Chapter 46

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We tell Crystal to follow us in the Bentley and take Cupid's car back to his house

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We tell Crystal to follow us in the Bentley and take Cupid's car back to his house.

Around ten minutes later we arrive and pile into his kitchen. Selena and Crystal walk Charlie into the living room while Cal makes a round of coffees.

It's dark outside now, and Cupid cautiously looks out of the glass front of the house onto the grounds.

I perch on a stool at the breakfast bar, nervously clutching the mug Cal has just passed to me. It's not until I take a sip of the dark, caffeinated liquid that I realise how tired I am.

I haven't slept in over 24 hours!

I look over at Cal as he leans against the counter somewhat awkwardly.

"What's going to happen to Charlie?" I ask "They're not going to hurt her are they?"

I look over towards the doorway then back at the two brothers.

They exchange a glance.

"It won't come to that" says Cal stiffly, though his eyes don't look convinced.

Cupid comes to sit at the stool beside me.

"Of course it won't" he says "We just need to know what she knows, and make sure she doesn't cause any trouble for us. That's why we've brought Selena."

I look at him questioningly.

"She's very powerful Lila" he says "She can get the truth out of people quickly - and she might be able to stop your friend from feeling quite so...murderous about you."

He raises an eyebrow and I sigh.

"Can I see her?" I ask.

A flash of concern crosses Cal's face but Cupid nods.

"Go ahead" he says.

I put my coffee down and walk towards the living room.

The fire is blazing when I enter and Selena is standing over Charlie who seems to be asleep on the couch. Crystal perches on the edge of the armchair I spent the night in. They both turn to look at me as I walk through the door.

"What's going on?" I ask "Why is she asleep?"

Selena smiles kindly.

"Don't worry honey." She says "Your friend is going to be alright - I sent her to sleep as she was getting agitated. It's not safe for her to be awake around you at the moment."

I sigh heavily and throw myself onto the other couch. Crystal springs to her feet.

"I'm going to go freshen up" she says throwing me a wary look.

She bounces towards the door and I hear her footsteps clicking up the spiral staircase.

She seems to know her way around here I think to myself and I wonder if she, like Cal, has been here before.

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