Collum knocked on the bathroom door. “C’mon, Alex. I picked you up a coffee and it’s getting cold. We’ll be docking in half an hour. It’s time to suck it up and get back in the Hummer.”
She pierced him with an annoyed glance as she exited the restroom.
“Check you out,” he drawled. “Those eyes are ready to spit flames.”
She arched a brow. “Yeah, I’ve decided to seize the moment and go with it.”
His lips quirked. “Stick with me, baby in case you need someone to reel you in. With eyes like that, you’ll be sending out death rays pretty soon. Try to not to get pissed at anyone, okay?”
Alex grabbed her coffee and weaved in and out of the vehicles parked on the dock to follow him back to the car. She refused to notice the number of appreciative female stares Collum was getting. “Ha, Ha, warrior guy. I think they look cool. Where are we going anyway?”
“England, The Isle of White. Don’t worry. The irony of leaving one island for another isn’t lost on me, but you’ll be safest there while we figure a few things out. No one would dare try to take you from a dragon’s home. Our best chance is to hunker down there while we look for the witch. I’m hoping we can get the two of you together before any of the Elementals figure out what’s going on. For now, we have to get to the airport in one piece.” He smirked. “I hope you like private jets. I only travel my class.”
“A Hummer and a private jet? Why don’t you just tattoo environmental disaster on your forehead and be done with it.”
“Ah, don’t act out, little girl.” He tapped her forehead. “Remember—Lava Eyes—try not to burn me. Besides you’ll get used to it soon enough. And we immortals, play by a different set of rules. I’ve been saving this planet for longer than you’ve been alive.”
“How old are you anyway? You had a crush on my grandmother?”
“I’m a little over two-thousand years old. Your grandmother was six-hundred when she died. Elementals stop aging when they reach their full immortality. Which for you should be in about six months, unless your father’s blood affects you differently.”
“And you descended from dragons?”
He straightened to his full six-foot six-inch height. “I am Dragon, Alex. For the first one thousand years of my life, I was only Dragon. Over time, I evolved to be able to transition to a human body. Now I am a blend of both. The beast lives inside me and I control the power of the dragon at will.”
Heat pooled in her stomach as he spoke.
They’d reached the car and he leaned over her to get the passenger door latch. He covered her body with his and exhaled hot air against her neck. “Any more questions?”
Alex pushed him back before they made fools of themselves again. When she saw the burning red in his eyes, she changed the course of their discussion. “Yes, you said my grandfather was really old? How old is that?”
He sighed. “Domhall is over fourteen hundred. There are only a few of his age left. Domhall’s time in battle and your mother’s and grandmother’s deaths scarred him deeply. He stays very secluded now; always wary that someone is out to end him.”
“Does he have a reason to feel that way?”
“Partly yes, I suppose he does. The power he has amassed during his life is immense. He’s an unstable threat, not only to the Elementals, but to other immortals as well.”
“What if he isn’t as far gone as . . .”
“He is, Alex. Do not attempt something with him. He’s a zealot and half insane. He’s not your tie to a family torn apart. I don’t trust him.”
“Do you trust anyone?”
“I trusted your grandmother and she’s dead. And during the last years of her life, the man who was supposed to protect her was too busy getting lost to give a shit. He isn’t worth your time.”
“Is that why Aunt Quinn never told me about him?”
“I don’t know. Today is the first day I’ve ever spoken to your aunt. My time with Kaylen was before your birth. As far as the world knew, our friendship ended hundreds of years ago.”
The moment they touched land, a vibration began to pulse around Alex. Whatever it was, she was sending off waves of energy. There was no way the council wouldn’t sense her. They raced to the airport, ignoring all mortal speed laws. When they pulled in the parking lot, Collum snatched her out of the vehicle and they raced to the terminal.
Alex knew that if they made it to the plane they’d be lucky, very lucky.