I should be asking that of you, Annora snapped.
Why would he do that?I scoffed. Do I really need to answer that?
She pursed her lips. She knew Stellan and I had been at odds with each other ever since we had been put in charge of the two islands. Why would you lie to me and disjoint Stellan’s neck?The Novak girl was with me. Of course I couldn’t tell you the truth. And by lying to you, it made her think that I was on her side. I’d told her that I wanted her gone from the island because her presence aggravated me. Time was of the essence. I didn’t want to waste it trying to convince you Rose was better used as a key to The Shade rather having Stellan take her back through the gate. But I knew you’d thank me for it later. As for disjointing Stellan’s neck… he got in my way. As with you, I had neither time nor patience to resolve things verbally.She chewed on her lower lip, still eyeing me suspiciously.
Stellan tells a very different story, she said, but even as she said the words, the bonds holding me down loosened.It’s my word against his, I said, standing up. You decide who to trust.
My eyes blazed into hers as she continued scrutinizing me.
Finally, she reached up and ran a finger along my cheek. I tensed beneath her touch and my skin began to sting. When she withdrew her finger, its tip was covered with my blood. She sucked it off, a stain of red remaining on her soft lower lip.Forming over the ocean in the distance, a dozen miles beyond our spell’s boundary, was a dark vortex. A whirlwind that was becoming stronger and higher by the second. Gathering speed, it was heading right for us.
My limbs shaking, I vanished myself from the spot and manifested myself back next to Eli who was still sitting on the jetty.She’s coming, I shouted.
I vanished and reappeared in all the other watchpoints around the island, screaming out warnings at the top of my lungs. By the time I’d finished, it felt like the whole island was holding its breath.Once I was sure everyone had been alerted, I returned to the Sanctuary. The witches all stood in a circle, their eyes shut tight, fists clenched in concentration.