TITLE: Light Bringer
GENRE: YA Urban Fantasy
Ryan and Heath rescued Jessica the previous night, snatching her from her apartment in the middle of the night. Now they are trying to explain to her that it’s not safe for her to leave and she wigs out.
“Well, I need to get my stuff, and try to fix up the place before I’m sued by my landlord.” Jessica spoke as if her audience was either very stupid or did not understand English.
“You can’t leave,” Kalie said. “Ryan and Heath are going to work we’ll talk.”
“Talk? Is that it?”
“I told you last night,” Heath continued, “Kalie can answer your questions. It’s not safe for you. There’s nothing more you can do right now.”
“How do you know what I can do? If it wasn’t for me, he—” She pointed to Ryan. “Would still be in the fetal position, crying, while that man played with his head.”
Ryan choked on his apple, but Jessica went on.
“I’m not some chick with perfectly manicured nails who has no idea how to protect myself!”
Kalie’s mouth flopped open and she tucked her neat fingers casually behind her back.
“I’ve slaughtered pigs for Pete’s sake,” Jessica continued. “If I wanna leave you can’t stop me. You—you can’t keep me here like a prisoner!” Her voice reached a shrill level. “She may be satisfied to play the little damsel in distress, but I—”
“Hey!” Bits of apple sprayed from Ryan’s mouth as he slammed his hand down on the table. Everything in the kitchen began vibrating ominously. Calm yourself, he thought, and had to chant it a few times before it worked. By then, Kalie and Heath seemed braced for a repeat of last night.