"So," the Director sat back and exercised the full power of her shark's smile, "how are we all?" "Grounded," Adelaide, Francis, Lee, Emma and Lydia chorused in unison. The Director pouted. "Well that won't do," she murmured, "can't have the five clever youngsters who secured me with a promotion getting grounded. I presume Price had … Continue reading Part 77 – Wheels Within Wheels.
"So," Price stood in the centre of the shopping maul, surveying everything with a weary eye, "just a quick debrief for you lot before we let you go." Adelaide, Francis, Lee, Lydia, Alexis, Emma - dressed - and Anna stood around, watching him expectantly. "You will not speak of what happened today to anyone who … Continue reading Part 76 – The Criminals.
Emma opened her eyes slowly. Her whole body felt like it was on fire. She looked down. She appeared to be lying under a blanket. The blanket wasn't ablaze. That was a good sign. She groaned. "Hey," came a voice, "you're awake!" Anna's face hove into view. Behind her, the shadowy shape of her wings … Continue reading Part 75 – Making Amends.
The Knight ran, Francis bumping and jolting wildly up and down on her back as they headed around the Source. It turned with them, swiping with its free claw and roaring. One swish of knifelike fingers came so close it passed through Francis' head and he yelped in surprise and horror. Feeling him begin to … Continue reading Part 74 – The Takedown.
"Run!" Adelaide, Francis, Lydia, Alexis and the Knight did so. The Source vaulted the steps in three great bounds and gave chase. Throwing herself to the left, Adelaide dashed down an aisle, the sounds of the others' footsteps pounding behind her. There was a smashing sound behind them and a growl of irritation. The shelves … Continue reading Part 73 – The Source of your Demise.
The Source hit Amadeus in the chest and they both toppled down the stairs. Slamming into the ground on his back he tried to throw the creature off, but suddenly it seemed to weigh more than its small size implied. Already the Source had started to grow, its body shuddering as bones cracked and lengthened. … Continue reading Part 72 – The Plan Unravels.
Lydia stopped. She was a little out of breath. Even she hadn't known that she could run that fast. Entering the sports shop hurriedly she scanned the shelves for the staircase to the floor above, the one Adelaide had told her about. Spotting it between the rows of racks of sports clothing and shelves of … Continue reading Part 71 – Endgame.