Leyla might have been looking at the girl on the couch called Serena but the words that came out of her mouth were definitely not meant for her. An arm shot out and a delicate hand met with a strong chest. Leyla had heard him return and the low soft growl that rumbled from him let her know he had seen and heard the exact same thing that she had.
Taltos was back. She didn't need to see him to know, she could smell him all around her, could hear his breathing, felt how tense he was.
Her eyes shifted for a second going to Colvin, a red brow shot up with curiosity and red locks swayed with the shaking of her head.
Did that little girl just run her mouth getting a little uppity with me? And did that little girls eyes just go green? I swear to god Vin... if she turns out to be another Shadow or Connor gone wild...
This time it was Colvin giving her a look like she sprouted wings. She rolled her eyes to the ceiling and sighed.
I take it you've been so wrapped up in whatever the hell this is that you didn't hear? See... this is what happens when you don't call, you don't write and you don't come home to visit. Christ Colvin... Shades alive. Not Aidans Shade. Kiara and Losas Shade... he's been right under all our noses for years. And a certain Captains' daughter calls him husband.
Leyla told him what she needed to without dropping any more names than were necessary, usually she didn't speak of family matters in front of strangers, but really what did it matter? The Elite, the whole damn royal family was known and were favorites of the tabloids. Still old habits died hard.
So she gave Colvin that little tidbit and her eyes shifted again falling back to the girl and her "guardian".
Little girl... I get that you have these... moments... that you don't remember... but if you have anyway of communicating with whoever... whatever... else is running around in that little body of yours... you need to let them know... I only have one side to me...
That was all that Leyla was going to say about the little incident that had Taltos wound up.
I said I wanted to hear everything. In order for me and Taltos or anyone else that might be able to help we need to to know everything you can tell us about your self. Starting from your earliest memories. I will not put my family into a situation without having all the details. We can help you... hell we've dealt with demons, vampires, elves, werewolves, shapeshifters, little girl we've gone up against Gods and came out on top... what I am trying to get through to you is... it doesn't matter how many sides you have or which sides of you think it's a bad ass... the bottom line is... if you really want to get to the bottom of this... and you're really that scared... if you really want help... start talking, and when you're done, we'll figure out what to do next.
Hell she was already annoyed. When Colvin called for some help she had no idea her and Taltos were going to be walking into a hot mess like this. She looked at Colvin again and again her head was shaking.
You really thought only a few people were going to be brought in on this? Really? Colvin you really have been gone for far too long. You know this is going to turn into an Elite matter, you should have known that from the start. I can't help here Colvin. All our resources including what I need in order to do the job right... it's all in Pallia and again... do I need to remind you they'd be safer there? I don't want to hear about the things that go bump in the night back home either... your girl here just went multi on me... I think she'll survive on our lands.
Another sigh and Leyla shifted into take over mode. She turned to the demon standing next to her and finally lowered her hand from his chest.
Her green eyes were sparkling, they always did whenever she looked or even thought about Taltos, it didn't matter if he was right there or a hundred miles away. Taltos was the only one who could bring out her softness.
You have some work to do Detective. Find out everything you can about this Serena Chance. I know I don't need to tell you how to do your job. And baby...
Her arms snaked around his neck, the grin was back on her lips.
You know I love it when you get all protective... when we get back home you are so getting that bath I promised you.
As much she wanted to stay right where she was, she dropped her arms from around Taltos' neck and went back yet again to the girl on the couch. She dropped down on the floor in front of the girl and crossed her legs sitting Indian style.
Everything Serena. You don't have anything to be scared of, not from us. Now talk.