Julian looked at me sideways for a long moment. “Oh my God, you actually believe that.”
A blush warmed my face. What was he implying? That Nicholas still cared?
No, knowing Julian, he was just trying to stir the pot again. I couldn’t trust anything he said or implied.
The road started to turn, and Julian, still looking at me, was missing it..
“Eyes on the road, please!” I shouted.
He corrected just in time, laughing all the while.
He slowed the speed considerably when we entered a town. He weaved the car through the streets.
before stopping in front of an old brick warehouse.
“Here we are,” he said, turning off the engine.
“I thought we were going on a date?”
“That was just an excuse to get you alone,” Julian said with a shrug. “I have a lead in the investigation,
but I need your presence to see if it’s a solid one.”
“And you couldn’t tell me this before?”
In a flash, his wicked smirk returned. “Are you disappointed?”
Rolling my eyes, I exited the car.
The location certainly seemed seedy. Empty, abandoned, and with poor lighting even in the day, this
could easily be a place for shady dealings.
Julian stood from the driver’s seat and turned toward me.
Do you feel anything?” he asked.
frowned at him. I didn’t know what that meant. “I feel the same as always.”
moment, his good mood slipped, and he seemed almost disappointed.
He returned to the driver’s seat
Yep. If this was a true lead, you would have been able to tell.” He turned over the engine.
I fastened my seatbelt. “Tell how?”
Hand on the gear shift, he looked at me. “You would have felt your wolf.”
I was left stunned, silent, as Julian guided us through the town streets back the way we had come.
“Even though your wolf was taken from you,” he said after a while, “you should still be able to feel it if it
was close. It’s attached to someone else, but it will always be yours. It calls to you.”
Was that true? I couldn’t remember much from when my wolf had been taken. The pain had been far too
great and had lingered for days afterwards.
The memories I did recall from that time were filled with nothing but hurt.
“What will it feel like?” I asked.
“You’ll know when you feel it.” He glanced at me. “You have to promise to tell me if you ever feel
anything strange, Piper. If it’s close, we can know to act. Else, we’re just guessing.
On the way back to the palace, Julian did stop and buy me breakfast at a fast food drive thru. As he passed me a bag of breakfast sandwiches and hash browns, he said, “Don’t say I never gave you
I knew Julian had his own reasons for wanting to uncover the underground operation that was buying
and selling wolves and abilities, but seeing him work so diligently today helped me see him in a new light.
He wasn’t quite as carefree as he pretended to be. I wondered what he was really like, under the
boisterous laughter and jokes.
Regardless, knowing we shared a common goal, made it easier to open up a bit around him, despite my
Sol accepted the fast food bag with a grin. “You sure know how to treat a girl. Are you this nice to all
as or am I special?”
driveway leading to the palace, Nicholas was walling standing right
stared at Julian through the windshield
Julian smirked like he had no plans to stop.
My heart nearly jumped from my chest. “Julian!”
At the last minute, Julian slammed on the brakes. The car screeched to a halt, just in time. Nicholas hadn’t even flinched. “Get out of the car, Piper.”
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