I smiled, knowing I’d confused everyone, even my siblings. I didn’t speak for a while after that, which frustrated them greatly. They were waiting for me to elaborate on what I’d revealed but I couldn’t really be bothered to tell them. They could wait.
Out of the corner of my eye, I saw something in the forest. I turned to look. It was Michael stood just behind the cover of the trees. I was vaguely aware of Blaine talking to me, but it sounded so distant. I hadn’t realised I’d stopped. The others were looking at me strangely, asking if I was okay.
I ignored them and walked across the road to the other side. Michael’s blond hair gleamed dully in the shade, as did his pale yellow eyes. I walked up to him.
“Hi,” I said.
“Hey,” he said.
“What are you doing here?”
“I wanted to see you.”
I sighed. “Michael, we can’t anymore. We shouldn’t have in the first place.”
“Just because I’m an angel, doesn’t mean we can’t be friends,” he whispered.
“We both know we were never just friends.”
“The war’s over now though. I know you’re engaged but I really do love you. It goes against everything I’ve ever been taught but I love you, whether you’re going to be married or not.”
“Michael...” I couldn’t think of anything to say.
I wanted to tell him the truth; that I loved him too, that I always had, but I couldn’t. I just couldn’t force my lips to move. Instead, I sighed. I looked over my shoulder at the group I’d temporarily abandoned. They were still waiting for me, though they were talking among themselves. Nastasia was scowling again.
I wanted Michael to hold me like he used to, when we were younger and we didn’t need to worry as much. I looked up at him and sighed again. I turned around and started to walk back. Michael held my wrist gently.
“Ravyn, don’t go,” he whispered.
“Come with me,” I said quietly.
“Really?” he asked.
“Yeah, come on.”
“Nas won’t be very happy.”
“Nas is never very happy,” I smiled.
I pulled my wrist away and took his hand. I led him back to the others and couldn’t help smiling at Nastasia’s expression. She was livid.
“This is Michael,” I said, more to Aidan and Meggie than my siblings.
“Hi Michael,” said Meggie enthusiastically.
Then I wondered if she thought he was my fiancé. If she did, she couldn’t have been more wrong.
“You’re an angel,” Aidan commented.
“I am,” Michael replied.
“Oh, this is Aidan and Meggie,” I said.
“Hello,” said Michael.
Then no one could think of anything to say.
“Well, this is awkward,” said Blaine bluntly.
Of course, that just made itmoreawkward.
“Ravyn, when are you planning to tell us how you know Mai?” asked Aidan.
“When I feel like it,” was all I said before wandering off with Michael.