Aries sighs: How can you deserve to be Inima when you betray me, Cadi? How?
Cadi falls to the tiled floor. Deep sobs wrack her body. She can barely speak.
Betrayal. Betraying an Inima meant certain death. A painful, horrible, certain death.
Aries: Shhh. Don’t cry.
Cadi desperate: I’d never betray you, Aries. Never! You know this. I owe you my LIFE. My LIFE. I’d never-
Aries takes a deep breath.
Aries: So, you truly don’t know what your friend is?
Cadi sobs: Shannon? Shannon is my stupid friend from high school! The girl who always made one bad choice after another. Her whole life has always been a wreck, a ruin. From the moment her parents disappeared and her uncle had to raise her and then she could never get anything right. And then he died and she was homeless… I thought she’d be a good gift.
Aries: A hard life certainly. She would have made a nice little gift for a newborn like Leo, who still feeds off hopelessness, despair. I’m different, though, Cadi. My tastes have matured. Now I can feed off any soul I desire, not just the hurt ones. Anyway, I sense your sincerity. I sense you don’t know what your friend is. I only wonder if something larger is at play.
Cadi: I don’t understand, Aries.
Aries: Your gift maybe a Trojan horse. But I don’t think you are the one behind it. Anyway, stop crying, my beauty. Get up.
Cadi softly: I’m- you’re not angry with me?
Aries: No. I’m not angry. But I don’t like mysteries. I despise them. And you’ve brought one to my door. For that, I’m displeased.
Cadi cries: Aries, no! Please. No!