She stumbled away from the fiery wreckage, and hoped once again that he had miraculously survived. She could still smell his cologne – deep and musky with a hint of spice. He always knew when she was around, he could sense her somehow. Was that his specialty? Could he negate the specialty of others, or just sense that someone was there? No. He definitely hadn’t seen her. He had been trying to get her to give herself away with sound or movement. It had almost worked – cornered in the room, intoxicated by his scent, and overwhelmed by his proximity – She had been so close to reaching out and touching him.
Then Raptor had entered the room, or Marcus as the man called him. It was odd to think of him having a real name – Raptor fit him so well. She wished Raptor had said the man’s name, but it would only add to her already overactive fantasies, so it was probably better she didn’t know. She had practically sprinted out of the room and then out of the building, pushing the button as she exited. Probably too soon – her leg was starting to tell her that it had been injured now that the adrenaline was wearing off – but Raptor had escaped every other time she had blown him up. It was uncanny.
She finally fell to her hands and knees two blocks away. It was then that the agony in her leg overcame rational thought. Only reflexes kept her dragging herself away. She had to get to the pick-up point. She dared a look down at her leg and wished she hadn’t. It was bad. She whimpered. Definitely too soon.
She could smell him. Was she dreaming? She looked around and he was crouched in the shadow of the building to her right.
“I’m here to help. Please. You’re hurt. Let me help.”
How did he know she was here? She was still invisible. And, oh, she wanted his help. She didn’t know if she could go on.
“Please. I know you’re injured. I just want to help.”
He was just trying to get her to give up her position. He worked for the enemy. He wasn’t to be trusted.
“This isn’t some trick. I promise I won’t hurt you. You need help.”
How did he even know that?
“There’s a trail of blood! I don’t even know how you’re still conscious. Please! Drop your invisibility so I can help.”
He was right. Her brain was getting fuzzy from the loss of blood. He must’ve been able to sense her indecision because he crawled forward with his hand outstretched. Let herself die, or put herself in enemy hands? She looked up into his eyes and couldn’t think of him as her enemy anymore – Raptor, yes…this man? No.
She phased back in to the visible world.
His smile broke like sunshine over her. “You’re as beautiful as I imagined…and you’re going to have to trust me.”
“I don’t even know your name.”