I turned back, mentally peering over the shoulder of my mind behind which my author lurked, to see if she'd put up a fuss. There was nothing. Not a word.
"Do you really want me to stay?" I asked. I thought of the mysterious newbie who knew so much, and who wanted me to stay. It was only because of that guy that I had come back upstairs, only because of him that the others had had a chance to persuade me.
"Yes, Kathryn, we need you!" said Leigh. I smiled at her.
"All right," I said. "I'll stay, for now." I heard a sigh from my mind, but ignored my author. Let her sigh! I had friends, here.