I stare back at him in shock. Out of habit I check my Levo, but it is all right – still up from running, at nearly 7 – but my skin is reacting to what he said, crawling like little spiders. I shiver. Hes right. Weve talked about Tori being returned, and those others taken from Assembly, and questioned what is going on. Much worse than anything Phoebe did or said.
It had taken quite a bit of convincing for me to get her out of my room last night, telling her that I needed to get to bed early. But really, I just needed a chance to process it all for myself.Once I did, everything Konstantin and Kate had said fit together perfectly, creating this portrait of a diabolical, unstoppable madwoman. Both Mina and Viktor had been incredibly patient, waiting years for their plan to come to fruition.
And now that it had, I was certain that Mina would do everything in her power to make sure that nothing got in her way. You dont plan something for a decade and let it all fall apart at the end.I needed to get back to Förening. I thought I finally would have evidence to convince Queen Wendy that the Trylle needed to depose Mina. Assuming, of course, that Wendy believed me, since Kate wasnt about to leave Iskyla to testify.I packed my bag and opened my room door to find Ulla on the landing just outside my room. Shed changed clothes from last night, and she was asleep, using her own bag as a pillow and her coat as a blanket.
When she heard the door open, she sat up with a start. Finally. Youre up.Finally? I asked. What are you doing?
I was waiting for you. She stood up and stretched. Im coming with.
You cant come with. You heard what I told you last night. Its too dangerous.I yanked on my boots and grabbed my coat from the rack. My mom said my name again as I opened the door and stepped outside, but I didnt look back. As I walked down the dirt road my parents lived on, I breathed in deeply. The cold hurt my lungs and stung my cheeks, but I didnt mind. In fact, I didnt even put on my coat, preferring the chill. I just held my jacket to my chest and let the fresh air clear my head.
Bryn! Dad called after me just as I made it around the corner past the house.An errant chicken crossed my path, and when I brushed past, it squawked in annoyance. But I didnt slow down, not until I heard my dads footsteps behind me.
Wait, he said, puffing because he was out of breath from chasing after me.I finally stopped and turned back to him. He was still adjusting his jacket, and he slowed to a walk as he approached me.