Daggers & Dresses (Enlighten Series Book 2)(9)

By: Kristin D. Van Risseghem

“Sidelle, do you just want to pack for me?”

“Yes. I thought you’d never ask! Now move over.” She pushed me out of the way. “Dump out everything.”

I did as she asked; she grabbed the empty bag and disappeared into my closet. I hadn’t thought she’d actually take me up on the offer, but hangers clanked and drawers opened and shut. Every now and again, she gasped or muttered something unintelligible. I could just imagine what she would pack for me, but it wasn’t like I could complain about it.

A few minutes later, she emerged from the closet and handed me the backpack and a duffle bag. “Now don’t look. I want it to be a surprise.”

“You better have packed me decent clothes to wear, and not just a hodgepodge of stuff.”

“No worries,” she said with a wink. “It’s all good. I would not embarrass you in front of the Alpha. Now Vash, maybe.”

Her eyes took on a familiar glassy look, and I knew she was listening to something. She shook her head as if to clear it. “Kieran says we should leave soon.”

“Okay, I’ll go let my parents know. See you in a bit.”

Then Sidelle disappeared from the room.

I walked in on family time. Mom and Stella were telling Dad all about our new neighbors.

I learned that Sarah had told Mom that Aiden had some problems in the past, and she hoped this move would straighten him out. She didn’t elaborate on what the “issues” were, which made me wonder. Besides his being a little mean by laughing at me, he’d seemed nice enough. Then again, how could a person get to know someone in a day?

Oh, wait. Silly me, I could. It had only taken me four days to fall head over heels for Shay. Only one day after that, I’d declared my love for him. I must’ve been crazy. But can one mess with the powers that be, who’d made us soul mates?

“Uh, Zoe?” Dad asked, lifting one eyebrow.

I sat at the table across from him. “Yes?”

“I know you must’ve noticed it because I sure did.” He crossed his legs, looking proud of himself.

Ah. The elephant in the room. “Yeah, I know.”

“What’s going on?” Mom asked.

“Did you meet Aiden?” he asked her.

“No. He never came downstairs.”

“Mom,” I said. “Aiden looks like Shay. They could be brothers.”

Her eyes widened. “Do you know if Shay has siblings?”

“No—or at least he never said anything. Besides, he only looks similar. Personality-wise, he’s nothing like Shay.” I shrugged. “They say we all have a twin someplace in the world.” I glanced at the clock. “Sidelle will be here any minute, so I’ll see you guys on Sunday.”

“I thought you were going to Kieran’s?” Mom asked.

“I am, but we’re grabbing dinner with Sidelle first.”

“Okay.” Dad nodded.

I picked up my bags and checked the front window. Sidelle arrived exactly at seven in the driveway. I mentally started to check off things I’d packed, and then remembered she’d packed for me. Lord, help us all.

Sidelle’s house was the envy of the block: a cute, little green ranch with a beautifully landscaped front yard. Explosions of flowers in all shades surrounded the house, all of them in full bloom.

Kieran arrived shortly after we pulled into Sidelle’s driveway, followed by Cali’s Honda Civic. Why was she coming with us?

“Um, where should I put my stuff?” Cali asked. “Zoe, are we staying with Kieran’s friends?”

When we went prom-dress shopping yesterday afternoon, everything went well, but when we returned to my house, DKs and Marqs attacked us. During that attack, Cali was strangled to death. Cali was the friend I’d brought back to life last night.

I’d bent over her body, not wanting to leave her side. Devastated and sobbing, I’d brushed her hair out of her face, resting my hand against her still-warm cheek. When I lowered my forehead to her chest, my whole body started to tingle, sending warm energy coursing through my mind and into my hand. It was an incredible feeling. When I raised my head and opened my eyes, my hand glowed purple. Even more amazing was how Cali’s torso suddenly shot up. She inhaled and her brown eyes opened, wide with wonder.

When I didn’t answer, Kieran said, “Yep, and I’m driving.”

“Hi, Cali,” I said, helping her with the bag. “I didn’t know you were coming this weekend. Hey, K, pop the trunk, so we can put everything in there.”

“Sidelle invited me. That’s okay, right?”

“Sure is.” I slung my arm around her shoulder.

“Zoe?” Kieran eyed my two bags, lying like small islands on the ground. “Are you going for a week or two days?”