He might be scruffy and grumpy, but the aging Gnat is a lovable curmudgeon. He’s cantankerous, but Luc can’t help loving this irascible, aging mortal.
In this scene from A Stolen Heart, Luc Saint-Cyr meets with his old friends, the mortals Flea and Gnat. Flea is button-down and proper; Gnat is the button-missing, uncombed-hair type. Luc loves them both, but Gnat holds a special place in his heart. (A Deshai is a trainee in the Thieves’ Guild.)
Flea and Gnat glanced at one another, gave a single nod. “One thing that’s true,” Flea told him. “We were born to rear and train Deshai. It’s what we do. We’d love to care for this boy.”
“Agreed.” Gnat wrapped one arm around Flea. “Hon, give him our number.”
“Our number?” Flea gave his partner a cold look. “You had a proper meltdown when I wanted a mobile, but now, you want something so it’s our number.”
Gnat gave his partner a blazing smile.
Shaking his head, Flea looked over at Luc. “We have a way to be reached now. Since Gnat’s heart attack.”
“Since I fainted,” Gnat corrected. When Flea glared at him, the man shrugged. “Okay, okay. Since my cardiac event. Happy?”
Chuckling, Luc held up a hand. “No need, guys. My idBot liaison gave it to me this afternoon.”
“You see?” Gnat threw up his hands. “You get a mobile and the government can trace you. I told you it was a mistake.”
“Gnat, Luc owns idBot. Not the government.”
“Maybe, but you mark my words, one day it’ll be in the hands of the Empress.”
Flea looked over at Luc. “You see what I put up with on a daily basis?”
“I do.” A scruffy, grumpy version of Pietas. “I can relate.”
A Stolen Heart
A former space pirate who’s gone straight rescues a vulnerable child adept at breaking into things. By protecting the boy, Luc unlocks secrets that threaten to topple the powerful king Luc once loved. For the child’s safety, Luc must send the boy away, far from danger. Nowhere near him. Even if this little one has already stolen his heart…
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