I looked back at the others again as my mind tried to process. I don’t think any of us had expected this twist. There weren’t many people who could be off the grid like this, and not many reasons why someone would need to be.
“We gotta go!” I didn’t look away from her when I said the words to her dad. Her brother made a move but his dad checked him. “No Track! I’ll explain everything but your sister has to leave now.”
He wasn’t happy when he pulled her away from me and into his chest. He towered over her and it was only then I realized how little she was.
She barely came to his chest and I had a good two or so inches on him. He whispered something in her ear and she nodded against his chest while tightening her arms around him.
Next it was her dad’s turn to hold her before she turned and ran up the stairs. “If you gentlemen would give me a minute of your time.”
He headed to the other side of the room and we followed. “I’m sure your commander left information at his place as to what’s going on here. I won’t say any more for now, not sure how secure this place is anymore.”
“There’s a lot that I know and some I don’t, whatever the CO left will explain it all. Once she’s safe let me know and then no contact until everything is done. You’ll understand!”
The look he gave me said he knew a hell of a lot more than we did and my fear for her only grew because of what he wasn’t saying.
She was back in about five minutes, looking nervous as hell. I passed her luggage to Quinn and took her hand in mine and headed for the door as she looked back at her family one last time.
“Wait!” Track came out the door behind us and stepped in front of me. He actually studied me like he thought he could take me or was giving it some serious thought.
“You take care of her. Anything happens to her I will find you. Come here baby girl.” He pulled her away from me again and kissed her forehead before letting her go again.
“You’re going to be okay, you know how to reach me no matter what.” It was the way he looked at her, like there was some secret only the two of them shared.
The way she clung to him before letting go told me more than words about their relationship. She might be older, but he was a big brother all the way.
I almost felt bad for the little shit when we walked away.
No one spoke as we headed to the plane that would take us back to the island, and by the time we got there she was half asleep on my shoulder.
She was sitting almost in my lap, scrunched up beside me and I got the sense that she was afraid of all the bodies in the hummer.