“Speak your piece, Valerie” Dan’s voice took on an unusually hard edge. Angeline moved closer to him, intertwining her fingers with his in as casual a motion as possible.
Val’s eyes flared wide, the pupils dilating until her eyes turned full black. Her voice came out in a raspy hiss. “Give us the fae girl or we take her forcefully. You cannot protect her forever.”
The world slanted for Angeline and then refocused. Her vision became clear as though seeing for the first time. Every line and flaw of Val’s face now visible and Angeline watched the outline of magic working its way through her system. For a moment, Angeline could even see her friend’s mind, the shred that remained, and Val cried out for help. Instinct took over and Angeline leapt through the air landing square on the shell of her friend. With one quick movement she snapped Val’s neck. The body let out a blood-curdling shriek as Angeline propelled backward into Dan’s arms. He whispered into her ear, “Watch.”