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Pack of Lies (Shadow Guild Pack of Lies (Shadow Guild Wolf Queen #3)(5)
Author: Linsey Hall

But Lachlan was here.

I stared at him, hardly able to believe my eyes. It hadn’t been long since I’d seen him, but it had felt like an eternity.

I’d missed him.

I knew I shouldn’t, but I had.

And now that I could feel the bond between us…

It was hard not to walk up to him and press my lips to his. The mate bond didn’t make me love him, but it did draw me to him. He was magnetic enough without it. With it…all I could do was think of our explosive kiss.

It was my damned wolf.

I’d thought I hadn’t had one, but my visit to the stone circle on our ancestral grounds had proved me wrong. I still couldn’t shift, but there was definitely something inside me.

Now that I couldn’t hide as a fae, my latent wolf wanted him. I wished she would make an appearance so that I could run beneath the full moon, but instead, she only showed up to pant after the Alpha.

“You’re different,” he said, his eyes shadowed with worry.

“Of course I am. I don’t have my charm.”

“That’s not what I meant.”

“I’m fine.”

“Tell me what’s wrong.”

“Don’t you think we shouldn’t be doing this? Talking in a room like nothing is weird?”

“You have a point, but this is important. Are you well?”

“Your eyes aren’t black.” I’d been so swept away by the sight of him that I hadn’t realized he no longer had the black eyes of the Dark Moon curse.

“It’s temporary. A potion from Mordaca to help me fight off the effects of the curse. Similar to the one you made Garreth. It won’t last forever.”

“A bit stronger, though?”

“How’d you know?”

“Mordaca is powerful, and you’re the Alpha. You’d need a stronger potion.”

“It will work for a while.”

Could he still feel emotion? Or had the potion in his flask stopped working entirely? Did his new potion suppress emotion?

I found that I could not ask. “Why are you here?”

“Our seer visited me on the streets of Darklane.”

“Whoa, hold up. She visited you?”

He nodded. “I found it shocking as well. But she had a message that could not wait.”

“About me, I assume.”

“Whatever Garreth seeks—whatever the Maker seeks—is tied up with you. Bound to you.”

I shivered, afraid of something like that.

“It’s part of your past, according to the seer. Part of you. And the ones who have been seeking you are not finished with you yet. We have to work together.”

I frowned. “That’s dangerous.”

“And that’s what I told the seer, but she insisted. It’s the only way we can stop them.”

I leaned against the table behind me and sighed. I trusted the seer—of course I did. It would be foolish not to.

Could I work with Lachlan, though? I had no idea…but it sounded like I would have to.

“The Maker must know what’s happening to me,” I said. “He tore my charm off on purpose. The change was already starting inside me—new magic surging to the surface. A beast I thought I didn’t have. But when he ripped the necklace away, he knew that it would be the final straw.”

“How do you feel?”

“Like shit. If I don’t sort this, it won’t go well for me.” I told him what I knew, but I didn’t want to discuss it, so I finished with, “I saw Garreth this morning.”

Horror flashed on his face. “Did he come for you?”

“No. Didn’t even see me. I spotted him in London, and I mistakenly threw a lorry at him.”

“Threw a lorry at him?”

“I’m more powerful than I realized.” I shivered, remembering the tearing pain. “But it broke something inside me. My magic or my soul. I don’t know which. But I need answers. It sounds like Garreth or the Maker will have them.”

He nodded, his lips tight.

“We’ll get him back,” I said. It was another reason we needed to find Garreth. We owed him. We’d almost got him away from those who were using him, then we’d chucked him right back into the fire.

Lachlan nodded. “Where did you see him?”

“Like I said, out in London. I’ll take you there. We can ask some questions, hopefully. Get an idea of what he was doing in the building I saw him leave.”

“Let’s go.”

“Give me a moment.” I bottled up more of the pain potion and tucked it in the pocket of my jeans. Ready, I grabbed my slim-cut leather jacket off the back of a chair and shrugged it on, flipping my hair out from underneath the collar. “Ready.”

Together, we descended the stairs. He let me go first, but I was aware of his every movement. Knowledge of him sent heat racing through me.

In the main sitting room, Carrow stood from her chair by the fire. Cordelia was stretched out in front of it, warming her belly, but Ralph was nowhere to be seen.

“Can I help?” Carrow asked.

I considered the offer, wanting to take her up on it. But depending on how this thing with Lachlan went—depending up on how my health deteriorated—I might need her assistance much more later on. Better to save it.

“Not at the moment, but I’ll let you know. You’re a life saver. Thank you.”

She nodded and watched Lachlan warily as he exited the tower.

“I’ll be fine. Promise,” I said to her.

“Take care of yourself.”

“Of course.”

I followed Lachlan out into the courtyard, and he turned to me. “Where are we headed?”

“Westminster.” It wasn’t far. “Let’s go through the Haunted Hound.”

He nodded, and we set off across town. Guild City was quiet at this time of morning, most of the residents having found their way into offices and shops for the workday. When we passed through the Haunted Hound, Mac was on shift.

“Headed back to the scene of the crime?” she asked.

“Yep.” I didn’t know if she meant Garreth’s crime or mine, but both fit.

“Be careful out there.”

I nodded and waved, then slipped out the door, Lachlan behind me. We hurried into Covent Garden and caught a cab, then quickly made our way toward the part of town where I’d last seen Garreth. Though we rode in silence, tension prickled the air between us. How long could we stay like this? Near each other but unable to do anything about it? Forbidden from doing anything about it?

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