“I’m sorry, Matt,” he said humbly. It was evident to all those present that Matt was important among his people. A leader, even, despite his tender age.
He leaned over Anna, deciding what would be the best way to wake her up. Choosing a fool-proof method, he bent down and kissed her on the lips. Someone wolf-whistled (probably Kathryn). Then, she woke up, returning his kiss with a passion that surprised both of them.
“Oops,” she said when they had finished. “Sorry.” Callie laughed.
“We knew you felt for him,” she said, giggling. “We knew it was only a matter of time.”
Then Anna remembered her parents.
“I’ve got to find them,” she said. “I can’t leave them there with those … things. They’ll be terrified!”
Matt shook his head. “The Celryn will not harm them.” Anna opened her mouth and shut it again.
“What do you mean?” she asked at last. “Isn’t their nature to destroy?” Matt nodded, but explained.
“It’s you they’re after, and they are using your parents as bait. By going to rescue them, you are falling right into their trap.” Anna sat up, realising that she was still leaning against Matt.
“But I can’t just leave them there! Who’s to say that the Celryn won’t just kill them anyway?” One of the Telcontar stepped forward.
“Anna, you are a brave person,” they said. “You are willing to risk your own life to save your family. But that is not the right thing to do, because whether you believe it or not, you are more important than them.
“You ask yourself why the Celryn have come for you. We have not answered you, not yet. But we will, and we will do it now. However, we believe the one who knows you best should tell you, and so we leave it to our leader, Matt.” They bowed, and stepped back. Anna wiped the tears from her eyes and looked up.
“Okay. I’m ready. Tell me the truth.” Matt swallowed. His face was pale, and it appeared that he would rather have a fight with the Celryn any day - anything but have to tell Anna the truth about her parents, and how she was born.