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"Yeah, yeah, his house is nice and crap," Nessa said, pressing her cell phone to her ear. She plunked her suitcase on top of the bed and sat next to it, crossing her legs. Her shorts rode up slightly and she tugged at them a little, though there was no one else around to see the skin.
"Is it, honey?" Amanda responded, sounding soft yet eager to know the details. "Tell me."
Nessa glanced around with mild exasperation at the room Ty had pronounced hers, the pictures of paintings on the walls that she'd completed when she was little, the bookshelf filled with her favorite books, the pink quilt stretched across the wooden-framed bed. She told her mother of the rustic feel to the cabin, how it was all made from cut wood and glass, and how it smelled of pine and was decorated with paintings and taxidermy.
She even gave Amanda a detailed description of the view from her bedroom window, which looked down a hill over the tops of the emerald trees and stretched out toward Yellowstone Park itself
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"Did you seriously just say that? Who do you think you are?"
"Who I am? What about you, huh? Barging in here like you own the place. No one even invited you, newbie!"
"Well, no one invited you either!"
Elena snarled, her hands curling into claws. Nessa glared straight back at her but she was astonished at how good Elena was at this stuff. It almost felt real. The dancing, swaying mass had petered out; all eyes were drawn to the two girls as the music continued to beat in the background.
"Girls, girls," Sky broke in at the precise time, putting a hand to both of their shoulders. There was an air of confidence and sureness that Nessa had never seen in him before. "Look, if you just take a deep breath and chill, I'm sure we can work this out."
Nessa scowled but she took a second to scan the crowd for Will. He was surprisingly easy to spot, his curling, blond hair shining like gold against the wild lights. His eyes were darting quickly around the crowd of Takers, taking them in, analyzing
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"Wow. This place is a dump."
"Your face is a dump."
"That was completely uncalled for. What did I ever do to you? Save you from impending insanity? Showed you a way to see your family? Took you to this dump to follow through on an absurd notion? Well, yes. I did all those things, actually. I'm fantastic."
Nessa rolled her eyes and shoved him in the shoulder. "Can it, Will, this isn't about you." They were standing before a shack of a cabin on the east end of the town. If there was any traffic, it trickled up and down the street slowly. Though both Will and Nessa looked out of place in their outfitsdusty from the walk there, and torn in places where low hanging branches had snagged on themno eyes slid their way, and Nessa had to wonder if it was the work of the magic glamour she'd learned about.
She waited for him to barge ahead of her and do the door-knocking himself but when she looked at him expectantly, he was only returning her stare.
"What are you waiting for?" she ask
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Will barged through the gaping hole of the broken door without a glance backward. Sky took one look at Nessa's face and turned away to follow his friend, realizing that Nessa needed some time.
She took deep breaths as she stared at the porch of her father's little cabinhis apartment, he called it, because all the animals were his close neighbors. Birds sang in the trees and flitted from branch to branch while a hot June wind made the boughs sway under its duress. There were dusty bear prints that led to and from the door way, a nosy animal looking for an easy meal.
Nessa just took it all in, astonished to find that her chest hurt no more than usual at the sight of her father's home, that her heart beat was as calm and steady as it ever was. Maybe it was a sign that she was doing the right thing, even as dread pinched at her stomach. Would there still be blood? Sky had said that Ty's body was missing; and Nessa knew it was probably a grizzly's doing. She didn't care. That was his
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Elena looked out the windows nervously as they pulled up to a large cabin just a mile or so out of town. There wasn't a single pane of glass on the wooden building, and pine trees bowed toward the house as if they were put there to purposely hide it. There was no door that Nessa could see, and when Sky killed the engine the sound of insects pierced through into the silence of the cab.
Nessa couldn't blame Elena for her anxiety; just sitting on the curb of this place, surrounded by other cars, she felt like revving the engine and getting the fluff out of there. It was impossible to explain it correctly, but Nessa could feel the magic with the chill that seeped into the car. The darkness that accompanied it.
There was a moment longer of silence before Will spoke. "Well, you ladies have fun. I'll just wait in here."
"Where's the fun in that?" Sky tried to joke, but even he sounded unsure of himself. Nessa was getting the feeling that they'd never gone undercover in this way before and she