Lucas shook himself, sending water droplets spraying across the area. Forge threw his phone to the dock, stumbled to the edge, then dropped into the water, bobbing up and down, running one hand through his hair. The dust spread out around him and mingled with drops of blood. He ducked under the water and came up a few feet away. Lucas reverted to his completely human self and ran forward, grabbed Forge’s hand, and yanked him out of the water.
“Quit your whining. It won’t kill you,” Lucas said. He scooped up his shirt and pressed it to Forge’s shoulder.
“Ow!” Forge bellowed. “Where is that asshole?”
“He left.” Lucas sat back, snatched his jeans, and shimmied into them.
“And you let him?”
“Yes!” Lucas yelled. “He had more wolfsbane and a silver-edged knife as well as a gun.” He took a few deep breaths. “You’ll catch him; you always do. I wasn’t going to risk him doing more damage. He’s on a motorcycle, which was probably hidden.”
Lucas’s phone chimed, and Forge’s phone played the sixties Batman theme. Pulling his phone out, Lucas held it up to his ear and said, “I’m fine. The big guy is fine too.”
“I’m shot,” Forge shouted. “It hurts!”
Lucas scooted back a few feet and smiled when Declan said, “If he can yell like that, you’re both good.” Lucas grabbed Forge’s phone and tossed it to him.
“And now I’m soaking wet, too,” Forge said. He rested his phone on his knee. Taking a deep breath, he spoke more calmly. “Really, Blair, we’re both okay. We’ll give you guys a call if we need help or a ride.”
Lucas stood up and pocketed his phone again. He held out his hand to Forge and helped him up. “Lemme see that.” He took his shirt away and looked more closely at Forge’s shoulder. “It went through.”
Forge twisted around. “I was over here.” He moved to the spot he’d been standing in when the gun had discharged.
“What’s a werewolf from Scotland doing here?”
“Besides shooting me?” Forge paced closer to the wall behind him.
“Yeah, and why did he shoot you? He had to know it wouldn’t do much good.”
“Diversion?” Forge was running his fingertips over the wall. “Can you dig this out?”
“Did you find it?” Lucas followed Forge. He extended his claws and used one to pluck a bullet from the wall. Claws retracted into fingers again, he held his hand out palm up.
“Thanks,” Forge stuffed the bullet into his pocket. “We need to ask a few vampires a few questions, I think.”
Lucas spotted the odd little flakes he’d found and dropped earlier. He bent and picked them up. “Look at these.”
“What are they?”
“I don’t know,” Lucas said and shook his head. “They were stuck in the hull of the boat. They must have some kind of autoluminous property since it was dark under there and they shimmered.” He tilted his hand side to side. “They remind me of scales.” The flat, oblong objects changed color as Lucas moved them.
He and Forge looked at each other. Lucas stuffed the objects into his pocket. Forge pulled in a deep breath, took his phone out again, and placed a call.
“You alone?” Forge waited a few moments before continuing, “Grab Declan and we’ll meet you in Lucas’s lab at the station.” He disconnected, pocketed the phone, and nodded at Lucas.
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