I tucked the elastic behind my ears, already wanting to stay back. But I had to ask Tina about the test, and this was the best way to make sure my parents weren’t around.
The siren blasted from the electric post four houses down. What’s going on? I yelled toward our neighbors.Tornado warning, Grayson answered from behind me, his voice low and raspy from sleep. He reached around me, showing me his cell phone alert.
Tornado Warning, Coffee County, AL until 3:30 a.m. Seek shelter immediately.Where are we? Kansas? This is so not right. A knot formed in my stomach. There were very few things that scared me, but tornadoes were on that list. They made me small, insignificant, and powerless to my own fate. I’d had enough of that lately, thank you very much.’Tis the season, and warning means they’re not kidding. One’s been spotted in Elba, not far from here. Now get inside, get some clothes on, and meet me in the bathroom. He pulled me back gently by my elbows until we were inside, and then shut the door.
But we’re in the south, and not like…Tennessee south. Like Deep South. I turned around, my hand brushing the skin of his chest…his bare chest, and damn, but he was warm, and cut, and smelled better than chocolate. His hair was sleep-mussed, but his face was still set in stern lines. Did he even relax when he slept?Yeah, and you live in a town where a tornado destroyed the high school and killed some of those teenagers a decade ago, so get your ass in the bathroom. The weather doesn’t care if we’re in Oklahoma or Oz.
Okay. All thoughts of naked Grayson fled as I bolted up the stairs to my bedroom.
And put on some clothes! he called out.Despite that glower, it wasn’t that particular guard that was at risk of seriously pissing me off. It was the one who was raking a heated gaze over Ava. I shifted closer to her, gaining his attention, and shot him a ‘don’t even fucking think about it’ glare. Wisely, he averted his gaze.
Rather than introducing each of us, Sam simply said, We brought along some friends.Giles did a very quick study of each of us, and his eyes lingered on me. You’re one of Will’s vampires. Salem, isn’t it? I merely nodded. Giles then turned to the bartender. Hal, please get our guests whatever drink they choose. It’s on the house, of course.
Sam smiled as she perched herself on a stool. I appreciate the gesture, Giles, but we’re unfortunately not here to socialise. Jared sidled up to her, presenting a united front.Oh? Giles’ smile wavered slightly. Then what has earned me the honour of your presence?