When next I woke they were there. Again. Waiting. Theo, the dhar of our people, and of course, Cormac.
The male just couldn’t seem to get enough of me lately, could he?
I was really starting to feel sorry for that female of his.
She deserved so much better.
“So…now what are you involved in, female?” Cormac leaned over me, and asked.
“I don’t know what you mean. I was…g-g-gardening. We were next to the grotto, discussing the plants that might grow best, when they…came…came…came for us. No. Came for her. Cass.”
“And you and Coty Boltier did something to stop them, didn’t you?” the dhar asked.
“I…am not certain. I know that there was a shield. But I do not know if I did it. Or if Coty did. Or…maybe it was even the goddess’s doing.”
“What I know is that I’ve seen that shield before. Welded by demon females in the demon worlds,” Cormac said, leaning closer. “So tell me…why is that you were the one who brought it?’
“B-b-because of the demonspirin, p-p-perhaps? I do not know…” I didn’t have a clue. I told him that. He didn’t believe me, of course.
But I kept one thing a secret—it wasn’t just me. I know that shield grew…the instant Coty and I had connected with Cass.
That girl isn’t fully human, I’d bet good money on it.
And neither is Coty.
But just what they are…well, I don’t know the answer to that, either.
I answered their questions as best I could, but I was so tired. I could barely keep my eyes open. “I-I-I was just gardening…”
I looked into Theo’s face. There was exasperation there—and fear. For me?
I do not think this cousin of mine has my best interests at heart now. No. He cares only for the good of our people, perhaps. His female. His closer family.
I have no one, save the friends I have made, and the sisters I love so much to look out for me.
I will not forget that.
No matter what is to come.