Maelin followed LM into the house.
He is right.
Raven will be furious when he finds out about this little adventure.
If only I could have made him understand how important this mission is. We’ve waited too long.
LM led her past the living room.
If we wait any longer, Isellta will be dead.
LM and Maelin turned the corner and walked past the closed kitchen door.
Jay will be devastated. I need to do this. I don’t care if it’s right or wrong. I don’t care if I’m, technically speaking, trespassing.
They walked up the staircase.
I am doing the right thing. The right thing for Isellta. For Robin. For Jay.
LM led her to Ambrose’s bedroom and opened the door.
“I can’t back out now. I will not back out.” She strode into the room. LM followed her like a crooked winged shadow.
“Now, what?” he whispered.
Maelin didn’t answer. She headed straight to the bed.
Robin was sprawled out along the foot of the bed. His expression was calm. His breathing was deep and regular.
Maelin shrugged. “Now, I wake him up. LM, come here.”
I know that tone of voice.
LM shrank away from her.
It’s the same tone they all used.
“Turn into me!”
“Turn into me first!”
LM shook his head and backed further away. “I can’t. I can’t.”
She looked back at him.
The vampire stood before him.
There was no escape. He was trapped.
And the vampire’s hands were already clenched into fists.
“I’m sorry.” he whispered.
“LM, it’s okay.”
He shook his head.
The vampire bared his fangs.
And there was no escape.
“I won’t hurt you.”
Blow after blow after blow. Hard. Punishing. Merciless. Over and over.
And he couldn’t escape it. There was no way to escape it.
He would never let him escape. Not ever.
Maelin approached him. Her hands were open and limp at her sides.
But that didn’t mean much.
The vampire grabbed him and shoved him hard against the wall. “You think you can get away with disappointing our customers? DO YOU?”
LM was only dimly aware of the tears rolling down his face.
Maelin stopped in front of him. She hesitated a moment before spreading her hands on his chest.
LM gasped as the bad memories suddenly stopped.
She moved in closer and hugged him.
He threw his arms around her and broke into hard sobs.
“It’s okay. It’s okay. It’s okay.” Her gentle hands moved in wonderful, soothing lines.
He held her tighter.
Capernaum watched Maelin comfort LM. She didn’t ask him any questions. She simply did what she could to calm him down.
I should step forward. I should help her. I should help him.
My dear friend.
But I can’t have him constantly relying on me.
I will have to leave at some point. I need to know that he’ll be okay without me. I need to know that he’ll have someone else to turn to.
So, I’ll leave them be.