The bugs were getting worse. MacNeal was slapping at them as if there were a dozen tiny brush fires on his neck and arms and face. [...] It took a scream piercing the air after the call ended to take his mind off the bugs. It was a woman’s scream—not Oksana’s, since she was walking nearby, so it had to be Tatiana’s. Without saying a word, MacNeal leaped into action, swinging up his flash-gun and charging toward the jumble of little hills where the cry had originated.
He heard footsteps running behind him, though he didn’t turn to see who was back there. He was far more focused on Tatiana and whatever danger she was in. Had the killer returned to claim his second victim?
Heart pounding, MacNeal hurtled among the hills with his flash-gun at the ready. Just as he lost the direction, another scream followed the first, and he instantly homed in on it. Barreling between two slopes, he burst into a gap among the hills and stopped in his tracks. Directly ahead, fewer than twenty feet away, he saw Tatiana sprawled on the muddy ground, clutching her arm.
The Mission Begins
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