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Stories from the Verse
Chapter 58: Brown 124
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Two terrorists stood outside the door, obviously placed as guards. They were not so formal as those at Buckingham Palace, but they were not entirely relaxed either. Derek saw them by glancing around the corner.
It would be simple enough for him to shoot one and let Jim shoot the other. However, Jim’s rifle would make a significant noise, and at this point they were certain that someone was in the room behind them, probably with the bomb, certainly with a way to trigger the bomb. They needed to kill both men without alerting those behind the door.
Or not. He had the arrows, but he was too big to use them like this so would have to become Morach; that would give him surprise, but delay his entrance into the next room as he tried to return to being Derek. But then, he had the darts, too, and if he could get close enough he could throw them--but not from here, particularly as he would have to target bare skin or thin cloth to be effective. They would see him coming.
Could he get around them? His mind tried to work out the floor plan from the picture back at the elevator. No, if there was a way, he would not be able to find it. He was going to have to do this straight. He set down the rifle, and the backpack, trying to make himself look as much like a lost kid as possible. The leather pouch of darts was on his belt, and he carefully hid one dart in each hand. “Be ready,” he said quietly. “If this doesn’t work, you’re going to have to come in guns blazing.” With that, he stepped around the corner, and while walking toward the two guards said, “Hey, I seem to have lost my mom. Do you know where Doctor Greenberg’s office is?”
There is a behind-the-writings look at the thoughts, influences, and ideas of this chapter, along with twenty other sequential chapters of this novel, in mark Joseph "young" web log entry #235: Versers Infiltrate. Given a moment, this link should take you directly to the section relevant to this chapter. It may contain spoilers of upcoming chapters.
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