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Blue wasn’t used to anyone coming to her rescue, she wasn’t a “rescue me” kind of girl, she could take care of herself.
Always had, always would.
But when Spencer appeared, real Spencer, her Spencer , she was never so relieved to see anyone in her life.
He appeared. Out of nowhere he appeared right where he belonged, tangled together with her. Blue allowed herself the briefest luxury of just being in Spence’s arms, his mouth crushed against hers, everything gone except the two of them, as if they were invisible. But luxury could cost them their lives and that was a cost neither was willing to pay.
As much as she hated it, Blue snapped them both back into reality with the unfortunate truth, “No time now, we’ve got incoming.”
“You ain’t kidding,” Spence muttered as he eyed the impossible sight. “Tell me I didn’t just see those asshole bodyguards turn into coyotes.”
Moving like a well rehearsed dance duo they instinctively took on their default fighting stance, back-to-back, eyes moving everywhere as Blue and Spence moved in slow circles, sizing up the fast approaching coyotes on one side, the dark snarling anger-fueled cloud of evil getting closer on the other side.
What the fuck is going on Spence? Why bother expending the energy to speak out loud when they could just as easily get into each other’s mind?
He’d never heard Blue sound this scared before. This just pissed him off more than he already was.
Do you trust me babe? Spencer knew the answer but wanted to keep Blue focused, not let the fear get to her. Something was off, he just wasn’t sure if it was a good thing or a bad thing.
Of course I trust you! Don’t be an idiot! And you pick now to ask me if I trust you? In case you haven’t noticed, we have coyotes, I repeat, big fucking coyotes about to chow down on us and you want to have a conversation about trust now???
Spence smiled to himself, he knew his Blue, and he knew what buttons to push to piss her off, trust being the big red flashing button guaranteed to annoy her most. The beginning of an idea was building in Spencer’s mind, he didn’t know if it would work, hell, he wasn’t even sure what he was going to do. But no way a bunch of bad bodyguards turned into coyotes were going to lay a finger on his Blue.
She was special.
And Blue had power, a lot of it too, and whenever they were together, Spence felt more like a man and less like a pawn.
Got an idea babe, just hold on to that cute little temper of yours and-
I don’t have a fucking temper!
He inwardly smiled again. He didn’t know how, but they’d get out of this, he just knew it, just like he knew he needed to keep Blue’s emotions running high for a little longer.
All sides were closing in fast, in fact the largest coyote of the four sprang into action, huge sharp back claws leaving the ground, front claws extended. He was so close they could smell his fetid breath, gristle and red stringy bits of flesh dripping from his snarling mouth.
Spencer had seen many coyotes in his life, their teeth were so sharp, so deliberate, he’d once seen a coyote dismember a cricket before devouring it.
He knew of the legends, magical tricksters they were.
These coyotes were everything he ever knew, magnified.
Wanna get out of here babe? Spence’s voice was nonchalant in Blue’s head.
Spencer I swear if we get out of this alive I’m gonna kill you! We’re surrounded, I’ve got my knife and that’s about it. WHAT ARE WE GONNA DO? Blue was as furious with herself as she was with Spence. She never felt so helpless in her life, she should have been able to do something to get them out of here but she couldn’t seem to concentrate, couldn’t seem to access her powers and that was pissing her off the most.
Close your eyes babe.
Are you crazy? Close my eyes? NOW???
Blue, if you ever trusted me, now is the time… please hon, I know what I’m doing. He managed to block any doubts he had far away from Blue’s probing mind.
The approaching snarling dark blob was almost upon them and the leaping coyote was a few seconds away from a two-for-one snack when Spencer focused every drop of concentration on getting out of there while grabbing Blue’s hands and spinning her face-to-face, molded together in perfect alignment, fingers entwined as his mouth crashed onto hers and they immediately began to emit a blue-ish glow, the air around them crackling, sizzling, the smell of burning fur fading.
They knew nothing more until an unknown amount of time later they found themselves face down on a cavern floor eating dirt.
“Uh, Spence, what the fuck just happened? And where are we?”
He looked around the dark cold nothing surrounding them.
They couldn’t see a thing and had no idea where they were, never mind how, exactly, they got there.
Raj felt the power of the mountain more than most. He was more attuned to it since dear Melissa killed him.
He was more attuned to a lot of things since Melissa killed him, and Raj knew, without a shadow of a doubt, he would have his day with Melissa. But first he would use her, he wasn’t sure how yet but he would know when the time came, and the time was fast approaching.
He continued to surreptitiously clench and unclench his fist, wiggling his toes underneath the stupid slippers she put on his feet. She would get what was coming to her. The mountain was the key.
She still sat there, in the driver seat while he sat in the backseat, continuing to feel more and more power from the mountain, or did the strange coyote on the dashboard have something to do with it?
Raj didn’t care where it came from, the power was building in him as he realized he could understand bits and pieces of the coyote howls. The four coyotes perched on the roofs of the abandoned SUV’s were communicating with the huge crowd of coyotes staring up at them, as if they were listening to a speech or receiving orders.
Someone, no, two someones had been here and disappeared into thin air. All the normal ear would hear were howls, but Raj was picking up more and more on what they said.
They were in there. In the mountain.
All of them.
For the first time in a long time, Raj’s face moved on his own command.
The smile on his face was terrifying.
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