I should have come over sooner. I didn’t realize how late it was. Ellie lowered her voice, not wanting to disturb the six-year-old boy sleeping upstairs. Has Mrs. Barrett called?
How soon that happens will depend on how soon we’re able to get a… My voice trailed off. My eyes shot toward my sister. Rose, you could half-turn me.My eyes widened as I stared at my brother. Are you serious? I—I only just turned. I don’t feel confident that I wouldn’t just rip out your throat.
The only vampire who can turn me is one who was just newly turned, Ben replied. You need to try for me, Rose. You don’t have the problem around humans that I do, you’ll be as good as anyone.I looked at Caleb nervously then back to my brother. Once you’re a human, I… I’ll think about it, I said.Your parents are here, River said, looking toward the Port.
I spun around to see that she was right. My mother and father were sailing toward us on a boat.Oh, no, I murmured, Dad’s a human. The first human I encountered in The Shade and wanted to suck dry was my own father. I clutched Caleb’s knee, then looked toward my brother and River. He had reached for her and sat her on his knee as he looked out toward our parents approaching in the boat.
You’re going to be okay, Caleb said to me. You are strong enough to control yourself now.
And yet as my father drew closer and closer, I did not feel strong at all. I sat next to my brother and River in the far corner of the boat, trying to breathe in River’s scent so that my father’s blood would not be so alluring to me.You’re bossy.
That’s not an answer.No, it’s not.
They walked through the shop. Stella paused next to the rental car. Do you want to drop this off at your place?Mac grinned. That’s not mine. He held out his backpack. Would you mind taking this?