A little more from Chaos Burning…
Bound By Magick: CHAOS BURNING by LAUREN DANE
Copyright 2012, Lauren Dane
All Rights Reserved, The Berkley Publishing Group
By the time she left, Lark had a headache, but it was worth it to have received all the information she had.
Her phone pinged and she pulled it from her bag to catch sight of her mother’s number so she headed back to her temporary digs to answer it.
“You’re going to make me old if you don’t keep me updated on your whereabouts, darlin’.”
She smiled, instantly feeling better. “You’re already pretty old, I guess I should be careful. I briefed Helena earlier. I figured she’d talk to you.”
“She did. But it’s not the same as a daughter calling her mother to let her know she’s safe and not talking to strangers. Your father is going to be jealous I got to talk to you and he didn’t. I may have to lord it over him a while.”
“Ha! I got the side eye just now for being a Californian. Lucky for you, I have manners and so I’m supposed to let you guys know you did a good job with me.”
Her mother’s laugh made things better. “Clearly you didn’t speak to this person long enough to spew any of your colorful insults.”
She found herself grinning, knowing it was part of why her mother had called and Lark loved her for it. “I miss you guys.”
“I miss you too.” Rain paused. “You don’t have to be gone, you know. They could have sent someone else.”
“You and I both know that I had to go for a while.” Lark shrugged though her mother couldn’t see it.
“She doesn’t blame you.”
“That’s not quite true. Helena knows I’m not to blame. Which is different from not blaming me. We need some distance between us. I can’t see another way around it if we don’t.”
Her mother was quiet for a long time and finally sighed. “I love you. Don’t be gone too long. Your father and I didn’t have two daughters to only see one on a regular basis.”
“I just left two days ago. I don’t think we’re DEFCON one just yet.”
“You’ve been leaving for months now. Be good and stay safe. Call me tomorrow.”
“Love you too.”
She hung up and looked out the window for a while. The sky in the distance was purple like a bruise. She felt a little like that inside.