I just cut my finger, I sighed and held up the knife that still had my blood on it. A few droplets were on the island, and I wiped at them with a rag.
When all the testimonies were finished, Dashiell, Will, and Kirsten made a show of whispering amongst themselves for a moment, pretending they hadn’t already decided on Molly’s sentence. When they straightened up, the crowd’s wandering attention returned to Dashiell, who said in his unintentionally grandiose way, We agree that it was a mistake for you to move in with human women, and you are therefore partly to blame for what happened to them. However, he added, we absolve you of responsibility for the murders themselves and the resulting risk of national exposure. Because of the terrible physical abuse you suffered, and because you and your . . . helpers—in the wings behind him, Jesse winked at us—were able to neutralize the negative publicity and keep our existence concealed, we’re willing to sentence you to time served. Next case, please.Where do you want these? Jesse asked, bending backward a little so he could see over the top box on his stack.
Uh . . . living room for now, I said, which was how I had answered the last three times, too. Molly’s new bedroom—the cell formerly known as Shadow’s—was really too small to support even her few belongings, when you factored in a bed. On the plus side, it was completely sunlight proof, and rent was cheap. Also, her last residence had burned to the ground. It really cuts back on possessions.Did you switch out the doorknob yet? I asked him, putting familiar dishes on the shelf above the sink. This was the stuff from Molly’s old house in Hollywood. Handling it again was bittersweet.Yeeeees, he drawled. Molly can now lock us out, and we cannot lock her in. Did you order the pizza yet?
Nooo, I said back, imitating his tone. I figured the divorced guy coming out of the months-long depression would know the best place for pizza.Jesse considered that for a second, and then he gave me a regal bow. Touché.
Thank you so much for helping with these, Jesse, Molly said warmly, from behind a stack of boxes that was twice as tall as his. Vampire strength is fun. She set them down well out of my radius and straightened up, tossing her new, short blonde curls out of her face. I hadn’t asked about the hair. I figured she’d explain it if she wanted to. I didn’t realize there was so much stuff still in storage.
Well, we can use the furniture, I said, pausing in my unpacking. Eli had taken the pieces that belonged to him: the kitchen table and chairs, the work desk, a loveseat. Even the soft blankets we had used when we watched movies together. You’re talking about the Jacksons, aren’t you? Suzy Merimon laughed knowingly as she walked up. You would never know that she’d given birth to a daughter less than two months earlier. She’d regained her slim figure with an ease that would make most women hate her.
You’re damned right we are. Emma sighed. I mean look at that man flesh. They’re rich, sexy as hell, and standing like they’ve got ten-inch cocks. This is like a movie or television show, Beth groaned as she came striding over. I swear they look too good to be real.
Before anyone could respond, Claire, Ava, and Ella came hurrying toward them, while darting glances over their shoulders. None too subtly, Ella nodded her head and said, Did you see— The Jacksons, they all said together before laughter filled the air.