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It was still dark when my “uncle” Adam dropped by the school for a visit. The sense of an Immortal woke me, and I went to the window, hoping it was him and not... him. When the moonlight proved me right, I slipped out onto the balcony and down to join him.

“Should you be walking around in your nightdress?” he asked reprovingly.

“I’m hardly going to catch my death of cold,” I pointed out.

“Good point.”

We walked a little way from the school, so as to avoid waking anyone. I had no wish to be caught out of bed and out of bounds. I was trying to be a model schoolgirl, after all.

“Has... anyone visited you?” I asked.

He shook his head. “No, still as quiet as ever. I think you picked a good hideout after all. But that’s not why I came.”

“Oh, you had a reason beyond saying hello?”

“I thought you’d be interested to know what kind of reports you’re getting. I am your uncle after all, so Dr. Russell feels I should be told when the head is worried about you.”

“Worried? About me? Because I can’t do maths?” I was outraged.

He chuckled. “It’s not about the maths. But I’m sure they’ll give you extra coaching if it’s that difficult.”

I gave him my deadliest glare.

“No, they’re concerned because you’re so serious all the time. You don’t seem to be able to have fun.”

“Fun?”

“You’re supposed to be – what, seventeen?”

“Fifteen,” I confessed, having subtracted a little just in case I ended up liking it here and wanting to stay longer.

“Well, work on it,” he advised. “Even I have fun sometimes, and I’m a lot older than you.”

“How do you know? Just because you look it –“

“I’ve yet to meet someone older than I am,” he confessed. He leaned close and whispered a four-digit number in my ear, one that made me gasp.

We had turned as we strolled, and now arrived back below the balcony.

“I’ll do my best,” I promised. “Thanks.”

He boosted me back up and I climbed inside, glad to get back into a warm bed. I didn’t fall asleep, but instead thought about what Adam had said and about not being too serious, until the rising bell went.



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