I can clean my own apartment, I said as I made my way into my bedroom.
Dora made a face. I’m not going skinny-dipping.Devlin wagged his brows, then grabbed her hand. Come on, I won’t look. Much.
Dora laughed but pulled away. No way.Chicken. All right. Come on, then, and help me pull up dinner.He took her hand again and she followed him outdoors. They walked single-file in the path he’d made through the tall grass that led to the wood dock. It was very long and very narrow, double the length of Mamaw’s dock at Sea Breeze, because it had to stretch much farther out over the grass to reach water.
It’s kinda rocky in spots, so be careful, Devlin warned.Dora followed Devlin down the rickety walkway over pluff mud and grass. A few slats had rotted through, and Devlin was careful to point each one out along the way. At last they reached the end, where a rickety dock met the waterway.
I’ll have to replace the dock, too, Devlin said. Whew, it sure is hot today. He took off his T-shirt and wiped his brow with it. That water sure looks refreshing. He glanced at Dora.
Dora stuck out her hands. Don’t. Just don’t!The air in the room was charged with her fear, and it made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. At that moment, lightning zigzagged across the sky, and I jumped.
How did you escape? Nikolas asked her.I didn’t. He released me.
My mouth fell open. He let you go?Something happened. I don’t know what. I was chained in his sitting room and I heard voices outside. Then he came in and said something that made me go to sleep. I woke up in Central Park filled with an overwhelming urge to run. She swiped a finger under her eye. The first thing I did was go to Portland to warn Daniel. I’ve been running ever since.