Lure of the Lamia

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Chapter 5 - Lawson

“Whoa!” She was breathless for a moment as her pulse quickened.

It was not his intention to scare her, but when his mission collided with the woman he was bonded to, needless to say he was looking for answers.

“How did you…”

“The information?” Lawson prodded her.

“I...it…” She appeared to be struggling for words as she fought to understand what was happening around her. “How did you...you moved so fast.” Beautiful, smokey brown eyes turned to face him with a mix of surprise and fear, and he wanted to pull her into his arms and comfort her. To let her know that everything was going to be alright. To tell her that he would not let any harm come to her. Her eyes narrowed on him. “What are you?” She took a few steps away from him, and he ached from the reaction.

The rustle of leaves as a breeze blew through the trees in the square grabbed his attention. Darting his eyes amongst the shadows that moved in the night, he watched for the familiar shapes. Inhaling deep, he breathed in familiar scents, some of them that brought death in its wake.

“That would be a question for another time, I’m afraid.” Grabbing her arm, he propelled her forward to the street that showed gratuitous signs of life. “Do you have somewhere we can go?”

The feet that carried her were slightly less stable than his, and more than once he nearly carried her as she was tripping over her own feet. Her head turned towards the square as she squinted her eyes against the dark. “They are there, aren’t they?” Her voice was a whisper, and Lawson found himself almost pulling her towards an unknown destination.

“Tell me, is it always so difficult to get you to answer a straightforward question?” He kept his eyes forward, taking deep breaths of the night air into his lungs to gauge the nearness of her predators. “If that is the case, we will be dead before sunrise.”

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