August 5th, 2016 | Published in Dragon Wars
“All I want to learn right now is how to go back to sleep,” Kate muttered under her breath before saying. “Sure, if you want.”
“No,” he said. “It’s okay. If you’re tired you should go back to sleep. You can’t be much use to me if you’re exhausted because I’ve pushed you too hard.”
“Uh.” Kate flushed and looked at her feet. “You weren’t supposed to hear that bit.”
Darlryan laughed gently at that. “I have very good hearing, Kate. Muttering won’t stop me hearing you.”
“I’ll bear that in mind,” she said.
“Now, training,” he said. “Not tonight because you need to sleep. What about tomorrow night after your parents have gone to bed?”
“Not tomorrow,” Kate said. “I really wish I could but my stepmother has plans.”
“She’ll be late to bed?” he asked.
“When Amelia has plans it means she won’t be sleeping at all,” Kate said bitterly. “And there will be incense that makes me feel ill. I wish I could duck out but she insists I’m here when she does this. Even if I could sneak out of the house to meet you somewhere else, she’d ground me for a month once she realised I wasn’t there. That’s the other reason I want to go back to bed – I’ll be lucky to sleep tomorrow.” She scowled. “And I’ll likely be sick as a dog Friday as a result. I always am afterwards. What about Saturday?”
Darlryan raised an eyebrow. Everyone knew that Amelia Stevens was a bit weird but he hadn’t realised she was that weird. “Saturday would be good. We could even meet in the day then.”
“Daytime is definitely better,” Kate agreed. “Shall we meet in the park?”
“No!” he said sharply. “Not the park. There’s too many prying eyes there.”
“Oh.” Kate frowned at the ceiling. “Somewhere private? There’s only really the old courtyard behind the shops and that place is really dodgy.”
By dodgy she meant the place where junkies went to shoot up and similar, he knew. Definitely not the ideal rendezvous point, but it would have to do.
“Don’t worry,” he said. “You’ll be perfectly safe since I’ll be there and we won’t be staying long. I have somewhere else entirely in mind for your training.”
“Okay then,” Kate said. “What time?”
“Hmm… I’ll be busy in the morning so after lunch? About two, maybe?”
“Sure,” she said. “I can do that.”
“Now that’s sorted I’ll let you get back to bed. Try not to attack anyone before then.”
She smirked at him. “I’ll be good,” she said. “I’ll bite my tongue and avoid Ophelia if I have to. If I can avoid murdering my stepmother I can avoid attacking her.”
“That’s probably for the best,” he said. “Sleep well, Kate.” He watched her climb back into bed before teleporting back to his own room long enough to check his current foster parents hadn’t missed him. Once he was certain they were still sleeping, he jumped again to the lair he’d created for himself in Caredale. He needed to warn his followers that they’d be having a guest on Saturday.