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The Curse of Moose Lake: Chapter 1

We are pleased to release the first chapter of THE CURSE OF MOOSE LAKE by Bethany Helwig, the start of a new YA urban fantasy series set to publish October 18, 2016. The second and third chapters will be released over the next two Fridays leading up to launch day.

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CHAPTER 1

My eyes travel up the daunting height of Werevine Pharmaceutical. The skyscraper boasts so many windows it’s like one giant mirror reflecting the noonday sun over Minneapolis. I squint against the burning light and move for the double glass doors, taking care to walk at a normal pace. Cars honk and rev their engines on the road behind me, their shapes ghosting across the reflective windows of the front entrance to the building. I try not to shove people out of my way on the sidewalk ahead of me. My brother says I’m too impatient and today I have to agree with him. I take a deep breath and reach for the handle of the door.

There I pause as I catch my reflection. Sharp green eyes squint back at me beneath my tidy blood-red hair pulled back into a ponytail that seems to soak up the sun’s rays and glow. My skin is pale but that’s no surprise. On my best days I look like curdled milk with a dash of freckles for texture across my nose and cheeks. I have a heavy amount of makeup today to make my eyes seem brighter and my face fuller. I’m trying to look the part of a twenty-something FDA agent and wore my only skirt for the occasion, but I’m afraid my seventeen-year-old gangly limbs are going to give me away.

I exhale through my mouth to release the tension in my shoulders and shove my way through the glass doors.

The foyer is bedazzled with mirrors, glass, and shiny decorative objects. The sunlight jumps in after me playing a game of tag through its various reflections. I squint as I walk to the front counter where a girl sits stiff-backed in her chair, hands glued to a phone and keyboard simultaneously. She doesn’t smile or look up when I approach.

I smooth out the front of my silk blouse and wait impatiently for the girl to end her call. I’m fidgety and feel out of place. If my brother was here, like he’s supposed to be, he would have waltzed in like he owned the place and schmoozed right up to the receptionist, probably even gotten her to smile. I’ll be lucky if I can make it through a conversation without saying something stupid.

The girl finally looks up and ends her phone call. A smile plops into place on her face but it looks rehearsed.

“Can I help you?” she says sweetly with just the slightest bite to her words. She must be having a bad day.

“Yes. Right, just a second,” I say and start rummaging through my purse. I don’t usually carry a purse and it’s something I borrowed so it takes me longer than your average girl to find what I’m looking for. The receptionist starts strumming her fingernails on the desk and her smile stiffens. I finally manage to pull out my mostly authentic FDA badge and hold it up for her to see. Now that catches her full attention.

“Agent Jane Roe with the FDA,” I roll off, rather impressed with myself for saying it like it’s true despite the generic name sitting foreign in my mouth. For a split second I almost said my real name. “This is just a random check on the company. My partner should be coming along shortly. Is it okay if I wait here in the lobby until he arrives?”

“Of course.” She gestures to a row of plastic chairs along the wall. “Just let me know if you need anything. I’ll pull up some passes for access to the building while you wait.”

I can’t believe how simple that was. “Thank you.”

“If you don’t mind my saying,” the receptionist continues, her eyes narrowing ever so slightly. “You seem awfully young for an agent.”

“Yes, well . . .” I fumble for something appropriate to say in response and end up spitting out a half-truth. “This is my first assignment.” And it is. Just not for the FDA. Not that I’m going to tell her that.

Before I say something else that makes her distrust me, I sidle over to the plastic chairs and take a seat, clutching the purse to my stomach while I wait for my slow, late partner to catch up. To keep my hands busy, I dig into my purse and run my fingers over the cool metallic surface of the bio-mech gun to reassure myself it’s still there. Right now it rests dormant and shaped like a heavy makeup case. I’m not technically supposed to have it—let’s just say it’s on lease—but I feel better having it with me. It’s my first mission out in the real world, a routine check on this company, but I’m anxious and expecting something terrible to happen. It’s basically the plot of every spy movie I’ve ever seen.

I tap my foot while I wait and glance at my watch every now and then. Ten minutes pass before my partner arrives, and by partner I mean my twin brother, Hawk. He’s dressed up for the occasion as well in a suit trying to look like he’s from the FBI but looks more like a high schooler going to prom. His shock of red hair and bright green eyes match mine except his hair is cropped short and today is combed neatly for once. He’s slim to a freakish degree but once he smiles and draws back his shoulders, he actually manages to look like he belongs in his navy blue suit.

He runs a hand down his front lapels and walks directly to me. I stand to meet him and he plants his hands on his waist before leaning in to whisper.

“Cobb isn’t coming.”

“What?” I hiss. Cobb, our useless mentor, is supposed to be guiding us through our mission. We’ve never done this before. “Why not? We can’t do this without him.”

“He figured this is so low key and routine that we don’t need his assistance. That, and he said he needed a smoke break.” Hawk adjusts his tie and rolls his eyes. “He said we just need to run through the checklist with the CEO and then grab the latest printouts on production of the serum.”

I’m fighting back anger and no small amount of panic. Heat radiates from my face. My brother seems to find this amusing because he smiles and laughs under his breath.

“Calm down. It’ll be fine, Phoenix.”

“It’s Jane Roe,” I say and glare at him.

“Yeah, whatever, you walking panic attack. Come on.”

He leads the way across the lobby, all confidence and self-assurance, and leans on the countertop to smile at the receptionist. She gives him a real smile instead of the forced one she gave to me.

“Hi, there!” he says. “I’m Agent Jim Roe. Sorry to keep you waiting. That is a lovely blouse by the way.”

“Oh, thank you.” She blushes and I turn away slightly to hide the roll of my eyes.

“As I’m sure my partner told you, we’re here for a random compliance check on the company. Normal FDA procedure. We promise we won’t take up more of your time than necessary. I was hoping you could point us in the direction of your CEO and lead bookkeeper.”

“Of course.” She points us to another set of double glass doors bordered by metal detectors and a security guard. She hands us passes and after a little more small talk between her and Hawk, we move on. The security guard kindly takes my purse and I step through the detectors unhindered. It’s the moment my purse is scanned that I have to force myself to keep steady. My set of ordinary keys, left there for the purpose of seeming normal, sets off the alarm. They’re placed in a plastic bin and my purse passes the check. The highly advanced bio-mech gun goes through undetected, impervious to the sensors. The guard hands me my items with a smile, directs me to the correct elevator, and offers a kind farewell. Hawk passes through as well and we enter the elevator. As soon as the doors close, we turn to each other and I hold out my fist in my palm for rock, paper, scissors.

“If I win, I get the printouts.” I don’t want to run through a checklist with the CEO. I don’t think I can be convincing enough but Hawk would probably make me do it just to get me to try.

He shrugs back his sleeves and copies my posture. We hit our fists in our palms three times and Hawk beats my scissors with his rock. I punch him in the shoulder but he just laughs and presses the button to the twenty-fifth floor. We ride the fast moving elevator up until Hawk reaches his floor and leaves in search of the bookkeeper. A young paperboy steps on at the same floor and shoots me inappropriate looks as we continue up. I fight a losing battle with the flush trying to take over my face and grit my teeth.

The elevator dings when we reach the forty-ninth floor and I step out onto a long open floor covered in various shades of gray from top to bottom. Workers cower in their cubicles and don’t make eye contact. The clicking of keyboards, the loud thrum of a copier, and the shuffling of paper are the only sounds. The atmosphere is too quiet and contained with fevered work, like final exams in high school. Pixies, I hated high school.

The paperboy jogs off and pushes his cart to the right. I stand awkwardly by myself for a moment before I start walking slowly along the wall on my left to look for the CEO’s office. I try to make as little sound as possible in my heels as I thud across the hard carpet searching for the correct door. A few cubicle workers glare at me over the top of their computer monitors as I pass.

Just past the cubicles I find another receptionist’s desk. The women sitting behind it has red-rimmed eyes and the largest mug of coffee I’ve ever seen in my life in front of her. She startles when I come up to the other side of the desk. I smile to ease her anxiety but her eyes remain wide and she glances around like someone looking for an escape. Definitely not a good sign.

“Hi, I’m Agent Roe.” I flash my badge. “I’m looking for the CEO. Is he around?”

“Mr. Bole is—he’s . . . well, he’s busy.” The receptionist’s eyes keep flickering around like she’s waiting to be attacked. I lean forward and she twitches.

“Are you okay?” I ask in an undertone.

The force of her nodding throws her bouncy blonde curls around. “Of course, but Mr. Bole is not currently here.”

“Where is he then?”

“He’s on the top floor but he’s not to be disturbed.” Her eyes water a little when she says this and I imagine the CEO must have yelled himself hoarse at the poor receptionist for disturbing him before. “If this is an emergency, I could call up to him.”

“Don’t bother.” I wave a hand to let her know it’s all right. The woman looks stressed to the point she might start pulling out her own hair. I don’t want to add to that. “I’ll run up there myself. It’s no trouble.”

The receptionist tries to tell me I can’t, that I shouldn’t, Mr. Bole will be really angry, but I ignore her and move back to the elevator. I hit the button for the fifty-first floor and rise.

The doors open to some kind of paper disaster. There are additional cubicles here, wider and more lavish than before with leather swivel chairs and multiple coffee machines, but each is covered by piles upon piles of paperwork in every nook and cranny. There are heaps on the floor, some knocked over and fallen like snow drifts while others tower over me. It looks like someone’s pulled together every single piece of paper the company has ever printed and stuffed it up here. I exit the elevator and have to pick my way carefully through so as not to step on scattered invoices and data charts.

It’s eerily quiet and there’s not a soul in sight. I wonder if the receptionist was wrong about Mr. Bole being up here but then I hear a faint sneeze from the far end of the open room. I work my way down the long row of cubicles until I reach the back office with a semi-opaque glass screen as its wall. The door is ajar. I take a deep breath and step forward to stand in the doorway.

Two of the walls are made completely of bookshelves filled with thick volumes bound to cover all things pharmaceutical, but directly opposite me the wall is a single yawning window overlooking the city and parking garage below. The dark blue carpet is plush in here and I hardly make a sound as I walk forward to announce my presence.

A massive hardwood desk fills up most of the office all by itself and behind it sits a plump man with round glasses. It’s clear he’s attempted, and failed, to use what hair he has to comb-over the large bald spot on the top of his head. He sits far down in his chair like he puddled there, his body squashed down into a thick middle and pudgy fingers. The golden buttons of his expensive striped suit strain against the taut fabric. He looks up when I enter and his frown pushes his lips out in a hideous pout.

“Who are you?” he snaps. “What are you doing here?”

I’m ready this time with my badge and step closer so he can see it before I tuck it back into my purse. “Agent Roe with the FDA. I’m performing a random routine check on the company.”

“A check? Why?”

I take the empty seat in front of his desk and set the purse in my lap. “A number of flags were raised in our system because of some recent activity. We’re just checking in to make sure everything is . . . kosher.”

His eyes rake me and I stare evenly back. I can see the same distrust in his eyes as the first receptionist. I don’t look the part of an FDA agent. I’m too young. I try to ignore his suspicion as I pull out the checklist Cobb gave me. Mr. Bole grumbles under his breath and reaches for a cup of coffee on his desk. His fingers close around empty air a few inches short of the cup so he tries again and manages to grab the handle. His hand trembles as he brings the cup to his lips and takes a slow sip.

I stare. His clumsy attempt to pick up his coffee just set off warning bells in my head and I wait for him to do something else so I can gauge his movements again but he remains still except for the slight shake in his hands.

“So?” he snaps. “What do you want?”

I clear my throat and try to act normal but now I’m on edge and wary. Thinking fast, I dig around in my purse and pretend to be exasperated.

“I can’t find my pen,” I sigh. “Could you pass me one, please?”

He moves very slowly as he picks a blue pen off his desk and offers it to me. His reach is a bit short, which he seems to notice, so he leans forward so I can grab it. My fingers brush his hand and his skin feels somewhat waxy.

“Thanks,” I say and then smile even though my heart is racing. That simple act of passing the pen tells me everything I need to know.

I see the man for what he truly is. All the signs are there—the lack of spatial awareness, the slow methodical movements, the trembling in the hands, not to mention the odd texture of his skin. He wasn’t able to grab his cup on the first go because he isn’t used to his short arms. He moves slowly because he knows he isn’t acquainted enough with his new body. That waxy skin of his isn’t normal for a human.

I set the checklist on top of my purse to hide the fact I’m moving my hand inch by inch to wrap my fingers around the bio-mech gun, because this man sitting in front of me is not Mr. Bole.

This man, setting his coffee cup down with careful precision, is a shapeshifter.

I hadn’t been lying before about the red flags triggered by the company and it seems I’ve found the source. A shapeshifter has infiltrated the company, this place of all places, and now I don’t know what I’m supposed to do. Dang it, I wish Cobb had come along. He’s a lousy mentor but he would know what to do. Should I go through the checklist like normal and leave so I can find Cobb? Should I take the shapeshifter out right now? Should I make a run for it?

“Ask your questions or whatever it is you need,” Mr. Fake-Bole grumbles and makes a shooing motion at me with his hands. “Get on with it. I have work to do.”

Okay. I guess I’ll play it normal for now, maybe even figure out what this shapeshifter is doing here.

I clear my throat. “Like I said, there were a number of red flags triggered by our security measures. There’s been a large amount of client data pulled recently—”

“We’re always pulling data,” he says gruffly.

“Client data on a very particular group of people, specifically those taking the serum designated Y-S.” I say it in a flat tone and watch his reaction. His eyes narrow. “And from the look of this floor, all that data is being printed out and combed through by you. Why don’t you explain that to me? What are you doing with all that data? What are you looking for?”

We have a staring contest and eventually he asks, “Who are you really?”

That’s it. It’s over. No cat and mouse for us. We’ll have to do this the old fashioned way. Since I’m on my own, I have to make my own call.

“The better question is, who are you?” I say. “I mean, it must be killing you to have to sit around in that squat man’s body all day. I bet you’re just itching to change back into your home form.”

He doesn’t show any sign that I’ve touched a nerve, that I’ve caught onto his secret. In fact he doesn’t move at all. He freezes up and even the trembling in his hands stops as he clenches them together.

“That’s right,” I say, fingers curling around the bio-mech gun to activate it. The smooth, flat surface begins to transform. “I know what you are, and by now I suspect you know who I am.”

The muscles around his tiny mouth tighten. “You’re too young to be with them.”

“Let’s just say I’m a special case. As for you, you’re in violation of about a dozen Federal Title 51 chapters—impersonating a human with malicious intent, interference with commercial trade, probably serum tampering. Shall I go on? Or are you going to answer some of my questions?”

He tenses as though to spring forward. I raise the bio-mech gun, which now actually resembles a silver gun fitted to the curve of my hand, and level it with his chest. He freezes again.

“Where is the real Mr. Bole?” I ask, the gun in my hand steady. “What have you done with him?”

The fake Mr. Bole smiles but says nothing. I’m getting irritated. Before I can keep at him, he moves faster than I anticipate. He snatches the coffee cup off his desk and flings it at my face. I dodge to the side but too slow. The cup clips me on the shoulder and scalding hot coffee splashes all over the side of my neck and shoulder. I let out a yelp of pain and automatically clutch my arms in towards my chest. The shapeshifter launches himself from behind the desk and throws us both to the ground. We roll apart for a mere second but it’s enough. I bring the bio-mech gun up and fire. A pulse, visible as a streamlined shockwave through the air, strikes the fake Mr. Bole in the chest and he stumbles backwards onto the floor.

Panting hard through the pain and surprise, I keep my gun trained on him but he doesn’t get up. Careful of the reddening burn on my shoulder, I push myself up and brace myself against the opaque wall behind me. I need to call Hawk. We need to get this shapeshifter out of here somehow before security figures out there’s been an incident. I grab my purse, yank out my cellphone, and hit the speed dial for my brother.

It rings three times before he picks up. “Agent Roe, what a surprise. What do you—”

“I need help carrying a body.”

Silence ticks by until he says, “Uh, what? Sorry, I must not have heard you right.”

“The CEO is a shapeshifter. Top floor. You better hurry.”

This time he doesn’t hesitate. “On my way. Hang tight.”

The line cuts out and I throw the phone back into my purse. I cautiously approach the unconscious shapeshifter, keeping my gun trained on him the whole time. Parts of Mr. Bole’s features have begun to melt away like wax on a candle. I’ve seen this kind of transformation before but it’s still unnerving every time to see two people morphed into a single body when the magic of the change is no longer held together by the shapeshifter. My shoulder aches as I step around him and look out the window. The parking garage almost touches the building it’s so close. If we could get there with the shapeshifter in tow . . .

A black cable catches my eye. I press my face against the window and spot a window washer’s scaffold hanging a floor down. It’s not exactly subtle but it might be our only option if we can’t find another exit.

I walk back out to the cubicles as I contemplate how to even get to the scaffold when the hairs on the back of my neck rise. I spin about and find a lady with a narrow, unpleasant sort of face staring at me from another office further along the glass wall. Her hair is wrapped in a bun as tight as her smile. I thought Mr. Fake-Bole had been the only person up here. I gulp and glance at the gun in my hand.

“Sorry, miss, I’m with the—”

“IMS, I can tell.” She laughs, the sound high and sharp. Okay, so clearly not just some office worker. “Aren’t you a little young to be with the International Monster Slayers? I want to see your badge. Your real one, not that façade about the FDA.”

I swallow my pride. “I don’t have mine yet. I’m a junior agent.”

Her smile twists into a cruel shape. “Oh, I see. Well, why don’t you put down that toy of yours, little girl, before you get hurt?”

“How about you tell me who you are first?” I snap.

An angry red flush crosses the woman’s face—then the red keeps spreading until all of the woman’s skin is the fierce color of blood. Her entire body expands like a freakish balloon and her fingers lengthen into hideous spike-like claws. She’s a shapeshifter but not a normal one. A crazy powerful, super angry version—a berserker.

I draw up my gun and fire. She ducks but the blast hits her in the shoulder. She slams against the opaque glass of her office, creating spider-web cracks through it. I begin to advance to make sure she’s down when she kicks out and sends a water cooler flying towards me. I try to leap out of the way but it catches my right leg and sends me spinning. A deluge of water falls around me as I fall flat on my face four feet away and taste coffee-stained carpet.

Without even looking behind me I push myself up and begin running back through the building. A loud, hideous shriek follows me so I start to zig-zag through the cubicles. I fire blindly over my shoulder and accidently hit a computer. I keep running as its box frame explodes and sets fire to the stacks of paper surrounding it. The berserker pauses at the flames, giving me a chance to slide under a desk and get out of sight.

A few heartbeats later a storm of paper flies up into the air a couple of cubicles away from where I’m hiding. Shredded scraps rain down all around bearing client data in cramped typeface. Invoices and spreadsheets continue to fly until it’s hard to see anything clearly. Smoke rises and flames crawl across the loose papers.

I pant and clutch onto the bio-mech gun desperately. Peering out from beneath the desk, I can barely make out the cracked glass of the office down the length of the open room. I listen for movement but can’t hear anything over the rustling and crackling of paper still falling and catching fire.

“There you are!”

I gasp and roll onto my back. The berserker is standing almost directly over me, one enormous clawed hand raised, ready to rip me to shreds. It pulls back its lips with a hiss to expose sharp, shark-like teeth, its blonde hair now the shade of blaze orange.

A shockwave ripples the air above me and the berserker is jerked back by the pulse of a bio-mech gun. I scramble away out of reach and get to my feet as Hawk strides forward with his own gun in hand. His expression is furious and he marches unfazed through the clouds of paper. When he reaches me, we stand shoulder to shoulder and face the berserker with guns raised. It’s grasping onto the sides of a cubicle, sinking down and effectively crushing a computer monitor. Wheezing escapes its repulsive form.

“You’ll never stop us!” it shrieks.

“You’re under arrest,” Hawk and I say in unison. Our fingers are on the triggers at the same time and we unload. Blast after blast jolts through the berserker until it’s spread out on the floor, the redness fading from its skin and its body slowly shrinking to the size of a normal human. Once we’re sure it’s really down, I let my gun hand drop and we survey the room. The paper has settled on the floor and everywhere else like some kind of peculiar snow. Flames spread out to each cubicle, eating up the abundant source of fuel.

“Well,” Hawk says and tucks his gun into an inner pocket of his suit jacket. “That could have gone better.”

The next second the overhead sprinklers turn on and we start getting dowsed. An alarm rings through the building.

“Oops,” my brother says nonchalantly. “Time to go. I hope you have some sort of a plan or we’re screwed.”

Police and firefighters are sure to be on their way soon. There’s no way we can go back down the way we came and escape before they arrive. It’s not even an option with two bodies to carry. I stride past him to the office at the back, raise my gun, and fire into the glass wall. It cracks, spiderwebs, then blows outward from the force of the bio-mech pulses. Hawk stares at me when I turn around to start hauling up the berserker’s limp body.

“There’s a window washing scaffold,” I say.

He gestures widely to the window I blasted out. “You could have opened it.”

I shrug. “Too late to argue now.”

Together we drag the unconscious berserker and other shapeshifter to the blown out window. Hawk holds my hand to anchor me as I lean out far enough to grab the cable to the scaffold. I’m breathing fast as I cling to it, water dripping from my hair, and slide down into the scaffold. I’m dizzy and lightheaded at this height. I avoid looking down, focus on the pulleys, and hoist the scaffold up to the window. Hawk shoves the bodies over and I make sure they don’t fall off before he climbs in. The first thing he does is look over the side and his entire body shudders.

“I’m starting to think I really don’t like heights,” he says in a high-pitched voice. “Do you have any idea how high up we are? You wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between me and chili if I fell from up—”

“Hawk,” I say sharply. “Focus. You’re not going to fall. Tie yourself in.” I toss him a line of rope lying in the bed of the rickety scaffold. He wraps it around his waist and ties himself to the railing. I do the same.

Hawk mans the lever to the pulleys and we leave the destruction of Werevine Pharmaceutical’s executive floor behind. Bright flashing lights of police cars and fire trucks pass below on the main street as we begin the long descent to the ramp of the parking garage directly below us. Hawk is right—we are very high up.

“Crap, they’re moving fast,” Hawk says. Men in blue uniforms and firefighter gear surge towards the building. We both hunker in the scaffold hoping not to be seen. “Hold onto your guts, Phoenix.”

“What? Why?”

He yanks on the lever and we begin to skyrocket down. My stomach slips into my throat. Half of me feels like throwing up, the other half wants to scream like I’m on a roller coaster ride. The floors of the building flip past like slides of old film—each one an image of startled workers staring out from cubicles, spilling cups of coffee, or jumping out of their chairs in surprise.

Once we’ve past thirty some floors Hawk hauls on the lever and a billow of smoke rises from the cables with a shriek worse than that of the berserker. The scaffold shudders and comes to a very jerky, unpleasant stop. It takes me five seconds to remember how to breathe properly again and uncoil my numb hands from around a bucket I didn’t realize I had been clutching. Holding back my breakfast, I look over the edge of the railing and see we’ve stopped nearly level with the ramp of the parking garage.

Hysterical laughter finds its way out of my throat and Hawk joins in as he throws an improvised hook on a rope to catch the cement side of the ramp. Together we pull ourselves over so the scaffold leans at an awkward angle and the two unconscious bodies thump together against the thin railing. I hear shouts as the police spot us.

“Go, go, go,” I urge my brother. He hops the cement wall and holds the scaffold steady as I heave up the bodies and dump them onto the ramp. Hawk lets go of the scaffold once I’m out as well and it swings back to bang against the windows of the glass building. He dashes into the structure to find our car while I sling one body over my shoulder and drag the other. It’s times like these when I really appreciate my strength. I might not be as special as the shapeshifters but I have gifts of my own. Well, really just the one gift. I am strong.

I stumble along in the dark of the parking garage and hear Hawk begin arguing with another familiar voice. I finally reach our black SUV and bang on the hatch door.

“Hey, open up! These guys are starting to get heavy!”

Hawk shouts some more and the door clicks open. I lift the bodies into the open hatch and hear him arguing with our supervising agent.

“Cobb, we had no choice,” Hawk says. I shove the fake Mr. Bole—who looks like a completely different man—into the back. He’s become a lot taller and I have trouble fitting his legs inside.

“It was supposed be a routine check!” Cobb shouts. I catch sight of him in the driver’s seat when I flip the berserker on top of the other shapeshifter. Her face catches on the edge of the SUV and I have to really shove her in.

Hawk laughs nervously, the sound of the police sirens nearly drowning him out. “Oh, it was routine up until some crazy shapeshifters decided to kill Phoenix.”

“Are you two insane? You managed to attract the attention of half the police in the city!” Cobb is nearly hysterical at this point. I can see his floppy mop of brown curls shaking above the driver’s seat. I tuck the berserker’s foot into the hatch, slam the door shut, then rush around the side of the SUV and hop into the second row of seats.

“Why are we still sitting here?” I ask loudly. “It’s too late to argue about what we should have done. Get us out of here, Cobb.”

He turns around in his seat to give me the crazy eyes, but Hawk fastens himself into the passenger seat and we both look at Cobb expectantly. The sound of sirens is hardly muted inside the car. Cobb’s crazy eyes grow wider but he finally puts the car into gear and we fly out of the garage to the sound of squealing tires.

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  1. February 27, 2017, 9:20 am

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