What, the prince called out, a gloved hand over his mouth, is that stench?
Turn the sound back on, I said.—more footage released today from sources tied to the rehabilitation camp scandal that’s rocking a newly reopened Washington. This evening, Amplify released a series of videos, purportedly of the children who were removed from Nevada. Let’s take a look....
I didn’t know if it was the news network or if it had been Alice’s clever mind at work with the editing, but the initial seconds of footage were of each of the ten kids who’d agreed to be interviewed, introducing themselves.Zach...I’m seventeen years old.My name is Kylie and I’m sixteen.
On and on until finally the video showed Zu; there was footage of her shot later, introducing herself this time. Immediately, the video launched into her describing the way her parents had dropped her off at school. Each of the kids got to tell their own version of how they had gotten away from PSFs, their parents, the world.I pressed a hand against my mouth, looking over to gauge Vida’s reaction. She took a sip from her water bottle and slammed her palm back down on the cap to close it again.
They’re fast on pulling the trigger, I’ll give them that, she said. But boo, you know I’m with you. This is great for tugging some heartstrings, but how many asses is it going to get off of couches? Where’s the call to action with this? They needed our input. There’s too much hope here, not enough strategy.
They were right, though, I said, feeling strangely hollow at my center. We did need something like this—we have to set the public up with the truth, so that when the kids do get out, they’ll be accepted. This is good. Liam’s instincts had been right.Evrane unbuckled her last throwing knife. Don’t lose this, Domna.
Yes, yes. Safi seized it and twisted for the nearest sailor. With three quick hacks, she had him unbound. She moved to the next man, then the next. One after another, she freed them from their ropes. The unbound men went on to help their comrades, while a handful of free Firewitches moved into a defensive square formation at the center of the deck. Safi spared a glance toward the water—still empty—and toward the Jana.The sea fox that had terrorized it was also nowhere to be seen.
For half a moment, Safi thought maybe the monsters had given up the hunt … but then Iseult shrieked out, Here it comes! Southern side!Southern side. The exact side on which Safi now sawed through a sailor’s ropes. Shit, shit, shit … She cut through the last of the fibers and the man scrabbled away.