Daily Prompt: step

From Protector of the Grey House:

“I am done with secrets. Fetch Natalia, now.”

“Really? Fetch? As if I’m a plaything? Or a bone?”

Her voice stopped him dead in his tracks. She stood to the left of the staircase, her hand on the railing. She wore a flowing blue top, with slacks and sensible shoes. He narrowed his eyes. He wanted her out of those clothes and in his bed. Vincent growled and turned his attention to Joseph. “Where is Anthony?”

“Here, Vincent.” His voice came from the right, near Vincent’s study. The man looked troubled but relaxed.

Vincent looked back and forth between the two, then growled at Natalia again. “You betrayed me.” His anger, which he thought satiated, came back ten-fold. “Tell me why I shouldn’t strip you of your rank and toss you into the oubliette.”

Mierka appeared in front of Natalia out of nowhere. “You do and you’ll have to deal with more than you bargained for. Her actions were not her own.”

Vincent bared his teeth and growled at Mierka as his hands formed fists. Joseph moved to stand between Mierka and Vincent. Vincent growled louder and elongated his fangs.

“I will fight both of you! Step aside and let her speak!”

“You wouldn’t listen to us, which leads me to believe you would not listen to her either.”

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