Jivaja: Chapter Eleven, Part Four


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Follow along as Mecca, a young woman with a Gift for manipulating human life force, runs head-first into a shadowy vampire-like society that discovers her power and wants to use her.

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Chapter Eleven – David, Part four


By 9:30, David had been pacing the floor for half an hour. Sara came up from the basement.

“Well? Do you have the address?” As soon as it came out of his mouth, David realized how it sounded. Selfish. Like he was using her.

She watched him for a moment and then asked, “What are you going to do when you get it?”

“Go over there. I’m going to see what the situation is.” He ran a hand over his short hair.

“You going to go in like the Terminator or something?” The corner of her mouth tilted up.

“I doubt it. What I do will depend on what the place is like, how many people are there, if it’s guarded.”

“What if she’s not there?”

David frowned. He hadn’t considered the possibility that Mecca might be held elsewhere. That had never occurred to him at all. “She’ll be there. She has to be.”

“I’m sure she is.” Silence settled for a few minutes. Then Sara offered a folded square of paper to him, held between two fingers.

He looked from her to the paper and back again, before he finally reached out and took it from her.

“I have a pair of binoculars, if you think those would help.” She went to a door tucked away in the corner and rummaged around in the closet. She brought out a small, black case. “It’s got a tiny digital camera built into it, between the lenses. I don’t know if you’ll need to take pictures, but the binoculars might come in handy anyway. Just don’t leave them hanging from some tree limb, okay?”

She grinned, and he couldn’t help but smile as he took the case and hiked the strap onto his shoulder.

Her personality was so much like Mecca’s. A stab of guilt twisted his gut. He fished into his pocket and came out with the wad of bills. Sara raised a brow as he split it, put half back into his pocket and held the other half out. “Here.”

“Thanks, no. I don’t need it.”

“Consider it my contribution to Headquarters. It’s the least I can do.”

She hesitated, but then finally took the money. She nodded at the paper he still held. “You know where that is? I think it’s east of Stone Mountain.”

“I’ll look it up.” David put a hand on her shoulder, feeling a pride he had no right to feel. “Sara, your grandmother would think the world of you. You’re amazing.”

She blushed and looked at her toes. “Thank you. Are you leaving right now?”

“Yeah. I need to get out there.”

“I want to come with you.”

“No. Absolutely not.”

“Why not?”

Hadn’t they already gone over this? “I’m not going to put you in any more danger. You can’t imagine what these people are like. I could never have imagined until I met them. Please trust me on this.”

She frowned, her lower lip stuck out just a little. “There’s a spare key around back, underneath the garden robot, in case you need to come back.”

“Garden robot?” What the hell was that?

“I’m a geek. Gnomes aren’t my thing.” She gave him that grin again. “Promise you won’t be a stranger?”

If I get out of this alive. “I promise.”

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