Payton sat back down slowly. She and Elena turned to face the rest of the group again. Elena let out a sigh, but Darcy was staring at them in shock. "Theresa is my friend!"
"There's nothing wrong with having men for friends," said Payton in a perfectly calm voice. "But they're not allowed in the circle."
Darcy jumped up and started to go towards the door. Elena said, "But Darcy, if you choose that man over us, you will no longer be welcome in this group." Slowly, Darcy sat down, clasping her hands in her lap and staring at them.