“You go through them faster than you do sparring partners,” Robert remarked.
“Unless it’s you,” Isabella replied.
“I’d like to point out that I only apply to the second category.”
“I know,” she snapped. She took a deep breath, her eyes fluttering shut, to try and calm herself down.
A sudden breeze shifted the air in the room as the window opened, making Beth shiver and cuddle up to Robert even more. His arms automatically tightened around her. Daniel was crouching on the inside of the windowsill, his wings stretched out outside.
“Daniel!” Elandra said excitedly.
“Hey, baba,” Daniel replied with a grin. The word was said with a slight accent that indicated it was a different language, but not one that Beth recognised. “I’ve come to get Ibby before she gets too pissed.”
Isabella stood up and walked over to him, her heels clacking on the floor. Daniel reached out a hand to her. She took it and the two of them disappeared.
Onyx glanced at the clock on the wall. “I should probably be off too actually; Aari wanted to go out tonight.”
“Good luck,” Robert said.
Onyx stood, planted a kiss on top of Elandra’s head, nodded to Beth and left the room.
“When do you want to go home?” Robert asked her.
“Soon.” Beth looked up at Jack. “You’ll ring if there’s something wrong?”
“Of course,” he nodded. “You just go home, don’t worry. You probably need the rest.”
“Thank you,” she said. She looked up at Robert. “Shall we go now then?”
He stood up and set her down beside him. He picked Elandra up and put her on his hip. She automatically clasped onto his jacket, a smile on her face. Beth smiled, thinking of how wonderful a father Robert would be. He took her hand and led her out of the room and down the corridor.
“Elandra, this is Beth, my mate. She lives with me now,” Robert said.
Elandra raised her hand and waved shyly. “Hi,” she said quietly.
“She doesn’t bite, don’t worry. When we get back, I’ll make the two of you dinner. What would you like?”
“I don’t mind,” she said quietly.
“Ellie. What would you like for dinner?” Robert asked her.
Elandra looked up at Beth. “Chicken?”
“Sounds good to me,” Beth said, smiling.
Beth sat across from Elandra as they ate dinner. Robert was busy making lists and plans on the board.
“Daddy does that,” Elandra said quietly.
“Your daddy does what?” Beth asked.
“He has a board like that. He likes to write on it and when I ask what he’s doing, he says he’s doing work. It just looks like scribbles though.”
“Robert does it occasionally.”
“Are you the witch everyone’s been talking about at home?” she asked curiously.
Beth blushed slightly. “Probably. I didn’t know I was a witch until recently though.”
“How did you meet Uncle Robert?”
“I knew his siblings.”
“Alex and Catalin?”
“Do you know them?” Beth asked.
“No but Mummy and Daddy talk about them sometimes.”