“You called?” Robert said with a smirk.
“Why do you smell of Beth?” Alex asked, narrowing his eyes.
Robert shrugged. “I ran into her this evening. All I did was say hello and walk past her,” he said.
“Of course you did.”
“I was catching up with an old friend actually. Your girlfriend is of no concern to me.”
Alex couldn’t tell whether he was lying or not and so decided to take it with a pinch of salt.
“I need more information about what’s going on. Like, what’s coming?” Alex asked.
“If I knew that, do you think I’d still be here? I’d quite like to find out how this thing, whatever it is, messed with my mind. Nothing’s ever been able to do that.”
“So all we know about it is that it’s mentally powerful.”
“And that it’s either after you two, or Beth.”
“And how did you work that out?” Alex said, crossing his arms, not believing it.
“Well, what else is there here, in this misery of a town? There are two vampires who live here, and a human girl associated with them. I think it’s after you, but Beth is still a possibility.”
“There are witches here too.”
“I don’t know. I can just feel it. Can’t you?”
“Yes, I just thought you might know where they are. That’s very useful, isn’t it?” Robert said sarcastically. Then he stopped. He was frozen in place. “Does this town have a museum?”
“Yeah, it’s in the town centre. Why?”
“I’ll be back,” Robert said before flying out of the open door.
Robert flew as fast as he could. It had to be here somewhere. There. He circled down and landed as himself. The doors were locked, but he just broke the lock and walked inside. He didn’t need to turn the lights on, so he didn’t.
He hurried to find what he needed. Then there it was. Plain on the board, what happened it 1693...
Beth heard her name being whispered quietly in her ear. She stirred in her sleep and rolled over. Someone shook her shoulder and said her name a bit louder. She opened her eyes a crack but couldn’t see anything in the darkness so she closed her eyes and pulled the duvet over her head.
Whoever it was trying to wake her up just pulled the duvet back quickly, forcing a rush of cold air over Beth’s skin. Then she was awake.
“We need to go now,” said a familiar voice.
“Robert?” Beth asked quietly, rubbing sleep from her eyes.
“Come on, we need to go. I need to take you to Alex’s house. You might just be safe there.”
“Safe from what?”
“I’ll explain soon. I need you to trust me.” The desperation in his voice was obvious.
“I do trust you,” Beth said quietly, only beginning to make out someone above her.
She let Robert pick her up, cradling her to him. She clung on to his jacket, falling asleep again. Her hair was suddenly whipped skywards as if she was falling down. Then they landed. They had been falling down, out of her window.
“Are you okay?” he asked quietly.