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“Well, where are we going now?” Meena asked as Willow began walking and we all automatically followed.

“Well, I assume since Ruby has spent three or so days in hospital she isn’t feeling her most fresh,” she phrased it tactfully, for which I was glad, or else I might be a little bit mortified - I was sure that I smelled far from ‘’fresh’’ after not showering for so long. And my hair! “So we should pay a visit to her house. While you.. Um, sort yourself out, we can wait in your room and brainstorm about what’s going on and what our plan of action is. William - “ she gave him her widest smile (she seemed to be over her feelings for Lycan), “ - can take the place of watchdog outside in the woods. If you don’t mind, of course.”

“Of course not. I came to serve.”

He halted and gave a bent-at-the-waist bow which was all too chivalrous.

“Okay, you don’t have to do that,” I said hastily. I didn’t want him to think we were using him as our slave or lackey or whatever.

He smiled in acknowledgement and suddenly I realised that we had reached the end of my street. I stopped and the vampire warrior almost bumped into me from behind, although he was of course much too agile with excellent reflexes.

“The woods are just that way,” Willow pointed out, even though it was dark. But we all had excellent night vision. Even me, now! I marvelled at how clear everything was in the dark.

William flew off into the night, disappearing like a shadow. We proceeded to my house. The lights were all off and the hulking car was not in the driveway. With a jolt of horror I realised that she would be at the hospital, and by now surely somebody had gone to check on me and found that I was missing. I shuddered at the thought of how much trouble I would be in with my mother. But still, there was a much bigger kind of trouble to worry about. And before I confronted any of that, I was going to have a shower and change into some fresh clothes.

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