###“Where did you get those clothes?”
Rissa glanced up from tying her combat boots to give Lonan an amused look. “We’re about to go after your father and that’s your concern?”
Lonan raised an eyebrow at her.
He looked more perplexed than before. “Why does the queen have tactical clothing?”
Rissa stood up straight and plucked at the tank top she had tucked into the dark green pants. “Better to be prepared?”
Rissa sighed. “She got them from that Adela woman.” Lonan started to open his mouth and she cut him off. “You can’t tell your brother.”
He crossed his arms. “Rissa.”
“Sarah made me promise. Come on! Are you really going to sell out a new mom?” She was not above playing dirty.
At the mention of his niece, Lonan’s handsome face lit up. When the smile faded, he gave her a stern look.
Rissa smirked. She could still feel his happiness even though he tried to keep a straight face. His voice was quiet in her mind, too faint to hear. Even if she could make out the individual words, she knew the pleasant rumble would be in his language.
“You’ll need to teach me your language,” she said, reaching over to grab the military jacket Sarah had loaned her.
She looked up from the buttons at the tone of his voice. He was watching her closely. His eyes were dark as he took in the picture she presented. Rissa’s lips quirked and she reached up to tie her hair back. His eyes followed her movements.
“Eyes front, soldier.”
Lonan’s eyebrows rose and he turned to face her fully. “Giving orders, now?”
“That’s what I do. Or didn’t you know?” She gave him a cheeky grin.
He hummed. Lonan took a step toward her and reached out to slide his hand around the back of her neck. Rissa tipped her head back to look up at him. The playfulness of his expression had faded into worry lines. She shook her head.
“None of that.”
Lonan’s frown deepened. “Rissa, I would rather you stayed—”
“No,” she cut him off. “I’m going with you. It’s done.”
He gave her a pained look. “If something happened to you…” Lonan shook his head like could not even stand to say it.
Rissa sighed. “We’re fine. Both of us. As long as we’re together, nothing will happen. Okay?”
“Kiss me.” At his surprised expression, she smiled. “It’ll help.”
“If you insist,” he said. His mouth cut off her huff of amusement.
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