Pulling the car over to the side of a desolate road, Anna shut the engine off to avoid unneeded attention. Still in the distance, creatures could be heard groaning.
“We need to find out what the General was talking about Kyle.” Her voice shook as she tried to calm her nerves. They just left the man to die and it still bothered her.
Kyle nodded and looked at the girl. “You think she’s the key behind this?”
Not sure, but had no other ideas to work with, she nodded. “He mentioned that he was after her, so we need to find out why. Maybe she knows why.”
The girl stirred and opened her blue eyes. She blinked, rubbed the sleep out of them and sat up. Her hair hung limp against her face. Her shoulders slouched as she looked between Anna and Kyle. She didn’t say a word, but fear creased her brow.
“Honey, what is your name?” Anna didn’t want to scare her anymore.
She licked her lips, but didn’t answer.
“What is your name?” Kyle asked more forceful.
The girl jerked and shied toward the door.
“Kyle, don’t be so mean about it. We just need answers.” Anna scolded Kyle as her protective instinct flared.
He opened his mouth to retort, but the girl spoke.
“Diane. My name is Diane.” The small girl’s voice was soft and sultry, almost sleep inducing. Nothing like they expected.
“Diane, when we found you and that guy, where were you coming from?” Anna turned fully around in the seat. The warm leather squished under her weight. A stiff breeze ran through the jeep, cooling her blazing skin.
“I don’t know.” Diane looked down at her hands. A yellow hue rose from her palm. The same color that happened when she had healed them.
“How long have you been able to do that?” Kyle asked.
“For as long as I could remember.” Diane clenched her fists and the light vanished.
“Did you happen to be at a military base?” Anna asked.
A deep glare set in Diane’s eyes and her chin quivered like a girl recalling a nightmare. Her response told Anna that she was on the right track.
“What did they do to you there?” Anna still needed to be sure.
“Nothing. Can we just go far away?” Diane said. Her icy glare remained. She wasn’t used to being challenged because of her age.
“No. If you can help us stop this, you need to do it.” Anna leaned forward. It was a mistake because the girl lashed out. A white hot slap that sent Anna back against the steering wheel. A searing pain rushed along her cheek and she screamed. Her skin was melting and the vision in her left eye had gone out like a light.
A scuffle started in the backseat as Anna tried to get her bearings, but the pain in her face grew until she couldn’t handle it anymore. “Kyle, be careful.”
Her stomach churned, her limbs twitched from overload and she collapsed. Her chest raced and the horn blared as she blacked out.