2.

"You ok, Bro?" Emmett pauses, spoonful of Fruit Loops halfway to his mouth as I enter the kitchen.

"That bad?"I ask, pushing my hand through my hair as I duck down to check my reflection in the glass oven door and shrinking away again when I saw the dark circles below my eyes.

"I heard Izzy was back in town last weekend." He's put two and two together. He knows there's only one thing that keeps me awake at night.

"Really?" I reach for the coffee pot, deliberately keeping my back to him.

"Mike said he saw her at Alec's party. With Alec."

Em likes to try and force me to keep it real when it comes to Izzy. He's made it his mission to make sure I hear every sordid detail about her that he comes across. And there are plenty of them.

Picking up the cup I've just filled, I lift it and tip the hot liquid into my mouth, swallowing painfully until it's empty. I slam it down, turn and leave the kitchen without looking at or speaking to my brother again. He knows shit about Izzy Swan. The stories don't even begin to scratch the surface.