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Simon chuckled as Kitryn continued to grumble and hiss under his breath all the way out of the room and to the suite entrance. He hissed louder when they saw a grinning O’Connor waiting for them.
“I hope this isn’t a bad time,” O’Connor said with a smirk and a slightly mocking half bow.
Kitryn didn’t answer and Simon rolled his eyes at the pair of them before speaking. “What’s happened? Fran said you needed us for something important.”
“The council have sent a representative. Apparently, she and her mate were nearby dealing with another problem that could be related to ours. They’re waiting in the main greeting room while I try and round everyone up.”
“We’ll meet you there.”
O’Connor nodded and headed back out.
Simon sighed. “I wonder what other problems were happening nearby.”
Kitryn grunted and checked his reflection in a mirror while he adjusted his clothes into some form of order.
Within half an hour they were hand in hand entering the main living area. Kitryn stopped just inside the doorway.
The woman who had been sitting conversing with Elder Patrick when they’d entered rose and a wide smile spread across her face.
“Kit,” She exclaimed and shifted the small baby in her arms, so she could move to embrace a still stunned looking Kitryn. “How are you? What are you doing here? And who is this handsome young man you’re hanging onto so tightly?”
Simon squeezed Kitryn’s hand trying to get him to respond. Kitryn shook his head and his grin matched Helen’s
“I’m good, I’m here claiming sanctuary, and this is my mate, Simon. Simon, this is Helen. We grew up together and were close friends until she met her mate and moved away.” Kitryn glared at Helen. “She then kept forgetting to write as she promised.”
Simon nodded. “It’s good to meet you, Helen. And who is this little one?”
Helen jiggled the baby in her arms so they could see better. “This is Jilly, my newest granddaughter. Her parents are the reason we were so close by and why when the council briefed me, I rushed here. Jilly’s mother is my oldest daughter, Karen. Karen is also a Seer and she has been missing for a week. We were visiting her and her mate Charlie, when she went out for food and didn’t come back. We could find no trace of her. She didn’t make it to the restaurant to pick up the food, and her scent just stopped at the end of her road.”
Simon pushed Kitryn forward to embrace his friend as she looked close to tears.
After a few moments the baby started to fuss, and Helen pushed back. “Oh, I nearly forgot. Kit, you remember Zion, my mate?”
The man that had been hovering protectively in the background came forward. “Kitryn.” He nodded and turned to Simon. “Zion Merle, good to meet you. I wish you luck in your mating.”
Simon smiled and held out a hand to shake. “Good to meet you too and thank you.”
Simon turned to find Kitryn making face at the baby who was now awake. “Why did you bring her here?”
Helen shook her head sadly. “Because her father is in no fit state to care for her. He is currently in an induced coma to try and stop the separation from his mate killing him. We’re not sure if the seer gift has passed to Jilly, so I decided to keep her safe with me until we can get things sorted out.”
Further conversation was halted when O’Connor entered with Carl and Elder Patrick called the meeting to attention.
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