Sample Dark Salvation by Katie Salidas
He found Lysander sitting alone at a small table along thewall pretending to nurse a beer.
“That is the old Nicholas. I have missed you, friend.” Heheld up the bottle in salute.
“Don’t patronize,” Nicholas retorted.
“Well, at least for a few moments, you appeared to be happy.What about the girl? Did you not like her?”
Nicholas heard the wary edge in Lysander’s voice. It annoyedhim that his friend would try so hard to force him to meet a woman. He wasn’tready, might not be ready for centuries. Why wouldn’t Lysander just drop it?
“I don’t like ignorance,” Nicholas grumbled under hisbreath. A lie, really. His reasons for not pursuing the woman had nothing to dowith her perceived intelligence. He found her to be quite attractive, even ifher taste in men was questionable, but he was just not in the mood tonight.
“Come now, that is hardly fair. Look at where we are.Alcohol is in abundance and inhibitions are low.”
“Then I hope for her sake that she’s learned to watch herdrink. Why are you pressing the matter?”
“Because she is staring at you.” Lysander nodded in thewoman’s direction.
“Really?” Nicholas’s voice was laced with sarcasm. “She toldme to go fuck myself.”
“Then she must really like you.” Amusement lit in Lysander’seyes as he stared over Nicholas’s shoulder toward the dark-haired lady.
Nicholas shrugged, trying to act as if he could care less.“It’s my animal magnetism, what can I say?”
“It must be something, she is still staring.”
He’d hoped that Lysander had been pulling his chain, but theway he continued to look in her direction had Nicholas’s curiosity piqued. Heturned around and sure enough, she was staring, but this was no lusty gaze.There was something cold and calculating about the way her eyes werescrutinizing him.
He caught a flash of recognition in her penetrating gaze.She did not waver or cower away when Nicholas met her eyes either. Somethingwas off about her. No normal mundane human acted this way. Perhaps he hadmisjudged her.
Calling on his years of experience, Nicholas quieted hismind, blocking out all sounds in the room. He locked eyes with the woman,focusing, making their connection the only thing in existence. Through thatconnection, he reached out with his mind. Turnaround, and pretend you never saw me. He sent the message with a push ofhis power.
The woman blinked as if startled, her face contorted withconfusion, then relaxed in a knowing smile. She turned back around to face thebar.
“Pity, she was cute,” Lysander’s broke through hisconnection. “Better luck next time.”
Nicholas ground his teeth. He shook his head slowly, stillstaring in her direction. “Drop it. She’s not an ordinary woman.” Worry beganto swim around in his mind, mingling with thoughts he’d rather not see come tolife. “We’d best get out of here.”
“What do you mean?”
“She knows something. She’s strong, mentally. Somehow, shewas able to block me.”
“She is a thing of curiosity,” Lysander said as if he wantedto study her. “Are you sure we should not attempt to make friends?”
“I don’t need anymore friends,” Nicholas growled.
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