Out of Time (2)

Out of Time (2)

Fourteen hours later, in a secret location somewhere on the East Coast.

Colonel Wilkins was pacing the small windowless room, thinking about the latest development in the Middle Eastern crisis, when the door opened and Captain Barnes walked in.

“Sir?” Barnes said.

Wilkins looked him in the eye. “I asked not to be disturbed.”

“Check your comms, sir. You’ll want to see this.”

Wilkins sat at his desk, unlocked his computer, opened the most recent message, and watched the short video. As it ended, he raised an eyebrow; then he watched it again.

When he was done, he turned to Captain Barnes. “And you think it’s real.”

“Johnson swears by it, sir. She’s never been wrong before.”

“Even so. This is…”

Barnes nodded. “Yes, sir. That girl just teleported out of danger.”

That, she’d done; the video showed it clearly.

“Fine. Do we know who she is?”

“Sandra Stone. Graduated from CMU, works as a software engineer. Her record’s clean. Nothing special.”

“Until now. Do we have anyone close by?”

“Yes, sir. Stryker and Dawson.”

“Brief them now. This is a stealth mission, code 152. Get me this girl, Barnes. I’ll put her to good use.”

“Yes, sir.” With that, Barnes turned and strode out of the room.

Colonel Wilkins rose from his chair and resumed pacing the room, all his thoughts on the Middle Eastern crisis forgotten.

Finally, he thought, another one.

First there’d been the Shifter, the man who could turn himself into a tiger. Then the telekinetic twins, though they hadn’t survived the invasive testing. A month later, he’d found the girl who could block sound, projecting a cone of silence around her, ten feet tall and twenty wide. And now, a teleporter. The team was finally coming together.

And, unknown to the other three high-ranking officers who had a stake in the program, Wilkins had his own plans for it.