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Heku : Book 1 of the Heku Series

“Not unless you want me to.” He watched her reaction and she frowned slightly, “I take it you’ve never
been asked before?”
Emily shook her head. This news displeased him immensely. It was against the rules of the heku to take
without permission and this woman was terrified by who knows how many attacks on her. He understood
the attacks, her blood smelled sweeter than any other, but he still couldn’t imagine taking without her
consent.
“You are interesting to me, Emily.” He watched as she tensed and before she could see him move, he had
the gun out of her hand and placed it on the bedside table.
“Me?” She was surprised that anyone could find her interesting.
“Yes you, I’m intrigued by you.” He narrowed his eyes as he watched her. Again he was struck by the
need to protect her. He wanted to reach out and take her into his arms and disappear with her, somewhere
no one could find. The image flashed like a movie before his eyes, and when it cleared, she was watching
him.
“I should go,” she said, standing up.
“Oh? Where will you go?” he whispered as his insides turned at how frail she was, how delicate her
build. She couldn’t protect herself and he felt as if it were his job to do so.
Emily slipped her boots on and headed for the door.
“You’re going to leave, Child?” he asked, trying to distract her.
She turned and looked over at him, “I’m not a child.”
“I am sorry, no offense intended.”
Emily sighed, “Listen, I appreciate what you are trying to do, but I’m leaving. I’ve dealt with enough of
your kind to know I’d rather spend the night at a hotel than here with you.”
“Ouch.” His voice was joking, but her words caused his heart to ache, “When have you met more of my
kind?”
“When haven’t I? I’ve been tormented by you my entire life.” She pulled on a leather jacket, and he
watched as she pulled her long red hair out and buckled the front.
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