Lucas was opposite Jonas, bracing the punching bag. He was obviously straining against Jonas’s rapid-fire hits and had morphed to his werewolf form enough to bulk up, giving him added strength while preserving his ability to speak.
“Come on, that all you got?” Lucas taunted.
Jonas, already sweating and red from exertion, hit the bag harder. Declan raised his eyebrows when Lucas’s feet slid on the floor as he was pushed back. Lucas threw his weight forward, forcing Jonas backward, but only by a few inches.
Lucas continued his jibes. “My grandmother hits harder than you.”
“I’ve met your—” Jonas stopped and slammed into the bag with hits only Declan’s eyesight could follow. “—grandmother. She’d kick both our asses even missing one arm.”
“So, yeah, she hits harder than you. Come on! I can barely feel these.” Lucas held a breath and strained to keep from being shoved backward again. “Wuss.”
“Antagonizing him is always a good idea,” Declan grumbled. He decided this sort of behavior must be a cop thing. He’d never understood it in Jonas and even less so when Lucas joined in. They relieved stress by challenging each other to all sorts of physical activities and conflict. Neither let up until one of them bested the other in some fashion and by rules Declan decided they alone understood. Blair’s normal reaction to this sort of display was to shake his head and walk away.
Jonas’s anger must have reached its boiling point. He backed up a half pace, then leapt off the ground in a spinning kick toward the bag. His foot connected with the punching bag and the heavy tow chain Mr. Pennington, one of their property caretakers, had assured them it would pull a tank—snapped apart with a loud bang.
The bag, with Lucas now riding it, went careening across the room. They both came to a stop against the wall of Lucas’s safe room. If it hadn’t been a heavily reinforced wall, Declan was sure Lucas, and the bag, would have gone right through.
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