Trials of Death (The Saga of Darren Shan #5) Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky #3)

I took a long breath. Yes, I said, I did.

She hesitated. And you think the same thing’s going to happen to us, she said carefully.You have to admit the odds aren’t in our favor.

The odds? She blinked. You’re trying to put what we have into numbers?I’m just trying to be honest. . . .About what? Odds? What does that have to do with us? And what does Harold have to do with anything?

She turned away, unable to look at me. If you don’t want to see me anymore, just say it. Don’t use a busy schedule as an excuse. Just tell me the truth. I’m an adult. I can take it.I am telling you the truth, I said quickly. I do want to see you. I didn’t mean for it to come out the way it did. I swallowed. I mean . . . well . . . you’re a very special person, and you mean a great deal to me.

She said nothing. In the silence that followed, I watched in surprise as a single tear spilled down her cheek. She swiped at it before crossing her arms. Her gaze was focused on the trees near the river.

Why do you always have to do that? Her voice was raw.When he returned, he had a guitar case in hand. He put it up on the island and opened it. I stood to get a better look, my fingers itching to play it, but instead of taking out the guitar, O’Dea pulled out papers.

The contract. He handed it over to me. I canceled the makeup artist since Autumn took care of that. He indicated my face. I’ve set up interviews with a few managers in the morning. He held out a small folder for me to take. All three are in there. Their credentials, everything. Talk to them. Get a feel for them. Make a decision. Once that’s done, you hand the chosen one that. He tapped the top of the contract. He or she will make sure you’re taken care of before you sign it.I know how it works. I dropped the papers on the counter by the guitar. So, I’m just supposed to pick a manager in one day?

No, I’ll give you the weekend to think about it.How was I supposed to do this? Gayle had been my manager since I was sixteen years old. I trusted her. Magnanimous of you.