A Shade Of Vampire 4: A Shadow Of Light

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door was locked, so I couldn’t escape.
    “ Tell me something I don’t know,” I said, watching her move around the small kitchen. We could’ve eaten at the mess hall along with the other recruits, but I begged her to let me return to the suite. I was in no mood to socialize and I really just wanted to get back to the room that I used to share with Derek before he had mysteriously disappeared. The suite was my sanctuary, the one place in hunter territory where it felt as if Derek’s presence still lingered.
    “Are you going to eat?” Zinnia asked as she put a pizza in the microwave.
    I shook my head.
    “Ben always ate up a storm after training… Do you ever think of him at all?”
    “Sounds like him…” I smiled bitterly, recalling glimpses of Ben’s handsome face. I ached whenever I thought of him. “Ben was my best friend, Zinnia. At one point, I thought I was in love with him. Of course I think about him.”
    Zinnia raised a brow. “But not as much as you think about the Novak…”
    I furrowed my brows at her, wondering what she was trying to get at. She’d been acting strange ly the entire day, and at that point, I really wasn’t in the mood to try and figure out her erratic changes of attitude toward me. At times, it felt as if we could be friends, then she suddenly switched and began treating me as if she thought I was the most annoying creature on earth—a burden she had to carry at all times.
    “What’s your point, Zinnia?”
    “Nothing. No point. Just an observation.”
    I inwardly groaned, deciding to ignore her, but it seemed she wasn’t done.
    “You know what I don’t get?” she suddenly said after a moment’s silence. “Why is Claudia still alive? After what she put him through, I find it hard to believe that Ben would ever request that she be kept alive unless she did something to make him do it.”
    Claudia put him through hell during the time he was under her wing. Even I was confused when I was told that Ben pleaded for Claudia’s life. However, I really didn’t give it much thought after having gone through the motions of Ben’s burial and trying to adjust to all the changes going on around me. When I found out that Derek had left, I completely forgot about Claudia.
    “Hasn’t anyone asked her yet?” I asked.
    “As if we can trust anything she says…”
    I suddenly felt overcome by curiosity about my last encounter with Claudia. I knew the thought was crazy, because Claudia had given me absolutely no reason to trust her, but I wondered if I could make an ally out of her in order to return to The Shade. I scoffed at the thought. I’m actually desperate enough to work with Claudia.
    I looked at Zinnia. “Could you ask Aiden if I could talk to her? I have questions.”
    Zinnia gave me a long look. I doubted that she had any trust in me at all, so I was surprised when she shrugged and said, “All right. I’ll ask.”
    The next day, I was escorted to Claudia’s cell. I barely recognized her, not necessarily because of any drastic change in appearance, but more because of the change in attitude. I knew it was going to be an extremely strange encounter when for the first time since I had met her, she actually seemed genuinely happy to see me.
    She was crumpled up in a corner, her back leaned against the wall, seated on the ground, her arms pulling her knees to her chest.
    “Claudia?” I tentatively said, half-expecting her to attack me and once again try to turn me into a vampire.
    Instead, the moment she laid eyes on me, her eyes lit up, twinkling with delight. A bright smile formed on her face as if she ’d just laid eyes on a long-lost friend. “Sofia!” she exclaimed as she stood to her feet and embraced me.
    My arms hung limply at my sides as I tried to figure out what was going on. I found myself stiff against her tight hug.
    She pulled away from me and gave me an expectant look. “Where’s Derek? Are they going to allow us to leave now? We’re going back to

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