Shattered Restraint (Moon Virus Book 4)(7)

By: Cassandra Lawson

Faith was a teen who’d lived at the same island settlement as Danny. She’d recently shown up at Danny’s house looking for help because she was pregnant. Normally, that wouldn’t be a problem, but the father was a vampire, and her parents hated vampires. Needless to say, they hadn’t been supportive of Faith’s pregnancy and things had gotten worse when she’d grown a pair of fangs. Shelby and Carla had basically adopted the girl.

“I’ll get someone to take Faith to her appointment,” Connor insisted.

“The girl’s a nervous wreck, and she’s not comfortable around most people. Either one of us needs to take her or Danny does, and we’re all on patrol today.”

That was when Connor turned his full attention to Danny—something Danny had really hoped to avoid. Connor tended to see way too much. He’d made several comments about Danny’s mood in the last few months, and now, he clearly noticed Danny wasn’t his normal self, which meant they’d be talking about this later.

“Danny can take her,” Connor said. “I’d been planning to tag along with Ian today, but he doesn’t need me, so I’ll go out in Danny’s place.”

“Why can’t you take Shelby or Carla’s place on patrol?” Danny foolishly asked. The smart thing to do would be to keep his mouth shut so Connor wouldn’t have any more reason to discuss his late arrival or his appearance. Perhaps the vodka had killed some of his brain cells.

Connor approached him, looking more than a little pissed off. Part of it had to do with Shelby and Carla forgetting Faith’s appointment, but he was also clearly pissed about Danny looking like hell. Likely, Connor was annoyed because Raven was worried about Danny. Since Raven, Connor’s wood nymph mate, had practically raised him, Danny figured she had a right to be worried.

“Consider yourself lucky I’m sending you to the doctor with Faith,” Connor said calmly. “You were getting pulled from patrol today anyway, and if I didn’t need you to take care of this, I’d find someone else to take your spot so I could stay behind to beat some sense into you.”

Danny started to open his mouth, but Connor cut him off. “Not one fucking word or I’ll change my mind. When you get back, we are having a long talk. I have no idea what the fuck your problem is, but it ends today. No more worrying Raven. Are we clear?”

Danny couldn’t help it; he grinned at Connor. “Ah, you do care.” He always found it easiest to hide behind his smart ass attitude.

“Shut the fuck up and get to work,” Connor said, but Danny saw his lips twitch. There was a moment of hesitation before Connor spoke again. “I’m a little concerned about you traveling on your own with Faith. Jared, the baby’s father, is going with you, but he doesn’t have much fighting experience.”

“How much experience does he have?” Danny asked. “This is just curiosity. I’m not asking because I think there will be a problem. Things have been quiet since the council visit.”

The main vampire council had been at their settlement to demand the release of a turned vampire by the name of Claire. They’d also made it clear they weren’t going to tolerate any further hostilities in this territory until a special session could be held to discuss the problems. Those problems involved a lunatic trying to kill all the born vampires in the area, but the council didn’t seem too concerned. Since that meeting, the lunatic in question had been keeping a low profile. While Danny knew that wouldn’t last, he was enjoying the reprieve.

“I know what you’re thinking,” Connor said.

“And you want to tell me I shouldn’t get too comfortable with this break from the violence,” Danny said.

Connor nodded.

“Yeah, I get that,” Danny agreed. “Roger probably has something nasty planned. Don’t worry. I’ll keep my guard up.”

“Damn, I wish I could send more people with you,” Connor said in frustration.

“I also get that you’re still trying to clean up the mess from the attacks on the human settlements. It’s just a short drive, and we haven’t had any problems along that road since before the council visit,” Danny assured him.