The manor suddenly became alive with movement. Aya and Tawny were running for the front door and Fang had leapt up to protect me. I only cared about protecting Fate. I dashed around Fang, easier said than done, and headed outside with Aya and Tawny. Aya had Fate behind him. Fate looked at me, confusion etched on his face.
"Hallie?" he asked a little slowly.
"Fate, get inside" I said sternly. Fate moved before I had even finished speaking.
Aya and Tawny were both staring at the front gate. Tawny had had the gate rebuilt but never closed it. To be honest, if you had found Libellule Manor you had to be pretty lost. I squinted, trying to will one of my moments of vampiric vision to occur but had no such luck. But Morrigan, ever so courteous, came within my line of sight. She looked different. A hair was lighter, a kind of dark brown colour and she had an evil grin plastered on her face. She wore the same dress she had run away in, though it looked as if it had been cleaned recently.
"Ah, Hallie, just the person I wanted to see" she said. She sounded a little like Lilith. Before Morrigan had a minute American lilt, but now it was pure English.
"Where have you been, Morri?" Tawny asked.
Aya clenched his fists. He was visibly shaking with anger.
"More importantly what the hell have you been doing?! You attacked Hallie! You've been missing for weeks!" Aya roared.
"My apologies, Ayumu, but my sister and I are no longer your family. We are rogues, I suppose" Morrigan said.
Morrigan took a step forward. Tawny did the smart thing and took a step back, Morrigan wasn't in her right mind and crazy people are the most dangerous. Aya however took a step towards. She smiled and closed the distance between them in a second.
"What are you going to do, Ayumu, hit me? You wouldn't. You couldn't bring yourself to do it. You'd sooner hit Hallie than hurt me" Morrigan said in a sickly sweet voice.
Aya seemed to shrink into himself. Morrigan gave a curt laugh and stepped around the defeated prince. Tawny looked from Aya to Morrigan and stood in front of me.
"Tawny, I don't want to have to kill you".
Morrigan pushed Tawny aside like she was made of paper. Tawny just stood where she was, her mouth open in shock. Morrigan sauntered towards me. I wasn't afraid of her. More than anything I wanted revenge. She had broken my arm, she had abandoned us and she had nearly gotten Fate caught up in everything. I clenched my fists and held my ground as she stood in front of me.
"Always too brave for her own good" Morrigan said almost to herself.
"What do you want, Morrigan?" I snapped, ice in my voice.
"Well thank you for the warm reception. I don't particularly want anything. I merely came to say hi".
"You came here to say hi?! You think I'd ever want to see you again after what you and your phsycho sister did to me?!"
"Fine, I really came to ask about our offer".
"My answer's still no".
"Very well. I guess you just need some persuasion" she said sweetly and walked away.
What else was different about Morrigan? There was something else. Something less noticeable than her hair colour. Fate and Fang came rushing out to make sure everyone was okay. Well, to make sure I was okay. I assured them I was fine and tried to work out what had been different about Morrigan. It was her eyes; they were brown. The same kind of chocolate brown as Trace's but nowhere near as warm. When I realised what was different about Morrigan I realised something about the vampires too. If I wanted to be friends with Fate and stay friends with Braeden, I would have to say goodbye to the vampires. Associating and living with vampires when there are two vampires out to get you isn't such a good thing to do when you want to keep your human friends alive. The vampires had shown a great amount of restraint and I had no fear that they would try and feed on them. I was just worried they would get caught in the crossfire somehow. And if that happened, I don't think I could ever forgive myself. All that remained was to break the news to the others...