Cradling Elise’s cell phone to her ear, Kate walked to the back bedroom. Her heart thumped an unsteady rhythm as her phone began to ring. It rang once, then twice. Kate knew that her voice mail would pick up after the fourth ring.
“Hello,” a voice answered.
Kate inhaled sharply when she heard Aidan’s voice.
“Kate, is that you?”
“Yes,” Kate whispered.
“Are you ready to listen to what I have to say?”
“Yes. I just want to know what’s going on, Aidan.”
“Can you meet me somewhere? It’s better if we talk in person.”
“I’m not sure I can do that, Aidan. Can’t we just talk over the phone?”
“We need to meet. They could be listening.”
“Who? Who could be listening?” Kate questioned.
“Kate, please. I need you to trust me. I don’t mean you any harm, but the other ones do. They will kill you if they get the chance. I can offer you a certain amount of protection.”
“You can protect me?” Kate scoffed. “I was fine until I met you, Aidan. Now, I have demons following me, or that’s what you’re telling me. I thought you were a really nice guy. You’re attractive, educated. You seemed like the perfect guy,” Kate ranted, “but you aren’t even human, are you?”
“No, I’m not, Kate.”
“What are you, Aidan? An angel…demon?”
“Kate, I really wish you would meet me in person. We can discuss all of this. I’ll explain everything. Please, just trust me. I beg you.”
“Fine, but only if we meet in public. There’s a small café around the corner from the Belleview apartments in downtown Nashville. I think it’s calledNona’sor something like that. Do you think you can find it?”
“I know exactly where it is. I’ll meet you there in an hour. It’s better if you come by yourself, though.”
“Wait, how do you know exactly where it is?” Kate asked, but the line had already gone silent.