“Who the hell are you?” she asked.
“Benji, at your service, ma’am,” the guy said and did an elegant bow.
“This is the guy Kati was looking for?” she said.
“I don’t see Sam,” Julian said, looking around.
“What the hell do you want?” Melody asked Benji.
“I just challenged him to a duel!” Benji said, pointing to Ray.
“Why?” Julian asked.
“For his woman, of course!”
“Shana?” Ray said, confused.
“So that’s your name!” Benji said, smiling at Melody. “Shana, that’s a great name.”
Julian felt that aura coming on again, that he’d felt the first time Melody opened the cottage door to him. She grew somehow, becoming frightening. Probably some vampire thing. Benji didn’t seem all that frightened, but he did stop smiling.
“Okay, stop,” Julian said. “This is Melody.”
Benji let the hint of confusion slip over his face. “Melody?” he said. Then he considered that some and finally seemed to think he’d sorted it out. He pulled off his other glove and hit Julian with it. “Aha! I challenge you!”
Melody elbowed him in the chest, which quite abruptly ended his challenge.