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  • Queen of the Darkness(Black Jewels,Book 3)(142) by Anne Bishop
  • "You rissk much giving him a Jewel like that," Draca said.

    *There iss reasson to rissk much,* Lorn replied. *Witch hass almosst completed her web?*

    "Yess." For the first time since she had met Jaenelle, she felt the weight of her years.

    *We cannot heal the taint, Draca,* Lorn said softly. *Sshe can.*

    "I know. When I gave the gift of magic, I gave it freely, knowing I could never alter what wass done with it." Draca hesitated. "If sshe doess thiss, sshe will be desstroyed."

    *Sshe iss Kaeleer'ss Heart. Sshe musst not be desstroyed.* Lorn paused and added softly, *The kindred have alwayss been sstrong dreamerss.*

    "Will they be sstrong enough?"

    The question neither could answer hung between them.

    3 / Kaeleer

    A stealthy movement and the sudden glow of a small ball of witchlight woke Jorval from an uneasy sleep. "Priestess?"

    A hand grabbed his hair, yanked his head up. "No," said the silver-haired woman as her knife cut his throat. "I am vengeance."

    4 / Kaeleer

    "Enough," Daemon said, leading Jaenelle into her sitting room. "You need to rest."

    "The web's almost complete. I need to—"

    "Rest.If you make an error because you're too exhausted to think clearly, this will all be for nothing." Making a weak attempt to snarl, she collapsed into a chair.

    Daemon wanted to rage at her but knew it wouldn't do any good. She had dropped weight she couldn't afford to lose at a frightening speed. Putting obstacles in her path would only force her to waste energy she couldn't spare, so he took the other path.

    "You told me a few minutes ago that you still needed a couple of things to complete the web."

    "Those things will take time," she protested.

    He bent down and kissed her softly, persuasively. When he felt her yield, he murmured against her lips, "We'll have a quiet dinner. Then we'll play a couple of hands of 'cradle.' I'll even let you win."

    Her huff of laughter provoked another hunger. His kiss deepened as his hand caressed her breast.

    "I think I am hungry," Jaenelle said breathlessly when he finally gave her a chance to speak.

    After they had thoroughly satisfied one hunger, they finally sat down to dinner.

    5 / Hell

    Pain woke him.

    Kartane opened his eyes. Two fading balls of witchlight provided enough light for him to clearly see that he was outside. Then he realized he was upside down.Someone had tied him upside down.

    Something rustled the bushes nearby.

    Turning his head a little, he stared at an odd pile of brown clothing, neatly folded.

    Suddenly, his heart pounded. Suddenly, it was hard to breathe.

    The surrounding shadows shifted just enough for him to see that the odd pile wasn't clothing, it was brown skin.

    As he drew in a breath to scream, glowing red eyes appeared in the darkness around him.

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