“She said that Clara would be back one day,” Smiley said. “We were instructed to take her alive.”
“She?” Clara asked in a sultry voice.
“I-I-I can—” Smiley said.
Clara took out her phone and pointed the screen back at them. She tapped on the camera app from her lockscreen for a selfie.
“Silly me,” Clara said. “We simply must commemorate this—”
“Ada!” Smiley yelled.
The vampire had no need to breathe, but as the sun threatened to peek over the horizon, his baser instincts asserted themselves and he began panting. Elements of his mind that he spent years mastering were now entirely beyond his reach. This was precisely where Clara needed him to be, granting her access to a mind on the cusp of losing sanity and devoid of defences.
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