I gave him an encouraging smile. Yes. I want to hear this.
At the top, I slid off his back and picked up my bike helmet which I’d tucked under a lone stunted pine tree. We crossed a small meadow and entered the woods to start the short trek to where I’d hidden my bike. Neither of us needed a trail to find our way to the road. Remy and I had explored every inch of the woods and cliffs south of town and we probably knew the area better than anyone.Sara! Sara! a high voice thrilled as we trekked through the woods. I stopped and peered through the trees because I knew that voice. Suddenly a small body landed on my back and a pair of thin arms slid around my neck.
I reached up to swing the little troll around into a hug. Hey Minka, what are you doing out here alone? The trolls lived in a network of underground caverns somewhere south of here and they did not allow their young ones to go far from the clan. That rule did not contain some of the more adventurous young trolls like Minka. Remy had been just like her at that age.Remy’s little cousin gave me a sweet smile that would one day make grown men quiver with fear. I not alone. You here.Minka, you not allowed out here, Remy scolded. You go home now.
Her lip quivered and tears welled in her round eyes. Not yet Remy please. Sara fix Nog first.I gave Remy a questioning look. What’s a nog?
He made a face that suggested he didn’t care much for it, whatever it was. Nog is his name. He one of the People.
One of the People? Curiosity overcame me. If he’s hurt we should help him, shouldn’t we?Then Elena stalked over to the platform and picked up Nikolas’s body.
My head lifted from the ground. My vision tunneled on the vampire holding the most precious thing in my life.Blood roared in my ears. I trembled as the demon’s energy suffused my body until I didn’t know where I ended and it began. I stood and the snow crunched beneath my bare feet.
A growl rumbled up from my chest and echoed through the courtyard.Elena turned and shock crossed her face before she snarled. Ava, I need to tend to my mate. Deal with that until I’m ready for her.