As the sun steadily rose on the eastern horizon, Jacob’s silver Camry headed west on Florida State Road 22 toward Panama City. Abigail drove and Delilah sat in the passenger seat. Jacob lay stretched across the back seat, sleeping.
The twins rode in silence. Delilah watched scrubby pines scroll by as they drove along the endless thicket that lined the right-hand side of the two-lane road. The early morning sunlight glinted off the slender green pine needles, which lent a sparkling effect to the shabby trees.
“I hope this works,” Delilah commented as she rubbed her finger over the small incision behind her left ear, where Jed implanted the signal-scrambling microchip. “Do you think this little device will block Pa from tuning into our brain waves?”
Abigail reached up to touch her own incision. “Miss Esther says it will, and I trust her.”
“Me, too. But I’m still nervous. Essentially, we’re starting over. Moving in with a family we haven’t met, taking on new identities. We’ll be living a completely different life.”
“At least we won’t be alone. Miss Esther said she’ll check in on us. And there are other refugees from the Kindredship who’ll help us.”
“And we know Jacob,” Delilah added, looking over her shoulder at the young man snoring softly in the back seat. “More than anything, I want my relationship with him to continue.”
“I want that for you, too. And I don’t see any reason why it shouldn’t.”
“I worry, though,” Delilah admitted. “With this microchip, the connection I established with Jacob may be severed. What if he doesn’t feel the same about me when he wakes up?”
Abigail reached over and squeezed her twin’s hand. “You told me your connection with him went beyond the one you set up as a huntress. I can’t imagine that changed. But no matter what happens between you and Jacob, saving him was the right choice.” Abigail peered at her sister and smiled. “You saved us, too. And I am grateful to you for that.”
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Written by Allorianna Matsourani