I'm not a princess, I don't need saving. I'm a Queen, I got this shit handled.
Hi, Bride," he breathed gainst her lips. She smiled up at him. "Hi"
“Who the hell is this?” Taylor asked.
Vane gave him an once-over that said he didn’t think much of Taylor. “I’m her lover, who the hell are you?”
Bride bit her lip as happiness tore through her. She could kiss him again for that.
“I’m her boyfriend”
“Ah…You’re the skank dickhead,” He looked back at Bride. “I thought you threw this loser out” She smiled even wider before she cast an evil glare at Taylor. “I did, but he came back…begging
She didn’t understand that. “How can anyone be afraid of love?”
“How can they not?” His face was completely aghast. “When you love someone… truly love them, friend or lover, you lay your heart open to them. You give them a part of yourself that you give to no one else, and you let them inside a part of you that only they can hurt—you literally hand them the razor with a map of where to cut deepest and most painfully on your heart and soul. And when they do strike, it’s crippling—like having your heart carved out. It leaves you naked and exposed, wondering what you did to make them want to hurt you so badly when all you did was love them. What is so wrong with you that no one can keep faith with you? That no one can love you? To have it happen once is bad enough… but to have it repeated? Who in their right mind would not be terrified of that?
I’m stronger than a human and faster, but I don’t have the elevated psychic powers that the rest of the Dark-Hunters do.”
“Then how do you manage to fight the Daimons?”
He shrugged. “The same way you do. I battle more skillfully than they.”
Yeah, maybe, but she often found herself bloody from her battles. She wondered how often he did, too. It was hard to fight a Daimon as a human.
“That’s not right,” Tabitha said, angry on his behalf that Artemis would create such a disparity among her Dark-Hunters. How could the goddess turn them loose, knowing what they were up against?
Man, Simi was right. Artemis was a bitch-goddess.