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Some Were In Time (Shift Happens #2)(14)
Author: Robyn Peterman

"Can't you multitask?" Dwayne asked politely.

Junior's grunt of fury made Dwayne back up.

"You're going to have to have help," Hank agreed. "Who in town has outstanding computer skills?"

My grin was enormous and everyone stared at me like I'd lost it. "I know who has mad computer skills." I bit down on my lip to keep from laughing.

"Who?" Junior asked as he squinted at me in distrust and pretty much tore the stress ball in half.

Pausing for dramatic effect—a skill I'd learned well from Dwayne… "Sandy Moongie is absolutely brilliant on the computer."

All eyes flew to Junior and we waited.

"Multitasking will be no problem at all," he informed us with a grin that practically split his handsome face. "No problem at all.

***

"So, Mister Sexy Pants," I said as I curled up on the couch in our cute little cottage on the outskirts of town, "you're some kind of super uper duper agent?"

"Does that bother you?" Hank asked as he dropped down beside me and let his head fall back on the cushions.

His scent and proximity made my inner wolf want to talk fast and get down to business faster. We were finally alone after far too much time with Granny, Junior and Dwayne and I wanted him something bad.

"No. I thought it did, but mostly it makes me worry," I told him honestly as I traced his lips with my finger. "How'd it happen?"

"How did what happed?" he asked as he sucked my finger into his mouth and nipped it.

"Gaahhhh," I grunted as I yanked back my finger and got in his redonkulously gorgeous face. "How did you become a level whatever-the-hell-you-are agent?"

"Council put me in a cage with a Dragon and I came out alive."

"Oh my god," I shouted and punched him in the arm. That was asking for death. "Are you insane? Why would you agree to do that?"

He sat silently and crossed his arms over his chest—a sure sign this conversation wasn't going my way. I hated when stuff didn't go my way.

"Did my punch to your arm make you hard of hearing?" I demanded.

"You have a damn fine left hook," he said with a smirk, completely deflecting. His lips found the spot on my neck that made me see Jesus. My inner hooker Wolf literally purred like a damn cat. However, I was not falling for the I'll give you a massive orgasm so we don't have to talk ploy.

"Nope," I said as I backed away with difficulty and gave him the look. "Answer my question."

"Didn't have a choice," he said as he stood up and walked to the kitchen. "You want a Coke?"

"No! I want an answer and then I want to have sex until I forget my name. You do realize I can withhold panty privileges until you talk."

I followed him into the kitchen and blocked the fridge.

"You gonna leave me?" he asked.

I was so confused I laughed. "What kind of question is that?"

"A real one," he answered as he planted his very fine butt on the edge of the counter.

I blew out a long sigh and slid down the fridge to the floor. "Of course I'm not going to leave you. That's a dumb thing to say."

"There are two things that would destroy me, Essie." He stared at the ceiling. "You leaving me and you dying."

"Ditto," I said, "but you still didn't answer my question."

Hank lifted me off the floor and sat me on the counter like I weighed nothing. He then proceeded to fill a Styrofoam cup with the tiny rabbit turd shaped ice that I was addicted to and filled the cup with Coke. He added a straw and put it in my hands. His jaw worked furiously the entire time and I could tell he was thinking hard.

"I bought time," he said tightly as he paced the kitchen like a caged tiger.

"Bought time for what?" I yelled. Did he have a death wish? "Bought time till they put you in a cage with two Dragons? Bought time till they tell you to do some stupid ass bull honkey thing that will kill you dead? Bought time for… "

"I bought time for you," he said harshly and then ran his hands through his hair in frustration. "I bought time for you."

I was stunned to silence. What was he talking about? Even my special drink, with my special cup, ice, and straw didn't give me any comfort.

"I bought time for you, baby," Hank whispered. He stood in front of me and pressed his forehead to mine.

"I don't understand."

Hank brushed a feather soft kiss to my lips and cupped my face in his large hands. "Apparently some on the Council want you taken out. I made a deal that they didn't think I would come out of alive. I lived through it. The deal was witnessed by the entire Council so it had to be honored."

My body shook, not with fear—with fury. "Those old wankers want me dead? Why? What the hell did I do for our governing freakin' council to want me dead? I mean, I know I illegally used the company credit card to buy shoes and maybe I used it a couple of times at Victoria’s Secret and possibly at Neimans six or eight times, but that shouldn't equate to my demise. Why do they want me eliminated?"

"They never said. If I had to guess I would have to say your theory about the Council being involved somehow with your parents' death is spot on. Someone wants you gone before you can dig."

"Which one?" I yelled as I hopped off the counter and practically downed my drink. "Balls."

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