The old, dry wood of the meetinghouse ignited in an instant. Dark, oily smoke filled the air, scratching my lungs and making me choke. Around me, my new friends cried out in shock before grabbing weapons, preparing to fight for their lives. This is because of me. Arrow after arrow sliced through the air, stoking the flames higher.
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The old, dry wood of the meetinghouse ignited in an instant. Dark, oily smoke filled the air, scratching my lungs and making me choke. Around me, my new friends cried out in shock before grabbing weapons, preparing to fight for their lives. This is because of me. Arrow after arrow sliced through the air, stoking the flames higher. I knew he would protect me no matter what, but he was in danger, too. If something happened to Lucas while he was trying to rescue me, I could never forgive myself.
But they were ready for us. Silhouetted against the flames, a dark, forbidding line of figures stood just beyond the edge of the meetinghouse. They had come for me. They had come to punish Lucas for breaking their rules.
They had come to kill. This is all happening because of me. If Lucas dies, it will be my fault. There was nowhere to go, no place to run. Soon the ceiling would collapse and crush us all. Outside, the vampires waited. There was no way I was going to remain at Evernight Academy. The muted morning light was still new in the sky as I wriggled into my jeans and grabbed a warm black sweater—this early in the morning, and this high in the hills, even September felt cold. I knotted my long red hair into a makeshift bun and stepped into my hiking boots.
That would give me a good head start. Outside my bedroom window, the stone gargoyle glared at me, fangs framing his open grimace. I grabbed my denim jacket and stuck my tongue out at him. Usually it took a lot of nagging to get me to do that, but I wanted to. I knew I was going to freak my parents out badly enough today, so straightening the covers felt like I was making it up to them a little. Wind howled through the trees all around me, whipping the branches in every direction.
The sky overhead churned, thick with roiling clouds. I brushed my windswept hair from my face. I only wanted to look at the flower. Each rain-beaded petal was vividly red, slender, and blade-like, the way some tropical orchids are. Yet the flower was lush and full, too, and it clung close to the branch like a rose.
It had to be mine. Why did that memory make me shiver? It was only a dream. I took a deep breath and focused. It was time to go. Just a few things—a book, sunglasses, and a little cash in case I needed to go all the way to Riverton, which was the closest thing to human civilization in the area. That would keep me occupied for the day. No, I was making a statement.
That was just the way I wanted it. Anything but. Not if they knew how the feeling knots up your stomach or makes your palms sweat or robs you of the ability to say anything that makes sense. My parents never smiled when they said it. They were smarter than that, and I always felt like they understood, until they decided that age sixteen was the right time for me to get past it somehow.
What better starting place than a boarding school—particularly with them along for the ride? I could see where they were coming from, sort of.
Still, that was theory. I would have to make them listen.
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Tygojora Try not to die… Bianca is devastated when she finds herself uprooted from her small town and sent to Evernight Academy, an elite boarding school. Balthazar cladia deeply entertaining, from the gripping opening to the breath-taking ending. I enjoyed Skye, as well. We were first introduced to Skye Evegnight in the final Evernight book, Afterlife, and I must say she made an impression on me even back then as a human girl who managed to handle her discovery of vampires with surprising grace and bravery. This book puts the M in melodramatic. I was both thrilled and a tad disappointed with the relationship between Skye and Balthazar.
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