Two years after Hannah and Ippy rescued Caelum, Ippy has heard his best friend become close to the selkie. He’s glad for their connection, but wants to get to know Caelum as well. This is harder for Ippy since Caelum is in Ireland, but not impossible because this selkie has a secret—he’s able to walk into the dreams of others. Using that ability, Caelum visits Ippy often, and they soon have a connection unlike anything Ippy expected. For the past few years Hannah has been saying that someday they’d all live together, and now it seems like it might actually be a reality for them. But when his dad finds out that he cares for Caelum, Ippy’s world is torn apart. After an attack that not only leaves him broken, he’s left homeless as well.
Ippy was waiting on the sidewalk in front of his house when Hannah pulled up in her new car. She’d had it less than a week, since her eighteenth birthday and he couldn’t help but be jealous of her independence. “Hey!” she said, leaning out the window toward him. She was all smiles as strands of her long brown hair escaped her unruly braid that he could see over her shoulder. He returned her expression, though his smile wasn’t nearly as bright as hers. Not because he wasn’t happy though. He just knew that it didn’t get that big. His smiles never did.
“Ready?” Hannah asked him, her smile slipping a bit when he continued to stand there.
Ippy nodded and moved around to the passenger side of her car. His backpack went in the back on the floor and he slid into the front seat.
“Do the homework?” she asked as she pulled out into the main street in front of his house.
He was trying to be better and had been watching the kids at school to know what he should have said at this point. He wanted to tell her that it’d been required so of course he had. But that’s not what normal kids said. Yes, he answered her, thinking that was probably the right thing to say. By Hannah’s smile that must have been it. Thanks for taking me.
She shrugged and turned up the radio. Her fingers danced over the steering wheel as the warm summer breeze flowed through her car through the open windows. “Sure thing, Ippy. Now that I’m out of school I don’t get to see you all the time. I don’t mind taking you. Though I’d prefer if you could ditch. We’d be able to go see a movie. The new sci fi one is out. The thing with the aliens and a crashed spaceship or something like that. Wanna go?”
He shook his head. He had to go to class. But he wanted to go to the movie too. We’ll go Saturday. Hannah’s mouth did the funny little thing where the corners pulled down when he said something wrong. Her mouth was doing it now too. He thought about it for a minute before rephrasing his response. I’d like to go with you on Saturday. If you want to.
She smiled at him. “Sounds good to me.” Hannah pulled up in front of the iron gate blocking Samson’s front drive and pressed the button on the intercom box next to her window.
“Name?” he said dryly.
Hannah rolled her eyes and winked at Ippy. He’d never really been able to figure out what a wink meant. “Special delivery of an escaped convict for one grumpy old alpha.”