Chapter 23

Chapter 23: Sadina

When I see Catalina at Rio’s house, the first thing I think of is a leech.

They’re sitting side by side on the sofa, and Catalina is not letting any daylight get between them. She has one arm around Rio’s shoulders, and it looks like you couldn’t pull her loose without blood flowing.

Rio, I’m not so sure about. He’s got his hands planted on his knees and his mouth is a thin straight line. He’s not really the snuggly type. On the other hand, I don’t think he’s pulling away from her.

But it doesn’t matter what I think or what I feel. What I have to accept is that Rio isn’t just Rio anymore, he’s one half of Rio-and-Catalina. Riolina.

“Hey, Reyes,” says Catalina. “So your little sister is doing the silent thing again?”

How does she do that—in one sentence make me want to slap her? The silent thing. Right. Like it’s Maddie’s choice.

“It’s really none of your business,” I say. My voice is cold enough to frost the whole room. I don’t want her to be part of this.