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Impossible. ” A truthful assessment. Cager was dark and fine-featured, whereas Diah was a ginger, through and through. The only things he shared with his brother were the dimple in his chin and the same dark blue eyes. Most people found it difficult to believe they were even related. “As much as I hate to break up your little meeting, my brother and I have dinner reservations at Antoine’s, and I don’t think my stomach can bear waiting much longer. ” Diah tried to leave, but the crushing pain in his shoulder made him reconsider that decision.
Diah shoved past the doorman and crossed the room in long strides, determined to retrieve his brother from the room he’d seen him disappear into as quickly as possible. The cloying scent of perfume hung so heavily in the air, it almost choked him. Mounds of café au lait cleavage overflowed from the silk-and-lace corsets the octoroon courtesans wore as they paraded around the room. But as soon as his hand touched the doorknob, a blade pressed between his ribs. He pulled his hand back and craned his neck to look at the brute standing behind him.
He reached into his pocket and wrapped his hand around the vial of black fire inside. If worst came to worst, he could use that to free his brother. As they came closer to the river, a dense fog rolled in and mixed with the soot and steam to cover the French Quarter in a thick blanket. When the Machinists won the war, they’d promised to usher in a new age of steam-powered technology. They kept their promise, but at a cost. The air now seemed choked from the hundreds of coal fires that fueled the cities.
Alchemy of Desire by Crista McHugh