“Emmaline, do you really think they’re ready?”
Tracer laughed as Gator got pulled into the hustle. Wayk stood by, grinning quietly.
“Strength of the mind always beats strength of the body, Shades. They’ve never been readier.”
She nodded, letting the idea sink in. “And what about you?”
My smile faltered. I felt her eyes piercing me like all the times they had before, but with a different purpose. My mind raced to find an answer. Any answer. Anything but the exact, unavoidable truth of the future.
I looked her square in the face. Execute evasive maneuvers.
“Nothing will make me change my mind. Nothing. It’s worth everything to save someone’s life. Even putting your own on the line.”
She took it.
Shadela smiled faintly and looked back at the half-grown boys. They’d started wrestling and ended up dog-piling in a giant, laughing mound.
“You know, I never thought I’d hear somebody else say that.”
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