Marc trembled, body shutting down and the Witch strained, grunting with the effort. Ahuge swarm of orbs gushed into his side, where two of six broken ribs had punctured his lung,collapsing it.Those watching were torn between his injuries disappearing and the fierce concentration
shining from Angela’s face
. She was the magic Adrian had been searching for!When relief flooded her face, Kyle got the new men up to speed, but none of them lookedaway from the miracle happening behind the line of vested Eagles.
“Top two up high, next five low. Move!” His team quickly set up the ordered guard.
Angela stumbled as the orbs began to swarm back and Neil was there to gently steadyher. He drew in a breath. Her skin felt like it was frying, but there was no sweat. When shetrembled under his fingers, the need to comfort her, to hold her, was nearly overwhelming. Neilstepped back instead and pulled his state hat more firmly onto his head.
Marc gasped, sucking air into a lung that hadn’t had any a moment before
, andimmediately started to cough, rolling over.Angela felt the weariness sinking into her, drifting toward the darkness
. She’d d
She’d… shown her true gifts in front of strangers. The fear returned with that thought. W
henMarc slowly rose and steered her toward a truck, she went without protesting, too tired to evenread their faces.Marc opened the door and glared at the driver, Billy, with foreign eyes. "Take her toAdrian. Don't stop...for ANYTHING."Angela got in without looking at any of them, but her heart throbbed when Marc closedthe door without even meeting her eye. Now he knew what a freak she really was and so did theEagles. Brady would stand by her. That's why he'd put her in here, to be safe from the others, butdid he need to? Would Adrian's men be able to accept how different she was or would they drive
"Recon team, check in!"She jumped at the unexpected radio call. She waited to see how they sounded during thereport, but when her driver only waited expectantly, she understood. Everyone else was out of earshot and Billy wanted her to answer the call."Recon team, check in now!"Angela picked up the mic with an unexpected feeling of authority that she wasn't sure shewanted. B
eing careful with her words came naturally. "We had a… delay run into us. We're okay
now. Hang on for one of the guys.""Do you need more men?" Angela heard his real question clearly.
Should I come? Do you need me?
Watching most of the guards, including a slightly limping Brady, pick up the gas cansand head for the main terminal, she was relieved. Still set to get the fuel tankers and eliminate thewalking dead taking shelter here
, the Eagles didn’t seem to be treating him any differently.Maybe they wouldn’t her either.
"No. They're about to blow this place, literally.""Copy on the noise coming. You found survivors?""Yes and I'm sure they could use a fresh meal and a hot shower. What's for lunch?"Angela wasn't sure where that had come from, but knew instantly it was the right way tohelp him keep the listening camp and new kids calm.
She felt Billy’s approval next to her andrealized he’d also had her answer the call to calm th
e boss down."Ham and cheese sandwiches, applesauce, chips. The entire team is 5-by?"