Part 1916 – What Jay Will Not Allow.

Jay bristled as Robin molested the unconscious fey.

I don’t like this. I shouldn’t be allowing this. This is wrong.

“Stop. Robin, stop it.”

The scarred vampire stopped and looked up at him. “You wanted me to wake him, didn’t you?”

‘Yes, but this is wrong. To do this without his knowledge or permission is wrong.”

Robin tilted his head and blinked quickly. “That doesn’t make sense. If he were awake, he would readily give his permission. So, what does it matter?”

“It matters.”

“Especially since you aren’t Robin.” Maelin said.

Jay startled. “What?”

Robin sighed and turned back into LM.

The transformation disoriented Jay. He glanced around the room, trying to figure out where Robin had disappeared to.

Maelin laid her hand on his back.

His confusion dissipated. “Thanks.”

“Any time, sweetheart.”

LM released Isellta and sat back. “Whether it was right or wrong is besides the point. He didn’t wake up. He didn’t even react to my touching him. I’m not sure what else I can do.” He gave it some consideration. “I could try to hrrash ka kae with him.”

“No.” Jay said. “Absolutely no.”

LM tilted his head. “It would wake him up. It would have to—”

“I said, no.”

“If Robin were here, he would make the same suggestion and you know it.”

“I don’t care.”

“You want to cancel out all of the possibilities, didn’t you? You want to try everything, didn’t you?”

“Yes, but—”

“Then, let me try this.”



“Because it is wrong. He isn’t even conscious. For you to do that to him when he isn’t even conscious—”

“But that’s why I want to do it. If he feels Robin hrrash ka kaeing with him, it will wake him up.”

Jay shook his head. “I can’t allow it. I won’t.”

“What if this is the one thing that will wake him up?”

Jay came closer to the bed. He looked down at Isellta, at his sweet, innocent face.

What if he’s right? What if it’s…What if…

“No. It would be wrong. No matter the reason or good intent, it’s wrong.” Jay looked up at LM. “I will not give you permission to rape him.”

LM shrugged. “Then, there isn’t anything else that I can do.”

“I can’t believe that. Surely, there’s some magic—”

“There isn’t.”

“You haven’t even tried.”

“Because I don’t know what else to try. I don’t know what magic can counteract this state he’s in.”

“Then, think. Figure it out.”

“You don’t understand, human. I didn’t grow up with other fey. I grew up in a freak show run by a vampire. A vampire who was interested only in my ability to transform into other people. I have other abilities that he was unaware of. I can examine a person’s DNA strands. I can perform fey burial rites. I can do many things, but they are simple base fey magic. What you want is higher magic. You want queen fey magic.”

Jay shook his head. “I already asked the fey queen for help. She couldn’t do anything.”

“Then, it can’t be helped. Isellta will die.”

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