From an unpublished novel.
As usual, the old city was packed. Also as usual, no one was around the portal. Well, almost no one. A tall girl and a little boy, both with brown hair, stared into the alley. I went up behind them. “Laura, have you lost your mind?”
She jumped and turned around. “I had a feeling you’d show up here.”
The boy didn’t seem at all startled. Clyde had told me once that as strong as Laura’s abilities were, he believed Adam’s were stronger. Adam must have sensed me there before I spoke. “You’d better leave us alone, Dominic,” he said without turning.
“I’m not any threat to you,” I replied.
“I didn’t think you were.”
“Adam, stop,” Laura said. “Dominic, I know what happened to you yesterday. I dreamed it.”
“Now you’re dreaming about things that have already happened?”
“I fell asleep watching TV. I think I dreamed it while it was happening. I saw what happened to Miranda, too.”
Adam looked at Laura impatiently. “What are you talking about? Dominic did something to your friend Miranda?”
“No, Adam.” Laura came closer to me. “Dominic, I’m glad it didn’t take you. I know you didn’t want it to take Miranda.”
“Why wouldn’t he if he’s working for it?” Adam demanded.
“I’m not working for the one in Boston,” I said. “The one here isn’t the same one.”
“So you admit you’re working for this one.”
I managed not to laugh; Adam sounded like a cross-examining lawyer, which made a strange contrast with his age. “I don’t have to admit it, Adam. It’s no secret.” I paused as something came to me. “Laura already told you anyway. Look. What are you two doing down here? Laura, you told me you were going to stay away from the portal.”
“I also told you I had a feeling you’d be here today. I was looking for you, Dominic. I wanted to see for myself that you’re all right.”
I was but I wouldn’t be for long. Although I hadn’t sensed the dark presence when I arrived, I could now feel it coming closer. “You need to get out of here, Laura. Both of you. Now.”
“Why should we listen to you?” Adam wanted to know.
Laura looked into the alley again, head tilted as though she was listening to something. “He’s right, Adam. Come on.” She smiled at me. “Dominic, if you were truly dark you wouldn’t have warned us. Remember that.”
I wasn’t in the mood for that either. “Just go, Laura. And stay out of this part of town if you have half a brain.”
“I have more than that, Dominic. And I know you better than you want me to. Let’s go, Adam.”
They headed up the street. Just as they rounded a corner, I heard it. You were told to keep her away.
I just got here, I pointed out. I got rid of her as soon as I could.
She should have been told not to come near.
That’s kind of hard to do when I’m trying not to speak to her. Anyway, I’m not here for you to rant at.
Use caution in how you speak to me, Dominic.
Yeah, I was really worried. The worst the thing could do to me was take me and at this point, that wasn’t such a big threat. Whatever. Look, about your buddy down in Boston.
I do not know what you are talking about.
Really? I thought all you dark forces chatted regularly about how many people’s power you’ve drained lately. Here’s a hint. I was almost a victim.
That is not possible.
Sorry, but it is. I was almost taken by another force of darkness. Maybe that doesn’t matter a lot to you but I’ve kind of gotten used to existing.
It will be dealt with.
The tone of its thought clearly indicated that as far as it was concerned, that part of the conversation was over. I figured I was better off not pushing it. Thanks. Have a good day.