Hello everyone it's that time again ......
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These chapters contain a scene from Cry Your Name although changed slightly. All credit goes to the original writers and the powers that be.
As I mentioned earlier my beta reader is on holiday so please excuse any mistakes!! I thought it would be better to post than wait a week. Thanks.
“Are you still going to want to practice tonight?” asked Maria, nervously when she saw the green crackling energy appear on Liz’s arms.
“I don’t know Maria. I’m so sick of all this macho shit the guys keep pulling. God, it felt like I was back in the 3rd grade playground.”
“Why does it do that? That doesn’t happen to anyone else,” asked Maria, pointing to Liz’s arms.
“It comes when I’m extremely angry or stressed. I think it’s a visual warning that the power has built up too much and is breaking through the surface. To be honest I’ve got no idea.”
“Hey, what did Dan mean when he said ‘She’s not yours, yet, you were interrupted this morning weren’t you?’ That comment sent Max, or should I say King Zan, in to an insurmountable rage. I seriously thought someone would get hurt today.”
“Maria, out of the whole conversation you had to pick up on that one sentence. Seriously do you have radar abilities which, automatically detects personal information?”
“You thought I had forgotten about this morning, in the eraser room, but I didn’t. When King Zan went completely mental at that comment and tried to kill Dan, I just knew it was about this morning. So I ask again what did he mean?”
“Well me and Max go hot and heavy thi...”
“Wait a minute, what do you mean by hot and heavy? You looked rather dishevelled this morning? Oh my god did you two …?”
“Yeah, well we kind of got interrupted.”
“Oh, that was my fault. I’m really sorry about that, but I didn’t know it was Max. I was worried …”
“It wasn’t just you that interrupted us.”
“Well we were about to, um, well you get the picture, and then this voice boomed in my head.”
“A voice boomed in your head?”
“Zan connected to me, on the way back from the airport, to help with the crackling energy thingy. I forgot to close off the connection so he could feel everything I was feeling, when we, um ...” Liz’s cheeks flushed with embarrassment.
“Oh my god, that is just so gross! There were like three of you there?”
“Sort of, Max’s connection to me is stronger because he gave me the seal, so I could only feel what Max and I were feeling. Whereas Dan could feel me and the sensations Max was causing. He communicated with me telepathically and said ‘Don’t do it Liz … at least give us a chance’ … just before we, um …”
“Eeeeewwww! So he was like there with you all the time and when Max was going to, um, well you know, join with you, he shouted THAT in your head?” Maria was trying to handle this delicately so Liz wouldn’t be embarrassed.
“Yeah, I was so angry Maria. I still am actually. It was like a total invasion of privacy. It felt like I was being watched and quite frankly I’m not into that sort of thing. Imagine someone else knowing your deepest darkest desires, how would you feel?”
“Um, sickened, repulsed, grossed out, oh the list is endless!”
“So you know where I coming from?”
“Totally!” replied Maria, as they pulled up to the quarry.
“Come on Liz, let's go and have some fun!!”
Bottom of the quarry …….
“So, what do you want to do first?” asked Maria.
Liz spun around, raised her arms and let all of the green energy that had been shooting across her body pool in her palms. The green light, which was now emanating from Liz’s palms, was so bright that Maria had to cover her eyes. Once every last trace of the crackling energy left her body and formed in her palms, she released it.
Two massive balls of green crackling energy went soaring through the air closing in on their target. There was such an enormous explosion, as the balls hit, the ground started to shake. She had blown up half of the quarry.
The blast was so powerful that the debris went flying towards Maria and Liz. Liz raised her arms in the air, palms facing upwards, and raised a bubble shield which completely covered them both. The large boulders, rocks and dust rained down on the shield, but it held.
Once it was safe, Liz lowered her shield and turned towards Maria.
“Now that felt gooooood!” laughed Liz.
Maria just stood there speechless, with a look of shock on her face.
“H-Holy crap Liz, how are we going to explain half a missing quarry?”
“We don’t have to Maria.”
“What do you mean? Just look at all of the destruction Liz!” shouted Maria.
She was so afraid right now that she couldn’t see straight. She knew that Liz would never hurt the people she loved, but she couldn’t help feeling scared shitless and it showed on her face. Even when she had learned of the alien’s existence, she was never this afraid.
“Maria?” Liz choked, as she watched the range of emotions play across Maria’s face. She was pale and the look in her eyes showed pure fear.
“Maria please,” begged Liz, walking towards her best friend. Her arms outstretched ready to give Maria a hug.
Maria just shook her head and took a step backwards. Tears started to pool in Liz’s eyes.
“Maria please, I would never do anything to harm you. You know that.”
Maria just nodded her head.
“I know,” she whispered, taking another step backwards.
“Maria,” begged Liz, as the tears started to fall down her face. She couldn’t believe that her best friend was that frightened of her.
On seeing Liz’s tears, Maria snapped out of her shock and went running into Liz’s outstretched arms and embraced her fiercely.
“Shush. It’s okay Liz. I’m sorry for my reaction but I think I went into shock. I know you would never hurt me or anyone else you care about. I-It’s just, that really scared me you know?” said Maria, cupping Liz’s face in her hands and wiping away her tears with her thumbs.
Liz laughed nervously and said “Yeah it was pretty scary wasn’t it?”
“You’re going to be able to kick some ass girl!” said Maria, laughing. “So how do we clean this mess up?”
She dropped her hands from Liz’s face and waved her arm at the mess Liz had created.
A small knowing smile appeared on Liz’s lips.
“That’s where you come in Maria.”
“Remember your Earth power?”
“Well concentrate and look at the images I have supplied you with. You will know what to do.”
Maria did as she was instructed and a big beaming smile came across her face.
“Right let’s try this then.”
Maria held her arms out to the side with her palms facing forward. She slowly brought her arms round to the front of her, her palms facing one another and then she flicked her hands upwards to face the target that was now destroyed.
All the time Maria was doing this Liz was watching the effect she was having.
All the debris that was scattered along the quarry surface started to float and move in a swirling motion. As Maria brought her arms together, the debris started to form the shape of a small tornado. She then flicked her hands towards were Liz had blasted and the tornado shape moved towards that area, gathering the rest of the debris as it went along. Liz was entranced as she watched the debris fuse together, to form the solid rock surface that she had blasted not moments ago.
“Maria that was freakin’ amazing!” shouted Liz, jumping up and down, clapping her hands.
“I know, wow, thanks Liz, you know, for giving me this power,” said Maria, also jumping up and down in excitement.
“Maybe we should just skip the rest of school today and stay here and practice. What do you think?” asked Liz, with a smile on her face.
“Hell yes!! I couldn’t go back to school now even if I tried. I’m way too excited!!” laughed Maria.
“Okay let’s see what you’ve got.”
“Um, Maria are you sure you really want to see? I don’t want you to be scared again.”
“I’m over that now Liz. It was just a shock at first. I didn’t realise just how powerful you could be. I think the excitement of the whole thing has taken over.”
“Okay, but you need to get away from me for what I’m about to do next?”
“H-How far do you want me to go?”
“Go to the back of the quarry and if anything happens just raise your shield to protect yourself. I don’t think you will need to but just in case.”
Maria walked to the back of the quarry and watched Liz intensely, ready to raise her shield if need be. She wasn’t sure what Liz was about to do, but she wasn’t taking any chances.
A golden bubble shield appeared around Liz as she started to levitate in the air. There was a bright white light surrounding her, inside the shield. Her body started to jerk lightly as the light pulsated around her.
Maria was mesmerised. She knew that Liz was drawing power from the granilith because she had seen Liz do this last night, after she had returned from the future. What worried her was what Liz was about to do next to require that extra power.
All of a sudden Maria felt the air shift around her and it brought her away from her thoughts to concentrate on what Liz was doing.
Liz was back on the ground and had her arms and palms facing towards the sky. Maria looked up and saw dark clouds forming in the sky above Liz.
“No freakin’ way!” was all Maria could say.
The sky grew dark and cast shadows around the base of the quarry. The wind came quickly, whipping up Liz’s and Maria’s hair into a frenzy. The sky had an almost pinkish hue to it and the hairs on Maria’s arms started to stand on end.
Maria jumped when she heard the clap of thunder above her, but still couldn’t help staring at the sky. All of a sudden a bolt of lightning shot out and followed where Liz was now pointing her palm. Maria heard an almighty crack as the lightning bolt hit its intended target, a tree, all that was left was a charred burning trunk.
Liz then raised her arm again and started to make small circular movements with her index finger. Maria felt the change in the air again and watched as a small funnel shape started to descend from the clouds, getting bigger as it was drawn towards the earth. As the tornado hit the earth, Liz’s arms were now in front of her and she slowly started to turn her body around; the tornado followed her movements.
Liz moved her arms upwards again and waved her palms slightly. The tornado and clouds disappeared to be replaced by the warmth of the sun.
Maria had to squint for a few seconds as the brightness of the sun attacked her eyes after it had been so dark.
“That was amazing,” shouted Maria, as she ran towards Liz. “You can control the weather!!”
“Yeah. I wasn’t sure if I could control the intensity of the tornado or direct the lightening but it seems I can. That’s why I wanted you away from me.”
“Just wait until Kal hears about this. He’s going to pass out!” laughed Maria.
“No Maria, I don’t want anyone to know about this. I don’t want people having the same reaction as you did. There is only one person that knows what I’m really capable of and I’d like to keep it that way.”
“Serena,” said Maria, in understanding. “Why do you think she hasn’t told anyone yet?
“I think she realises that I have to keep some of my power secret. If any of you get captured then none of you really know the full extent of what I’m capable of. This means that we will always have an advantage over our enemies.”
“Okay I can understand that. Why don’t we call everyone and get them down here to practice some more, before the big show down tomorrow.”
“I think that’s a great idea Maria.”
“I have a really bad feeling about tomorrow,” blurted out Maria.
“It will fine Maria, I promise you.”
“I don’t know Liz. I’m not feeling right about this and that strange man, at the school this afternoon, was staring at you as if you were his last meal.”
“I’ll be fine Maria.”
“Who was he anyway?”
“I have no idea. I’ve never seen him before.”
“Well I don’t like this. I know that you aren’t telling me everything and that, that man, the way he smiled at you, made my blood run cold.”
“Call the other’s Maria and ask Kal to pick up Kyle from school so that we can explain to him what’s going on.”
“How, is Kyle going to get out of school?”
“Ask Kal to shapeshift into his father.”
Maria got out her cell and phoned Kal.
“Yes, who is this?”
“It’s Maria. Can you please all come down to the quarry. Liz wants us to get as much practice in before tomorrow. She wants you to go and get Kyle from school, so that we can let him know what’s going on.”
“How, the hell am I going to get Kyle out of school?”
“She said you can shapeshift into his dad.”
“WHAT?” screamed Kal, as Maria moved the phone away from her ear.
“Give the phone to me Maria.”
Maria handed the phone to Liz.
“Kal, this is really important for everyone. I need you to get Kyle out of school.”
“I’m NOT shape shifting Liz. It has taken me almost 30 years to be able to taste or feel anything and I’m not ruining that just to get a boy out of school!” Kal shouted down the phone.
“Oh really? We need everyone involved in this Kal and Kyle is going to play a very important part tomorrow. You need to get him out of school!” shouted Liz.
“NO. I can’t. Liz, please understand that I can’t do this. I know you can order me to do it and I have to but please you must understand,” pleaded Kal.
An idea suddenly struck Liz.
“You don’t have to Kal. Why don’t you get one of the guards to shape shift into Kyle’s dad. Just tell the school that his granddad needs him and they will let him out.”
Liz could hear a sigh of relief in her ear.
“Thank you Liz,” whispered Kal.
“Just get the guards to teleport you in front of the school and then here, it will save us time. We need to get practicing and I want to speak to Roman.”
“Fine we will be there in about ten to fifteen minutes."
"Can you send one of the guards to get Michael as well?”
“Yes, where is he?”
“He is at home today. We’ll phone him and let him know that someone is coming for him.”
“Okay I’ll see you soon and Liz …”
“I should be thanking you Kal, for everything you’ve done so far. Now go and get the group for me.”
“Done!” said Kal, laughing.
Maria phoned Michael to let him know that he was going to be picked up shortly.
“They’re here,” stated Maria, as she saw everyone come in to view.
“Right Maria, I want you and Nathan to explain the plan to Kyle and then join the rest of the group in practice,” said Liz, walking towards the group.
As Liz approached the group she had a look of determination on her face.
“Kal, I want you to get everyone to practice. Maria and Nathan will join you after they’ve finished explaining the plan to Kyle.”
“What about you?”
“I’m going to talk to Roman, alone.”
“No ‘buts’ Kal, just do it please,” said Liz, as she gently grabbed Roman’s arm to lead him away from the group.
“You heard what she said so get practicing!” shouted Kal, as he watched Liz walk away with Roman “I don’t like this, I don’t like this one little bit,” he said under his breath.
Everyone started shooting harmless energy balls at one another and raising their shields. It wasn’t long before Kyle and Maria joined the group.
Michael turned around and started walking towards Maria when he heard her shout …
“Michael look out!”
He immediately spun round and raised his shield.
“Never turn your back on the enemy Michael!” shouted Kal, who had just sent a blast towards him. “Good reflexes though. You’re going to make a fine general once you’ve had enough training.”
“Yeah thanks,” said Michael, sarcastically as he turned back to Maria.
“Maria, what’s going on with Liz? She’s not telling us everything is she?”
“I really don’t know Michael. She just keeps telling me that we have to stay calm tomorrow no matter what happens,” whispered Maria.
“I don’t like this Maria. I’m going to be keeping a close eye on her over the next couple of days.”
“Fine by me, I have a feeling that something bad is going to happen,” replied Maria.
“Let’s get back to practice,” said Michael, turning to face the others. He stopped when he realised that nobody was practicing and turned to face what everyone else was looking at. He could see that Roman and Liz were in the middle of a very heated discussion.
“What the hell is going on Kal?” asked Michael.
“I’ve got no idea, but I’m going to find out,” replied Kal, as he stormed off in the direction of Liz and Roman.
“Get back to your practice!” shouted Kal, over his shoulder.
As Kal got nearer to Liz and Roman he heard Liz shout ….
“That’s an order!!!!”
“But your Highness my job is to ...”
“Your job is to follow her command!” interrupted Kal.
“There are no ‘buts’ Roman. If the Queen gave you a direct order then you must follow it!” shouted Kal.
“Fine,” said Roman, walking away after giving Liz a slight bow.
“Thank you Kal.”
“Liz, if Roman dared argue with you, he must have a strong reason to. There is no way he would try to disobey a direct order from you, unless he thought there was a better way of doing it. That’s what makes him a good soldier. He isn’t afraid to speak his mind.”
“I don’t want to discuss this with you Kal. I need to get back to practice,” was all Liz would say as she walked back to the group, leaving a stunned Kal to follow behind.
Roman pulled the guards far enough away from the group so they couldn’t hear the orders he was about to give out.
As the group watched the guards all gather around Roman, Liz walked up.
“Over the next few days I want you all to try and communicate with each other using your telepathy powers. I want us all to be able to communicate this way easily. We're going to need it.”
“Serena, I want you to work with everyone that has new powers and get them ready.”
“That’s fine Liz, but what about you?”
“Me? What do you mean?”
“Aren’t you the best person to help them?”
“N-No I’m not. You need to concentrate on the weaker ones and get them up to speed.”
Serena nodded in understanding.
Just as everyone was about to start practice again a cell phone started to ring.
“Everyone quiet, it’s Max,” said Michael, looking at the screen of his cell phone.
“Michael, I want you to meet me at the Crashdown straight after school. Something happened at school today with Liz, and I want to discuss it with everyone.”
“By everyone you mean?”
“Everyone, except Liz.”
“If this concerns her, don’t you think she should be involved?”
“No, something strange is going on Michael. I want to know what it is! I think Liz is in danger and I’m not taking any chances.”
Liz watched as Michael gave her a funny look as he said….
“Fine, I’ll meet you there after school”
After Michael ended the call he went straight up to Liz.
“What happened today at school Liz?”
“Um, Max and the others saw this man watching me.”
“WHAT? What man and why haven’t you mentioned him sooner?” shouted Michael.
“There was a bit of a show down between Zan and Max ...”
“WHAT?” screamed Michael. “Can someone PLEASE tell me what went on today!”
“If you stop screaming at me for a second, I will!” shouted Liz.
Liz told Michael everything that had happened at school, before she came to the quarry.
“WHAT THE HELL WERE YOU THINKING!” shouted Michael, heading towards Zan. “YOU’RE GOING TO GET US ALL EXPOSED!!”
“Michael, I sorted it. Don’t worry, nobody saw what happened except the people here,” replied Ava, trying to defuse the situation.
“Hey it wasn’t me who went all black eyed first!”
“That’s not the point. YOU should have left when Liz asked you to, instead of provoking him. If you had left, he wouldn’t have used his powers.”
“ENOUGH!” shouted Liz. “Arguing over something that has already happened isn’t going to get us anywhere. Now Michael what did Max want?”
“He wants to discuss what happened with you this morning at school. Liz, he is really worried about you. I think we need to tell him what’s going on.”
“We can’t Michael, not just yet. I don’t have all of the information I need. When I do, then I’ll tell him.”
“You’re playing a dangerous game Liz,” warned Michael.
“It’s a game I intend to win, with or without Max,” replied Liz.
“I have to take Maria with me because Max wants us all there.”
“Fine, Maria has been practicing with me this afternoon anyway.”
“What am I supposed to do about Max, Liz?”
“Let me handle Max. Just agree to do whatever he wants you to but try and spin it in our favour. I don’t want you to have to lie to him anymore than you already have. It’s not fair on you Michael.”
Maria and Michael left in the Jetta, leaving the others behind to practice. They headed straight towards the Crashdown as school would be out in half an hour and they didn’t want to be late.
Maria and Michael pulled up to the Crashdown the same time as the rest of the group, except for Tess.
“What’s going on Maxwell?”
“I want to wait until Tess gets here, she’s on her way.”
“Why do we have to wait for Tess? Wasn’t she at school with you today?” asked Michael.
“No, Kyle said she had to sort something out about the house Nasedo left her. I think she's selling it.”
They all entered the Crashdown and sat in their usual booth. Not long after, Tess arrived.
“Hi everyone,” she said, with a huge smile on her face.
“Everything must have gone well with the sale if you’re looking so happy,” said Max.
“Yes, it did,” beamed Tess.
“Can you take a seat, so we can get down to business,” said Max.
“Max, what’s wrong?” asked Tess, with concern in her voice. “Has something happened?”
“Someone came to the school today to see Liz.”
“So,” said Tess, in irritation.
“She was frightened Tess,” said Isabel. “You should have seen her face when she saw him.”
“Didn’t you go up to him and find out who he was?”
“We didn’t get a chance. He got into a van and drove away quickly. When I asked Liz about him, she just said it was someone from her past,” said Max.
“Well that’s strange?” said Tess.
“O-Oh nothing, I-I just thought if it was someone from her past, why would she be afraid of him?”
“I don’t know. That’s what’s making me think that she was lying to me. There’s something not right about this whole thing.”
“Max, I’m sure Liz is going to be alright,” said Tess, stroking Max’s arm.
“It’s not just that, that’s worrying me. When that stranger showed up Dan and the group came tearing round the corner in the SUV. Created quite a scene I might add but what I want to know is how they knew to come at that particular time.”
“That’s a very interesting question Max,” replied Tess. “Why don’t we do some investigating? Try to find out who they really are?”
“Maxwell, if you go down that route, Liz will never forgive you,” argued Michael.
“Yeah and I would have to tell her Max. I’m not going to let you do this behind her back. If you are worried about the new group then you should speak to her about it, not do it behind her back. You could lose her forever Max,” said Maria.
“Why don’t I do some investigating for you?” asked Tess.
“If anyone is going to do the investigation, it will be me,” said Michael.
“Why don’t you trust me Michael?”
“No I don’t.”
“Michael,” warned Max.
“Oh come Max, surely you can’t be that stupid. If Tess finds out that they are dangerous towards Liz do you honestly think she is going to tell you? If anything, she will help them get rid of her. After all, Liz is the proverbial thorn in Tess’s side. She is stopping you from following your destiny,” Michael said the last part of the sentence in a high pitched whining voice whilst doing quote marks with his fingers.
“Yeah, that little whore of yours would do anything to get rid of Liz,” said Maria, in agreement.
“Who are you calling a whore you bitch,” spat out Tess.
“Fine, Michael you do the investigation. I want you to come to me as soon as you find anything out, okay?”
“WHAT! So you don’t trust me then Max?” asked Tess.
“Quite frankly Tess, where Liz is concerned, I don’t trust you. You would do anything to get rid of her.”
“Then why did you ask me to come here then, if you don’t even trust me?”
“Yeah why did you Max?” asked Maria.
“Because whether you like it or not Maria, Tess is still part of our group and she is entitled to know what’s going on. We don’t know who this person is and we all have to be on our guard.”
Tess gave Maria a smug look.
“Well what did this stranger look like?” asked Tess.
“He was about my height, maybe a bit taller, muscular build, jet black hair but I couldn’t see much else because he disappeared before I could get close enough.”
“Well that makes it a lot easier,” said Alex sarcastically.
“Just look out for anyone fitting that description. I know it’s not much to go on but it’s all we’ve got right now.”
Just as Max finished talking, Liz and the gang walked in. Everyone turned to look at them.
“Oh this is going to be interesting,” whispered Liz, to Zan.
“Let’s just sit down over the other side of the restaurant Liz. I don’t want another scene,” said Zan.
Just as everyone sat down, Max started to walk over to the booth.
“God that guy is seriously starting to get on my nerves. Can he not leave you alone for two seconds?” whispered an annoyed Zan.
“Dan, don’t start, he’s only worried about me,” whispered Liz.
“Fine, but if he starts anything, I swear I’m going to blast his ass back to Antar.”
“Liz, can I speak to you alone for a second please?”
“Max I really just want to sit down and eat something”
“Please Liz this won’t take long.”
“Okay, let’s go out back”
“What is it Max?” asked Liz, as she went to sit on the couch.
“Who was that man at school today?”
“I don’t know Max.”
“STOP! Just stop lying to me!” shouted Max, his frustration finally reaching breaking point.
“It’s true, I have no idea who that man was.”
“Then why did I feel your fear through our connection and when did you learn to close it off?”
“I-I don’t know, maybe when you were throwing Tess in my face!” spat Liz.
“What?” asked Max, in confusion, running his hands through his hair.
“You haven’t connected with me for over a year Max. Maybe I learned to switch it off so I couldn’t feel what you were doing with Tess.”
“I would have never done that to you Liz. As soon as I saw you with Kyle, I closed the connection and haven’t opened it until recently.”
“So, if you had the connection open in the first place, how could you believe I slept with Kyle?”
“Well if the connection was as strong as you suggest then surely you would have felt me doing something with someone else,”
“What are you talking about?”
“If I was, oh now how did you put it? Oh that’s right, if I was fucking Kyle, as you so delicately put it, then how come you couldn’t feel me.”
“I don’t know, MAYBE it was because you never did sleep with him but only pretended to!” shouted Max.
“Exactly, so I ask again why did you not realise that?”
“Oh, maybe because my heart broke in two when I saw you in bed with him!”
“What is going on here?” asked Jeff, coming down the stairs after hearing muffled shouting from the apartment.
“Nothing dad, Max was just blowing off steam over something that happened at school today. We’re just going out in the restaurant to get something to eat.”
“Okay, but I don’t want any shouting out there,” said Jeff.
“Oh there will be none of that. Isn’t that right Max?”
“Yes. Sorry Mr Parker, I didn’t mean to disturb you.”
Max was totally confused by the time he had reached the booth. He had gone in there to find out who the man was at school and ended up in an argument over Kyle and Tess. He just sat at the booth and ordered his food, along with everyone else, when the waitress arrived.
Liz really didn’t want to argue with Max but there was no other way to get his mind off the questions he was asking. After tomorrow she could tell him everything and wouldn’t have to lie to him anymore. She couldn’t wait for that moment.
Friday night at the Crashdown ……..
Everyone from the original group, except Liz and Alex, were sitting in the booth.
Max and Michael were talking about films. Maria was cleaning up the restaurant when Sheriff Valenti walked in.
“Dad, what are you doing here?” asked Kyle.
“Um, I think you all should sit down for this news.”
“What? What’s going on sheriff?” asked Maria.
“We believe that Alex and Liz were in a serious car accident tonight, they may be dead.”
“WHAT!” screamed Maria, almost collapsing on the floor in tears if it wasn’t for Michael catching her in time.
Both Max and Isabel jumped out of the booth and rushed towards the sheriff.
“What do you mean by you think they may be dead?” asked Max, dreading the answer. Both he and Isabel were deathly white.
“There was a car registered to the Whitman’s and it was found at the bottom of a ravine. No bodies have been found yet, but the car had exploded”
“So, so they still could be alive then?” stuttered Isabel.
“I don’t think so Isabel. The car crashed into an eighteen wheeler before it spun off the road. I’m not sure they would have survived a crash like that, but we are putting a search out for them both,” replied the sheriff.
Everybody was too busy listening to the sheriff to see the small smile appear, briefly, on Tess’s face.