Spoiler: Lia's first post-Lexi hunt "I saw you. You're the first thing Lexi's brought in. He boring you already?" Derrick made no attempt to hide the points of his teeth, tongue pressed to the tip of one in an expression of predatory delight that probably would have been hot if it weren't complimented by a personality like a hagfish. "Yes." This was the sort of lie with a foundation in truth. It had been a week since the night she had nearly died, and she didn't have anything to do but wait. She was a weapon; she was meant to be used, and this past week had her feeling like she had been left in a drawer or under a pillow somewhere instead of kept ready on hand where she belonged. “Poor shy boy doesn’t have any idea what to do with a hunter, does he?” This time when Lia laughed it wasn’t because he was any kind of right. Lexi, of every vampire she had quite possibly ever met (barring perhaps Caelia, which wasn't a thought she wanted to examine right now,) probably knew most what to do with her. Sure he hadn't touched her- had been obscenely careful not to on multiple occasions- but the multitudinous sorts of people she had slept with weren't anyone she could be around for extended periods of time. It was why she hunted alone; in the long run, Lia just didn’t play nice with others. After a week she found Lexi at least tolerable; if she spent a week with Derrick she was pretty sure he’d be all kinds of dead. He took her icy amusement the way she wanted, though: as agreement. It was easy. It would have been infuriatingly so, the way he let her in without a second thought, didn’t even bother to watch her hands when she dropped the knife into them. There was no suspicion when she stepped in close, and he didn’t even have time to drive the knife in, up under the parting of the ribs and straight into his heart. On perhaps any other night it would have been too easy, boring, not nearly enough challenge to actually mean anything to her. After the week she’d had, though, after almost dying, the time spent idle, the new rules to learn- after all that such an easy hunt where everything went right was viciously gratifying, a small gift from a cold and uncaring universe.