I leaned against a tree while Jeremy got redressed, a lot of questions on the tip of my tongue. When Jeremy reappeared he was back in his old clothes. Though he hair looked more ruffled and there was dirt on his skin.
“I thought you said you were only scared of spiders?” he teased straight away.
“Well that was the only thing that came to mind,” I pouted, turning away. I turn back to him, unable to hide my grin which he returned. Something about Jeremy's attitude made it hard to be unhappy, it was nice.
“So can you turn into any kind of snake or?” I trailed off and let him answer.
“No, just the one. Took some research from me and my brothers to figure out what kind,” Jeremy said, laughing at a distant memory.
“What kind?” I asked when he didn't say.
“Pit-viper. Which makes it somewhat useful in fight. But I'd rather just use the speed and strength in human form,” he explained. I raked my brain for what I knew about snakes and realised it was very little.
“Is that a poisonous snake?” I asked. Jeremy nodded and checked his phone.
“We should probably head back, it'll be evening soon,” he sounded less than happy about that. I followed him into the car. I missed the fields far too quickly as urban surroundings took its place.
“Why do you hate Rhys?” I asked. Jeremy glanced at me, considering his answer. Eventually he sighed and pulled over on the side of the road. I didn't think it'd be that long an explanation.
“Well, aside from how he is as a person, the fact that he's a vampire,” he started. “He also hurt one of my older brothers. It wasn't a fight or anything. They just passed in the street at night and Rhys and his friends decided to bash him in. He's alive, but it crippled him. His right hip doesn't work brilliantly and he rarely leaves our house.” I felt a hand cover my mouth and starred at the floor of the car. Why would Rhys do something like that? That sounded more like something Victoria was capable off. I looked up to watch Jeremy who was starring straight ahead, his lips a thin line.
“I'm sorry. For making you talk about it,” I said.
“It's fine. I want you to understand he's dangerous. You're human, you can die or get hurt in much worse ways than a non-human,” Jeremy said.
“Gee, thanks for the reminder I'm helpless,” I replied dryly, making him laugh. Except, this bound with Rhys meant I wasn't. Jeremy pulled into his parking spot and we headed to the library. Poppy was already there, laying claim to the most secluded table at the back.
“We should probably go meet Rhys at the gate to invite him in,” Jeremy said, seeing the sky outside grow darker.
“He needs inviting in here? But won't that mean-” I began
“Human dwell here, so yes, he needs inviting. But he won't be able to enter individual rooms without a second invite.” Jeremy explained quickly. I felt the sudden rush of panic ease.
“I'll come with you,” I said. Be interesting to see what his mind's thought up in the last 24 hours regarding this thing.