I took a menacing step forward, fully aware of how frightening I could be. “You promised you wouldn’t tell.”
Asha studied my face, before nodding. “I won’t tell.”
“Good.” I practically snarled at her.
“I’m not afraid of you Sylvester – I know how sweet you can be.” She opened her mouth to say something else but just then someone called from the hallway that the party was about to start. I looked inquiringly at her – party? “Mine and Jay’s engagement party.”
I bit my lip and looked at the floorboards again. I had completely forgotten. “Go – just promise me you won’t tell a soul. I don’t want the hassle.”
“I’ve already promised – now let’s go.” She opened the door and waited for me to follow.
“Asha, you don’t want me there. Of all people I didn’t want you to know –” she cut me off curtly.
“We’ll talk about this later. Are you coming or aren’t you?” What I said had upset her I could tell.
“I know about you and Lee. And I know right now I probably seem just like him to you... but I’m not.” It was my way of apologising – whether she accepted or not I’d have to wait and see.
She reached out and grabbed my elbow, dragging me out the door and down the steps. “You go in there,” she ordered, “and play nice.” I obeyed, simply out of guilt and the need to please her, or anyone...
I entered the main hall and it was decorated for a party – only vampires could have got all this done in one evening. I fought back the memories that had plagued me for centuries, and stood around the edges of the room. I’m sure I must have been thirsty (I hadn’t fed in a while) and so poured myself a glass of blood from the shelf. It was vile – old and unclean. Then I caught Aria’s eye across the room and she gave me a little smile before turning her attention to Asha and Jay who had just entered. Aria’s smile wasn’t normal, there was something strange about it.
Did she know?
I glanced over at Asha – she hadn’t the time to tell anyone... so I sought out Harmony instead.