Sunday, June 30, 2013

Sunday Serial~The Kuehl Kids Part 15

Electra didn't know what to think.

She felt achy all over, and her throat was sore.  She moved to the left, and found herself captured by sheets.  She opened her eyes.

Ouch.  Ouch.  It was way too bright. 

A cold hand touched her cheek.  "Electra?" The voice sounded far off.  "Electra!"

Electra saw Ally's familiar freckled face hovering over her own.

"Hi, Ally," she said weakly.

"Thank goodness."  Ally sounded relieved.  "I thought you were never going to wake up!"

She rushed out of the room.  "I'll be right back," she called over her shoulder.  "Stay there!"

Electra was just about to sink into her bed again when she remembered.

Walter.  She jerked upright.  Was that all a dream? she wondered.  Or...was it real?

She recalled--with a sickening feeling to her belly--the beaming sound of the supersonic bullets.  She'd almost fainted.  Now that she thought of it, Electra could feel the grass poking into her hands where she'd fallen.  The cold wind at her cheeks.

The pit in her stomach. 


The ache in her heart.


Yep.  That had been real.
Electra sighed.  She wondered how long she'd been asleep and sick, and how many people had made it.  She was getting out of bed when Ally, Tyler, and Almira came out.

"Get back in bed," Almira said briskly and crisply.  She snapped her fingers.  "Now."
"But--" Electra protested.
"Now," said Tyler.  He looked disheveled, with tousled hair and gritty clothes.

"Where am I?" Electra remembered that their facility was destroyed.

"We're in an abandoned hospital.  We set up shop here.  Nobody's going to ever look here," said Almira.  "And you need to rest.  Our plan is almost ready and you play a very large role in it."

"First of all, I'm hungry.  Second of all, I'm fine.  Third of all, how long have I been sleeping.  Fourth of all, what is this plan.  Fifth of all, how come you didn't wake me up?" Electra got out of bed.  "I need answers!"

"Fine, fine.  Get dressed, and come with Ally.  We're having a huge meeting before our plan takes place," Almira relented.  She turned to Tyler and Ally.  "It starts in five minutes.  Tyler, go get Electra some orange juice and toast.  Ally, help Electra dress and answer all her questions."

Tyler slumped out of the room with Almira hot at his heels.  Ally shut the door.

"So what's happened?" Electra stared seriously at her friend. 

Ally sighed as she sat on Electra's bed.  Electra began pulling on the jeans and T-shirt she'd found on a chair beside her.

"You've been asleep for four days."  Ally closed her eyes, and Electra noticed the dark half-moons under her friend's beautiful eyes.  "And the Professor hasn't found a way to restore our powers.  So we're normal.  Still."

Electra tried to generate electrical power.  She couldn't.

"So how are we going to defeat those other people?" she asked.

Ally smiled wryly.  "We aren't going to battle them."

That was a shocker.  Electra blinked, pulling her arm through the sleeve.  "Then how is this going to work?"

Ally's answer surprised her even more.

"We're going to surrender."

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