Gregori stopped Savannah from going after her, but Anastasia ran after her sister. Gregori sighed and looked at his hand.

"I don't know what came over me," he said. "I'm worried about that girl. She is too bold and she takes too many chances. One of these days, she is going to get into trouble, and I won't be able to get her out. Does she really see me like that? A soulless being?"


Anastasia opened the door to the room she shared with Anya. She went in, closed the door, and sat on the bed next to her sister.

"You really did it this time," Anastasia said, examining her sister's cheek. "He has never struck any of us. He must have been scared for your safety, then you bad mouth grandpa. I think it was just too much for him. Want me to get the redness to go away?"

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