The door to my mind swung open and there stood Della with her hand on her hips. The light shining from behind her silhouetted her, but there was no doubt it was Della. This sassy vamp had attitude all the way down to her posture.
Not that I blamed her. She’d been through some tough times. Like being turned into a vampire, then practically being disowned by her own family. Not to mention the disastrous romance with Lee, who she still loved. Oh, she denied it, but she denied it a little too strongly. Under that tough girl act she always wore like a second skin, Della had a lot of pain. I saw it. Kylie saw it. The only other person who seemed to see it was Steve, the hot shape-shifter who has a thing for Della. And of course, Della denied any feelings for Steve. Well, she admitted he had a nice butt, but that’s all she’d admit.
“Come on in,” I said.
She took one step then stopped. “Why am I back here?”
“Because I needed to talk to you about something.”
“About the mission you’re about to go on.”
“I can’t talk about it.” She shot me a smartass look.
I’m not going to ask you questions you can’t answer. “So come in, please.”
She rolled her eyes. “Since you said please.”
Strolling in, she plopped down on the sofa. Then, her gaze shot up to the wall where sword had once hung. “Where’s that bloody sword you had up there?”
I shrugged. “It keeps disappearing. I don’t know where it goes.”
She frowned. “Is that like some clue to what’s going to happen in the next book?”
“It could be, I’m not sure.”
She frowned. “You got more secrets than a rogue werewolf has fleas.”
“Maybe a few,” I said, and grinned. “So, do you know I’m writing about you and Steve on the mission?”
“Yeah, I heard the rumors. Am I going to kick someone’s ass on the mission?”
I shrugged. “Maybe.”
“That means yes.” She rubbed her hands together.
“But I’m worried, Della. I mean, you can’t do this mission alone. You’re going to need Steve’s help to get through this.”
“Bullshit! The guy’ll do nothing but slow me down. I’m furious at Burnett for wanting to send him with me. And when I meet with Burnett, I’m going to try to make him see reason. I don’t need Steve.”
“Della, I’m serious, you and Steve are going to have to work together. Not everything is going to go smoothly. This thing could very easily turn dangerous. ”
“I can handle dangerous,” Della said, but for one second, I saw a flicker of fear in her eyes. She wasn’t nearly as confident as she pretended to be.
“Look, Della. It’s not a sin to need someone’s help.”
“Yes it is!” she said.
“Why do you say that?” I asked.
She stood up. “When you need someone, you give them the ability to hurt you. To let you down.”
“Caring about people doesn’t always turn out badly,” I insisted. “You let yourself care about Kylie.”
“Yeah, and how did that turn out? She’s gone.”
“I think she’ll be back,” I said.
“Can you tell me that for sure?”
“See,” Della said. “When you care about someone, you just end up hurt.”
She stormed out of door of my mind. I sighed. I guess Della was going to have to learn the hard way. And this mission was only the beginning. I hadn’t told Della yet, but she is my main character in the next Shadow Falls books. Della, sassy attitude and all, was about to embark on some difficult times. I had a feeling she would survive. But it wasn’t always going to be easy.
Winner & Giveaway
The three winner’s of last week’s giveaway of Shadow Falls: The Beginning are Skie-Ann Pahls, Lauren Pictor and Veronica :p. You all have until March 19, 2013 to email your address to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now for this week’s giveaway, I’m giving away another copy of Shadow Falls: The Beginning plus a bag full of goodies! Leave a comment for a chance to win. (If you are reading this on Goodreads, you must post your comment on my blog page to win.) Unfortunately, I have to limit this giveaway to residents of the U.S.