no way she was sleeping tonight, even if she didn't feel any threat from the phantom.  She definitely didn't feel safe without Gabriel there.  She hesitated before going to where the ghost indicated, not wanting to continue without Gabe.  Popping a food cube, Katie huddled in the hollow of the tree and waited.
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  • While not large, the Immortal underworld was separated by several different domains, two of which – Hell and Death's domain - were contained within shields no one could enter.  At least, no normal Immortal or demon could enter.  As a creature of both worlds, Rhyn could enter Hell, and he'd found by visiting Gabe that he was able to enter Death's domain, too.
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  • And if she runs …" "She's dead-dead," Gabe finished.
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  • The phantom stayed with Katie throughout the night and into the first light of morning.  Katie didn't sleep, not with the creepy phantom and no sign of Gabriel.  She huddled in the hollow of the tree by the lake, praying for Gabe to reappear.
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  • They subsided into silence, and the gravity of her situation hedged in on her again.  She liked talking to Gabe.  He took her mind off her own issues and the creepy forest.
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  • The familiar voice – Death's voice – made Katie stop.  She watched Gabe hack down another slithering branch.  The Andre phantom stood nearby.  He pointed in a different direction once more.
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  • The phantom and the strange exchange with Gabe troubled her.  She didn't know her way around the Immortal underworld; she could only hope they were headed in the right direction again.
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  • Fatigue kept most of the thoughts from gaining traction, and they melted away like much of her dreams did.  Gabe stopped at sunset, as darkness settled into the jungle.  Katie watched him set up a small fire.
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  • "Demons are superior to Immortals," Gabe agreed.
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  • Gabe leaned across her to grab the bag with his weapons' polishing supplies.  A necklace with two emeralds – identical to the one he'd given her to wear – dangled above her.
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  • She debated what to do.  She knew where Gabe was allegedly taking her, but she couldn't outrun or fight a demon or an assassin or anything else chasing her through the underworld.  She'd need help.
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  • Yet Darkyn's words made too much sense.  Gabe had told Rhyn enough about Death's double-talk for him to know the deity always seemed to shape things to benefit her.
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  • Rhyn glanced from the rolling teal waves to his mate.  Her words about Gabe were troubling, and he couldn't determine if she was purposely vague or really didn't know.  Her pretty face was puzzled, and he frowned.  She was beyond tired.  Whatever was happening to her in the underworld, it wasn't good.  Anger filled him.  As much as he wanted to stay in the dream world in case it really was the last time he saw her, he couldn't help her while stuck in the dream.
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