The Firebrand Syndicate by Lucy True & Jea Hawkins

The Firebrand Syndicate by Lucy True & Jea Hawkins

Author:Lucy True & Jea Hawkins [True, Lucy & Hawkins, Jea]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Tags: lesbian urban fantasy
Publisher: Persephone Press
Published: 2019-02-20T23:00:00+00:00

Chapter Eleven

“This isn’t a good idea,” Charlotte muttered and Burgundy caught the narrow-eyed glance she shot Jenna’s way.

“Everything is fine. Nothing has changed.” The idea that after all they’d been through, that she’d drop Charlotte for Jenna was ridiculous. Even now, they still had a town to fight for and no one had been more steadfast in Burgundy’s life than Charlotte. Not even her aunt. They’d have to find a way to work through this jealousy.

“The medicine woman is right,” Aleksandr rumbled under his breath. “Not a good idea having yet another witch in the house, first of all. And that succubus is trouble. She might not want you to think it, but she still has feelings for you.”

Burgundy folded her arms and tried to ignore the flare of hot anger inside her. She’d chosen Charlotte, for fuck’s sake. “Look, Jenna’s here to help. And I’ll have you know, she dumped me last year. That’s a pretty funny way of showing romantic feelings for a person.”

Almost as if she’d heard the conversation, Jenna skipped up to them and put her hand on Burgundy’s arm. “Are you ready for this?”

Oh gods, why was Jenna doing this to her? Burgundy closed her eyes, but not before she saw Charlotte’s own eyes narrow even further. “Yeah, I am.”

“Good. Look, this contact isn’t exactly friendly. He might get kind of squirrely about talking to us, so we need to be as nice as possible. I’m sorry to leave you out of this, Charlotte, but he’s the kind of guy who won’t talk if we gang up on him.”

“Of course he is.” Charlotte practically shoved Jenna out of the way as she stepped up to face Burgundy, so close their noses almost touched. “Come back to me, Burg,” she whispered before their lips met.

The kiss might have been for show. Even Burgundy could sense that. But there was something else in it. Something hungry and fearful in the way Charlotte gripped her shoulders, fingers digging in as if she was holding on to more than the person in front of her.

When she stepped back, Charlotte whirled away from her so quickly, Burgundy couldn’t see her face. Maybe that was for the best, considering everything happening at the moment. She didn’t need to see her girlfriend angry or tearful. Right now, what she needed more than anything, was strength.

Jenna sidled toward her again and her fingers trailed down Burgundy’s wrist before taking her hand. “Are you ready for this?”

Burgundy shrugged. “When am I ever ready for anything?”

The way the succubus chuckled, Burgundy knew she didn’t want to ask what was so funny about the statement.

And then the world turned upside down. It wasn’t the kind of gentle pull she felt when Arthur or the Syndicate’s library teleported her, nor as simple as stepping through the portals her father could create.

No. She wanted to vomit, sooner rather than later.

“I didn’t know you were capable of that,” she managed to gasp out as she hit the cold pavement, hands and knees supporting her.


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