Edie, Dawn, and Corrie left the magic professors’ lounge, walking slowly and quietly. Edie wondered if they would really be able to find anything. Well, if Dawn and Corrie would find anything. She would just be holding back and trying to stay safe… as usual.
Not that she minded being safe. But it was awful when her friends were putting themselves in danger for a good cause, and she couldn’t help.
“Do you want to start looking tonight?” Corrie asked Dawn.
Dawn shook her head. “Not until we have more information.” She pushed open the front door to the magic building. “We should at least wait until Professor Lal gets back to you with that schedule and the phone numbers.”
Edie’s heart dropped in her chest. They were obviously going about this all wrong. “Then it’s not us you need to talk to,” she said. “Professor Strega, hasn’t Roe told you about this recurring vision she’s been having?”
Professor Strega frowned. “I have not had much chance to speak with Roe recently. We plan to meet tomorrow at noon.”
Corrie shook her head. “She did say that she’s planning to talk to you about it at that meeting, but she was glad to have it rescheduled… well, anyway, the important thing is that she says the vision is just teeth. That’s all she can ever remember from the visions.”
Edie waited for the professors to tell her, Corrie, and Dawn why they thought they would be able to help, but they seemed uncertain how to begin. Finally Corrie leaned forward. “Look,” she said. “We’d like to help, but we don’t know what you think we can do. Why would we know anything about what happened? Did they tell you we were there, or something? I don’t think they would lie, but maybe there’s some faerie trick going on. No offense.”
“That is exactly what we fear is going on,” Professor Lal said. “We are fairly certain that the killer is, in fact, a faerie. But we do not know how or why it is killing.”
Dawn crossed her arms over her chest. “Start from the beginning. What do you know, and what do you suspect?”
Edie, Corrie, and Dawn managed to have dinner by themselves—except for Rico, who was perfectly understanding when they reached a fork in the path and Dawn told him she had to go meet with the magic professors with her friends and he wasn’t invited. Edie actually felt a little jealous as he gave Dawn a kiss on the cheek and walked cheerfully back to Gilkey on his own. They were so sweet together, and Leila had never been that understanding, even when she had claimed to be.
But Leila was gone now. That was probably for the best. Edie missed her, but only because she’d been the first person to have a real romantic interest in her, at least who was actually a woman. She didn’t want that relationship back.
The three of them walked back over the paths to the magic building. It was still light out—the sun wouldn’t set for more than an hour—so people were still around, walking between the different dorm buildings, the library, the dining hall, and occasionally the academic buildings. Edie saw a whole group of people who appeared to be approaching the arts building.
Edie wondered what her magic professor could possibly have to talk to her privately about. Had she done something wrong? Or was it just something that she didn’t want Derwen to hear about? Much as Edie liked hanging out with Derwen, she had to admit that the faerie girl wasn’t the most discreet.
“You and your friends know a lot more about the truths on this campus than most other students,” Ginny said, looking Edie in the eyes. “In fact, I’m pretty sure you know more about it than any other humans.”
“Not exactly humans,” Edie couldn’t help saying with a grimace. She wished she hadn’t interrupted the professor—she was really curious where this was going.
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