The lights in the hangar faded as the front hangar doors opened. The planes came alive, engines whining, and began to taxi out of the hangar onto the runway.
From her vantage point, Eva watched the small planes, capable of seating no more than six people each, crawling along the asphalt. The first turned and began to power up for takeoff. Against the backlighting of the main terminal, it was possible to see a figure run out past the hangar and leap onto the wing of the plane.
“What’s he think he’s doing?” Exclaimed Madden.
“He doesn’t think,” Eva replied. “He is past that stage now. It’s all instinct for him. However he got free, he is seeking me, and thinks I’m in there.”
“We suspect he isn’t the only one,” added Jeanette.
The planes continued in their take off, despite Brian clinging to one of the wings. Both accelerated to take off speed, and left the ground. Only moments later from a different part of the airport, two rockets flared into life, one heading to each plane.
The sound of the twin explosions shattered glass in the hangar, and the wreckage of the planes covered the far end of the runway. In moments, sirens wailed as emergency rescue vehicles rushed into action.
“Now we wait,” observed Janus.
“For what?” Asked Madden. “For them to start asking who owns the planes, who was in them, and who fired those rockets?”
“Should not be an issue. We have you and your legendary anonymity for protection. The planes were registered to a phantom company who have hangars elsewhere on the grounds. They were controlled by remote. If not for them being shot down, they would have crashed somewhere close by in the state, making everybody think you had been killed. A little misdirection can go a long way. Look out now – you will see already they start to gather.”
Eva peeked out of the hangar. In the darkness, it was easy to observe the helicopters beginning to fill the sky. Nearby in the hangar, some of the black-ops peeled tarpaulins off a black helicopter and began to prepare it for takeoff.
“We will just be another bird in the sky, with all of the others scavenging for a story.”
“We will. You are all important, and what you carry especially so.”
Janus threw the still-wrapped texts at Madden, who caught them by reflex. Instantly he hissed in pain and dropped them.
“There’s a good reason for that, rubber ball,” Janus said as he retrieved them. “We must go now, or see all of this destroyed. These texts might well hold the key to what has been going on.”
“To Egypt? You have a strange concept of safety.”
“You are here. Everybody knows it. Anywhere is safer than here. Can you not sense it?”
Madden was still for a moment. “Demons. Everywhere, but not close.”
“Not close enough to stop us this time. We go to the source of these scrolls, and for God’s sake try to lay low for a while.”
Eva took her place beside Madden, opposite Tilly. “Not coming, Jeanette?”
The blonde presenter shook her head. “My place and my job are here. I am the face of this. You need to see me, just turn on a television. Listen carefully when you do. There may be more being said than most understand.”
Slamming the door shut, Jeanette stepped away from the helicopter as the blades began to turn. She turned, and in a blink was gone through a doorway.
“Egypt, eh?” Madden said with a smile. “Always wanted to see the Pharaoh’s tombs.”
“Best hope it doesn’t become yours, too,” Tilly observed. “This isn’t over yet.”
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Matt Harrill is the author of the trilogy TheArc Chronicles.
Matthew W Harrill lives in the idyllic South-West of England, nestled snugly in a village in the foothills of the Cotswolds. Born in 1976, he attended school in Bristol and received a degree in Geology from Southampton University. By day he plies his trade implementing shareplans for Xerox. By night he spends his time with his wife and four children. (and he writes sci-fi horror).
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