Any chance of getting something sweet to go with my coffee?" [Finn] asked in a hopeful voice. I arched an eyebrow at him. "You mean all those pieces of strawberry pie that you ate for lunch weren't enough?" "I'm a growing boy," Finn said in a sincere tone. "I need my vitamins." Bria snorted. "The only thing that's growing on you, Lane, is your ego." Finn sidled up to my sister and gave her a dazzling smile. "Well, other things of mine also tend to swell up in your presence, detective.
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This is really good, ' Donovan Caine said, attacking his third strawberry pancake. 'You sound surprised, ' I said. He shrugged. 'I just didn't think an assassin would be able to cook like this.' 'Well, I do get lots of practice with knives. You could say I'm multitasking.' The detective froze, his fork halfway to his mouth. 'I'm kidding. I enjoy cooking. It relaxes me.
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Can you play the piano like Beethoven? Or sing like Carly Simon? Can you take fie pages' worth of quotes and turn them into a usable story ten minutes before deadline? I don't think so, unless you have more hidden talents I don't know about. We all have our special sills. They don't make us better or worse than each other. Just different
The panther prowled around me in a loose, wide circle. Its mouth turned down, almost in a pout, and it seemed disappointed that I wasn't going to run away. Or scream, at the very least. Its tail, which was at least three feet long, twitched back and forth in what seemed to be annoyance. Or maybe anticipation. I didn't know. I'd always been more of a dog person. I cleared my throat, and the panther stopped and flicked up one of its rounded ears. Listening. "Um, nice kitty?
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So, ' I said. 'Exactly how long have the two of you been together? I assume that you've been going hot and heavy ever since that night at Fletcher's house when the bounty hunters interrupted you. Am I right?' Finn and Bria didn't look at me or each other. 'Right, ' Bria mumbled. 'Although if it makes you uncomfortable-' 'Then Gin's just going to have to deal with it, ' Finn cut her off. Bria stared at him in surprise. 'What?' Finn said. 'I worked too hard and too long to get you into my bed to just cut you loose now, cupcake.' Bria's eyes narrowed. 'Cupcake?' 'Cupcake.' Finn grinned at her. 'Or would you prefer snuggle bunny?' Bria's hand drifted down to the gun on her leather belt, as though she wanted to pull it out and shoot Finn with it. Well, it was good to know I wasn't the only one who occasionally had that reaction to him... Then I fixed them both with a hard stare. 'Just don't ask me to take sides when the two of you go at each other. Okay?' They nodded, then looked at each other. Finn waggled his eyebrows in a suggestive manner, and Bria snorted. But she couldn't stop a grin from curving her lips.
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Y'all might as well come on out, ' I said. 'I know you're there. I can smell you.' 'Smell me? But I just took a shower this morning!' an indignant voice drifted out of the shadows. There was a loud sound, like someone was getting smacked upside the head. Then another voice let out a low mutter. 'Shut up, idiot.
Better be careful talking about how good my cooking is. Roslyn might get jealous." The vampire madam let out a soft laugh. "Oh, I'll freely admit that your cooking is much better than mine, Gin. But I have certain skills you don't, especially in the bedroom. I think that Xavier far prefers those, even over a plate of the Pork Pit's best barbecue." Roslyn gave Xavier a sly look, and the giant's grin widened. "Well played, Roslyn," I murmured. "Well played.
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I will destroy you. No matter how long it takes, no matter what it costs me. I won't sleep, I won't eat. I won't do anything but plot your downfall. I will mow down your men like they're weeds. I'll kill so many of them so viciously, so brutally, so horribly that no one will dare to work for you. And sooner or later, I'll get you too.
You picked that out?" Caine asked. "That pink, plastic toy?" I turned to look at him. "I happen to have been a little girl, once upon a time, detective. I know what they like. Every little girl wants to be a princess." A thoughtful frown overcame the angry tension on Caine's rugged face. "And what happens when they grow up?" I thought of my mother and sisters and all the horrors that had happened the day they'd died. A bitter laugh escaped from my tight lips. "Then they just want to be little girls again.
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Y'all might as well come on out," I said. "I know you're there. I can smell you." "Smell me? But I just took a shower this morning!" an indignant voice drifted out of the shadows. There was a loud sound, like someone was getting smacked upside the head. Then another voice let out a low mutter. "Shut up, idiot.
Now, back to my vacation idea." Finn grinned, showing off his perfect white teeth. "Just think about it. You, Owen, me, and Bria, all happily ensconced in a swanky hotel by a beautiful beach. Bria in a bikini. You and Owen doing your own thing, Bria in a bikini. Did I mention Bria in a bikini?
This is really good," Donovan Caine said, attacking his third strawberry pancake. "You sound surprised," I said. He shrugged. "I just didn't think an assassin would be able to cook like this." "Well, I do get lots of practice with knives. You could say I'm multitasking." The detective froze, his fork halfway to his mouth. "I'm kidding. I enjoy cooking. It relaxes me.
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Well, what did you have for lunch?" I snapped. "Surely that's not top secret superhero information." "Steak with mashed potatoes and a side salad," Striker replied. "And a piece of chocolate cheesecake for dessert." I gave up on conversation after that. I was too jealous of the cheesecake to continue.
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The wolf stared down at me, paws still on my chest, its shaggy tail thumping from side tot side and spraying us both with snow. It seemed like...it expected me to do something. Maybe my mind was completley gone, because there was only one thing I could thing of right now that might satisfy it. I reached up en awkwardly patted the side of its head, since that was al i could reach. "Nice puppy," I whispered, and passed out.
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