“Where did Victoria go?” I ask, noticing that Darlton looks just a little too happy. Normally being so close to me gives him a permanent scowl, but right now its gone. Even as he turns to answer me he's still smiling. It's weird as hell.
“Depends, would you call yourself a fan of-”
“No” I interrupted him, “I would never be a fan of the likes of him”. I couldn't help the image of straggling him popping into my head for a second. Darlton gave me a curious look, maybe he was trying to decide weather I deserved some respect afterall. Not that I especially cared anymore what he thought of me.
“Always good to hear” I heard Ben speak behind me and felt my whole body freeze and turned to face him. Marti examined him for a few seconds.
“Are you a unicorn too?” I couldn't stop the burst of laughter at Marti. Even Ivory was failing to fight the urge to laugh too, Darlton just sighed. Yet again I was glad Marti was here and felt all the tension between me and Ben start to diffuse.
“No” Ben replied, rolling his eyes and giving me a questioning look. I failed at stopping my own laughter and so mouthed the word “cousin”.
“Will you stop laughing, I can't help it that I don't know anything about supernaturals” Marti said, placing both arms on her hips and looking flustered.
“And what I do isn't from a trustworthy source” I heard her mutter.
“Vampires don't sparkle if that helps” Ben said, I couldn't help but notice he was talking weirdly, like he was trying to hide his teeth. I didn't really have to guess why.
“Back” Victoria said, breaking into the group, followed by what I could only call a true beast of a man. Though hopefully my expression wasn't anywhere near as wide-eyed as Marti's.
“Your tall” She stated, to which he merely raised an eyebrow at.
“I did not realise you had befriended the human here Victoria” He said, glancing towards me. He was doing a pretty good job of hiding it, but I could tell he and Darlton had similar opinions. And I was starting to get the feeling a rally was starting. There were a few other people I'd never met gathering near us.
“I don't know what any of you are planning” I said, trying to be extra careful with my choice of words, “But going after Stephen Redding will just give him more fuel to throw on the fire” Before anyone could start yelling at me I spoke again.
“I realise none of you really give a damn what humans think of you. But I do, because I actually like it at this university as well as the people I've met. I'd rather not have to leave” And with that I grabbed Marti's hand and walked away. I remember when I first came to this university. I don't think I ever imagined I'd say words like that. But it was true. Darlton might be mean at times, but he wasn't a bad guy. Victoria was a little quiet at times but I'm sure if I worked at it we could be good friends. Ivory was just adorable as far as a could tell and Ben. Well, I didn't like the thought of not being able to see him again.
“Are they going to attack dad?” Marti whispered when we were some distance away. I glanced at her, noticing her brown eyes begin to water. At the end of the day, he was still her dad.
“I don't know. I hope not” I replied. I felt Marti's grip on my hand tighten before she turned to face me head-on.
“Let's make him leave first” I didn't get a chance to answer before she pulled me along towards the parking lot. I recognised the black jag and the two security guards who were never going to be enough. And leaning against the shiny black surface was my uncle causally smoking a cigar. He was such an idiot.