Here’s a Friday Treat from Chapter Five of my NA out on query, Rescue Me.
What was that all about?” Cora asks me after finishing her cappuccino.
I ignore her. God only knows how she found me here. I left home early this morning and watched the ocean have some fun with the storm from the Blythedale Beach parking lot. Nothing beats an electrical storm over the sea.
“You could have at least introduced me,” she goes on.
I signal for a waiter. “Please get a coffee with extra cream and four slices of bar one cake for the lady.”
“What?” Cora snaps at me. “Please don’t get me any more coffee or cake,” she tells the waiter.
He nods in acknowledgement. “Will that be all?”
“Yes,” Cora answers before I open my mouth. “What’s wrong with you?” she demands once the waiter’s out of earshot.
“You mean apart from the fact that you showed your repulsive face here when I was hoping for some peace and quiet? I was hoping to shut you up. Maybe if your mouth was busy you’d quit being a pain in my ass.”
Cora flinches like I’ve slapped her. “I’m just doing my job…”
I raise my hand and hold it up in “speak to the hand fashion”. “I don’t have time for your dumb excuses.” I glare at her. “I know all about you and how you like killing everyone around you.”
She stares at me. “That’s what you think, Ty.”
“I have proof.”
She opens her mouth to reply then shuts it again.
“You sold us out, Cora.” She avoids looking at me.
She stares at the table.
“Do you honestly expect me to forget what you did to me and my family?”
“I’m sorry,” she whispers.
“Sorry doesn’t cut shit with me.” I pause when the waiter arrives with my tea. “We trusted you,” I continue after he’s left. “We thought you’d protect us. What did you do in turn? You sold us out to the highest bidder for money.”
“I had no idea they’d do that to you and your family. I was young and naïve and believed them when they said all they wanted was to help your family.”
“Spare me the bull shit. They paid you a million bucks to get close to Caleb and lure him into your damned science lab.”
She shivers slightly. “You know that I love Caleb.”
“If you loved Caleb you wouldn’t have handed my entire family over to scientists.” I remind her. “We don’t have any terminal illness. All that research must have cost packets. You should’ve spent it looking for cures for incurable diseases instead.”
“It wasn’t supposed to turn out that way,” she says softly.
“You mean you had no idea you were exposing my family? Like fucking hell you didn’t. Do you have any idea what they did to me in there, Cora?” I glare at her careful to keep my temper in check just in case anyone notices. “They hooked us to machines and ran tests on us like we were animals. Have you ever had an electric current run through your body? Do you know what that did to my Mom?” I drop my voice to a whisper. “She had to be institutionalized because of your greed.”
Cora met my family on the pretext of dating Caleb, my older brother. Like me, Caleb possessed extraordinary strength. We also pick up on thought waves — we can’t read minds or anything but we can track someone if their thoughts are powerful enough. Thoughts are made up energy and that’s what makes them travel. Usually people in danger send out the strongest thoughts or energy waves. Caleb rescued Cora from a near fatal car crash after picking up on her thought waves seconds after a truck crashed into her. He pulled her out the car wreck. Caleb never suspected Cora’s accident was staged or that she worked for a secret organization called “Feelers” who collected people like us with extra ordinary abilities and manipulated us for their evil purposes. Cora ratted on us to the “Feelers” — they paid big bucks for inside information on my family and intended using us to commit high level crimes involving billions of dollars. They kidnapped us one night and tore my family apart forever. The tests they ran on us to determine the origins of our extraordinary abilities left my Mom comatose. Caleb and I escaped one night from the lab’s holding cells and managed to get some help to go back and rescue my parents. My mother was admitted into a care facility and my father chose to stay with her. Caleb vanished without a trace shortly thereafter. I’ve spent the last two years looking for him but it’s like my brother never existed. I don’t have the heart to visit my parents. The last time I saw them was the day we placed them in the care facility.