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Kim Reeves sat in the corner and glared around at the other partygoers. She still wasn't sure why they had invited her, an awkward and unpopular nerd, to the event, but strongly suspected that it was so they would have something to laugh at. Her thoughts fell into a familiar and bitter spiral as she sipped her can of Mountain Dew. Kimberly, the too-smart freaky girl who didn't fit in anywhere. Kimberly, with an accent inherited from her Australian father and New Zealander mother that had never quite faded, despite a life spent mostly in the United States, and her opinions and personality that tended to keep her on a different level from most people her age she knew. She was shy and occasionally misanthropic, had difficulty making friends outside of a few restricted cliques, and had developed a rather thick-skinned indifference to her peers' mockery by the time she graduated high school two years previous. So it had surprised her to no end when the girls in
Queen of Twilight chapter 14Chapter Fourteen • Full Circle
"What? They disappeared?" Elsabett asked, and van Helsing took another long swig of sacramental wine and nodded.
"Yeh. Don't you remember?"
Ladmira grasped the bottle and pulled on it. "Ghanja-Tel, I think you're drunk." He yanked back, refusing to let go.
"I know when I'm drunk, thank you," he huffed. Elsabett sighed and leaned her chin on one hand.
"How are you doing over there, Vlad?" she called, glancing at the black-haired vampire curled in the corner with a goblet of blood.
"Just fine," he whispered hoarsely. "Thanks for asking."
Ladmira cleared her throat. "You were saying, Ghanja-Tel, how most of the surviving Sephardi mysteriously disappeared?"
He laughed. "Wow, that's the most words I've ever heard you string together at once." She glared at him, unamused. "And my name, 'Ghanja-Tel'. If you think about it, it's kind of funny-sounding. Gahn-yah-tell. What's it mean, anyway?"
"Light of hope," she said tersely. "Sephardi. Explain. Now!"
Queen of Twilight chapter 13Chapter Thirteen • Dawn and Twilight
A sharp rap on the door caught Umipa's attention. She put her whetstone on the floor, reverently laid her blade on its silk bed, and hopped to her feet to answer the summons. It was, naturally, Maniskara.
"Yes, Mistress?" she asked. Her tutor looked highly displeased, but the young Hylden knew that the anger did not lie with her, or she would have already ceased to be. "What is the matter?"
"I did not want to have to test you so soon," the ancient Hylden rasped, "for I do not think that you are as strong yet as you can potentially become. However, it seems I have no other options.
"My triple-cursed servants have all disappeared. I charged them with finding their 'sister', whom I can no longer sense, and now they have apparently met the same fate—whatever that might be. You and I, Umipa, are going to collect them."
Umipa swelled with pride. "I am pleased, Mistress, to be able to serve with such an admirable warrior," she said. "I am
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