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No sound came out for a few seconds. “She wasn’t supposed to die,” he said. His voice was so soft I almost didn’t hear it above the ambient room noise. “No, I’m sure she wasn’t,” said Olivia, matching Robbie’s voice. Meyers rubbed his brow, his eyes closed. Olivia ignored him. “What happened? ” Robbie closed his eyes, his lips moving before he spoke. ” asked Olivia. “She drank blood. She drank part of a vial of blood. That’s when she started puking. ” Robbie didn’t say anything after that. I took a deep breath.
I swung my legs off the bed and shook my head, hoping to clear it of any residual sleep–induced fog. The house was still cool, so I threw a robe over my pajamas before making my way to the kitchen. Hannah was standing in front of the stove, a spatula in one hand and the handle of a skillet in the other. Like me, she wore a bathrobe, but unlike me, she had already showered. Her hair was matted and wet against her neck. “Morning, dear,” I said, yawning and pouring myself a mug of coffee. Hannah had a gift with coffee, but not in a good way.
I walked to the empty seat, nodding hello to a few familiar faces as I passed, and sat down in an uncomfortable, black plastic chair. I spread my class materials on the table in front of me and smiled hello to the guy sitting beside me. I didn’t know his first name, but the professors called him Mr. Mason. He had a hooked nose, and his sport coat and slacks looked like something ripped off a mannequin at Brooks Brothers. In law school vernacular, he was a gunner. Most students don’t aspire to the title, but Mason reveled in it.