A few of the shows crew members collect our bags and carry them in. I notice a few other ladies—in designer clothes and large sunglasses—exiting cars nearby. A couple are familiar to me—the Duchess of Perth, Laura Benningson, and Lady Cordelia Ominsmitch—but the rest Ive never met, though Im sure Penny has. Miss Herald greets us in the main foyer and gives us a quick tour. Penelope chooses her room almost immediately—a large pink room on the second floor, near the main staircase and close to the action.
Excuse me? Ivie thought.Before she could say anything, Hirahs head cranked around like something out of a Chucky movie. You dont really care for her apartment? He motioned with that knife. She pays for that place herself, you know. Not out of some trust fund. She works hard doing good honest work to earn her money—
Okaaaay, Ivie said, getting between them, lets just take this down a few hundred degrees—I worry about her during the day. Silas shook his head. I mean, all those humans around her doing dumb things. What if theres a fire? What if someone tries to break in? Shes defenseless. Theres nowhere to go. No escape hatch. No one around to help her. Im not saying she cant take care of herself. If Ive learned anything about your daughter in the short time Ive known her, its that she is self-sufficient, smart, and capable. I just think independence is fine, but she would be better off out here. He turned to her. Just as you were saying in the car. On the next hill. With a place of your own, but close enough so that your family can be there, preferably through an underground tunnel.Hirah blinked. And then also pivoted toward her. How many times have I told you this? I can tunnel it myself, you know.
He has a very valid position, Ivie. Silas nodded. No one wants to take your independence away, Im sure.Hell no, her father interjected. Plus you can dematerialize to the clinic from here.
Which was my point, Silas agreed. And I know youre going to insist on paying for it yourself—
Always with the Ive got it, I can take care of myself, her dad muttered.Rubes nodded. He cant keep his eyes off of you.
Hes going back to his people in the Old Country.As all kinds of No! That cant bes bubbled up around her, Ivie shrugged. Its what hes doing.
Guess he was putting his money where his mouth was when it came to that whole family-loves-you-best thing.Her mahmen took Ivies hand. Well, Im sorry hes leaving. But the selfish part of me is relieved that you arent going with him.