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   Chapter 39 The Serpent Tongue

After Grace By MatheusHMacedo Characters: 6238

Updated: 2018-01-05 17:31

My eyes couldn't adjust to the light. Two of Emmer's men had come and pulled me from the small dark room. They led the way along an impossibly bright corridor. Though neither man was forceful, I still had to resist the urge to fight them off.

As I finally opened my eyes wide, I realized why I was having such a hard time getting used to the light. It was artificial. The ceiling was lined with long white fluorescent bulbs which burned without heat, washing everything white. Emmer stood by a set of double doors, the word 'cafeteria' was painted in blue over his head.

"What is this place?" I asked.

"Canadian military base. Or it was, " Emmer said.

"You got electricity?"

"You use your gas to drive, we use ours to power the generators. Wouldn't normally waste it just for lights but, they're pretty frantic out there. It helps."

Emmer's eyes fell on the crowd beyond the doors, I could hear the murmur of the uncomfortable horde on the other side. He ran a shaky hand through his hair.

"They're losing it, you going out there or not?"

"We have to get my group out of the rain, " I told him.

"We have to do this first, unless you want to see them torn to pieces when they get here, " he turned back and looked through the glass square in the doors again. "They're agitated because I let you inside without speaking to them first. They want answers. I'm gonna go out there and just tell them-"

"No, " I told him. "We have to get this over with now. Just open the door and let me talk."

"Wait, " Vicki said as she ran up behind us. "What're you doing?"

"They're not letting me stay, " I told her.

"What're you gonna do?"

"Just... wait here."

I pushed through the double door, Emmer followed close but stayed behind me. The people fell silent when they saw me. Their clothes were clean, their faces free of scars. When the eld

he little voice said when I didn't respond.

"What? Hi, yes I am, " I told the little girl standing behind me. "Who're you?"

"Rooosemary, " she sang, "you saved my brother." Seth ran up and grabbed the little girl, taking her up in his arms.

"She bothering you?" he asked.

"Not at all, " I said.

"I'm sorry I couldn't help get your people inside, I tried."

"Doesn't matter, they're coming, " I told him. He turned to the girl in his arms.

"Why don't you go help the others prepare the cafeteria? They need blankets for Grace's friends." The girl nodded as he put her down, she shot out like a rocket into one of the building behind us. "I heard about what you said. About the prisoners, " he said. I turned back to the gate.

"Are you gonna tell them?" I asked.

"I-" he caught the words in his throat. "No, I can't, they'd kill you."

"There's nowhere else for us to go. I did what I had to do."

"I know. But if I were you... " he began, the door ahead finally opened, Emmer's scout came through, behind him walked Ron and Annie. An entire line of people poured inside, wet, hungry, and cold. Relief washed over me. "...I wouldn't stay around here, " he finished.

"I was never planning on staying, " I told him.

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