Chet drove up the long and winding driveway all the way to the top.
I’m not so sure what the Master was thinking. I am a vampire and Mark Caten sure hasn’t extended any invitations to me. So, how am I supposed to break in there and kill him?
He reached the top of the cliff and stopped the car.
I am a vampire.
I can’t go inside, but that is not a problem.
He got out of the car.
I’ll make Mark Caten come outside.
He walked around to the other side of the car and grabbed the machine gun from the passenger seat.
“And then Mark Caten will die.”
Isellta released Maelin’s hand and ran into the control room. He checked all of the monitors.
His wings flattened.
“He isn’t here.”
He sat on the rolling chair and sighed. “It was too much to hope for, I guess.”
Maelin entered the room. “Do you see him?”
His wings flittered. “No.”
“Don’t worry.” She checked the monitors. “Maybe he decided to…” She frowned. “There’s a man outside this house.”
Isellta hurried over to her. “Where? Where?”
“Oh. Oh, that isn’t him.”
“Are you sure?”
“Very sure. Robin’s right shoulder slumps a little.” He tapped the monitor. “His shoulders are nice and even.”
“So, who is he?”
Isellta shook his head. “No one I know.”
Preyuna approached the unknown man. “Who are you? What do you want?”
He startled and frantically tried to hide his machine gun.
He failed and wound up just hugging it against his chest. “Nothing. I was just hunting rabbits and uhhh—”
She put her hands on her hips.
“—I saw this rock formation over here and I decided to check it out.”
“You were going to hunt rabbits with a machine gun.”
“I wanted to make sure I got them.”
“I see. This rabbit. Does he have a name?”
“Maybe Mark Caten?”
“Well. I. Um.”
“Because if it is, you have my blessing.”
“Kill him slowly. Make him suffer.”
“Uhh. I don’t know how to kill someone slowly with a machine gun, but I guess I’ll give it a try?”
“Good. I could bring him out to you if you wish.”
Isellta jolted out of his seat when he saw Preyuna. He backed away from the monitors as if he were afraid that she was going to go all Samarra from The Ring and somehow creep through the small screen.
Maelin frowned. “What’s going on? Why is she talking to him?”
Isellta shook his head and backed further away. He nervously twisted his fingers.
“I don’t like this. Isellta.”
His hands went still.
“Something bad is going to happen. We need to find Jay.”
He offered her his hand.
She took it and they ran out of the room.
Jay’s thoughts turned to Isellta. I missed both lunch and supper with him and I haven’t had a chance to slip away to say hi to him. I’ll have to do something nice for him tomorrow to make up for it.
He almost laughed as an idea occurred to him.
I should let him go browsing in Mark Caten’s room. I bet the poor kid would enjoy that. I bet he’d get it super organized.
I hope she understands why I couldn’t join them.
Why I couldn’t be with her today.
He sighed softly and looked at Mark Caten, who was filing his fingernails.
I just wish I could—-
The nail file dropped out of Mark Caten’s hands.
Jay sighed. Here it comes. How insulting is he going to—-
Mark Caten stumbled out of his chair.
Jay hurried to his side. “Sir?”
Mark Caten didn’t respond.
His expression was blank.
“Sir?” He tapped Mark’s shoulder.
Mark punched him and ran out of the room.