Brie van Rossum has fame, fortune, and beauty, but there’s one thing she doesn’t have–the name of her mother’s supernatural killer.
The Hallows, descendants of the archangels, don’t think Milena was murdered.. but can Brie trust them when their government, the New Order, wants her dead?
She’d better figure it all out soon…
… because when Brie finds out who she really is, the hunt will begin.
And Milena might not be the only casualty.
“Thessa!” Bristol said. She wore a bright green evening gown, her silver hair teased up into an elegant bun on top of her head. She had a wine glass in her hand, with liquid the color of blood inside. “I’ve been expecting you.” She let her wine glass waver in the air for a few seconds as she embraced Thessa, kissing Thessa on each of her cheeks. Thessa allowed it, before being dragged into Bristol’s chamber.
The chamber burst with pinks, silvers, golds, greens, blues, and oranges. And glitter. There was glitter everywhere, as if a cloud had rained silver confetti into the room.
“You’re covered in dirt!” Bristol said in her high-pitched voice. “Don’t tell me you came in through the graveyard entrance.”
“You imply there’s another option?”
“Of course! You didn’t think I would jump into a hole of dirt once I took over, did you?”
“I suppose that wouldn’t fit your personality,” Thessa said dryly, looking around the room. The bright, loud colors made her dizzy.
Bristol drew a chair for Thessa, and they both sat.
“No guests?” Thessa asked, glancing at the table. The sofa table was covered in bottles—wine bottles, beer bottles, liquor bottles, and unmarked bottles in all different colors.
“I drink my spirits alone,” Bristol said. “It’s less tedious that way. You can avoid all the pleasantries and hostess duties.”
Thessa picked up one of the bottles. It was shaped like a gothic goblet with a shaft of pewter metal at the top. Thessa tried to open it out of curiosity.
“Don’t drink that, silly,” Bristol said. “It’s perfume. See?” Bristol took the bottle and pressed a button on its shaft. The room filled with a strong putrid, bubbly scent.
Thessa coughed, waving her hands in the air to disperse the scent.
“Have you enjoyed your time at Silver Smoke thus far?” Bristol asked. “Meet up with any old friends?”
“I have neither time nor friends tonight at Silver Smoke. Though I did meet your guard dog on the way to your chamber.”
“Thomas? Ugh. Isn’t he filthy?” Bristol took a swig of her champagne. “He’s so good on his visits to Spain. It’s like he gets here and becomes an animal or something.”
“Yes, a version of his truer self, he told me.”
Bristol smiled. “Be polite dear Thessa. You pure-blooded Hallows are so high and mighty sometimes.”
Thessa rolled her eyes. “You must know why I’m here.”
“No, my dear. I only saw that you were coming.” Bristol gave a high-pitched, girlish giggle. “You of all people should understand the limited nature of my visions.”
“What do you know about The Selkies and the Shark-Men?”
Bristol looked at Thessa. “You mean the Hallows and Nephilim who fought for the Hawaiian islands so long ago?”
Thessa’s mouth formed a brief, tight smile. “Your father was from the Nephilim family, wasn’t he?”
Bristol raised a devilish brow. “You’ve done your homework. But I’m afraid you’ll have to ask my sister if you want any more details about our family history.” She held her arms out, gesturing around the room. “I’ve shed all ties to the past.”
“Your sister, then.” Thessa said. “Where is she?”
Bristol scoffed. “You act like I’m my sister’s keeper. I have no clue where that uncontrollable waste is. My sister is a loose cannon. You know that.”
“But a trained killer and master assassin for Silver Smoke, right?”
Bristol clicked her tongue against the roof of her mouth. “Even cannons have their uses.”
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