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The body was red, so uniformly covered in blood that it looked like someone had painted a crash-test dummy and rolled it in a layer of dirt. Of course, that impression was somewhat ruined by the organs still shining through the holes. Well, the organs that hadn’t fallen out on the way down. Yep, the pack was still pretty mad.

I reached past where he was standing to one of dozens of tiny brown structures circling the imposing brick tower. Cabin Twenty-seven, right here.Ruby, this is...all the times you told me about the camp, I knew it was big, but not like...this. He shook his head, muttering something I couldn’t quite hear under his breath. When he turned to me again, Liam looked stricken.

Do you see now? I asked. If we hit Thurmond, it has to be an assault. It would take hundreds of civilians to overwhelm the PSFs, and that’s only if they can get through the gate. But I like what you guys are trying to do—I think we need to merge the plans. Focus the media blast on Thurmond and release the information in conjunction with the attack. We can use it as an opportunity to set up a meeting point for parents to pick up their kids once we have them out.But someone has to go in and install a program to disable the security system first, he said. It’s exactly what I thought. You want to go in.No, you don’t, he said sharply. There’s no way in hell I’m letting you do that! Promise me that when I get back we can sit down and talk that part of the plan through, too. Ruby, please. He looked so devastated at just the idea of it, I heard myself agree. We could talk, but it wouldn’t change anything. It had to be this way.

He squeezed my hand. I’m such an idiot...I really thought he only brought Harry into this to get at me. But it’s because he would actually be able to handle this kind of operation.He really wants to be part of it, I told him.

Who—Harry? You talked to Harry?

Just for a second, I said. He told me that they found Cate and the others and extracted them from their prison.Liam turned, took one look at it, and shook his head. It’s a gas-guzzler. They’re top-heavy and more likely to roll in an accident—

His brother silenced him by holding up his hand and pressing his fingers together in such a condescending way, it pissed me off, too. Are you planning on getting into an accident? Then shut the hell up and do what I tell you—You don’t get to make that call—

Yes I do! I’m in charge here, whether you like it or not. I’m the one that’s been out in the field. I’m the one that’s going to get us out of here. And I’m the one telling you to pick yourself a SUV in case we have to take it off the road.Liam took a step forward. If we have to go off-road, we’re pretty much screwed anyway. I’d rather have a car that won’t devour gas. He glanced my way, tilting his head in a silent back me up. I bit my lip, shaking my head. Not this fight. This one wasn’t worth it. Cole was making quick strides back in our direction from a nearby red pickup truck, and nothing was going to turn him from it.