This week my teaser is from Electric Candle, book 2 of The Sleepless City.
“You guys have a dog? I love dogs.” Blair was out of the car as soon as it stopped. He wasn’t ashamed to show his exuberance. The realization that he was going to meet people he’d known for several years and thought of as friends was sinking in. “This is like going to Comic-Con and meeting all my gaming buddies.”
Forge had followed Ben to the back of the car and was helping unload the bike. He turned and glared at Blair. “Yes, we live here, and yes, I have a dog. His name is Moose. Let’s get something straight.” Forge slammed the trunk shut and started up the walk to the front door. “We have rules. Rule one, we don’t drink human blood. Rule two, we never drink dog blood or that of any domestic pet unless it died of natural causes and it’s an emergency. Rule three, and this one is an important one, we do not change animals. There will be no vamp-dogs flying around like in those cartoons.”
“Graphic novels,” Blair and Ben corrected. Blair added, “That was Krypto. He wasn’t a vampire.”
Ben laughed. Forge grumbled something and ground his teeth together. Their few moments of being at ease around one another vanished. Forge jammed the key into the lock and shoved the door open, stalking through. Blair followed, barely turning when Ben grabbed at his arm. Ben’s grip slid away almost immediately.
Something hard hit Blair in the chest, and he bounced backward, lost his balance, and landed on his ass on the front porch. “Huh?”
“When did you turn into such a wanker?” Ben snapped at Forge, who suddenly took on the appearance of a gigantic two-year-old chastised for stealing a cookie.
Forge pulled his lower lip between his teeth and mumbled, “Sorry.”
Ben and Forge helped him up. The arm Forge’s hand rested on for a few seconds tingled, sending a jolt of lust through Blair. The way Forge jerked his hand away and turned so Blair couldn’t make eye contact made Blair think he’d felt the same thing.
“What happened?” Blair demanded.
Once Blair was on his feet, Ben let go and rubbed the back of his neck. “Yeah, one of the 15 percent that’s real is you have to be invited into a human’s home. I live here, so….” Ben’s voice trailed off.
“Really? That’s what’s true?”
Ben nodded and pulled a face. He gestured grandly at the door, where Forge was hovering on the threshold. “Please, Blair, come in, and welcome to our home.” Ben leveled a harsh look at Forge, then slapped the back of his head when he walked past him into the house.
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