- Quinn confronted the Collins family over Pearl’s car.
- Jude told Quinn someone had been poking around Megan’s grave.
- Iva had a disturbing vision involving both Pearl and Quinn.
Late afternoon, the Collins home
Pearl Tyler stood in the doorway looking eagerly at her car. Caleb and Damien Collins had been able to make it run again and now here she was, preparing to leave for Bangor. She was so ecstatic she wanted to yell.
“I’ll bet your ready to leave,” Astrid Collins said from behind.
Pearl turned around. “Oh, you bet!” Then she covered her mouth, afraid she had insulted her. “But I can’t thank you and your family enough for all you’ve done for me.”
Astrid laughed. “Don’t worry Pearl, you didn’t insult me. I know how much you want to go, especially now that you know we’re a pack of furry beasts and our neighbors are vampires.”
“I don’t know how I’m going to explain to people what I’ve heard while I’ve been here. They’re going to think I’m ready for the nuthouse!” Pearl giggled.
“You conveniently leave out the part about the furry beasts and the vampires and just say you were taken in by a kind, caring and extremely good-looking family,” Astrid explained, chuckling.
She impulsively threw her arms around Pearl. “I’m going to miss you. I think we could have been good friends.”
Pearl hugged Astrid back. “Best friends—except on nights of the full moon.”
Just then, Caleb, Rhiannon and Damien came into the living room. Father and son were carrying Pearl’s bags.
“We’re going to load these in your car. Are you ready to get back on the road?” Caleb asked.
“Yes.” Pearl nodded emphatically.
All of them were smiling—except Damien, who had a pensive look on his face.
The sound of a vehicle pulling up changed the mood to tense. Caleb set the bags down. “I’m going to see who that is. I hope it’s not Quinn again. If it is, he’s getting a stake right through that black heart of his.”
“Caleb, don’t start anything,” Rhiannon pleaded.
“Don’t worry love, I’m going to be a perfect gentleman.” He headed out the door. When Caleb saw it was Gene Lawrence, he drew a sigh of relief. “Gene!” he called out. Back inside, everyone relaxed.
“’Hello Caleb,” Gene Lawrence answered warmly. He adjusted his brown newsboy cap. “Looks like we’re going to get rain again.”
“Come on in,” Caleb said. “I want you to meet someone.”
The Nightshade residence
Quinn Nightshade stood facing the grave of his dead love Megan with a cold stare on his face as he saw the footprints and the hand and finger marks on the wet dirt. He opened his mouth, revealing sharp white fangs. He hissed in fury, secretly vowing to destroy the monster that dared to desecrate Megan’s final resting place. He let out a terrifying, ghoulish cry of both anger and agony and sank down into the ground, ignoring the cold, damp soil.
A moment later, he heard footsteps behind him. Thinking it was Jude, he slowly got back up to face his brother. He was surprised when he saw Sadie Todd, Iva Lawrence’s niece.
“Was that you making that ungodly sound?” she asked. “It sounded like some kind of shrieking demon.” She shuddered. “And knowing this place, I wouldn’t be surprised if there were demons living here—“
“What do you want Sadie?” Quinn demanded coldly.
Sadie was taken aback by his rudeness. “I just came to pay a social visit. There’s no need to act like a jerk.”
Quinn narrowed his dark brown eyes. “Say what you have to say and leave. I have important things to tend to.”
Ignoring his brusque manner, Sadie looked over him and fixed on Megan’s grave. “What’s that behind you Quinn? Looks like a grave to me.”
“That is none of your damn business. Christ, you’re just as annoying as your aunt, you know that?”
“My aunt is a kind, wonderful person with a big heart. You will never ever be ten times the person she is, you bloodsucking bastard,” Sadie furiously shot back, nostrils flaring.
She moved in closer to him. “Do you know that Aunt Iva has powers Quinn? She can see into the future. She gets visions. And guess what? You were in one of them this afternoon.”
“I think you should leave. You’re wasting my time,” he warned.
But Sadie moved in even closer, a defiant look on her face. “In this vision, you apparently were about to harm a woman. With red hair. Just like that vampy girlfriend of yours that got slaughtered last year. Now what was her name? Oh yeah, now I remember—Megan. Is that correct?”
Sadie grinned mischievously and looked back at the grave. “That is where she’s buried, am I right?”
Quinn’s face turned red. “Get the hell off my property before you regret it,” he threatened, his hands shaking with ire.
“What are you going to do to me Quinn? Bite me and drain me of all my blood?” she taunted back. “Turn me into another vamp like your dead girlfriend? She smiled flirtatiously. “I know you can’t resist it. You know, you’re not like your brother. Uncle Gene says he can control his cravings but you’re like a spoiled child who can’t get enough. I don’t know Jude puts up having a psycho blood freak like you for a brother—“
Quinn’s right hand shot out and backhanded Sadie across the face. She was silent for a moment, then started laughing.“I knew you were going to do that. See I’m psychic too, like Aunt Iva, only I really don’t like to use my power.” She rubbed her face. “That really hurt.”
“GET OUT!” Quinn yelled. “Before you end up in a grave of your own!”
“Okay, okay, I’m leaving. You’re no fun anyway.” She began to walk away, then turned back around. “You know Quinn, I had quite a conversation with Megan earlier when I came to visit her today. She told me all kinds of things that could fill a scary novel.”
Quinn stood there in shock. Sadie had just confessed to being the one that disturbed Megan’s grave. “You bitch,” he spat.
“No Quinn, you’re the bitch,” she spat back. “If you don’t leave my aunt and uncle alone, I’ll do more than walk around Megan’s grave. You might just end up with a dagger through that thing in your chest you dare to call a heart. Then you can be buried next to your precious ginger whore and my family can finally be free from you.”
With one last murderous look at him, she whirled around and tromped away. As Quinn watched her leave, the blood inside his was boiling. How dare she threaten him. She had no idea who she was messing with.
He opened his mouth again to reveal his fangs. “You’ve just started a war Sadie Todd. A war that you and your heathen family will lose,” he hissed. He was so filled with rage that he forgot about Sadie telling him of Iva’s vision of another redheaded woman—a woman that was about to leave Haven and whom he missed seeing earlier today…
The Collins home
Gene gave Pearl a big bear hug. “You’re a pretty lass,” he told her. “And look at you, you’re going to be a mother. My wife and I couldn’t have children of our own, but we’re raising our niece Sadie and she’s just like a daughter to us.”
“Thank you for the kinds words Gene. I just wish our visit could be longer,” Pearl said happily.
“Oh no, you best be going. Haven isn’t a town for most people you know,” Gene winked at her.
Pearl turned around and smiled knowingly at the Collinses. “Believe me, I know.” She went to Caleb, Rhiannon, Damien and Astrid. “Well, let’s do our final goodbyes alright?”
Caleb was the first to wish her well. “Take care of yourself Pearl,” he said, giving her a hug.
Rhiannon was next. “Goodbye Pearl. Be safe, and I hope you have a happy, healthy baby girl.” A tear ran down her cheek. Pearl smiled at her, fighting back tears of her own.
Astrid threw her arms around her again. “Have a great life okay?”
“You too,” Pearl replied. Then she approached Damien. This goodbye was going to be the hardest.
“Goodbye Damien,” she said, her voice shaking. “If it hadn’t been for you, who knows what would have happened to me and my baby. I’ll never forget you.” She gave him a kiss on the cheek.
Damien was quiet for a few seconds then took her in his arms. “You will have no idea how much I’ll miss you Red. I won’t forget you either.” He reached out and stroked her hair and this time Pearl didn’t push his hand away. He bent down and kissed her on the cheek. “I hope your little girl will be just as beautiful as you, with tons of red hair.”
Pearl blushed. “My ex-husband could sure learn some pointers from you.” She stepped out of Damien’s arms and rubbed her hands together. “Well, I’m going to go now, before something else happens!”
She headed for the front door and turned back around. “Goodbye everyone.” She waved and they all waved back. With a sigh, she walked out of the house to her car, and back to starting her journey once more.
Coming up next:
- Gene and Caleb discuss Damien and their problems with Quinn.
- Iva’s vision of Pearl unfortunately comes true.