A Matter of Forever by Heather Lyons
A Fate Novel #4
Karl’s in the kitchen, making crepes. It amuses me how many of my friends are foodies and I manage to still ruin water when I attempt to boil pasta. “You mean, like hand-to-hand combat?”
I steal one of the broken crepes littering the counter next to the stove and shove it in my mouth. “Yesh.”
“I’m a Quake, Chloe, not a cage fighter.”
Rats. I guess—
“I have a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu,” Iolani says suddenly. She’s over at the refrigerator, pulling out a carton of grapefruit juice. She smiles winningly at Karl. “I am a Volcanic and a black belt. We ladies are quite badass, you know.”
Well now. This is quite convenient if I do say so myself. “Do you think you can show me some moves?”
“Let me check my schedule.” She pretends to pull a list out of her pocket. “Hmm . . . mm-hm. Yep.” The imaginary list is stuffed back in her jeans. “I suppose I have a little free time I can slot you into. But only a little, mind you. I’m quite busy down here.”
I toss one of the broken crepes at her; she giggles and easily dodges it.
“Yes, you’re so busy,” Karl drawls. “It must be so exhausting, watching all of your soap operas one after another. What will you do if you miss an episode? Will Joe ever tell Jane that he screwed her daughter? Will Bob ever let Mary know he had quintuplets with the nurse that woke him up from brain surgery?” A sly grin curves across his lips. “Inquiring minds must know!”
“It’s Marcel who cheated on Felicia with her daughter.” Iolani sticks out her tongue. “And Rudolpho and Estelle with the quintuplet problem. But my, my, Karl Graystone. Don’t you know these storylines just as well as I do? How very scandalous of you.”
I burst into laughter. “She’s got you there.”
He sighs, but he’s chuckling, too. “Moira is obsessed. It’s like osmosis. Even Em is more interested in watching them than her cartoons. And now Lani here is watching them day and night with the volume turned way up . . . it’s like I can’t escape.”
“I’ll tell you what, Graystone.” Iolani pulls a glass down from the cupboard and pours herself a drink. “How about you watch my eppies for me while I’m working with Chloe? That way, I can get all the deets from you and it will be like I haven’t missed a step.”
I crack up all over again at how he pretends to be so excited at this. “Can I? Really? We can debrief afterward!”
Iolani kisses her hand and pats her butt. “You know you want to know.”
“Whatever.” He turns to me. “Why the need to fight? You’re a Creator. I’m pretty sure you can best anyone without having to throw a punch.”
I hop up on the counter. “You’ve seen how the Elders tear me apart.”
Both eyebrows shoot up. “You want to physically fight Elders? Like . . . with your hands?” He shakes his head. “Chloe, I’ve been with you in several of those fights. You don’t need to land a punch. You have your bow, not to mention all you need to do is touch one and it’s gone.”
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