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“Obviously you don’t catch on real quick wolf, but you already have a problem and if my idea of your problem is correct, then I can guaran-damn-tee you do not need another problem, especially one as inventive as me. So, back, the heck up,”  The last few words were bit out one at a time as she motioned for him to step away from her.

With Peri and Decebel’s little encounter over, the room began to focus on what Peri had told them.

Vasile looked at Alston. “You and yours are the only ones who can get there quickly enough to at least hold them off until we can get there.”

“Say no more,” Alston told him. Then he looked at Peri. “Are you in?”

“Puh-lease,” she huffed, “like I would miss an opportunity to kick Cypher while he’s down,” she in turn glanced at Adam. He smiled his heart stopping smile, one that she knew Crina would have loved to have witnessed. “Let’s do this gorgeous, it will be like old times,” he said.

“Old times?” she scoffed, “We just did this a few months ago.”

Adam shrugged, “Okay, it will be like good times with all the killing and maiming.”

“Now we’re talking.”

“No killing unless necessary, Peri. Just incapacitate until we are sure that Cypher isn’t under the influence of dark magic,” Vasile warned.

“You wolves take the fun out of everything. No stripping, no flirting, and now we’re going to war and we can’t even freaking kill anything.”

She was gone as the last word hit her lips.

Vasile looked at Adam. The fae gave thumbs up. “No killing, only taking out knee caps and chopping off hands so they can’t hold a weapon. We got this.” He was gone just as quickly as Peri.

Alston was gone next. Cyn glanced at Thalion. His eyes told her he was worried about her, that he didn’t want her there without him, but the resigned nod told her that he knew this was a part of her job and he couldn’t stand in the way of that. He gave her a quick wink, which made her blush, and then she was gone.

Vasile was pretty sure Adam had been joking, but then he was still pretty new to the pack and he hadn’t quite figured him out just yet. He looked at the remaining males in the room and started moving towards the door. “This is all we’re taking,” he motioned to include all of them. “I want to move fast and I want to move quiet. You all heard what I said, no killing.”

“What if we have no choice?” Sorin asked.

Vasile answered even as he began his phase. “Make it clean, make it quick.”

“Hello Thead, I see that magic still protects your home.” Peri smiled as she stepped up to the trees that led into the home the trolls had hidden there. They had used magic to create the illusion of a forest so dense that light didn’t even penetrate it. Only supernaturals could see the entrance and even then you had to know what you were looking for. There was atime when the trolls had occupied the Balkan Mountains on the furthest Western side close to what is now Serbia, but the mountains were becoming more and more travelled by humans. It was either dig deeper into the mountain or leave and find sanctuary elsewhere. They had voted on it, and the majority of their clan had wanted to flee the mountain.

Thead had known there was no way for them to conceal themselves and so he had sought out the help of the fae, well, one fae in particular. Peri had agreed to help them, and she had attached no strings to her assistance. When Thead had asked why she didn’t want any form of payment, Peri had simply said, “Someone is sure to want to find you one day and it will be amusing to laugh while they wander around like idiots looking for you.”

“If it is working, why are you here?” Thead asked.

“Who has been here recently Thead?”

He hesitated before finally speaking, “Lorelle was here.”

“Bloody, freaking—,” Peri let out a stream of profanity worthy of a Jen performance as she paced. It shouldn’t have surprised her that her sister was involved. That would explain how Cypher had known where to go. “Cypher is on his way here now. They are moving very fast and there is a bunch of them. Oh, and they have freaky red eyes,” she added. Though she wasn’t sure why, she thought he should know.

“Peri, you know we are not strong enough to defeat them.”

Peri smiled, just as Alston, Adam and Cyn came walking out of the forest around them. “That, my old friend, is why we are here.” The other three fae bowed to the king and smiled reassuringly.

“Vasile and his wolves are on their way as well,” Adam told him.

Thead looked off into the forest, his eyes searching, his ears listening. “I don’t know why he is doing this now,” he said without looking at the fae.

Peri let out a deep breath as she thought about it. She had to agree that the Cypher she knew would not suddenly declare war on a race that he had kept peace with for so long.

“Have any of your clan been near his mountain?” she asked him.

“No, we rarely leave and I always know who is leaving and where they are going,” Thead told her.

“He’s under a lot of stress right now. He sent his mate away for her own safety and he’s dealing with all this crap about his brother,” she said absently as she thought out loud.

“His brother?” Thead’s voice betrayed the nervousness he hid from his face. “What about Reyaz?”

“He’s decided to come out and play, only no one wants to play the kinds of games he seems interested in,” her words faded off as she thought about them. Games, Reyaz was definitely into games of any variety, including ones that would cause one species to attack another. “Awe crap!” she growled just as the ground began to tremble beneath her feat.