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The effect of Demi’s kiss snapped Ezekiel out of his confusion. A lopsided grin formed as he watched Demetri walk away. Zeke looked round at the others, making sure they were okay. His gaze landed on Nancy. Ezekiel was worried about her mental state, but it was like adrenaline, in a way. If you slowed the person down too much, the reverse would happen, and they would either feel everything right away or slip into shock. Right now, Nancy’s instincts were to fight, and Zeke saw that as the better alternative to running or freezing.
Ezekiel felt eyes on him and shifted his attention back to Demetri and Cassain, the latter staring at Ezekiel. ”Like what you see, Rudenko?”
Ezekiel smirked, resting his bow on his shoulder, in that “I don’t give a fuck” kind of way.
Now that they had the lovely Cassian back, Nancy marched on ahead, clearly ready to get on with the quest. Ezekiel dropped his arm and followed Nancy and Kristin. He looked at Demetri, indicating he should follow them. Zeke heard Alexios’ grating voice and Zeke rolled his eyes as they walked. ”I really don’t think this is the best time to discuss past lovers. Maybe wait to ask on the honeymoon, ya?”
Nancy’s armour may have been fighting now, breakdown later, but Zeke’s was sarcasm times a thousand.
They reached the Doors of Death, and honestly, they were a letdown. Ezekiel was expecting some sort of riddle three that needed to be solved or a spooky green light with fog rolling out from underneath the door. Instead, it just looked like a typical set of banquet room doors. Kristin managed to heave the doors open. What greeted the group on the other side had the surprise effect Ezekiel initially sought. ”Leandra? What the actual fuck?”
Zeke remembered Leandra's trial with the Romans only because they had refused to meet with the Greeks until they had completed their business with her. It was the first fight he and Nancy had gotten into because Zeke was somehow the liaison between Romans and Greeks. After that, though, Nancy and Zeke’s relationship started to build, and he got some tea on Leandra.