“Just because you know her doesn’t prove anything,” Corrie retorted, feeling like she was ceaselessly pushing against an immovable barrier. “You might have dated her or something. But that doesn’t mean you had to be my father.”
“Knowing the moon doesn’t convince you?”
It was a step in that direction, but she wasn’t about to admit that. “I grew up learning it. I know what I’m doing.”
“You know the difference between a full moon and a gibbous moon, even when it’s very close.”
“Your eyes,” Corrie said. “There’s something about your eyes.” It had been nagging at her, and at least she could say something now. Was that what he wanted her to notice?
“Ah,” he said. “You can’t see them so well in this light. It doesn’t show colors.”
Corrie unfolded her arms so she could look at the photo in her hand. She could see the color of his eyes—not clearly, but well enough. “Your eyes are brown.” Like hers. She shook off the thought. Her mom had brown eyes, too.
“No, I was wearing brown contacts that day. I usually do, when I’m spending time with humans.”
Corrie considered running. She could definitely make it back to Gilkey before he could, and Dawn wasn’t in bad shape, either. But could they make it inside in time? He looked like he was in good shape, too. She looked around for a guard, but the gates were still wide open, despite the late hour—they’d been expecting parents to come and go. There might be someone in the little guard house, but that was on the other side. If this man wanted to hurt them, he could probably stop them before they got anywhere.
After the concert, Corrie walked with her mom and grandmother back to the parking lot while Edie’s family headed back to the dorm. It was fully dark by then, and the skies were clear. The three-quarters moon was bright over the trees and the sky was spangled liberally with stars. Her grandmother tilted her head back as they walked, smiling. “How beautiful,” she said. “There’s never this many stars visible in the city.”
As it turned out, they were almost late to the concert. They went directly from the parking lot to the administration building, which was the easiest building to reach from there, and still got there just before they started closing the doors. “I don’t think there’s too many seats left,” said one of the students at the door. “Good luck.”
As Edie had expected, her parents agreed to go out to the Asian fusion place, and after a little persuading, Corrie and her family decided to come along as well. Dawn and her family were still off somewhere, so they went without them. It was starting to get dark, so they decided to walk over to the parking lot and drive to the restaurant. “I’m pretty sure it’s just as long a walk to the parking lot as it is to the restaurant from Gilkey,” Edie muttered to Corrie as they walked.
Edie wondered what she could do to entertain her family while they were between activities. Dinner would be starting soon, but most likely, nobody would be ready to eat yet. Her grandmother seemed bored now that Leila had gone. Edie walked over and sat next to her on her bed. “You seemed to get along well with Leila,” she said.
Her grandmother turned to her with a smile. “I did. She’s a sweet girl.” She patted Edie’s hand gently with her soft, dry hand. “I’m so glad you found someone.”