“What did you say to me?” she asked. Her voice barely reached him but it carried more weight than if she’d screamed. Cane looked like he nearly peed his pants.
“I said you’re not thinking clearly. We need to talk to these people…”
The passion rose up in Samantha. Her eyes flared brighter. She imagined she felt fangs in her mouth and claws on the ends of her black-polished fingernails. She imagined it, and if it hadn’t been for the infernal light in her eyes and the heat inside her head, she might have believed that was all it was.
Cane’s voice died inside his throat. He gulped.
“We’re going to Paradise Hall, where they’re holding my baby, and we’re going to start burning things until they give him back to me.”
“You’re going to start burning things. What am I going to do?”
Samantha smiled. Stand there and look handsome, what else? “You need to get the little one out of there while I protect us.”
“Sam, you’re about to cross a bridge that might only go one way. Do you really want to do this?”
The fire cooled. The light in Samantha’s eyes receded, until they looked like beautiful ebony marbles. Her tattoos stilled. Samantha wanted to make this decision with her eyes open.
Her voice rubbed raw as winter frost when she said, “Yes.”
“This is what they want!”
Sam’s tattoos twitched again, whiplash sharp. “Do you really think this is what they want?”
Cane said, “I won’t help you.”
Her fire settled again. Good old Cane, who’d always been there for her. She wouldn’t call him her moral compass – Samantha didn’t answer to anyone but the universe – but he was close. “Then go home. I’ll see you when I see you. But I have to do this.”
Cane sighed. He walked over and stood alongside her. “Guess I’m crossing that bridge with you.”
She touched his arm. He jumped. It was only warm with friendship. “Thanks.”
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Tonight’s scene was inspired by the picture above, which I forget where I found online, and the following dice roll from Rory’s Story Cubes: demon inside (Samantha), a cane (Cane), a building (Paradise Hall), a sad face (Samantha’s baby), chaos symbol (the mayhem she’s about to make), a bridge over water (crossing a bridge), a tree (the universe — it’s a stretch but hey), a house (go home), and block letter L (Cane won’t leave).