“Why?” Beth asked.
“Being stuck in a room with hundreds of people? Not any vampire’s idea of a good time. Why do you think Catalin and my brother never go to parties?”
“I guess,” she said. “So, are you going to tell me more about your friend?”
“On whether you’d like to know.”
“Only if you want to tell me,” Beth said.
“You want to know, don’t you?” Robert asked, already knowing the answer.
“Well, where to start? We met in Lisbon, 1866 I think it was. Yes, it must have been. Anyway, it was early morning and I sensed another vampire around. So, naturally, I went looking. I eventually found him, half dead from the rising sun and too weak to move. I took him back to the room I was renting and when he’d recovered, it turned out he was almost as powerful as I was. He was a pyrokinetic, and eventually learned hydrokinesis as well actually.”
“Meaning...?” Beth asked.
“He can control fire and water.”
“Oh, that’s awesome. Wait, so his fire breathing act actually is...”
“Him breathing fire? You’d be surprised how many pyrokinetics make a living as fire breathers.”
Beth tipped her head to the side slightly, thinking of all the times her parents had taken her to the circus when she was younger. How many of those people had been vampires?
“Alex and Catalin are coming back now so I’ll—” Robert started.
“You said his name.”
“Keep that between us,” he said with a wink. “I’ll save us both the misery of being under suspicion and leave now.”
With a smile, Robert stood up and walked away. Now, he definitely wasn’t the dangerous monster Alex made him out to be. In fact, Robert seemed to be glowing with... something. Beth couldn’t quite put her finger on it. Catalin would probably know.
“There you are,” Alex said. “Are you okay now?”
“Yeah,” she nodded. “Much better. I’m just tired now. Can you take me home?”
“Of course,” Alex said.
“I just need to go to the toilet,” Beth said, looking directly at Catalin.
“Me too,” Catalin said, meeting Beth’s gaze.
“I’ll meet you at the car,” Alex said before walking away.
The two girls walked over to where it was less noisy. They both knew that neither of them actually needed to go to the toilet.
“What’s wrong?” Catalin asked immediately.
Beth paused. “I need you to do something for me.”
“Depends what it is...” Her eyes narrowed.
“Well, I spoke with Robert while you and Alex were on the ride and he just seemed... brighter. Happy. Too happy.”
“And you want me to find out why.”
“If that’s okay.”