“Melanie,” Augustus’s husky voice says. It is the middle of the night and I’m still awake. I turn over slowly to see Augustus’s gorgeous face. “Can’t sleep?”
I move towards him until both our chests are touching each other.
“What’s in your head, newbie?” he asks softly, stroking my Xiucoatl tattoo.
“The battle in a few hours’ time,” is my automatic answer.
He sighs deeply. “We’re going to be okay, newbie. Believe me.”
I want to so badly tell him the truth. I don’t want to leave him. But I know that it is not up to me.
“I know,” I whisper, snuggling into him. “What happens if Aurora’s egg hatches? Will it be a mermaid-Siren hybrid?”
“I don’t know,” he murmurs. “I’m not going to give up on it, even if it needs to consume human flesh. I am going to try to be the best father the baby is going to have.”
I smile. “Then we can tell him all about his true mother.”
“Him?” Augustus questions with raised eyebrows.
I shrug. “I hope it’s a boy. I would name him Aelius.”
“Aelius? What kind of name is that?”
I scowl at him. “Why not?”
“What if it’s a girl?” he challenges.
I think about it for a moment. “I think I’ll leave it up to you to decide. You sure do look like daddy’s little princess material.”
He chuckles. “It’s strange to hear it come from you.”
“What?” I ask. “Calling you daddy?”
“Then you are mummy.”
I shake my head at how lame he sounds. We spend the next few minutes just enjoying the moment. I can’t help but think of my past before I met Augustus.
I think of my earliest memory.
“Nate,” I screamed, refusing to leave my bed.
My twin brother burst into my room with a crazy look on his face. “What? Is there a burglar in here?”
I cried even harder, making Nate panic even more. We were both home alone since mum and dad are working late. Nate and I convinced our parents that we are old enough to stay alone in the empty house. At this very moment, I regretted it.
“Mel? Tell me why are you crying?”
He walked over to my side of the bed, trying to see anything out of place from my perspective. Instantly, I hugged him, seeking comfort from him.
Nate looked surprised, but let me hold him until I calm down.
He cleared his throat. “Melanie, I think you can let go of me now.”
I obliged. He took a few steps away from me so I couldn’t attempt to reach out and hug him again.
“Now tell me why were you crying.”
My eyes started to droop. “I had a nightmare.”
I could hear his footsteps going further from me. Fear overcomes me again.
“Nate!” I pleaded. “Please stay with me. Please.”
He turned to look at me, weighing his options. I fell asleep before I knew whether he stayed with me at night or not.
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(Formerly known as The HQ Agent in Gurney City. It is advised to read the first book before reading this book) Who would have thought that I'm still alive? Apparently, I'm not supposed to be dead in the first place, just disappeared off the face of...