Eventually Lily came inside and sat on the bed, just staring into space. Digging her phone out of her bag, she tried K's number... after getting the standard cellular company, "...the customer you are trying to reach..." several times, she gave up. She tried to call Daniel and got an answering machine, but she didn't leave a message. What could she say? Oh, hi honey... heard you were with the US government and are just fooling me to get to the chip in my head...hee hee heee." No, she didn't think so. She called Hayu and he answered and they had a short chat, Daniel had left, right after Rock, and they sure were glad they found her, and she was safe. Oh yeah. She was in the best of hands. Lily could almost cry. She was too tired to tell Hayu the truth, and it would only implicate him and make the System look for ways to bedevil him and she certainly didn't want that. She didn't want to believe Rock either. How could she have been so blind? How could she lay down with this man who had all but stated that he would behead her for his cause? She was shaken to the core. Somewhere in the middle of the night, she came to a resolve. She would go to Minnesota with Rock. She would trip the computer and allow them to download the information they wanted. Then she could only hope that Rock would honor his statement and let her go. Forever. It was the only way to be rid of this bother once and for all. She looked at him sleeping on the bed. She knew now that he was a nervous sleeper usually and it was only with her that he felt secure enough to sleep hard. His breath caused his chest to rise and fall in a regular rythym, his eyes closed and moving, indicating REM sleep, dreaming. She wondered what he dreamed. She pulled her Ruger out and pressed it into his temple region briefly. His arms and legs twitched and jerked as he reacted in his sleep. He must be as tired as I am she thought suddenly. Tired. Yes. Yes I am. She pushed the gun in her hand under the pillow and put her head down on it and thought to herself...

Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the lord my soul to keep....much as she had as a child and was asleep before she could ask the lord her soul to take.....


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