Admittedly, that did dampen her enthusiasm a bit, but she was determined now. “Well, I don’t need him to be brave,” she said to her brother. “I only need him to be kind and sweet and thoughtful--which he is.”
“Yeah!” said Alex. “I’m super nice!”
“Listen,” said Cisco. “Alex, you’re my friend, and I like you, but you are not a good match for my sister, and I’d rather you stay away from her.”
Alex immediately nodded. “Well, okay, if that’s how you feel--”
“Shut up, Alex,” said Emiliana. “You don’t need my brother’s permission to date me.”
“That’s true,” said Cisco, making them both blink at him. “But he asked for my blessing. I’m only telling him that I’m not going to give it.”
“So, wait,” said Alex. “If we start dating anyway, then... you’re not going to murder me in my sleep?”
Cisco took his time answering. “Of course not. Don’t be silly.” His words didn’t match the threat on his face and in his voice. “I would never hurt you. You’re my friend.”
“I’m glad that’s settled.” Emiliana took the locket from Alex and enveloped one of his arms with both of hers.
“Where should we go for our first date, then?” she asked.
“Uh... I was thinking a movie, maybe...?”
“Great! When should we go? How about tonight?”
“Er--if you want, I guess we could--”
“By the way,” interrupted Cisco, “now that she’s fourteen, Emy has a reaper, who will probably be spying on you whenever you think no one is looking. Have fun with that.”
‘Hey!’ said Chergoa. ‘It’s no fun if he knows I’m watching! You’re only supposed to ruin your sister’s good time, not mine!’
Alex just gave a nervous laugh.
Chapter Seventy-Three: ‘O, guarded promise...’
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Luther was relegated to one corner of his cell while the maintenance man worked. Soon, he would have his television, just as David had promised.
David was also present, seated on the other side of the glass and observing the installation. The person seated next to him--Luther recognized her immediately. He’d never actually learned her real name, but the white cloak and sword on her hip told Luther all he needed to know.