“Her name is Annabella, I found her when she was six, both of her parents had been killed. She’s a demon like us and she just had her one hundredth birthday.” He let out a breath. “She was taken while she was on a trip with some friends. They were attacked and only one managed to escape. She was beaten and bloodied and begged me to find the others.” He swallowed. “I tried, but I couldn’t…I couldn’t save her.” He felt himself starting to choke up. “I’m supposed to be her dad, but I couldn’t save her.”
“Hey, it’s okay.” Amara said gently as she moved to comfort him.
“It’s not, I…”
“Amara is right, my friend, you can’t control everything. I know that better than anyone.” Chthon added. “How long has she been missing?”
“Three days and the ones who took her and her friends, they were…they were demons and I…I don’t want to think about what is happening, but I know…I know…” he shook his head, “I can take you to where she was taken and maybe you can pick up on her scent. I tried, but I lost it.”
“My dad will find her.” Amara said and Lievon couldn’t help the small smile that pulled at his lips. She was so confident in Chthon and it gave him greater confidence in his decision to come here.
“We should go immediately.” Chthon said. “We don’t want her in their hands any longer than she has to be.”
“Thank you, thank you so much.” Lievon forced himself not to cry, but Amara could see he wanted to and wound up hugging him.
“It’s going to be okay.” She said.
“Thank you.” He knew he didn’t deserve this, not Chthon’s help or anyone’s forgiveness or even the kindness and warmth of their daughter.
“Maybe I should come too.” Ruth said and she held up her hand when Chthon started to protest. “We don’t know what any of them have been through and they may not want you or Lievon touching them.”
“I’ll come too.” Amara said.
“Amara, it’ll be dangerous.” Chthon said.
“I know, but mom’s right. I won’t take any risks or go off on my own, I just want to help.”