GENRE: YA Dystopian
Eric has been challenged to a dual by Orion, who holds claim to Eric's girlfriend if he wins. Regina, who is not Eric's girlfriend, surprises him at night.
Eric jumped at the sound of the female voice close behind him. Regina emerged from the shadows, hood pulled forward so that her face was almost completely invisible.
“I wish you’d stop sneaking up like that,” Eric said.
“I would’ve come to your house, but I saw you walking here as I approached the lane,” Regina said.
“You could’ve called out.”
“I wanted to see where you were going.”
Eric smiled. “At least you’re honest.”
“I have something important to tell you.”
“You’ve found our spy?”
“No,” Regina said. “Not about that. About Orion.”
Eric’s stomach dropped. “What?”
“He’s planning on using a poisoned knife.”
“That’s not allowed.” Eric had at least been paying enough attention to remember that part of Vann’s summary.
“No, it’s not,” Regina said. “But he’s spent years working with different toxins, extracts and oils from plants you’ve probably never heard of. And he says he’s got something virtually undetectable. So no one will know.”
“They’ll know when they see me die from a flesh wound,” Eric said.
“No.” She drew closer than she should have. “It’s slow-acting. It’ll look like you died from an infection.”
“You mind telling me how you get your information?”