July 11th, 2016 | Published in Dragon Wars
â€œI think,â€ Sera said dryly. â€œThat stopping whatever that thing is, is everyone’s fight.â€
â€œYou’re right,â€ Kira said. â€œBut why is it showing us this? The Idri Council were at least partly involved in its making. If they want this thing, shouldn’t it be on their side?â€ Cold waves of fury emanated from the crystal at that. Fury aimed at its creators. â€œI guess that explains it, but why is it so angry?â€
â€œWhat are you three up to? Forming a secret pact?â€ They turned to find Philip walking towards them.
â€œNothing!â€Ophelia could feel her cheeks burning as she banished the key. How much had he seen and how would they explain it away if he’d seen too much?
â€œIt’s okay,â€ he said. â€œYou weren’t breaking any rules. I was just curious because the three of you looked so conspiratorial. And you all look very guilty, which makes me even more curious.â€ His eyes twinkled then went flat as he saw Lee approaching them. â€œWhy is he following me? Every time I talk to you, he turns up.â€
â€œActually I think it’s me he’s following.â€ Kira sounded disgusted. â€œHe keeps hassling me to go out with him.â€ She scowled at Lee as he came up to them.
â€œIs Manion bothering you, Kira?â€ he asked.
â€œPhilip never bothers me â€“ well except when he calls me Rat â€“ unlike some people I could mention.â€ Kira deliberately turned her back on Lee as she spoke to Philip again. â€œAnd you just startled us. We were having a private conversation.â€
â€œReally, Rat? It looked more like a sÃ©ance to me.â€ He gave Lee a sideways glance. â€œBut since we’re here, it seems like a good time to ask. Would you like to go to the cinema with me tomorrow, Kira? They’ve finally reopened it now the curfew has been relaxed a bit.â€
Kira’s mouth dropped open. â€œR-really? W-with you? You know you’ll be setting yourself up to be attacked by Vivienne, don’t you?â€
â€œI don’t know,â€ Philip said. â€œMaybe then she’ll get it through her head that you aren’t interested in him.â€ He jerked his head at Lee.
Kira glanced over at Ophelia with an obvious question in her eyes.
If you want to, Ophelia said. We can deal with that thing tonight â€“ the sooner the better â€“ and I’m sure your family can sub someone for you tomorrow if I need back up. They won’t mind you dating a human will they?
Ha! No! Kira said. Not at all. Thanks. She grinned at Philip. â€œOkay, I’d love to come, but you have to promise not call me Rat all evening.â€
Ophelia was looking straight at Lee when Kira agreed and saw the pure fury in his face.
â€œNo!â€ he said. â€œI won’t let you!â€
â€œI don’t think you have much say, Lee.â€ Philip smirked before turning to Kira. â€œAnd I can do that, I think.â€ He looked up as the bell rang. â€œTime to go in.â€
â€œThat was close!â€ Ophelia muttered as they headed to the next class. â€œIt’s a good thing Lee interrupted before he could push it.â€