I was called from my sleep by a sound I couldn’t register.
I found my eyes locked on the direction of the sound and found him standing there and for a second, it was all senseless to me.
Until I remembered where I was.
Who I was.
I sat up, swinging my legs over the edge of the bed and winced at the coldness of the tile underfoot.
“Since when do you sleep?” Orion asked.
“Since I took on this form.”
The demon leaned against the doorjamb, looking smug.
To my trained eye, he appeared like a hologram, slipping in and out of his true form, so fast that no human eye could spot the shift.
That was the price of being on Earth in Spirit form.
“What do you want?” I snapped, rising to my feet.
He left the door open and made his way to the window, tossing my pants at me.
I had to get used to this business of clothes and fast.
“Your girl is full of sparkly joy again.”
This stopped me dead in the process of pulling on a shirt.
“What do you mean?”
“You said that Marcus wasn’t assigned to her.”
“He isn’t,” I said confidently.
Both of us exited the bedroom and headed down to the Situation Room.
“Well, that call she missed that night, came through,” said Orion. “And it pushed back the timeline another week.”
It was like a scene out of Boiler Room.
Everyone was running about and barking orders at everyone else –
I snarled when someone stepped on my toes and it was here that I realized that I was barefoot.
Orion chuckled at this and I damn near clocked him flat.
“What’s so special about this girl that the Sentinels are watching her?” Orion asked as he began to walk away.
I didn’t give any kind of answer because I didn’t know.
Nyla popped onto the main screen along with the synopsis of her life.
The girl’s face stared back at me, her eyes Brown, flecked with blue. They always seemed to be bloodshot. Her skin was brown and imperfect and her hair was curly and natural underneath the braids she always wore them in.
I remembered looking into those eyes that night.
I remembered her looking right at me.
My heart began to race in my chest, skipping every few beats. Something passed over my skin and I felt that current flow through me again, a whisper of what it felt like to be touched by her –