Rose and Erik are found family in all the snarkiest ways. 😅
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“I don’t know why you’d be worried,” Erik scoffed. “Kara and Alana tried to kill each other every day, and Kara stayed with her for fourteen hundred years.”
Rose frowned. “But that was only because Alana wouldn’t let her leave.”
“Not the point,” Erik said. He leaned against the table, crossing his arms. “What makes you think Kara would run away at the first sign of disagreement?”
Rose chewed on her lip nervously. “People…tend to run away from me.”
Erik snorted, “Well, can you blame them? You’re an annoying, sarcastic nerd, and…you’re kind of a mess.” He looked away. “And sometimes terrifying.”
Rose flashed her sassiest smile. “Wow. Thanks, Erik,” she said, her voice sharp with sarcasm. “This is exactly the kind of encouragement I was looking for.”
“But,” Erik continued, scowling at her interruption, “Kara’s into that.”
Rose gave him a skeptical look. “She’s into terrifying messes?”
“Well, she did date Alana,” Erik muttered under his breath.
“Umm,” Rose said, squinting bewilderedly, “so did you?”
“What I meant was,” Erik grumbled, his gaze shifting back toward Rose, “she’s into you.” He shrugged. “You might be a total failure at everything else you do in this world, but…you make Kara happy.” His brows furrowed. “Somehow.”
Despite the anxiety whirling around in her head, Rose couldn’t help but smile. “How do you manage to make me feel better and worse, at the same time?”
“It’s a gift,” Erik laughed. But when Rose turned to leave, his smile faded. “Rose?” he called out—before she could open the door. When Rose glanced back at him, she was surprised to find that, for once, there were no traces of humor in his expression. He scratched his head, messing up his wavy, blonde hair. “I don’t know what Kara’s lying about this time, but when she was here, I sensed…fear.”
Rose was quiet for a moment. Then, she nodded. “I sensed it, too.”
She’d never seen Erik so nervous.
“Kara is fearless, and she loves danger. What scares most people excites her. So, if this secret scares Kara,” Erik paused, regarding Rose with a worried look, “it must be more terrible than I can imagine.”
Rose sighed, “If you’re trying to scare me…”
“I’m not,” he interrupted. “I just want you to be careful.”
from my upcoming book, The Reign of Darkness,
Book Four of the Creatures of Darkness Series.
© Britney Jackson
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