“Then we should go now, collect your belongings. I will wait out the front,” Gabriel informed them.
He disappeared into lots of little symbols and letters, leaving Nalael’s letter on the mantelpiece, as Zeke turned to Caelan, about to leave the room and run upstairs.
“He wants to kill me?” Caelan whispered, staring at him.
Zeke took his face in his hands, not noticing the blood now on Caelan’s cheek.
“Baby, I’m so sorry. I never wanted to tell you, I didn’t think you’d ever need to know. I thought I could protect you.”
“Because I’m better than him. He knows he can’t beat me on his own.”
“Typical. Someone wants to kill me because you beat them at something.”
A small smile crept on Zeke’s lips. “Not something, everything.”
Zeke kissed him softly, trying to comfort him. It seemed to work, as Caelan took one of his hands and licked along the cut he’d made, closing it. Zeke tensed as he did, all his muscles tight.
“Cheeky,” he murmured, making Caelan smile. He leant in to whisper something in Caelan’s ear which made the younger vampire blush.
“Shut up,” Caelan muttered before pulling him out of the room and upstairs.
“You’d think everything that’s happening right now was completely normal, wouldn’t you?” Cassius asked, noticing that Beth had been watching them too.
“They have each other though. They’re just so in love it’s beautiful to watch. Whereas my fiancé, well, he’s off somewhere as somebody’s slave.”
“He’s alive though, Beth. Just remember that. He may not be in the best of positions right now, but he’s alive. Not everyone can say that about their partners.”
“What do you mean?”
“I was married, a very long time ago now. She was kidnapped and I was powerless to find her; I was so young then. I still don’t know where they put her body, or who it was that took her. All I have left is her silver bracelet, which I never take off.” He held up his left wrist, showing her the bracelet she had noticed when she’d first seen him. It was only a thin chain, simple yet elegant.
“It was her wedding present from me. She wore it always. They sent it back to me with a note with the date on. The date of her death.”
“I’m so sorry,” she said quietly.
“So be grateful that he’s alive. The Brotherhood are no doubt looking for him. But you’re not allowed to, are you?”
She looked at him, surprised. “How did you know?”
He looked over to the raven, whom Beth now knew was named Corvina. “I keep an ear to the ground.”
She wasn’t sure how to respond, staring at the raven who looked back at her blankly, but with an air of complete understanding.
“I could take you if you like. To the Dimension.”
“No, I—” She suddenly grinned, realising what this meant.
Cassius smiled back, knowing what he’d done.
“I can’t. This means that the next time someone asks, I can go and I’ll find him!” she practically squealed, jumping in her seat.
Cassius chuckled quietly. “Who was it who spoke to you?”
“I don’t know, a woman. She had... pink eyes and short blonde hair.”
“Ah, I see. Well, I hope for your sake that you’re able to go soon,” Cassius smiled.
“Thank you, Cassius, for everything. Even all the stuff you did when I was just a little girl. I wish I remembered.”
“I don’t think you do. I had a horrific hairstyle back then. Mid-nineties,” he said with a shudder that made her laugh.