Charles laughed—and she felt proud of herself, because he didnt laugh very often.
In a soft voice, he said, It might be that someone spoke in front of her. That she told someone she shouldnt.In her head, Anna heard again the voice of Wellesleys monster saying like the girl in Tennessee, and wondered what Wellesley had done.
It isnt Kara, Asil said again.If it were Kara, you could give her to me, said Wellesley in a singsong voice.You go too far, warned Asil, his lip beginning to curl.
Anna decided that if someone didnt step in, there would be trouble. And there was no one else but her. She couldnt risk soothing them with her Omega abilities—there was too great a chance that it would be more effective on Asil than Wellesley. Then shed really be up a creek without a paddle.She decided to try to distract them with words instead. Or even just Asil. There was something really wrong with Wellesley.
She had visions of Jack Nicholson in The Shining in her head. Leah had said that she had given them the most broken of the wildlings, and Asil said hed picked the worst one first. Asil had told her Wellesleys condition most closely resembled schizophrenia. Shed known a girl in college who coped with schizophrenia, but that girl had never been creepy.
She hadnt been a werewolf either, but still …The Michael Phelps poster on her wall she ripped down, actually tearing it in half in the process. There was a picture of her mother on her bedside table and she picked it up and flung it against the wall, shattering glass everywhere. On the ceiling were fading glow-in-the-dark stars that Alex had helped her put up years ago.
Gemma jumped up onto her bed, trying to pull them down, but she couldnt reach them. She kept jumping and failing, and by then she was sobbing in frustration and anger and sadness.Gemma? Brian asked, opening her bedroom door.
Everything is ruined, Dad, she cried and fell back onto her bed. Ive lost everything that matters to me.Thats not true. Brian came into her room and sat down next to her. Im still here, and Im never going anywhere.