“That was delicious,” said Miles, dabbing at his mouth with his napkin.
“I told you,” smiled Lexi. “I know all the best places to eat.”
“Do you want to walk to the Eiffel Tower?”
“I thought you’d never ask,” she said, taking his hand.
“There’s nothing in the world like Paris.”
“I want to live here,” she sighed. “In the center of the city, so I can be part of everything, everyday.”
“Hospitals are running out of pain medication.”
“What are you going to do?”
“If I do anything, I’ll never get away again.”
“How long before there’s a new Death?”
Miles shrugged. “No clue.”
Lexi stopped walking. “Let’s see the Eiffel Tower and then go back to the hotel.”
“We can see the Tower some other time,” he laughed, running his hands down her back.
KiKi sat down next to Lexi, licked her paw, and waited for them to choose a direction.
“Do all the Watchers look like the ones you described?”
“Yes. I guess you could call them the ground forces. The Leaders are different. They stand upright, have stunted wings and are around four feet tall. Their teeth are razor sharp and their eyes are yellow, like their skin. Why?”
“That’s what looking at us from across the street.”
KiKi hissed and fluffed out her tail.
“They don’t usually send Leaders on missions. I must be important,” he laughed.
“What are we going to do?” asked Lexi, staring at the Leader.
“Kill it,” said Miles. “No other choice.”
“Can I do it?” she asked, bouncing up and down. “Please, please, please.”
“It’s going to take both of us and even then, we’ll be lucky if….”
Lexi took off running, leapt over a moving car, while pulling a blade from a sheath strapped to her back, twirled in the air and cut off the Leader’s head before he could rake at her with his claws. The body fell onto the sidewalk, and the head rolled into the street. Lexi bent over and wiped off her sword on the Leader’s cape. “They smell terrible,” she said wrinkling her nose.
“Warrior, remember?” she said, before he could say anything else.
“That was amazing.”
“Thanks, but he died. So, why aren’t people able to die?”
“He wasn’t human.”
“So you only deal with humans?”
“I deal with animal life specific to this planet.”
“Isn’t this guy supposed to disintegrate, or something?” she asked, pushing the body with her toe.
“You’re thinking of vampires.”
“You look…wonderful,” he said, his voice suddenly deep and husky. “You look different.”
“I’m just pumped up and with only one guy to kill, I have a lot of excess…”
He kissed her. Lexi clung to him. KiKi stood guard.