“What’s wrong?” Erin gasped, when she saw the look on his face. She had always been very good at reading him.
He didn’t pull any punches, he never did when someone’s life was on the line and this was his Erin. “The Mayor knows about us.”
Her small hands covered her mouth in horror. “Oh no, oh no.” She shook for a moment and that was all it took for him to have her fill his arms. She shivered against him.
“What are we going to do?” she whispered.
“I’m not sure.” He moved her back so he could look into her crying eyes. “It sounds like he already knew about us. Most likely he figured he would keep it for an ace in the hole to use when he needed something from me.”
“Yeah, like now.”
“What does he want from you?”
“It was pretty much like you thought. He wants to blame this on Jumpers and get more PR before the election.”
“Did he really kill Homes?” she asked while trying to hold back the tears.
“Who knows and I doubt it matters. There’s no way I could do anything against the Mayor even if he had pulled the trigger himself.”
“You can’t blame some innocent Jumper can you?” she asked, her eyes looking so sad.
“No, of course not. I think the only thing we can do is try to leave. Get outside the hub.”
“You want me to go with you?” her words came slow, with hesitation.
“Oh course I do, I said we didn’t I?”
“You don’t have to do this Dak. Being an Enforcer is your life. I could Jump back. No one would know. What could they prove against you then?”
“I don’t want to do that.”
She looked up at him as they each held the other’s arms. “Why?”
“You said being an Enforcer was my life. That’s not true anymore.” He stuttered for a moment. “I think I’m in love with you. Everything I see, it’s all tarnished, wicked, and wrong. You’re the only light.”
He stopped suddenly and her tears began again, but for a different reason this time. “Can you really love me? Can I really be your woman?”
“Erin, you already are my woman. Now get your things packed and remember, we are traveling light.”
She started to go, but then dashed back and gave him a long kiss. He watched her for a moment, while she started to pack her things and hoped he was making the right choice.
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