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Human Error
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Human Error
World of the Lupi Series, Book 8.5
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In this urban fantasy novella set in New York Times bestselling author Eileen Wilks's world of the lupi, a family holiday provides respite from an ongoing war—but not without a few skirmishes of its own...

Benedict would do anything to make Arjenie happy, even spend Christmas meeting her large, Wiccan, entirely human family. As a lupi warrior who's lived most of his life at Clanhome, Benedict is more than a little nervous. He isn't used to fitting in with humans, let alone a family who celebrates the Wiccan holiday of Yule.
Benedict even asked his brother for advice about clothes, hoping to create the right impression. So it's a shame that things go wrong from the moment he steps out of the car . . .
Praise for the Novels of the Lupi
"I remember Eileen Wilks's characters long after the last page is turned."—Kay Hooper, New York Times bestselling author
"Grabs you on the first page and never lets go."—Patricia Briggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author
Human Error originally appeared in the anthology Tied with a Bow
In this urban fantasy novella set in New York Times bestselling author Eileen Wilks's world of the lupi, a family holiday provides respite from an ongoing war—but not without a few skirmishes of its own...

Benedict would do anything to make Arjenie happy, even spend Christmas meeting her large, Wiccan, entirely human family. As a lupi warrior who's lived most of his life at Clanhome, Benedict is more than a little nervous. He isn't used to fitting in with humans, let alone a family who celebrates the Wiccan holiday of Yule.
Benedict even asked his brother for advice about clothes, hoping to create the right impression. So it's a shame that things go wrong from the moment he steps out of the car . . .
Praise for the Novels of the Lupi
"I remember Eileen Wilks's characters long after the last page is turned."—Kay Hooper, New York Times bestselling author
"Grabs you on the first page and never lets go."—Patricia Briggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author
Human Error originally appeared in the anthology Tied with a Bow
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    Books by Eileen Wilks

    TEMPTING DANGER

    MORTAL DANGER

    BLOOD LINES

    NIGHT SEASON

    MORTAL SINS

    BLOOD MAGIC

    BLOOD CHALLENGE

    DEATH MAGIC

    MORTAL TIES

    RITUAL MAGIC

    UNBINDING

    MIND MAGIC [11/15]

    Anthologies

    CHARMED

    (with Jayne Ann Krentz writing as Jayne Castle, Julie Beard, and Lori Foster)

    LOVER BEWARE

    (with Christine Feehan, Katherine Sutcliffe, and Fiona Brand)

    CRAVINGS

    (with Laurell K. Hamilton, MaryJanice Davidson, and Rebecca York)

    ON THE PROWL

    (with Patricia Briggs, Karen Chance, and Sunny)

    INKED

    (with Karen Chance, Marjorie M. Liu, and Yasmine Galenorn)

    TIED WITH A BOW

    (with Lora Leigh, Virginia Kantra, and Kimberly Frost)

    Specials

    ORIGINALLY HUMAN

    INHUMAN

    Chapter One

    There were worse ways to spend the holidays. Even leaving out nuclear winter, Benedict could think of several. Like in a hospital. On a battlefield. At a Humans First rally—no, that was the same thing as a battlefield. At least it had been in October, when he'd lost six men himself and too many others had died, including . . .

    "Good grief. Don't look so grim."

    "I'm not grim," he said automatically. He had the sense to shut his mouth without explaining that he'd been cheering himself up by comparing visiting Arjenie's family to spending time with tubes in his veins and other places. Never mind that the visit came out ahead. It wouldn't sound right.

    She didn't say a word. This was unusual enough to get his attention. He stole a glance away from the unfamiliar road.

    The woman in the passenger's seat was slightly above average height, definitely below average weight, with black-framed glasses, a narrow face, and long red hair so extravagantly curly it seemed to have a life of its own. She was shining with happiness. And his. She was his, and beautiful beyond words, and he'd cross the country on foot if that's what it took to give her such joy.

    Everything in him softened. He reached for her hand. "Grim, huh?" It was foolish to drive one-handed, even for someone with his reflexes, when he didn't have to. But missing a chance to touch her was surely a greater folly.

    "Not so much now." She squeezed his hand. "They aren't going to eat you, you know. They're good people."

    He smiled because he knew that was true, and it made him happy that she had good people standing behind her. People who'd stepped in, opening their home and their arms to her when her mother was killed. But good people wouldn't be happy about her relationship with him. Perhaps, as she claimed, they wouldn't have a problem with him being lupus. Most human families would, but Arjenie was sure her people weren't like that.

    Maybe not. And maybe they wouldn't be upset that he and Arjenie had no plans to marry, even though she couldn't explain why that legal binding was unimportant compared to what truly held them together.

    Humans weren't told about the mate bond. Ever.

    But because of that bond, Arjenie had to live far from her family now. Because of Benedict, she'd been exposed to danger, violence, and death. And probably would be again.

    How could they accept that? Why should they?

    Benedict thought, however, that they'd be courteous. People who raised someone as generous and openhearted as Arjenie would be courteous to him for her sake and their own. Clearly he had nothing to worry about. "I may be a little nervous."

    Her bright grin flashed across her face. "You think? Oh, look—that's the oak! Turn there—just beyond that magnificent oak—the gravel road, do you see...

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