Verity and Kier stood there facing one another, both of them refusing to back down from what they believed happened last night.
“I think I know what I saw, Kier!”
“You don’t think I know what I saw in front of me?” Kier asked her, he was equally as frustrated as she was. “It was you I was with last night, not Portica! Why do you keep insisting that I was with someone else?”
Verity glared at him. “You’re honestly telling me that you saw me last night? It was me in the bedroom with you?”
“Yes, I thought, well –”
Her eyes narrowed, as her temper flared. “What did you think? Come think of it, did you even think or were you too busy doing something else?”
Kier sighed and rubbed his eye tiredly. “When I kissed you, it felt strange, but you told me it was just my imagination.”
She blinked her eyes. “Have I ever said that to you before?”
Kier ran his fingers through his hair with a distraught look on his face. “Look, I’m just as confused about this as you are!”
“Found them!” A Hunter managed to sneak up next to Verity with all of the dust surrounding them. “Hey, I found –”
Verity created an ice sword and flipped her arms sideways to plunge into the Hunter. “If you don’t mind,” her voice was stressed with irritation, “I’m trying to have a conversation!” Not taking her eyes off Kier, she elbowed the Hunter to move him away from her.
Kier grabbed the female Hunter that charged at him and hurled her out the window. “That’s one way to break off tension.”
“I am so not done questioning you.” Verity said through gritted teeth as she kicked the back of a Hunter’s leg to bring her down to the floor to snap her neck.
Kier smirked. “I didn’t actually expect you to be, but it’s good for me to know that you’re releasing your anger towards the Hunters and not me.”
“Before we were rudely interrupted,” Verity continued with her little interrogation while throwing a knife at a Hunters throat. “You were saying how I felt different last night. Why didn’t you take that into consideration when you supposedly kissed me?”
A confused look replaced the smirk on his face as he ripped through a Hunters body with his sword. “You felt different but your face and your body, they were yours. Are you saying that my eyes deceived me?”
“Did Portica cast a spell on you?” She punched the Hunter in the face and froze him. “Why do these guys keep coming?”
Kier threw another Hunter out of the window before grabbing her hand to run. “I don’t think she casted any spell on me, I didn’t feel any magic in the room.”
“She had to have done something to make you believe that she was me.” Verity created ice walls after every couple steps in order to slow down the Hunters behind them. “There isn’t any other explanation.” As they ran down the halls of the castle, Verity tried to see if she could sense Neela’s or Trick’s magic, but nothing came to her.
“Maybe you forgot that you slept with me?” Kier’s voice sounded hopeful but doubt was evident in his eyes.
Verity rolled her eyes. “Right, because that’s more possible than my scenario.”
Kier pulled the door to a room open and quickly shut it behind them. “When I was talking to her, she didn’t seem like the person to do something like that.”
“Why must you believe that everyone is good?” Verity threw her hands up in exasperation. “Not everyone can be saved! Why do you keep trying to convince yourself that it wasn’t Portica that you were with?”
“Because I want to believe that I didn’t hurt you!” He yelled and kicked a chair into a wall. “Do you really think I’m alright with the idea that Portica somehow tricked me?”
“She tricked all of us.” Verity dug through her brain, trying to find an explanation but she came up short. “Stupid brat,” she muttered. “I should’ve left her in the cave.” Even though she said that Portica was stupid, she knew that the girl was cunning and that in turn made her smart; she’d do anything, as long as it got her what she wanted despite the consequences. It’s reckless but effective either way.