Seth smiled. “You’d be by my side.”
Ignoring him, I wrapped my arms around my legs. “Telly can’t want to take me out just on some idea of a threat.” I thought of my father. I knew beyond a doubt he was behind that, too. “There has to be more to it than that.”
“Telly lives to serve the gods,” Lucian said. “If he feels they may be threatened, that is all the reason he needs.”
“Do you not live to serve the gods?” Leon asked.
Lucian barely looked in the direction of the pure-blood Sentinel. “I do, but I also live to serve the best interests of my people.”
Marcus rubbed his brow wearily. “Telly is not our only concern. There are also the gods themselves.”
“Yes.” Lucian nodded. “There is also the issue of the furies.”
I ran my hand over my forehead, forcing myself to concentrate on this conversation. It was a big deal that they were even including me in this. So I guessed I should pay attention and keep the snark to a minimum.
“The furies attack only when they perceive a threat to the pure-bloods and to the gods,” Marcus explained. “Their appearance at the Covenants before the daimon attack was solely a precautionary act from the gods. It was a warning that if we could not keep the daimon population under control, or if our existence was exposed to the mortals through the daimons’ actions, they’d respond. And when the daimons launched their attack on the Covenant, the furies were released. But they went after you, Alex. Even though there were daimons they could’ve fought, they perceived you as the biggest threat.”
The furies had ripped through daimon and innocent alike in those bloody moments after the daimon siege and had come after me. Not going to lie—I’d never been more terrified in my life.
“They will be back,” Leon added. “It is their nature. Maybe not immediately, but they will.”
My head was spinning. “I figured as much, but I haven’t done anything wrong.”
“You exist, my dear. That is all they need,” said Lucian. “And you are the weaker of the two.”
I was also the sleepier of the two.
Seth rocked back on his heels. “If they come back, I’ll destroy them.”
“Good luck with that.” I closed my eyes, giving them a break from the harsh light. “They’ll just burn up and come right back.”
“Not if I kill them.”
“With what?” asked Aiden. “They are gods. No weapon made by man or demigod will kill them.”
When I opened my eyes, Seth was smiling. “Akasha,” he said. “That would put them down permanently.”
“You don’t have that kind of power now,” Leon stated, jaw tensed.
Seth just continued to smile until Lucian cleared his throat and spoke. “I never did get to see the furies. It would have been… something to witness.”
“They were beautiful,” I said. Everyone turned to me. “At first, they were. Then they changed. I’d never seen anything like that. Anyway, one said that Thanatos wouldn’t be pleased with their return after… I got rid of them. She said something about the road the Powers had chosen and that I would be their tool. The oracle had said something like that too, before she poofed.”
“Who are ‘the Powers’?” Leon asked.
Aiden nodded. “That’s a good question.”
“That is not a concern. The furies are,” Lucian responded, dismissing the concept with a flick of his slender wrist. “Like Telly, they are operating on old fears. The furies are loyal to Thanatos. If the furies come again, I fear that Thanatos will not be far behind.”
Marcus dropped his hand to the top of the glossy mahogany desk. “I cannot have the gods attacking the school. I have hundreds of students I must keep safe. The furies show no discrimination in their kills.”
Not once had he mentioned keeping me safe. That kind of stung. We might be related, but it didn’t make us a real family. Marcus hadn’t even smiled at me—not once. I really didn’t have anyone left. That made getting to my father all the more important.
“I suggest we move Alex to a safe place,” Lucian offered.
“What?” My voice squeaked.
Lucian glanced at me. “The furies know to look for you here. We could move you some place safe.”
Seth sat on the arm of my chair, crossing his long legs at the ankle. He didn’t seem surprised by any of this.
I tapped his back, gaining his attention. “Did you know about this?” I whispered.
He didn’t answer.
The look I gave him promised trouble later and not the fun kind. Seth could’ve at least given me a heads-up about this.
Aiden frowned. “Where would you take her?”
My eyes went to him again. The muscles in my chest clenched when our gazes locked momentarily. At the moment, if I concentrated hard enough, I could still feel his arms around me. Not the best tactic when everyone was discussing my future like I wasn’t even sitting here.
“The fewer people who know, the better,” Lucian replied. “She would be well protected by my best Guards and Seth.”
Marcus appeared to consider this. “We wouldn’t have to worry about the furies attacking here.” He looked in my direction, his expression guarded. “But if she leaves the Covenant now, she will not graduate and become a Sentinel.”
My stomach turned over. “Then I can’t leave. I have to graduate.”
Lucian smiled, and I wanted to punch him. “Dear, you do not have to worry about becoming a Sentinel now. You will become an Apollyon.”