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Karenne
March 21st, 2007, 04:39 PM
Training sucked.

Especially when the main aim of that training was to make me something I’d once vowed never to become--a guardian for the Directorate of Other Races.

Becoming a guardian might have been inevitable, and I might have accepted it on some levels, but that didn’t mean I had to be happy about the whole process.

Guardians were far more than just the specialized cops most humans thought them to be--they were judge, jury, and executioners. None of this legal crap the human cops were forced to put up with. Of course, the people in front of a guardian’s metaphoric bullet were generally out-of-control psychos who totally deserved to die, but stalking the night with the aim of ending their undead lives still wasn’t something that had reached my ‘to-do’ list.

Even if my wolf soul sometimes hungered to hunt more than I might wish to acknowledge.

But if there was one thing worse than going through all the training that was involved in becoming a guardian, then it was training with my brother. I couldn’t con him. Couldn’t flirt or flash a bit of flesh to make him forget his train of thought. Couldn’t moan that I’d had enough and that I couldn’t go on, because he wasn’t just my brother, but my twin.

He knew exactly what I could and couldn’t do, because he could feel it. We mightn’t share the telepathy of twins, but we knew when the other was hurting or in trouble.

And right now, Rhoan was fully aware of the fact that I was trying to pike. And he knew why.

I had a hot date with an even hotter werewolf.

In precisely one hour.

If I left now, I could get home and clean up before Kellen--the hot date in question--came by to pick me up. Any later, and he’d see me as the beaten-up scruff I usually was these days.

“Isn’t Liander cooking you a roast this evening?” I said, casually waving the wooden baton I’d been given but had yet to use. Mainly because I didn’t want to hit my brother.

He, however, didn’t have the same problem, and the bruises littering my body proved it.

But then, he didn’t really want me to be doing this. Didn’t want me on the mission drawing inexorably closer.

“Yes.” He continued to circle me, his pace as casual as his expression. I wasn’t fooled. Couldn’t be, when I could feel the tension in his body almost as well as I could feel it in mine. “But he has no intention of putting it on until I phone and tell him I’m on my way to his place.”

“It’s his birthday. You should be there to celebrate it with him rather than putting me through the wringer.”

He shifted suddenly, stepping forward, the baton a pale blur as he lashed out at me. I ignored the step and the blow, holding still as the breeze of the baton’s passing caressed the fingers of my left hand. He was only playing, and we both knew it.

I wouldn’t even see his real move.

He grinned. “I’ll be there as soon as this is over. And he did invite you along, remember.”

“And spoil the private party you have planned?” My voice was dry. “I don’t think so. Besides, I’d rather party with Kellen.”

“Meaning Quinn is still out of the picture?”

“Not entirely.” I shifted a little, keeping him in sight as he continued to circle. The padded green mats that covered the Directorate’s sublevel training arena squeaked in protest under my bare feet.

“Your sweat is causing that,” he commented. “But there’s not nearly enough of it.”

“Jesus, Rhoan, have a heart. I haven’t seen Kellen for nearly a week. I want to play with him, not you.”

He raised an eyebrow, a devilish glint in his silver eyes. “You get me on the mat, and I’ll let you go.”

“It’s not you I want on the mat!”

“If you don’t fight me, they’ll make you fight Gautier. And I don’t think either of us want that.”

“And if I do fight you, and do manage to bring you down, they’re going to make me fight him, anyway.” Which pretty much sucked. I wasn’t overly fond of vampires at the best of times, but some of them--like Quinn, who was in Sydney tending to his airline business, and Jack, my boss, and the man in charge of the whole guardian division--were decent people. Gautier was just a murdering freak. He might be a guardian, and he might not have done anything wrong just yet, but he was one of the bad guys. He was also a clone made for one specific purpose--to take over the Directorate. He hadn’t made his move yet, but I had an odd premonition that he would, and soon.

Rhoan made another feint. This time the baton skimmed my knuckles, stinging but not breaking skin. I resisted the urge to shake the pain away and shifted my stance a little, readying for the real attack.

“So, what’s happening between you and Quinn?”

Nothing had happened, and that was the whole problem. After making such a song and dance about me upholding my end of the deal we’d made, he’d basically played absent lover for the last few months. I blew out a frustrated breath, lifting the sweaty strands of hair from my forehead. “Can’t we have this discussion after I play with Kellen?”

“No,” he said, and blurred so fast that he literally disappeared from normal sight. And while I could have tracked his heat signature with the infrared of my vampire vision, I didn’t actually need to, because my hearing and nose were wolf-sharp. Not only could I hear his light steps on the vinyl mats as he circled around me, but I could track the breeze of his spicy, leathery scent.

Both were now approaching from behind.

I dove out of the way, twisting around even as I hit the mat, and lashed out with a foot. The blow connected hard and low against the back of his leg, and he grunted, his form reappearing as he stumbled and fought to remain standing.

I scrambled upright, and lunged toward him. I wasn’t fast enough by half. He scooted well out of reach and shook his head. “You’re not taking this seriously, Riley.”

“Yes, I am.” Just not as seriously as he’d like me to. Not this evening, anyway.

“Are you that desperate to fight Gautier?”

“No, but I am that desperate to see Kellen.” Sexual frustration wasn’t a good thing for anyone, but it was particularly bad for a werewolf. Sex was an ingrained part of our culture--we needed it as much as a vampire needed blood. And this goddamn training had been taking up so much of my free time that I hadn’t even been able to get down to the Blue Moon for some action.

I blew out another breath, and tried to think calm thoughts. As much as I didn’t want to hurt my brother, if that was the only way out of here, then I might have to try.

But if I did succeed in beating him, then Jack might take that as a sign I was ready for the big one. And part of me feared that--feared that no matter what Jack said, my brother was right when he said that I shouldn’t be doing this. That I was never going to be ready for it, no matter how much training I got.

That I’d screw it all up, and put everyone’s life in danger.

Not that Rhoan had actually said that last one. But as the time to infiltrate Deshon Starr’s crime cartel drew nearer, it was in my thoughts more and more.

“It’s a stupid rule, and you know it,” I said eventually. “Fighting Gautier doesn’t prove anything.”

“He is the best at what he does. Fighting him makes guardians ready for what they may face out there.”

“Difference is, I don’t want to become a full-time guardian.”

“You have no choice now, Riley.”

I knew that, but that didn’t mean I still couldn’t rail against the prospect, even if my protests were only empty words. Hell, if Jack came up to me today and offered me the chance to walk away from becoming a guardian, I wouldn’t, because there was no way in hell I’d walk away from the chance of making Deshon Starr pay. Not only because of what he’d done to me, but what he’d done to Misha, and to Kade’s partner, and all those countless men and women still locked in breeding cells somewhere.

Not to mention all the things given life in his labs--abominations nature would never have created, creatures born for two purposes only. To kill as ordered, and to die as ordered.

A chill ran across my skin. I’d only come across a few of those creatures, but I had a bad, bad feeling that before this month was out, I’d see a whole lot more than I ever wanted to.

I licked my lips, and tried to concentrate on Rhoan. If I had to get him down on the mat to get out of here, then I would. I wanted, needed, to grab a little bit more of a normal life before the crap set in again.

Because it was coming. I could feel it.

DavidsGirl841444
March 27th, 2007, 08:57 PM
Yeah fight time. Glad they got rid of the syndicate, moss, and the other one forgo his name. Animals. But whoa! Quinn is a master psychic I wouldn't mind having them hook up more often. I mean I know she is looking for the soul mate thing but damn she has to notice that they are ment to be like peanut butter and jelly. Maybe she is rare and her hook up is with a vamp, I mean she dos have a mix gene .

Illyria
June 2nd, 2007, 12:21 PM
maybe Riley ends up with two mates.. :yes:

Karenne
June 2nd, 2007, 01:41 PM
Or 3? snicker...or more? The woman has stamina!:tt2:

Illyria
June 3rd, 2007, 02:08 PM
Or 3? snicker...or more? The woman has stamina! :tt2:

You never know.. :lol:

DavidsGirl841444
June 6th, 2007, 09:51 AM
Yeah you never know I would like to think she can pretty much keep up with anyone.

Illyria
June 6th, 2007, 11:24 AM
Yeah. she totally could. :lol:

Dani
June 13th, 2007, 04:28 PM
After Talon, Misha, Quinn, Kade, Kellen, and Jin, I think she could keep up with just about anyone! She has enough stamina for an army (or 2 or 3...) *giggles* I wish I had her stamina.

DavidsGirl841444
June 13th, 2007, 07:06 PM
After Talon, Misha, Quinn, Kade, Kellen, and Jin, I think she could keep up with just about anyone! She has enough stamina for an army (or 2 or 3...) *giggles* I wish I had her stamina.

You and me both chica her stmaina would make me a pretty popular girl. J/K!:lol:

The army thing I bet she could but I wouldn't want to see her do that. No offense it's just one guy at a time for me.

Dani
June 14th, 2007, 08:01 PM
You and me both chica her stmaina would make me a pretty popular girl. J/K!:lol:

The army thing I bet she could but I wouldn't want to see her do that. No offense it's just one guy at a time for me.
:roflmao: I didn't mean the whole army at the same time girlie! I'm like you...One man at a time, but then again two might be fun!:roflmao:

DavidsGirl841444
June 15th, 2007, 09:31 AM
Very fun especially if one of them is Quinn and another delictable morsale.

Karenne
June 15th, 2007, 09:56 PM
hmmm.....whip cream?:balloon:

DavidsGirl841444
June 15th, 2007, 10:00 PM
Whip cream not my thing. I perfer chocalate much better.

Karenne
June 15th, 2007, 10:09 PM
warm chocolate and pineapple rings?:errrr:

Dani
June 15th, 2007, 11:51 PM
warm chocolate and pineapple rings?:errrr:
Pineapple rings? :arghhhh: And just what are you thinking about missie?! I'm more of a whip cream, chocolate sauce, and caramel kinda gal. :tt2: Yummy!! Geesh, now I'm hungry and it's almost midnight. Why do I do this to myself? LOL

DavidsGirl841444
June 16th, 2007, 04:18 PM
Pineapple rings how unique.

Karenne
June 19th, 2007, 11:57 AM
(evil grin) Thank you!!!:cowboy:

Keri ...feel free to use that at anytime! lol

redruby
June 19th, 2007, 06:47 PM
she needs to wake up and smell that hazelnut coffee becuz quinn is the vamp for her. i am soooooooooo jealous of her but hey gotta luv her.:tt2:

DavidsGirl841444
June 19th, 2007, 07:02 PM
You got that right redruby they do need to wake up and semll the hazelnut coffee(is that any good?).

Dani
June 20th, 2007, 12:04 AM
You got that right redruby they do need to wake up and semll the hazelnut coffee(is that any good?).
Oh yeah girl! I love it, but then again I love to eat hazelnuts. They are delicious.

DavidsGirl841444
June 20th, 2007, 01:57 PM
Got to try it thanks girls.

Dani
June 20th, 2007, 05:48 PM
You're welcome! Hope you like it.

KeriArthur
June 20th, 2007, 06:34 PM
(evil grin) Thank you!!!:cowboy:

Keri ...feel free to use that at anytime! lol

pinapple rings? holes are a bit small, aren't they?

:shifty:

Dani
June 20th, 2007, 10:50 PM
pinapple rings? holes are a bit small, aren't they?

:shifty:
:roflmao: OMG! Now that's funny. I can't stop laughing. You are so right about them being small Keri! Well, unless you make your own. :lol:

Karenne
June 21st, 2007, 12:20 AM
(laughing here):yes:

DavidsGirl841444
June 21st, 2007, 01:17 PM
At first I am like small for what.....*me thinking it out then it hit me, got a laugh out of that* Slow me..But nice.

Dani
June 21st, 2007, 05:58 PM
At first I am like small for what.....*me thinking it out then it hit me, got a laugh out of that* Slow me..But nice.
:roflmao: Now I really can't stop laughing!!!! You really do crack me up Davidsgirl! :roflmao:

DavidsGirl841444
June 21st, 2007, 08:33 PM
Well thank you girl, but that one was for real I guess that is why it was so funny.

Dani
June 21st, 2007, 09:36 PM
That's the exact reason it was so funny. I've done the same thing before, so don't please don't think that I was being mean or anything by laughing. It was just truely funny!

DavidsGirl841444
June 22nd, 2007, 08:19 AM
Oh no I know your not mean. Its all good.

Dani
June 22nd, 2007, 09:59 PM
Cool! :clap: Just wanted to make sure you knew.

DavidsGirl841444
June 23rd, 2007, 10:58 AM
Oh love that smily fave cute.

Dani
June 25th, 2007, 05:09 PM
Yep it's a cute one.

DavidsGirl841444
June 25th, 2007, 05:23 PM
Oh I also like Karenne's one with the guy head bobbing with hair holding up the peace fingers oh so adorable in the other threads.

Dani
June 25th, 2007, 05:41 PM
You mean this one? ~~>:punk: That's the punk rocker...he's rad!

DavidsGirl841444
June 25th, 2007, 10:23 PM
Yeah that one it is so cute.

Dani
July 2nd, 2007, 10:41 AM
Okay, we really got off the subject of this thread too. We seem to do that a lot in Keri's forum. :lol: I guess that's just us though.

DavidsGirl841444
July 2nd, 2007, 10:04 PM
So what were we discussing before got side traked?

Dani
July 3rd, 2007, 10:19 PM
Honestly, I can't remember. That's bad. We should probably think of something to discuss though. Maybe something from chapter one since that's the name of this thread. LOL

DavidsGirl841444
July 6th, 2007, 03:37 PM
I am coming up blank

Karenne
July 6th, 2007, 05:44 PM
snicker...I swear (hand to heart) I try to keep us on track...but we are just to fun!!!:flowers:

Dani
July 6th, 2007, 11:43 PM
What can we say. Once the discussion is off course it's down hill from there (sometimes).:lol:

Karenne
July 7th, 2007, 01:07 AM
Well at least we are NOT boring!

I love us!

DavidsGirl841444
July 7th, 2007, 06:38 PM
I love us too. And yeah about the off course we sometime let our mind wanders.

Dani
July 7th, 2007, 09:12 PM
And boy is it fun to let our minds wonder. We get so bad sometimes.

Karenne
July 8th, 2007, 06:35 PM
We are fun! :eek:

DavidsGirl841444
July 8th, 2007, 08:41 PM
Ok anyone have any ideas to write about on this book???

Dani
July 8th, 2007, 09:59 PM
Like how she totally kicked a**. Start something you want to talk about and we'll fall in line. LOL

DavidsGirl841444
July 9th, 2007, 10:58 AM
Ok I would have gone naked in the house so not having to be ordered to have sex with anyone so I can choose who I want. Whoelse would have gone naked? Oh yeah I am shy as ever but that wouldn't stop me

Karenne
July 9th, 2007, 12:17 PM
Question..do you think Quinn kept her waiting ...you know how he was at the first of the book....(look at the chapter 1 for a refresher) on purpose? Or do you think it was a clever scheme? Or do you think it was just a coincidence?

DavidsGirl841444
July 9th, 2007, 04:51 PM
For some reason I think there may never be a coincidence when it comes to Quinn and what he has in mind or does accidently, unless he ends up getting hurt or something. So my vote is for clever scheme.

Dani
July 9th, 2007, 05:25 PM
I can't quite say it was totally coincidence that Quinn showed up when he did, but I don't think it was totally on purpose either. He reminded her that he told her months ago he was using her and tells Riley partially the reason why he was there was because something changed (pg 49). He might have been there to see Riley as well. We don't know that for sure though. I have some issues with that. Yes, I have issues with Quinn in this respect. *Thinking that karenne is going to have a field day with this comment...Runs and hides*

DavidsGirl841444
July 10th, 2007, 02:26 PM
Ahh don't run and hide yes we all have some issues with the way Quinnhandles himself on occasion. But that still doesn't change the way he is. OF COURSE being an a** is one of his most endearing qualities. HEHEHHE!

Dani
July 10th, 2007, 09:52 PM
One of his most endearing qualities...LMAO!

DavidsGirl841444
July 11th, 2007, 11:15 AM
Being hot is another one right!!!! ;)

Dani
July 11th, 2007, 01:26 PM
Oh yes, and don't forget exceedingly wealthy. LOL

DavidsGirl841444
July 11th, 2007, 04:41 PM
Oh my mistake incredibly hot and wealthy and vamp..

Dani
July 11th, 2007, 06:56 PM
The phrase "Gold Digger" comes to mind when I see us talking like this! :roflmao:

DavidsGirl841444
July 12th, 2007, 12:06 PM
we are not gold diggers it isn't our fault that he is rich if he weren't that be fine as well because we be hot diggers if that is any kind of real word. SO yeah I could live with either or in any case. It is him.

Dani
July 13th, 2007, 12:22 AM
:roflmao: Oh that's good...Hot digger...Hahahahaha! My side's hurting now! It's not our fault he's extremely wealthy! Just our luck...Heheheh!

DavidsGirl841444
July 17th, 2007, 06:45 PM
Do you think Quinn splurges the money at all?

Dani
July 17th, 2007, 09:19 PM
Maybe...Who knows. I bet he would on Riley when they get things between them settled.

DavidsGirl841444
July 19th, 2007, 08:21 PM
Yeah like on jewlry , dresses, outings, and love tokens a dozen roses.

Karenne
July 19th, 2007, 11:40 PM
I think he does pay for things...you know why? I think it is because he likes the finer things in life.

I know...we love him..blah blah blah..but he is snooty:GEEK:

Dani
July 20th, 2007, 12:21 AM
Like Kellen isn't snooty! *snorts* He is in his own sadistic way. :roflmao:

DavidsGirl841444
July 20th, 2007, 10:39 AM
Amen to that sister! Snooty Kellen.=p

Dani
July 29th, 2007, 01:59 PM
Snooty indeed, but he has another fan so far. One of the girls at Charlaine's boards is partial to him too. Oh, yeah I already said that...DUH. Oh well, now I've said it again. :lol:

Quinn likes the finer things in life because he's grown acustom to them. I'd like to have them too (with Quinn no less)!

DavidsGirl841444
July 30th, 2007, 03:17 PM
Well here is hoping you win the lottery.

Dani
July 30th, 2007, 06:00 PM
Hahahahahahahahah! Yeah, I wish I could! I'd be in hog heaven then.

DavidsGirl841444
July 31st, 2007, 08:51 PM
Ok.. what exactly do you mean went over my head sorry to say.

Dani
July 31st, 2007, 11:47 PM
If I won the lottery in real life...Oh the places I could go and things I could do! That's what I mean by being in hog heaven (of course if Quinn were real and I had a shot at him I'd be there too! LMAO).

DavidsGirl841444
August 1st, 2007, 10:52 AM
Honey if any of us had a shot at him whoa he would be ambushed and never released well ok maybe so. Hehehehe! Well thanks for clearing that up and I guess I would be in hog heaven as well.

Dani
August 1st, 2007, 08:56 PM
Anytime chica! I'm always happy to explain. Hahahahahaha!

Riley'sTrueSoulmate
April 1st, 2009, 09:55 AM
Pineapple rings? :arghhhh: And just what are you thinking about missie?! I'm more of a whip cream, chocolate sauce, and caramel kinda gal. :tt2: Yummy!! Geesh, now I'm hungry and it's almost midnight. Why do I do this to myself? LOL

Mwahahaha! Very interesting! *rubs hands together like Dexter's Laboratory's Mandark* Excellent! HaHa! Excellent!

Dani
April 1st, 2009, 02:48 PM
Mwahahaha! Very interesting! *rubs hands together like Dexter's Laboratory's Mandark* Excellent! HaHa! Excellent!
Okay Mandark, we'll talk about this later on Yahoo. Laugh it Up fuzball