After they’d seen Casey, he’d all but insisted that she go home. He’d hurt her for the second time tonight; he knew that. First, he’d acted like a coward and an asshole when she’d told him she loved him, and then he’d excluded her from something she was very much a part of. He was making a mess of a relationship in his life that he so very much wanted to work. But a part of him was afraid to face how important Lydia had become to him in a very short amount of time.
Scarlett looked determined to stay on track. Molly is okay, isn’t she?Of course. He gave her an injured look. I wouldn’t kill her without a trial, not even if she had committed these murders with a song in her heart.
Then you need to let her go, Scarlett insisted. She didn’t do this.He can’t, Will said abruptly. Everyone turned to look at him. I’m sorry, Scarlett, but right now, the people who did this think they’ve won. They’re probably holed up somewhere within the city limits, waiting for the girls to turn before they move them. He looked at Dashiell. Am I right?The vampire nodded. It’s difficult to move vampires, he said. But much harder to move a lot of corpses whose faces are all over the news.
Will turned back to the null. So we’ve got a few days before they can flee town. During that time, they need to think that they’ve won, which means Molly has to stay where she is.Scarlett looked unconvinced. She couldn’t see the big picture while her friend was in danger. If they know you’re on to them, they can find another way to distract you, Jesse said quietly. Like eating people in the middle of Hollywood Boulevard.
It’s much worse than that, actually, Dashiell said. His voice was as calm as ever, but his face had darkened. The vampire is dangerous to humans, of course, and to the weaker members of our community. But a boundary witch could make my own vampires do anything, including killing one of us.
That little revelation struck Jesse like a gut punch, but Scarlett wouldn’t be deterred. If you’re saying we need to leave Molly where she is to buy time, she said slowly, I understand that. But it’s not like she’s joined the witness protection program. You’re suggesting we put her on trial for murder.As tired as I had been lately, it didn’t seem likely that I would wake up to any noise. Besides that, Peter moved in almost total silence. I doubted I’d even be able to hear him come in.
It was probably just a bad dream as a result of my own obsessive paranoia, my exhaustion, and too much caffeine all rolled up together.Just be completely safe, I called Milo anyway. If Peter was in town, it wouldn’t hurt to give them a heads up, and if he wasn’t, it would give me a piece of mind.
Milo didn’t answer when I called but that was reassuring. If Peter had stopped by, they’d all be awake. In fact, they’d call me to make sure I was safe. But Milo not answering meant that he was still sleeping, and everything was okay.Hey, Milo, it’s just me, I tiredly told his voicemail. I just had the weirdest dream and I wanted to make sure you all were okay and what not. Just give me a call later, okay? Okay. Bye.