"Hang on a second. I hope you don't mind," I add politely, as I get up from my seat. I don't want to offend Alec. I mean, he's only just got here.
"Meggie, I'm not ignoring you," I say. I felt her last thought. "Of course I'm still your friend! Whatever gave you that idea?"
She looks at me, her eyes wide and shocked.
"I can read minds, you know," I add, after a minute's awkward silence.