Life Blood: Cora's Choice Book 1 (Chapter Five, page 2 of 9)

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I slung my backpack over my shoulders, the weight dragging against me, just as my phone chimed, signaling that I'd missed a call during my preset no-ring for class. I pulled the phone out of my pocket and unlocked it. My heart skipped a beat when I saw the number.

It was the same one that I had dialed when I was first brought to Mr. Thorne.

I braced myself and stepped into the corridor, leaning back against the wall. Other students surged past me, laughing and joking about their plans for the weekend.

Setting my jaw, I hit the button to return the call. The phone connected, and again someone picked up on the first real ring.

"Ms. Shaw," the pleasant tenor said.

Not Mr. Thorne, but the same man who had answered the phone before.

"Yes?" My voice shook slightly, and I swallowed, trying to calm it. I closed my eyes, bracing myself for the final disappointment.

"Your lab results are in. Good news. You are an excellent candidate for the procedure."

"What?" I hit a high note that I hadn't intended. "I mean-I'm pleased," I stuttered, still not certain that I had heard correctly.

After two months of bad news, to have something, even this small, seem to go right.... I half-considered pinching myself. Did people really do that?

The man on the phone continued coolly. "I can tell, Ms. Shaw. A car will be sent around to your apartment this evening. Six o'clock."

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