“You think I can do this?” Annja asked.
Vic laughed. “Well, you know, you’ve got a pretty strong motivational factor going for you.”
“Yeah, if you don’t hold your own, I’ll leave you behind. These woods are about to turn ugly on me as well. The people I annoyed last night will be out in force looking for yours truly. I’m not hanging around any longer than I have to.”
“You’d leave me behind?” Annja asked.
“In a heartbeat, sister. I’ve got my own agenda to play to. Sorry to break your heart and all.”
Annja frowned. “You’re not breaking my heart,” she said.
Vic smiled. “Let’s get moving.”
Annja stood and rubbed on some more mosquito repellent. Vic hefted his rifle and then stopped. “Here,” he said, holding out a small-caliber pistol. “You know how to use one?”
Annja took the gun, dropped the magazine and racked the slide. As the bullet in the chamber spun out, she caught it in her hand. Then she topped off the magazine, rammed it home and racked the slide again.
“Yeah, I think I can handle it,” she said.
Vic nodded and grinned. “You’re not exactly a damsel in distress, are you?”
Look for Sacrifice May 12, wherever books are sold.