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Vernon became more agitated as his friends tried to ease his distress.
“You don’t have to worry about Spike,” Elliot assured him, “he’s dead.”
“Do you mean D’Arc, Vernon?” Cassandra asked. “We thought you must have defeated him. Did he get away?”
“No, but I would have been done for if he hadn’t insisted on chasing me down,” Vernon admitted. “I was lucky enough to lead him into a web. He won’t be back.”
“Then I don’t understand,” Elliot said. “Why do you think rebels are coming?”
“Maybe he’s delirious,” Clifton whispered so loudly everyone heard him.
Feeling Vernon’s face, Cassandra shook her head. “The fever’s broken.”
“I’m fine — a little weak, maybe, but I’m not delirious.”
Clifton handed him a bowl of herbal tea.
Savoring the steam, Vernon explained. “Spike and his little band of rebels were taking orders from someone else. No one I talked to has ever seen him, but he calls himself ‘General Hai’. They say he has a lieutenant who’s even more ruthless than D’Arc. Someone who doesn’t hesitate to kill innocents.”
“Were they behind the slaughter in the Freelands?” Elliot asked.
“You heard about that?” Vernon struggled to sit up.
“I saw some of the devastation myself,” Cassandra murmured clenching her jaw.
Vernon nodded. “After I recovered from the first infection, my Freelands host took me to see some of the victims. They talked about an upcoming trial for one of their own, but the actual killer escaped. They call him The Assassin.”
To be continued. . .