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"Oh, shut up."
Janet and Richard left, but Crescent refused. He'd tried to explain why she should go, but she wasn't having it. "What, is this that dumb 'if-you-love-something-let-it-go-if-it-comes-back-blah-blah-blah' thing? Because that sucks. You said I could stay as long as I wanted, youwelsher ."
He tried to disguise his joy. "Crescent, there's something you should know-"
"Later. God, I'mstarving . Listen, I'm going to run up ahead and see if those guys are serving breakfast yet."
"It's four o'clock in the morning."
"Iknow , that's why I want tocheck . Be right back."
He shook his head as she hurried away, then realized they were quite close to the shelter where she'd been living. Foolish to be concerned-she was a tough one to hurt, after all-but he decided to catch up with her anyway.
That was the last rational thought he had for a while. Stupid, really-the punk shaking Crescent like a maraca looked far worse for the wear. An obvious beta type-he needed to be led. And, in abandonment, couldn't take care of himself. He certainly wasn't worth getting worked up over. He supposed Nick and what's-her-name had gone on to greener pastures...or easier marks.
"Jimmy, you idiot," Crescent was saying, prying his fingers off her arm, "will you give it up? Grabbing me is not going to fix your life. Now buzz off."
"It's all your fault," Jimmy was insisting. "Nick and Maria took off because of you."
"My ass! They took off because you can't walk ten feet down here anymore without tripping over a cop. Too bad they didn't bring you with, huh,Jimbo ?"
Jimmy's eyes flashed murky murder and Drake moved quickly, spinning him away from Crescent. "Just once I'd like to take a walk with you without your being assaulted," he muttered, carefully examining her arm.
"What can I say, I've got a dark past. He's harmless. Let's go eat."
He ignored her. Then he whirled and grabbed Jimmy by the throat, lifting him in the air as easily as a mother picked up her toddler.
"Did you really," he began. He was so angry it was hard to talk. He wanted to growl and bite. "Did youreally think you could put your hands on my mate and live to see the sun come up?"
"Whoa!" Crescent said, tugging on his arm. Before them, the punk squeaked and kicked, his face turning an interesting shade of purple. "Let go, Drake. He's just an asshole."
He was shaking the man-really just an overgrown boy, but surely old enough to know better-like a dog shakes a rag doll.
"Did you really?" he said again. "Didyou?"
"Drake! You are freaking me out, dude!"
You're a doctor.
She'll have bruises. He actually marked her-marked her with his filthy hands!
But you're a doctor.
"Drake, will you put him down already? He's passed out, for Christ's sake. And I really don't want to finish the day at the Cop Shop."
He growled, then flung the man away. They both watched the unconscious tough sail through the air and then hit the street like a sack of sand. Jimmy groaned, but didn't regain consciousness.
"Jeez, overprotective much?" But she was smiling. "Remind me to never tell you about my years on the streets."
"Youwill tell me."
"Later. When that vein in your forehead isn't throbbing. Yuck, by the way." "He touched you. He should never have done that."
"Yes, and I think he gets that now! Your mate?" she added, teasing. "Is that what I am?"
He put his arms around her. "Yes. That's what you are."
"Well, all right. Let's go eat."
"If I have to look at another pancake, I may well vomit."
"Dude, it's fine. I'll get waffles," she added with a wicked grin, and stretched up, and kissed him.
"I have to tell you something. No waffles. I've put this off long enough-"
"What, no waffles, like,ever ?"
"Crescent...this may be hard to believe..."
She kissed him again. "Your intolerance of starchy foods?"
"Be serious. I'm talking about-"
"The fact that you can see me?"
He blinked. "Well...yes. You're not surprised."
"Of course not." She smiled at him and he swore he could almost see her glowing. "I granted your wish. Apparently it's what we do."
"News to me! What exactly did I wish for? To have you in my life, or to see you?"
"I don't know, but it's kind of nice that you got it all in one package, isn't it?"
He supposed it was.