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  • Shalador's Lady(Black Jewels,Book 8)(123) by Anne Bishop
  • He followed her back into the parlor and very carefully lifted the bundle hidden in his shirt. They went up to their room, and he tucked Khollie on the bed between them.

    The last thing he remembered after stretching out on the bed was linking fingers with Shira.

    *Ranon?*

    A scared little whisper of a voice, but enough to have his eyes opening to stare at the bedroom ceiling.

    *Ranon?*

    Ranon turned his head to look at the bundle on the bed. *Khollie?*

    Pinching a little of the shirt, he eased it back until he could see the dog’s head—and the dark eyes staring at him.

    *Hey, little brother. We were worried about you.*

    Khollie peered at his surroundings. *I am on the bed. I am not supposed to be on the bed. It is a Shira rule.*

    *I know. But she said you were allowed this one time.*

    *Ranon? I need a tree.*

    *You want some food too?*

    *Yes.*

    *Come on, then. We’ll see what we can find.*

    He helped Khollie untangle himself from the shirt, then eased out of bed.

    Shira immediately woke up. “Ranon?”

    “It’s all right,” he said quietly. “Khollie and I are going to get something to eat.”

    She rolled over to look at Khollie, who gave her a quick lick on the chin before jumping off the bed.

    “Oh,” she said. “All right.”

    As Ranon let them out of the room, he heard her muffled sob.

    He closed the door as quietly as he could, but he’d barely taken a step before Cassie’s door opened and Gray stood there.

    He knew about Yaslana’s rules concerning Gray and Cassie’s physical relationship. Hell’s fire,everyone knew about Lucivar’s rules. But he wasn’t going to ask where Gray was sleeping tonight.

    Gray looked down and smiled. “Hey, Khollie.”

    Khollie wagged his tail and whined softly.

    “We’re going downstairs,” Ranon said.

    Gray nodded and closed the door.

    When they reached the back door, Khollie stood in the doorway, trembling.

    *Khollie?* Vae joined them. *Are you going outside? I have to go too. We will go together. Ranon will guard us.*

    “Yes, I will.” He put an Opal shield around the backyard. Nothing would get in—or out—without him knowing about it.

    He stood in the doorway, watching, and didn’t turn when Gray came up behind him.

  • Romance | Fantasy | Vampire