Zevran came in, raised an eyebrow at Nas but didn't say anything.
"Zev, where are the girls?" she asked him.
"Waiting for Riley, I presume," he replied.
Riley got up. "Bye," he said, while shutting the door behind him.
"Forever the player, I see," Nas observed, laughing.
"You thought he'd change?" I asked.
"Well you have. You came back here after all these years. How long has it been?"
"Ten years? Give or take."
"It's been that long?"
"About. Are we going now then? We do have a meeting to go to."
"I don't really want to go anymore," she moaned.
"I didn't even want to go in the first place." I stood up. "Zoe, do you want to stay here with Zev? Or we can try and find Ava. It's up to you."
She shrugged. "I don't mind. You just go. I'll see you later."
Nas and I left, making our way to the hall. Walking in silence for a while, the only sound was the sound of her heels on the stone.
"Zoe's a nice girl," she commented.
"That was fairly random."
"Ace, is there something you haven't told me?" she asked in Russian.
"Like what?" I replied.
"I don't know. Something about us. Mother's been dropping hints for years but refuses to elaborate on it."
"No, there's nothing."
"You're lying. I know you well enough to know when you're lying to me."
"We're Imprinted," I blurted out.
"What? Since when?"
I sighed. "You can imagine since when."
"But... an Imprint only happens when vampires drink from each other..."
"Do you not remember?"
"I don't remember a lot of things; we were too drunk half the time."
I didn't reply.
"Could... Would it be possible to break it?"
"Do you want to?"
"No, it's just... What about you and Zoe?"
"She doesn't know."
"Does Mother know?" she asked quietly.
"Yes. She worked it out."
"It probably wasn't hard, seeing as we once stayed in the house for two months. Zevran and the girls were starting to get a bit sick of it."
I laughed once. "I can't imagine why?" I joked.
"But, would it be possible? To break it, for Zoe's sake?"
"It's too strong. It would kill us both."
"You asked Her if it was possible?"
"She told me. It was quite an amusement to Her for a while."
We reached the hall. Opening the door and walking in, there were only a few others. Alix was sat down on the other side of the room. She saw us enter together and her expression became one of annoyance. Standing up, she stormed over.
"Ace, what did I tell you?" she growled. "If I see-"
"Mother, calm down. It's got nothing to do with you."
Alix rounded on her.
"You stupid girl! You have no idea!"
"Mother!" Nas shouted. "I know. And all we're doing is walking here together. Nothing has happened, and nothing will."
"I somehow doubt it..." Alix murmured.