“You danced with me,” said Miles, suddenly staring at her.
“You never faltered, tripped or missed a step? I should have realized it then.”
“I’m a good dancer.”
“No one is that good. No human can dance with a faerie. Humans are clumsy and…what are you?”
“Is this another pocket dimension?” she asked, putting KiKi on the floor.
“Yes. What are you?”
“How many of them are there?”
“A lot. What are you?”
“I’m a woman on an adventure with her cat.”
“Not good enough.”
“Why do they want you so badly?”
“I’ll tell you after you answer my question. What are you?”
“Why does it matter?”
“Fine,” she snapped. “I’m a regular person. When I met you I thought you were interesting and cool, in a rough and strange kind of way. I didn’t know you were on the run.”
“I wasn’t. Not until I met you,” he said softly.
“See, the thing is,” she said, sighing loudly, “I’m part, warrior, part Nature Spirit and part human. KiKi is my partner. None of that has anything to do with how I feel about you. No one hired me to protect you. I just saw you walking down the street and wanted to get to know you, that’s all. So, I can kick ass, grow flowers and be human, all at the same time. KiKi can kick ass and be a cat.”
“Yeah, pretty much,” she said, staring at her feet.
“Any faerie blood running through your veins?”
Lexi shrugged. “A little, maybe. On my father’s side.”
“So you’re a Nature Spirit on your mother’s side and a Faerie on your father’s side?”
“And I’m part human,” she sighed. “A few great-great-great-great grandfather’s ago, one of them had a thing with a human. Two children were born. KiKi is almost entire feline, if that makes you feel any better.”
“She’s had some work done and it’s possible that a few of her relatives may have been from somewhere else, but she has a lot of earth cat in her, right baby?” she asked, looking at KiKi who was dozing next to her. The cat unsheathed her needle sharp claws and rolled over.
“They’re after me because they love power and control over others. They despise freedom, in any form. They hate contentment, joy, happiness…all those things and they will kill anything, or anyone, they see as a threat to the status quo.”
“Do you want to say anything about what I just told you?”
“I’m still thinking about it,” he said frowning.
“What about the people on earth who should be dying?”
“Still alive, I guess.”
“That’s horrible,” said Lexi, rubbing her arms to stop shivering.
“I can’t do it anymore,” he sighed.
“The hospitals will be overflowing.”
“Humans are resourceful. They’ll fix things.”
“Not my problem,” he said. “I CAN’T do it any longer.”
“Okay,” said Lexi, putting her arms around his neck, kissing him. “I believe you. And don’t worry about the bad guys. Piece of cake. ”