Halo: Primordium (Halo #9) A Fistful of Charms (The Hollows #4)

Ren didn’t have the body he had without getting all up, close and personal with the inside of a gym.

Bored? he snapped, jerking his head around toward me. You think I’m doing this because I’m bored?I bit my lip. Yeah, the bear wasn’t liking that sharp stick much. Well, you work so damn much all the time, I’d guess you have no idea what to do with your time now that you can’t. So you’re channeling all your energy into this.

He turned to me, shoulders tightening. Now he looked downright pissed. Don’t do that.What? Blame your compulsive work habit? Why not? I’ve only been refraining from saying anything because I figured your body did it for me this time. I gestured to him in his pajamas, as if to signal his illness, the onset of his mono and the part his tendency to overwork and undersleep played in that.Okay, now you’re pissing me off.

If the truth pisses you off, then so be it. I’m not going to skirt around the issue. This time, your body shut it down. But what happens when you start feeling better? You’re going to return to your frenetic pace again. We both work hard, and up until recently, we were able to make it work. But it was getting fucking ridiculous toward the end. I paused only to suck in enough air to continue the tirade. You weren’t even sleeping in bed with me. I mean, I’m willing to take second fiddle to work sometimes, but—Before I could finish, he turned away from me and stalked out of the room, fists closed at his sides.

I trotted after him. Adam, where are you going? I was talking—

Leaving before I say something I’m going to regret.Just as it’s hard for us to accept the same from the Order, Faye replied, standing beside Kalen. But we’re all here.

We are. Liz lifted a hand. The Order members sat as her gaze found me. So, you’re the Halfling?I lifted my chin. I am. Most call me Ivy, though.

She ignored that. And you’re the one the Prince held captive but escaped?She inclined her head, and I guessed that was some kind of ‘good job’ nod. What is in your backpack?