“What are you doing here?”
It was the lady from the alley. At my doorstep! She grimaced and opened her mouth but no words came out.
Eventually she said, “Freya, like I told you before, I’m not here for a fight. I’m not a a villain-”
“That’s what most villains say so....”
“I deserve that. I did have you kidnapped,” she sighed. She reached out her hand. “My name is Valeriya.”
I refused to shake it. You never know what kind of poison, curse or well, germs, could be there.
“Freya what’s going on?” Riley asked from behind me. “Why is she here?” he came up and stood next to me. I knew he fought the urge to push me back behind him me. I was glad he did not give in to that particular instinct because it would have pissed me off.
“Says her name is Valeriya,” I said.
She bit her lip, looking back and forth between us. “We have no time for this. Cole is coming.”
Riley grabbed her arm and jerked her inside. I locked the door.
“What?” Riley exclaimed too loudly.
There were footsteps. “Who are you guys talking to?” Dustin called. He stopped in his tracks when he saw Valeriya. Then he growled impressively. “Why is she here?” he bit out.
“That’s what I said,” Riley chimed in.
I rolled my eyes. These two had to be in the same room when information was circulated,or else you'd find yourself repeating yourself. Over and over. Sometimes I felt like I was living a loop.
The twins came down following behind Dustin. I guess they were our betas now. “Who let her in?” Ethan demanded.
“Her name is Valeriya!” I snapped. “Now lets listen to what she has to say.”
Ethan opened his mouth to say something and I glared at him before a single peep made it out. I already knew what he was going to say. That she could be lying. But this was too important. We could decide afterwards whether to believe her or not.
“My informants in New York called me up this morning. Cole’s not there anymore.” She paused. “And he knows you two took Freya.”
Dustin nodded thoughtfully. We had known it would happen sooner or later.
“I came here to warn you. And to offer you my protection. The protection of my vampires.”
“Your coven, you mean,” Ethan said coolly.
Valeriya fixed him a hard stare. “I do not mince my words, pup,” she said, eliciting a pissed off growl from him. “They are not my coven. They simply work for me.”
Ethan narrowed his eyes suspiciously. He knew something.
“Tell us what you are first,” I said. “Before I entrust you with my life and the lives of my family.”
She looked away from our group. “Why does it matter?” she asked evasively. She walked passed us into the kitchen.
“It would be a good show of faith,” I answered.
“You’re not a vampire,” said Riley. “I knew it the second I smelled you.”
She bit her lip, making it even redder. She squared her shoulders and faced us. Resolve shining in her eyes. “I’m a succubus.”
My eyes widenned.
So.... much silence.
“They’re real?” Riley asked incredulously.
Dustin looked her over slowly. From head to toe. And then all over again. His gaze was disbelieving.
I guess on that day her hair was a little limp, but it was still thick.
Her skin was pale, but somehow she sill glowed.
Valeriya scowled irritably at Dustin. “The only reason you are blind to my charms is because you have Riley and Freya. No other reason. I am a very attractive woman.”
That she was. Even in her sweats and baggy sweater, I could see her curves. And of course her face. Her crowning jewel. With those golden eyes, she was gorgeous. A kind of beauty that only Riley’s looks could try to rival.
“Are you now, Valerie?” a deep mocking voice asked. "Attractive, that is."