Yaaaaaayy! Chapter 4! I hope you all love it! I am sooooooooooo happy the amount of reviews! I love you all (in a non-lesbo way!)


Tod: And I'm here because…

Me: You want to tell the world I own Soul Screamers.

Tod: No, I don't.

Me: Yes you do. –Kisses him-

Tod: -pulls away- AH! WHAT WAS THAT!

Me: Fulfillment of my life-long dream.


"She kissed you?" Mom asked.

"Yeah. And she pulled away. It was an experiment to see if I would pull away," I said glumly. It was fifteen minutes after Kaylee's kiss. I replayed the kiss in my head. Kaylee leaning in. Our lips touching. The shock. Kissing her back. My arms wrapping around her…

The embarrassing part that made me panic and run.

I hit my head off the counter.

"Tod, it's okay. Just go back later and apologize. That's all. She'll forgive you," Mom said confidently. I wasn't convinced.

"I panicked. Why did I panic?" I muttered, mostly to myself. Mom smiled sadly.

"Tod. She kissed you. Remember that part, not what came after." But how I was to do that, I didn't know.

"It's kind of hard not to. Also, Nash will kill me if he finds out. Again."


"I have to go." I had a job to go to, one that wouldn't kill me if I got fired. I blinked out of the room.



"Shh…" Avari whispered, as Alec's cheek brush mine. Your father is fine. I simply haven't decided what to do with him.

And that had to be true, because a hellion couldn't lie…

I went still, my heart racing, terror lapping at my fragile control.

"Would you believe that while I'm in this body, I can feel what it feels? And it likes this arrangement." He shifted over me, and I bit my lips against a scream, knowing Avari enjoyed every single moment of my fear. "Have you and my Alec done this before?"

He let go of my left wrist to brush hair from my face, then wedged one leg between my knees.

I panicked. Oh god no.

"Get off me," I said. I wanted to make it sound confident, but it came out weak and scared. Avari laughed.

"And why would I do that? Alec isn't the only one who's fond of this," Avari hissed in my ear, reclaiming my wrist. My chance was gone, all because I had panicked too much to use it. No.

Avari, using Alec's body, leaned down and kissed me. I didn't respond. Terror coursed through me. Alec's lips moved against mine. His tongue licked my lips. This was nothing like kissing Nash, or even the brief kiss Tod and I had shared earlier today. This was more like rape.

"Now, now, Miss Cavanaugh," Avari breathed. "You're not making this much fun for yourself. It's going to happen, so why not partake in it? It won't hurt as much." A long, slow whimper slipped through my clenched teeth. I had never been more scared in my entire life.

Avari slipped my shirt off, leaving me topless. It's really going to happen. Alec's lips found mine again. My heart pounded in my chest. I couldn't breathe.

Then Alec fell off me onto the floor, unconscious.

"Tod!" I cried out. Tod was standing there, holding my dad's baseball bat that he never used, but insisted on keeping in his room. Tod smiled cheekily at me, then paled and looked away quickly.

"Um… Kay…" I suddenly realized that I was still topless. I blushed a dark red and pulled my oversized t-shirt back on.

"I'm decent now," I said quickly. Tod looked over once again, and I saw that he was bright red.

"What the hell was going on here?" Tod asked.

"Avari." His jaw clenched. I sat up and motioned for him to sit next to me. As he headed over, I checked on Alec.

"He's okay. I didn't hit him too hard," Tod said quickly. "Just a sec." He lifted Alec and disappeared. Almost two minutes later, Tod blinked back into the room. "I put him on your sofa."

"Thanks," I said. Tod sat next to me, and I leaned into his chest.


"Sorry. I just…" I struggled to find the words to express to Tod what I was feeling.

"I get it." His warm arms wrapped around me. I was so glad. I needed to be held right then, and I was happy that Tod was there for me. I didn't even care to know why he was at house in the middle of the night.


"What were you doing here anyway?" I asked him softly. Tod looked startled, then sheepish.

I came to say sorry about running off earlier. I figured you might be awake, so I decided to stop by."

"Oh." I relaxed into him again.

"I'm really sorry about that, by the way. I don't know what I was thinking. I-"

"It's okay. I get it. It's fine. Why did you leave, anyway?" Tod suddenly seemed very uncomfortable.

"Well… let's just put the whole thing behind us."

"No, I wanna know."


"Tell me."

"Can't you just leave it?"

"Nope. You blinked out of existence on me, so you have to explain," I told him. Tod made a face.

"Says who?"

"Says Kaylee. Now deal with it and tell me."

"Nope." Tod blinked out. I fell forward and heard him laugh. I glared around the room.

"Tod, get out here!" Tod's head popped out of my closet.

"Nah. I'm good."

"Get out of my closet!" I hissed at him. I didn't want my dad to wake up and hear me talking to the reaper, who was probably invisible and inaudible to him. Speaking of my dad… "You did untie my dad, right?"

"Of course I did! What do you take me for?" Tod demanded, sounding basely outraged. "And I'm not coming out of the closet." This was too perfect.

"Is there something you've been meaning to tell me?" Tod frowned.


"You're coming out of the closet?" His eyes widened in understanding.

"Um, no, sorry Kay. I know you're disappointed," he said. I pretended to pout.

"Now you tell me why you ran," I demanded, trying to get back on topic. He groaned.

"Kay, I really don't want to."

"Please Tod. I just wanna know. It can't be that bad. I want you to let me know that it wasn't something I did," I pleaded. He stepped through the door of my closet and sat back down next to me, going corporeal.

"Kay, you gotta believe me – it was nothing you did. Trust me." I was beginning to get irritated.

"Then why won't you tell me!"

"Can't you just drop it?" Tod pleaded. Honestly, what could be so bad that he couldn't even confide in me?

"Please Tod? I won't laugh, I promise." I took his hand. "You know you can tell me anything, right?"

His hand tightened around mine. How was it possible that this was so comfortable and right? "Yeah. I know Kay."

We sat in silence for a while. It wasn't awkward, just comfortable. I looked over and saw his blue eyes swirling with content, pain, and… humiliation? What could cause that combination?

"You don't have to be embarrassed," I said softly. Tod looked me directly in the eyes, then dropped his gaze to the comforter.

"When you kissed me, I kinda…" his voice trailed off. I squeezed his hand encouragingly.

"You…" I promoted. I was surprised to see Tod blushing.

"You did something to me and I panicked," he finished lamely. I looked over at him.

"What did I do?" Tod met my eyes, silently begging me not to make him say it. I probably wouldn't have, if I had known what he was talking abo-

Oh. OH. I had – oh. And I had basically made him tell me about it. No wonder he had run. I instantly felt guilty.

"Oh. I get it. Sorry," I said lamely, my face burning. Tod laughed humorlessly.

"Kay, it wasn't your fault. Hell, it wasn't anyone's fault. It's biology, but I really don't want to talk about it."

"Still, I'm sorry. I shouldn't have pushed you into telling me," I said. Then I yawned. Tod squeezed my hand.

"You should get some sleep." I should, but that was the last thing I wanted to do. What if Avari possessed me to get revenge? Tod's free hand rubbed my back soothingly.

"What if-"

"Avari possess you? If he does, I'll expel him. I promise. You'll be safe tonight Kay. I won't leave." I smiled and lay down again, my eyes fluttering closed. Tod lay down next to me. I shifted so I could use his chest as a pillow. He looked surprised, but didn't push me away.

"Good night Tod."

"Night Kaylee." His arms wrapped around me, and moments later I drifted to sleep.

YAAAAAAAAYYY! That was chapter 4! I hope everyone loved it! It thought this chapter was funny/sweet/embarrassing/romantic, but pleeeeeeeeeeease review and tell me what you think! Thank yinz! =)