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A hand on Adric’s shoulder shook him awake. “Come on Adric. Time to get up.”
resisted the urge to hiss at his aunt and burrow back under the
covers. It was a close thing. Instead, he groaned and blinked
blearily at her. It had been nearly a month, and he still wasn’t used
to his new room in his new house. The extended family he previously
only saw on vacation and during holidays had become his primary
family, and he didn’t quite feel like he belonged.
Sage smiled down at him. “There’s a good boy.” She ran her
fingers into his wavy blond hair, pushing it out of his face. “Hmmm.”
She held out a few strands checking for length. “You growing
this out for a ponytail?”
straightened up, her wide smile displaying her inhumanly sharp teeth.
“Breakfast is ready, sweetie. Normally you’ll walk with Tricia
and Nate, but for your first day, we’re going to bring you in to make
sure you get oriented all right.”
nodded. His aunt and uncle had decided it was doing him no good to
mope at home, and maybe it was time to start school. He’d kept in
touch with his friends back in Madison through e-mail, text, and
Skype, but it wasn’t the same. Nothing was.
dressed and grab your backpack,” Auntie Sage said. “Join us
in the dining room as soon as you can.”
breakfast, his cousin Nate gave him another run down on the teachers
on his schedule, many of whom Nate had the year before. As Adric
cleaned up his dishes, his cousin Tricia reached out to lightly touch
his wrist, her fingers resting over one of his sun protection charms.
school nurse is a wickedly powerful warlock,” she said quietly.
“He’s really nice, and he’ll help you out if it’s too much.”
smiled. “Thanks, Tricia. That’s a relief to know.”
summon us if you need him to,” she added. She shrugged and
rolled her eyes, looking a bit embarrassed. “It’s just… I
know this is a lot. And I know you’re better than you were when you
got here, but…”
caught her brother’s frantic warding off hand gestures out of the
corner of his eye. “We’re there if you need us,” Nate
interrupted. “We’ll try to check in with you at lunch.” He
caught his sister’s arm and dragged her out of the room. “I need
your help on something…”
Sighing, Adric brought his dishes to the kitchen. His discomfort had nothing to do with his family. They had done everything they could to make him feel welcome. They were more understanding and loving than he had a right to expect, but he was a damaged puzzle piece that didn’t quite fit.
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