Valerie Twombly by Spanish Nights

What begins as desire in the steamy nights of Spain quickly leads to a bond neither Armand or Makayla fully understands. When evil emerges from the shadows, the couple is forced to make a choice…

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“Cyndel has sent you to earth.” He sipped. “To be exact, we are sitting right below our home. She has stripped you of all your power.” His brother stepped in front of him; sympathy swirled in his eyes. “With the exception of your immortality and ability to heal … you are human.”

Armand growled and threw the crystal against the floor. Shards of glass mixed with a pool of amber liquid. “I assume father is working on the situation?” His chest heaved. Certainly Efrain would have this fixed and he would soon be back home.

“Of course he is, but Cyndel has gone into hiding and no one can locate her. Her family claims they have no idea where she is.” Crone shrugged. “I spoke to her briefly before she vanished. It was apparent while she was severely pissed, she didn’t want your death. I was allowed to come attend to your needs and see you settled here on earth. However, I can only stay for twenty-four hours before I’m ripped away. Then I can visit once every six months. You will have to make do on your own.”

Armand set his jaw. “I don’t suppose the bitch told you how to break this curse?”

“Afraid not.”

Armand turned away from his brother. He didn’t want the younger Jinn to see his panic. Instead, he focused on the flames and watched them consume the log like a starved hound. He tried to reach out and grasp the fire with his power, roll it in his palm and call to its strength, but it no longer recognized him as its master. It ignored him like an obstinate child.

The pain cut through him like a hot blade. Everything he knew was gone: his way of life, his family and his very being. However, he was Jinn and prince of the House of Reviana. He would not allow himself to indulge in self-pity.

He pulled back his shoulders and turned to face Crone. “Search every corner of the universe if you must, but find a way to break this curse.”

Crone tipped his head. “You know I will never stop.” He faded away leaving Armand alone.

He clenched his fists. “Cyndel, you should have killed me because if I ever break this spell, I will destroy you.”

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