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  • Blood Ties(Blood Coven Vampire,book 6)(44) by Mari Mancusi
  • My shoulders slump at her words. Is that really what they all think of me? That I’m just this human, getting in the way of important vampire business? That Magnus is weak for taking my side? Here I’ve been blaming him for putting the Blood Coven before me, when all along his own people think he’s putting me before the Blood Coven.

    The poor guy can’t win.

    “Look,” I try. “I know I’ve been a selfish bitch in the past. And you have no reason to like me, I get it. But Marcia, what I’ve found out about the Alphas—it could put the Consortium at risk. And I need to tell Magnus ASAP. The entire vampire race could be in danger.”

    She narrows her eyes and for a moment, she doesn’t speak. Finally she nods. “Okay,” she says with resignation. “I’ll see what I can do. But you’d better not be bluffing.”

    “I wish I were.”

    “Stay here. I’ll go interrupt his meeting.”

    I collapse onto the sleek white leather bench, biting my nails as I wait to see if Magnus will come down. Trying to prepare myself for his inevitable wrath. Because, let’s face it, he’s so not going to be pleased with what I have to say. In fact, when this is all over, I wonder if he’ll even talk to me again. I wouldn’t blame him, I suppose, if he didn’t.

    I’m not sure, to be honest, I’d talk to myself.


    About ten minutes later, the elevator doors slide open once again and Magnus steps out, scanning the room. I rise to my feet just as his eyes fall upon me.

    “I guess I shouldn’t be surprised,” he says stiffly. “You never do manage to follow orders.”

    I hang my head. “I’m sorry.”

    I wait for his anger, his screams of condemnation. But they don’t come. Instead he asks, “So, to what do I owe this... honor?”

    Where to even begin? I shuffle from foot to foot. “Can we talk somewhere private?”

    He nods. “Come upstairs to my hotel room.”

    I follow him back onto the elevator and we shoot up into the sky. A few minutes later we step into one of the most luxurious hotel rooms I’ve ever seen. With a view fifty-something stories up looking down on the neon wonderland they call Shinjuku.

    “Wow,” I say, walking over to the floor-to-ceiling window. “Rayne told me these were sweet digs. But I had no idea—”

    “So your sister is in on this little escapade as well,” Magnus says grimly, sitting down on the bed. “Of course.”

    I turn back to face him. Here goes nothing. “Turns out Jayden wasn’t bitten by Cornelius after all,” I admit. “He was bitten by Corbin. And now the two of them share some kind of psychic link. That’s why the Alphas were able to locate the Holy Grail. I told Jayden where it was. And that’s why they raided the Bite Club in Harajuku.”

    Magnus squeezes his eyes shut, then opens them again. “What else?” he asks in a tight voice.

    I kick the carpet with my foot. “They probably know that you’re here.”

    “Here, in Japan?”

    “Here in the Park Hyatt. Rayne was going off about how awesome it was. I’m sure Jayden heard her.”

    “Oh, Sunny.” My boyfriend sighs deeply. “Why couldn’t you have just trusted me and stayed in England as I asked?”

    I frown. “Um, so I could just let you murder Jayden? I don’t think so. I mean, I know he lied—and believe me, I’m furious with him, too. But that doesn’t mean he deserves to die.”

    Magnus stares at me, a puzzled look on his face. “What are you talking about?”

    “I overheard Tanner talking to Lucedio. You ordered him to poison Jayden and make it look like his body didn’t accept the transfusion.”

    Magnus rises to his feet. “I don’t know what you think you heard,” he replies bitterly. “But I can assure you, I ordered no such thing.”


    “You really will trust anyone in the world—even vampires you barely know—over your own boyfriend, won’t you?” Magnus growls, pacing the room. “I don’t even know what to say about that.”

    I hang my head in shame. Was it true? Did he really know nothing about this? “I’m sorry,” I say, though the words seem so useless. “I just... I heard it and I freaked out. And I had to get Jayden out of there.”

    “And so you brought him here. And put us all in danger.”

    “Well, to be fair, I didn’t know about the Corbin thing. I just found that out right before I came here to see you. He finally admitted it to me.”

    “Well, isn’t that bloody noble of him.”

    I rise to my feet, looking pleadingly at Magnus. “I screwed up,” I admit. “I know it. And I don’t deserve your forgiveness. But I need your help.”

    He rakes a hand through his hair, freeing it from its ponytail. “Of course,” he says, his voice laced with sarcasm. “How can I be of assistance?”

    “It’s Rayne. After the Alphas attacked at Bite Club, she went after Corbin. And I haven’t heard from her since. I tried calling her cell, but the woman who answered said she found it discarded in an alleyway. I’m worried.”

    Magnus whirls around, his eyes wide and frightened. “She went after them? Alone—without backup? Is she crazy?”

    “Um, we’re talking about Rayne here, remember?” “Hell,” he swears, stalking over to the hotel phone and picking up the receiver. He presses a few buttons. “Jareth?” he says, after a moment. “Have you heard from Rayne?” He waits for a reply. “Okay,” he says. “Well, let me know if she reports in. Yes, I’ll tell you the whole story. It’s probably nothing but...” He pauses. “Yes, yes, I promise. I’ve got to go.” He hangs up the phone and sinks back onto the bed, scrubbing his face with his hands. “Pyrus is going to kill me.”

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