With a week until Severed Ties comes out, I thought I would taunt you with the beginning of one of my favorite scenes.
This is a moment of levity in Wendy's world.
Well, if you can call getting shot at levity.
Wendy followed Jeff along the edge of the shield.
“What if there are people in here?” Jeff asked.
“Then we’re going to get shot,” Wendy said.
“I’ve always admired your honesty.”
They each grabbed a few dirt clods, and every five feet threw them at the shield. All of them disintegrated on contact.
The sun began to dip toward the mountain peaks behind them. Ten steps, toss dirt, more steps, more dirt. Jeff followed behind her, testing the sections she missed. They watched for natural barriers, but found nothing more distinctive than trees.
“I wonder how far up it goes,” Jeff asked, craning his neck.
Wendy took another set of steps and stopped. “Farther than we can jump, I bet.”
“Too bad the transport broke down,” Jeff said.
“You think that was an accident?” Wendy asked.
“Not really, but I thought I was the only one that was that paranoid.”
“Better than being dead.”
“You’re morbid today.”
“But I’m alive.”
Jeff laughed. “Fine, you have me there.”
The radio crackled to life. “We might have found the entrance,” Riggs said. “Northeast corner of the complex.”
Wendy and Jeff shared a flat stare. They were on the southwest corner.
“On our way,” Wendy answered through the radio.
“I’d race you, but your legs are way too short to keep up,” Jeff said.
Wendy shot him a scowl. “You sound like Kev.”
“Maybe Kev is smarter than he looks.”
“Let me punch you first. Just one shot. Give me a head start.”
“Do I look like an idiot?”
“Do I have to answer that?”
Wendy’s lips spread into a grin as she and Jeff started to jog back around the complex. She liked it when she could let go of the pain inside. Even if only for a few minutes. And Jeff had a knack for helping her do just that.
Even moving fast, Jeff’s ears and eyes were alert. He swerved, grabbed Wendy and tossed them both to the ground before Wendy registered the rustle in the bushes by the shield. He rolled, putting himself between her and the danger. Wendy pulled her gun out and got ready.
A soft whine preceded a bright flash, which left a two-foot wide smoldering patch of the forest floor where they had been standing a moment before.