Night World 09 - Witchlight by L. J. Smith

Night World 09 - Witchlight by L. J. Smith

Author:L. J. Smith
Format: mobi
Tags: Vampires, Juvenile Fiction, Fantasy & Magic, Fiction, Horror Stories, Horror
ISBN: 9780671014773
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published: 1997-01-01T23:00:00+00:00

"We've got a chance now," Keller said. 'It should be easy to get her to come to the ceremony on Saturday-as long as we can make her forget about

that ridiculous party. I'm not saying use her feelings against her. I'm just saying go with it. She should want to be promised to you."

Galen didn't say anything.

"And that's all. That's what I wanted to tell you. And also that if you're going to act stupid and guilty because of something that was ... a few minutes of silliness, a mistake-well, then, I'm not going to talk to you ever again."

His head came up. "You think it was a mistake?"

"Yes. Absolutely."

In one motion, he turned around and took her by the shoulders. His fingers tightened, and he stared at her face as if he were trying to see her eyes.

"And that's what you really think?"

"Galen, will you please stop worrying about my feelings?" She shrugged out of his grip, still facing him squarely. Tm fine. Things have worked out just the way they should. And that's all we ever need to say about it."

He let out a long breath and turned toward the window again. Keller couldn't tell if the sigh was relief or something else.

"Just make sure she comes to the ceremony. Not that it should be difficult," she said.

There was another silence. Keller tried to read his emotions through his stance and failed completely.

"Can you do that?" she prompted at last.

"Yes. I can do it. I can try."

And that was all he said. Keller turned to the door. Then she turned back.

"Thank you," she said softly. But what she really meant was Good-bye, and she knew he knew it.

For a long moment, she thought he wouldn't answer. At last, he said, "Thank you, Keller."

Keller didn't know what for, and she didn't want to think about it right now. She turned and slipped out of the room.



She's what?" Keller said, coming out of the bathroom, toweling her hair.

"She's sick," Winnie said. "Runny nose, little temperature. Looks like a cold. Her mom says she has to stay home from school."

Well, it looks like we're having a run of good luck, Keller thought. It would be much easier to protect her inside the house.

Winnie and Nissa had spent the night in Diana's room, while Keller, who was supposed to be asleep on the sofa bed in the family room, wandered the house in between catnaps. She'd asked Galen to stay in the guest room, and he had done just that.

"We can have a quiet day," she said now to Winnie. "This is great-as long as she gets well for Saturday."

Winnie grimaced.


"Um-you'd better go in and talk to her yourself."


"You'd just better go. She wants to talk to you."

Keller started toward Diana's room. She said over her shoulder, "Check the wards."

"I know, Boss."

Iliana was sitting up in bed, wearing a frilly nightgown that actually seemed to have a ribbon woven into the lace at the neck. She looked fragile and beautiful, and there was a delicate flush on her cheeks from the fever.


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