Up In Flames (Into the Fire Book 3)

By: Kelly Hashway

Into the Fire Trilogy, Book 3


Chapter One





Cara



All my life I’ve run from Hunters, been taught to fear them, and now I’m snuggling up to one. Logan’s not like any other Hunter we’ve seen. He doesn’t hunt Phoenixes; he hunts Phoenix Hunters. While that doesn’t make him one of us, it means he’s on our side. Even Mom can’t deny he’s good for me now.

“I can’t believe I almost lost you tonight.” I squeeze his hands, not wanting to ever let him go again. I want to make up for the time we lost when I couldn’t remember him. Looking at him now, I’m not sure how I ever forgot a single moment. What we share is so much more than a crush or even love. Logan and I are supposed to be together. I can’t help thinking the universe—or fate—created him just for me.

The corner of Logan’s mouth curves up. “You’re stuck with me, Cara. Get used to it.”

He can make light of the situation, but everything that’s happened is nothing` short of insane. I’ve killed two Hunters now, and Logan killed a guy too. We’re both technically murderers, but all I can think about is how I got Logan and my memories back in the end. As much as I hate the thought of taking a life, I can’t say I wouldn’t do it all again. And knowing Logan really is my protector, well, that makes him sexy on a whole new level.

“I don’t know how to even start to explain this to everyone. I mean, this is good. No, it’s great, but how—?”

Logan silences me with a kiss, making me melt into his arms. I’ve missed this, missed him.

He pulls me closer, and before I know it, we’re lying in the grass in a tangle of limbs. My clothes are almost dry thanks to the heat I’m giving off. I dial back my temperature, careful not to burn Logan. We’re creating enough heat on our own. I don’t need my Phoenix abilities adding to it. I revel in the feel of his body pressed against mine, in the way he tastes, the way every touch practically sends sparks through my system.

His mouth trails down my neck and I’m about to moan when Jeremy yells, “Cara!”

Oh, holy mother of birds! I lightly push against Logan’s chest because he’s burying his head in my neck as if ignoring Jeremy will make him go away. I know better. Jeremy’s pissed. He has no idea what Logan is. The last time he saw Logan was when Logan stole the dagger from us and took off.

Jeremy raises his throwing arm, a fireball already on his palm. “Get the hell off my sister!”

“Jer, don’t!” I wiggle out from under Logan and put myself between him and Jeremy. “It’s not what you think.”

“Cara, you don’t know what’s going on. I get it. It’s tough not having your memories, but you’re going to have to trust that I know what I’m doing. I’m your brother.”

I step toward him. “That’s just it. I do remember. All of it. Logan almost died tonight trying to protect me, and all my memories came rushing back.”

Jeremy shakes his head. “That’s impossible.”

“Apparently not.” I reach for him and stifle the flame. “Logan isn’t going to hurt me, or any of us. He’s a Hunter, but he hunts Phoenix Hunters.”

“Oh my God, he brainwashed you.” Jeremy’s expression goes from concern to pure rage in two seconds flat. He looks around me at Logan. “I’m going to kill you.”

“Cara’s telling the truth,” Logan says, stepping beside me. He removes the dagger from his pocket and holds it out to Jeremy. “If you don’t trust me, take this.”

Jeremy stares at the dagger, probably thinking this is a trick.

“It’s okay, Jer.” The roles have reversed on us again. I’m the one with all our memories. I’m the one who knows how close we’ve always been. “If I thought for a second that Logan would hurt you, I wouldn’t let him get this close. I love you. You’re one of my best friends.”

Jeremy swallows hard. “You remember everything?” There’s a hint of jealousy in his tone.

“Yes. I guess the imprint did that. I tapped into it, and now…” I hold my arms out, indicating this is what I am. Like Logan, I’m the first of my kind, the first Phoenix to beat the rebirth.

“Holy shit.” Jeremy runs his fingers through his hair.

Logan lowers the dagger, which Jeremy hasn’t touched. “Should I hold on to this?”

I nod, but Jeremy shakes his head. “No. We have to give that to Mom.”

“We should go tell the others, Logan,” I say. “They need to know the truth, and the longer they think you and your dad are the ones after us, the worse this is going to get. For all of us.” I meet Logan’s gaze, knowing that I’m leading him into a hostile bird’s nest.

He pockets the dagger. “Let’s go. We might as well get this over with.”

“You know this is insane, right?” Jeremy whispers as we walk. He’s keeping himself positioned between Logan and me.

“This is new to all of us, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing.”

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