Kai’s face reflected awe. Alex looked like he was trying to calm an erection.
“Way to fucking go, Miles,” Jussara cheered, bouncing on the balls of her feet in excitement.
“Thank God she’s on our side, right?” my stepbrother Remy muttered, beaming like a proud mother hen.
I nodded slowly in agreement as I felt my own smile fade. “Right.”
Chuckling, Remy leaned closer and confided, “Sometimes I fantasize about instigating a nasty marital row just to witness the supernatural ass-whooping Milena would unleash on Alex now.”
“Second that,” Kai deadpanned without hesitation.
I nodded absently again as I watched the spectacle of thunder and lightning, an unsettling feeling gnawing my gut. Remy was right. I wasn’t sure my brother Alex would be able to best his wife Milena—our pack’s most treasured, well-prophesied, perpetually sweet and adorable vessel—anymore either.
That knowledge shouldn’t have bothered me. Except it meant that Milena’s power and abilities had surpassed all of ours at this point.
And somehow I’d managed to ignore this growing development despite Alex’s incessant bragging, Kai’s gushing, and the regular reports on Milena’s progress from both Remy and Jussara.
“Wait till you see her manifest a twister,” Remy said before moving closer to the action, going to stand next to Jussara.
Too close to Jussara.
My frown deepened when Jussara turned and smiled up at Remy. What. The hell?
Jussara was the closest thing I had to a daughter. Remy knew that she was off-limits. He wouldn’t cross that line. Would he? What’s more, Jussara had always hated Remy. What the fuck had changed between them while I’d been away?
“I believe Alex intends to work her up to a tsunami next,” Kai’s amused voice spoke in my ear, drawing my attention back to Milena’s grand display. When I didn’t react, Kai pressed, “She’s incredible, right? You thought I was exaggerating.”
I forced myself to smile. “Tsunami, huh? So we’re turning our cherished vessel and savior into a WMD? That the plan? Or are we planning to use her to reverse global warming? I’m sure our ancestors would be proud.” My words came out infused with more bitterness than the teasing tone I’d aimed for.
Kai didn’t miss a beat. “You make a face that reminds me of Antonio when you get jealous.”
I snorted and clapped him on the back, struggling to shake off the foul mood encroaching. “Well, that’s good to hear. Dad was a handsome SOB.”
Who the fuck was Kai kidding? He checked in with Milena near constantly. He raved about her accomplishments nonstop. He was her biggest fan and supporter. If anyone was jealous of Alex’s relationship with Milena, it was Kai. Pretty sure Alex was getting in the way of Kai’s girl-time bonding with Milena.
“Hey, who wouldn’t be jealous of Alex and want to be the one in his shoes right now, eh?” I acknowledged good-naturedly instead, gesturing to the happy, power-hoarding couple practicing their natural disaster-making skills.
It was close enough to the truth. My baby brother Alex had always seemed to reap more than his fair share of dumb luck in life. Even before Milena had become a supernatural powerhouse to be reckoned with, she had been covet-worthy as a mate. More than easy on the eyes, Milena was also a consummate sweetheart and do-gooder. A quiet, effective leader who led without trying to lead. She’d done more to unite our pack in the past decade than my brothers or I had managed in our lifetimes. It was no secret we all thought Alex a lucky man to have been paired with her.
“I wasn’t referring to Alex.”
The full implication of Kai’s words sank in as I watched his retreating form jog over to a grinning Milena.
“Did you see that?” she exclaimed.
“Sure did. You were magnificent!”