Echo in Emerald (Uncommon Echoes Book 2) by Sharon Shinn

Echo in Emerald (Uncommon Echoes Book 2) by Sharon Shinn

Author:Sharon Shinn [Shinn, Sharon]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency
Published: 2019-08-15T04:00:00+00:00


CHAPTER FOURTEEN

The next two days went by like normal days, the kinds I’d been living for the past couple of years, when my life had finally, finally, slipped into a routine of some predictability. Scar’s wound was in excellent shape, but the rib cage was still tender, and it didn’t seem like a good idea to seek out heavy labor. So I stayed away from the warehouse district and took more jobs running errands and carrying money, information, and light packages from one edge of the city to another.

I tried to tell myself that I wasn’t bored half out of my mind. I tried to tell myself that I didn’t miss seeing the Pandrean lord, laughing at him, sparring with him, fighting for our lives. But, honestly, all I wanted to do was prowl around the outskirts of the palace, hoping to catch a glimpse of him as he set off on some adventure without me. It was all I could do to stay away from the royal neighborhood altogether for those two days. Well, I only went by once, and even then I only crossed the palace courtyard a couple of times, pretending to be looking for someone. Dezmen never made an appearance. I wondered where he was.

Finally, just for the distraction, I picked up an extra half-shift at Packrat that second night. When Red took her break, Chessie sidled over to meet with Jackal. He told me that he’d sent Pippa to be Dezmen’s new bodyguard.

“Didn’t know she did that kind of work,” I commented. Pippa was lithe and smart, and I’d never doubted she knew how to garrote a man in a back alley, but she didn’t have the physique of a typical fighter.

“What she lacks in size, she makes up for in brain,” Jackal answered. “She’s a hard woman to catch by surprise, and that makes her good in a fight. Also, she wanted the job. Bertie was her best friend.” Jackal shrugged. And she’d love the chance to strangle the man who killed him.

I shivered. I had told Dezmen that Camarria was one of the safest cities in the kingdom, but these days it seemed that everyone I knew was willing to commit murder. It was unsettling.

“So have you set up a meeting with Ronin?” I asked.

“Tomorrow. Noon. I’ll bring him to my house a couple hours beforehand so anyone who might be following Lord Dezmen won’t see Ronin arrive. And he’ll stay until long after the lord is gone.”

“That works,” I said. “Does Dezmen know?”

“Pippa was supposed to tell him this morning.” He gave me a brief inspection. “Do you plan to be there?”

I nodded. “I figure it might make things smoother if I’m in the room, since I know them both. Also—” I couldn’t help a slight laugh. “I’m in pretty deep now. I’m curious about the answers.”

Jackal’s face set. “I don’t care about answers anymore,” he said. “I just want justice.”



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