Edge of Thorns 2- Pt 29Part 29
Probably best if I go home, but company would be nice.
"Right." Nathan nodded to himself, then smiled. "Let's go back to my place. We can have coffee or something, and I can fill you in."
Enya returned his smile, and he couldn't help but shiver. That smile. Marni's smile. He tried to shake it off as he offered her his arm. "Shall we then?"
"Yes," she said, taking his arm with flourish. "Let's."
Nathan made them some coffee before they sat down to chat, but didn't wait to begin telling her the strange dream he'd had about Avarice. He told her all the details he could remember, especially the Sin's warning not to tell Alton. Enya listened intently, waiting until he'd finished before she asked, "Do you think you can trust her?"
The writer had just finished his coffee and was taking it back to the kitchen, and he turned, surprised. "That... was not what I thought you'd say. I thought it was going to be more along the lines of 'are you sure you're not psy
Edge of Thorns 2- Pt 28Part 28
No, I don't want to go, but...
"Sure," Nathan said with as much confidence as he could muster. "Sounds like fun. How far is it?"
Alton explained the directions as they began walking down the sidewalk. Apparently, the club he had in mind was only five minutes on foot from the restaurant, so there was no need for them to get Enya's car. Nathan was glad for the extra time as he tried to build up his courage. It was just a club. There was nothing to be nervous about, right? There'd be music, and dancing, and drinking, and just general merriment. Maybe there'd even be karaoke or a place to shoot pool. It was going to be great, he told himself. He was going to have fun.
The five minutes passed and they stood in front of what looked like the entrance to someone's cellar, the only giveaway that it was something more the loud music droning through the door and the neon sign above it: The Dungeon. Gloria squealed again, grabbing Alton's hand and dragging him forward. "I've
Edge of Thorns 2- Pt 27Part 27
I have to protect Gloria from my mistake, whatever the cost.
Nathan held his hands up defensively, as if that might stop him from trying again. "Now just wait a minute," he said, trying to quell the shake in his voice. "She didn't do anything wrong. This was my mistake. There's got to be some way I can fix it."
Gabriel drew a deep breath and closed his eyes again, lifting his hand to brush the dark section of his hair out of his face. "If you try to kill yourself again to protect another person..."
"I was hoping for something that wouldn't involve jamming another shard of glass in my neck."
The angel let out the sigh, shifting to his more human appearance as he crossed his arms and looked at Nathan again. "I'm afraid there's nothing I know of that you can do. Typically, sparing a life requires a willing sacrifice, such as the one you made for Avery. Since I have to keep you alive, I was still forced to take another, but the effect was t