“What’s taking them so long?” Sirvanna asked.
“They’ve only been a minute,” Alexa said. “Don’t get your panties twisted.”
“It may be ‘only a minute,'” Sirvanna said “but the two of them should have finished up by now and returned.”
“Maybe…” Alexa began. She was interrupted by a loud rush of wind.
“Hold these!” Alexa felt weight being pushed into her and Ines was gone again.
“What was?” Alexa asked. She looked into her arms. “Children?”
“Just what did they find in there?” Sirvanna asked.
“I hope we get there soon.”
“Don’t worry. The plaguers are out of commission. By the time they wake up, they’ll be through the Golem process. Our ETA is only another fifteen minutes.”
“I know, but there could be more of them. What if they catch up to us?”
“Not a chance. No one’s that fast.”
“It seems like such a waste.”
The two turned to the third member of their party.
“What was that, Rookie?”
“They just seem so… human. The blond reminds me of my sister.”
“They are human. Human weapons,” their captain took a drag of her cigar. “Cut the idle chatter and remain on alert. The only plaguer you’re safe around is a tamed plaguer. Never forget that.”
Sirvana stared at her watch as Ines brought out two more children. Her foot tapped against the ground. Ines rushed back out and hurriedly deposited two more on the ground. Sirvanna hurriedly tackled her. “Wait!” Sirvanna cried.
“There are…” Ines began. The sound of several explosions reverberated through the air. A thick cloud of black smoke came from the ruins. “…More inside.” Ines finished.
“I’m sorry,” Sirvanna said, getting off of Ines. “But even you couldn’t have gotten in and out fast enough.” She stretched her hand to Ines. Ines took it and let Sirvanna pull her back up. “Even… Even if you hate me for it, I won’t let you get yourself killed.”
“I could never hate you,” Ines said, softly. “You did the right thing. I couldn’t have saved anymore and I just would’ve been killed trying.” She kissed Sirvanna’s cheek. “Thank you, for saving me from myself.”
“I hate to break up your little moment,” Alexa said. “But where are Alena, Yuni, and Katelyn?”
“What’s our ETA?”
“I just told you a couple minutes ago.”
“Sorry, I’m just spooked.”
The group heard a loud crash and their vehicle screeched to a halt.
“A boulder got thrown into our path, Ma’am.”
“It’s gotta be a damn plaguer. Put your helmets on, we’re going out there.”
“Is that wise?”
“Zero himself designed these suits. They’ll take anything those monsters can throw at us. Rolf, send in a support request to HQ and then join us. The rest of us’ll go out and bag another one.”
They flipped a switch and the team scrambled out of the vehicle.