The tears had gone, and we were all laughing now. Gemme had left early. We heard a rustle from the bushes, and out of reflex, I jumped in front of the people I was standing with in a protective crouch. I bared my teeth, slowly changing, as a snarl ripped from my throat. A pale figure stepped out and I felt Ike's hand grab me gently to pull me backwards. I gasped.