They spend the rest of the day driving from one dealership to the
next looking at Jeeps and then headed for home. Emerald knew Richard
would not be home for dinner. He would probably miss many meals over
the next few months. She worried about Thaddeus bec
the stage lit up. The opening act had started.
Rourks head pounded; the music was blaring. All around him people
danced, sang at the top of their lungs and crushed together. Every time
he advanced, he got pushed back by the crowd. He was still not close
physically exhausted. Looking over at his father he mumbled, Thank
Rourk arrived hours before the concert was to take place. This
situation was not ideal by any means. It was going to be almost
impossible to keep an eye on her from a distance. Toni
the table, resting his head in his hands.
The first kill is always the hardest, but it gets easier, he said
quietly, turning to face his son.
Rourk met his fathers troubled eyes across the distance between
them. Father, the only thing that bothers me is t
Thaddeus grinned, Sure you dont want to grab your shoes old
man? In truth, his father should not run without shoes. His left foot had
severe nerve damage. Thaddeus knew the run was going to cause him
much pain. He also knew and appreciated the reasoning b
Katrina looked as though she were about to cry. I am so sorry; I
shouldnt have allowed that to happen. Your parents are going to be
angry with me.
You know thats ridiculous. There was nothing you could have
done. It ended well thanks to the mysterious guy
Tomorrow was the concert Keegan would be attending. It was going
to be a long day, and he needed his sleep.
Keegan woke up to the sound of a little hand knocking on the door
Ugh. She pulled the blankets over her head. Wh
Ever since Rourks mother died, his dad had closed himself off from
everyone, and Rourk missed the days when the man had been filled with
life. They used to spend so much time together.
Staring at his father, he thought, we look nothing alike. Rourk took
concert. Katrina would be there soon, and then they would pick up the
rest of girls on the way. For some reason, Keegan couldnt shake the
feeling that something terrible was going to happen.
Keegan knocked on her brothers door.
Come in, he yelled.
lips. Of course they all had different hair. Brigids hair was long, dark
and wavy, Kats was long, curly and auburn and her mother had recently
chopped off her ginger locks into a short pixie cut.
Keegan was glad she only had brothers. She wouldnt want to
looked up just as a flash of light went off, and what she saw made her
heart drop; she felt as if she were in a free fall as she stared into the most
beautiful face shed ever seen. His grey eyes met hers and he tipped his
head, giving her a slight nod.
just when he came close they would send her in a different direction. He
closed his eyes and pictured her face. She was smiling and yelling with
excitement. This puzzled him. Why wasnt anyone concerned? He
scanned the crowd and saw others were being passe
Keegans heart pounded. She couldnt wrap her mind around what
happened. Was that actually Rourk who saved her? Why was he here?
She looked all over for him, but he was gone.
She felt dirty and wanted to go home and take a shower. The
atmosphere of the co
was the use of having this so-called gift if he couldnt help others? He
wanted to tell his sister to stay home and not go to the stupid concert.
Instead, he did what his father suggested and worked on his breathing to
control the fear racing through him.
Thaddeus was relieved when his sister walked through the door. He
looked at her closely; she seemed to be alright.
Noticing how he was observing her, she said, You could have
Keegan, you know I couldnt. Believe me, its much harder for me
The next day the camp was bustling with excitement. There was music
playing, people were dancing, and the food was cooking. Elfin children
were running amuck all over the place. Rourk didnt care for this type of
thing; however, he understood it
Mother, I know it was him, it had to be.
Her mom looked thoughtful and answered slowly. I hope it was
him. Then youll have a wonderful story to tell your children at
Emerald dropped Keegan off at school and then called her husband.
Thaddeus, I need the details not your feelings. Use your breathing
exercises. As usual, his father was right. After a few deep breaths he
felt better and could concentrate more.
The land is green with rolling hills. So many dead bodies, even
women and chi
find him. He obviously didnt live too far away if he was at the concert.
She was still puzzled by the fact that he was there. Her mother would
say that it was fate. Keegan thought it was a bit too much of a
Keegan and her mother were still no
Taking a deep breath she said, I think we should allow them to be
This was not what he expected her to say. Are you sure that is a
I think it is our only option. I will not allow our daughter to be
miserable because you made a mistake
world if he asked. One year and five months and she would be with him
for the rest of her life. She hoped she didnt have to wait that long to see
him again. Eventually, she drifted off to sleep hoping she would see him
in her dreams.
Thaddeus loved goin
Richard needs us, he called into the dark.
His father bolted out of bed. With haste, he got ready, and the two
men left to make the drive to camp. They arrived just as the other men
Richard looked at Rourk, and told him, Youve been relieved of
Keegan smiled and said, Hello, Im excited to meet you. She
peeked around him to get a glance of the house.
His father opened the door wider which allowed her to step in. You
have made Rourk happier than I have seen him in a long time. Hell be
out in just
With a few honest words, the spirit had gone from weary and fatigued to
an overwhelming sense of excitement.
Emerald was surprised to see her husband walk through the door so
I noticed the men looked depleted so I sent them home. Were also
the son he wanted so the next best thing was his tomboy of a daughter.
She had all the training that Thaddeus had and then some. Emeralds
father was fearless. He was the worst kind of solider. When you have no
fear, you dont use the most valuable weapon,
Rourk would die in Ireland. She deserved this time.
Keegan had kissed boys before, but this was unlike anything she had
ever felt. It was the weirdest sensation, as if she had electrical current
running through her body. His arms felt so powerful encircli
great battle was upon them. Of course, they all expected as much since
they had increased the training schedule so drastically. They knew they
were going to Ireland for a training mission and nothing more. He would
inform them of the truth before they fle
here? Emerald asked.
Katrina looked up and said, Yes, we're done.
Emerald reached down to help her sister up. Katrina delivered a heel
kick to the inside of her thigh. Emerald dropped to her knee, Very
nice, she said and then she slammed her forehead into