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Chain Lightning is a
This was getting him nowhere. He wanted to get dressed and make a run for his Wyoming hideout -
without Rio being able to follow him. Playing the game might be the only way to accomplish that.
“Okay, Rio. You’re sex on two feet. Is that what you wanted to hear?”
The man rubbed his forehead. “You don’t have a clue. This is a problem for me. I don’t know what to
tell you. I don’t want you to go into some sort of shock and vanish again. It’s taken me too long to find
“Why were you even looking for me? C’mon. Help me out here. Level with me.”
“You’re a valuable prize, Elimian. Vihal would see you dead. I would see you live.”
Another fucking riddle, but this one contained a clue.
“You’re talking about two factions? Why would the other side want to kill me? Money? Glory? The
thrill of the kill?”
“Maybe all of the above. Get dressed. We should leave.”
Eli raised an eyebrow. “We? There is no ‘we’. You’re going to get out of my apartment and I’m going to
ponder my next move.”
He shook his head. “No. Your safe houses have surely been discovered.”
He’d sensed a presence just before he left Elizabethtowne. Had that been Rio and not Vihal? No. It
had been Vihal. He was sure of it now. That worried Eli more than he dared to let show. It might have
been pure luck on Vihal’s part he got that close to him in Elizabethtowne.
“I disagree. This Vihal found me because I returned to the city. He’s had years to locate me, and he
“True. But since he did find you, he’ll be able to continue to track you. We need a plan. I can get you to
a safe place and we can figure out what to do next.”
“I don’t trust you.”
Rio nodded. “Fair enough. But I’m begging you to come with me. Give me twenty-four hours to change
your mind about me.”
“And if at the end of the day I say adios, you’ll be good with that?” The look of anguish that flashed
across Rio’s face made him blink. Had he really seen it?
Rio’s voice gave nothing away. “If that’s your decision, I will abide by it.”
“Very well. Now go in the kitchen and make it look like I was cooking. I’ll get dressed.”
“Don’t bother with good clothes. We need to take on wolf skin and run.”
“Right. We’ll step out onto the street, shift, and just trot down Broadway.”
“I’ve always loved your sarcastic wit.”
He froze, his gaze locked on Rio’s. His heart pounded in his chest as the black void in his memory
rippled and his skin washed cold. “What the hell did you say? How do… Do you…Did you and I know
each other in the past?”
He watched Rio’s chest rise and fall. The muscles in the man’s throat moved convulsively. His voice
was so low as to be tortured whispered.
“You really don’t remember me?” He took a quick step forward. “Elimian? Eli? Please remember me.”
He laid his palm on Eli’s chest.
Eli shook his head, confused. What had he missed? What had he been forced to forget to survive?
The memory of the taste of the man’s blood filled his senses. “I’m sorry. I don’t remember you. How do
I know you?”
Rio cupped the back of his neck and pulled him closer. “We knew each other like this.”
Eli realized his intent a moment before their lips touched. He wanted to pull away but couldn’t. Rio
held the key to his past...
appears normal on the surface, but he’s spent years
trying to remember what happened to him - and why
he doesn’t age. Then there’s the way he can shift
shape and take on any form he desires. He doesn’t
know what kind of being he really is or if there are
any others like him. What he does know he’s been in
the same town for thirty years and he must move on
before his secret is discovered.
Returning to the Big Apple, Eli takes up residence in
his old apartment. An evening walk turns deadly
when he's attacked by a being reeking of pure evil.
He barely escapes with his life - thanks to a stranger
named Rio who is just like him – able to shift shape.
Rio says he knows Eli, that he’s been searching for
him for many years, that they were once lovers, and
the creature stalking them once held them both
captives to experiment on them. Eli has no memory
of such a time, but he’s out of options. To remember
his past, and destroy the creature pursuing them, Eli
has no choice but to trust Rio, even if that trust fails
It was a good thing Eli wasn’t vain. He had the height people noticed. His dark hair showed no sign of
graying, and his whiskey-brown eyes reflected his intelligence. He’d looked like this as far back as his
memory stretched. It could be a lot worse.
Being clean would be a lot better. He stepped into the master bath and opened the taps to fill the tub.
A good hot soak was in order, and after that, some food.
The agency had stocked the fridge and pantry when they opened and readied the apartment. Going
back out tonight posed too great a risk and Eli wasn’t fool enough to take it.
He sank down in the tub to submerge his aching shoulders. Flying was strenuous work. With Vihal
hunting him he needed to condition his muscles. Sooner or later Vihal would come back to New York.
The hot water surrounded his body with soothing heat. A wave of exhaustion rolled through him. He
closed his eyes.
Eli jerked awake. The water was cold and he wasn’t alone. He rolled to his feet in a shower of
droplets, intent on getting to the Sig Saur he’d placed in the nightstand drawer. He skidded to a stop
in the doorway, heart pounding at the sight of the man in his bedroom.
Rio calmly sat in the wing chair beside the window. He smiled. “Eli. Coming here was a bit predictable,
He had to keep his wits about him. Rio had helped him, but for what reason? “Apparently. Do you mind
I get dressed while we chat?”
Rio's interested gaze swept him from head to toe and settled on his groin, where it stopped. “Maybe I