Chapter 7.4Mature

“Yes. You need to destroy the object that made the bond. But if the bond formed how you think it did, that's a very unhelpful piece of advice,” Luca said with a shrug and a grin. I could sense Rhys annoyance like a force shuddering through me. The moment passed quickly enough but I still glanced at him.

“What?” he asked, his voice anything but friendly.

“Nothing,” I murmured, looking away fast.

“What about a transfer? You said that was possible,” Rhys asked. His voice a little bit more rational. His voice actually sounded nice, when he wasn't being the scary, dark intent guy.

“Poppy should have enough skill to manage it once I figure out what's needed. But you still need a willing third party. Plus, from what I've read a transfer hurts worse than breaking a bond, And breaking is described as unbearable,” Luca explained.

“I think I'll survive,” Rhys muttered.

“Right, as long as everything is fine for you. Nevermind the human who hates this just as much as you do,” I murmured. Rhys raised an eyebrow at me but didn't say anything. I glanced at Jeremy who seemed to watch everything with calm detachment. He met my eyes and looked away.

“I told you, don't rely on him,” Rhys said, seeing our exchange. Jeremy glared at him but didn't reply.

“Can you at least give us an idea of what to expect?” I asked. Not yet willing to disclose the nightmare thing. It felt like something only Rhys should know I'd seen. Luca pulled at the book and read from it directly.

“The first thing to come is the exchange of abilities. For the human, this will be the strengths of the non-human race. For the non-human, this will be more human-like emotions and understanding,” Luca began. I glanced at Rhys, I didn't think he got that side of things yet.

“Least you'll feel guilty for once,” Jeremy muttered. Rhys sniggered and shook his head. Not the best move, I could feel the air change as Jeremy glared. I resisted the urge to hide my face in my hands and waited for Luca to continue

“As long as the two remain relatively close in proximity and see each other often enough the bond will continue to grow. Things like dreams will become exchanged. They will feel each others pain and an inexplicable desire to help one another. It is also said that some bonds can be so strong that they can feel each others emotions and share inner thoughts.” Luca snapped the book shut and looked around.

“Share thoughts? That's insane,” Poppy murmured, looking from me to Rhys quickly. It was insane, and slightly scary. I didn't really want to know what went through a vampires mind.

“It's said, not guaranteed. It really depends on the type of bond. If I'm being honest, I don't think Rhys' little bite caused it to form,” Luca said. I opened my mouth to reply but Poppy beat me to it.
“You bit her!” she yelled. She closed the space between her and Rhys fast and punched him in the chest. The blow didn't seem to bother him a lot.

“Well, I wouldn't be in this mess if I'd just ignored you and killed her like Vic wanted. But there you go,” Rhys replied bitterly.

“Is that who was attacking you?” I asked. It came out sounding a lot more concerned than I'd meant. Jeremy raised an eyebrow at me and I glanced at the floor. Great, now I sounded like I actually sympathised with the guy.

“Yes. Which means I'm going to be hiding here for the day,” Rhys replied.

“How?” I asked.

“I'll just compel someone to let me stay in their room,” he said with a shrug. Poppy narrowed her eyes at him.

“No biting I hope,” she murmured.

“Of course not,” he smirked, not even attempting to cover his lie. I could tell what Jeremy was going to say and knew it was a bad idea. The two of them in the same room? They'd rip each other to shreds before the day began.

“Stay in my room,” I sighed, earning a surprised look from Rhys. “And if you bite me, I will use your own strength against you,” I continued. He studied me with narrowed eyes before smirking again.

“I doubt you even have any real control over it yet. You've only used it once afterall,” he said casually. I frowned at him, because he had a point.

“Well, don't give me a reason to practise using it. It'll affect you more than me,” I said, crossing my arms. I got him there and his dark expression showed he knew.

“I promise not to open the curtains on you again,” I said as we left the library. I heard Jeremy laugh behind us.

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