Bethany and Mori hadn't been back at the Vatican for more than two days when someone had told them that the two had a visitor. They ended up waiting in the room as Jinette went to fetch their guest.
"Do you have any vague conception of who would want to see the two of us?" Beth asked Mori.
"I have some idea, but I don't see why they would want to come here." Mori answered.
The two huntresses then heard the door open. They looked up to see none other than Jen Valerious, the Cardinal behind her.
"Jen!" Beth asked, a little confused. What was she doing here? Beth was glad to see her, but she was still pretty confused. Why would she come all the way from Budapest to see her and Mori? Was there another problem? And why was Cardinal Jinette with her?
"Can I…"Jen began, but stopped. She swallowed and tried again. "Can I stay with you guys for a while?"
"Why?" Beth asked confused still.
"Why are you at the Vatican?" Mori demanded. Beth really wasn't surprised Mori had been the one to voice what the two had been thinking.
"My mother was killed by a pack of werewolves." Jen replied. "It happed about half a day after you left."
"Why aren't you in Vaseria?" Mori asked. "It would've been much less distance to travel."
"She knew she'd be safer here." Beth answered Mori for the young Valerious. "C'mon Mori, even you must know about the horrors coming out of Vaseria."
"More than you know." Mori mumbled angrily to herself.
"You can stay with me." Beth told the girl as she got up and put an arm around her shoulders. She couldn't help but feel bad for the girl. She wouldn't have wanted to loose her mother either. "I know how it feels to loose your family."
"Well then," Jinette cut in. "seeing as Jen knows all about the Order already, how would you like to join child?"
"What?" Jen asked shocked.
"What?" Mori asked irritated. This was definitely a bad idea. Constantly putting the youngest Valerious in danger was not the best way to get her entire family into heaven.
"Well, I…" Jen started. "I don't have the training."
"Trust me, they take care of that." Beth told her.
"And the missions…"
"You get a partner till you are ready to be on your own." Beth cut the girl off. "Honestly, it's not all that bad. We get a few idiots here and there, but I bet you could do it."
Jen sighed heavily. "Okay."
Jinette smiled. "Wonderful. In that case, I have an assignment for you three."
Beth and Mori shared side glances with each other. Whether they liked it or not, all three of them were stuck together now. There was no backing out. Bethany turned to Jinette and smiled widely.
"What will we need?"