“So... You’re part angel, part demon, part warlock and part vampire?” She frowned, deep in thought.
She stayed quiet for a while. “Does Caelan know?” she asked eventually.
“No,” was his immediate answer.
“Are you going to tell him?”
“There are some things he just doesn’t need to know.”
She opened her mouth to protest but changed her mind about her words. “Wait, when Tatiana called you the best weapon...?”
“This is what she was referring to, yes.”
“How does she know?”
“We were... close.” Zeke began to look uncomfortable.
“How close?” she asked, narrowing her eyes at him.
“Quite.” He hid a slight blush and turned back to the TV, taking the game off pause. He was trying to cut off the conversation, Beth knew, but she wasn’t going to let him get off that easily.
“Zeke,” she said warningly, realising that she was acting like a jealous girlfriend. “How close is ‘quite’?”
“We were a little short of lovers,” he admitted quietly.
“Does Caelan know?” she demanded.
“All of it?”
A small smile appeared on his lips. “I love how I tell you that I was a scientific and magical experiment with three different fathers and Tia is what you’re worried about.”
“You and Caelan have been together for years. It would be stupid to let you drift apart or whatever because of some secret. Does he have anything he won’t tell you?”
“I don’t know. He has his right to a life that doesn’t involve me.”
Beth looked at him, slightly surprised by him saying this for a reason she couldn’t explain.
“Don’t look at me like that,” he said, glancing over at her briefly.
“Sorry,” she replied.
“Everyone has secrets, even those who are fated for each other.”
“What do you mean?” she asked.
“There are some people in the world who are made for each other, who are fated to be together, chosen by the gods to be with each other forever. It rarely happens to humans, though still does on occasion. You know that it’s something special right from the beginning.”
“That sounds... wonderful. Is that what you and Caelan have?”
“How did you find out?”
“I was told several years ago, when I was going through a, uh... A difficult time.”
Beth thought about this silently, wondering what Zeke meant by his ‘difficult time’, before yawning.
“I want to go back to sleep now, but promise me one thing,” she said to him.
“What?” he asked, glancing over.
“Turn the game off and go to sleep.”
“Now?” he asked.
“Yes, now. Please.”
He stayed quiet for a few moments before nodding and quitting his games, turning the console off from the controller.