Nothing had happened in the mansion for a while. It was unusually... well, unusually normal. For Vampire mansion, anyway. I'd actually managed to bore myself trying to find something, anything, to do, and had ended up going down to the cellar where I was now playing snap with Jack.
"SNAP! Ha!" he grinned, taking the card to add to his rapidly growing pile.
"Hey, that's not fair. You looked before you put it down!" I objected.
He raised his eyebrows. "Yeah? You gonna do anything about it?"
"No." I shrugged. "Fair point."
"You know if you lose this one I'll have won the whole game?"
"I am very aware," I grinned, faking annoyance.
"Oh, please," Ethan complained from where he leant against the wall pretending to sleep. "Play a quiet game. You sound like a married couple."
Jack and I shot him simultaneous Thanks-For-Making-It-Awkward looks. Jemma giggled, Amanda sighed. There was silence.
Someone knocked on the door.
"Come in," Jemma said.
"Oh, finally. A sane person," Ethan remarked when Xavior walked in. Jack rolled his eyes.
"There's an announcement, you've all got to come up," Xavior told us. I jumped up, eager for something interesting to happen. Jack was out the door and up the stairs before me, I was closely followed by Amanda and Jemma, and Ethan just looked like he'd rather be somewhere else entirely.
The small population of the mansion was gathered in the entrance place, where speeches and announcements normally happened. Jay and Asha stood at the podium thing, which was probably the reception desk. I went and stood next to Imira. The chatter that could be heard slowly turned to silence.
"I think," Jay started, "That we have put this off for long enough."
There was a short burst of muttering as everyone immediately worked out what he meant. A few people exchanged slightly worried glances. They, like me, had probably thought that the fight wouldn't be happening for a very long time.
Obviously knowing that everyone had got the idea, Asha continued, "However, we do actually need a plan. We know you all, but we're unsure of what exactly you can do."
"We don't mean that in an offensive way," Jay added. "We just mean that if this is going to work, we need to know who can do what and for how long, etcetera."
Everyone started talking.
I stayed silent, suddenly feeling very nervous and a bit guilty. I had no special qualities or powers, and when it came to a fight I was virtually useless. I could absolutely nothing. In fact, the only thing I could do was not bleed, but how would that help?