The next day Juliet is absent from school. And the day after that, and the one after that too.
The Taboo. She figured. They won't remember Juliet until Lorie lifts the spell.
"Did you have separation anxiety?"
"I'm always concerned when the queens of the universe go missing. One wonders what they would be up to," Flo says, winking.
Anders kisses Flo's cheek. "Never you fear, my love, they had supervision."
"Because we needed a man around to do that, obviously."
"Obviously I meant Lorie, Seo. Me? Supervise anything? You know I'll follow you down any dark path."
"My handsome partner in crime."
Anders shoots her a saucy wink, and goes back to draping himself all over Flo.
Who doesn't seem to mind in the slightest.
"No lunch tray," Nat murmurs to Seo.
Seo looks over at Anders' empty tablespace.
Action plan? she thinks very hard in Nat's direction.
Hang on, lemme clue in Lorie.
Nat looks at the girl in question.
Channel's open. Fuck, I've been so focused on Juliet I didn't even see.
Either did I.
Nat shakes herself off. Well, my idea is to just full on thrall him. Then he has to eat.
Has he taken that well before?
I've never done it on anyone I'm friends with. It's one of the rules I actually stick to.
But if this is about stopping him making a stupid mistake, I'm fine with taking away his free will.
He wouldn't forgive you.
But he'd be alive.
Should we try the less disaster route first and talk to him? Before we go the full mind control thing again.
You've known him longer, Nat. Can you field that?
"I've never heard all three of you so quiet at once!" Flo laughs.
"Queen bitch telepathy. You wouldn't know much about it."
"You know, I'd be worried about you three sharing so much power, but I know Lorie's the alpha."
"Reluctant alpha," Lorie chides, butting him with her shoulder.