Jade smiled, hoping Katie would be happy to hear the news, but something told her the situation was bound to become strained. Haley had always welcomed her presence, but she sensed a prickle of jealousy from Katie, as though she wanted Haley all for herself.
"Wow, you and Theon?" Katie's eyes widened. "I never pictured you two together in a million years."
"Seriously?" Haley cried. "I've been sensing the sexual tension between that pair for years."
"Oh," Haley cried, looking down at her phone. "They're throwing a party tonight to celebrate Theon's leadership."
"Oh geez, that's cringy." Katie rolled her eyes. "What are they going to do, change the name on the banner from Jason to Theon?"
Jade laughed. Katie might be a bit thorny at times, but she never failed to brighten her mood with her sarcastic insights.
She felt herself stiffen as the males de
Haley watched as Katie pulled the clothes from the pile she'd provided, desperate to find something that would grab Delvin's attention.Devlin. Bloody Devlin. He was all she heard about lately. It had gotten to the point where Haley was sick of hearing the name. Yes, he was unusually attractive with his icy eyes and little beauty spot, and he did seem like an interesting guy...'Oh geez, don't tell me it's rubbing off on me?' Haley panicked quietly. She tried to push his image out of her brain as Katie prattled on about how evil Theon was for standing in the way of her love life."He touched my hand. I told you, right?" Katie looked up at her.Haley nodded. She'd only told her seventeen times."I mean, I'm not crazy," Katie went on. "Why would he do that if he didn't like me back?""I don't know," Haley said evenly as she pick
Katie breathed deeply as she exited the hall, letting the cold air fill her lungs. It hurt, but the pain didn't match the feeling inside.'Why is this happening?'she asked herself.A couple kissing on the steps ignored her as she sank to the floor beside them, unable to hold herself up. The hormones of the entwined couples overwhelming lust wafted up to her nose, making her feel so much worse.'Why can't it ever be me?'she wondered.'What is so wrong with me? I just want to be consumed by an overpowering feeling of love that isn't so freaking unrequited.'The mixture of loneliness, jealousy and despair churned in her stomach, making her physically sick."Ahhhhh!" she cried out loud, earning her a funny look from the couple who scarpered soon after. Somehow, sitting on the step by herself wasn't any better.<
Katie leaned back in her chair, trying to get comfortable. At almost 6 feet tall, she wasn't built for the furniture. Being a small village, everyone attended the same school from primary all the way up to age eighteen, at which point most of them, Katie included, had an insane growth spurt.The official school curriculum, consisting of everything the human world covered, had officially ended. However, there were a few more things for the teens to learn before being sent out into the world."In humans, the hormone oxytocin enforces building relationships, social bonding as well as supporting childbearing and breastfeeding. We have substantially elevated amounts of this hormone, and this is the reason our society is so tight-knit and close." The teacher took a deep breath. "Now, oxytocin is released during a sexual encounter—"Some of the boys whooped and cheered at the word sexual.'H
Princess Angelica Preston walked ahead of her assistants, listening to the clicking of the suitcase wheels as her girls dragged the cumbersome load down the tunnel of steel of glass toward the airport. The cold sun shone through the glass, glinting in her eyes.She pulled her Armani sunglasses from her coat pocket. Such an odd combination—a winter coat and sunglasses—but she was familiar with this Country and its peculiar weather."Our guide should be waiting outside with a navy-blue sign," she informed them for the third time, with the expectance they would seek him out and do the talking. Talking to the common people in her place was their job after all."Oh that has got to be him," the blonde girl said to the brunette, pointing down at the crowd below.The tone in her voice prompted Angelica to look out of sheer curiosity. One man stood out among the others like a tall and ragged
Katie ran to the school building so fast she almost skidded right into the hotdog food truck. Catching herself, she turned and breathed deeply, scanning the air for his scent."This way," she shouted to Haley, who was only a few steps behind.The world became a blur again as she started to run, the rasp of her breathing and clatter of her footstep being the only sounds. As she slowed, another noise grew in the distance—the cheers and shouts of fight spectators."Kill him!" one shouted.Katie pushed her way through the wall of bodies, ready and prepared to jump in—to use herself as a shield to save her love.She stared down at the ground, frowning in confusion."Jason," she whispered to herself, standing limp as Haley caught up, clinging to her form to steady herself."What the heck?" Haley muttered.
Angelica stood at the desk, staring blankly through the woman who repeated her question with a smile."How can I help you?"The woman's thick red perma-smile faltered as Angelica turned away without buying a ticket."I can't return without him," she mumbled.As the line of people pushed past her, Angelica was forced away from the ticket desk. That level of rudeness would bother her at any other time, but today it passed by unnoticed. What was she going to do?'What can I do?'she thought.'I don't know what to do.'She stared at the two girls whose names she'd never bothered to learn. Both of their small, pretty faces twisted in fear and confusion."What do we do?" she asked, looking at each of them in turn. Both had their hair cut into bobs of the same length—the same as all
Haley squeezed in next to Katie at the windowsill, trying to get a view of the exchange between Theon and the new guy. She was shocked to see he was only taking a battering of the verbal kind, then surprised further when a group of females appeared.The girls materialised from the bushes like a team of phantoms. The tallest and most highly decorated of them stepped forward to talk to Theon."I want to hear what's going on," Katie whined. Her fingers grasped the window frame little white spots appeared on her knuckles."Let's sneak outside," Haley suggested. "If we slip out the open back door, they might not hear us.""Right." Katie nodded. "Oh, wait."She grabbed her hand, pulling her back to the window. "I think they are coming inside."Haley nodded in agreement as she watched the women follow Theon and Devlin toward the house. She jumped out of the wi
"Are you sure about this?" Haley asked her for the seventeenth time—not that she was counting or anything.With an exaggerated eye roll, she nodded, grabbing her friend by the shoulders. "I'm sure everything will be fine. I'll be linked up with Theon the entire time.""But spying on one of the most powerful vampires in the world? Will Theon's powers really protect you enough to keep your plan secret?"Katie frowned. "I don't think he'd send me in there if there was a huge risk of me dying."At least... she hoped that was true."I'm scared for you." Haley's eyes filled with tears. "If I was prettier, I'd go with you.""Don't say that!" Katie cried. "You are pretty! Besides, I want you here safe. This is my mission, well, that's how I'm choosing to think about it. I'm on a secret mission to save our species from slavery."It mad