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  1. Sara looked like she really wanted to get away. "It does't matter where we do it or what you tell him. I know how uncomfortable you all are with all of this," she looks at Marrisa and nods, "if you can get him to Marissa's, after Bannon leaves, and after your run, tell him you want him to drive you over there and invite him in for a coke or something before he leaves. We can do this several way, I can read him and he won't know, or I can make him answer your questions truthfully and then forget it ever happened. However you want to do it."
  2. Sara watched Bannon's retreating back and then Charlie's as he went after him, she closed her eyes and took a deep breath before turning back to the stares which she imagined were condemning. "All I am saying is that these powers we have are part of us and not using them is well, like forcing yourself to walk around blindfolded with your arms tied. And I don't think that any of us should be judging the way someone is using their power unless they have that power as well. And even then you shouldn't. That's all I have to say." The rest looked at each other questions and statements forming "What about Cook," asked Cade? "What?" "What about Dr. Cook? Did you read him or what ever you call it." "Yes briefly Like I said when Sean was talking to him. He isn't THE DOCTOR, he is the face of the project. He doesn't really have anything to do with the science and other stuff about us. Everything is told to him via that pad he always has. He reports to Dr Rayleigh, that's the guy who runs the hospital but he isn't THE DOCTOR either. The project is bigger than we guess there is a whole other hospital underneath the one we see. most of the people in the main hospital don't have any clue. I was only in his mind for a few seconds before I got out. Cook has a lot of memories and some of what I saw were contradictory. different memories of the same thing. Like maybe his mind had been tampered with. By a Telepath. By the way the project has a name ... Proteus"
  3. Sara spoke to Bannon's retreating back, "No Bannon you didn't ask a question you made a demand, twice, and I don't do demands. You haven't earned that. You aren't the center of the universe for anyone but yourself, so go ahead run away and be the lone cowboy, it's what your best at."
  4. "First, I am not any body's tool. the network is part of me as are the rest of these abilities, as are the abilities each of us, well most of us, have developed. Erecting the network for so many takes effort and isn't some thing I can do in an instant or in an emergency not for all of us. This is something i thought to put out there but it takes commitment. With Clara's help I think I can erect the network for everyone and make it virtually permanent, but if your not in the net work when I do it, well your not in the net work and can't be added not without going through he whole process again for everyone." Sara pause to let everyone mull that over before continuing. "Second, and this pertains to your very demanding question Jason. We all have abilities now which have a moral and ethical impact on how we behave and perceive ourselves and others. Clara you were appalled when i told you that i could scan Ettein earlier today that that would be an invasion of privacy. And yes I suppose it would but being able to do that is now a part of me. Just like Lona's ability to see if some one is healthy, or Cassandra's ability to see where we have been or where we are. Even you Clara have the ability to see if someone has a power or is using it and who knows what else. What I am saying is these things are a part of who we are now. Do we only use these powers when we need to or absolutely have too, or do we use them for everything. For instance like Jason uses his Telekinesis, or Devin flitting all over the place on a whim. Or even myself scanning people because I can. It will make each of you uncomfortable but you need to know I can scan each and everyone of you and there is little any of you could do to keep me from doing it, out side of developing your own Telepathy. In most cases you wouldn't even know I had done it."
  5. Sean nudged Sara with an elbow forgetting that he could just tell her, < Lilly is at the table by the windows you want to bring her in? if you can?> Sara looked over, saw Lilly, concentrated, <Hey Lilly, we are all net worked so we can talk without having to confuse the non shiners or talk around things.>
  6. Sara, much like Jason but for different reasons, was not a people person, and while she had opened up to the Fellowship and considered them friends (whatever that really meant to her), the sudden intrusion of Beth and Kyle into their midst irked her. Part of it was that they didn't have the shine and that secrets would have to be kept from them, they other was that she was jealous. "Ive never seen the movie, Charlie, but if I can help I will." She said this out loud while her mind was stretching out and connecting to the Fellowship, a task made easier by the Shine. "How many performances do you usually do of these plays?" <We're all connected now so we can talk among ourselves mind to mind without revealing things to people who wouldn't understand. Sean keep an eye on my nose in case it starts to bleed.>
  7. They had looked at the ancient weapons for longer than was necessary absorbing it all in that and the fact that they all had another sense to work with. Then it was time to go. After the movie and dinner at the attached diner at the motel it was too late for any more sight seeing and most of the cultural places were already closed and while they considered sneaking into a club they also with a few giggles quickly discarded that idea in favor of TV in the motel room. When it was time to get some sleep Sara simply grabbed a pillow from each bed and the extra blankets the management had supplied, tossed them on the floor and with a gruff “Don’t argue.” Settled between the two bed and made herself comfortable. In the dark the three teens quietly made small talk until one by one they drifted off to sleep… Morning came and after coffee and copious amounts of free eggs and waffles the kids were heading back to the auction and to get Sean a car.
  8. After freshening up the three teens headed out. A movie was their ultimate destination but after deciding on a feature they found they had a couple of hours before the next showing so the reserved their tickets online and headed over to the Museum, Sean had mentioned, where they could kill a little time. History was one of Sara's better subjects in school and something she enjoyed reading about, just not Montana history, so much of what was on display at the museum was new to her and she suddenly found it much more interesting than she would have thought. They had wandered the museum not following the tour but going it on their own Sean had actually become less interested in things as they continued, one he didn't know what he had really expected to find and two, it was mostly Native- American artifacts and 19th century , pieces with a few innovative farm machines and some railroad things thrown in for good measure. So he had started playing with the museums actual modern electronics the lights camera's alarms and things using his psionic abilities using his own senses to feel the currents of electricity his powers to read the code. Almost by accident he stumbled onto the same thing Bannon would be trying to teach the rest of the Fellowship a day later. He had paused as Autumn and Sara were looking at an exhibit which showed the the various dresses of Native American women through out the prehistoric and historic periods. Sean had noticed Sara several times looking at individuals and small groups of tourists who were coming close to them and almost always they those people had seemed to lose interest in what the girls and himself were looking at and wandered away. She wondered if Sara was doing that with her shine. She watched closely the next time Sara did what ever Sean suspected her of doing and concentrated hard and suddenly the whole room exploded in psionic energy. It startled Sean and he made a little gasp but not loud enough to alert her companions. She could sense them all and everyone had the shine at least a little, it was like what Sara had shown them but different too, but he instinctively knew what it was because he could see it in Sara as she used her shine to push a family that was getting too close to them away. Sean turned around and around he could sense the psionic energy of everyone within the nearby vicinity and could even see the differences in their individual signatures. Autumn and Sara were much more powerful than anyone else and he assumed he was as well but the fact that all of them had a shine was surprising then he noticed another shine but this was different. It took a moment or two before Sara noticed that Sea had wandered off. She touched Autumn on the arm, "Sean's wandered off, poor guy is bored to death and this was his idea. Let's go find him. Sean was a few rooms over when they did find him standing in front of a glass case full of arrow and spear heads made of flint and other stone material. Several of which Sean could sense had psionic signatures of their own.
  9. As they made their way to the room and found a fairly nice accommodation, very clean, the small wall mounted AC had been running so while not frosty it was cool enough, the bathroom was small and contained only a shower. The beds themselves were large doubles with soft mattresses. Sara and Autumn spoke up at the same time, "I'll sleep on the floor,"said Sara, and "I don't mind taking a spot on the floor, " from Autumn. Both teens looked at each other. Seean feeling bad threw his own hat in the ring. "I can sleep on the floor guys after all it's my trip. I should have double-checked. " For the next five minutes the three teens played like they were a monty python act trying to decide who should sleep on the floor. In the end Sara suggested a compromise. "Look, these beds a big enough to share, nobody wants anybody else to sleep on the floor so two of us can just sleep together." The room fell silent as Autumn and Sean glance at each other then at Sara. "Okay," Autumn spoke up first, "I guess that means you and me," she nodded at Sara who looked puzzled, then it dawned on her. "Oh, yeah," she looked at Sean, "I forgot."
  10. The three teens headed into the large fenced in area adjacent to the fairgrounds. The vehicles were packed in fairly tightly and there was no real order to how they were parked except by type. Each vehicle was listed by lot number which was either written in colored marker on the windshield or if the vehicle in question didn't have a wind shield was written on a laminated card which was tied to the vehicle in plain sight. There was no details attached to any of the cards either, with the advent of the internet all information was available online you just had to log in with a password and put in the lot number voila there was all the information known about the vehicle. and that wasn't saying much. Luckily the prospective buyers could look at the vehicles and while they couldn't test drive them or even start the engines they could do pretty much anything else during their inspection. Starting with the SUVS, they read the lot number entries and Sara looked them over checking the engines visually, fluids belts all the things you could check by looking and touching and she looked at the undercarriage and drive trains. She advised skipping on the older Subaru and said that the ford explorer was a possible candidate for reconditioning, depending on how high the auction price went. Next up was the Jeep It had been confiscated a couple of years ago in a drug raid and was then put into use by the state police until the outcome of the trial, at which point the vehicle was slated to be auctioned. It had a lot of aftermarket addons already but almost all of them showed terrible wear and lack of upkeep. The body itself was in relatively good shape except for a few cosmetic injuries. Autumn had stopped at one point and pointed at a small hole near the spare, "Is that a bullet hole," she had asked? All three girls looked at it in silence for a few seconds. Engine wise, it had been used hard but Sara said it would probably require less upfront work than the Ford, but after looking at the suspension and drive train was more worried about them. "Okay Sean, it's a jeep and it hasn't been treated with love and care like Cade does his. This thing has seen a lot of off road use I think, and there are several mismatched parts which tells me that it's had the suspension worked on a lot. Which is not unusual after all it is a jeep. On the plus side it is a model year that was pretty good for jeep so it probably isn't a lemon." She shrugged as she wiped her hands on a cloth Autumn handed her, "It's probably going to go pretty high in the auction so don't get caught up in the excitement. But even with the work it needs its a better get than anything else I've seen."
  11. It was a long hour and a half drive to Helena, and a quiet one. Sara let the other two handle the small talk and if required she grunted a single syllable answer, she only took her eyes off the road ahead to check her mirrors. Neither of the others had any idea of how to shield their thoughts and didn't even try so that Sara had to contend with their stray thoughts, which was often in contrast to what they were actually saying. It was funny she could block it out in a crowd, the mind voices, but here in the cab of the truck she had to make an effort to keep from reading her companions. She wondered if it was because of what Jase and the others had started calling the Shine or just the proximity and that these were the only other minds available to touch. They arrived on the outskirts of Helena and Sara was about to turn on the GPS unit that her dad had mounted on the dash, when she noticed it was already on. She didn't remember starting it up though, maybe Sean had, "Sean can you type in the address of the place we're going to, please. I'm not at all familiar with Helena" Sean looked over at Sara who had been moody and quiet after breakfast and then at the bulky old GPS on the dash, "Sure," he answered and complied. Sara took the appropriate exit off the interstate and followed the GPS directions to their destination.
  12. Sara pulled onto the entry ramp to the interstate and put the gas pedal to the floor, she noticed Sean eyeing the radio but said nothing as she shifted through the gears. She did glance at Autumn who was looking out the window. Funny, she reflected the two had known each other pretty much their whole lives but outside of hellos and how are yous, had probably never had a real conversation, at least not one she could remember, had never had a sleep over or been invited to each others birthday parties. God my life has sucked, she thought. Now up to cruising speed the big wrecker rolled down interstate 15 at 60 mph, the ride was smoother than than the teens expected and there were few cars on the highway this early on a Saturday, "Radio doesn't get much reception but it has an auxiliary port if you want to hook you phone in for music," she said to Sean, "We'll fuel up in Great Falls and get breakfast there if you guys like." Nods of agreement from the other two teens as Sean pulled out his phone and a cord and started scrolling to pick some music. "So Autumn, welcome to the club, you figure out what you can do yet?" Sara checked her mirrors and glanced at the red head, "Me, I read minds."
  13. Sara bowed her head I'm not blaming anyone." She stands up, "Or maybe I'm blaming everyone of us. Devin is Devin he doesn't know any better. But what happened this morning that was on all of us. We let it happen. and no Cora we don't have to be with each other 24/7 but we do need to be Together or it wins.. It's cliche yes but divided we are going to fail. and right now we are divided and whats worse is none of you seem to understand that."
  14. Sara set her food down and then sat next to Lona just as Jason returned from talking with Marissa, she watched the fry play between the two and then Jason blurted out a question which caused Lona to tense. Clara noticed too but it was Sara who put her hand on Lona's and shook her head, “Not now Jason.” “What do you mean not now,” he asked with a head tilt at Sara. “We aren't all here, and we need to be together.” Sara looked around at the group a mismatch gaggle of friends and acquaintances who under any other circumstances wouldn't be seen with each other. “I tried this morning to get us together to get all of you to understand that we are all in this. We're kids we make mistakes we all have issues. Some of us more than others. But we are in this together and if nothing says it more than what happened today. Four of you went off by yourselves and could have died, would have died or worse. Charlie and Autumn aren't here yet and neither is Devin.” She looks at Clara. “I know Devin has been a horrible person, I don't know what he did to you personally but that is in the past. What he did to any of us is in the past. He and Marissa have opened their armor and for the most part all we have done is take the opportunity to give them grief tell them how much we hate them and never once asked them why, most of us never offered them any sign that we cared about their efforts to start making amends. But some of us did,” she gives Lona's hand a squeeze then lets go. “None of us are perfect. But Devin wants to change, he just doesn't know how without help, our help.” Sara turns in her seat to face Marissa. “Marissa I'm sorry for getting angry and blaming you at Jason's house when this all began. I'm sorry I didn't give you a chance. I hope you can forgive me.
  15. Sara let the weights down gently, closed her eyes and listened to the other s working out in the small weight-room. Her heart wasn't it. She had gone straight home after they had returned form the to find her mom gone taking a weekend trip to Great Falls, Sara had gleaned from the note her oh so loving mother had left her along with orders to clean the trailer and twenty dollars for food. She shoved the money into the pocket and left the trailer mess and all and gone tot he gym. Art saw her come into the training room and came over to her. “So, you come to train or what?” “Yeah I thought maybe a couple of rounds“ she said tossing her gym bag on the floor by the bench. While she grabbed some shorts from and a bra and t-shit from the bag she looked up at the two boys in the ring sparring. Both were students at school but a year behind “Hmm, I figured you'd be out at the game.” “Nah, maybe if dad were home, football is more his thing.” “Yeah I remember when he played...he was good. But no, I thought you'd be out with your new friends.” Sara stopped and then slowly faced Art. The old man had a stern look on his face. “You know I don't have any friends, Art.” “Well, I don't know you been dodging training since July and some of the other kids they tell me you been hanging out with some kids at school. I mean friends are good but if you want to compete, be a champion, you gotta train. Your that age where you might want to do other things. I understand...” Sara cut him off. “Your right Art I should have just come clean with you but a lot has been going on and I can't really explain it to you. But yeah I don't think competing in the boxing league is gonna happen now.” Art shook his head. “I just don't want you to give up on something that could make a difference in your life, a way out of this place. You can have that social life anytime but right now your young your and strong if you stop training now, it will be that much harder to come back too later.” “Art, I don't need to train anymore not to box, but I can't compete anymore either that won't ever happen now. I'll train to stay in shape. And I'll always come to you for advice about all sorts of stuff. Your like a second dad to me you know.” Art shook his head sadly not understanding. “But Sara hun, why?” “Because I can't lose. Not any more.” She started calling the fight happening behind her softly so that only Art could here. That in it self was enough to make the old man awestrruck but when he realized she was telling him whatthe boys boxing were doing before they did it, that was almost too much. Sara rested her hands on his shoulders, “Art, I can't explain it right now, but I will okay when I can. Just trust me okay.” Art nodded, “Yeah sure whatever you say Sara. Did you want to spar?” “I better skip tonight looks like you have your hands full with these guys. I'll just go do some weights.” That had been an hour ago and Sara was feeling guilty about using her powers on Art but it was for the best. After today she knew that boxing wasn't something she was going to do as a career not unless she was going to become the biggest cheat in the world.. She got up wiped down the bench and hit the showers then after dressing walked over to the bowling ally to pass the time waiting for the Fellowship to come to Bunnee's after the game. After getting a basket of cheese fries and a Dr pepper she went into the arcade lounge and played video games while she listened to the game over the ally's radio. She smiled when she heard that Laurie Cassidy had made her first field goal. “Good for her," she said outloud as she feed more quarters into the hungry machines.
  16. As the two girls headed to the counter Sara attempted to connect to Lona, mind to mind. <Lona?> Lona started and snapped her head around to stare at Sara who was right beside her looking at the counter they were walking toward <don't freak, i'm speaking to you mind to mind, if you don't want me to just shut me out, I won't try again> Lona's mouth made a little 'O' but she didn't say anything, she heard/felt/knew exactly what Sara was saying and could see plainly that she wasn't speaking out loud. <No...I'm... its okay. I just wasn't expecting it but I should have guessed. No this is fine. Wow.> Lona spoke back in the same fashion without even realize she was doing it and her eyes widened just a little bit more. Sara smiled and Lona felt the smile in her mind as much as saw it on the burly girls face. The arrived at the counter and the counter waitress, and older woman named Flo, came over to them. “What can I get'cha girls?” While Lona relayed the order Sara continued telepathicly. <I can sense what your feeling, Lona, I can help. Kind of like what you did but with your emotions instead, but I didn't want to do it without your permission. oh order me a banana and strawberry shake please>
  17. Sara had heard the distinctive growl of Jauntson's bike even over the crash of the bowling balls. She had been in the off set lounge where the video games were located, scooping up her quarters she crashed the car she was driving ending the game, and headed for the door. Stepping outside just in time to see Jauntson and Tawney climb back on the bike and speed away, you didn't have to be a mind reader to know that something had gone down in the diner, but she was and she raked her gaze across the windows of the diner across the street until she found Lona. Even this far away the connection she shared with all of them was enough to feel the other girls emotional state and it was not good. Something deep was bothering Lona and Sara was worried. She leaned her butt agaisnt the railing of the short steps down to the parking lot and closed her eyes... The sound of the charger and Lilly's old truck brought her back to the bowling ally. She watched as the gang headed inside but was puzzled as to when they had picked up a cheerleader. As Sara started down the steps and toward the diner, Cade's jeep came around the far corner and went straight into the Bunnee's. He and Cora, not noticing her crossing the street, followed the larger group inside, and Sara stopped once more and studied the Fellowship gathering. Sara came into Bunnee's and gave Sam a friendly wave when the waitress pointed her in the direction to where the Fellowship was sitting. "Hey guys," she called out as she strode up hands in pockets taking a closer look at Lona that is until she realized that the 'cheerleader' sitting by Laurie, was Sean. Sara stopped and stood just staring at Sean for several seconds so surprised was she at how he was dressed, that it left her speechless.
  18. Sara pulled her mind back, she had a connection now. She had only half way been listening to what was going on in the background, but she recognized it for what it was. Bonding, coming to terms, the denial was fading from all of them. That was more important than anything she had to tell them at the moment. Sara turned away from the distant town and strode back to the rest of the Fellowship and rubbed her face with her hands and ran her fingers through her short hair. "Can we get out of this place, now?"
  19. School Work Shed Sara had come into the shed with a down cast look, everything about today had gone wrong so far and nothing indicated that this meeting would be any better than the last. well except that the evil twins and fucking Bannon weren't here to fuck up everyone else thinking. She hoped. After the tale had been relayed and Sean had told his story about the surveillance then his questions bout the Wrights, she stood up moving from the wall more into the crowded group. "I don't think the Wright's are involved, even if Cook is lying about some stuff and he probably is. Why the effort to get into the lab if they are working with him. Personally I think none of our parents are involved or any of the adults in town for that matter, not directly and not knowingly anyway. I think we are all victims, the whole town." She looks directly at Sean. "Can you figure out how covered the rest of the towns. We know from his efforts to get into Clara's parents lab that he doesn't have coverage out that far, probably not out side of town at all most likely, which would mean that Bannon's is probably safe too." She crosses her arms. "Did anyone experience anything weird during first period. almost as soon as I got to shop I started hearing thoughts like whispers and it kept getting louder in my head and more... I haven't had anything like that happen since the night of the party and it wasn't this bad then. Then all of the sudden it just stopped."
  20. Sara purses her lips, "Hmm, I was going to be against trying to find Cody, " She holds up a hand to forestall an argument, "Not because it's Cody but because we don't need to run into the investigation Cade's dad is doing, that would get us in all kinds of trouble we don't need. But that, Clara, is a pretty solid idea. It helps us figure ourselves out and might let us finding Cody plus keeps us out of the sheriff's eyes." Nodding she says, "I can get behind that."
  21. Sara raised her head and pushed the contaminated eggs away. with one hand and gave Lona gentle squeeze with the other. "Thank you, both of you," she said to Clara and Lona. "That was pushing it. I think if if I did it slower and only a couple of you at a time, and you were expecting it and not fighting," she spared a glance at Devin, " I could get all of us linked and hold it longer." She opened a carton of milk and drank it down. "I found I could do that when I told my dad about the powers. I didn't tell him about all of us just me. But my dads cool and like Sean he reads a lot of science fiction and helped me with what he had read. That's why I suggested you make a list and stuff Sean. Anyway I managed to link with my dad and keep it going for a while the longest was about half an hour. It not mind reading. It's sharing. Only what you let through goes to the other." When the others had mentioned another one, Sara looked around but shook her head. "I can't do it right now that took too much even though i feel better I just don't have the mental strength right now."
  22. "No," Devin said raising a hand to Sean and Jason who were trying to defend his opinions. "It's cool. I appreciate it, but it's cool. She's right, I messed with you guys and you're not under any obligation to be friends with me." He scooped up his bag and slung it over his shoulder. "I can walk away knowing that I at least tried. Good luck in your struggles guys, I wish you the best, but I'm not doing this every other day, Cody needs help." “Devin,” Sara's voice interrupted him but her tone wasn't her usual dismissive growl, “Marissa, there is plenty of room here for guys to join us. Why don't you sit down? She didn't wait to see if they did or didn't instead she looked at Clara and then everyone else. “Devin is right about one thing. This isn't friendship. A lot of you were friends, have been for years, some of us have been outsiders and victims, and tormentors. But that was before. Friendship is something that has to be worked at from both sides. Devin and Marissa have taken those first steps and have largely been rebuffed. I'm sorry that I didn't open myself to the possibility of friendship with them when they first reached out. But I do now. Look around you there are a hundred other kids in here and we are the ones who have been given these gifts. We have a chance to make a difference to make a change to be better. To be friends. But we all have to want that and we all have to work on it together. We will be stronger together than if we are apart.” Bannon hadn't taken his headphones off but he was staring at Sara. She was speaking to him in a voice that wasn't a voice his music was blaring in his ears but her voice came through clear strong and each syllable said 'I am Sara”. And as she spoke to him and to the others, he knew that he could answer her back without saying a work also that he could shut he out as well. Sara looked at Bannon and Lilly, “I'm sorry Jason, Lilly. I'm sorry I lost control of my temper last night. I could blame 'the dark' but that would be a lie. That was all me. Most of us have.... issues, my temper, Seans differences, Jason's weirdness ,etcetera, but we all have one thing in common now. We are scared. We have discovered things that defy logic. Some of us have seen things that threatened us. These changes we are going through has scared us. I know it has scared me. I wasn't going to come here this morning. After last night like Devin I didn't see the point. But then when I saw all of you this morning,” She puts her hands flat on the table on each side of her tray , a trickle of blood starts to flow from her left nostril and her eyes, hazel green shift through the spectrum to become dark blue before fading to a light bluish hazel, “I knew that we all belonged together. It was unnerving suddenly the Fellowship all felt it twinge of pressure as blood rushed into parts of their brains that normally didn't have much use for it. They were connected, felt each other knew that they could communicate on the basest level with each and everyone of them or none of them share everything and for a brief moment they saw the living minds of all those around them the pale blue minds softly glowing precept for those at their table those minds burned like the sun.
  23. Sara shook her head "Lets not just jump at things just because we have a hunch and right now spreading ourselves out isn't a good idea, not until we are better prepared.Right now we are vulnerable, to ourselves and to anyone or thing that might come after us. I am all for figuring out what we can do. Like," she pauses and looks at Bannon with a much reduced glare, "Jason, while I was gone I was figuring out what I could do because i knew something was going on in my head and I taught myself how to do a few things. But it would be nice to have a better Idea of what these abilities might be capable of. Sean, you know about this, what was the word?" "Psionics." he said perking up a bit. "There you go, Psionics, there must be something about that online or in the library, I think the more we know about what Psionics we could have will make it easier to figure out how to use it. Sean you did good with the plane and you know abou this can you make up a list of powers and what we should look for and expect? The feminine boy leans his head side to side in quick contemplation, "Yeah I can whip something up a little primer that could help I think." "Good," Sara nodded again and gave him a smile. The first she had cracked since arriving tonight. She looks over at Clara and Lona, "About Etty, I still think we should leave him alone. He showed up last year at school and we are assuming that the GPS was him at your parents place before then. But we don't know that. We know there are at least two other gps phones or whatever we are calling them. I still say that until we are better prepared we shouldn't shake that tree. Whoever they are they haven't done anything about the trailer or the missing gps phone. And surely Etty has reported it missing otherwise why turn it off. You broke up with him once and he stuck around. I bet if you do it again, tell him that with school and all you need some space. He'll do the same thing. Try and get back with you or go back to spying at a distance. But I don't think we should tip our hand to him or the people he is working with. Not yet."
  24. Sara had looked down at their hands when Lilly grabbed her hand and back up when she let go. "He needs to be on a leash," she said to Lilly as she pointed surreptitiously in a way only the two of them could see, across the room at the table and Marissa, "and not on hers." Not waiting on a reply Sara returned with a scowl and without a word to anyone sat at the end of the table where Devin had been seated. She gave a slight nod to Cade. It was obvious she was still angry, but keeping it in check for the good of the Fellowship. As Sara walked back to the table those who were looking could see that Bunnee had come out of the kitchen and was talking to Max, his big mustache dropping with his frown. He eyeballed the Fellowship as Max went on to tend other tables, then he went back into the kitchen.
  25. Sara was leaning over the sink splashing cold water onto her face and letting it drip back into the basin. Lilly knocked and Sara told her to go away, but she didn't and she had to listen to her through the door. God Lilly had such a big heart and such surety. Lilly flinch when the bathroom door jerked open in front of her with Sara, stony faced with the front of her shirt damp with splashed water. "He is dangerous Lilly, and getting worse. He would have stabbed Charlie with that fork if I had not explained what I thought happened with Marissa, if i'd have just simply answered his question. And Coraline, so what if she hasn't contributed anything, so what if she thinks her father is a good man. She was there with us when all this shit began and she is one of us. If anything he should be protecting her. Instead he attacked her, and not with a logical argument and pointing out facts but with gratuitous and almost vindictive personal attacks with the intent to destroy her. That wasn't tough love or trying to wake her up. That was a pure savage wild animal taking down the weakest prey." Sara shook her head, "What if next time, and there will be a next time, he doesn't use words? What then?"
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