Henry* swallowes. "They managed to escape, sir. They sent a rescue party, and they were too fast to catch up to,"
I narrowed my eyes. "How did they even get in?"
When Henry didn't respond, I closed my eyes, exhaling through my teeth. "This us the third time this has happened," I opened my eyes and locked my gaze with Henry's."We need to take a different approach."
"What approach? I don't - "
I crossed the room, opening the door and beckoning for Henry to exit. "I'll think of something,"
I sat in the coffee shop awhile longer, replaying what had just happened in my mind. I looked down at the bracelet Calaena had given me, and felt warmth spread throughout me, not anger for once.
I quickly payed the waitress, then left the shop.
When I entered the Haven, I was greeted by a buzz of excitement. Various Haveners ran in and out of the building, speaking hurriedly to eachother before parting ways.
I hurried inside, concerned.
As I entered the building, I instantly heard angry voices coming from Elias's office. I walked upstairs and opened the door to find Kaia, Elias, Kaylee, Brian, Azalia, Xavier, and Raven facing each other, all with the same matching expression of exasperation. Blaine sat next to an unconscious Sebastian on the bench against the wall, watching the arguing, his eyes wide with worry.
I blinked, surprised by the rare chaos. "What's going on?" I asked, then louder as nobody responded, "What happened?!"
All of them went silent for a moment. Raven turned to me. "We were - uhh. . . discussing something,"
"What is that something?"
"It doesn't con - " Azalia started, only to be cut off by Brian.
"It concerns all of us at this point, Azalia," Brian growled. "If he exposes us, we're done for."
"Who?" My eyes widened.
Both Azalia and Xavier looked as if they were about to slap Brian at any moment. "Nobody," Azalia hissed. "We can figure this out without telling everyone!" She fixed Brian with a glare.
"Everyone deserves to know!" Kaylee chimed in. "This is a threat to all of us!"
"All we're going to do is cause panic," Xavier muttered. "and I bet some of your members will get it in their minds to try and take down Cain themselves."
"Our members?" Kaia growled. "If anyone did anything like that, it would be one of your foolish kind!"
Raven spoke above everyone. "Enough, guys! Arguing gets us nowhere! We need to talk this out like sensible adults - not kindergartners in the sandbox!"
This seemed to get to everyone, and one-by-one they quieted down. I stared at Raven, impressed.
"Fine," Elias huffed. "We know that Cain is onto us - Heaven knows how - and he'll no doubt strike again soon. I think our best bet is to make ourselves invisible. No shifting outside the Haven. At all,"
"That'll only work for so long," Xavier grumbled. "You shifters can't seem to help yourselves. Always changing whenever you feel like it. It's no wonder Cain's found out about us. You have the intelligence of a seagull."
"You're a shifter too, idiot," Kaia snapped.
Azalia rolled her eyes. "Let's stop with the name calling?" she glared pointedly at Xavier, who shrugged mindlessly, not looking sorry in the least.
I bristled. "Nobody has told me what's going on! I thought we had taken care of this Cain fellow?"
"Well we haven't," Brian said with an edge of irritation to his voice. "And something is going to happen if we don't act. I trust Azalia didn't reveal anything, but who knows what he could have learned from Sebastian?"
"If we attack him, as it seems you're implying we should do, Brian, we risk being discovered. Is that what you want?" Kaia said the words slowly, as if she was trying hard not to snap.
Raven nodded agreement.
"What do you suggest?" Brian growled.
"I'm with Elias," Kaia said. "We need to remove all signs of our existence. Azalia, you said yourself that most of Cain's followers didn't believe in werewolves anyway."
Azalia nodded. "Only in it for the money. Typical mortal,"
Kaia nodded. "If we can keep ourselves low for long enough, they'll have to leave him eventually,"
"Which means not letting him kidnap anymore of us." Elias said.
"Sure. Because we were certainly happy to let him do so before, weren't we?" Xavier rolled his eyes.
"What I'm saying is that we need to be extra careful," Elias shot back.
Brian looked unhappy, but Kaylee seemed convinced. "I guess that will have to do for now," she grabbed Brian's arm gently. "Cool down, dear. It'll be fine."
Awkward silence filled the room. Nobody would ever get used to Brian and Kaylee's relationship.
Xavier cleared his throat. "It's set, then. Now, Azalia and I will be heading back, if you don't mind,"
Azalia nodded, glancing back at Blaine and Sebastian. "Let's go."
Phew. Hope this works for you guys