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  • Queen of the Darkness(Black Jewels,Book 3)(16) by Anne Bishop
  • Magstrom looked up, his eyes wide with shock. Then he quickly filled in the space on the paper. "And you brought two servants?"

    "Manny is a White-Jeweled witch. Jazen is a Purple Dusk Warlord."

    Magstrom wrote down the information, then turned the contract around. "Just sign here and then put your initials in the spaces for the other two signatures to indicate that you accept responsibility for your servants." As Daemon bent down to sign the contract, he whispered, "This court would have been my choice for you. You belong here."

    Saying nothing, Daemon stepped away from the table to make room for Surreal. He glanced once at Lucivar, whose glazed gold eyes just stared at him.

    "Name?" Magstrom asked.

    "Surreal."

    When she didn't say anything else, Magstrom said gently, "While they are not often used in Kaeleer, it is customary to formally record a family name."

    Surreal stared at him. Then she smiled maliciously. "SaDiablo."

    Magstrom gasped. Khardeen and Aaron gaped at her for a moment before turning away from the table.

    Daemon closed his eyes and didn't listen to the rest of her answers. Since she was Kartane SaDiablo's bastard daughter, she had probably intended it as a slap against his mother, Dorothea. There was no reason for her to know that the name had meaning in Kaeleer.

    "Hell's fire, Mother Night, and may the Darkness be merciful," two voices said in unison.

    Daemon opened his eyes. Aaron and Khardeen stood in front of him, watching Surreal move away from the table.

    Aaron looked at him. "Is that really her family name?"

    Daemon hesitated. He didn't know what kind of stigma being a bastard carried in Kaeleer, and he owed Surreal too much to reveal a potentially vulnerable spot. "The man who sired her goes by that name," he replied cautiously.

    "What do you think we should do?" Aaron asked Khardeen.

    "Sell tickets," Khardeen replied promptly. "And then find a safe place to watch the explosion."

    Their amusement at Surreal's expense made Daemon's temper flash. "Is this going to be a problem?"

    "You could say that," Khardeen said gleefully. Then he settled his face into a serious expression. "You see, what Lady Surreal hasn't realized yet is that by formally declaring herself as part of the SaDiablo family, she's just acquired Lucivar as a cousin."

    "And if you think Lucivar has a dominating personality with other males, you should see him with the women in the family," Aaron added.

    And with Jaenelle?

    The question went unspoken because he didn't want to see a blank expression on their faces when they heard the name—and because he wasn't sure what he would do if he saw recognition. It would be better to ask Lucivar that question—in private. And the questions he now had about women and family... Those, too, would be asked later.

    "And we're not even going to try to imagine what's going to happen when she tangles with the males on the Dea al Mon side of her family," Khardeen said.

    "Why should they be involved at all?" Daemon asked.

    "Because she's Titian's daughter, finally come home," Aaron said. Then he grinned. "Lady Surreal is about to find out that she now has male relatives from both her bloodlines who are going to make her life their business— and several of those males are Warlord Princes."

    Mother Night! "She's never going to tolerate that," Daemon said.

    "Well, she's not going to have a lot of choice," Khardeen replied.

    "The Blood are matriarchal. Isn't that true in Kaeleer?"

    "Of course," Aaron said cheerfully. "But males do have rights and privileges, and we take full advantage of them." He studied Daemon for a moment. "Why don't you try to keep her calm while we keep an eye on Lucivar. If nobody pushes him, he should be able to keep his temper leashed."

    "Do you know him that well?" Daemon asked.

    He saw the knowledge in their eyes that they had kept carefully masked until now. They knew he was Lucivar's brother. And they knew...

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