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Chapter 33: Haircut

A noise at the door made Edie nearly jump out of her seat. She turned around quickly, not letting go of Corrie’s hand. Had the doctors or nurses figured something out? She was slightly embarrassed by her first reaction, that it was Paul coming back to attack them again… but it was better than any of her ideas. Dawn was in the front of the group, followed by Rico, Roe, Professor Lal, and a redheaded woman she didn’t recognize, but who had to be on their side.

Chapter 32: Head Injury

People kept asking Edie what had hit Corrie on the head, and she had to keep saying she didn’t know. As far as she had seen, nothing had hit Corrie on the head. But whatever was wrong with her, it must seem like a head injury, because that was how they were treating her. After they dried Corrie off and put her in a dry hospital gown, a pair of nurses shaved Corrie’s head—Edie hated to see it done—and inspected every inch of her scalp, face, and jaw, but apparently found nothing.

Chapter 31: Healing

“Of course,” said Dawn quickly. She pushed the hospital gown aside so Professor Agnew could see her wound more easily. “But I don’t know if the doctor is going to come back…”

“Do not worry about that,” said Professor Lal, standing back to give them room. “Professor Rook will have dealt with him, and we will not see him again unless we need him.”

“You guys didn’t mess with his memory or something, did you?” Roe asked nervously.

“No,” said Professor Lal as Professor Agnew bent close to look at Dawn’s wound. “Why would you ask that?”

Chapter 30: Care

“We are her friends and we’re helping to care for her,” said Professor Rook quickly, walking toward the doctor. “Do not worry—no one has touched her wound. May we speak privately?”

The doctor looked baffled, and his knuckles were white as he clutched the clipboard, but he didn’t argue as Professor Rook led him away. “Rico, I think we had better go and return as quickly as possible,” Professor Lal said. “The sooner we can get Professor Agnew here, the easier this will be.”

Chapter 29: Strange Feeling

Before anyone else came in to see Dawn, she heard running feet in the hallway—two sets of feet and one that sounded like strange scratching on the floor. She was just considering getting up and looking out when they stopped outside her door and Roe burst in. She grinned widely. “Oh good, they gave us the right room. I thought they were giving us the runaround since they didn’t want to tell us where you were at first.”

Chapter 28: The Hospital

The ambulances reached the gates seconds after Dawn, her friends, and the security guards did. The police arrived shortly after that, while they were loading Corrie onto a stretcher and into one of the ambulances. “He should come to the hospital and get dried off,” one of the EMTs, a youngish woman with a tight blonde ponytail, said to the police.

“Fine with me,” said the older cop with a nod. “As long as we can question him.”

“Don’t put him in the same ambulance with Corrie,” Dawn said.

“Of course not,” the EMT said, giving her a dirty look.

Chapter 27: Security

“Keep holding him, Edie,” Corrie said. Dawn couldn’t completely see what they were doing, since there was practically a wall of water between them, and it was taking all her strength just to keep enough water flowing to keep Paul down and confused. She just hoped that they were going to get the knife away from Paul soon.

Chapter 26: Tangle

“Oh my god!” Corrie screamed. She tried to run toward Dawn, but she was still in trance, and she fell. She tried to yank herself out of trance, pulling her consciousness up hard, but when she tried to stand she was dizzy, and she knew she’d done it wrong. “Dawn!” she cried. Edie was screaming, too.

Chapter 25: Release

When Corrie started to bring herself into trance, she realized that she was glad to have her friends there, even if she had argued that they didn’t need to come. Not that she expected an attack, but the faeries were obviously up to something weird, and if something happened while she was still in trance, she could be helpless. She couldn’t move while still in trance, not unless she wanted to fall down again, but Dawn and Edie could easily keep an eye out for her. It wasn’t likely that she’d need them, but it was better to have them there anyway.

Chapter 24: Dark Night

Corrie had to admit, if only to herself, that she was getting anxious as she pulled on warm clothing to go out to meet Paul. (Thankfully, it wasn’t too cold, and she’d be able to move her hands without mittens on.) She wasn’t really sure why. She knew Paul wasn’t going to hurt her. He was a really nice guy deep down, or they wouldn’t have dated in the first place. The only problem was that he’d gotten fixated on her. By now he might even have found a new girlfriend. The thought cheered her up slightly.

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