Scene Twenty Four
In which our heroes receive an offer.
“There they are”, said Devlin, “In the middle of the clearing.”
“Good,” said Johnson, “Finally. Lower the intensity of the spotlight; we know where they are now, and if we stop blinding them it will work as a peace offering”
Devlin nodded, and dialed it down. “Is there a procedure for this?” he asked.
“We land next to them, and then one of us goes out and meets them”
“One of us?”
“We’re threatening enough as is”
“Right.”, said Devlin, looking around for a place to land, “There’s nothing here” he muttered
“There’s nowhere we can land, this whole place is solid rainforest with a few gaps too small to get the jet through”
“What about a convenient piece of metal from, whatever the hell that thing was”
“It’s all too buckled,” said Devlin, “Which of us is going down?”
“Do you want the job?”
“Yes actually I do”
Johnson smiled; Devlin suspected he was thinking something about the follies of youth. “Alright,” he said, “the jet can only hover for 30 seconds at a time, so after I drop you off I’ll have to fly a wide circle around to keep my engines clear, that ok?”
“I’m ready”, said Devlin, he distinctly heard Johnson murmur ‘Of course you are.’He ignored it and walked to the door.
“Alright, when you’re ready.” said Johnson.
He opened the door and rolled down the ladder, and then he slid down, slowing himself by brushing his fingers on the rungs. He hoped he looked impressive.
When he turned around they were all watching him. He took note of the fact that they had picked up a woman from somewhere, it was too late to call it in now, and he would have to improvise. “Mr Greg” he said, Mr. Tomson, Mam, I am Agent Devlin from the FBI. I’ve been sent here, light of what has happened, to offer you sanctuary, if yo-
“I call bullcrap and accuse you of working for a woman in Transylvania”, Mr. Tomson cut across him.
Devlin fought to stop the shock spreading across his face; he wasn’t sure he was successful. “I don’t know what you’re talking about”, he said, in his best, ‘not utterly shocked’ voice.
It wasn’t good enough. An easy smile spread across Tony Tony’s face, it was the kind of smile that cats get when they corner a mouse, or fat people get when they see an ‘all you can eat’, it was the kind of smile that said, I’ve got you and you can’t get away.
“Well thanks for the offer, Agent Devlin, but I think we can find our own way”
“What? We’re in the middle of the Amazon, how do you plan on going anywhere?”
Tony Tony gave a knowing jerk of his head, and Devlin turned just in time to see something huge drop out of the sky. The thing landed only a few feet to his left, and to his shock he recognized it as an albino smoke dragon; his uncle had had a ranch until an arsonist had burned it down, to his greater shock he recognized the rider as a hulking great troll. When did that happen? Why were they here? What happened in the days they couldn’t follow them?
To his utter horror the three of them started climbing on the dragons back.
Devlin thought. He knew that he couldn’t force the three of them to stop; there were too many of them, and then there was the dragon, the troll, and he had just noticed that the woman was carrying a sword. The jet’s weapons could handle them, but he had been ordered not to use lethal force. After all that time waiting, his quarry was mere feet away from him and they were walking away, and there wasn’t anything that he could do about it.
“Wait!” he cried out desperately.
Tony Tony stopped walking, but he didn’t stop smiling. “Yes?” he said.
But Devlin’s mind was blank; no miraculous words came to his rescue. Tony Tony shook his head and chuckled. Devlin could only watch numbly as he boarded the dragon, and then disappeared into the twilight sky, fading to a dot, and then vanishing into the rising sun.
Devlin didn’t think he had ever felt so powerless in his entire life.