The casserole was wonderful and a nice change after the slightly thin meals of the last few days. However, they did not get to eat it in peace. When they were about half finished, there was a snapping noise from Sarah’s bag.
â€œOh!â€ She bent down and pulled the egg out. There was a small but visible crack in the glassy shell and brown tinted light was glowing out of it. â€œHe’s hatching!â€
â€œHe is,â€ Lyrrekka agreed. â€œI’ll get the baby things after dinner. It will take a few hours before he emerges.â€
Sarah nodded, tucked the egg into the crook of one harm and went back to eating her casserole.
Andrew wished he could do that but now his stomach was churning and his appetite had completely died. He tried looking away from the egg but it didn’t help. He gave a sigh and put his spoon down. His mother gave him a concerned look and squeezed his hand gently.
â€œIt’s okay, Drew,â€ she said. â€œHe’ll be a baby and won’t even remember what happened. He won’t be able to hurt you.â€
â€œI know,â€ Andrew said. â€œIt’s still disturbing.â€
â€œI understand.â€ She looked over at Matthias. â€œHe needs a councillor. I think I’m going to take him to see Alex’s daughter after dinner.â€
â€œGood call,â€ he said. â€œWe’ll put yours n the fridge until you feel better, Drew.â€
By the time the others finished eating there were several more cracks in the egg, all glowing with the same light. Andrew gave it one more unhappy look before his mother led him out of the dorm house and across the school campus to another almost identical house. He recognised the woman who answered the door; she was indeed one of Alexandra’s daughters.
â€œThanks for agreeing to do this at such short notice, Melissa,â€ Sonia said.
â€œIt’s fine,â€ Melissa said. â€œI’m helping Kayleigh and Robert already.â€ She beckoned them inside. â€œI really should have offered when you first told us what was done to him. Would the dragon girl, Naria, want my help?â€
â€œI think Nari’s mother arranged something,â€ Andrew said. â€œThough she’s here so much I’m not sure how that works.â€
â€œNaria has been talking to Kelaria when she needed to,â€ Sonia said. â€œAnd to be honest, she’s coping better than you.â€
â€œThat’s good then.â€ Melissa led them to a small study and gestured to a comfortable armchair. â€œTake a seat. Do you want your mother to stay?â€
Andrew looked over at his mother, wondering if she would be be offended if he asked her to leave. He didn’t have to ask though because she laughed and headed for the door.
â€œWho wants to bear their soul in front of their parents, Melissa,â€ she said just before closing the door, leaving him alone with the other woman.
â€œOkay.â€ Melissa sat down opposite Andrew and gave a smile. â€œNow I take my councilling very seriously, so I promise you nothing you say here will leave this room. So what do you want to talk about?â€