He bent, lips coming to mine and "" 'Derek? Chloe?' It was Kit, opening the back door. Derek let out a low growl. 'Never fails.' I turned to Kit. 'How is she?' 'We're going to take her back to the house now. She's unconscious again.' 'Then we'll walk back,' Derek said. 'Give you room in the van to lay her down.' His dad agreed and went back inside. As we walked toward the steps, I looked down at Derek's hand, holding mine. 'No one's around,' he said. 'And we can take the back way.' 'Good,' I said, and entwined my fingers with his.