This week’s WIP snippet is from Comes a Horseman, book 3 of Echoes Rising.
“The safe house has been compromised. Either we have a traitor, or….” Kit swallowed. “One or both of our teams have been captured.”
“Not necessarily.” Liang turned to look at Kit. God knew what he must be imagining. Probably the same thing Liang was. He couldn’t get caught again. Just the thought of going through…. He couldn’t…. Liang turned back to the window.
“You don’t really believe that, do you?” Kit sounded hoarse. “We can’t stay here. If they start searching the area, there’s nowhere to hide.”
The barn was almost empty, as the livestock were outside, and the closest building apart from the safe house was the farmhouse. They needed to get as far away from both of them as they could, and quickly.
“I’m open to suggestions. How are we supposed to get somewhere else without being seen?” Liang tapped his fingers on the windowsill. If they’d stayed at the safe house like they were supposed to, they’d probably be in custody by now.
“We need to get to the church and hope that’s still safe.” Kit sounded a little too calm.
“Michel will be all right,” Liang said softly. “He’s always very careful, and Ken is there to watch his back. Those two work well together. After all, they did break me out of Gestapo custody in Stuttgart.”
“Matt thought we might have been compromised. What if he was right?” Kit balled one fist, then unfurled it. “What if Holm’s just been waiting for the right moment to strike? If we hadn’t taken a walk….” He bit his lip. “If Reiniger has Michel, has any of them, they will be far from all right. You don’t—”
Liang placed his hands on Kit’s shoulders. “Yes, I do,” he said. “I bloody well know exactly what those bastards are capable of. Don’t ever presume I don’t.”