Fated Love(The Twisted Destiny Saga Book 4)(8)By: Franca Storm
“Do you feel the energy?” he asked. “It’s encircling us.”
“Yes,” she said. “Vampire.”
The invisible barrier they’d crossed was a field of protection for vampires—no other species could sense them while they were within the circle that spanned a two-block radius. Cora had wanted to meet Michael there so there wasn’t any risk of Ryan finding out. The last thing she wanted was for him to see her with Michael and Luca. He’d get the wrong idea and all hell would break loose as a result of that temper of his.
“He’d better show this time,” Cora said. “He’s a day late now.”
“He has sent his apologies. He had something to take care of.”
“It concerns me as to what that was.”
“I was fulfilling my part of our agreement,” Michael’s voice came from behind them suddenly.
Cora and Luca spun around to see Michael standing there, his arms folded.
“You released the wolves from your spell?” Cora asked.
“Yes. They are free and no longer possess the poison I concocted.”
“How? They were broken under full moon torture.”
Michael held up his hands and wiggled his fingers. “Magic can do many things, my dear. It makes the impossible possible. The wolves are likely on their way to the Wolf King’s compound as we speak.” He must’ve seen the distrust in her eyes, because he went on, “You do not believe me. A simple solution would be for you to call your husband to confirm it—oh wait—you two aren’t speaking right now.”
“Michael,” Luca growled.
“Do not pretend you are not happy about this turn of events. You have loved the princess for too long not to be.”
Cora stepped into Michael’s personal space and glowered up at him. “If you aren’t with me, you’re as good as dead. The two of you are enemies to everyone right now. And I’m the only person strong enough to protect you. Would you rather I forget about our little deal and leave you to die?”
Michael smiled, apparently impressed with her commanding tone. He gripped her right hand suddenly. Instantly, she tried to pull away. “I will release you momentarily. Do not fight me,” he said as he tightened his grip and closed his eyes. After a few moments he opened them and released her. “As I thought.”
“What?” Cora asked.
“Luca told me that you wanted to meet so I could teach you how to use your power without it draining so quickly.”
“It is nothing you are doing,” he told her. “Have you let anyone connect with your power?”
Cora thought for a moment. “Ryan.”
Michael shook his head. “No, he doesn’t possess his own magic. It would have no consequence.”
“Vazra. When we were training he helped me to reabsorb my magic through him.”
Michael and Luca exchanged a knowing glance.
“What?” Cora asked, glancing between them.
“Very sly. Just his style,” Luca commented.
“Yes,” Michael agreed. He turned his attention back to Cora as he told her, “He’s implanted a magical block that is diluting your power, only allowing you to expend a certain amount of energy over a set period of time. It is what I was searching for when I touched you. You would have felt a burn when he did it, but as you were new to magic at the time, you probably assumed it was just par for the course.”
“He knows she is stronger than him so he decided to rein in her abilities,” Luca said.
“An extremely dangerous thing to do.”
“Why?” Cora asked.
“Because, my dear, if I had known your power was compromised in such a way, I would have taken the opportunity to kill you that night you stormed the vampire mansion to rescue your wolf. I didn’t think I was any match for you, given the rumors. But with this block, it turns out I could have actually killed you that night. Right now you don’t have the stamina to withstand a lengthy magical attack.”
Cora decided to blow past Michael’s comments about killing her, reminding herself that she needed to focus on the present situation and not the past, where she’d tried to kill him several times. She couldn’t afford to entertain her feelings. He and Luca had tortured her husband. If she focused on that she wouldn’t be able to work with them now. And she needed their help at the moment, just as they needed hers, hence their unholy alliance.