[font="Tahoma"][center][b]Pins and Needles [/b][/center]
â??[b]What if Nathan doesnâ??t know what to do?[/b]â? Phaidra asked Alex worriedly.
â??[b]He will.[/b]â? Alex answered without looking back or slowing down.
â??[b]Iâ??m serious Alex![/b]â?
â??[b]So am I.[/b]â? He shot back. â??[b]We finally lost him didnâ??t we?[/b]â?
â??[b]Well yesâ?¦ butâ?¦[/b]â?
â??[b]No buts.[/b]â? He replied firmly but Phaidra could hear the anxiety in his voice just the same. She shared it.
What good did it do to slip away if they couldnâ??t deal with the vampire? How were they supposed to go about their duties with someone like that about? He could be waiting for them around any corner at any time. Would Savel be able to better sense the vampiresâ?? location? Would she be able to create a shield that could block a bullet? Would she even see one coming in time to stop it?
She tried to put it out of mind but that laugh of his felt like it was still echoing about her; mocking her inability to determine where it and its owner were located. Her sense of unease rose as they approached Nathanâ??s place, intensifying as they slipped through the front doorâ?¦ [i]what the hell?[/i]
[i]A vampire![/i] Her mind screamed in panic as she brought her hands up. Flames started to dance around her fingers as she hastily created a fireball and launched it straight at the blonde haired intruder. The vampire did nothing as it approached, he didnâ??t even look alarmed. Then, to her utter shock, Nathan made a tiny gesture that resulted in the magic vanishing.
Alex grabbed her arm before she could react to Nathan stopping her attack. â??[b]No! Itâ??s alright! You donâ??t have to worry about him.[/b]â?
Taken aback, she stared at Alex for a moment. â??[b]Heâ??s a vampire![/b]â? She protested.
â??[b]I know butâ?¦[/b]â? Alex glanced at Nathan briefly and then back. â??[b]Victor is friends with Nathan.[/b]â? He explained.
â??[b]Are we done trying to destroy my apartment?[/b]â? He asked the pair.
Christine fixed Nathan with a stare before turning to Alex and Phaidra who were still clearly rattled.
â??[b]Whatâ??s wrong?[/b]â? She asked them gently.
Alex looked at Phaidra who nodded and then let go before answering Christine. â??[b]We ran into a vampire using what looked like a regular gun.[/b]â? Alex paused to take a deep breath before continuing. â??[b]He killed a reaper.[/b]â?
â??[b]With the gun?[/b]â? Christine pressed.
Nathan snorted. â??[b]Thatâ??s ridiculous.[/b]â?
â??[b]No itâ??s not![/b]â? Phaidra exclaimed.
â??[b]Yes it is.[/b]â?
â??[b]No, itâ??s [i]NOT![/i][/b]â? She repeated forcefully. â??[b]If they can make those blades we canâ??t phase through, whatâ??s to stop them from making bullets from the same material?[/b]â?
Phaidra took a deep breath and held her arms against her chest tightly as she fought the urge to shake. â??[b]You donâ??t understand,[/b]â? she continued softly. â??[b]Iâ?¦ I saw the hole the bullet made in his head. Iâ?¦ I felt him die.[/b]â? She shivered and looked away.
â??[b]Escalation, Nathan.[/b]â? Christine said firmly. â??[b]We canâ??t ignore this.[/b]â?
The siblings stared at each other for a long moment before an admonishing noise interrupted the silence.
Startled, Phaidra looked up at Victor who was shaking his head slightly at Nathan.
â??[b]Tso insensitive.[/b]â? He chided. He took one step towards Phaidra and then stopped, glancing over at Isen who was fixing him with a glare.
â??[b]Fine.[/b]â? Nathan turned to Alex. â??[b]What does this guy look like?[/b]â?
Alex told him and then started to explain how the vampiresâ?? aura was difficult to locate but Nathan brushed it off with a wave and a curt â??Iâ??ll deal with itâ?? before he whirled and took off.
Phaidra stared at the spot incredulously for a moment before taking a seat with a sigh.
â??[b]So, anything else I missed?[/b]â? Gavrie asked.
â??[b]Yes.[/b]â? Karl spoke up before either Phaidra or Alex could say a word.