Plan of Action

“Well, first plan of action,” Meena said, “William is at the hospital. He’s going to change the records to make it look like you were released this morning. He left to do that about, um, four hours ago. He got it fixed before anybody on the early shift noticed you were missing. Also, he had to tidy up that mess in your room. You know, bloody sheets and floor and whatnot. Also, he had to invent the doctor who consented your release, so he’s had to dress up and pretend to be him. He’s had to also fake his medical history and certificates. He’s going to have to duck out pretty soon after they’ve checked him. Hopefully he can use his powers to help with putting them off so they don’t try digging too deep. Security there is much too thorough to make things like this easy.”

I snorted. “Welcome to the twenty-first century. What powers does William have?”

“Everything a Guardian usually does. Strength, speed, etc, even more so than your average vamp. But Guardians usually have an extra ability that helps with their job. William’s is hypnosis. He can control people and mess with their thoughts and memories for as long as he wants. But when he’s controlling their actions, he has to be in the same room as them.”

“Wow, that’s awesome,” I commented.

“Extremely helpful, too. Thank God he’s on our side. He scrambled your mother’s memory before he left, just so you know. It’s better if she has just forgotten the stuff about the tumour and the Halo.”

I nodded absently. It was better off that way.

“Well at least that’s as sorted as possible,” I said, “so we can focus on other things without interventions. Especially from Allan.”

I regretted mentioning him again; Willow huffed and Meena frowned.

“He thinks he knows some big secret about your dad and your mum. It could be something about the bloodlines and stuff, you know, etc, but even if you want to know we can find out someplace else. I don’t think we’ve got rid of him yet,” she said. “But we have other things to do. The Eternals are meeting again.”

“How’d you know? You didn’t go back there?”

“Of course not. But they know everything, Ruby. Where do you think they’d go to find you, and us?”

“Since they haven’t shown up, we can deduce that they’re busy strategising first,” Willow answered her question. “Which is good for us, because it wouldn’t have been pretty if some Eternal officials and Tenebrus’s puppets arrived at the same time.”

“Okay,” I said slowly. “So we need to do something about those Valkyries while the Eternals have their backs turned, then once we don’t have to worry about them we can try to sort things out with the Eternals and then they can do something about Tenebrus?”

“Hell no. We aren’t handing ourselves over to them, they’ll take us to the cells before we could tell them anything.”

“But surely that’s safer for us if Tenebrus can’t get in there,” I chewed my lip anxiously.

“We won’t ever get out either,” Willow said grimly. “You’ll probably be held for a while while they do all sorts of tests on you, then they’ll decide if you need to be, well, killed. Meanwhile, we’ll be tried and found guilty of assault on an Eternal and the punishment for that is death, usually.”

“Oh,” I gulped. “Well maybe we should stay out of their way, then.”

“Good plan,” Meena rolled her eyes. I noticed they were both wearing clean clothes. They must have taken a trip home. Then I remembered they lived in the housing quarters of the Citadel, which was off limits.

“Where did you go to get those?” I said, indicating their jeans, Willow’s checked top and Meena’s t-shirt.

“We have another place we were sharing,” Willow explained. “Closer to here and the school. It’s actually down Bleaker Street, so we stopped off there after Allan did his runner.”

“You never told me about it,” I muttered, standing up and going to the door.

“Never came up,” she replied with a shrug. “We didn’t use it much anyway. One of us was always outside here, the other was reporting to the Eternals. We only used it for showering and eating and stuff. It wasn‘t a proper living place. Where are we going?”

“Downstairs. I assume my mother let you in. Since she doesn’t remember anything I think it’s safe to go out now.”

The End

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