Lucky, Thea muttered.
I live across the road from the gas station, she said. I know all the cars that stop there—and Im a night owl anyway. When Carrie is out, I usually sleep during the day. She wont be back until next week. The kids who work night shift know me, so I wont scare them the way some of you might.And the time for Anna to do anything about Leahs plans passed without anyones noticing except her.
• • •CHARLES STOOD BEFORE the door to his das house, the witch gun in one hand and the basket of fruit that had been meant as a gift for Hester in the other. He centered himself, promising Brother Wolf that they would take care of business, then retreat—Retreat? Brother Wolf did not retreat.
There were whole weeks when Brother Wolf was just a silent presence. Hesters death had brought him very close to the surface. Which meant that Charles needed to guard his thoughts and keep control of his temper.Escort Anna into the peace and quiet of the guest suite, he amended.
Brother Wolf knew Charless initial word was the one he meant, but he allowed himself to be pacified. Probably because Charles included Anna in the second version of his intentions.
Anna was watching for him as he walked by the biggest of the three gathering places in his das home, now filled with restless wolves. She ducked out and followed him into the kitchen, which was unoccupied.I do. She shrugged. Sometimes.
Im really glad that youre home and youre safe. He reached down, stroking her, then he bent down and kissed the top of her head. I love you so much.I love you, too, Dad.
He turned to head back out. Dont stay up too late. You have school in the morning.I wont, she said, then just before he left, she added, I had a really great time today. Thanks for spending the day with me.