â€œSo where are Dad and Kaz?â€ Daniel asked.
â€œI’m not sure,â€ Sonia said. â€œMatthias grabbed Kaz first thing this morning and said he needed her help with something. He’d been talking to Sal so I think she knows what’s going on.â€ She led them across the Briarthorne campus to where Sarah was staying.
Sarah opened the doot before they reached it. â€œHi! Looking for Matt?â€ she asked before looking over Sonia’s shoulder to Lydia. â€œLydia! How are you today?â€
â€œBetter, thank you,â€ Lydia said.
â€œYes, we’re looking for Matt and Kaz,â€ Sonia said. â€œYou know where they are?â€
Sarah nodded. â€œI needed some extra backup for treating Andrew’s friends. I didn’t want to call in my usual help because we’re trying to keep them secret and people will gossip. Matt and Kaz both have good secondary life affinities and already know. It seemed logical.â€
Sonia nodded thoughtfully. â€œYes, it does. How’s it going?â€
â€œWell,â€ Sarah said, â€œbut slower than I’d like, which is why I called in help. Anyway come in, we were just having a break.â€ She led them into lounge where Karen and Matt were sitting. Both looked tired.
â€œLyd!â€ Karen leapt up. â€œSorry about last night. How do you feel today?â€
â€œOkay, still sore.â€
â€œLet me have a look,â€ Sarah said. â€œI want to make sure your essence is healing correctly.â€
â€œOf course,â€ Lydia said.
Sraah guided her to a chair and the closed her eyes. Lydia hissed because Sarah’s probe stung as it skittered over her essence.
â€œYes, you are tender aren’t you?â€ Sarah said after a moment. â€œBut it seems to be settling down nicely. Try and avoid doing anything too strenuous for a week ot so. The transformation has only bruised your essence but you could tear it open if you strained yourself. We could fix it of course but you don’t want that level of pain.â€
â€œYou really don’t,â€ Sonia agreed before looking over at Matthias. â€œWas it really just this that you dragged Kaz off for?â€
â€œPretty much,â€ he said. â€œI do have a few little jobs I need her to do. Nothing to worry about.â€
Lydia looked at her father sharply. Why was he being so evasive? Sonia obviously noticed it as well because she snorted.
â€œI wasn’t worried,â€ she said dryly. â€œJust curious. Now I’m worried. When you say there’s nothing to worry about it means you think I’ll worry. You’re usually right about that too, but I’m usually right to worry. What are you getting Kaz into?â€
â€œIt’s nothing, mum,â€ Karen said. â€œHe just wants me to try and turn Helena Merryweather away from her family.â€
Sonia hissed sharply at that. â€œNothing to worry about?â€
â€œHelena’s an odd one,â€ Sarah said. â€œShe has fey syndrome. That alone might make her turnable and seperating her and Jasmine would weaken the Merryweathers, which we all want.â€
â€œFey syndrome?â€ Sonia blanched. â€œExcessive empathic sympathy in that family? Poor girl… Still, the Merryweathers are dangerous. Have you spoken to Anthony about this?â€
â€œActually he was the one who raised it,â€ Matthias said. â€œHe’s sure that last time he had to flee from his family, he only got way unscathed because she let him go.â€
â€œDo I want to know?â€ Lydia asked.
â€œNo, but you probably should,â€ Sonia said. â€œThe Merryweathers are â€“ um â€“ Astral supremicists. Very dangerous ones. That’s why Anthony disowned them.â€
â€œDad had to expell Ryan Merryweather after he attacked Lisa because she’s an ember,â€ Sarah added. â€œEveryone hates them, that’s why we didn’t invite them to the meeting. But they’re huge and close-knit so we’ve never been able to shut them down. Matt’s right that Helena could be an important asset but it is also very dangerous. There has to be another way.â€