Colwyn clenched and unclenched his fists several times, obviously trying to find a way out of the situation. A way that wouldn’t threaten Lena’s life. His struggle was so apparent that it brought fresh pain to Alex’s heart. Losing Lena would destroy him.
Alex cupped his face in her small hands. “Trust me, my love.”
At last his shoulders sagged in defeat, and he nodded. “I do. If anyone can get her out of this, it’s you.”
Colwyn’s strength still failed him. It became obvious he couldn’t make himself walk out, leaving Lena to her fate. He hugged both her and Alex hard until Jacob was forced to pull him away. With his younger brother’s arm around his hunched shoulders, Colwyn joined the exodus of demonkind from the room.
The human members of the Segreto had already dashed out to gather the holy implements needed for the exorcism. Alone for the moment, Lena glanced at Alex and blew out a breath. “This is going to hurt like hell.”
Alex swallowed and was forced to remind herself she had no other option. She couldn’t show a moment of weakness; not to Lilith who would pounce on any sign of wavering, and not to Lena who needed her strength so badly right now.
To her daughter she said, “It probably will hurt. And it’s going to be a lot more dangerous to you than we let your father know.”