I had a bit of an oops moment yesterday when I was boarding my plane in Atlanta and realized that it was Tuesday and I didn't put up a teaser! Bad, Mindy! I'm sorry. Traveling takes it out of me! So we're having a teaser Tuesday on Wednesday just for kicks and giggles.
"No, no! Kai! KAI!"
I thrashed, gasping awake.
"Calliope, ” a voice urged. “Calliope, stop!” My eyes adjusted to the darkness in my room to see Kai kneeling beside my bed. His hands restrained my wrists above my head. “Now,” he said, “I’ll let you go if you promise to stop flailing your arms and trying to hit me in the face.”
“I…I just…” I blinked and tried to catch my breath. I nodded and slowly he released me. As I sat up he sat back on his heels to give me space. “I…” I felt so disoriented.
“You must have been having quite the nightmare.”
I ran my hand down my face. “It felt so real.”
“Are you okay?” he asked softly with real concern.
“I’m fine,” I exhaled and looked around my dark bedroom. It was still the middle of the night. “What are you doing here?”
“I told you I would check on you later. Declan and I have been taking turns for the night shift. I heard you screaming.” That’s ironic since I couldn’t scream in my nightmare.
“Sorry. I’m fine. I just need to get some water and then I’ll be okay.” I began tossing off my covers.
“Stay here. I’ll get you some.” Kai stood and went into my bathroom. He came back with a wooden cup full of cool water.
I took it gratefully. “Thanks.”
“Do you want to tell me what that was all about?”
“Just Favner,” I muttered.
He nodded with understanding and then let a slow smile form on his lips. “Next time if you want to grab my attention, just say my name. No need to scream it.”