A Human in the I Taskforce?! I don't think so - 16

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I waited at the canyon, half panicking. Nick was right, the second his wings came out they would sense him and come running. I didn't think they knew that Nick was traveling with me, but he was in the taskforce so they would check.

He should be here by now. Had they caught him? Had they... killed him? Were they on their way here? I took a deep breath and forced myself to relax. He was fine, he would get here soon, we would to a quick swap, take care of Amber and be on our way.

I saw him. He was flying like a jet through the black sky, barely visible; especially in his black clothes. He had the girl too, or he would have been faster. Her long black hair was flapping in the wind as he got closer and landed. She was like a rag doll, completely limp.

"Hold her still," I said quickly. As he held her I grabbed the girls head and did the exchange. As I blinked and tried to get my bearings in the new body I dazedly saw Nick pick up Amber and run back towards the hotel. I was glad that he trusted me to get myself up and the car ready. That was something I loved about Nick, he trusted that I was strong enough to do what I said I would.

After a moment I stood up. It was a little more difficult than it had been with Amber. This body hadn't been moving for a long time now so it was a little stiff and didn't have the jolting energy that Amber had. But blissfully there was no conscious in it either. It was like being back in Victoria.

I got to the car and started it up, my heart thundering. They would undoubtedly be nearby by now... they were fast, especially when on the hunt. Nick ran up soon, jumped in the car and I sped off. I kept my foot on the gas until we were in Phoenix. We were stopped once but Nick killed the guy without a second glance. I blinked, then sped off. There was no time to be guilty about it now.

It was only when we were in Phoenix that I slowed down. We drove straight through though, only stopped for gas and something to eat at the gas station.  I don't think I breathed until we were at the border to California. Only then did I relax a little.

"We should check into a motel," Nick yawned.

"Yeah," I nodded. "The next one we come to. You sure it's safe?"

"Yes," he said. "If they knew we were in this car they would have gotten here by now."

"Okay," I agreed. "We'll stop."

"We should change cars too," he told me. "Just to be safe."

"Alright," I nodded.

We stopped at the next motel, as agreed, and rented out a room. I was exhausted and more than a little shaky. Nick helped a lot, he just held me as we lay on the bed. He was warm and solid, and just plain comforting. I sighed into his shoulder and let myself relax for the first time in a very long time.

I hadn't even realized that I'd fallen asleep, but the next thing I knew, it was morning. Nick as still there with me, sleeping. I slipped out from his arms without waking him and went to take a shower. When I opened the door to the bathroom, my blood turned to ice.

Ryder stood there, just as painfully handsome and arrogant as the last day I saw him. I took a step back, a gasp escaping. He simply kept advancing, perfectly calm, but the same narcissistic pride clear. If I hadn't been so terrified I would have loved to punch him.

Something hit the back of my knees and I fell into the bed. Nick was gone. Panic surged for a split second before I realized what was happening. He could not be here on earth in his real body, Nick could not have disappeared like that.

"This is a dream," I laughed, standing up. "You cannot hurt me here."

"That's true," he smiled. "But I know where you are, what you look like, who you are with. This body really goes not suit you Kaysden, blue is your true color."

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