As far as I’m concerned, there is one Minister I trust and she is dead.
No. If Pax were hurt, that would be different. Landon is hurt and that is your seat. I would have done the same. Now go.I hugged her again, then let go to climb into the helicopter, careful as I scrambled over Gabe to sit between the two stretchers.
Wilder passed me the medic bag and headphones, and we were airborne before I could question what the hell I’d just gotten myself into.After slipping the headphones over my ears so I could hear him on comms, I opened the bag and then looked down at my two patients. Get pressure on Landon’s arm, Wilder ordered.I grabbed a pair of scissors and silently begged Landon to forgive me as I cut off the right arm of his favorite boarding jacket. The cut was long and jagged down the inside of his arm, but it wasn’t pulsing in time with his heartbeat, so it wasn’t arterial. I put the dressing against the wound and pressed.
I kept my eyes far away from his face. The moment I let myself actually realize that this was Landon, that we’d come a hairsbreadth from losing him and still might, I knew I’d be useless.Good, Wilder said, turning around to watch me. Little John says most of the bones are broken in Gabe’s legs, and at least one in his arm. Not sure about his ribs.
Can you reach? I gestured to Landon.
He contorted his position, twisting to keep pressure on Landon’s arm as I looked Gabe over.We need the footage for the documentary and, honestly, we’re kind of already on this side of the world. I don’t know when you’ll get the time to come back between classes, Bobby added.
I rubbed the skin between my eyes. When did this all get so fucking complicated? Everything was precisely timed with our ports, our finals, our classes, and with one moment, I’d fucked everything up.There’s one week here. Bobby pointed to the January calendar. It’s the Great Wall stunt, but if we split the crew, you could go back to Nepal. You’d just have to leave early, and you’d risk missing the ship on the return.
What do you think? I asked Rachel.She sighed, looking at the calendar. I think you’re taking a huge risk without really acclimatizing, and you can run into the same exact issue. You get one chance, and that’s it.