“How long will it take to
contact your dwarf friends, Mor,” Jared asked.
“Hopefully not more than a
“Meanwhile our not so
friendly nahual could also find this building, since you were able to.”
Mor paced as she considered
that. “Somehow I don’t think so. All of this was too fortuitous, the thunder,
the rain at exactly the right time and place. We have a friend in high places
I’d be willing to bet.”
“Or low places, depending,”
Daniel muttered under his breath.
“Whichever, Daniel, but
she’s correct in that it seems someone wants us to get the wand, perhaps before
the nahual does. And if that’s the case, it means he must be close. Mor, we
need your dwarf friends here as fast as possible.”
She nodded. “I’ll need to go
back home, but first I’m going to put up a warning spell to let me know if
anyone enters the building, and I’ll leave a couple of distractions to keep
them busy until we can get back here.”
“What sort of distractions?”
Daniel asked; interested in what she had in mind.
“Oh I was thinking a couple
of Krallinar and perhaps a Misty Horror as long as it behaves and doesn’t try
to feed on the Krallinars’ life energy. That would sort of defeat their purpose
Jared lifted an eyebrow.
“You have some interesting, umm, friends?”
“Let’s just say I have the
powers to call up some creatures that are willing to do my bidding, as long as
I repay them. And before you ask, the payment is their freedom for a year and a
day in places where they’ll be able to do as they wish without harming others
“I can think of a couple of
war zones you can send them to,” Jared growled.
Mor smiled. “Me too, but I’m
talking about on the planes they come from. I wouldn’t let any of them loose
here. The human race wouldn’t survive.”
“I wouldn’t bet on that,
Mor, but yeah, on another plane works because I for one do not want to have to go
hunting them here if they got totally out of control.” Daniel said fervently.
“I hate to admit it but there are some Supes I’m not big on facing down if I
can help it.”
She nodded before suggesting
that they leave the building so that she could set things up. A few minutes
later she joined them on the sidewalk, which was now as dry as if there had
never been a rainstorm. Looking up at the sky she gave a brief, heartfelt
thanks to whatever power had guided them, and then told Jared and Daniel it was
time to get her home.
Mor and the two men spent
the better part of three hours cruising the ten blocks that she had indicated were
the very general area where Circe’s wand was hidden. She was tense from the
strain of trying to pin-point its location and frustrated by the fact that she
was no closer to finding it than she had been a week earlier when she’d begun
“It’s here, I can feel it,”
she hissed, “So close and yet so vague if that makes sense.”
“Very much so,” Jared
assured her. “Like an itch you can’t reach to scratch.”
“Exactly.” She sighed,
bending and stretching to release her tension. “Have you sensed this nahual at
“Not so far,” Daniel told
her. “There are plenty of Supes in the area but if he’s here he’s blocking very
well, which is no surprise.”
A clap of thunder broke into
their conversation and suddenly the skies opened up. Within seconds the trio
was drenched as rain poured down.
“Okay, which damned god
doesn’t want us out here,” Daniel growled as they huddled in the doorway of one
of the warehouses.
Mor shushed him by dint of
putting her hand over his mouth, her eyes wide with shock. “Whichever one it
was they just put us where we need to be.”
“Here?” Jared’s look said
she had to be kidding.
“Here.” Turning, she tested
the door handle and then muttered a small spell. The door swung open on
The room they entered was
cavernous and to a human it would have seemed pitch black. The three Supes
however had no problem seeing it in its entirety.
“It’s here, somewhere,” Mor
said with conviction, closing her eyes to concentrate.
“Strange place to hide it,”
Jared disagreed. “This
wasn’t always a warehouse. I’d suspect that the remnants of the original
building, or buildings given how large this is, may be somewhere below us. We
just have to find out what they were.”
As the two men talked Mor
was pacing blindly, her hands outstretched in front of her. Suddenly, like a
dowsing stick, they dropped down. “Here,” she said softly. “The wand is below
Daniel stomped his foot on
the floor. “Through who knows how many feet of concrete and dirt. Somehow I
doubt that the building owners will let us bring in jackhammers to dig for it.”
“Probably not, but what they
don’t know about won’t hurt them,” Mor said slyly. “And I happen to be friends
with a pair of dwarves who owe me a favor. I just have to find them.”
"Ready to go?" Cass asked, when Kip let her
into the apartment the next morning.
"We are, or more, we will be once someone"—Kip looked at Jamie who was not quite
dressed—"decides which shirt to wear."
"It's Mack's fault," Jamie protested.
"He said the blue one went better with my eyes but I want to wear the red
Cass chuckled. "Now you're a fashion consultant,
"Sue me. I make one off-hand suggestion and now
he's on the horns of a dilemma."
"Jamie," Kip said firmly, "put on the
red one and let's get moving."
Jamie grinned at Mack. "See," he said
before dashing into his bedroom. He came out a minute later, in the blue shirt.
When Kip cocked an eyebrow, Jamie told him, "I'll wear the red one
"You're an evil influence," Kip muttered to
Mack, getting a laugh in return.
Mack went around the apartment to make certain all
the windows were closed and locked then waited once everyone was in the hallway
while Kip pulled the door closed and engaged the deadbolt. When they were
outside, he headed to his car, promising he'd be back again that evening.
"We'll take your car today," Cass said to
"You're just trying to save on gas money,"
Kip teased, as they walked around to corner to the lot.
"That too," she agreed with a laugh,
"but it's also easier."
"To keep him safe?" Jamie asked seriously,
while he waited for Kip to unlock the car.
"Like my…" Jamie quickly closed his mouth,
climbing into the back seat and buckling up.
Cass got into the passenger seat then turned to look
at him. "Like your what?"
"I'm not supposed to talk about him," Jamie
Cass frowned, glancing at Kip as he started the car
and pulled out of the lot. "Who's he talking about? Was there some
Kip shook his head. "Only the pizza delivery guy
and trust me, Mack made certain it was him before I could let him into the
building, to say the least of the apartment. Jamie thinks he saw an angel in
his room last night."
"Mack searched the place, I hope," Cass
"Of course. I'll… tell you about it later."
Cass nodded, turning back to Jamie. "So what are
your plans for the day?"
"Oh, that must be nice." She grinned at
him. "Wish I could do that all day."
"Do you know how to?" he asked seriously.
"I thought grownups just worked all day."
"We do, or go to school, like your dad."
"You go to school too?"
"Nope. I'm done with that, so now I just
Jamie frowned. "I don't think I want to be a
She chuckled. "I don't blame you. There are
times when I'd love to be a kid again."
"Me too," Kip agreed, turning the corner
onto Emily's street.
A few minutes later, he and Cass were back in the car
after saying goodbye to Jamie, who was at that point more interested in what
his cousins were doing than in the adults.
"So, what happened last night?" Cass asked.
"Jamie said he saw an angel, his guardian angel.
Mack thinks, and I agree, that its just Jamie's way of making himself feel
safe. I'm going to talk to him tonight about that."
"You know," Cass replied, "there are
stories about how some kids really can see their guardian angel."
"Don't tell me you believe in those
"No," she replied, laughing. "Still… a
lot of people do."
"The same ones who think aliens have invaded or
vampires are their next door neighbors," Kip said scathingly.
"You mean vampires don't walk among us?" Cass looked at him in mock dismay.
Kip laughed. "If they do, I've never met one and
I think I'd rather not."
"I vant to suck your blood."
"That was awful."
"I beg your pardon. I thought it was a good Bela
Kip glanced over at her. "Bad imitation, and you
look nothing like Lugosi. You're too…" He quickly returned his
concentration to his driving.
"I'm too what?"
"Cute," Kip muttered.
"Oh. Well." Cass seemed flustered and
quickly changed the subject, asking what she'd be learning today about fire
Kip told her, and then she found out firsthand while
she accompanied him to his classes. Afterwards, she sat at the back of a high
school classroom while Kip tutored two students in science.
“I guess you haven’t seen
much of Mor,” Daniel said softly while he and Jared changed clothes to
something that would work if they decided to check out the club.
“Just what makes you draw
that conclusion?” Jared kept his voice low too, as Mor was still in the
“She didn’t know we can link
for one thing, and she still harbors hopes of getting you back again for
“Vain hopes,” Jared replied
as he watched Daniel standing at the closet trying to decide which shirt to
wear. He never tired of feasting his eyes on his partner’s lean, muscular body
that was so at odds with his boyish features. Anyone who didn’t know Daniel
would probably think he was a young, probably spoiled, soft, dilettante and a
fan of the retro look from the style of his hair. In fact he was just the
opposite in all ways except for the last.
Daniel turned to smile at
Jared. “Damned straight, because you’re mine now Bat Man and I’m not about to
share you with anyone.”
Jared’s eyebrows rose in
amusement. “Now when did I ask you to?”
“I know you,” Daniel said
softly as he paced across to stand in front of his partner. “I know I’m the
only man in your life and that I have been since we met.
But I also know you still
harbor some small feelings for Mor, and,” he wrapped his arms around Jared’s
waist, pulling him close, “I have a very strong sense that you’ve entertained
thoughts about what it would be like to take her to our bed, with me there, too.”
Jared chewed his lip before
nodding slowly. “Just…imaginings, nothing more.”
“Well un-imagine them
because it is so not happening. I
won’t share you with anyone, especially not her.”
“You’re possessive streak is
“Which should be no surprise
to you whatsoever,” Daniel growled while cupping the back of Jared’s head with
one hand. “I maybe young, relatively speaking, but I know what I want, what I
wanted from the moment I saw you, and that was you.”
Jared stared into Daniel’s
eyes, seeing the truth in his words as he had so many times before. “Just as I
wanted you on first sight, my wonderful jaguar.”
The kiss they shared then
could have turned searing, which would have had them stripping and ending up on
the bed, embroiled in a wild sexual coupling. But they were both well aware
that Mor was waiting for them just down the hall.
They pulled apart slowly.
Jared took one more quick taste of Daniel’s mouth and then swatted his ass.
“Choose a damned shirt would you please.”
With a laugh Daniel returned
to the closet and took out the first one his hand fell on, donning it quickly.
“Let’s go face her majesty and get this show on the road.”