â€œKaz is definitely a bad choice,â€ Daniel said. â€œThey know she’s been lying to them about her identity for years now. They’re unlikely to trust her.â€
â€œThat’s true, Matt,â€ Sarah said. â€œThe Merryweathers are nasty but they aren’t stupid, they’ll realise she’s up to something.â€
â€œThat’s not exactly the plan,â€ Matthias said. â€œAnd who else could do it? Lyd’s out due to being a dragon, Andrew’s not subtle enough â€“ sorry, Drew â€“ and Dan would irritate the hell out of Helena given her empathy and how different their mental frequencies are. Plus he has a promise to Rini to keep.â€
â€œHmm?â€ Daniel said. â€œOh, you mean finding her heart friend.â€
â€œYes,â€ Matthias said. â€œJames says that she’s getting touchy about it again. I know where her heart friend is so you just need to take her to meet them.â€
â€œYou need someone they’ll believe is not working for you,â€ Daniel said. â€œIdeally someone they’ll believe they can turn against you. That’s none of us.â€
â€œIt could actually be Rini,â€ Karen said. â€œBut she’s too young to take such a risk.â€ She tapped her fingers on the chair arm. â€œAnd Helena’s too sensitive to be fooled anyway. No, I honestly am best for this because even though I always gave her the same cold shoulder as everyone else, I swear she likes me. It’s risky but we’re planning to reach out to her rather than manipulate her.â€
Sonia stared at them in disbelief and opened her mouth, clearly about to give them a tongue lashing when she paused and frowned. â€œThat’s a really stupid idea but my gut is insisting it might work… but what if she tells her family?â€
Karen snorted. â€œThey know how we feel already, mum,â€ she said blandly. â€œI doubt they’ll kill me for saying it directly to one of them.â€
â€œDon’t bet on it,â€ Sonia said.
â€œI’d be more worried about her,â€ Karen said. â€œJasmine and Ryan already bully her and call her soft. I don’t think the Merryweathers care for empaths.â€
â€œI still don’t like it,â€ Sonia said. â€œPromise me you’ll try and find another way.â€
Matthias and Karen looked at each other for a moment before promising. Lydia didn’t believe them and from the look on her face neither did Sonia. After a moment Sonia shook her head with a sigh.
â€œWhy did I ever marry a Morgan? Just don’t get killed, okay?â€ She shook her head again before changing the subject. â€œDo we know how the preparations to deal with the tear are going?â€
â€œYes, we’ve had a message from Darlryan,â€ Matthias said. â€œHe’s tweaking the wand Andarian gave to Lyd; he thinks it’ll be a couple of days, maybe a week before it’s ready. Though he does want to test it before using it for real just in case it’s booby trapped in some way he hasn’t thought of.â€
â€œThat seems sensible,â€ Sonia said. â€œWe don’t want to make the situation any worse.â€ She looked towards the window. â€œI just want this mess done with so we can concentrate on dealing with Xantaria.â€