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368 pages, Paperback
First published June 20, 2013
I could feel the katana pulsing faintly in my grip, and a deep, thankful sigh shuddered out of me. I hugged it close.
You're all right. I've got you now. I've got you.
I won't let you go again.
I won't ever, ever let you go.
I wanted to climb over the table to him. To put my arms around him. To tell him that it was all right now, it would be all right. Anything to make him sit up out of that defensive ball of agony and open his eyes again.
My gaze connected with Shinobu's. There was a physical jolt, like two magnets jumping together. Like two perfect musical notes meeting and singing as one.
He brought our mouths together again. My sobs shook him. His lips were so warm as they parted mine. Trails of sparks flowed gently down my back in the wake of his hands as they moved to clasp my waist. Sobs turned into gasps. He drank them from my mouth.