“We’ll be able to see you as long as you don’t go into the bedrooms or bathroom. The rest of the apartment is covered,” Kai said. “With the time constraints, it’s the best that could be done.”
“I have no intention of going into her bedroom,” Blair said.
Lucas stifled a snicker. He’d found it amazing that what took half a day to accomplish in Blair’s office was put together in much less time in Bronwen’s apartment. While Lucas helped Forge occupy the building manager with questions about a supposed burglary, Blair and Declan had helped Kai and Ori install the necessary equipment so Blair would be seen as well as heard.
“If Grier shows up, we’re pulling the plug on this and getting you out,” Kai continued. “This guy is bad, kills-little-kids bad, and only a psycho werewolf does that.” He flicked at a piece of paper, then tossed it to the console.
Lucas picked up the paper and looked it over, shaking his head. “Interpol, the CIA, Scotland Yard and…the GRU—and before them the KGB—all tried catching this guy, and we get him on what is essentially a technicality.”
“We don’t have him yet,” Forge reminded him. “The guy’s a suspected terrorist.”
“Yeah, and like the fucking Taliban, no one can ever get a positive lock on his location,” Ori snarled.
“Are we sure this name and this face go together?” Blair asked.
Lucas nodded. “Even if he’s using an alias, when he went to the Coate pack for a full-moon sanctuary he’d have to provide certain information about himself and his pack that is then verified. Especially since he didn’t make his request in person.” Lucas shrugged. “You can’t tell if someone is a werewolf over the phone. And Jasper wouldn’t risk some sort of infiltration when the pack is locked up for the full moon.”
“This is what one calls a lucky break,” Kai said. “All those others chasing this asshole didn’t have a full moon and a werewolf bonded to a vampire capable of a full shift.” He turned and faced Declan. “A vampire with vast experience who knows many techniques for gathering information. A perfect storm.”
Declan stilled. His entire body radiated tension. Forge quietly put one hand on Declan’s shoulder and squeezed.
“What’s he talking about?” Lucas asked.
When Declan turned away, Forge said in a very soft voice, “We’ll get through, like always.”
“Let’s get this over with,” Declan grumbled. Forge met Lucas’s gaze and nodded once.
Ori opened the van door and said, “Time to get into position.” Blair hopped to the ground, followed by Kai.
“I should be inside that building,” Forge said and started toward the door.
Declan darted forward and grabbed his arm. “No, you shouldn’t. It’s clear that woman is attracted to Blair, and you could be a detriment, if not an out-and-out danger.” He gave Forge a shove into one of the seats. “Sit.”
Lucas was more than a little amazed when Forge sat. He grumbled under his breath, but his butt hit the seat and stayed there. Without making a sound, Declan sat beside him. Lucas was faced with reminders of the relationship between Declan and Forge and how well they knew and respected each other at the oddest times. They watched through the window as Blair, Kai, and Ori went to their respective places.
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