Happy Thursday and welcome to another edition of Siren Chat. This month, we’re focusing on New Year’s Resolutions. I’m interviewing characters from my books to find out what their resolutions are. Today, we have the Killer Crew from Garrett’s Temptation joining us. But, before we get to them, I’ll share another one of my resolutions.
This year, I hope to read more. Lately, I haven’t had much time to read. And instead of waiting on me to find time, my favorite authors keep dropping amazing books. From Shani Greene-Dowdell, to L. Loren, Posey Parks, C.D Samuda and so many more, I have a lot of catching up to do. I still need to read all of the books in the Once Upon A Villain series and the A Very Alpha Christmas series. This year, I plan to carve out some time to read more. I shared 2 books from my To-Read list today in my newsletter. I’ll share them and more on my blog soon. Feel free to leave me recommendations in the comments.
Now, for what you all really came here for. Let’s chat with the Killer Crew. Not all of the guys could make it. Garrett is keeping them very busy. But, Nik, Liam, and Kris showed up.
Warning: I am not responsible for what they do or say. And please forgive them for everything they do and say.
P.S. This interview contains spoilers. Be sure you’ve read my FREEBIE, The Fallout, before reading this interview.
Siren: Hey guys, could you sit down, please? Liam, is that a bomb? Why did you bring that in here?
Liam: It’s not a bomb. It used to be a bomb. I’ve taken it apart to study it.
Siren – Why? Never mind. Guys, let’s get started. What are you huddled up in the corner doing? Oh, wow. Is that a birthday gift for me?
Nik – We heard your birthday is today. So, we got you a little something.
Siren – Feeling special. Opens the box. It’s a set of daggers. Smiles. I LOVE IT!
Nik: I told you she’d like it. You owe me $20, Kris. Pay up. You lost the bet.
Kris: Whatever! Siren, I voted to get you jewelry. Why are you happy about daggers? You’re no killer.
Siren: You’re right. I’m not. But they’re shiny and cute. And look, they’re even pointy….
Nik: Careful. They’re not toys.
Siren: I love them. I’m going to put these in my office as decoration.
Nik: What? Daggers are not decoration.
Siren: They’re mine and I can do whatever I want with them. Now, let’s get to those resolutions.
Nik: Wait, those daggers weren’t cheap and…
Siren: Would you rather have me get them dirty with blood or keep them clean and on display?
Nik, Liam, and Kris: Dirty with blood.
Siren: Of course, you’d all say that. They’re mine and I can do what I want with them. Now, let’s get to these resolutions. Which one of you guys would like to go first?
Liam: The youngest should go first.
Nik: The most handsome should go first. That means me.
Siren: You’re a twin.
Nik: Grins. But, I’m the handsome twin.
Kris: The one with the most kills should go first.
Nik: That’s still me.
Kris: That’s me.
Siren: How about we let Liam go first.
Nik: Why Liam?
Siren: Because, he’s holding a bomb that I want him to get out of here.
Nik: Makes sense.
Siren: Okay, Liam, tell me three of your resolutions.
Liam places his broken down bomb on the couch next to him. Nik and Kris scoots away from him. Siren leans back.
Liam: It’s not going to go off, guys. You know what? That’s one of my resolutions. I wish everyone wouldn’t be so afraid of my devices.
Nik: Last month, you rigged the washer machine. Now, everyone is scared to use it. And Oni is asking Garrett to buy a new one.
Liam: I’m not done with it. Once I’m finished, we’ll be able to remote-activate it. So, if we ever have to evacuate and blow up the safehouse to get rid of evidence, I can detonate the washing machine and it will take the entire place down, leaving no evidence behind.
Siren: You turned the washing machine into a bomb?
Liam: It’s not a bomb. It’s an exothermic reactor with….
Nik: It’s a bomb. It goes boom and it kills people.
Liam: *Sighs.* It’s kind of a bomb. But, forget about that. I’ve got two more resolutions. My second resolution is, I hope we can find a bigger safehouse.
Nik: That’s not a resolution.
Liam: Right. I should word it differently. I plan to go check out the other safehouses and see if they have more room.
Kris: You’re still complaining about the twins being in everything?
Liam: They own the house. Everything is baby proofed. I’m not allowed….
Nik: You’re not allowed to build sh*t that explodes in the house. Because of that, you want a bigger house?
Kris: If we had a bigger house, you still wouldn’t be allowed to build sh*t that explodes in the house. That’s what your shed is for.
Liam: Whatever. My third resolution is, I hope Scar returns soon. We need him.
Nik and Kris nods.
Siren: Oh, y’all nodding?
Nik: Yeah. Why wouldn’t we want our boy back?
Siren: Really? Because how I heard it was, you told him to leave.
Nik: Fake news, Siren. I never told him to leave. I did tell him to, you know, not be so close to Oni.
Siren: Which pretty much means leaving.
Nik: I never said those words.
Siren: Kris, how do you feel about this?
Kris: I think Scar leaving was a good thing.
Siren: This motherfu…. Why, Kris?
Kris: I haven’t spoken to him. But, I know he’s alive. If he wasn’t, I’m sure we’d know and then we’d have to kill whoever was responsible and…
Siren: We don’t have all day.
Kris: Glares at Siren.
Siren: Smiles. Please tell me why you think it’s a good idea, please?
Kris: He needs to be out on his own for awhile. And Garrett needs to no longer have his right hand man for a while. And they both need to see that they’re stronger together.
Nik: Yeah. That’s why I told him to take some time off and….
Siren: Lies. Don’t try to jump on Kris’ answer.
Nik: I’m serious.
Liam: No, he’s not.
Siren: We’re getting off track again. So, Liam, you’ve said your resolutions. Now, I want to hear Kris’.
Nik: Why Kris?
Siren: Because I think yours will take longer than his.
Kris: You’re right, Siren. I only have one.
Siren: We agreed on three.
Kris: I only have one.
Nik: Let me tell you a joke, Siren. What’s on the menu at the restaurant called Karma?
Siren: I don’t know. Um, chicken?
Nik: No. There’s no menu at Karma. You get what you deserve.
Siren: Bursts out laughing.
Liam and Kris: *Crickets*
Nik: That’s why I like you, Siren. You laugh at my jokes.
Siren: You’re a funny guy, Nik. But, we’ve got to move on. Kris, share your ONE resolution.
Kris: Peace on Earth.
Siren, Liam, Nik: What the hell?
Siren: That’s such a generic answer.
Nik: Forget generic. If there was peace on Earth, we wouldn’t have dispatch cases to work.
Kris: *Nods* I know.
Liam: And you’re okay with that?
Kris: I am.
Nik: *Appears shocked* Who are you and what have you done with my brother?
Kris: Hear me out. We have so many open cases right now. We have twins in the house. Dean and Garrett are always concerned about Oni and Rain’s safety. Nik, you’ve even been concerned with the safety of L….
Nik: Heyyyy. Shut the F*ck up. Just say your resolutions. Don’t go volunteering information.
Siren: Wait, I want to hear this. Whose safety has Nik been concerned with?
Nik: Siren, mind your business.
Siren: Is it a woman?
Nik: Nope, it’s a penguin. My New Year’s resolution is to save the penguins. Okay, guys, lets wrap this up. We’ve got somewhere to be in an hour.
Siren: Wait. You didn’t tell me your resolution, Nik.
Nik: I just did. I want to save the penguins.
Siren: No, you don’t.
Nik: Seriously, I do. Ever since I was forced to wear a bow tie to the wedding, I’ve felt a special bond with penguins.
Liam and Kris starts to laugh. Siren rolls her eyes. Liam’s ‘not a bomb’ starts to beep.
Siren: Liam, get that out of here.
Liam: It’s not going to explode.
Siren: Now, Liam.
Kris: Come on, Kid. Let’s go before we blow up the neighborhood.
Liam: Seriously, it’s not going to explode.
Kris: Come on, Kid. Happy Birthday, Siren. How old are you?
Nik: It’s not polite to ask a woman her age.
Kris: Siren isn’t a woman, she’s family. How old are you?
Siren: I’m For… Fo… Fort…. Sorry, I can’t even say the number.
Kris: There’s nothing wrong with forty. Try to say it again.
Siren: For…. Fort…
Nik: You’re a fort?
Siren: Shut up, Nik. Today, I am Forty! There, I said it.
Nik: Good, girl.
Siren rolls her eyes. Nik laughs. That ‘not a bomb’ is still ticking.
Liam: I’m leaving. Come on, guys.
Liam and Kris head out.
Siren: Nik, wait.
Nik: I really want to save the penguins.
Siren: Forget that. Do you feel any guilt about Scar?
Nik: Guilt? Why would I feel guilt? I saved a relationship.
Siren: How? They won’t even talk.
Nik: Yeah, but they haven’t killed each other. That’s what would’ve happened if I hadn’t stepped in and talked to Scar.
Siren: But you made him feel like an outsider.
Nik: I know.
Siren: That’s wrong.
Nik: At least he’s not dead.
Siren: You made Garrett feel like he was right.
Nik: I know.
Siren: He’s not right.
Nik: At least he’s not dead.
Siren: Why do you keep saying that?
Nik: You’re thinking from a person on the outside looking in. All you see is wrong or right. There’s no wrong or right here. They’re both wrong. And they’re both right. Siren, we’re not like regular men. And when it comes to love, we’re more emotional than regular men.
Nik: Hell yeah. For men like us, all we see is death and destruction everyday. We become jaded. Life becomes a nuisance. We no longer fear death. We know that in our line of work, we can be killed at any time. However, when a ray of light appears in our life in the form of love, all of that changes. The fearless become the fearful. We no longer think with our trigger finger, we start to think with our heart. Like I said before, we’re not like regular men. We don’t understand wooing and all that. All we know is one word, MINE. Our women, our love, our ray of life, belongs to us and us only. If anyone, friend or foe, looks like they pose a threat to that, they become the enemy. Scar was very close to becoming Garrett’s enemy.
Siren: But, he already is…
Nik: No, he left before that could happen. Right now, Garrett is just mad because a part of him feels like an idiot for doubting Scar’s loyalty. However, his pride won’t let him reach out to Scar, not yet. He needs time. He needs to work through his own issues. But he needs to do it without Scar around.
Siren: What about poor, Scar?
Nik: Scar isn’t poor. He got big money. He’s a money hoarder.
Siren: I didn’t mean poor that way. But, a money hoarder? Really? I wish I was a money hoarder.
Nik: You need some money, Siren? Does your husband not provide for you?
Siren: First of all, he does. Second of all, I don’t need him to. I make my own money, thank you.
Nik: Oh, right. You’re an independent woman.
Siren: Damn straight.
Nik: Mumbles under his breath – I’m so sick of independent women who won’t let you take care of them.
Siren: What was that? Are you talking about someone specific?
Nik: I said, you don’t have to worry much about poor Scar. Scar needs to find himself. He needs to find what he wants out of life. Hell, who knows, he may even find love while he’s out on his own.
Siren: What if he doesn’t come back?
Nik: He will.
Siren: How do you know?
Nik: Because men like us never turn our backs on our brothers. We fight. We fall out. We separate. But when needed, we always show up. If Scar calls, we will drop everything and come running. If Garrett calls, Scar will drop everything and come running. That’s true loyalty. It may bend. But it never breaks.
Siren: But what if…
Nik: Siren, have faith in us. In the end, everything will be okay. And their relationship will be stronger than before.
Siren: *Sigh* If you say so. Before you go, who is it that you’ve been trying to protect?
Nik: Looks down at his wrist. Look at the time.
Siren: You’re not wearing a watch.
Nik: Uh, I am. It’s invisible.
Siren: An invisible watch? Right?
Nik: Yeah. Liam made it. You know that Kid is a genius.
Siren: Have you found a woman that you like, Nik?
Nik: Me? No. I, uh, don’t have time for that. So, I’ve got to go. It’s my turn to watch the twins while Garrett and Oni have a date night. Let’s do this again. It was fun. I’ll bring the penguins next time. Happy Birthday. Bye.
Nik rushes from the room, leaving Siren staring after him.
Siren: So, readers, that’s that. I’m pretty sure Nik has a crush on someone. I’ll find out who it is and let you know later. But, what do you think about the things he said? Do you agree with Nik’s method of trying to resolve things? Let me know in the comments. I’m torn. I kind of understand what he’s saying. He’s thinking that Scar and Garrett need to be apart to realize just how much they need each other. But, I feel like he could’ve gotten them to that point with a less aggressive plan. *Sigh* Let me know how you feel about all this. Should Nik have just stayed out of it? Or was he right to have gotten involved before things escalated between Scar and Garrett?
Also, next week is the final week of New Year’s Resolutions. And I’ll be interviewing our boy, Vlad. I didn’t plan to interview him. He asked to be interviewed. He has something he wants to say about all of this. Find out his thoughts next week! Until then, be safe and always read past your bedtime! Smooches!
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They say all good things must come to an end.
But that wasn’t supposed to happen to them. They were supposed to be brothers for life. But if blood relatives can fallout, why couldn’t they? Chaos brought them together. Loyalty bound them together. But love would tear them apart. And jealousy would be the reason for their fallout.
Note: This ends on a cliffhanger! This is not a romance. This is a glimpse into the past and bridges the gap between book 2, Garrett’s Temptation, and book 4, Scar’s Obsession. Enjoy!
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