Kai Richter, already in the room, bent down, opened a door in the credenza, and poured what smelled like cream from a cardboard container into a mug of coffee. He replaced the container, straightened, and smiled warmly at them, his creepy persona gone. Another man with thick dark hair that hung almost to his shoulders, a swarthy complexion, and deep, deep brown eyes was sprawled in one of the chairs. When they walked in, he straightened and scooted the chair up to the table.
They were all vampires, yet none of them seemed surprised or bothered that Lucas was a werewolf. In fact, he felt the same sense of camaraderie as he did with the men he lived with. Despite how they’d come here and what it appeared Declan might feel, Lucas sensed no threat. The distinct odor of adrenaline, or any other chemical changes in the body indicating impending attack, was noticeably absent.
“Sophia is late,” the dark-haired man said. His accent was thick and Middle Eastern— Israeli or something similar, maybe.
Samuels snorted. “Sophia has been late for the last 130 years.” He walked to the table and sat down. “Gentlemen, we’ll get started without her.” He looked up at Lucas, Declan, Forge, and Blair. “My wife likes to make an…entrance.” Samuels made quote signs in the air.
Blair stepped toward the table, stopped for a second when Forge reached out and took hold of his arm, then gently pulled free. Forge’s gaze shifted to the table for a split second. He wore a decidedly aggravated expression. Blair raised his eyebrows, and Forge heaved a sigh. Whatever passed between them, Lucas sensed Blair was thinking the same things Lucas was. Blair sat opposite Samuels and folded his hands on the table in front of him.
Forge jerked out the chair beside Blair and dropped into it, looking up when Declan sat beside him. Lucas sat beside Declan. Lucas pointed at a stack of folders sitting at the middle of the table. “What are those?”
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