“So. Does anyone have any idea where we are going?”
Silence. Alistair sighed. Dan and Natalie were shooting poisoned looks at each other. Amy and Ian were politely ignoring one another. Not a good combo.
Amy spoke first. “We don’t even know how far this goes. Maybe we were just expecting to get lucky.”
“Then we should all get moving,” he replied.
Everyone made to get up.
“Wait,” he said to Dan. “I need to talk to you.”
Dan walked over. “I’d keep an eye on your sister with the Kabra boy. They seem to have-“
He interrupted him. “No freakin’ way. He’s a poison loving, family-disowning, power-hungry, narcissistic, moronic, jerky, freaky, idiotic-“ He ran out of adjectives. “No freakin’ way.”
Alistair smiled grimly. “To put it in your words, freakin’ way.”
“No, Uncle Alistair, that doesn’t work. You need to have another word before the freakin’ to-“
Amy walked over. “Um, guys? Are you really having that conversation?”
Alistair shot Dan a what did I tell you? look. Dan resolved to talk to his sister. And soon.
Nellie’s phone buzzed.
“All right, all right, I’m coming. Hello?”
A young kid’s voice came on. “Arianna? We have their location confirmed.”
Nellie growled. “I told you, this is a secure line, so don’t call me Arianna. I hate my code name.”
“Anyway, we have confirmed their location. It’s deep into The Hole.”
“The Hole, Laura? Where have you gotten your new vocabulary?”
Now it was Laura’s turn to growl. “If you must know, I got it from leadership. Plus I eavesdropped on Ian Kabra as he talked to his mum on one of those phone in the ear thingies.”
Nellie laughed. “Okay. Bring Janell and Luc and I will see who else I can round up.”
She clicked off the phone.