"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."
After arriving and waiting in Angelica's quarters for a day and a half alone, Jen finally joined her."It's done," Jen informed her. "The new deal has been negotiated."Katie exhaled as she nodded, expelling a tensive lungful of breath she hadn't noticed she was holding. After following the quiet girl to the town centre, she waited patiently in the town meeting hall for the princess to gather the other omegas to join her.Some of them cried while others remained outwardly strong, but they all huddled together in a cluster of shared terror and mistrust. These people had been pulled from their lives and forced to make the ultimate sacrifice.'And this has been happening for years,'Katie thought, filled with a sudden burst of pride that she and her kin were about to end this evil tradition.Unable to comfort the others, she had no choice but to imitate the
Haley felt sick with worry as she pulled up outside Theon's house. The plans she'd made with Jade seemed insignificant with everything that was going on, but she had promised to help Jade move her belongings in."Hey." Jade ran outside, her bare feet slapping the pavement. "How did it go? Is everything okay?"Haley nodded. "So far so good. She wasn't allowed to take her phone and Theon is a slow replier, as you'll soon find out, I'm sure.""Oh." Jade shifted, tucking her hair that kept blowing into her face. "He doesn't have much to say to me, so...""Have you guys... you know?" Haley made a gesture with her fingers that caused Jade to screw up her face."Not yet. He's been busy," Jade said. "I think he wants to take things slowly, which is just... not what I expected at all."The wind picked up and whipped at the girls’ clothing and hair, forcing
Angelica waited by the gates of the graveyard. The black cast iron that curled and formed wing-like patterns was cold against her back. A chill worked its way up her spine—a feeling she was not accustomed to, being a warm-blooded creature of such elegant design.As she looked around, she saw no one visiting the tombstones to tidy the dying flowers or tend to the grass. The dark church windows seemed to watch her, but nobody occupied this building—at least, the boarded-up door would suggest as much.It struck Angelica as a rather cliche choice to use as a meeting point with a vampire—an abandoned graveyard. They might as well have asked her to join them in a Transylvanian castle.The smell of their arrival hit her nose just before she heard them rustling through the thick blanket of leaves. Her smile was joyous and automatic as she realised they had kept their word. Harley was with them. She would
'This is it,'Katie thought.'This is how I die.'As she waited for his teeth to puncture the flesh of her neck, a cold hand pushed her aside. It was gentle yet firm, moving her all the way from the bed to the floor."Adam, dear sweet Adam, this girl is a rare treat," the newcomer cooed. "You don't devour a delectable treat such as this one in a single bite."When Katie dared to look up, she thought she must be seeing things or dreaming."Devlin."'It's all just a dream,'she thought, chuckling to herself. She stared up at her rescuer, seeing now that it wasn't Devlin, just a look-a-like.'Is he assuming Devlin's form like Adam did?The longer she stared at him, the more differences she saw. The poor lighting and terror-addled senses were to blame for this case of mistaken identity.
The stairs creaked under their feet as Haley followed Devlin up to Theon's room. It was bigger and neater than she'd expected and a whole lot larger than Katie's room. His belongings were stacked neatly in a dark wood bookcase that matched his wardrobe and dresser.His bed, however, had a sturdy metal frame. It creaked as Devlin took a seat atop the perfectly tucked black sheets.Feeling a growing sense of dread, Haley shifted nervously before deciding it was best to turn the computer chair and perch. It was better than sitting on the bed next to him.Devlin laughed at her. "Come here."He patted the space next to his bum."Why?" she asked."Because I told you to." He smiled sweetly. "Do as you're told."Fighting the urge to argue, she stood and took a seat next to him on the bed, albeit not as close as he'd indicated.
"Why on Earth would you do this?" Harley screamed. "What did you think you were going to achieve? Yes, we are alive but for how long? We are going to have to live out the rest of our lives like sewer rats. I'd rather be vampire food."He was right, of course, but she couldn't bring herself to admit it."Don't speak to me that way. I'm still your ruler—""No, you aren't," he spat. "You're nothing now. We are both homeless, worthless monsters."The wind picked up, spreading the trash from an upturned bin in their direction. She watched, mesmerised by a cola can that skittered across the tarmac, trying to think of a solution to this mess.Harley stood and kicked an empty can into a bush. "Screw this. I'm going home.""No." She grabbed onto his slender leg, holding him with all her strength."You can't force me to stay with
It was the early hours of the morning when they finally made it home. Katie raised her nose, sniffing the air to see if he was there. Devlin—the only thing on her mind for the past couple of hours.They shifted back into their human forms to walk the last few meters toward the front door.The inhabitants barely stirred as Theon twisted the key in the lock and banged the door into the wall. Katie followed as he yanked the princess by her hair and threw her into the living room. She fell into the sleeping pack, all curled up and snoring in a neat pile between the two sofas.Scanning the group, she saw Devlin's hair and had to fight back the jealousy as she recognised the lap his head was nestled into. Her best friend in the world.'Quit being a paranoid freak,' she told herself, running a shaky hand through her hair. They had probably shifted and moved while sleeping. T
Jade, hearing her brother's voice, shot from the house without bothering to check her state of dress or put shoes on. "What?" she asked him. "What's going on?" she followed up without waiting for a reply."Every vampire from every Clan is circling the village as we speak. They want revenge, Jade. On all of us."Jade turned to Theon. He was a monster, yes, but could he take on an entire race?His face, as always, was impossible to read. As Jade waited, listening to the wind whispering through the trees, a thought occurred. 'It's too quiet.'Even if they walked at a ninja's pace, skulking between the trees, her advanced hearing would pick up something. Animals, having even greater instinct, would be scarpering in great numbers if what Jason said were true. As sneaky as the vamps were, there was no way to quieten the wildlife in those woods."Someone's coming," Theon whispered. He frowned deeply, causing the line across the bridge of his nose to wrinkle and fold. It wasn't an express