Chapter 20

The guys took their seats across from us and Finn lit the candles lined up in the middle of the table. Sandra and I both took a bite of the chicken when Zack asked: “Did you like it?”

Sandra nodded, “ it’s delicious.”

“We both have a lot of hidden talents,” Finn winked, “That you don’t know about, yet.”

I looked down at my plate of food, hoping Finn wouldn’t notice me blushing. He still noticed.

“Aww, look at that, you’re blushing.” He pointed out, which of course made me blush even more. I looked at Sandra for help.

“So, Finn, tell me about yourself.” Sandra changed the topic.

Zack and I exchanged uneasy glances. Sandra didn’t know the whole supernatural secret yet, and we didn’t plan to tell her anytime soon.

Finn, like always, was calm and collected: “Well, my name is Finn Wesley, I’m 17. I enjoy long walks on the beach and frisky women,” he grinned as his finished.

Sandra smiled, “I can see that,” she drawled out. “How about you tell me something that I don’t already know. Do you have any brothers or sisters or anything?”

Finn frowned for a moment before he regained his composure. “No, I don’t have any brothers or sisters,” he paused and took a deep breath. : It’s just me and my uncle, Sebastian. When I was little, both my parents told my uncle to take care of me and left. They never came back.” Finn stared blankly at the red candle in front of him.

Finn’s parents....... left him? He never told me anything about his past or family.

When I glanced over at Sandra, she looked close to tears. “Finn, I’m sorry, I didn’t mean-“

“No, it’s fine. What’s done is done; there’s nothing I can do to change the past,” Finn interjected.

The rest of the meal passed quickly and silently. Zack tried to make some jokes about the new year, but none of us were in the mood to guess his punch lines. We were thinking about Finn, but we didn’t say anything out loud.

“Guys,” Finn said, breaking the silence. He stood up from his seat and collected our empty plates, “I  know you all are quietly brooding about my tragic life, but seriously, it’s no big deal. I happened a while ago, I don’t even remember the story.” Finn assured us.

Sandra, Zack and I exchanged nervous glances and I let out a long sigh. Finn came over to me and gave me a bear hug. “Don’t worry about me,” he whispered.

He kissed my cheeks softly and went to load the dishwasher.

“Do you think he’s mad at me?” Sandra asked worriedly.

Zack slung an arm around Sandra’s shoulder and said: “He’s not mad at you, trust me. It’s just a touchy subject for him. He’ll be back to the old Finn before you know it.”

“Are you sure?” Sandra looked really worried.

“I’m sure,” Zack replied. “We have a few hours until midnight. Do you ladies want to watch something on TV?”

“Sure,” we answered simultaneously.

Zack led us to the living room, where two leather couches and a recliner were set up in front of a huge plasma screen TV. Zack handed me the remote. “You two can choose, I’m up for anything.”

Sandra and I glanced at each and shouted: “Chick flick marathon!”

“Fine, “Zack groaned. He and Sandra sat together on one couch and I sat alone on the other.

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