“Shall we take the train, then?” Raven asked Sammy.
Sammy shook his head. “I am not an impatient man. But if Robin is being held prisoner by Mark Caten, we shouldn’t waste time with buying train tickets and waiting for the train.”
“Yet, it is the fastest way. No red lights. No competing traffic. No stops between Pinkerlee and Henspence.”
“Yes, but—” Sammy exchanged a look with Deliosa. “—there is…”
She linked fingers with him. “A much faster way.” She smiles at Raven. “And you won’t even have to buy a ticket.”
Raven tried to make sense of that. But it was like trying to put together a kitten puzzle with puppy puzzle pieces. “I do not understand.”
The downed stop sign on the other side of the street shot up into the air. It soared over the street back to its assigned position and replanted itself. The cement sealed around its base. The sign stood straight and strong, as if nothing at all had happened to it.
“Then, follow me.” Sammy said.
Raven saw no point in asking all about the whys and wheres. He bowed to Sammy. “Very well. Lead on, sir.”
Sammy led Deliosa and Raven to the forest behind Sammy’s Place. It was the most secluded spot he could think of. “I’m sure you’re wondering why I’ve led you here.” he said to Raven.
“Perhaps a little, sir. If you were any other man, I would have a great many doubts about your intentions.” He chuckles. “And if you were the wrong kind of man, I would be prepared to fight you.”
Sammy turned to face him. “You aren’t afraid of me?”
“No, sir. I trust you.”
“What if?” He took a moment to push his emotions down, to keep his expression calm and unrevealing. “What if I were to tell you that I am not human?”
Raven shrugged. “Sir, need I remind you that you are talking to a vampire?”
Sammy smiled, but it was a very neutral smile.
“Sir, you have nothing to fear. I have no prejudices nor any known biases against any extraordinaries.”
He nodded. “I just wanted to be sure. What I am is my biggest secret. From early childhood, I learned the importance of keeping that part of my identity to myself. All throughout my childhood I was taught to share it only with people I would trust my life with and to do so only when there is the direst need to do so.”
“And you feel there is currently a need to do so.”
“I do. I know Mark Caten. I know his level of inhumanity and cruelty.”
“As do I, sir. Perhaps not quite as you do.”
“I hope you never do.” Sammy backed away from Raven and Deliosa. “Are you sure you’re ready for this?”
“I am, sir.”
Sammy closed his eyes and let the transformation take hold. It was a wonderful release, like getting out of a cramped car after a long car ride and finally being able to stretch out.. Everything shifted. Grew stronger. Grew thicker.. Grew more. Just so much more. And all in a matter of seconds.
He opened his eyes and looked down at Raven. As you can see, I’m not just any extraordinary.
I am a dragon.