She's gone. Clare left.
After Inna's ultimatum, we talked to Blakeney, like we knew we were eventually going to have to anyway. Blakeney was very quiet while we explained the situation. When we told her that we weren't joking and there was a girl in our shed for real, she just raised an eyebrow. We said we'd show her, and at that point she seemed to take us more seriously. Then... the hard part. We told her Clare was a vampire. She just replied, "Huh." Like a statement, not a question. She was surprised - but not as surprised or disbelieving as we expected.
Then she said she wanted to meet Clare. We went out to the shed. Clare looked at us like we'd betrayed her. Blakeney said that our family would keep her safe, and asked her to come stay in the house with us while we figured stuff out. Clare said, "Alright." She said she would get her stuff together and then meet us.
She never came.
When we went to check on her, all her stuff was gone. (Except for most of the books we lent her. The only one she took was Wicked, because she was halfway through. I guess she wanted to know the ending. She left the rest behind. It was so sad to see the little stack of books in an empty shed.) Blakeney said more profanity than we've ever heard her use. Then she added more coherently, "Don't worry. We'll find her." We were skeptical. Blakeney added, "We found Bree, and she was on the other side of the continent. Clare is presumably still in our city. How hard can it be?"
Apparently, so far pretty hard. We still don't know where she is, or if she's still in town. She's probably long gone by now, still running. We screwed up. We feel like if she gets hurt or dies, it'll be our fault. We still don't even know who she's running from.
Clare, if you're somehow reading this, please just come back!
Kirsten and Sisters