Out of Sight
“Kendri, give me the ring.”
“No. I can’t. Not even if I wanted to. I promised, you know how those work here.” I took a step back, holding my hand that was bearing the silver diamond ring close to my chest.
Stanton rolled his eyes and gave me an annoyed look. “Fine, we’ll just go to the human world and you can give it to me there. They’re constantly breaking promises. Sound fair?”
“Not by a long shot.”
“Kendri, Kendri,” he chuckled, stuffing his hands in his pockets. “You are so naïve. What was Darwin thinking, trusting you with the ring?”
“Darwin trusts me because I’m honest and loyal. You, on the other hand, don’t even begin to understand the meaning of those words.”
“Understand? Oh I understand just fine. I just choose to trick and twist my words instead. Why follow through with promises when it’s so much easier – and funner, might I add, – to weave your words and watch the outcome, sitting back in the best seat in the house with a tequila and a taco and laugh at it all?”
I shake my head. I can’t take this nonsense anymore. Looking around at the shimmering walls, I put my fingers on the top of the diamond ring and look back at Stanton. His eyes widen and he quickly holds his hand out to me. “No, Kendri don’t. Give me the ring.”
“I will never give it to you,” I sneer.
I twist the diamond and give a sigh of relief at the safety of invisibility. I walk around Stanton, seeing what he will do now. He looks around, seeming lost and confused, I almost felt sorry for him, but then I remembered what kind of monster he is. I walk back by him, heading toward the hallway doors.
A chuckle comes from behind me. I turn and Stanton throws his head back, laughing hysterically.
“Keennddrriii,” he turns in a slow circle, his gaze stopping right on mine. “I can see you.”
I stumble back, reaching for the door handle. He takes a step closer, holding up his hand and wiggling his fingers. I see something reflect in the chandeliers light. A ring. This one a silver band with tiny diamonds dotted all the way around.
“How…?” I study the ring and his over-confident wicked grin.
“Thought you were the only one?” He shakes his head, “There is so much you don’t know, sweetheart. Now give me the ring.”
“No.” I take another step back.
His grin turns to a scowl and he walks toward me with a quick, determined stride. “Give it to me now!”
With fear churning in my stomach I turn and run down the hallway as fast as I can with only one thing to get me out of there.
I have to find Darwin. Whatever they did to him, wherever they’re keeping him, I have to find him. I have to find my brother.