Book: The Second Rising
Genre: NA Urban Fantasy
Publication Date: TBD
“Have you been following the rules, Cressa?” River asked in a way that made my skin crawl.
“Of course, brother.”
He slapped his lips together over the straw again, chewing and twisting. Chewing and twisting. “And have you…Noah was it?”
I snapped my head to look at Noah. Did he know about the registration? What about the permits? If he hadn’t checked in, River could take him away now. But then I attempted to slow my brain waves into one cohesive thought. Of course Noah would know the rules. He was one of us.
“Yes. I registered two days ago.” Noah’s visit to our little city meant that he had to check in. Unannounced arrivals were frowned upon.
“Where?” River asked, still sucking on the damned straw.
“At the hospital,” Noah clarified.
“And what is your purpose?”
I leaned forward wanting to know the answer myself. Noah’s eyes met mine briefly before focusing back on River. “I’m here visiting a friend.”
“For how long?”
“A couple of weeks.”
“And who is this friend?”
“River,” I shouted through gritted teeth, trying not to draw any more attention to our table. “I’m sure Noah already gave The Imperium all of this information. Stop interrogating him.”
River smiled and removed the straw from his mouth. When he dropped it back into my mug, I wanted to vomit. Or punch him in the face for being such an arrogant ass.
“I’m sure he did,” River cooed. Turning his awareness back to me, he rested his chin in his hands. “Have you seen mom lately?”
Ice gripped my blood and the lump in my throat tried to claw its way free. “You know I haven’t,” I whispered.
“Oh, well that’s too bad. I think she’d really like a visit from you.”
I couldn’t stop the tears and I didn’t even want to try. As a small drop of liquid fell slowly over my cheek, I glared at my brother. “You know I’m not allowed near her, you bastard.”