Untouchable is a novella and the eighth story in the Immortals After Dark. It was published in October, 2009 in the Deep Kiss of Winter Anthology, along with a novella by Gena Showalter. It features Murdoch Wroth and Danii a Forbearer Vampire and an Icere Fey-Valkyrie.
The story begins around the same time as The Warlord Wants Forever and runs concurrent to all the stories since.
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A brutal vampire soldier about to know love for the first time...
Murdoch Wroth will stop at nothing to claim Daniela the Ice Maiden--the delicate Valkyrie who makes his heart beat for the first time in three hundred years. Yet the exquisite Danii is part ice fey, and her freezing skin can't be touched by anyone but her own kind without inflicting pain beyond measure.
A Valkyrie aching to be touched...
Soon desperate for closeness, in an agony of frustration, Murdoch and Danii will do anything to have each other. Together can they find the key that will finally allow them to slake the overwhelming desire burning between them?
Murdoch Wroth assists his brother in searching for Myst the Coveted. Murdoch, furious over his brother's treatment agrees to leave when he finds Myst, but plans to track down another Valkyrie to question. Murdoch follows Danii guessing her to be a Lorean, and hoping her to be a Valkyrie. He spots her being attacked by a band of Icere Fey and intervenes killing several of them when she is hit by a Fire Demon poisoned arrow.
The heat and the poison put Danii at risk of thermal shock. Murdoch takes her to his and Nikolai's place in New Orleans and puts her in a bath with ice to cool her. He is blooded by her and spends the night in agony unable to gain release.
The next morning Danii releases him and then the two argue, Murduch leaves when he feels his control is threatened and he fears biting her. Danii leaves him Regin's phone number (867-5309), and has to hitch a ride back to Val Hall in the heat. She then decides to leave New Orleans to protect herself and her sisters.
Murdoch is called back to Mt. Oblak Castle and Kristoff confronts Nikolai over his biting Myst. Kristoff forgives Nikolai and makes biting their Brides forgivable for Forbearers. Murdoch then attempts to track down Ivo the Cruel on the instructions of Kristoff. Murdoch also attempts to find Danii after discovering the number she left him was a joke.
Murdoch finds Danii, and gets her to agree to help him try to find Ivo. She takes him around to Lorean hangouts in New Orleans, and finally to Loa's store. Loa offers him information if she kisses him. He does so but dislikes it, without telling Dani of his feelings. At the end of the night, Murdoch takes Dani to his home in Siberia. She agrees to stay there and they have snowball fight.
Dani begins to have dreams of her childhood and her mother's words to her as a child. She also experiences a compulsion to begin carving symbols into the ice. Murdoch and Dani's relationship deteriorates as they both are frustrated by their inability to consummate it. Murdoch attempts to kiss other women and returns to Dani after deciding that he wants only her, while she is hurt by him forsaking him.
Ivo, finds Murdoch and beats him, and he realises that he wants to make a relationship with Dani and after he heals, Murdoch returns to his Siberian lodge to find Dani packed and planning to leave. They spend time together, with Dani teaching him about the Lore and the two of them following the Talisman's Hie online.
When Murdoch tries to surprise Dani with a jewelled comb he finds it missing. The two fight and Murdoch leaves after destroying one of Dani's carvings. Dani goes outside and meets Jadian the Cold who promises to take her home to Icergard. Murdoch, partly drunk returns to see the two kiss. Enraged he bites her and takes her blood. The blood loss and burning hurts Dani and she leaves for Icergard.
Dani is crowned Queen of the Icere Fey, but finds herself missing Murdoch. Murdoch is imprisoned in Mt. Oblak with Nikolai and Sebastian after Kristoff discovers that they had been hiding Conrad. Murdoch realises that his breath is steaming in the cold cell, Dani's blood changed him. After the change has worn off Conrad storms the castle, looking for Nikolai's help to find Neomi's body.
Murdoch tries to find Nix, and when he does she refuses to help him. He sees Dani's memories and recreates her last Cyromancy symbol. He uses the portal and traces his way slowly through the White Death. When he shares his new knowledge with Dani she is hesitant but eventually the two reconcile and he takes her blood again. Able to touch him, Dani refuses to give him up and instead crowns Jadian as the new King of the Icere Fey in her stead.
Murdoch and Dani travel to Blachmount for Christmas. Myst is eating, having decided to try for a child. Kaderin is not. Conrad and Neomi are together. The brothers discuss using Thrane's Key to retrieve their sisters and agree, with their Brides offering how they will be able to help.