“How do we fit in?” Threa looked up at Ria after watching the humans for hours from a quiet rooftop. She thought of the stone like scales on her skin and frowned. “We don’t look…”
“The demons manage.” Ria leaned and kissed her forehead. “And I think you are simply beautiful.”
“Ifre may ruin this for all of us.” Threa clutched at Ria’s suit jacket and looked down over a strange city, their first taste of freedom.
“I doubt that.” Ria chuckled and brushed his fingers back through her hair. “T’waer will keep Ifre in check. Besides he seems to have a fascination with the Siren. If there is trouble it will come from Li’da.”
“It’s cold here.” T’waer pouted. “I don’t like it.”
“I’m pretty sure this is where they live.” Ifre created a large cloak and wrapped it around T’waer as he watched the Circle building from a distance. It had been quiet but he was sure he felt the familiar presence.
“So what if it is?” T’waer cuddled up in her new gift. A needless gesture but she was flattered by it. “You like her or something?”
“I just want to know more, T’waer.” Ifre looked back at her and laughed at the flakes of snow gathering in her bouncy curls. He pushed aside a handful of them from her face and smiled. “You don’t have to stay with me, you know.”
“I want to.” T’waer blushed and the second she noticed his grin she kicked him in the shin. “Quit being a pest.”
“What’s the big deal, Lord Talon?” A dark haired demon bounced beside another through the courtyard interrupting the Djinn in their playful exchange. Ifre quieted T’waer and listened intently. “So the twerp got roughed up. You don’t even like him.”
“The ‘big deal’ Karas is that the twerp is mine to protect.” Talon grabbed his second by the shoulder and looked down at him sternly. “Nei may not be close to me personally, but he is our colleague. Lucifer snatched him away on personal business and sent him back useless. That witch of his wont even let me near him.”
“So let her nurse him back to health.” Karas answered quietly. “It’s not as if he is dead. She said herself he would recover.”
“Stand at his door.” Talon pushed Karas away in frustration. “I want to see him the second he does.”
“No problem.” Karas straighten himself up and gave a quick respectful bow before he ran off.
“And don’t think for a second I can’t sense you hiding there.” Talon looked in Ifre’s direction and immediately caught his gaze. “I have no patience for cowards.”
“Cowards!?” T’waer rushed at him on a wave conjured in a rage but was stopped a few feet from him by Ifre and a well placed wall of fire. “Damn it all. Out of my way, Ifre.”
“We were not hiding.” Ifre wrapped T’waer in a heated swirl of her own torrent and pulled her close as he spoke to an unmoved Talon. The demon had just looked on with his arms crossed casually in front of him as if he had no care in the world. “We were looking for someone.”
“This is boring me.” Talon turned away and headed for the building.
“We’re friends of Nei and Presia.” T’waer shouted after him.
“That I find hard to believe.” Talon stopped at the door a moment. “Frost has no friends.”
“We only just met.” Ifre explained.
“Then I suggest you leave.” Talon scowled at them. “As Nei was very recently returned in a rather unpleasant state, I can only assume you mean him harm. Advance and I will destroy you.”
“We can’t start trouble.” T’waer pulled on Ifre’s arm. “Let’s go.”
“Another time then.” Ifre bowed his head and left Drifa. Momentarily discouraged but determined to return.
Inside the Circle building Talon smirked and as he headed for his office shouted down the hall. “The second he wakes.”
“I got it, Lord Talon.” Karas sighed and slumped against the door to Nei’s office once Talon was out of sight. “Well this is fun.”