In a rush of emotion, I placed my hands on her shoulders and leaned close to her ear. Hey. Everything okay?
Without letting Rhys inside, Hermia said, her face paling.Will you place an invisibility spell on the three of us? my mother asked, addressing the witch.
Yes, Hermia said, and it was done a moment later.I reached for my mother’s hand, then for the witch’s. We hurried across the sand and over the rocks.A sandstorm had engulfed the area, particles of dust blowing in all directions. I shielded my eyes with my fingers to prevent more particles from flying into them.
Everyone is in that? I gasped.Yes, my mother replied. I don’t know how Rhys detected us, but he did. Mona conjured up this storm to make aiming curses more difficult. We need to somehow get everyone’s attention without attracting Rhys. We can’t afford to make him aware that Hermia is here with us or he will head straight for her.
Hermia shuffled uncomfortably next to me.
Hermia, I said. You stay here. My mother and I will go in and start trying to gather people, and then you must escort them immediately through the boundary.My grandfather had been one—hell, my own father had been one before he’d turned into a vampire.
Besides, even if this hunter did deserve it, I was trying to fight off the darkness digging my fangs into this man would only plunge me further into.All this explanation, Jeramiah, you’re making out that we’re desperate for him.
He’s got much more to gain by his joining us than we have. True, Jeramiah said.He looked at me seriously, studying my face.