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Chapter 18

Alex jumped down next to Cassidie’s body and snarled in that direction. “Who’s there?” she demanded.

“Whoa, whoa, Alex. It’s just me.” The person said, stepping out of the shadows.

“Kate?” Alex inquired suspiciously.

“Don’t worry,” Kate told her. “I’ve checked, there aren’t any other shapeshifters in the city. Now, as I was saying, this whole idea is amazing!”

“How did you know we were here?” Gabriella asked curiously.

“When I saw the world changing, I guessed that Cassi must have lost the book. So, I came this way, changed into a bloodhound and followed your scent.” Kate looked around. “Where is Cassidie anyway?”

Alex felt the tears sting her eyes and moved away from Cassidie’s lifeless body. Kate’s eyes widened in shock before narrowing in both anger and grief. “He did it?” she asked softly and the others nodded with their heads bowed.

“Why did she hand over the book?”

“To… to…” Alex gulped as she realized again that she was the cause for all this. “To save me.”

Kate raised an eyebrow, but asked no further questions and changed the subject. “So, um, can I join?”

Alex glanced at her fiends and saw them looking at Kate curiously. She turned back to Kate and nodded. “Killer.” Kate murmured.

Just then, more rustles came and Bill and Mrs. Harris appeared. “Mind a few more members?” Bill asked sheepishly. Behind them emerged Sister Cassandra and Brother Jacko.

“Where are the others?” Alex asked curiously.

“Deep in one of Coffin Caves’ many crevices.”

Alex cleared her throat and got everyone’s attention. “First things first.” She said, swiftly climbing the rock. “We need a special sort of stamp or insignia for everyone and then get mud on those with fur, scales or feathers. Last we need to-.”

“Wait,” interrupted Brother Jacko. “Why are you in charge? A teenager can’t run a rebellion! You need an adult in charge.”

Alex jumped back down from the rock and everyone moved away from Brother Jacko at the look on Alex’s face; she looked ready to fight him to the death. The red-eyed wolf stalked up to Brother Jacko and glared into his eyes. “Look Jack,” she hissed at him. “I don’t care what you think because I’m not doing this for the world alone. I’m doing this because that monster that’s calling himself ruler of the world killed my best friend and I’ll be damned to Tartarus if he thinks he can just sit back and relax after that. I plan on making his life wondrous and nothing or no one is going to stand in my way. So if you have any objections, you can join his army. But unless someone else thinks that someone other than me should be in charge of this rebellion, I’m leading.”

She jumped stealthily back up the rock and stood before them all; her friends all shivered as they were reminded of how Cassidie had looked when she found out that Alex had been taken; it was the same effect.

“Now, as I was saying, the last thing we need to do is build a wall around the outside of the clearing so that we’re protected from easy infiltrators. Now what should our stamp look like?”

“How about a tattoo?” Stefan suggested.

“A tattoo?” Alex asked.

“Yeah, a tattoo.” Cat intoned.

“You know of Cassi with black angel wings.” They said together.

Alex shook her head. “That’s too obvious.”

“Maybe a wolf with wings?” Gabriella suggested.

“No, still a little obvious because I think I’m the only purebred werewolf-vampire hybrid left.”

Kate climbed up and touched her shoulder, making Alex turn to her questioningly.

“What about Cassi’s most prized tattoo?” she murmured softly. “The white tiger on her back.”

“With the purple eyes and black nose?” Alex asked.

Kate nodded.

“Kate you’re a mad genius!” she exclaimed. “And we can put it on our chests so that everyone can see it. Cats, Kate had the gruesomest idea! Anyone care to join me in getting the supplies.”

Both Kate and Cat volunteered and Alex nodded. “The rest of you get to work on the wall.”

She and Kate jumped off the rock and the three of them took off. This is going to be so wicked! Alex thought excitedly.

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