His three other half brothers were already present and waiting, Erik pacing, Kiki at the table, and Tamer busy with his PDA.
"I'll let you know, Kiki," he called to his half-brother.
For once, I think Kiki is right.
"Neither of you are funny," Kiki replied.
"Exactly. The first page has the talking points outlining what you can share," Kiki said before addressing Gabriel.
Practical and detail-oriented, Kiki was well-dressed and lean.
"Kiki keeps telling me Andre would've figured this out by now," Rhyn continued.
"This must be what it's like when Kiki's trying to school me," Rhyn said with a laugh.
Kiki's eyes settled on her shaking hands.
"You're ninety eight percent human," Kiki said.
"That depends," Kiki said.
"Because …" "Because you're his mate," Kiki said.
We think there's something else going on, Kiki said.
It doesn't much matter what you want, Kiki replied.
"Forbidden," Kiki said firmly.
And Rhyn and Kris and Kiki, Toby said cheerfully.
Still have an idea of what Kiki and Tamer are doing but no idea what Erik is doing.
Next to Kris's whiskey Andre kept at the wet bar was Tamer's favorite vodka, Kiki's rice wine, and Erik's diet soda.
"We started with Asia last time," Kiki snapped, oriental features and towering height marking his mixed breeding.
"Erik's right, brother," Kiki said.
Think what you will, Kiki.
"Maybe you're the mole, brother," Kiki added.
He stood in the gently lit bedroom of his brother, Kiki.
Kiki whirled from his position before the hearth, his oriental features set off by electric turquoise eyes.
The only brother not to declare outright war on him, Kiki was a distant second to Andre in his tepid support of their black sheep of a young brother.
Rhyn ignored the accusation and pulled her away when Kiki tried to snatch her.
Despite the animosity boiling at the back of his brother's gaze, Kiki's pragmatism snapped to the forefront.
"No one told me you were out of prison," Kiki muttered as he worked.
Kiki glanced at him and whipped out a mobile phone.
Kiki stared, even more stunned.
Rhyn asked suspiciously as Kiki started toward the arched door beside the portcullis.
Kiki didn't knock the door down as he could, instead beating loudly enough for the sound to drift down the road.
Kiki clasped his hands and offered a small bow.
Rhyn shoved past Kiki into a small courtyard.
Ancients aren't welcome in Sanctuaries, Kiki said.
Kiki gave him a shove, and the older woman closed the door behind them.
"This is the best you can do," Kiki said.
He trailed Kiki out of the castle to the boulders a short distance from the walls.
Kiki turned on him at last.
"Back off, Kiki," he growled, knowing the words were true.
Kiki fell silent, but his gaze was accusing.
"I don't know, Kiki!" he snapped.
Kiki asked, gaze sharpening.
"So you did before he could," Kiki finished.
Kiki demanded at last.
Rhyn clenched his jaw, hearing the truth in Kiki's words.
Kiki ceased pacing and stared at the walls.
"You can't keep her," Kiki said again.
And I will, Kiki, he breathed through clenched teeth.
"Yes, but she's…" Kiki's retort drifted off.
Rhyn met his gaze, leery as Kiki turned, considering.
"You haven't blown anything up yet," Kiki said.
He hadn't noticed until Kiki's words.
And Kiki was gone.
He was glad Kiki brought him and just as troubled by his brother's doubt.
"Kiki, this is Katie, Rhyn's mate," Kris said coolly.
Katie, Kiki, one of our brothers.
"Pleasure, Katie," Kiki managed before returning his gaze to his PDA.
Kiki asked, agitation on his face.
Kiki rolled his eyes, and Jade inched away from Rhyn, who bared his teeth in a humorless grin.
We don't have much of a choice, Kiki said pragmatically.
"Yes, you do," Kiki said firmly.
"We'll report back nightly," Kiki added.
Before she could object, Kiki took charge again.
Cynically, he suspected all but Kiki would choose the demons.
Henri, summon Kiki and the others here immediately.
"I can guess what this is about," Kiki said.
"Me, too," Kiki said.
"Andre lost that battle when Sasha defected and Rhyn went to Hell," Kiki stated.
Kiki and Tamer exchanged a look while Sasha seemed to be the only one pleased by the arrangement.
Kiki rose as well, his gaze going to Sasha.
"Kiki!" he called, ignoring the startled servants scampering away from him.
"You just can.t give me a break, Rhyn," Kiki grumbled.
I.m not Kris, Kiki.
Kiki strained to breathe.
Kiki wheezed for a long moment, then said, Yes, fine.
Kiki glared at him, but Rhyn knew this brother to be the easiest of the three to sway.
He was about to address Kiki again when Katie.s angry words hit him.
Kiki eyed him warily.
Kiki grabbed his arm and yanked to get his attention.
Tamer was still for a long moment, until Kiki shoved a foot beneath his belly and rolled him over.
Kiki extended a hand and pulled him up.
"Enough from both of you," Kiki said.
"The consensus is that Sasha dug his own grave," Kiki said.
"Very well," Kiki said.
"Best Council meeting ever," Kiki declared.
Kiki tucked his iPad under his arm and opened a portal through which all three went before Rhyn followed.
"I see Kris on the park," Kiki called from the window.
Kiki trailed with nothing more than his iPad and a long knife.
Rhyn snorted at him as Kiki strapped the iPad around his body.
Kiki asked uneasily as the half-demon approached.
His skin and clothing was soaked with demon blood, and Kiki gave him a long look.
Kiki, I owe you.
"You can thank Rhyn for beating some sense into us," Kiki replied.
"Kiki, I need a count of living and dead-dead Immortals!" he ordered.
Kiki, Rhyn, check our father.s crypt.
"The last thing I want to do is go down there," Kiki said.
Kiki followed him through to the basements, and Rhyn stopped in front of the door to his father.s crypt.
"There.s nothing here," Kiki said with a frown.
He strode into the hall, calling, "Kiki!"
Kiki, the Ancient from Asia, sat beside Kris at the small conference table and looked him over with a frown.
"We lost half of Kris.s warriors and quite a few of mine," Kiki said.
Kiki, can you leave us alone?
Kiki obeyed and left, closing the door behind him.
He called another portal and strode through it to the house of the one brother he'd come to almost trust. Kiki's feet were propped on a cast iron table while he gazed intently at the screen of his trusty iPad.
"I don't know. But I know it won't last long. Kiki, I need … help," Rhyn forced the words out.
Kiki demanded and frowned.
"Your war with Kris needs to end now. You two will destroy – " "Don't care, Kiki."
"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.
"Fine," Kiki said and crossed his arms.
There's only one, Kiki.
Kiki considered him for a long moment.
"Let's go. Wait," Kiki said as Rhyn opened a portal.
Rhyn crossed his arms, irritated. Kiki trotted from the patio into the house perched on a hill overlooking Tokyo. He returned ten minutes later with a small briefcase, a jacket and a hard case for his iPad. Rhyn opened the portal, and the two strode through it, back to the massive tree where Rhyn had lost Toby in the cold, wet French Alps.
"You should've told me it was raining," Kiki grumbled.
He watched Kiki set the briefcase down and open it.
A sting bit the arm opposite the one Katie had touched in his dream. He whirled and glared at Kiki, who waited expectantly. "Tell me if it does something," Kiki said.
"Weird," Kiki said and took it.
"I don't know what this -" Kiki's voice stopped suddenly as blackness swept over Rhyn.
"My plan didn't exactly work," Kiki's tone was frustrated.
Kiki was chained to the wall while Rhyn was sprawled on the floor of the small room.
Kiki didn't have a chance to answer before the wooden door to their prison creaked open. Rhyn's head spun as he was hauled up and dragged into a well-lit hallway. Light and shadows wreaked havoc on his sense of place and time until he hit the cool stone floor again.
He found himself outside the door where Kiki was being kept prisoner.
For the first time since leaving Darkyn, Rhyn realized no one had tried to stop him yet. No demons stood in front of Kiki's door and Darkyn hadn't ordered the castle after him.
Kiki sprang up from his seat in the corner.
We have some time to think about this, Kiki said, peering at him closely.
Kiki started to chuckle and then frowned.
I can't just go to Hell without a plan, and maybe he can – " "No, Kiki.
Kiki called after him.
She's my mate, Kiki.
"Andre never would've brought you to the Council if he didn't see the good in you," Kiki called as Rhyn walked.
"Every man, woman, and creature knows suffering, Rhyn," Kiki said.
Rhyn opened a portal and left Kiki in the hallway.
At the Sanctuary, Kris was just getting ready to return to his tent when Kiki burst onto the beach, looking as if he were being chased by demons.
The portal closed behind his half-brother, and Kiki lowered the knife in his hand, facing Kris.
"What's wrong, Kiki?" he asked.
Kiki snapped in response.
Kiki poured himself a glass of whiskey and tossed it back.
Kris watched him for any telltale signs he was a demon. So far, every move was very Kiki.
"I don't know if Rhyn could kill Death, but if he disrupted the balance between worlds …" "He's done that since he was born," Kiki pointed out.
"Whatever Darkyn is planning, it has to do with Rhyn. He let us go. There were no guards when Rhyn came for me and no demons to stop us," Kiki mused.
"Darkyn let us go. I'm convinced of that," Kiki replied.
I don't think he has a reason to try anymore, Kiki said at last.
Instead of the supportive response he expected, Kiki was quiet.
"I think the era of us having a safe haven is over. I think … " Kiki paused.
Kris heard what Kiki didn't say, that only Andre had been able to keep the Council together after their father's death. The six headstrong brothers of the Council That Was Seven had respected Andre, who was an adult when the rest of the brothers were born.
No, Kiki, we wouldn't.
"We know you won't do it," Kiki said.
We're not talking about this now, Kiki.
"We have two options that I can see. Do nothing, and wait to see what happens, or go after him," Kiki replied.
He shook out his shoulders, trying to focus on whatever it was Kiki had been talking about.
"That's what I can't figure out," Kiki admitted.
If we can talk Rhyn off the ledge, maybe she won't crush us all, Kiki said.
Really, Kiki? Have you forgotten what he did?
Kiki was waiting for him to speak.
Kiki nodded without leaving the tent.
It doesn't matter, Kiki. I'll do what I'm supposed to. It's what I've resigned myself to do.
"It's not that," Kris said with an irritated glance towards his brother. "Kiki, I know none of you have faith in me. I'm trying to do what's right, and you fight me all the way."
"I'll admit, we're skeptical. Andre was Andre. No one questioned him," Kiki said at last.
"Give it time. One man – even Andre – couldn't solve the world's problems. You just have to wait it out. And hope we all come to our senses before the end of the world," Kiki said with a small smile.
"Lilith, Jade, I'm just hoping Hannah isn't among them," Kiki said.
Kiki's features shuttered and went stoic.
You know better, Kiki.
"Hannah is lovely – and my duty. Jade was …" "Dead-dead the moment he betrayed you. I may sound like Rhyn, but if someone turns on one of my brothers, I want that person dead-dead," Kiki said flatly.
"Don't get me started," Kiki said.
"Thanks," Kris said again. His response was enough to satisfy Kiki, who left the tent.
Was that Kiki I saw leaving?
Yeah. Apparently Rhyn has gone on some rampage to kill Death. Kiki wants us to go to the underworld and stop him.
Kiki thinks this is the only way we'll get Toby back, too.
Kiki thinks we can break him out, if Rhyn will take us there.
Hannah's pretty eyes grew dark. Kris kissed her on the forehead, not wanting his mate to worry, even if he didn't know what would happen once he and Kiki left for the underworld.
Kris glanced up, expecting Kiki to enter his tent; however, it was one of his Immortal messengers who approached.
"Kris, I –" "What, Kiki?" he snarled.
Kiki froze halfway through the doorway, frowning. Kris breathed a sigh, wondering how one tiny woman could make him tense enough he wanted to raze the beach.
"Sorry, Kiki," he said.
Kiki left, and Kris felt he'd frustrated the one brother willing to help him.
Kiki asked as they stepped into the shadow world.
"Come on, Kiki," Kris said, continuing onward.
"I'll do whatever I must to protect the Council and Immortals. If Rhyn tries to kill Death or something stupid … " "Rhyn is the only one who has half a chance of keeping the Council together," Kiki replied.
"So this is the underworld," Kiki said.
Kris didn't answer, not wanting to think of how that conversation would go with the deity. He tested his power again. Kiki was right; they had none.
Both of them spun at Hannah's timid voice. Kiki was the first to regain himself.
Kiki shook his head and stalked off into the brush. Kris held out his hand to Hannah, unable to shake the small part of him that was grateful he had one ally, even if she shouldn't have come.
Rhyn thought of Kiki, suspecting his brother went to Kris. He wondered who Kris sent after him to make sure he didn't follow through on his threat to confront Death. "We only have today," he said.
Kris and Kiki both looked towards the sky when the thunder began. They'd both given their jackets to Hannah, whose step was growing slower the farther they went into the jungle. Kiki muttered but didn't openly bitch, probably knowing Kris had no patience for anyone insulting his mate.
Kris addressed Kiki with a worried look towards Hannah.
Kiki gave him a fiery look but moved to the nearest tree. Kris watched him scale the large tree and disappear beyond the canopy of leaves.
She didn't look convinced. Kris moved away her, his anxiety and concern growing. They'd come there to rescue one human and might just lose two. He paced and gazed up the tree, unable to see Kiki. He heard Hannah stir and glanced towards her. She rose from her seat.
Kris looked up in time to see Kiki crash through the canopy and plummet towards the ground. Kris gasped and sprung forward. A streak of black crossed his vision as a flying demon snatched Kiki out of the air.
Kiki's yell was pain-filled.
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.
We came. Hannah, Kiki and me.
He couldn't tell Rhyn he'd chosen to save Hannah instead of Kiki, only to discover a shapeshifter demon in Hannah's place.
But I'm not leaving without Katie and Kiki.
Kris watched him stalk away, unable to shake a sense of guilt. If he'd gone after Kiki, he wouldn't have put his half-brother at even greater risk. His judgment had failed him.
What is it with you and Kiki and your plans?
You chose to leave Kiki.
Kris said nothing. Rhyn's assurances that Hannah was safe in Hell didn't sit well with him. Kris followed the half-demon without knowing where they might be headed, instead thinking of just how bad of a situation he'd left Kiki in.
Kris's confident response rankled Rhyn. He leaned his back against a tree and faced his eldest surviving brother. "I promised Kiki I'd tell you something," he started.
Rhyn clamped his mouth shut. He'd done what Kiki asked him to, and Kris didn't believe him. He was ready to go silent on it again for the rest of eternity. He turned to leave then stopped.
If this is what you call down, you need to spend some time in Hell. If you don't believe me, I don't give a shit. But I fulfilled my part of the deal I made with Kiki.
What does Kiki know about this?
Kris was silent for a moment before saying slowly, "Kiki said I always had a penchant for traitors."
Rhyn grunted as he pulled Kiki over his shoulders.
You can't save him, but you can save Kiki. Get going, Rhyn.
Rhyn gasped and struggled to sit. Kiki's still body lay a few feet from him, the ocean lapping at his brother's feet. The Caribbean night was humid and warm, and the moon large over head.
Take Kiki back to the Sanctuary's healer.
Rhyn pointed. The angel sighed and crossed to Kiki. Rhyn opened a new portal, took a deep breath and crossed through to Hell.
Rhyn ignored the demon and left the cell block, returning to the hallway before opening a portal. He crossed through the shadow world to the beach of the Caribbean Sanctuary. Toby was dragging Kiki up the beach by one leg.
Toby dropped Kiki's leg and took off for the Sanctuary. Rhyn strode through the loose sand of the beach and paused beside Kiki. He set Hannah down.
He hefted Kiki once again. Hannah sniffled and crawled to her feet. Rhyn hurried towards the Sanctuary, concerned for Kiki but even more anxious about making sure Katie was alive and well.
The convent members who managed the Sanctuary had replaced the wall Rhyn knocked down with a row of brown tents that matched their dresses. Rhyn eased between two of them, aware of Kiki's fading pulse. He set his brother down on the ground and looked around wildly, hoping they hadn't sent Katie's Ancient Healer, Lankha, home to the underworld.
Rhyn paced under the watchful gaze of the convent member, itching to leave Kiki to find Katie. Instead, he forced himself to wait. He'd lost one brother this night. He wanted to make sure Kiki was okay before leaving him.
Nothing I can't handle. I have Kiki, Tamer, and Erik on lockdown. A week without food, and they're happy to help. Kiki is running most things, until I figure them out.
The remote ancestor of Kiki luskut Kiki luq^%l-ma Ibri shd arammu I Itemi tittish " How shall I be dumb ?
Flanked by the Immortal she knew as Kiki and two more, Rhyn stood several meters away.
Rhyn, you can't â€“ Kiki objected.
Gabe twisted his head to watch Kiki, Rhyn's right hand and the most dependable of the brothers, walk into the gym.
Gabe sat up as Kiki approached, and the tall Immortal paused, critical gaze taking in both of them.
Gabe heard the voice of Rhyn's mate, Katie, from the direction of the hallway as she greeted Kiki on her way in.
The talking points Kiki had given Rhyn told him nothing aside from the name, date the Immortals found her and the human-Immortal blood percentage.
"We have a more formal process now for transitioning Immortal mates," Kiki said, as if his explanation was supposed to mean something to her.
"Because â€¦" "Because you're his mate," Kiki said.
"Yes, but she'sâ€¦" Kiki's retort drifted off.
"I'm bound to tell Kris you're here," Kiki reminded him.
Katie smiled, deciding she liked Kiki's no-nonsense attitude.
The only other brother ever to extend a hand to help him was Kiki, the pragmatic half-brother who protected Asia.
"You know they don.t speak for me," Kiki said.
"I don't know. But I know it won't last long. Kiki, I need â€¦ help," Rhyn forced the words out.
"Your war with Kris needs to end now. You two will destroy â€“ " "Don't care, Kiki."
Rhyn's gaze went to Toby's backpack. The cold rain felt good against his hot skin, and he stripped down to his T-shirt in the frigid weather to buffer the heat and magic growing within his body. "This is supposed to incapacitate a demon," Kiki said and loaded a handgun with a small dart.
I can't just go to Hell without a plan, and maybe he can â€“ " "No, Kiki.
He listened as Kiki explained Rhyn's visit, ending with the half-demon's resolve to destroy the boundary between Death's domain and the Immortal underworld in the hopes of getting Katie back. When Kiki finished, Kris poured himself a glass of whiskey while he thought.
"I don't know if Rhyn could kill Death, but if he disrupted the balance between worlds â€¦" "He's done that since he was born," Kiki pointed out.
"I think the era of us having a safe haven is over. I think â€¦ " Kiki paused.
"It's what I made out of his nonsense. Death can't bring a mortal back from the dead â€“ it would break every Immortal Code there is. I may be wrong, but what if â€¦" Kris didn't hear Kiki's words. Instead he mulled over the notion that Death had sought out Rhyn. Their eldest brother, Andre, had spoken long ago about talking to Death on several occasions. Whatever passed between them, Andre had never trusted the deity. Their father as well had been a distant acquaintance to the elusive deity.
Kris wanted to think that Kiki was the demon trying to drag him into Hell for nefarious purposes. It was almost easier to swallow than reaching out to help the brother he'd held as his enemy for so long. And who might've been more able to hold the Council together than Kris.
Kiki was quiet for a moment. Kris sighed and sat down, rubbing his face. His body had not yet healed from the beating Jade gave him.
"Give it time. One man â€“ even Andre â€“ couldn't solve the world's problems. You just have to wait it out. And hope we all come to our senses before the end of the world," Kiki said with a small smile.
"Hannah is lovely â€“ and my duty. Jade was â€¦" "Dead-dead the moment he betrayed you. I may sound like Rhyn, but if someone turns on one of my brothers, I want that person dead-dead," Kiki said flatly.
"Kris, I â€“" "What, Kiki?" he snarled.
The alternative â€“ that Death might see Rhyn as a viable leader for the Council â€“ was inconceivable. No self-serving, reckless, half-evil being could be entrusted with the fate of humanity! Baffled by the deity's bizarre visit, Kris pushed the memories out of his mind. He had to find Rhyn. He picked up his rucksack and joined Kiki outside the tent. Kiki stood before a portal on the dark beach.
"I'll do whatever I must to protect the Council and Immortals. If Rhyn tries to kill Death or something stupid â€¦ " "Rhyn is the only one who has half a chance of keeping the Council together," Kiki replied.
His words were an echo of Death's assertion. They struck Kris bone-deep. Kiki's doubt was apparent for the second time that day. Kris watched Kiki pass him and disappear through the portal to the underworld. Kris stepped through, distracted from his dark thoughts by the new world. They stood on a small rise overlooking a jungle-like forest edged in the distance by an ocean of black water.
Kiki demanded. "She can't â€“" "What alternative do we have?"
As fast as Kris ran, he couldn't catch her. He grew more baffled when she seemed to pull ahead of him without any sign of the exhaustion she'd showed when they stopped. Desperation could motivate, and so could fear for her sister. He pushed himself harder to catch her. Thunder boomed overhead. Forms he assumed were demons swooped above the canopy, casting shadows. He caught glimpses of fur and wings through leaves and ran until his chest was heaving. Hannah remained ahead of him, though he realized he was beginning to gain on her. He had to reach her before the demons did and swept her away, as they had Kiki.
He heard a groan from nearby and lowered his weapons, the first to step away to see whose body lay before Her. It was Kiki's. Rhyn smelled blood before he saw the soaked clothing of his half-brother. Ignoring Death, Rhyn rolled Kiki onto his back.
"Kris â€“ " "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.
Toby reappeared after a few minutes, tugging a reluctant Lakhna with him. The otherworldly creature ducked and covered his head from the moon and crowded Toby as they crossed the courtyard. Rhyn pointed to Kiki, and Lakhna cringed. Rhyn was about to demand to know where Katie was when he heard her agitated voice.
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