She quickly ducked to avoid the spray of bullets at her head. Duck. She turned in time to see the fist flying towards her face and spun to the side, throwing a punch towards her assailants jaw. There was a grunt of pain before she bolted away. Duck, duck, duck, DUCK! She had promised Lincoln that she would stay out of trouble for the five minutes that he was gone and she couldn’t even do that!
Linc was gonna kill her.
She sprinted to the hidden car praying to whatever gods existed that she got away safely. She reached the car in time to see a shape fly towards her. She recognised the person immediately and she swallowed nervously. Duck.
Lincoln growled when he saw her jumping the hood of the car. “Get in!”
Julie hastened to get into the vehicle, barely able to close the door before the car roared to life and Lincoln gunned the engine. She yelped, flying backwards into the seat as the car jumped forward and sped off.
“Jesus Lincoln, slow down!”
Lincoln rolled his eyes but slowed down as soon as they left the area behind them. “I don’t get what your problem is; you drive faster than that even when you’re not trying to get away from people trying to kill you.”
“There’s a difference. Unlike you, I can actually drive at that speed. With you at the wheel, I fear for my life.”
He chuckled but looked at her sharply before looking back at the road. “Speaking of life, what the hell happened back there?”
Damn, she knew he wouldn’t forget.
“Well you see…” Julie trailed off.
Lincoln sighed, exasperated. “I ask you to stay hidden for five minutes. For five minutes I wanted you to stay safely invisible. Instead I come back to find bullets flying over my little sisters head! What part of safe and invisible did you not understand, Julie?”
“The… invisible part?”
He shook his head. “I worry about you, Julie. The amount of danger you’re able to attract without having to even lift a finger scares me.”
“What can I say, I’m skilled.” Julie muttered glumly. “Sorry. I really didn’t mean to be seen. It just… it happens with me.”
Lincoln smiled softly as he ruffled her hair affectionately. “Don’t worry about it. I know you didn’t do it on purpose. I’m used to it now. You really do just have a way of attracting trouble sis.”
Julie peeked up at him through her fringe. “So you’re not angry me?” She asked hopefully.
Lincoln laughed. “No, I’m not angry at you.”
Julie beamed and the rest of the ride home was filled with a content silence. There wasn’t any tension between the siblings but once they arrived back, Julie silently slipped away before her brother recounted the events to any of their friends and became annoyed again. She especially didn’t want to be around for Adam to tease her about it.
Too late, she groaned silently. Julie turned around. She couldn’t help but grin at the large pirate hat Adam was wearing. “Hey, Adam.” She hugged him back as she stepped into his open arms. Adam Marzano was Lincoln’s best friend.
“Like my hat?” he asked with a wide grin.
“Stunning.” She deadpanned. Adam responded with a roguish wink before he plopped the hat on her head and sauntered off. Julie cocked a brow at his retreating back before attempting to see past the hat as she made her way to the conference room for the discussion that was sure to take place.
She had just walked into the conference room when the hat was stolen off her head by Nicky Jameson; her brother’s other best friend. He grinned as he ruffled her hair, pulling her into his arms for a quick hug. “Hey, J.”
Just then, Adam walked past and stole his hat back from Nicky. “I believe this was my hat.” He called with a smirk as he sauntered off. Julie laughed as she walked with Nicky to their seats, the latter with his arm slung casually around her shoulders.
Adam will always be Adam, she mused with a bright grin.