Lucas reached up and put his hand on the side of Blair’s neck. “The good news is, you’re a vampire, and this will be healed in a week or two. The bad news is, you’re a vampire, and there isn’t a lot I can do about painkillers.”
Blair licked his lips and nodded. “Quick. Do it quick.”
Lucas nodded. “I’m not without some tricks, though.” He took some diodes from a pack he carried and attached them to Blair’s leg in several spots. “These are electrified. Feel it?” Lucas pressed a tiny button on each one.
“Yes,” Blair said and nodded.
“They’ll block some of the pain. Helping?”
Blair smiled a bit. “It is. Very much, thank you.”
“Okay, now I’m going to straighten the bones of your leg so they heal the right way. Then we’ll get the bleeding stopped and deal with the puncture wound in your back when we’re up top. Ready?”
Jonas knelt on Blair’s other side and quietly took his hand. Blair glanced up at him, then nodded. When Lucas took Blair’s leg and maneuvered it so the bones aligned, Jonas shifted so the majority of his weight was on one knee and hissed out a sharp breath. Blair arched his back and shouted, followed it up with wet, short sobs, and finally passed out.
As soon as Blair was unconscious, Jonas’s demeanor changed. His face relaxed, and he stood up, weight supported on both feet. Breathing evenly, he nodded. When one of them was insentient, the effects they’d feel via their empathic bond greatly decreased. “Now is a good time to get him up top,” Jonas said.
“Can you do this, Forge?” Lucas asked.
Before Jonas could spout something stupid, Declan stepped up. “I’ll go up with you and make sure.” He took Jonas’s arm and walked with him to the rope he’d used to descend. Jonas huffed, but Declan cut him off. “I know that look. Don’t even try to argue.”
Jonas blew out a breath and play-punched Declan’s shoulder. “Thank you.”
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