“I see you haven’t changed your fashion sense,” Zeke quipped back at her.
“Is that a bad thing?” she asked, raising an eyebrow, almost daring him to answer.
He grinned and carried on what he was doing. “Since when did they send elves to turn vampires?” he asked.
“Would you rather they sent Kade?” the woman, Tatiana, asked.
Kade. The guy that Sam mentioned. The one that had feelings for Zeke.
“Kade couldn’t even make a lycan turn,” Zeke laughed.
Tatiana smiled. She looked up at the group on the other side of her.
“Ah, Storm’s girl,” she said, grinning. Her eyes passed from Beth onto Onyx. “The right hand, in charge while Robert is gone.”
“How do you know about Robert?” Onyx demanded.
Tatiana tapped the side of her nose mischievously. “As much as you hate it, we have connections. Lots.”
“Do you know where he is?” Beth asked, unable to stop herself.
“Wouldn’t you like to know?”
“Do you? If you do and you aren’t telling us, I swear I’ll—” Onyx started.
She laughed, the sound a tinkling noise like a wind chime caught in the breeze. “You’ll what? Kill me? Take me as hostage? Do you want the wrath of the Covenant on you?”
Onyx bristled. Clearly he didn’t.
“You have the best weapon of all in your arsenal. But you don’t realise it. Or, perhaps you do but you’re too afraid to let it loose.”
“What the hell are you talking about?” Elijah demanded.
She laughed again. “My, you vampires are slow, aren’t you? I’m talking about Zeke.”
Zeke tensed before carrying on. He seemed to be nearly finished. After a few more seconds, he sat back and stood, picking up his coat.
“I’ll leave the rest to you, Tia,” he said as he pulled his coat back on. “Maverick’s going to be pissed when he finds out that I did it for you.”
“No he won’t, Zeke,” she smiled, reaching out for his hand. Zeke’s shoulders tensed as if he knew what she was going to say next. “You were always his favourite.”
He looked at her for a few moments before saying, “I know.”
She smiled. “Good luck in your endeavours, love. You’re going to need it.”
The two of them shared a look before Zeke whispered something to her. He pulled his hands from hers and walked away, past Beth.
“Let’s go,” he said and continued walking.
They all looked at Tatiana for a few moments longer. She curled her fingers in a wave and turned to the body in the circle of candles. Beth was the first to run after Zeke. The others quickly caught up.
“Zeke,” Elijah tried, but got no answer. “Zeke.” Again, he got no answer so gave up.
When they got outside, Zeke just kept walking but Beth grabbed his arm, pulling on it hard, making him stay.
Caelan was sat on the floor with Liam, leaning against the wall. He was giving Zeke a death glare but Zeke was just blanking him completely.