Chapter NineMature

            “I don't think the car is gonna make it." Alex rested his arm on the roof of the car and peered in at her. Cora was shaking from rage that was directed purely at her own stupidity.

            “You think?” She covered her face with her hands.

            “Hey, hey, it’s okay, Cora. At least we’re fine, right?” Alex reached over and stroked her arm consolingly. “We didn’t even leave the farm, but its better this than drawing attention to ourselves, right?”

            “I just fucked up our one chance to escape, Alex. How can you not be infuriated?”

            “It’s really not that big of a deal – we can figure something else out…”

            “Would you just see red with me for one second? I feel like I’m overreacting!”

            “That’s because you are overreacting, we both have two feet and a heartbeat."

            Cora ran her fingers through her long hair rakishly and thought about it for a second. “We can’t be traced by walking, can we?”

            “Unless anybody decides to really look for us, I don’t think so.”

            “Who’d be looking for us anyways?”

            “Cora, can’t you see the signs? Somebody obviously wants you dead, just look at the warning left by your parents. It’s just the question of why you’re wanted, dead preferably.”

            A shudder ran through Cora’s body at the thought of her unlucky parents. “Okay, I see. We need to get to the bottom of this before we make any rash decisions though. I need to clear my head.”

            “Can you do that while we make an escape?”

            “Preferably, yes. But, Alex, I just have a question that applies to where we’re going, I think.” Cora gathered all her courage and brought it forward, holding it out on a silver platter for Alex.

            “Yeah, what is it?”

            “Where is the laboratory from which you escaped?”

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