Wings were really uncomfortable, Lydia decided as they emerged into the empty room at the heart of the bunker facility where the kids were being kept. Where the silver flames emerged from her shoulders, it felt like dozens of pins were emerging from her skin.
You’ll get used to it, Fellaria said. And once we get going I imagine that you’ll soon forget about them. She turned to Matthias. We’ve jumped into the heart of the facility?
Yes, he replied. Its security is mainly aimed at keeping people out â€“ and of course at keeping the kids in â€“ but they won’t be expecting an attack from the heart of the place. It should flummox them enough to give us a window to hit and escape without too much combat.
I hope so, she said. Where are the kids?
In a large subdivided room right next to this one. He laid one hand on the wall opposite the door. We’re going to burst through here.
They certainly won’t be expecting that, she agreed. And there’s no one near the wall so we won’t injure anyone. She paused and frowned. But I can feel someone using that thing your clairvoyants saw, so we may have to fight them.
I’ll knock them out if I can, Naria said. How many other scientists in there?
Hmm… I sense nine or ten and the guards are just outside. We’ll need to block the door immediately.
Leave that to me, Hannah said. But where are we taking them once we’ve rescued them?
Silenia, Matthias said. Don’t worry, you can go back to Brierthorne instead. I know you won’t want to go there.
No, Hannah said. I can handle it. I’ll be fine.
If you’re sure, Matthias said. Given what happened to you, it would be perfectly understandable…
It’s fine, she said. I promise.
Okay, he said. Can you break the wall or will we need to blast it out?
Let me see. She reached past him and touched the wall. Hmm it’s concrete… that’s earthlike enough, I think. She closed her eyes and part of the wall shimmered and crumbled, leaving a hole large enough for them to charge through. Hannah dived through first, teleported across the room to the main door and pulled a wall of rock up from the floor.
Naria, in the meantime, dived heedlessly through the transparent partitions and landed in front of the technician who was connected to the device before the woman had chance to react. The technician recovered before Naria could actually grab her and leapt back as far as the wires would let her, clearly using the seconds it bought her to pull herself together. Slender claws of razor sharp metal grew from her fingers and she lunged at Naria, only to bounce off an ice shield as Andrew rushed to the defence.
Naria reached out and grabbed the technician, draining her until she passed out, before grabbing the teenage boy from the bed and heading back to the hole and handing him to Julie. Looks like this one has an interesting talent.
Julie just nodded before vanishing into the gate to Silenia.
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