The next day, as with every day, students must attend homeroom.
"Which you can tell because you're a werewolf, right. Maybe we should have called ahead?"
"I have really good hearing... I suppose they could be in the dungeon. Dad had it all soundproofed because I was so loud..."
"Is there a key under the mat?"
"I have keys in my backpack." She hesitates for a moment before walking forward and unlocking the door.
"I think we have a little time before I have to go downstairs. If nobodies home I'm going to have to show you how to use the vent..."
"You lead, I'll follow."
She dumps her bag in the entry hall and leads him through the house, taking his hand. Eventually arriving at the kitchen.
She pauses in front of a solid looking door... and stares at all the locks. She unlocks them all and flicks a switch up, lighting up the darkness.
"I don't hear anyone."
"Maybe we should have called ahead."
He looks for a note.
He eventually finds one tucked away near the fridge.
Business in California. Will be back on the 26th.
"Looks like we lucked out."
He hands her the note.
"That's... weird. Stefan should at least be here. Or Lexi. They've never left me alone on a full moon before..."
"Does your dad not travel a lot?"
"He does and he's been away for a full moon before, but." She pauses. "I suppose I did run away..."
"We'll worry about it tomorrow. What would you normally do right now?"
She looks at the time.
"I should go down now, just in case, I think. Show you the vent and get you to lock me in."
"Let's do it."
He follows her.
The basement is very... basement. With the exception of the large very solid looking steel door. She stops in front of it.
"So. Here is me. And," she moves over to the opposite wall, "This is you."
She points out all the switches, how to turn it on/off/down/up.
"It pumps wolfsbane into the cell. It keeps me weak and distracted, so I can't transform."
He doesn't seem overly fond of "weak and distracted", but he nods.
"How will I know it's working?"
"It hurts. You will probably notice."
Kiss, and then it's time for Juliet to go into her cell.
And into the cell she goes.
She hesitates for a moment before taking off her shorts and shirt, leaving her underwear on. She puts them in the corner, in a small steel box.
"You should lock the door now."
He locks the door, and stays there, watching her.
"Do you want to talk until you can't anymore?"
He keeps the wolfsbane at a fairly low level. It's possible she'll need more than that.
She takes a moment to breath in the wolfsbane. Her entire body tenses, but otherwise has no other reaction.
"Talk to me? Your voice will help."
He talks to her about Hamlet, and why Ophelia and Hamlet mean so much to him.
He talks to her about photography, and how framing the world with his camera keeps him safe.
He talks to her about Isaac, his friend, who he sees every day but never speaks to.
Juliet listens and the moon rises and she tells him to turn up the wolfsbane.
She collapses to the ground. The wolfsbane does its thing and the fullmoon fights for control.
He tells her about his family, and how they've never really understood what he's going through.