“This is delicious,” Brian said after taking a bite of the bread.
Jordan blushed, ducking her head.
Jackie patted her daughter’s hand. “You did well. Now, to tell you about the meal. The bread is infused with herbs that will help in healing and protection. The apples contain cinnamon, cloves, allspice and ginger. All these help with healing and protection as well. Maribelle, tell them about the rice.”
“I added saffron, three different peppers—red, black and white. Also, turmeric, cumin, fennel and a little ginger. These herbs add to strength and mental energy as well as helping to augment your psychic powers.”
The other dishes on the table each had specific combinations of herbs and spices that would aid and protect them. Brian found all the food delicious,though he really missed the fact that there was no meat. He was glad his family hadn’t adhered to vegetarianism.
“Why do we need all this, Mom?” Jordan asked.
“We are preparing our bodies for what’s to come,” Jackie replied. “Maribelle and I sense that something is going to happen soon. We need to be ready. Tomorrow, Maribelle and Brian will go back home. We’ve selfishly kept them here long enough.”
“Do you think that’s safe, Mom? If something bad is coming, shouldn’t they be with us?”
“Sweetheart, we can’t rely on Brian and Maribelle to be our backbone.”
“I can’t sleep in my room, Mom. After the frost, I’m terrified.”
“Then you’ll take what you need and move into the guest room,” her mother replied. “We can’t keep them from home any longer.”
Jordan’s mouth snapped shut and she looked as if she were going to cry. Brian wondered why the sudden change. He’d been under the impression Heath wanted them to continue living there more or less indefinitely. Was it because Jackie knew Miles was home? Or had she figured out what was going on between Brian and Jordan? Not that it had been much, but if Maribelle hadn’t walked in, would it have progressed? Brian didn’t know and he didn’t want to find out—not here, not under these circumstances. He glanced at Jackie and he knew that she’d seen enough to be worried. He smiled, letting reassurance flow from his gaze.
Nothing happened. Don’t worry.
To his surprise, she smiled, the worry gone. Had he actually communicated telepathically? He was shocked.
“If Jordan’s afraid, she can trade places with me,” Maribelle offered. “I don’t mind.”
“That sounds like an excellent plan,” Jackie agreed.
Brian stuffed his mouth full so he wouldn’t have to comment. Jordan, very pointedly, stared at her plate, fiddling with her food.
Once dinner was over and clean up complete, the teenagers and Zofia went to the basement to watch TV and play pool. The women stationed themselves in the living room to watch their favorite shows. Heath parked himself in the den with a cold beer. Brian told Jordan what he’d done with the pool balls earlier. He demonstrated and let her try. She did really well.
“I had to chop up the herbs and onions with my powers,” she told him. “Ever tried to use a chef’s knife and not use your hands?”
“No, but I bet you rocked it,” Brian said sincerely. “You can do anything you want, Jordan.”
“Except math,” she sneered.
“Well, Algebra won’t help you slay demons, will it?”
“I was thinking of hurling equations at them and attacking while they tried to muddle through them.”
Brian laughed. “That might work.”
“Interesting how our parents managed to keep us apart tonight? Do they think we’re going to do something bad?”
“Not bad, maybe naughty,” Brian corrected.
“Explain the difference.”
“Well, if we are going to be married, us being together wouldn’t be bad, but it would be naughty.”
“Marriage is way in the future, Brian. I can’t even think past school on Monday.”
“I know. Would it be so terrible, being married to me?”
“No. I think it would be great. Of all the guys I’ve known, you’re the only one who really gets me. It’s just the idea….”
“That we were destined for each other. We had no choice.”
“Exactly! See what I mean?”
© 2016 Dellani Oakes