Guardian (Daughters Of The Gods, Book 2) (4 page)

Lelantos watched her leave for the second time
in two days and physically restrained himself from following her. He may be hard up and she was playing hard to get, but he wouldn’t beg and grovel at any woman’s feet. No matter how hot she was.

 

 

Cat walked as fast as she could out of the club and took a calming breath as she made
it outside. Never had she experienced a dance like the one she’d just had with her Titan. Never had such a hard, masculine body, and deep blue eyes intoxicated her as much as his did.

Wet didn’t describe what she felt between her thighs at this very moment.
But need. A need so great her body almost physically hurt. Cat turned a corner and thought of her hotel room, thankful when she landed upon the thick, plush carpet that it was empty. After seeing the Titan again, she needed time to think and deal with her bizarre reactions.

She flopped onto her bed and stared a
t the white ceiling. Lelantos was a Titan, she reminded herself. Her enemy. Not some guy she wanted to enjoy in every way possible. The fact that she had enjoyed their banter and their dance left her uneasy and she wasn’t sure of her plan now to play with him before she had to kill him. Seek the revenge he’d brought on himself by helping her sister to deceive their father.

And yet...
Titan or not, he was compelling, fascinating under all that broodiness and inside the walls he’d obviously built around himself to survive on the mortal plane. The memory of their dance haunted her and her body yearned to be touched again. Cat shut her eyes and wondered where she should go to from here. They were on a first name basis now, although she wished he had given her his real name instead of Len. He obviously did not trust her yet.

He was so different from what she remembered of him on the battlefield. All those years ago he’d been hard, unforgiving, cruel even
, to her kind. Perhaps the years of living among the humans had mellowed him. Her sister, Chloe, had certainly changed, had in fact chosen this life over the one she was born to live.

Cat sighed.
Killing had never lain so heavily on her shoulders. Any enemy of her father deserved death and Lelantos was no exception. But the thought of extinguishing those evocative eyes was something Cat knew would haunt her for the rest of time.

 

 

 

CHAPTER

Four

 

Cat walked out of her bedroom just as her sister
, Hebe, appeared before the settee. Her sister’s rumpled attire explaining more than words what she’d been up to for the past few hours. Cat raised her brow and headed over to the little kitchen the room sported and searched for food. Living in the mortal plane for only a few days had already made her long for the foods of home. She found some grapes and cheese in the hotel bar fridge and rustled up a platter for them both.

Hebe
smiled and sat across from her on the breakfast bar. “Good morning.”

“It certainly looks like it is for you. Did you have fun last night?” Her sister’s infectious grin made her laugh. “Not that you have to answer that, as I can see that you did.”

“Human males are quite fun, I must admit. Especially the one I had last night. His size was quite...surprising.”

“I’m very happy for you,” Cat said, biting into the moist fruit and thinking of Lelantos,
and the fun she would have before assassinating him. She frowned, not sure as to how she should go forward. Perhaps it would be best if she just killed him. No emotions involved. No guilt to harass her for the rest of her days.

“What’s the matter, Kitty Cat?”

She looked up at her sister and inwardly cringed. Usually she was very good at hiding her emotions. The gods were fickle, untrustworthy. To show emotion over a Titan would mean certain death. She may be the daughter of Zeus but even that wouldn’t protect her from his displeasure. Although, Hebe was trustworthy, Cat still needed to control her emotions. Emotions that had no place in this assignment.

“I like him.”

There she’d said it. The truth and the crux of her dilemma. Cat, a hunter and guardian of the divine, liked a bloody Titan. Could her life be any more difficult?

“Who do you like? I know you’re down here for
Father but I thought––”

Cat watched as a myriad of emotions passed over her sister
’s face. Confusion, realization and then shock.

“Not the
Titan?”

Cat stood and started to pace the room. She ran a hand through her hair and realized
it was full of knots and spiking at improbable angles thanks to a restless sleep and the absence of her maids. “Yes the Titan. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. At first I thought him pathetic and weak. But he’s so changed, almost human really – hardly a threat to Father anymore. And I know he helped Chloe, but really, was it so bad that she wanted to live with her Scottish Highlander?”

“Father thinks so
,” Hebe said.

“I know.” Cat sighed. “Perhaps this will teach me to
not play with my prey before I extinguish its life.”

“I don’t know how you ended up working for
Father as one of his hunters and I don’t want to know how you go about your business, but is there any way in which you may leave the Titan alone? Just tell Zeus you killed him or couldn’t find him?”

“You
would defy me daughter?”

Hebe
gasped and Cat swirled around to see Zeus standing behind them, his face as thunderous as the clouds outside. Cat pulled Hebe behind her and tried to calm her erratic heart. “You know Father, Hebe has always tried to see the best in people, and she was merely trying to limit the carnage my position in the court affords me.”

Zeus didn’t take his
thunderous gaze from her sister and alarm over what his actions may be sent her blood to pound. Father or not, she wouldn’t let him kill her favorite sibling. He would have to get through her first. “Should you fail me Caitlin, Hebe will join you in Tartarus and I’ll leave you both there to rot. Do you understand?” Zeus boomed making her startle as his gaze slid back to her.

“Yes
, Father.” Cat turned to Hebe and took her hands. “You best leave. Now, before I’m forced to show where my true loyalty lies. Do you understand?”

H
er sister heeded her warning and disappeared. Cat turned back to Zeus. “I have never failed you before and I will not fail you now.” She walked over to the settee and sat. “How did you find me?”

Zeus looked about the room with a dismissive air
, his hatred for all things human obvious. “I’ve been getting reports and I fear that perhaps you’re not the right hunter for this job.”


Since when do I need to be watched? And who, in your opinion, is the right hunter? No doubt one of your minions who follow you like little sheep all bowing to do as you bid them.”

“And so they should, daughter. Do not forget to whom you speak. With one flick of my wrist you are nothing but dust. Do not defy me.”

Cat felt the rumbling of the building beneath her feet and the storm that had suddenly whipped up outside the hotel windows. She looked out and watched the grey clouds swirl and pour rain down on an unsuspecting city. “Apologies Father.” Cat swallowed her pride lest she end up just as he threatened. Dead. Yet her father’s inability to forgive rankled. Why could he never let go of perceived wrongs. Would in fact, wait centuries for revenge.


Hermes has been watching you and reported to me your weakness toward the Titan. It is a trait I had yet to see in you. Never before have you been so indecisive, nor troubled by the task I have set. I will not stand for it, Caitlin.”

“Meaning?” Cat watched as Zeus’s lips lifted up in what he probably thought resembled a smile, yet it
more closely resembled a snarl.

“Should you fail
, Hermes will take your place. That is all.”

Cat nodded
, gaining her father’s meaning. So Hermes had been and would continue to follow her. Watch and wait for her to make a mistake. “I will not fail. It is not in my blood to do so.”

This time Zeus did smile. “Now that is the daughter I know.”

Within an instant he was gone and the weight of his decree settled on her like a rock. She would have to kill Lelantos and soon. Titan or not, he did not deserve the death Hermes would mete out to him. At least by her sword, a weapon capable of killing a deity, his death would be instant and painless.

His blue eyes flashed before her and she pushed the image aside. She would do it
in combat. Take him to Thessaly, the long ago location for the War of the Immortals and fight him to the death. Because there was no doubt in Cat’s mind the that Titan wouldn’t go down without a fight.

A bloody good one.

 

 

 

CHAPTER

Five

 

Lelantos sat at his usual seat and waited. He was expecting the woman who haunted his dreams to walk through the door and ask to buy him a beer. This time should she return he wouldn’t turn her down. In fact, he wouldn’t turn down anything she may offer.

Anything...

His body hummed just to be near her. To smell her intoxicating scent of jasmine and that womanly scent that only Caitlin had. The door to the bar swung open and instinctively he looked over. When a couple walked through the door, he chastised himself at the surge of disappointment. Damn fool.

“Are you waiting for me?”

Her voice washed over him like a soothing balm. Lelantos slowly turned and tried to hide the grin that wanted to break free on his lips. When he finally looked at her, he couldn’t help but want to flick the little straps of her tiny black dress from her shoulders and kiss her perfect, white skin. By Hades, she was beautiful. Sensual. And damn, he wanted her.

“What would you say if I said yes
?” He watched as her eyes widened at his question, and he realized he’d never seen such a dark emerald in his entire existence. And he’d been around a very long time. She sat and he beckoned the bartender to take her order.

“That you’re very sweet.”

Lelantos raised his brow. Sweet? He’d never been termed sweet before. It was the last characteristic he would ever attribute to himself. “Come to dinner with me. This bar has a fantastic restaurant.”

Again her eyes gave away
her surprise. Lelantos frowned and wondered why such a benign request would be so shocking. She was a beautiful, young woman and surely must be used to men asking her out.

“I can’t
. I’m sorry.” She took a sip of her wine and it took all of Lelantos’ strength to stop himself from licking off the little bit of red liquid sitting upon her lip.

“I won’t bite, Ca
t,” he said, turning her stool so she had to make eye contact with him. She stared at him a moment and again, he had a feeling he’d seen her before and that for some unknown reason, his question made her sad.

“I might.”

He laughed. “I feel we got off on the wrong foot when we first met. I want to apologize for my rudeness.”

“I don’t know, Len, I think our current relationship is just fine. I’m not interested in
developing a relationship with anyone, even you. I will let you take me out for dinner, but that is where our friendship will start and end I’m afraid.”

“Right. Well,” he said, running a hand through his hair. “Don’t hold back on what you’re thinking.”

“I won’t,” she said, throwing him a smile for the first time that was more predatory than welcoming.

Lelantos stood and pulled her to stand. His breath notched and held when someone knocked her into him. The little black dress was no impediment to hi
s feeling her body. All the erotic thoughts of what he wanted to do to her bombarded his mind and he hardened.

Damn. Never had he lost such control with a woman before. The lack of women in his life was showing. He made a mental note to
try and fuck more often, even if more tamely than what was in his nature to do so. He escorted her toward the restaurant and caught the eye of a guy standing beside a wall watching them. Unease crept up his spine and for the first time in a thousand years, he wondered if Zeus had finally found him.

Watched him...

They sat at a table covered with a crisp white linen tablecloth. The silver shone and the crystal glassware sparkled under the mood lighting of the restaurant. Lelantos sat across from Cat and inwardly laughed at his current circumstances. He was a being of divine birth and here he was having dinner in New York with a human woman whose company he enjoyed and longed for. It was a pleasure he had not expected to experience.

“You’re very beautiful.” The words were out of his mouth before he thought to stop them.

“I have other qualities that may make you think differently.”

“Such as
?” he asked, liking the fact she’d finally started to talk. From the first moment he’d met her, Cat wasn’t short of words, and yet tonight she seemed withdrawn, edgy even.

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