For an earring? Somehow, that story didn't quite add up. Though, the green stuff on the bottom of her shoe proved validation. The dumpster just didn't seem like the kind of place Charlie would lose an earring. And a quick check of her ears showed not only one but both earrings missing. She'd lost both earrings behind the dumpster? That was kind of odd. But there was no real reason to doubt her or to think that she had this up so he dismissed it. Maybe it was a girl thing. There were a lot of things that girls did that made no sense to him. A lot more than he cared to admit.
Noah wasn't at her apartment. Well, that was a new turn of events. That fang had been hanging out near constantly with Charlie. The only way he would have left her side would be if he needed to feed. Which then brought up a thought ... why would the fang go somewhere else to feed if he already had a perfectly willing meal right in front of him for days at a time? Of course, maybe the kid was just trying to stay low and out of trouble. Any vampires that were caught feeding on people in this town were dealt with severely.
Like ... deathly severe. Or so he had been told.
"Drop by your place?" Royce didn't need a real reason to come over but her question sounded like there was one. When she pointed out his dirty shirt, he realized that he had a perfectly logical reason to come over. Yeah, she could wash his shirt for him. He wouldn't mind that. He could go to her place where they would be ... alone. For once. Actually alone. If that fang was really gone, that is. "Sure. This is kind of my last clean shirt." He tried speaking in a normal tone as his heart started to beat faster, the thought of really being able to have Charlie all to himself making him feel hot and tingly all over.
Or was that just the greasy hamburgers he was holding?
"Oh. But I got to take this to Rosey. I'll find her, give it to her and then I'll come over. How's that?"
It wasn't like Rosemary was half-way across town or anything. She had known he was coming here and had to assume that he'd bring her back something to eat. She would have stayed at home for him. Plus, he had told her to keep an eye on Charlie. How she was doing that, he didn't know and it didn't look like she was doing it well if Charlie was all the way out here and Rosemary was nowhere to be seen.